The Immigrant, James Gray’s Strange Love story, and a near-masterpiece, is (finally) out today on Blu-ray & DVD. Check out my review!
Sharky’s Machine, Burt Reynolds self-directed cross of a Robert Altman (character-driven ensemble piece) and a Robert Aldrich flick (lurid violence, men being men) is out today as well, from Warner Brothers. One of the best modern-noirs ever, this film takes several joyous timeouts to allow the many terrific character actors such as Brian Keith and Bernie Casey supporting Reynolds their moments to shine, often in unhurried monologues that effectively draw us into the characters and make us worry about their eventual fates. Plus the film offers a lot of violence and attitude, and a great modern-jazz score; Quentin Tarantino appropriated the title song for a long sequence in Jackie Brown. Shame Warner Brothers doesn’t offer up some deleted scenes or at least a Reynolds interview; one would think he would be rightfully proud of this one. If you haven’t seen it, see it. See it now!