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Indie Flick Off the Radar: Artois the Goat (DVD), The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Blu-ray) & Soundtracker (DVD)

15 October 2010 6:53 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It's time for another Indie Flick Off the Radar. This week we're checking out Artois the Goat on DVD, The Good, the Bad, the Weird on Blu-ray and Soundtracker on DVD. Hollywood has lots of explosions, big budgets and even bigger stars to bring attention to its offerings. But all the money in the world doesn’t guarantee a good film (*cough* *cough* Transformers), and a lack thereof doesn’t mean a film can’t capture the imaginations of its audience. There are plenty of great movies made on independent budgets, outside of Hollywood or even the United States, or that get straight-to-dvd releases. In Off the Radar, Bill takes a look at the best and worst of indie, foreign and straight-to-dvd releases. Artois the Goat DVD Artois the Goat is an interesting premise, for sure. Virgil Gurdies (Mark Scheibmeir) is in love with Angie (Sydney Andrews). But when things »

- Bill Jones

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[DVD Review] Artois the Goat

9 August 2010 10:15 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Self-indulgence is fine in moderation. After all, it’s a fine line, especially in film, between personal endeavor and audience satisfaction. Zack Snyder’s slavish commitment to recreating Alan Moore’s landmark Watchmen on the silver screen robbed the film of any personality and delivered a production held together by terrific set design. Nowhere near the bore that Watchmen was, Artois the Goat nevertheless dips into the pool of over-indulgence a few times throughout its much-too-long runtime of 2 hours. The Bogart brothers, who wrote and directed this pronouncedly quick-witted film, arm it with a curious premise: Virgil (Mark Scheibmeir, looking every bit like a younger Peter Serafinowicz), a lab technician whose flavor additive testing job is a mind-numbing daily grind, turns his life upside down in order to make the perfect cheese. There’s also the matter of a new job in Detroit, a suffering long-distance relationship with his beloved »

- Mark Zhuravsky

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DVD Playhouse: July 2010

26 July 2010 5:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—July 2010


Allen Gardner

Two From Powell/Pressburger Criterion releases gorgeous new transfers of two of the greatest films to come out of post-war Britain, from that period’s greatest filmmaking team: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus was originally released in 1947 and caused a sensation with its explosive story about a nun (Deborah Kerr), cloistered in a remote convent in the Himalayas, who must battle elements both external (the punishing weather) and internal (temptations of the flesh over duty to the spirit). Also features stellar turns by England’s greatest actresses at the time: Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron and a young Jean Simmons. One of the most dazzling films ever made, bolstered by Oscar-winning cinematography from Jack Cardiff. Bonuses: New transfer, supervised by Cardiff, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell; Introduction by filmmaker Bernard Tavernier; Commentary by Powell and Martin Scorsese; Featurettes; Documentaries and interviews; Trailer. The Red Shoes, »

- The Hollywood

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DVD Review: Artois the Goat

21 April 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Austin-shot indie Artois the Goat, which premiered at SXSW 2009 (with a live goat at the Ritz and everything) has finally made it to DVD after a long and successful film-fest tour. It's a sweet romantic comedy/foodie film from Cliff Bogart and Kyle Bogart (we sure do love our brother filmmaking teams in this town) that deserves more attention than it's received so far.

Virgil (Mark Scheibmeir) is a lanky slacker who spends his days working in a lab that creates artificial flavorings, and his spare time with the woman he loves, Angie (Sydney Andrews), often enjoying foreign goat cheeses procured (perhaps not entirely legally) by Virgil's mysterious and paranoiac friend Yens (Stephen Taylor Fry). Angie is unfortunately transferred to Detroit, however, and it could be a year before Virgil's company can place him in the department where he wants to work. Angie can't understand why Virgil won't take a job in a different department, »

- Jette Kernion

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