Nowadays, it is a chore to find a good “unheard of” film with more straight-to-DVD titles, less time & too many other interesting things to entertain yourself with. This Pittsburgh Indie Movie Examiner has taken on that task for you by watching many a feature (including quite a few bad ones) in order to find these recommendable movies you might have missed, now available on DVD.
“Ceremony“- The closest anyone has come to the ribald works of Wes Anderson and his early films, like “Rushmore” or “The Royal Tennenbaums”, with this well-crafted, coming-of-age Comedy. Michael (“Red State”) Angarano stars as Sam, a naive twentysomething, who has fallen in love with an older woman, fortysomething beauty Uma (“Kill Bill”) Thurman, and has set out over a course of a long weekend to sabotage her impending nuptials at the coast, win her back & destroy her pretentious fiancee, overly arrogant Lee (“The Fall”) Pace, as well as their love life in the name of his own, romanticized bravado. Sublime work from first-time Director Max Winkler,
“Monogamy“- A Wedding Photographer (really a closet voyeur) hires himself out as a “sort-of” Private Eye who stalks and snaps photos of clients, one in particular, a seductive women and her cheating spouse. All the while trying to maintain his normal relationship and upcoming marriage to a loving fiancee. Dark urban Dramedy, full of stark performances, that uses this modern couple as a metaphor on how all of us relate or co-exist in relationships with such a technology-prying age. Chris (“Greenberg”) Messina & Rashida (“The Social Network”) Jones play the pair perfectly.
“Oranges & Sunshine“- An intriguing fact-based Drama about an English Social Worker whose tireless crusade exposed the truth behind Great Britian’s Government and the unforgivable practice of sending wayward or homeless children abroad to Australia for slave labor, often telling the kids that their Parents had died or abadoned them. The title comes from what the children were promised when they arrived in their new homeland. Directed by Jim Loach, son of esteemed English filmmaker Ken, delivers a stirring picture about a grave injustice that needed to be rectified. Emily (“Breaking The Waves”) Watson again provides stellar work as the real-life Margaret Humphrey, whose book Empty Cradles was adapted for this exclusive Import DVD from England, available to own before any theatrical release.
“Potiche“- Francois Ozon, one-time bad boy of French Cinema, returns with this soap-operatic dish about a Trophy Wife, a devilish Catherine Deneuve, who fills in for her husband’s business when he gets kidnapped by irate workers. A deft social Comedy of the French bourgeoisie featuring some of that country’s most celebrated actors, including Gérard Depardieu, Sergi Lopez & Fabrice Luchini. Diverting and yet another intriguing entry in Ozon’s formidable resume, consisting of others like “Sitcom”, “Criminal Lovers” or “8 Women”.
“Rammbock: Berlin Undead“- Low-budgeted but, fast-paced German Zombie opus about Michael, who travels all the way to Berlin to reunite with his girlfriend Gabi…just in time for an infected outbreak. Lots of great suspense, without the drawn out backstory and build-up. Works on many different levels with an anti-social streak. The first released partnering between Bloody-Disgusting.com and AMC Theaters, now out on Stateside DVD. Their next release, “Phase 7” will be playing this month on Fridays at Midnight and Wednesday at 10:00 PM in Homestead, PA.