With the weather not breaking into Spring just yet, isn't it time to stay in, put on a movie and enjoy the warmth of your evening inside? If that sounds like a good idea, here is a short list of new Indie DVDs to watch for the week ahead.
"Amour"- This year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film and currently playing in Pittsburgh theaters also arrives on Import DVD with English subtitles. A harrowing but, heartfelt account of an elderly couple (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) living out their golden years until the woman's health begins to fail. Testing the pair's love like never before. Excellent, worthy of every accolade this lauded film received.
"Bachelorette"- An unfunny Comedy with Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan serving as the wedding party to an overweight and often-maligned bride (Rebel Wilson). "Mean Girls" meets "Bridesmaids" and unfortunately, falls quite short. Similar to these characters who are all grown-up but, still behave like unruly children. Available through Netflix.
"Hemel"- Those fine folks at Artsploitation films present their latest release, a candid exploration of a young woman and her compulsive couplings with multiple partners. A gorgeous but, tragic tale elevated by impressive acting, especially newcomer Hannah Hoekstra, and a layered script that achieves much more than the standard erotic Dramas we've all seen before. Available only to purchase on DVD right now, it debuts on VOD starting March 23rd.
"Shadow People"- An inconsistent supernatural Thriller based on a real-life disease of sudden unidentified nocturnal dying syndrome-- essentially being scared to death in your sleep. Found footage clips interspersed with a conventional film starring a distraught Dallas Roberts, wears out its welcome long before the closing credits.
"The Taste of Money"- A bitter Korean melodrama of a rich businessman and his wife who manipulate their lovers in adulterous power plays for money and class. A visual feast that forgets to add an intriguing story. Ultimately unfulfilling. Writer/Director Im Sang-Soo's previous work "The Housemaid", was able to deftly walk that fine line between parody and angst. Available on Import DVD with English subtitles or on IFC's VOD service.
"Zero Dark Thirty"- The Director of "The Hurt Locker", Kathryn Bigelow, gives her interpretation of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Controversial and thought-provoking, however the political fallout following the film's theatrical premiere overshadowed its prominence at the Oscars, which caused it to pick up only one award overall. Indie darling Jessica Chastain carries this project as an obsessed CIA agent in an obvious award-worthy performance. Available through Netflix.