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DVD Talk reviews for Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

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Distant Voices, Still Lives (Blu-ray)
by Justin Remer

The Movie:

British director Terence Davies is one of those idiosyncratic filmmakers whose work I have long heard praised for its unique beauty but never watched myself. Criterion inducted his 1992 film The Long Day Closes into their collection a few years ago, but still I held off. Now, Arrow Academy's release of his first feature Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) offers this reviewer an opportunity to get with the program.

And it's great.

Composed of two sections (which are actually two short films, shot two years apart, after it became apparent that the final cut of the original film was too short for cinemas), Distant Voices, Still Li...Read the entire review »

Valley Girl - Shout Select Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
by Tyler Foster

Julie (Deborah Foreman) is, like, totally bitchin': a popular Valley girl at the top of her high school's social ladder. Randy (Nicolas Cage), on the other hand, is a New Wave punk teenager on the other side of the hill in Hollywood. Yet when these distinctly different people manage to meet at a Valley party -- right after Julie has dumped her jerky jock boyfriend Tommy (Michael Bowen) -- there's sparks for sure between the two of them. For both of them, it's a minor personality crisis: Julie can't account for what it is that pulls her toward Randy, nor can Randy explain why he cares so deeply for Julie, but despite their many differences, they're perfect for each other, you know? Unfortunately for the star-crossed lovers, Julie's girl gang of besties Stacey (Heidi Holicker), Loryn (Elizabeth Daily), and Suzi (Michelle Meyrink) don't like the idea of Julie fraternizing with the cultural enemy,...Read the entire review »

 

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Sleepwalkers (Blu-ray)
by Francis Rizzo III

In 10 Words or Less

Stephen King brings oddball horror exclusively to the screen

Note: Images are included for illustration purposes only and do not reflect the disc's quality.

Reviewer's Bias*...Read the entire review »

 

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An Interview with God
by Olie Coen



Director: Perry Lang
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, David Strathairn, Yael Grobglas
Year: 2018

Faith-based films are making their appearance known far too often, masquerading as real cinema, when all they really are is propaganda for a religion that is slowly dying and is desperate to reach new audiences before it blinks out completely. Or at least, that's a pessimistic (and potentially atheist) take on the genre; an optimist (or Christian/believer/hopeful soul) might see it in a completely different light. That's the inherent problem with this modern movement; you can talk about God in a movie, but making your story completely about one viewpoint is automatically polarizing, and those who haven't fallen for the trick before are...Read the entire review »

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