Citizen Suggests 1 – 10/17/10

Posted by on October 17, 2010 at 1:20 am.

This is a new feature we’re starting as a service to all the film lovers out there in Fort Worth awaiting the opening of The Citizen Theater.

Each week (or a couple of times a month) Amy and I will put together a list of great films coming out for home viewing. Either on DVD, Blue-Ray, Video on Demand (VOD), or via the Internet.  These films represent some of the wonderful programming we plan to bring you when The Citizen Theater opens.  Just imagine, instead of watching these at home on your TV or computer you could have seen them on the big screen with the best picture and sound available!

In todays edition we have a brand new Criterion release from one of our all time favorite directors Terrance Malick, a superbly made indie film starring Hal Holbrook, and one of the most epic short films we’ve ever seen.

The Thin Red Line

Directed by Terrence Malick

Synopsis

After directing two of the most extraordinary movies of the 1970s, Badlands and Days of Heaven, American artist Terrence Malick disappeared from the film world for twenty years, only to resurface in 1998 with this visionary adaptation of James Jones’s 1962 novel about the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. A big-budget, spectacularly mounted epic, The Thin Red Line is also one of the most deeply philosophical films ever released by a major Hollywood studio, a thought-provoking meditation on man, nature, and violence. Featuring a cast of contemporary cinema’s finest actors—Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, and Woody Harrelson among them—The Thin Red Line is a kaleidoscopic evocation of the experience of combat that ranks as one of the greatest war films ever produced.

Acclaim

“The Thin Red Line continues to dwarf all but a handful of other war films . . . [Its] hallucinatory blend of images defines the very essence of cinema” Rob Humanick, Slant

“It boggles the mind that, after all that time away, Malick was able to put studio resources and an all-star cast in the service of a deeply personal, practically nonnarrative film, a lyric poem as much as a war epic, the kind of movie the industry had long stopped financing.”  Dennis Lim LA Times

“Get ready to scrape your jaw off the floor . . . A stirring, haunting experience, one that’s unlikely to be matched by any other war picture you’ve ever seen” Rene Rodriquez, Miami Herald

“…arguably the greatest war film ever made…” David Sterritt, Chairman of the National Society of Film Critics.  Read his full essay here.

*Available on DVD and Blue-Ray through Criterion’s official website and most major outlets for purchase and rental.

That Evening Sun

Directed by Scott Teems

Synopsis

Abner Meecham, an aging Tennessee farmer discarded to a nursing facility by his lawyer son, flees the old folks’ home and catches a ride back to his country farm to live out his days in peace.  Upon his return, he discovers that his son has leased the farm to Abner’s old enemy and his white trash family. Not one to suffer fools or go down easy, Abner moves into the old tenant shack on the property and declares that he won’t leave until the farm is returned to his possession. But Lonzo Choat, the new tenant, has no intention to move out or give in to the old man’s demands.  This sets up a ruthless grudge match between Abner and Choat, each man right in his own eyes, each too stubborn to give an inch. Angered by his son’s betrayal, and haunted by recurring dreams of his long‐dead wife, Abner sets about his own path toward reclaiming his life. Lines are drawn, threats are made, and the simmering tension under the Southern sun erupts, inevitably, into savagery.

Acclaim

“Watching Holbrook, I was reminded again of how steady and valuable this man has been throughout his career.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Superb! Powerful storytelling that cuts deep. One of the best first features in recent years. Holbrook deserves serious Oscar consideration” Ryan McNally, Examiner.com

*Available on DVD and Blue-Ray through That Evening Sun’s official website.

*Also available to rent through Netflix, and online VOD through Amazon and I-Tunes.

Glory At Sea

Directed by Benh Zeitlin

Watch it in full screen!

Synopsis

A group of mourners and a man spat from the depths of Hades build a boat from the debris of New Orleans to rescue their lost loved ones trapped beneath the sea.

Winner of multiple awards and screened at dozen’s of festivals around the world this short film about post-Katrina New Orleans is a definite must see.

*You can purchase a DVD of the film through the filmmaker’s website.  The film is also available along with a collection of other short films through WolphinDVD.

*Also, you can buy the wonderful soundtrack on I-Tunes and Amazon.  You might recognize it because the Obama campaign used part of it in their commercials!

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