People too lazy or xenophobic to watch movies with subtitles miss out on some terrific films. Case in point: the Paraguayan hit “7 Boxes” (released in theatres, on iTunes and VOD earlier this month by Breaking Glass/Shoreline). This well-crafted feature film debut by
Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori, scripted by Maneglia, is a thrill ride from start to finish.
Take two scared kids—a teenaged delivery boy (Celso Franco) and his feisty gal pal (Lali González)—a wheel barrow laden with mysterious crates, and a bunch of desperate men with a lot of money at stake. Set them loose in an eight-block-long marketplace and you’ve got a riveting drama, with some sly commentary on fame and technology.
Hong Sang-Soo’s “In Another Country” (available on DVD from Kino Lorber), is a diverting if leisurely-paced triptych of tales, with a freshness and originality lacking in most Hollywood product. Isabelle Huppert stars as three different women named Anne; each of them visit a beach resort in Korea where they meet a lifeguard, in this offbeat romantic comedy.
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‘French Masterworks’ on DVD, recent French, Portuguese films http://www.examiner.com/article/french-masterworks-on-dvd-recent-french-...
Italian and British gems on DVD, Broadway spoofs & Oscar losers http://www.examiner.com/article/italian-and-british-gems-on-dvd-broadway...
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“Bettie Page Reveals All” (in theatres this month from Music Box Films; on Blu-ray and DVD in April from www.bettiepagemovie.com) is very revealing indeed. The iconic 1950s pin-up queen talks candidly (albeit offscreen) about her career, her train wreck of a love life and her disappearance from the public eye. Filmmaker Mark Mori accompanies her commentary with a cornucopia of eye-popping images and archival film footage, plus interviews with Hugh Hefner, photographer Bunny Yeager, and numerous friends and lovers.
“America Stripped: Naked Las Vegas” (on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes) is not what it sounds like. This intriguing David Palmer documentary follows photographer Greg Freidler in his pursuit to undress the real people of Sin City for a book project—including a grade school teacher, a corporate litigator, a waitress, a CPA and a homeless senior citizen—and lets them voice their sometimes surprising motivations.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Fabulous Faces” by Michael A. Hoey (available in paperback from BearManor Media) is sure to interest and intrigue any fan of vintage movies. It’s not only chock-full of little-known information on the Holmes films that starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, but the repertory company of character actors who peopled the series and other Universal pictures by series director Roy William Neill.
Notable among the faces exhumed here are the author’s father, Dennis Hoey (Inspector Lestrade), Lionel Atwill, Mary Gordon, Clarence Muse, Gale Sondergaard, Milburn Stone (best known for “Gunsmoke”) and Ian Wolfe.
More from Jordan:
Academy Award Losers, 1912-1939:
Great Performances in the Oscar Hall of Shame, Vol. 1
Jerry Lewis at TCM film fest, La Mirada, Curtis Harrington short films on DVD http://www.examiner.com/article/jerry-lewis-at-tcm-film-fest-la-mirada-c...
Jungle Book, Decasia on Blu-ray, Rossellini on DVD, Maureen O’Hara at TCM fest http://www.examiner.com/article/jungle-book-decasia-on-blu-ray-rossellin...
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