Friday, April 19, 2002

Notable Video Releases

The Deep End (IMDB) (Netflix)
A nice little thriller where, for a change, Mom is the protector. Tilda Swinton and the photography are terrific and got plenty of non-Oscar awards and nominations.

The Man Who Wasn't There (IMDB) (Netflix)
The latest Coen Brothers' comedy about "existential dread" (according to them). Beautiful black & white Oscar-nominated cinematography by Roger Deakins, who also shot "A Beautiful Mind." Strong performance by Billy Bob Thornton and a wonderful monologue by Tony Shaloub that almost steals the movie.

Sexy Beast (IMDB) (Netflix)
Ben Kingsley's anti-Gandhi performance of a hood trying to brutalize a colleague into un-retiring got him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Powerful stuff, but not for the delicate of sensibility.