New Indie DVD releases abound with Christmas over and many of you now having some free time before New Year’s, so why not catch up on your movie watching? Luckily for you, this Pittsburgh Indie Movie Examiner has some titles in mind to suggest to those that want to watch a good Indie flick.
“A Good Old Fashioned Orgy“- An aging playboy (Jason Sudeikis) decides to go out on top with one last bang when his parents put their summer home in the Hamptons up for sale. Uneven Unrated Comedy that is more touching (no pun intended) than the title would suggest, this film ends up wearing it’s awkward heart on it’s shirtless sleeve. A strong supporting cast helps with the likes of Will Forte, Leslie Bibb, Tyler Labine, Lake Bell & Don Johnson.
“Chop“- By the Writer/Star of the Zombie Chiller “Deadgirl”, now a feature film Director– Trent Haaga, delivers a new Gorefest with guffaws about a psycho who plans his revenge on a forgetful & unwilling victim by making him pay one painful piece at a time. Pokes fun at the expense of the Torture Porn genre, started by popular hits such as “Saw” or “Hostel” (with another sequel; “Hostel 3” just released straight to DVD this week). Brought to us by those fine folks at Bloody Disgusting selects, this DVD is part of the 30 Day Rental Window program, which means it’s only available to rent locally at Family Video.
“Circumstance“- Two upperclass female teens in Iran struggle against their oppressive society values & restrictive family bonds by exploring their mutual desires for one another. Heavy Dramatization that doesn’t always work and may even end up bordering on exploitation with some unnecessary overt eroticism. Certainly confrontational. Another in the 30 Day Rental Program, again it can be rented at Family Video or purchased to own at Best Buy.
“Little Deaths“- Named after a loose translation of the French term for orgasm comes an Unrated Horror Anthology of three sexually charged vignettes by new but, noteworthy British Directors. The best & last, entitled simply enough as “Bitch”, features Auteur Simon Rumley bringing a frank take on a masochistic relationship that goes to the dogs, literally. Quite simply one of the most shocking 10 minute sequences (without the need for dialogue) of this or any other year.
“Midnight in Paris“-Woody Allen, the legendary Writer/Director of many Comedy classics that includes “Annie Hall”, “Hannah And Her Sisters” & “Zelig”, regains his stride with this bittersweet Dramedy that leisurely strolls the streets of 1920’s Paris after dark. Owen Wilson plays an engaged man troubled with his impending nuptials, who is transported back in time every night to a more carefree lifestyle. Allen fills the screen with such formidable talents as Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates & Marion Cotillard.