From Oscar-nominated feature films to ... 'The Sopranos in Middle-Earth' - new DVD releases available from IFI Film Shop.
On the surface, a film about baseball and statistics, based on a non-fiction (albeit best-selling) book doesn’t sound too appealing, yet Bennett (Capote) Miller’s critically-acclaimed Moneyball was one of 2011’s most pleasant surprises. Brad Pitt plays a beleaguered baseball manager who teams up with a young economics graduate (Jonah Hill) to pioneer a radical new approach to team selection, eschewing star players in favour of statistics.
Mysteries of Lisbon
Director Raúl Ruiz died last year and Mysteries of Lisbon was his last (completed) film. This beautifully observed epic melodrama easily ranks as one of the finest films of the last year.
The Ides of March
Ides of March
As another election year rolls around in the U.S., it’s worth checking out George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March. Ryan Gosling plays an idealistic press secretary whose loyalty to a Democratic Presidential candidate (Clooney) is challenged by the murky realities of political life. A strong supporting cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei and Paul Giametti.
Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin’s sprawling fantasy series has been various described as “The Sopranos in Middle-Earth” or a Dark Age version of The Wire.. Either way, the story of powerful families vying for power in a vague-familiar medieval setting (mostly shot in Northern Ireland) is a compelling one, described by the Guardian as “one of those rare points when fantasy grows up”.
Hugo (available from mid-April)
Just like The Artist, Martin Scorcese’s Hugo is a love-letter to a bygone era of cinema, this time of Georges Méliès and the Lumière brothers. Hugo marks Scorcese’s 3D debut, and the master clearly relishes the unique challenges presented by the format. The eclectic cast includes Asa Butterfield, Ray Winstone, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law and Christopher Lee.
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