CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
DVD Round Up, April 2010: ‘Tenderness,’ ‘Uncertainty,’ ‘Tony,’ ‘Neowolf’
CHICAGO – It’s been awhile since the ultra-useful DVD Round-Up brought you a wave of recently released DVDs that slipped below the mainstream radar but we’re back with a very star-powered installment of your favorite column and you can now expect us to return with monthly editions. Russell Crowe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt lead the way for this revamped list of synopses, cast info, tech specs, and special features. Pick your favorites from the quartet below.
“Tony” was released on April 6th, 2010.
“Tenderness” was released on April 13th, 2010.
“Neowolf” was released on April 20th, 2010.
“Uncertainty” will be released on April 27th, 2010.
Synopsis: “A career-hardened detective (Oscar winner Russell Crowe) becomes obsesses with the early release of Eric, a teenaged serial killer he helped send to prison. While the detective trails the young psychopath, Eric is joined by a troubled girl who knows the predator’s darkest secrets and desires. Now the detective must race against time to prevent another murder, unaware of the painful truth hiding beneath the surface of this riveting psychological thriller.”
“Tenderness” stars Russell Crowe, Jon Foster, Sophie Traub, and Laura Dern. It was written by Emil Stern and directed by John Polson. It is rated R and runs 101 minutes. The film is presented in widescreen with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and accompanied by an English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track.
Special features: “Finding Tenderness: Bringing the Novel to the Screen”
Synopsis: “Every choice has a consequence. But what if the flip of a coin could trigger two separate but parallel destinies? Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer) and Lynn Collins (Wolverine) star as Bobby and Kate, a young New York couple at a crossroads whose lives are about to take very different heads/tails directions: A visit to Brooklyn leads them to gentle discoveries about family, loss and each other, while a day in Manhattan plunges them into an urban nightmare of pursuit, suspense and murder. Olivia Thirlby (Juno) co-stars in this uniquely powerful thriller written, produced and directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, the award-winning filmmakers behind Suture, Bee Season, and The Deep End.”
“Uncertainty” stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lynn Collins, and Olivia Thirlby. It was written and directed by Scott McGehee & David Siegel. It is not rated and runs 105 minutes. The film is presented in widescreen with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and accompanied by an English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track.
Special features: Still Gallery, Audition Footage, Script/Scene Comparison, TV Spot, and Trailer.
Synopsis: “A week in the life of Tony, an alienated psychopath with severe social problems, an obsession for action films and a horrible moustache. Unemployed and unemployable, Tony prowls the streets, his nervous attempts to make human connections rebuffed by laughter or contempt. Occasionally he snaps, and violence is the result…
Gerard Johnson’s dark, brutal, bleakly amusing psychological thriller has already drawn favourable comparisons to John McNaughton’s seminal Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and features a star-making lead performance from Peter Ferdinando as the title character - probably the most alarming cinematic anti-hero since Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle.”
“Tony” stars Peter Ferdinando, Ricky Grover, Frank Boyce, Lorenzo Camporese, and Cyrus Desir. It was written by Gerard Johnson. It is not rated runs 78 minutes. The film is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen.
Special features: None.
Synopsis: “Torn between the girl he loves and the dark side of his dreams of fame, a young musician is seduced by a touring rock band called Neowolf with a mysterious past and a hungry habit that comes with the full moon.”
“Neowolf” stars Agim Kaba, Michael Frascino, Heidi Johanningmeier, Ryan Ross, Megan Pipin, and Veronica Cartwright. It was written by Alessandro di Gaetano & Michael January and directed by Alan Smith. It is rated R and runs 88 minutes. The film is presented in widescreen with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and accompanied by an English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track.
Special features: Trailers