NEW IN THEATRES...
* The Impossible, a good movie about surviving a tsunami, despite the ethnic whitewash.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
* Heaven's Gate, Michael Cimino's troubled epic has only found redemption in the three decades since it bombed.
* Purple Noon, Rene Clement's stylish Patricia Highsmith adaptation starring Alain Delon as Tom Ripley.
THIS WEEK IN BD/DVD REVIEWS...
* Dick Tracy, Warren Beatty's ambitious 1990 comic strip adaptation was a head of its time.
* Enlightened: The Complete First Season, an unfocused but entertaining HBO series from actress Laura Dern and filmmaker Mike White.
* Justified: The Complete Third Season, one of my favorite TV shows gets its third go-around. An Elmore Leonard adaptation starring Timothy Olyphant.
* Looper, the second time around with Rian Johnson's time travel film is just as good, if not better.
Also, be sure to read Natalie Nourigat's Looper reaction comics.
* Lord Jim, Peter O'Toole may star, but James Mason steals the show in Richard Brooks' adaptaton of a Joseph Conrad novel.
* The Point: The Definitive Collector's Edition, an upgrade for the Harry Nilsson-penned animated special from 1971.
To cap it off, the DVD Talk writers have voted for their best discs of 2012. Here are the results! I personally wrote the blurbs for the David Lean/Noël Coward boxed set and also Les vampires.
Current Soundrack: Nathan Johnson/The Cinematic Orchestra, The Brothers Bloom original score;