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September 14, 2006

More DVD Bargains

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

OK, so I spend more time than is healthy browsing the online bargain bins. Still, I turn up some finds. Why not pass 'em along?

  • "Vanya on 42nd Street" is Louis Malle and Andre Gregory's informal-yet-spellbinding version of the great Chekhov play: $8.47.

  • Michael Tolkin's "The Rapture," a quietly freaky, one-of-a-kind little picture about sex and redemption: $7.97.

  • Andrew Fleming's "Threesome" has been described (approvingly! by me!) as "'Jules and Jim' meets 'Porky's'": $8.47.

  • Anh Hung Tran's Vietnamese family drama "The Vertical Ray of the Sun" may be too exquisitely poetic for its own good, but its perfume-ad gorgeousness still casts a sensual spell: $8.47.

Those are some fine movies, and some goooooooood prices.



posted by Michael at September 14, 2006


Anh Hung Tran's "Scent of Green Papaya" is better.

Posted by: Todd Fletcher on September 14, 2006 11:07 AM

I loved "Vanya on 42d street."

Posted by: claire on September 14, 2006 4:17 PM

I didn't like Vanya, although the choice of Wallace Shawn for Vanya was inspired. "if you only knew how miserable I am!... My misery is INCONCEIVABLE!"

But seriously, the conceit was tiring - an arch-realism that was too 'real' for the play itself. It kind of fell in upon it self when it got to the soliloquies. 'Soliloquies are SO byzantine - how can we send our modern wink-wink at the audience when the play has folks talking out-loud to themselves?"
THe irony is, by over-dubbing the soliloquies as some sort of 'inner monologue,' they undercut their own conceit even further.

Julianne Moore was good too, though.

Posted by: Peter on September 16, 2006 10:25 AM

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