Monday, June 01, 2009

(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.

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