DVD Tuesday: Cruise Attacks Hitler!
Here's the damn shame of it all: Bryan Singer is a super filmmaker and the "Valkyrie" story is a fascinating piece of German history. That said, Tom Cruise should never have been the cornerstone of this film. A potentially great movie was rendered into something that was merely okay. Then again, "merely okay" would have been a triumph for the awful Paul Blart: Fat Guy Acting Stupid. I originally saw Made in America at Sundance in 2008. It is a must-see documentary that details the rise of gangs in South Central Los Angeles. Stacy Peralta may not have the chops of an Errol Morris, but he is a consistently engaging documentarian.
For the 340 remaining Blind Faith fans (I kid! I kid!), here's a chance to see God and Little Stevie Winwood together again. Eddie Coyle is worth buying just to see one of the great Bob Mitchum performances. Will there ever be another like him? Very, very unlikely. I've often said that I admire the hell out of Lloyd Kaufman while at the same time finding Troma movies virtually unwatchable. This DVD set -- reflecting Kaufman's ruthlessly can-do spirit -- shows why the man will always have my utmost respect. Why did the Titanic sink? Wait -- it wasn't the iceberg? It would be great to see Rose Troche try her hand at a feature again. Go Fish ruled.
Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood: Live from Madison Square Garden
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Waking the Baby Mammoth
Direct Your Own Damn Movie!
Titanic: How It Really Sank
Girl on a Motorcycle
Pigs, Pimps, & Prostitutes: 3 Films by Shohei Imamura
Masaru Konuma: Debauched Desires