Carsten Knox's high fives Fugitive Pieces (Cinegram)
Carsten Knox's high fives
Fugitive Pieces (Cinegram)
The Bank Job (Maple Pictures) A surprisingly rousing heist movie starring action bullethead Jason Statham, taking care to deliver a great sense of period (early '70s London), along with a light touch in suspense and criminal logistics.
Mad Men: Season One (American Movie Classics)
My Blueberry Nights (Block 2 Pictures)Kar Wai Wong's poem to love, American-style, is a mood piece, like most of his work in Asia, starring Norah Jones, Jude Law and Natalie Portman. It'll envelop you if you let it.
Starting Out In The Evening (Cinetic Media) A delicate ode to the process of writing, it's also an unconventional romance, featuring great acting from Six Feet Under veterans Lili Taylor and Lauren Ambrose, and a career-best turn from Frank Langella.
Carsten Knox is the Special Issues Editor at The Coast, and host of The Love & Hate Movie Show on CKDU 88.1 FM.
Lindsay McCarney's high fives
The Wire: The Complete Fifth Season (HBO Home Video)
The Grand (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (New Line Home Video) This nifty doc about the surprisingly engrossing battle between two gamers for the high score on arcade-style Donkey Kong incorporates my other five favourite things: Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows," geeky subculture, awe-inspiring mullets, plucky underdogs and shifty hot-sauce moguls.
This American Life: The First Season (Showtime) Radio show This American Life's time-tested formula (each episode centres around a theme and features narrative journalism and essays that speak to that theme) adapts remarkably well to TV---as does its host/creator, sexily reassuring nerd Ira Glass.
Mon Oncle Antoine (Criterion) DVD superheroes Criterion showed the true-north-strong-and-free some love by restoring and re-releasing this Canadian classic---a coming-of-age yarn about sex, death, thwarted dreams and asbestos---in a glorious features-packed edition.
Lindsay McCarney used to review movies in her high-school newspaper; She's less pretentious now.
Jay Dahl, Director of There Are Monsters, recommends
Gone Baby Gone (Miramax)
➤I cannot believe Ben Affleck can direct. And not just the same-ol-shit direct...but blow-your-fareaking-mind direct. You gotta give him credit.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Miramax)
➤Julian Schnabel has the biggest balls in the universe, he takes loads of risks and they all seem to work.
The Mist (Genius Products)
➤Mixing Stephen King and Frank Darabont is like dipping chocolate into peanut butter---theyre at their maximum deliciousness when served together.
There Will Be Blood (Paramount)
➤Love it or hate it, youll find yourself riveted---its an uber-tense piece that will haunt you for days.
Mark Palermo's high fives
Touch of Evil: 50th Anniversary Edition (Universal)
Dark City: The Director's Cut (New Line) Alex Proyas' sci-fi noir sleeper gets a director's cut that's a realization of his original intent rather than a revisionist cash grab.
The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration (Paramount) On DVD again, with all three chapters, but cleaned up for the best appreciation of the defining pop artwork of the contemporary era.
Be Kind Rewind (New Line) The comedy only played dumb; it understood movies' communal power and home video gives its good vibes a needed second chance.
Sleeping Beauty: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray and DVD) (Buena Vista) The Blu-ray release includes the DVD, so you can enjoy it now and then when you're richer have the option to see Sleeping Beauty's stained-glass majesty in the sharpest home-video images yet.
Mark Palermo is a film critic and filmmaker and has written TV spots and/or music videos for Rihanna, Jerry Seinfeld and Vanessa Hudgens. He also has a blog, but is too Canadian to feel comfortable promoting it.
Hillary Titley's high fives
Spaced: The Complete Series (BBC Warner)
The Deal (Miriam Collection) Though he may never live down Basic Instinct 2, David Morrissey is an actor of broad skill and range and here he imbues pre-Downing Street Gordon Brown with a streak of insecurity and vulnerability, to Michael Sheen's ruthlessly charming Tony Blair.
Miami Vice: The Theatrical Cut (Universal) Though this year's Blu-ray is the "Unrated Director's Edition" and includes a Mann commentary, purists will want to know that the superior theatrical edit is still available on a bare-bones DVD (and is far cheaper).
Recount (HBO Home Video) Star turns from the entire cast---not just Laura Dern's garish Katherine Harris---portray the 2000 election fiasco as much as a clash of personality as it was a question of electoral procedure.
Tootsie: 25th Anniversary Edition (Columbia TriStar) Twenty-five years dates Tootsie's aesthetic considerably, but the Oscar-nominated script keeps the film fresh, perennially entertaining and a marked contrast to the usually lugubrious "comedies" that saturate the market.
Hillary Titley is a regular contributor of film articles and reviews to The Coast and is an occasional guest-host on Carsten Knox's Love & Hate Movie Show.
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