New on Blu is a new column from film pundit Chase Whale, exploring arthouse, underground, exploitation and cult cinema released on Blu-ray and DVD from some of the most cutting-edge independent distributors around the U.S.
*Note: More titles release every Tuesday, but I only am able to review what I am sent.
It's here! It's here! It's here! I've been gawking about HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS ever since I first saw it at its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. This is a terrific movie and will probably be my number one film of the year. I like to call it HOW SALLY FIELD GOT HER GROOVE BACK. She never lost it, but my God is she a tour-de-force of everything in this.
DORIS will make you laugh, cry, laugh more, and fall in love with Sally Field all over again. If the Academy Award doesn't give her a nod for Best Actress, I'm going to riot. So far nobody has held a candle to her performance.
Watch this movie and don't worry about thanking me. I'm just doing my job.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE took me by surprise. Like you, I didn't know what I was in for. By the end, I just wanted to talk about it all night. Like mastermind J.J. Abrahams has said, it's a "spiritual sequel" (a new phrase in Hollywood guaranteed to be soon watered down by goons wanting to make sequels or spin-offs of hit movies), and he held to his word. This is nothing like is predecessor CLOVERFIELD. Both John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are dynamite, and their odd chemistry makes the movie more eerie and nail-biting than it's supposed to be.
Like DORIS, this is a must own and I do hope I see both Goodman and Winstead's names come big, bad awards time.