Although there isn’t a huge selection of new choices this week, the few that we have are certainly worth a look.
- “The Quiet Man” (1952): Making it’s first appearance on blu-ray, we have the enormously popular and highly acclaimed John ford masterpiece, “The Quiet Man”. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, this film stars John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald and Ward Bond. This romantic comedy is like watching a poem about the beauty and romance in Ireland’s countryside. Winning an Academy award for it’s lush cinematography (Winton C. Hoch and Archie Stout), this delightfully pleasant and remarkably made movie is also one of John Ford’s unmatched four Academy Award winning directorial works. If you haven’t seen this film, it is truly the definition of a must see, not only for its romance between two of Hollywood’s best, but also because of one of the longest (and most hilarious) fight scenes in movie history.
- “Ivan’s Childhood” (1962): One of two Criterion Collection additions this week, “Ivan’s Childhood” is an enormously influential film that is finally getting a wide release for everyone to see. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, this visually stirring film follows the experiences of a young orphan boy during the horrific events of WWII. Acclaimed throughout the world, this film has proven to be a film of inspiration to many of the greatest directors working today.
- “End of Watch” (2012): From director David Ayer, this drama follows two LAPD officers, who happen to be great friends, as they become entangled in the investigation of a drive-by shooting in South Central. Starring Jake Gyllenhall, Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick, “End of Watch” earned extremely positive reviews and is considered to be one the best films of the year.
- “Searching for Sugar Man” (2012): This documentary is one of this year’s nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. The film follows two music fans as they search for American musician, Rodriguez, despite reports that he is already dead. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, this film has received positive reviews and many awards already this year; now we just have to wait and see if it will add the biggest award to its resume.
- “Indiscreet” (1958): Everybody seems to love Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, so what’s not to like about this comedic film making its blu-ray debut this week? From director Stanley Donan, “Indiscreet” is a romantic film about a woman who falls in love with a man, despite the fact that he has already told her he is married. After their pairing in “Notorious” (1946), Grant and Bergman proved to be a perfect on-screen pair, and “Indiscreet”, with its charm and its abundance of personality, only help to solidify our love for their work.
- “Pina” (2011): This week’s other Criterion Collection film is this documentary from acclaimed director Wim Wenders. He set out to make a film about the innovative contemporary dance choreographer, Pina Bausch, but after her untimely death early in the project, this remarkable film became a tribute to Pina and her life’s work. With visually stunning dance sequences, this film reaches new heights in dance filmmaking. It was also nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
- “The Paperboy” (2012): From Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious) comes a story about a reporter (Matthew McConaughey) who is investigating a murder while trying to exonerate the convicted man (John Cusack), who is sitting on death row. Also starring Zac Efron and a wonderful, off-beat performance from Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy” has received mixed reviews, but the acting have been praised for its quality.