Are you lacking some intellectual babble tinged with acerbic humor in your life? Then check out these films and make them the filet of your weekend.
Jason Schwartzman, darling of all films independent, stars as a bottomless pit of narcissism and author, Philip Friedman. Philip feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, this independent film tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. The father, a patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but ultimately decided to settled into a teaching job. When his wife discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family. The two teenage sons are forced to forge new relationships with their parents.
Don’t miss Billy Baldwin cast as a denizen of nonchalance, and ah-hmm, “philistine” tennis pro.
An alien in the form of a voluptuous young woman combs the streets of Scotland in search of men. She lures a succession of lost souls into her otherworldly lair, where they are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.This is a chilling and seductive film; something to experience, as opposed to merely watch.
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Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland. But to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. They are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over, but face unfortunate circumstances – an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment. Adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to survive. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Banned in several countries for its all out attack of the senses, Argentine film director Gasper Noé’s controversial masterpiece tells the story of Alex and Marcus: a couple whose tale is unraveled in reverse-chronological order over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. An emotional odyssey that unspools from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness.
The Radiant Child is an intimate portrait of the artist proclaimed as the First African American Painter of Major Significance – this was just one of the many titles assigned to the artist; most of which he had no use for. Centered on a rare interview that director Tamara Davis shot with Basquiat, this definitive award winning documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist.
We’re happy to post our very first installment of “Weekend Picks”. Every Friday we’ll select a couple of the best films from our Adult DVD & Blu-Ray collection. Don’t miss these eclectic new releases and forgotten gems of the past!
Our first installment begins with two Oscar nominees that currently have one or no holds. Pick them up or place a hold on them today, as things are sure to change after this weekend’s Oscar buzz!
Nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category
Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Vivian’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
Nominated in the Foreign Language Film & Cinematography categories
Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation
Just look at the Metascore: 90! Wow, this is rare territory – believe us we order lots of movies.
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