6 items from 2015
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of November 17th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Wireless Headphones / Bluetooth Transmitter MST3K Kickstarter Update Arrow Low-Quantity Update News Vudu Expands Warner 4K Movie Offering Upcoming Scream Factory Blu-ray Releases Twilight Time Pre-orders: Friday, November 20th New Releases The Apu Trilogy A Bullet For Joey Catch My Soul Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies The City of Lost Children The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Deadliest Prey Deadly Prey Faults Faust Gatchaman The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Extended Edition The House on Carroll Street In Cold Blood Jimmy’s Hall Living In Oblivion Man From U.N.C.L.E. Meru Pitfall Requiescant Troll / Troll 2 We’re Back! A Dinosaur »
- Ryan Gallagher
In Living in Oblivion, Tom Dicillo’s 1995 triptych of the agony and ecstasy of indie film production, Murphy’s cinematic law is in full effect. Prima donna actors. Uncooperative smoke machines. Blown lines. Soft focus. Booms in the frame. However, the film’s most soul-crushing moment comes when the camera isn’t even rolling. It arrives when the faux film’s director, played by Steve Buscemi, takes a moment to run lines with his two lead actresses. And of course — with the camera sitting idle and the cinematographer off set vomiting out-of-date milk from the meager craft services table — the scene comes […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
Tom Dicillo's satire about the pitfalls of low budget filmmaking is less farce than it is a loving valentine to the difficult task of getting something relevant on film. Steve Buscemi is the frustrated director, Catherine Keener the insecure actress, and Peter Dinklage the little person not pleased that he's been hired to play a phantom in a dream sequence. Hilariously clever, the show also has a big heart. Living in Oblivion Blu-ray + DVD Shout! Factory 1995 / Color & B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date November 17, 2015 / $29.99 Starring Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck, James LeGros, Rica Martens. Cinematography Frank Prinzi Production Designer Stephanie Carroll, Thérèse DePrez Art Direction Janine Michelle, Scott Pask Film Editor Dana Congdon, Camilla Toniolo Original Music Jim Farmer Produced by Hilary Gilford, Michael Griffiths, Robert M. Sertner, Marcus Viscidi, Frank von Zerneck Written and Directed by Tom Dicillo
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
A charming, »
- Glenn Erickson
“Phantom Halo” tries to become a modern Shakespearean tragedy and ends up as a painfully generic family crime drama. The Shakespeare connection is not really far fetched, since Antonia Bogdanovich’s (yes, Peter Bogdanovitch’s daughter, he executive produced the film) feature directorial debut, about a family struggling to survive amidst a barrage of economic hardships, contains a father-son duo who are obsessed with the Bard. Bogdanovich’s film even begins with a run of the mill art house black-and-white dream sequence, the kind that Peter Dinklage in “Living in Oblivion” would have made fun of, as the unnecessarily dour voiceover recites the famous soliloquy from “Macbeth.” Alas, “Phantom Halo” tries to be a tale full of sound and fury, but in the end it signifies nothing. Co-written by Antonia Bogadanovich and Anne Heffron, and based on Boganovich’s short film, “My Left Hand Man,” “Phantom Halo” follows the exploits of the Emerson family. »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
The situation is as follows: A onetime movie idol, his career and confidence in ruins, makes a daring move into a new medium. His livelihood, his sense of value, maybe even his life are at stake. But nefarious forces within the entertainment industry, like snakes around his ankles, conspire to thwart his efforts on behalf of art and his own reinvention.
“Birdman”? No, “Singin’ in the Rain,” the 1952 Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen classic set on the cusp of silent film and sound, and a movie that’s a lot of things — an infectious musical, an affectionate romance, a well-cultivated cultural artifact. But hardly a documentary about showbiz. Few of the myriad movies about movies have been, of course, despite a catalog of self-referential fare that ranges from “Sullivan’s Travels” to “Boogie Nights,” from “Living in Oblivion” to “A Star Is Born,” from “Day for Night” to “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. »
- John Anderson
40. Empire Records
Directed by: Allan Moyle
Ah, the coming-of-age story. There was no sub-genre more hijacked for a quick buck in the 1990′s. In between the good ones (“Dazed and Confused,” “Boyz in the Hood”), the cheesy ones (“She’s All That,” “She Drives Me Crazy”), and the under-appreciated ones (“The Man in the Moon,” “Angus”), there were the middling ones that, if anything, boasted a cast that would go on to bigger, better things. Enter “Empire Records,” which is not only a coming-of-age story, but one that takes place at a record store, no less. Talk about the double dip. The entire film takes place over the course of one day, focusing on the employees, played by Anthony Lapaglia, Ethan Embry, Renee Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, and Liv Tyler. The independent record store is in Delaware – the hot spot of American music – and sees Joe (Lapaglia) allowing night manager Lucas »
- Joshua Gaul
6 items from 2015
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