Nowadays, isn’t it a chore to discover a good movie that nobody knows about. Well lucky for you this Indie Movie Examiner has taken on that task and has provided still even more DVDs that you might have missed that you will want to watch.
“A Little Help“- A recent widow, Jenna (Pam on TV’s “The Office”) Fischer in her first lead role, gets caught up in a lie and needs to find herself while taking care of her 12-year old son and her extended family. The lie, told by her son, is that his father’s death could be attributed to a heroic act during 9/11 (which it most certainly wasn’t). Definite Dramedy, this American Indie is carried by a strong performance by Fischer and its deft handling of the craziness of everyday life. Also available to stream with a Netflix membership.
“The Dead”- A Zombie chiller set in the beautiful but, barren Sahara desert of Africa. It concerns an American Lieutenant who seems to be having the worst day of his life. He survives a plane crash only to find himself battling an outbreak of ravenous undead in an unknown land. Creepy, with a credible plot and nightmarish imagery. Only available to buy on Import DVD, long before any U.S. edition arrives.
“Fire of Conscience“- Director Dante (“Beast Cops”) Lam keeps Hong Kong Action alive & kicking in a tough tale of two detectives who discover the vice force they work for is full of widespread corruption. Thrilling, with some outstanding fight sequences set against a gruesome procedural investigation into a prostitute’s murder. A hard to find DVD rental, it’s also available on VOD.
“Tabloid“- Documentarian Errol (“Thin Blue Line”) Morris delivers a story ripped from yesteryear’s headlines that sounds like something from Today’s evening news– a former Miss Wyoming is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary. An intriguing mystery that is highlighted with real-life grainy photos, scandalous behavior by a beauty queen & lurid details behind this work of factual hearsay. Another hard to find rental, it’s also available on IFC’s VOD, as well.
“The Way“- Father Martin Sheen acts as a grieving doctor & his son Emilio Estevez directs in a spiritual Drama about the loss of a loved one and regaining one’s path in life. When his son dies while hiking the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, this dad flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child’s world, he decides to complete the 500-mile mountain trek to Spain. He soon joins up with other wandering travelers and realizes they’re all searching for some meaning. This film just finished playing Pittsburgh theaters but, it’s now exclusively available to purchase on Import DVD.