Tues., Sept. 27 @ 7 PM – Screening: TIME by Garrett Bradley

Please join us for “Time“, the final installment of September’s Screening Series: A WOMAN’S WORK on Tuesday, September 27th at 7 PM.  This Oscar-nominated documentary follows a woman campaigning for the release of her husband who’s serving a 60-year prison sentence.

*2021 Atlanta Film Critics Circle – Winner Best Documentary
*2021 Black Film Critics Circle – Winner Best Documentary
*2021 Critics Choice Documentary Awards – Winner Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary
*2021 Gotham Awards – Winner Best Documentary
*2020 NewYork Film Critics Circle Awards –
Winner Best Non-Fiction Film

The Guardian describes it: “Eschewing explanatory title cards or on-screen text, Bradley creates a tone poem that ebbs and flows in hypnotically lyrical style, dexterously shuffling images from disparate periods to create something unified and immersive. Through this time-shifting montage, we are encouraged to share in the experiences of the indomitable woman whom Bradley met while making the 2017 New York Times Op-Docs episode Alonea stylistically similar short film she considers the “sister” to this feature. “This system breaks you apart,” Fox says in Alone. “It is designed, just like slavery, to tear you apart.” Yet in Time it’s an almost superhuman sense of togetherness that rings through, a refusal to bow down, to be broken or defeated.”  Read more…

An NPR interview with director, Garrett Bradley on her film “Time”.

Thu., Sept. 29 @ 7 PM – Dave Scanlon and Mother Juniper

Dave Scanlon and Mother Juniper share a bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Sept. 29. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.
Dave Scanlon pursues a practice of writing austere songs and continues a series of “counting” compositions focusing on intonation, numerology, and measurement. He is also a member of the experimental rock band JOBS and the pop group Leverage Models.
Scanlon has released music on Ramp Local, New Amsterdam Records, Tzadik Records, Hometapes, Clean Feed Records, New Atlantis Records, and Whatever’s Clever. He has performed at Issue Project Room (NYC), Roulette (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Shinjuku Pit Inn (Tokyo, Japan), Yokohama Airegin (Yokohama, Japan), Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Casa Del Popolo (Montreal, Canada), and many more.
Mother Juniper is made up of dream story weavers, many myths, and a three-stringed street banjo.
As this is an indoor show, masks are strongly recommended.

Fri., Sept. 30 @ 7 PM – Love N’ Co and Lars

Love n’ Co plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Sept 30. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10. Lars opens the show.
Emerging from New Haven in 2019, Love n’ Co delivers powerful sonic waves that caress the soul, aiding in the journey of self-discovery and raw expression.
The core duo of the band consists of Lovelind Richards and Lamar Smith, the former born and raised in Florida while the latter grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. The band’s sound has been described to have a range, “from high-energy funk to surging pop.”
Lars is a queer musician and singer sharing their love for ukulele. They have been playing for 7 years and are featured in the band uncis with two published albums which can be found on all streaming platforms.
This is an inside show, these are our covid protocols: masks are strongly encouraged.

Sat., Oct. 1st @ 10:30 AM – Robert Messore’s Toddler Tunes

Robert Messore brings his Toddler Tunes kids’ music show to Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Oct. 1. The event starts at 10:30 AM. This will be an outside show, weather permitting.
Robert Messore puts on a high-energy sing-and-dance-along program for young children and their parents.
Voted “Best Entertainer for Toddlers” in the 2011 Kidhaven.com readers poll, Messore’s public “Toddler Tunes” program at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Haven is the place to be every week! The songs are a mix of the classics and some newer songs that folks love. He recognizes that these programs are a place for parents to get together as much as anything, so he encourages folks with newborns through 6-yr-old children to attend.
Suggested donation is $5-10 per family but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

New Releases – 09-27-22

Top Hits

The Munsters (Comedy; Dir: Rob Zombie; Starring: Cassandra Peterson, Richard Brake, Sheri Moon Zombie; Distr: Universal Studios) – avail. 9/27/22
“The Munsters is a really well-done adaptation of the 1960s TV show and deserves a watch if you enjoyed that era of TV shows.” Read more…

Thor: Love and Thunder (Action/Adventure; Dir: Taika Waititi; Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale) – avail. 9/27/22
“…because the series has jettisoned many of its earlier components — its Shakespearean pretensions, meddlesome relatives and, crucially, Thor’s godly grandeur — the new movie more or less plays like a rescue mission with jokes, tears and smackdowns.” Read more…

New Foreign

After Blue (Paradis Sale) (France, Sci-fi; Dir: Bertrand Mandico; Starring: Elina Löwensohn, Paula Luna, Vimala Pons; 2021 Sitges – Catalonian Int’l. Film Festival Winner Best Film) – avail. 9/27/22
“It’s unclear what Mandico is trying to say, if anything, and the film overstays its welcome — even the wildest visuals lose their power to stun after a while — but “After Blue” certainly is sui generis.” Read more…

Memoria (Columbia, Drama; Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021 Winner Jury Prize at Cannes; Starring: Tilda Swinton, Agnes Brekke)
“Weerasethakul’s new movie is called Memoria, and while it’s as marvelously strange as anything he’s ever made, it’s also a bit of a departure. It’s his first feature shot entirely outside Thailand, and it also marks his first time working with a movie star, in this case, the great Tilda Swinton.” Read more…

New on Blu-Ray

Dawn of the Dead (2004, Horror; Dir: Zack Snyder; Starring: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer)
“Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead is purely an entertainment piece, full of outrageous set pieces, scary moments, and extravagant dialogue.” Read more…

Donnie Darko (2001, Drama/Mystery; Dir: Richard Kelly; Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary MCDonnell)
Donnie Darko at 20: the soulful student favourite comes of age

Mean Girls (2004, Comedy; Dir: Mark Waters; Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams)
Fetch happens: why Mean Girls is the perfect teen movie

The Wicker Man (1973, horror; Dir: Robin Hardy; Starring: Edward Woodward, Christoper Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland)
“What transpires over the course of the film is unsettling and often bizarre, but also poses salient questions about tradition, judgment and moral relativism. And it does it all in a breezy, evenly paced 88 minutes. Although sometimes arcane in its references, I cannot express how bracing, exciting and downright funny a first watch of The Wicker Man is.” Read more…

American Back Catalog (Post-1960)

Exotica (1994, Drama; Dir: Atom Egoyan, 1994 Winner FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes; Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Don McKellar; Distr: Criterion Collection)
From Caryn James’ 1994 NYT’s review: “Despite its lurid-sounding subject, “Exotica” turns out to be less erotic than eerie. It raises moral questions of guilt and responsibility, plays with post-modern ideas about perception and, by the end, even involves blackmail and murder.” Read more…

Less Than Zero (1987, Drama; Dir: Marek Kanievska; Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey, Jr.)
From Janet Maslin’s 1987 NYT’s review: “…Mr. Kanievska gives it a superficial stylishness that is quite spectacular; every scene revolves around one ingeniously bizarre touch or another (the lighting effects are especially dazzling), and the cumulative effect is as striking as it means to be.” Read more…

New Documentary

The Automat (Documentary; Dir: Lisa Hurwitz; Featuring: Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould)
“The movie unfurls the history of Horn & Hardart, the Manhattan-and-Philadelphia-based chain of restaurants the Automat was synonymous with. It’s an engrossing tale of commercial expansion, industrial innovation and cultural harmony even in times, like the Civil Rights era, when that kind of unison seems tough to fathom.” Read more…

NOVA: Ultimate Space Telescope (Documentary; Distr: PBS) – avail. 9/27/22
“ULTIMATE SPACE TELESCOPE introduces viewers to the engineers responsible for building, launching, and deploying the most ambitious telescope of all time, chronicling the ups and downs of the events leading to its launch. The film gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the nerve-wracking, step-by-step process of each critical deployment, leading up to a thrilling success: JWST’s first image: A picture of a single star that turned out to be much more—an image revealing never-before-seen galaxies.” Read more…

Three Minutes: A Lengthening (Netherlands, Documentary; Dir: Bianca Stigter; Narr: Helena Bonham Carter; 2022 Winner Best Documentary at Dublin Int’l. Film Festival, NYT’s Critic’s Pick)
“Three Minutes” is more than a documentary about the Holocaust — it is an investigative drama, a meditation on the ethics of moving images and a ghost story about people who might be forgotten should we take those images for granted.” Read more…

New TV Series

Mayor of Kingstown (TV Series, Crime Thriller; Creator: Taylor Sheridan; Starring: Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest) – avail. 9/27/22
“Scripts are full of the musingly fatalistic dialogue that Sheridan favors, but to Renner’s credit, he’s built up a steady filmography of tough guys who feel betrayed by their own capacity for savagery, and he fits right in here.” Read more…

Ultra City Smiths (TV Series; Voice Actors: Julian Barratt, Kristen Bell, Chris Conrad; Distr: AMC)
“It’s hard to call a series that resembles Robot Chicken by way of Team America: World Police by way of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa wholly original, nor after three episodes do I know if the insidious hard-boiled narrative is going to come together as anything other than a whimsically warped amusement, but the blending of elements has already resulted in a series that doesn’t feel like anything else on TV.” Read more…

New Releases – 09-20-22

Top Hits

The Forgiven (Mystery; Dir: John Michael McDonagh; Starring: Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes)
“Although it often mirrors Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Sheltering Sky, a much better film based on a novel by the great Paul Bowles, also set in Morocco, The Forgiven is a more contemporary, yet equally vivid and atmospheric look at louche interlopers in a toxic environment who stay too long at the fair.” Read more…

Vengeance (Mystery; Dir: BJ Novak; Starring: Boyd Holbrook, BJ Novak)
“Vengeance,” while earnest, thoughtful and quite funny in spots, demonstrates just how difficult it can be to turn political polarization and culture-war hostility into a credible narrative. Its efforts shouldn’t be dismissed, even though it’s ultimately too clever for its own good, and maybe not quite as smart as it thinks it is.” Read more…

This is Not a War Story (Drama; Dir: Talia Lugacy; Starring: Danny Ramirez, Frances Fisher; 2021 Winner Festival Prize for Best Drama Feature Film at Atlanta Underground Film Festival)
““This Is Not a War Story,” which Lugacy also directed, is a naturalistic, chat-heavy narrative that captures the difficulties wrought by the unimaginable trauma individuals face as they attempt to forge connections and find peace after war.” Read more…

New Foreign

Black Box (France, thriller; Dir: Yann Gozlan; Starring: Pierre Niney, Lou de Laâge, André Dussollier)
“Black Box truly is a slow-burning thriller, much of its content dished out in bread trail increments. It keeps viewers invested throughout its entirety, never threatening to lose you along the way.” Read more…

Murina (Croatia, drama; Dir: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic; Starring: Gracija Filipovic; Distr: Kino Lorber; 2021 Winner Golden Camera Award at Cannes) – Blu-ray
“At times overpowering in its sun-drenched sense of place, “Murina” reveals each corner of this private world to us with a cool, dispassionate gaze. The water’s surface glints and undulates with sinister beauty in the movie’s wide-screen images (shot by the great French cinematographer Hélène Louvart, who filmed a Greek island holiday from a similarly anti-touristic perspective in “The Lost Daughter”).” Read more…

Documentary

Dynasties (2018, British, documentary; Narr: David Attenborough; Distr: BBC)
“Narrated once again by Sir David Attenborough with his note-perfect delivery and patently British sense of understatement, Dynasties (or as Attenborough says, “DIN-asties”) had teams of producers and wildlife experts spend anywhere between two and four years on different continents tracking groups of animals to tell a deeper, more structured story than the previous natural history documentaries, despite their impressive scope, had time to dwell on.” Read more…

Futura (Italy, documentary; Dir: Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher; Distr: Grasshopper Films; NYT’s Critic’s Pick)
“Anyone with a heart will be stirred by the generous, critical, humanist spirit shared by the kids in front of the camera and the grown-ups on the other side.” Read more…

Hold Your Fire (documentary, Dir: Stefan Forbes ; Winner Metropolis Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC)
“Forbes relates the suspenseful tale with a well-edited mixture of archival news footage and contemporary interviews with many of the principals involved, including the daughter of one of the hostages, a Black woman who refused to leave the store when given the chance because she didn’t trust the police. The myriad racial, social and justice issues inherent in the story are explored at length, but never in overly didactic fashion.”  Read more…

New on 4K and Blu-Ray

American Psycho (2000, Suspense; Dir: Mary Harron; Starring: Christian Bale) – Blu-ray
“American Psycho at 20: a vicious satire that remains as sharp as ever…” Read more…

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989, Action/Adventure; Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery) – 4K
From Roger Ebert’s 1989 review: “As I watched it, I felt a real delight, because recent Hollywood escapist movies have become too jaded and cynical, and they have lost the feeling that you can stumble over astounding adventures just by going on a hike with your Scout troop.” Read more…

Jacob’s Ladder (1990, Action-Thriller; Dir: Adrian Lyne; Starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña) – Blu-ray
From Roger Ebert’s 1990 review: “This movie was not a pleasant experience, but it was exhilarating in the sense that I was able to observe filmmakers working at the edge of their abilities and inspirations. Not every movie has to be fun.” Read more…

King Kong (1933, horror; Dir: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper; Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong; Distr: Warner Archives) Blu-ray
“As an object of film history, its innovations in special FX and stop-motion animation remain groundbreaking achievements, while its iconography and mythology have continued to inspire remakes and re-imaginings to this day.” Read more…

Suspiria (1977, Horror; Dir: Dario Argento; Starring: Jessica Harper, Udo Kier; Distr: Synapse Films) – Blu-ray
“Regardless of the sequels, remakes, homages and ripoffs, “Suspiria” remains a truly one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. For horror fans, it is one of those touchstone titles whose significance has been passed down from generation to generation. Unlike many other horror films of its era, it has not aged a day and its formal beauties still put most current movies to shame.” Read more…

Young Frankenstein (1974, Comedy: Dir: Mel Brooks: Starring: Gene Wilder, Teri Garr) – Blu-ray
“Often proving hilarious with some superb performances and a witty script, this comedy still holds up close to 50 years removed from its release, and remains a fantastic showcase for Brooks’ unique brand of humour.” Read more…

American Back Catalog (Pre-1960)

The Heiress (1949, Drama; Dir: William Wyler; Starring: Olivia DeHavilland, Montgomery Clift; Distr: Criterion Collection; 1950 Academy Award, Golden Globe Winner Best Actress)
From Bosley Crowther’s 1949 NYT’s review: “For Mr. Wyler has taken this drama, which is essentially of the drawing-room and particularly of an era of stilted manners and rigid attitudes, and has made it into a motion picture that crackles with allusive life and fire in its tender and agonized telling of an extraordinarily characterful tale.” Read more…

My Darling Clementine (1946, Western; Dir: John Ford; Starring: Henry Fonda; Distr: Criterion Collection)
From Roger Ebert’s 1997 review: “Most Westerns put the emphasis on the showdown. “My Darling Clementine” builds up to the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral, but it is more about everyday things–haircuts, romance, friendship, poker and illness.” Read more…

New TV Series

Outlander: Season Six (TV, Action/Adventure; Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan)
“Outlander’ Season 6 Review: The Time-Traveling Drama’s Return Is Dark, Steamy & Packed With Plot”. Read more…

The Pursuit of Love (British, BBC mini-series, Dramedy; Starring: Lily James, Emily Beecham)
“Emily Mortimer’s immaculate adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s bestseller about the madcap Radlett family is an instant classic. What a magnificent treat to tuck into.” Read more…

New Cult

The Amusement Park (1973, Horror; Dir: George A. Romero; Starring: Lincoln Maazel)
The horror movie master was commissioned by Lutherans to highlight the problems of aging – and his rediscovered 1973 feature is certainly disturbing. Read more…

Thu., Sept. 22, 5 – 9 pm – Lounge Night w/Ambient DJ

Enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or cafe drink during a relaxed evening at Best Video Film & Cultural Center with a curated mix of lounge music by DJ’s Tyler and Cameron.  Special small taste plates make for a perfect evening atmosphere to welcome Fall.

Fri., Sep. 16 @ 5:30 PM – Joe Carter & Darren Litzie

Guitarist Joe Carter and pianist Darren Litzie play “Sambas, Choros, Bossa Novas & More!” in an outdoor concert at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Sept. 16. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

Joe Carter has recorded and performed with Jazz artists such Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid and others and with Brazilian artists such as Luiz Eca, Mauricio Einhorn, Robertinho Silva, Paulo Russo and others. In addition, he has recorded several CDs through the years, his most recent is Both Sides of the Equator, with bassist David Finck and percussionist Ze Mauricio.  Joe Carter is currently the Director of the Academic Music Program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where he teaches The History of Jazz, The Music of Latin America and directs the Jazz Ensemble.

Pianist/composer Darren Litzie studied jazz piano with Dr. Rex Cadwallader, jazz theory, improvisation, and composition with Jim McNeely, Mike Holober, Jimmy Greene and Jamie Begian. Darren completed a three-year stint with the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he had several of his works premiered in concert by the BMI Jazz Orchestra. Litzie—who has played Best Video several times as a member of the Jeff Fuller & friends jazz trio—recently released his first album as a bandleader, “My Horizon.”

There will be donation vases for the musicians and the venue. Please consider being generous in supporting musicians—opportunities to perform have been fewer the past couple of years. Suggested donation of $10.

The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

Sat., Sep. 17 @ 5:30 PM – Anne Marie Menta w/ Richard Neal & Cadence Carroll

Anne Marie Menta plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center outside on Sat., Sept. 17, starting at 5:30 PM.
She will be joined by Richard Neal on guitar and mandolin, and Cadence Carroll on harmony vocals and percussion. The cover is $10.

Anne Marie Menta hails from New Haven, CT., where she has been a long time favorite singer/songwriter. She comes from a family of three brothers, where playing and listening to music was their great passion. Her musical credits include fronting various rock & roll, folk, and country bands as a singer/guitarist, including The Wanderers, Sugar Moon, Sky Riders, and Rodeo Radio.

There will be donation vases for the musicians and the venue. Please consider being generous in supporting musicians—opportunities to perform have been fewer the past couple of years. Suggested donation of $10.

The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

New Releases – 09-13-22

Top Hits

Elvis (Drama/biopic; Dir: Baz Luhrmann; Starring: Austin Butler,Tom Hanks) – avail. 9/13/22
“In the end, this isn’t a biopic or a horror movie or a cautionary parable: It’s a musical, and the music is great. Remixed, yes, and full of sounds that purists might find anachronistic. But there was never anything pure about Elvis Presley, except maybe his voice, and hearing it in all its aching, swaggering glory, you understand how it set off an earthquake.” Read more…

Lightyear (Pixar animation; Starring: Chris Evans, Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Keke Palmer; Distr: Disney) – avail. 9/13/22
“Lightyear,” directed by Angus MacLane from a script by Jason Headley, aims to please by pandering, to be good-enough entertainment. As such, it succeeds in a manner more in line with second-tier Disney animation than with top-shelf Pixar.” Read more…


Where the Crawdads Sing
(Mystery/Suspense; Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, David Strathairn; Dir: Olivia Newman) – avail. 9/13/22
“Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as an orphaned girl in the marshes of North Carolina in this tame adaptation of Delia Owens’s popular novel.” Read more…

New Foreign

Ali & Ava (British; Drama; Starring: Adeel Akhtar & Claire Rushbrook; Dir: Clio Barnard; Winner of Best Actor, Actress & Director at 2021 British Independent Film Awards)
“Barnard maintains her tough, realistic approach even as she guides this love story to its hopeful conclusion. Movies so rarely show us something as wonderfully, believably ordinary as Ali and Ava’s love — which is precisely why it feels so extraordinary.” Read more…

Happening (France, drama; Dir: Audrey Diwan, Cesar Award; Starring: Anamaria Vartolomei, Cesar Award for Best Promising Actress; NYT’s Critic’s Pick)
“In this powerful French movie set in the early 1960s, a young woman struggles to obtain an abortion when the procedure was criminalized.” Read more…

Miracle (Romania, Mystery/Suspense; Dir: Bogdan George Apetri; Starring: Ioana Bugarin & Emanuel Pârvu; Winner of Best Film at 2021 Warsaw International Film Festival) – avail. 9/13/22
“Miracle” is staged with an inexorable skill that tugs you along like a Patricia Highsmith novel. It’s a tale of mystery, of scalded innocence, and of the staggering evil that ordinary men can do.” Read more…

Stalker (1979, Russian; Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky; Winner of Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at 1980 Cannes Film Festival; Distr: Criterion Collection)
From 2012 NYT’s Book Review of Geoff Dyer’s Book “Zona” describes it as “A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room.”: “With its emphasis on landscape, texture and atmosphere, this brooding, dystopian science fiction — freely adapted from the novel “Roadside Picnic,” by the Strugatsky brothers, Arkady and Boris — is as much environment as movie.” Read more…

New Documentary

Bulletproof (Documentary; Dir: Todd Chandler, Winner Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Distr: Grasshopper Film)
“In many ways, “Bulletproof” offers a visceral counterpoint to all of that rhetoric; without voiceover or commentary, Todd Chandler’s documentary chronicles the efforts of schools and businesses across the country as they combat horrific active shooter scenarios, sometimes existentially but more frequently with militaristic force”. Read more…

From Where They Stood (French/German, Holocaust documentary; Winner Best Documentary at Jerusalem Film Festival) – avail.9/13/22
“Photography, in this context, becomes a fierce and courageous act of resistance. Cognet doesn’t just show us these photographs, but goes to the places from which they were taken, and with the assistance of camp historians, explores the details—some known, others only guessed at—revealed by their raw transmission of an unfathomable experience. Read more…

Freddie Mercury The Final Act (BBC Documentary)
“Thirty years on, in James Rogan’s poignant and tender film about the last five years of Mercury’s life, that final chapter is being told – and unlike the lurid headlines, it’s one of love, friendship and a battle against prejudice.” Read more…

Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (Ken Burns documentary; Distr: PBS) – avail.9/13/22
“The film presents an unvarnished window into daily life with mental health challenges, from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to stories of hope and resilience. Through the experiences of these young people, the film confronts the issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence, and, in doing so, help advance a shift in the public perception of mental health issues today.” Read more…

New TV Series

Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season (DC) (Animation; Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, & Jason Alexander)
“This is about Harley’s growth as a woman; a strong, capable woman charting her own destiny. She has outgrown the Joker’s psychological hooks and has clear goals for herself.” Read more…

The White Lotus: The Complete First Season (TV Drama; Starring: Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Steve Zahn; Distr: HBO) – avail.9/13/22
“But this is a sharp, soulful series that knows its characters in full and gets richer as it goes on. It’s vicious and a little sudsy and then, out of nowhere, sneakily uplifting. Along with its class-conscious bite, it has a sincere sense of beauty and awe. We all work and play and live and die under the same sun, “The White Lotus” says.” Read more…

New Animation

Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (2001, animation)
“When you have Sigmund Freud as a background gag followed by a montage of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo dealing damage to an entity of electricity, it is hard not to have fun with Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.” Read more…

New Cult

R100 (2013, Japan, Comedy; Dir: Hitoshi Matsumoto; Winner Best Non-U.S. Release at 2013 Online Film Critics Society Awards)
“Still it’s hard to remember a film about S&M as funny as this one, or one as beautifully and weirdly imagined. It was a much-followed Midnight Madness title at its Toronto bow and should whip up forgiving special interest audiences who enjoyed the director’s earlier work.” Read more…