13 ASSASSINS - "Easily one of the best movies to come out of Japan in a while, and quite possibly the best action flick to come out so far this year. It has the sweep and grandeur of an old-school Akira Kurosawa samurai movie--only with more blood. A lot more blood," starts the Yahoo Movie Talk article that prompted a deluge of requests here at La Dolce Video. We love Takashi Miike, his section is crammed with gems, and we just scored a great import version of his latest (plays fine in all regions). Enjoy.
THE GREEN HORNET - The unlikely mixture of zany director Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) with Seth Rogen (KNOCKED UP) and Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou, in a superhero-buddy-action-comedy. Should be...interesting...
I LIKE KILLING FLIES - By popular demand, we picked up this one-of-a-kind foodie documentary, in the tradition of great 'outsider' docs like THE CRUISE or even GREY GARDENS. The film's subject is chef Kenny Shopsin, who runs one of Greenwich Village's finest eateries, and readily espouses some of the most refreshingly blunt (frequently hilarious) philosophical gems this side of Schopenhauer.
IDENTITY - A new British series about a Scotland Yard identity-crimes unit, starring familiar faces from both MI-5 and THE WIRE!? Sounds like a must-see to us.
MARWENCOL - This acclaimed documentary delves into the beautiful, heart-breaking, wonderfully un-ironic world of outsider artist Mark Hogancamp. After being severely beaten by a group of men outside a bar, spending nine days in a coma, and losing his memory and motor skills, Hogancamp created an obsessively detailed, WWII-era Belgian town using toys. He would have G.I. Joes and Barbies named after his friends enact various war-time dramas, helping him to re-build his memory... This film brings Hogancamp's stories to life.
MY OWN LOVE SONG - The first English-language film from the director of LA VIE EN ROSE features Forest Whitaker, Renee Zellweger sans make-up, and 16 new songs composed for the film by Bob Dylan. Zellweger is a wheelchair-bound former singer, Whitaker is her mentally unstable friend, and the two take a dream-like road trip across country to find her long lost son...
BANANAS!* - Finally, the documentary Dole went to court to try to prevent! BANANAS!* uncovers the alleged usage of a banned pesticide, its link to generations of sterilized plantation workers in Nicaragua, and the landmark legal case (led by famed L.A. personal injury lawyer Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez) that pitted them against Dole Corporation...
THE DILEMMA - Veteran director Ron Howard tackles the bromance genre, with Vince Vaughan starring as a man who must decide whether to tell his best friend (Kevin James) that his wife (Winona Ryder) is having an affair, while preparing to make a bigger commitment to the woman in his own life (Jennifer Connelly).
3 IDIOTS - The latest from Bollywood super-super-super-star Aamir Khan has him playing an engineering student waging a battle of wits against his unimaginative professor and classmates.
WARD NO. 6 - This year's foreign language Oscar submission from Russia! This modern adaptation blends documentary footage of actual patients in a mental institution with Chekhov's story of a doctor's downfall.
TROUBLE EVERY DAY - This controversial, suppressed film from acclaimed French director Claire Denis (WHITE MATERIAL) features equally controversial Vincent Gallo as a test subject in a cutting edge study of the human libido. Beatrice Dalle (BETTY BLUE) is a woman consumed by a bizarre cannibalistic desire so strong that her husband keeps her imprisoned in their apartment, lest she devour anyone... Only at La Dolce Video (import copy should work fine in all players), this unusual film may never be released in the U.S.
A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN - The underrated Stellan Skarsgard (BREAKING THE WAVES) stars in this Swedish black comedy about a lazy hitman who's just been released from prison and set up with a legal job by his former crime boss, in exchange for one last favor...
Also new this week: SOUTH PARK: Season 14, documentary THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS: TIBET'S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM, and addictive British vampire-meets-ghost-meets-werewolf series BEING HUMAN: Season 3. And in our 'JUST ADDED' section of new-to-dvd classics, we're proud to present the following:
BLOW OUT - This underrated 1981 masterpiece of suspense from Brian DePalma (SCARFACE, CARRIE, THE UNTOUCHABLES) finally gets a Criterion Collection DVD release! John Travolta stars as a B-movie sound designer who accidentally records a car accident, which happens to involve a presidential candidate and a high-priced hooker... Also stars John Lithgow and Dennis Franz.
SCHOOLGIRL HITCHHIKERS - Celebrating the long, wonderfully sexy, curiously hypnotic, and always stylish films of euro-trash auteur Jean Rollin, who directed this noteworthy 1973 title under his pseudonym Michel Gentil. While the title says a lot, always expect something a little more poetic/artsy when you pick up a Jean Rollin DVD (Oh, and IGNORE their covers, which frequently have fake models on them and nothing to do with the actual films - we hate when they mislead with marketing).
AMERICA, AMERICA - This long repressed emigration classic from 1963, based on the life of Elia Kazan's own uncle, finally makes it's way to DVD! An epic tale of an Armenian's escape from Turkish persecution, flight from Anatolia, and eventual immigration to Ellis Island. From the acclaimed director of ON THE WATERFRONT, EAST OF EDEN, A FACE IN THE CROWD, etc.