New Release Round-Up! July 23rd 2013

Another fairly light week for releases, but a couple of Criterion Collection titles do mix things up a bit. What will you be watching?

  • “Babette’s Feast” (1987): This film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film upon its initial release, and it has only become better with the passing years. Babette's Feast (1987)Two sisters, living in a quiet town in Denmark, have grown older, trying to keep their father’s religious sect going after his death. Enter Babette, a French woman seeking refuge from her past. She lives with the sisters for years, working beside them, until she wins a great deal of money in a lottery and asks her housemates if she can cook them a glorious French dinner in celebration. Everything about this film from beginning to end is enjoyable, creating what is a must see film experience. As well as being released on both blu-ray and DVD, “Babette’s Feast” is also available through Hulu.

  • “The Ice Storm” (1997): Before we all knew director Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, “Brokeback Mountain” & “Life of Pi”) was brilliant, he tried to show us with this intense human drama about two families living near each other during one fateful ice storm in the 1970’s.The Ice Storm (1997) Few films have captured this era as perfectly, showcasing everything that makes human nature so complex. It is a dark film full of masterful editing and remarkable cinematography, and it is almost certain to leave anyone at a loss for words. “The Ice Storm” boasts a remarkable cast that includes Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elija Wood and Katie Holmes. It is already in The Criterion Collection, but this is the first time it has been made available on blu-ray.

  • “Kiss of the Damned” (2013): Vampires and sex. Kiss of the Damned (2013)That’s pretty much all you need to know about this film from director Xan Cassavetes ( yes, as in daughter of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands). In the film, a human (Milo Ventimiglia) falls in love with a vampire (Josephine de La Baume), and decides to join the vampire world in order to remain with her.

Also being released this week are a few other films that I know very little about, such as “Trance” (2013), “Welcome to the Punch” (2013), “Summer and Smoke” (1961) and “Harlow” (1965). Happy watching everyone.

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