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Elena | Review

4 June 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Float On: Costa Laments Sister In Intimate Portrait

Petra Costa has been trying to process the suicide of her older sister for over two decades now. The young docu director’s first feature, Elena, is a loving postmortem tone poem addressed to the departed as if to publicly remind her sister of her worth and to confront her for her cowardice. Bearing all the emotional brutality that follows the passing of a loved one, Costa’s film wraps raw intimacy with ethereal imitation to bring her sister back to life with lucid verve as a continued celebration of her lasting impact. In life, Elena was a Brazilian dancer turned movie bound New Yorker, dead set on becoming a star. Following in her sister’s footsteps, Petra has taken up the camera, performs before it and let’s her voice lay elegantly aloft the starkly personal collage she’s constructed.

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Blu-ray Release: Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary

12 February 2014 12:36 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: May 6, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $24.98

Studio: Warner Home Video

One of Mel Brooks’ (History of the World: Part 1) best comedies, Blazing Saddles has a new featurette and collectibles on this 40th Anniversary Blu-ray.

The 1974 movie has Brooks’ signature crazy laughs and Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico.

The film tells the story of a black sheriff (Cleavon Little, TV’s True Colors), who’s appointed by a corrupt political boss to ruin a western town. But, with a little help from friends like Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), Sheriff Bart turns into a formidable adversary.

Another Brooks’ movie regular, Madeline Kahn (Nixon) also stars in Blazing Saddles, as a Marlene Dietrick-style chanteuse, and she was nominated for the Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance.

The film also was nominated for Best Editing and Best Original Song “Blazing Saddles,” but alas didn’t win for any of them. »

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