(My) Summer Hours
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.
Amazon DVD: The Secret Life of the Am-
erican Teenager - Season Two [three-disc set] and Parker
Lewis Can't Lose - The Complete First Season [four-disc set].
Amazon Theatricals: Cold Souls (with Paul Giamatti), The Stoning of Soraya M. (with Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jim Ca-
viezel), Chéri (Stephen Frears directs Michelle Pfeiffer), and
Public Enemies (Michael Mann! Johnny Depp! Sharp suits!).
Still playing (or yet to open): Food, Inc., Hunger, Sin Nombre,
State of Play, Summer Hours, Sunshine Cleaning, Two Lovers, and Tyson.
SIFF: Links to my notes for this year's program guide: Don't
Let Me Drown, The Escape, The Firm Land, Forasters, Gotta Dance, Kimjongilia, The Missing Person, Pirate for the Sea,
Spring Breakdown, The Spy and the Sparrow, Summer,
True Adolescents, and With a Little Help from Myself.
Sidenote: Of the bunch, I liked The Firm Land and The Mis-
sing Person (with Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan) the best.
Siffblog: SIFF coverage concludes with reviews of Food, Inc., Summer Hours, Cold Souls, and The Merry Gentleman. Also, more ex-
cerpts from a chat with Barry Jenkins. Next up: Little Dizzle director David Russo. In addition, I created new links to a 2007 review of 51 Birch Street and an '06 interview with Lynn Shelton.
Still playing: Gran Torino...even though it's now out on DVD.
Video Librarian: The Compass, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along
Blog, The Fox and the Child, The Modern Jazz Quartet - 35th
Anniversary Tour, Best of Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, Scott
Walker - 30 Century Man (click here for my interview with
the director), Z Rock - Season 1, Little Dorrit [four-disc set]
(click here for my Amazon review), and True Blood -
The Complete First Season [five-disc set].
Sidenote: About the latter, I wrote, "True Blood takes vampire lore
in a variety of intriguing new directions...a strong recommendation."
Endnote: Images from Cinematic Intelligence Agency.