Electricity & Lust

DVDs This Week

Posted in DVDs by Sam Unsted on August 4, 2008

Pick of the Week

The Elephant Man – It’s a deeply slow week but really, this is a very underappreciated Lynch effort that needs to be brought back into focus. It’s available in a boxset alongside Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire, the zenith of his exploration of abstract Hollywood mythos, but worth it on its own. John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins both give wonderful performances and Lynch leaves yet more indelible images on your mind.

Also Out

Vantage PointRashomon-style multiple perspectives tosh which even its stars can’t seem to get excited about.
Leatherheads – The first misfire from the House of Clooney, defeated by a confused sense of direction and half-cocked script. Close, but no cigar this time Georgey.
Tropical Malady – The other film from Syndromes and a Century director Apishatpong Weerasethakul. Not seen but his other film is mesmerising.
Children of Glory – Hungarian revolution drama notable for its screenwriter, Basic Instinct and Showgirls scribe Joe Eszterhas.
Dark City: Special Edition – A new double discer for the now cult hit from Alex Proyas which stands as a key precursor to The Matrix. I can’t quite build too much enthusiasm due to the presence of Rufus Sewell, a truly terrible actor.

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