It's Tuesday, and that means your local video store has lined their shelves with the titles that the employees have
been surreptitiously watching in the back room for weeks. More Secrets of A Former Video Store Employee to come; for
now, let's move on to this week's notable indie DVD releases.
Anatomy of Hell
Forget The Brown Bunny (actually, don't - but put it on the back burner for like five seconds) - Catherine Breillat's Anatomy of Hell was the most divisive exposed-genitalia flick of the year. The French filmmaker, best known Stateside for the cruel and unusual masterwork Fat Girl, casts porn star Rocco Siffredi as a gay man who accidentally gets caught up with a suicidal woman (Amira Casar) who - wait for it - offers to pay him to take a good long look at her, um, "celluloid closet" (played, in what must be joke of the year, by stunt double Pauline Hunt). It seems like this could all go one of two ways: Razzie-caliber inanity, or a fascinating and provacative way to spend a Tuesday night. If you find yourself up against the New Release wall wracked with indecision, consider this: J. Hoberman of the Village Voice called Anatomy of Hell one of the Ten Best films of last year; Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave it his vote as one of the worst.
Touch of Pink
I'm sure a lot of us feel like we need another cutesy coming-out comedy like we need a hole in the head, but Touch of Pink has something new to offer: the casting of Kyle Maclaughlin as Cary Grant. Um, what? Well, according to the fillm's official synopsis, Jimi Mistry plays Alim, a "young, South-Asian Canadian who thinks he's living with the spirit of Cary Grant." When Alim's mom comes to town to try to convince him to take a bride, Cary Grant convinces Alim to convince his boyfriend to pretend to be his roommate. Hilarity, no doubt, ensues - as well as ample opportunity to drool over the sight of Maclaughlin in a well-tailored tuxedo. Yum. See girls? The male gaze isn't so bad after all!
John Sayles' 15th film was all but ignored last fall - I think by the end of last summer, most of us had been subjected to all the political farce we could possibly take. But if your appetite for these kinds of things is stronger than mine: Chris Cooper plays Dickie Pillager, a good ol' boy running for governor of Colorado; Richard Dreyfus is his shrewd-but-stuffy opponent, and Danny Huston plays the snoopy former reporter who wants to see Pillager lose. Also starring Maria Bello, Daryl Hannah, and Thora Birch.
Other notable DVD releases/re-releases this week include:
The Fifth Element (Ultimate Edition)
Fargo (Special Edition)
Ghost in the Shell (Special Edition)
Leon - The Professions (Deluxe Edition)