What’s on DVD Tuesday, July 6, 2010?!
A Single Man
A Single Man is based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, and Ford’s–and Firth’s–gift is bringing the inner-turmoil world of the novel to believable, and devastating, life on the screen. Firth may be best known as a dashing romantic-comedy hero (Pride and Prejudice, the Bridget Jones films), but in A Single Man he demonstrates nuance and depth that will stay with the viewer long after the film is over. Firth plays George, a gay British professor, living a life of true, if closeted, bliss with his partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), in the straitlaced early ’60s. (Amazon)
Brooklyn’s Finest follows three NYPD cops who come from very different places (geographically and personally) as their lives, and the compromises they have made daily to coexist with the mean streets of Brooklyn, dovetail to a climax that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. Fuqua has assembled a stellar cast here, including Richard Gere, a veteran cop just a week from retirement; the always amazing Don Cheadle, an undercover officer whose loyalties to the force may be compromised by his growing loyalties to the groups he’s infiltrating; and the film’s true revelation, Ethan Hawke, a young corrupt cop whose morals make the stomach turn, though Hawke’s performance is nuanced and riveting. (Amazon)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Fans of Stieg Larsson’s Men Who Hate Women may have been concerned about how the Swedish author’s novel would translate to the screen, but they needn’t have worried. Significant changes to the source material have been made, but director Niels Arden Opley’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as it’s now called, is mostly riveting. As the story begins, middle-aged investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) has just been convicted of a bogus charge of libel against a rich and corrupt corporate hotshot when he’s unexpectedly offered a most unusual gig. An aging captain of industry named Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube) wants Blomkvist to figure out what happened to Vanger’s niece, who disappeared more than 40 years earlier; not only is the old man convinced that she was murdered, but he suspects that another member of his large and rather disagreeable family (which includes several former Nazis) is the culprit. (Amazon)