THIS WEEK IN THEATRES...
* A truly special documentary, Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse, is playing Cinema 21 in Portland for an exclusive engagement starting this Sunday. It's an important look at a very terrible night in our town six years ago, when cops beat a mentally ill man to the point where he ended up dying in custody. Alien Boy digs through the evidence to try to figure out how things went so horribly wrong.
I reviewed the movie for the Oregonian. Keep an eye out for it at festivals around the country, and hopefully it will get a wider release in coming months. Visit the official website for more info.
* My second column for the paper also looks at the ethnic drama Bless Me, Ultima and the amazing Eddie Pepitone documentary, The Bitter Buddha.
THIS WEEK IN BD/DVD REVIEWS...
* The Hour: Season Two, the second cycle for the entertaining suspense soap from the BBC. Sadly, it has been cancelled, making this the de-facto finale.
* How Green Was My Valley, John Ford's nostalgic look at a working village in Wales at the turn of the 20th Century. Winner of the Best Picture Oscar in 1941.
* A Simple Life, a surprisingly moving portrayal of old age from Chinese director Anne Hui.
Current Soundtrack: Parenthetical Girls, Privilege
All text (c) 2013 Jamie S. Rich