Electricity & Lust

DVDs This Week

Posted in DVDs by Sam Unsted on July 28, 2008

Pick of the Week

Wings of Desire – Wim Wender’s masterpiece, a film of incredible beauty and grace which explores affecting questions of mortality and love and accompanies all with great performances and shockingly beautiful cinematography. An unqualified masterpiece.

Also out
Heroes Season 2 – Huge dip in Series 2 for an already not-that-good show. In all fairness, if people had dialled down the hype originally, they would have seen that this season is only slightly worse than the first. Key reason: Hayden Panettierre is flipping terrible.
27 Dresses – Very passable romantic comedy with Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. A good rental.
Let’s Get Lost – Incisive and interesting portrait of troubled James Dean-of-jazz Chet Baker. Sad and thrilling in equal measure as an incredible talent is swallowed up by heroin and hardship.
Funny Games – Patronising, look-at-me cleverness from a director capable of so much more when he gets down from his soapbox.
Paris, Texas – Another brilliant Wender journey movie, this time fitting in both Harry Dean Stanton and Dean Stockwell along with a classic Ry Cooder slide-score. Another classic.
Mister Lonely – Not seen but apparently a slightly unbalanced but interesting work from Harmony Korine.
Jam – Psychologically disturbed comedy from Chris Morris and friends. Like Brass Eye but without the structure or any sense of normality. Alternatively great and awful.
Cannibal Holocaust – Notorious but ultimately pretty terrible video-nasty.
The Hottie and the Nottie – Widely considered the only contender with Meet the Spartans for worst film of last couple of years.
Reservation Road – Despite the presence of Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo, a really dull and predictable semi-thriller.

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