Flick Picks 8/20

New This Week

ENTERTAINMENT: There are two sly new comedies on tap this week. First is Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey in a film based on the true story of a Texas funeral director who befriended the crankiest widow in town and later was accused of her murder. Richard Linklater, director of Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused and Waking Life, directs this film with a light hand and an abundance of charm. Also this week is The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen's newest cringe-inducing comedy. He reunites with Larry Charles, the director of Borat, in the story of a dictator who is abandoned in America.

SERIES: We've given you a chance to become acquainted with the first 7 seasons of House M.D. and now the 8th and final season of House arrives on DVD. Also coming out this week is series 3 of the BBC's period legal drama Garrow's Law as well as season 7 (the final season) of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick.

SUBTITLED: The much anticipated Academy Award winner for best foreign language film - A Separation - finally arrives on DVD this week. It's an Iranian film about the relationship between a husband and wife and the conflicts between the various classes in contemporary Iran. Chile is another country that has been putting out some great films and we've got two very different ones this week. Bonsai is a melancholy film about a writer who yearns for a love whom he let slip away. A much darker film is Post Mortem, which is set during the 1973 military coup and focuses on a lonely morgue clerk who is infatuated with the burlesque dancer next door.

Sight and Sound List

Every ten years, the British publication Sight & Sound Magazine polls various film industry professionals in order to come up with a list of top films. This year was newsworthy since Citizen Kane was knocked from its perch at number one for the first time since 1962. Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is the new number one film while Citizen Kane sits at number two. You can get more information, including the top 50 films, at the Sight & Sound website. The top ten films are as follows:

  1. Vertigo
  2. Citizen Kane
  3. Tokyo Story
  4. The Rules of the Game
  5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  7. The Searchers
  8. Man With a Movie Camera
  9. The Passion of Joan of Arc
  10. 8 1/2
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