THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...
* Bernard & Doris, Bob Balaban's underfed biopic of billionairess Doris Duke and her butler. Starring Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes.
* Dam Street, a Chinese film, directed by Li Yu, showing the stigma and long-lasting effects of Communism's strict moral code in the 1980s/90s on a teenage girl who becomes pregnant.
* The Pied Piper of Hützovina, a documentary on Gogolo Bordello's Eugene Hutz returning to the Ukraine.
* Silent Ozu: Three Family Comedies - Eclipse Series 10, a boxed set showing the Japanese director's formative years. (Also at Criterion Confessions.)
* Starting Out in the Evening, in which Frank Langella gives a tremendous performance as a writer at the tail end of his career and facing the outer edges of obscurity.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
This week's reviews written specifically for the site are:
* Le Bonheur, another from 4 X Agnès Varda, this time a colorful satire showing one life too well lived.
* Death of a Cyclist, Juan Antonio Bardem's Spanish classic mixing Hollywood suspense with political discourse.
* Paddle to the Sea, a highly regarded children's short about the journey of a wooden boat from the Canadian mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.
Current Soundtrack: Chemical Brothers, We are the Night
Current Mood: ditzy
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