A quartet of nifty DVD delights from IFC that will keep you amused, entertained and scared shitless.
From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The We and the I, Be Kind Rewind and The Science of Sleep, comes Is The Man Wo is Tall Happy?, this unlikely and unique intellectual feast, an animated documentary on the life and ideas of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself that make Chomsky's ideas more accessible, the filmmaker reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his groundbreaking theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of our age, but also a beautifully animated work of art.
After her husband suffers a debilitating stroke, spirited Irish housewife Vanetia Casey (Maxine Peake) struggles to keep her family together in the wake of tragedy. Help comes in the form of American doctor Ted Fielding (Will Forte), whose research grant for documenting the family's recovery process takes care of finances but also requires that the straight-laced doctor live with the chaotic Casey family for two months.
Although Vanetia initially resents living under Ted's microscope, she soon finds comfort in his calming presence, while Ted grows surprisingly accustomed to Vanetia's dynamic, unpredictable personality. As the two explore their bond within their unique situation, they discover that a new family is beginning to take shape around them.
Uplifting and authentic, Academy Award-nominated director Steph Green's Run & Jump is an unexpected, unconventional romance about human connection and the power of acceptance.
The issue of losing bowel control is marred to 24 Exposures. When a young model is found brutally murdered, a fetish photographer and homicide detective are brought together at the crime scene through a shared if sadistic interest. Before long an unlikely friendship develops between the two, as each tries to involve themselves in the other's professional life. But their mutual affection for the macabre and grisly may ultimately lead to horrific consequences for both.Part high-concept art film and sultry exploitation shocker, director Joe Swanberg's 24 Exposures is an investigation of the thin lines separating reality and fiction, art and pornography, and life and death.
Keep the diapers on for Raze, a meld of an unforgiving intersection of Chained Heat, Spartacus and Orange Is the New Black. This viscerally thrilling new action-horror film is simple: It's every woman for herself. The brutal shocker, director Josh C. Waller, is about young sweet galAfter she is drugged and abducted, Jamie (Rachel Nichols) who awakens to find herself in a concrete bunker where she meets fellow abductee Sabrina (Zoe Bell). Before long the two women discover that they are in a modern-day coliseum, where they and 48 other women have been selected to fight to the death. If they refuse, their loved ones will be killed.
Co-starring genre favorites Doug Jones and Sherilyn Fenn as the sadistic organizers of the battles, Raze is director Josh C. Waller's no-holds-barred assault on the senses, featuring some of the most brutal fist-to-the-face combat ever put on film. In this contest, may the best woman win.