Film » Cinefiles



The Inbetweeners: The Complete Series (NR)

E-One Entertainment

While I normally eschew most products featuring horny teens trying to find new ways to cop a random feel of any stray boob, this British series pretty much erases all those prejudices. It focuses on kids too cool to be nerds and too nerdy to be cool, thus left stuck between stereotypes. The private school transfer, the dimwit, the perv and the everyman traverse the pitfalls of under-18 sexuality, with an incredible amount of dirty laughs along the way. Get in on this hilarious Brit-com before MTV's bastardized version, premiering this month, puts you off for good. — Louis Fowler


The Last Days of Disco (R) (Blu-ray)

Criterion Collection

This is my favorite of Whit Stillman's Bourgeoisie trilogy (with 1990's Metropolitan and 1994's Barcelona) because it portrays the early '80s disco days in a nostalgic glow that doesn't feel false or immorally glorified: 1998's The Last Days of Disco, seeing its Blu-ray debut around Stillman's newest theatrical outing, Damsels in Distress, stars Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale as upwardly mobile New Yorkers for whom the discotheque promises networking opportunities. The film is awash in sincerity and a glow of non-judgment that feels daring even in our supposedly post-ironic age. Stillman's kind of honest observation has a place in our culture, now, and always.— Justin Strout


Brake (R)

IFC Films

Secret Service Agent Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) awakens to find himself encased inside a Plexiglas box that also happens to be in the trunk of a car. For the next 91 brilliantly suffocating minutes, we are trapped with him as he tries to figure out why he's been kidnapped and how he plays into a bigger picture. Brake is one of those movies that has so many twists and turns, you don't want to say much about them because every plot point and mystery solved are so surprising that it's better to discover them on your own. Which is the most amazing thing you can say about a movie that takes place entirely in the trunk of a car. It's the best thriller that I've seen all year. — Louis Fowler

Brake | The Inbetweeners | The Last Days of Disco

Add a comment

Clicky Quantcast