In case you're wondering... here's the notables of what'll be in your video store (or, more likely, on Netflix or Amazon) this Tuesday the 24th of January.
Address Unknown - dir. Kim Ki-duk - 2001 - South Korea - Tartan Video
Tartan's releasing one of the last of Ki-duk's films stateside. I haven't seen this one yet, but hopefully it falls along the lines of some of his better work -- The Isle, Spring Summer Fall Winter... and Spring, and 3-Iron.
The Aristocrats - dir. Paul Provenza, Penn Jillette - 2005 - USA - ThinkFilm
100 or so comics (only a few of them worth seeing) tell the same joke about a family of performers in their own filthy way. Some of the renditions are inspired: Sarah Silverman, Carrie Fisher, Andy Dick, the crowd from theonion.com. Others are not: Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Lewis, Carrot Top, Robin Williams. Hearing Bob Saget talk about people eating cum and shitting on one another proves to be not nearly as funny or as ironic as you may have hoped.
Can DVD - segments by Brian Eno, Hildegard Schmidt - 2003 - Germany/USA - Mute Corporation
Fans of the Krautrock pioneers can rejoice -- now they can buy the 2-disc DVD set, filled with live performances and a short film dedicated to the band by Brian Eno, for an affordable price. This re-release doesn't include the bonus CD, but runs a reasonable $23 instead of $45.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things - dir. Asia Argento - 2004 - USA/UK/France/Japan - Tartan Video
For those with the all region players, Tartan UK has released Asia Argento's adaptation of the JT LeRoy memoirs on DVD this week. With a strange cast that includes Argento herself, Peter Fonda, Winona Ryder, Marilyn Manson, Lydia Lunch, Ornella Muti, and Michael Pitt, those without a region-free player can wait until Palm releases it stateside in March.
Once and Future Queen - dir. Todd Verow - 2000 - USA - Vanguard Cinema
You may like Todd Verow's second part of his Trilogy of Addiction, which began with Little Shots of Happiness and ended with A Sudden Loss of Gravity. Or you may have remembered how awful his adaptation of Dennis Cooper's Frisk was and choose to avoid this altogether.
Repo Man (Collector's Edition) - dir. Alex Cox - 1984 - USA - Focus Features
Yeah, Emilio Estevez used to be cool. A friend of mine believes that any movie with Harry Dean Stanton can't be bad... and, for the most part, that's true, especially the case in Alex Cox's uber-punk rock sci-fi comedy.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: The Road to God Knows Where / Live at the Paradiso - dir. Uli M. Schüppel - Germany/UK - 1990/92 - Mute Corporation
For the Lydia Lunch fans, here's her second showing this week on DVD. For everyone else, this DVD contains a documentary about Nicky and the Bad Seeds' US tour in 1989 and a separate concert flick filmed in Amsterdam. Also features Anita Lane and Jim Thirwell.
Sin destino - dir. Leopoldo Laborde - 2002 - Mexico - TLA Releasing
TLA brings us an homage to Buñuel's Los Olvidados about a street hustler in contemporary Mexico.
Thumbsucker - dir. Mike Mills - 2005 - USA - Sony Pictures
Based on the novel by Walter Kirn, a teenage boy can't rid himself of his filthy thumbsuckin' habit. Keanu Reeves and Vince Vaughn sound like a turn-off, but, as you may already know, I'll watch anything with Tilda Swinton.
The Virgin Spring [ Jungfrukällan ] - dir. Ingmar Bergman - 1960 - Sweden - Criterion
And... the DVD pick of the week: Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring. Finally out on DVD via Criterion, Bergman's first Oscar winner deals with a provincial Swedish family whose virgin daughter has just been raped. Totally grim and unmistakedly Bergman.