CATEGORIES Comedy, Drama, Independent, MGM, New on DVD, Home Entertainment, Cinematical Indie, Features, DVDs, CinematicalMy indie pick of the week is Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited; which our own Monika Bartyzel has already reviewed elsewhere. My next pick is a film that Cinematical's Scott Weinberg recommended: Death at a Funeral. The title may be misleading: it's a comedy directed by Frank Oz (Little Shop of Horrors, What About Bob?) and Scott described it as "a very broad, very British and very funny farce ... that will definitely appeal to people over the age of 30." MGM's DVD includes an audio commentary by Mr. Oz, another by screenwriter Dean Craig and actors Alan Tudyk and Andy Nyman, and a gag reel.
New Oscar winner Javier Bardem also starred in last year's Goya's Ghosts, a bio-pic directed by Milos Forman; Ryan Stewart wrote: "It just comes across as odd and indicative of a serious lack of directorial focus." He further stated: "If it were not the work of a major director, it's hard to imagine why anyone would suffer the mental agitation of trying to figure out how its various pieces fit together ..." Ryan explained his disappointment very well, but if you're a glutton for punishment -- or a huge, huge fan of Bardem and co-star Natalie Portman -- you might decide to rent the DVD from Samuel Goldwyn, which includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.
I'm afraid that's as good as I could find among the indie releases this week that have been reviewed by my colleagues. Silk stars Keira Knightley and Michael Pitt, but James Rocchi didn't like it very much ("the movie's as coarse, clumsy and plain as burlap") and Slipstream, directed by Anthony Hopkins, nearly drove Nick Schager mad ("It's Hopkins' very own Inland Empire, minus the inspiration and double the stylistic wackiness"). I tried to watch Slipstream over the weekend, but only made it through the first seven minutes, so I admire Nick's tenacity in seeing the whole thing.