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|A Serious Man (Universal) This reimagining of the Bibical story of Job set in suburban Minnesota
in 1967 is finally the Coen Brothers masterpiece that lives up to their critical hype. A tremendously
entertaining bitter black comedy that rewards with subsequent viewings. The DVD extra features
delve into the biographical elements utilized by the Coen's in making the picture. Great stuff.
Departures (Regent Releasing) This 2009 surprise Oscar winner for Best Foreign film from Japan
is another masterpiece - a gentle treatsie on the beauty in death, reclaiming your soul at midlife and
a whole lot more. Don't let the "serious" themes put you off - this is a beautifully shaped story,
albeit one that's very restrained and is very entertaining (there's also plenty of gentle humor). In
Japanese with subtitles.
Little Ashes (Regent Releasing) Twilight sensation Robert Pattinson and newcomer Javier Beltran
play Salvador Dali and writer Federico Garcia Lorca during the height of their art school days and the
onset of their gay romance. This charming, old fashioned romance needs to be claimed by gay
audiences - and straight ones, too. Fanciful and filled with great period detail, the movie is a
sensual, romantic experience.
Taking Woodstock (Universal) Ang Lee's gentle, revisionist take on that magical weekend in
August of 1969 when the festival of love took place in upstate New York as seen through the eyes of
his young gay protagonist got a shameful response in theatres. Hopefully, this DVD edition will find
the audience that it deserves. This winsome comedy was one of 2009's most endearing movies.