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Directed by John Cassavetes
Love Streams, John Cassavetes’ final film as an actor and penultimate film as director, is also one of his most unusual features. While his distinctive work can oftentimes be divisive, it’s easy to see how this film more than most others could be rather off-putting to those not appreciative of, or even accustomed to, his filmmaking technique.
Cassavetes adapted the film with Ted Allan, based on the latter’s play, and the film’s structure is one of the more vexing of its attributes. Dropped into two parallel lives, with little to no backstory, only gradually are we able to piece together certain details. First, there is Robert Harmon (a worn and weary Cassavetes, his failing health evident). Harmon is a writer, a drunk, and a womanizer, and he is supposedly working on a book about nightlife, »
- Jeremy Carr
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
The electric filmmaker John Cassavetes (Shadows, Faces) and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence) give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded characters who reunite after years apart in the 1984 drama Love Streams.
Exhilarating and risky, mixing sober realism with surreal flourishes, Love Streams is one of Cassavetes’s most truly personal works. It’s a remarkable film that comes at the viewer in a torrent of beautiful, erratic feeling as it examines the nature of love in all its forms.
Criterion’s new DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo editions of Love Streams contain the following features:
• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New audio commentary featuring writer Michael Ventura
• New video essay on actor »
Written by Paul D. Zimmerman
Directed by Martin Scorsese
It’s understandable if some viewers were a little surprised to learn Martin Scorsese was behind the comedic masterpiece that was last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street. While many of his films have had their fair share of black humor, he had never made what could be considered an outright comedy. The closest he had in the past was The King of Comedy, out now for the first time on Blu-ray. But this is no casual laugh riot. Quite the contrary, this 1982 film is among Scorsese’s most challenging features. Even with a dose of straight comedy, particularly early on, the film’s key themes and the increasing desperation of its primary characters are far from simply comical. Instead, The King of Comedy ends up as a cultural commentary wrapped in a darkly humorous veil, »
- Jeremy Carr
3 items from 2014
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