Express Milwaukee - Home Movies/Out on Digital http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-339-1-home-movies_out-on-digital.html Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24221-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-21.html Restrepo was the signal documentary of America’s intervention in Afghanistan. With Korengal, the director revisits that same remote outpost, focusing this time on the recollections of soldiers who served there. The starkly beautiful surrounding mountains with rough, wooded]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 15 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24190-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-15.html Sacrament follows the crew of an “edgy” Internet TV channel as they make a documentary on a sect that moved from the U.S. to a remote jungle. Inspired by the real-life Peoples Temple, director Ti West understands the compelling message of the]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 8 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24153-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-8.html A washed-up TV host (Pierce Brosnan) pauses before jumping from a tall building in London. Next thing he knows, three other wannabe suicides line up behind him: a failed grunge musician (Aaron Paul), a hard-pressed mom (Toni Collette) and a drug-addled club girl (Imogen Poots). Based on the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Oct. 2 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24110-home-movies_out-on-digital-oct-2.html In this 1977 Italian crime drama (released on Blu-ray), an extortionist preys on shopkeepers by blowing up their businesses. As the body count climbs, a police inspector forms a “special squad” of young dudes on motorcycles to pursue leads—and the criminals—down the winding streets

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 24 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24067-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-24.html Summer in February. The setting is similar: England, 1913, where the young and wealthy could afford to break some rules. Stevens plays best friend to painter Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper); both are in love with]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24035-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-18.html Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 8 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23947-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-8.html God’s Pocket. Given his death soon afterward, one wonders if he was acting or just not feeling well? And yet, he dominates this shaggy dog, retro urban drama with his Marlon Brando mumble and hunched shoulders]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Sept. 3 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23910-home-movies_out-on-digital-sept-3.html Phantom of the Opera, Phantom of the Paradise stars Muppet-haired ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 28 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23885-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-28.html In Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s acclaimed 1999 film (out on Blu-ray), a Teheran television crew finds its way to a remote village to film local funeral ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 18 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23828-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-18.html Shades of Vertigo haunt director Arie Posin’s The Face of Love—along with memories kept by Nikki (Annette Bening) of her husband, Garrett (Ed Harris). Imagine her surprise when, five years after his death, she spots his exact double. Yearning turns to fantasy and fantasy into emotionally ]]> Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 12 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23793-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-12.html  Dangerous games are played on all sides and duplicity is everywhere in Israeli director Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem. Tense and economical, without a wasted moment, Bethlehem is a police procedural and psychological study of the Palestinian uprising. Explored are the necessities of war, the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: Aug. 7 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23778-home-movies_out-on-digital-aug-7.html  Scarlett Johansson plays a stiletto-heeled extraterrestrial sexual predator, luring young men into an erotic dance of death. British director Jonathan Glazer (Birth) produced a visually astonishing film, acutely aware of light and sound (as well as their absence). The story is opaque yet conveys the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23724-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-30.html  Elaine Stritch emerged in the 1940s as a brassy, belting voice on the Broadway stage and remained active into the 21st century, playing Alec Baldwin’s mother on “30 Rock” and winning a Tony for her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. This documentary follows Stritch as she strides

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23673-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-21.html  Johnny, an aging ’70s punk guitarist, meets his old bandmates at a funeral and presses them into reforming. They sound good, but their old label declares them as not right for the “tweeners to twenties” demographic. Undeterred, they form a band of teenage nobodies to lip-sync their demo in

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 17 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23663-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-17.html  Forest Whitaker is commanding as the furtive giant Angel Sanchez, a deeply disturbed man who seeks help from Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie). A smooth-talking, bestselling life coach, proffering truths along with New Age jive, Tommy has rewritten his past to conform to his chosen

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23624-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-10.html  The setup is ’80s horror: the bold house whose newly arrived family experiences strange goings on—the teens see it, not their myopic parents. Dark images flit at the edge of sight; jolting moments of fright; a curse clings to the place like mold… What’s interesting about Haunt is the striking

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: July 3 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23588-home-movies_out-on-digital-july-3.html  Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2014 Oscars, Ernest & Celestine is drawn in spare lines, pale colors and luminous shadows. It’s a children’s story about the enmity between mice and bears, and how one daring child mouse steps across the barrier. The message is clear

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 23 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23528-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-23.html  Judi Dench is magnificent as a scowling secondary school teacher, cynical about her delinquent students and dim colleagues, and envious of the magnetic new art teacher (Cate Blanchett). They become friends, but friendship turns to intrusive jealousy as the older woman blackmails the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 19 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23517-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-19.html Nicolas Cage was among his generation’s most promising actors, but he’s spent most of his career playing dumb. Joe, his best film in a decade, is a Southern story of redneck violence, rural poverty and warped family ties. Cage plays the title role, a hard-working ex-con who falls in with a

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23427-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-10.html  In this hilarious 2013 comedy, Steve Coogan plays a DJ in love with the sound of his own voice, a talk-show host juggling the banalities of contemporary life. Alan Partridge is a tale of white-collar anxiety as a profits-only corporation buys the radio station, spewing jargon about

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: June 5 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23407-home-movies_out-on-digital-june-5.html  In her directorial debut, Whoopi Goldberg explores an African American comedian who influenced her greatly, Moms Mabley. Looking toothless, wearing jarringly colored outfits and speaking in Deep South black cadences, Mabley was a startling sight when she surfaced on network TV in the

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 28 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23365-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-28.html  The 1960s were the last time westerns dominated TV programming. “Cimarron Strip” (1967-1968) was one of the better examples of the genre from that period. It stared iron-faced Stuart Whitman as a U.S. Marshal in a frontier town, holding the line against psychotics and hardened

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 22 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23327-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-22.html  Geoffrey Rush plays Virgil, a man whose sad, creased face hides many secrets. His loneliness barely masked by towering hauteur, Virgil is an art appraiser-auctioneer called into a half-ruined villa to evaluate the contents. Curiosity and, eventually, desire draw him into a fraught relationship with

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 14 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23278-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-14.html  Claude Chabrol emerged from the French new wave with a devotion to technical proficiency and classical narrative lacked by his peers. In the mid-’80s Chabrol turned to the detective novels of Dominique Roulet for two stylish films and a pair of TV specials collected on a new Blu-ray set

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 10 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23258-home-movies_out-on-digital-may-10.html  The Clash began as one of rock ’n’ roll’s great hopes and ended as a bloated caricature. Filled with archival footage and conflicting interviews with eyewitnesses, Danny Garcia’s documentary explores what went wrong. Different answers are offered: maybe it was the machinations of manager

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 30 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23211-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-30.html  A young boy is found dead on the beach of a remote British town, a place where the land ends in sheer bluffs above the sea. Newly arrived Detective Inspector

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 21 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23153-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-21.html  Enigmatic and fascinating, A Touch of Sin tells several complementary stories from contemporary China. Director Jia Zhangke exposes the country’s odd juxtaposition of Confucianism, communism and capitalism. In A Touch of Sin, China is a place of crime and violence, migrant labor and stern

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 14 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23111-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-14.html  Unprotected sex is the monster in this horror flick, where careless club life leads the young protagonist Samantha (Najarra Townsend) into the inhibition-free oblivion of alcohol. She ends the night in a sexual encounter she barely

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 9 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23092-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-9.html  This Swinging London period piece was long known mainly to record collectors for its George Harrison soundtrack. Out now on Blu-ray, Wonderwall (1968) follows a myopic, daffy scientist (Jack MacGowran) with Einstein hair and lab coat as he discovers a wilder, more colorful world while spying

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Home Movies/Out on Digital: April 3 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23050-home-movies_out-on-digital-april-3.html “Monsters” ran for three seasons (1988-1991) but like the vampires that were its occasional guest spots, it enjoyed an afterlife—on syndication and the Sci-Fi Channel. All 72 episodes are included on a DVD set. Half-hour long in the tradition of “Twilight Zone,” they tell compact stories of

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