Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New DVD/Blu-ray Release: Remember Me

New DVD/Blu-Ray Release: “Remember Me” (Available June 22)

Remember Me, a film by director Allen Coulter, starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, is the type of film that is becoming too rare in today’s Hollywood system. It oozes raw energy, drips authenticity and heart, has a thought provoking, well written script, and it only cost $16 million to produce. Too often films today are designed as franchise vehicles and use their $100+ million budgets as marketing tools. Remember Me, however, is a real film, centering around a young man named Tyler in New York struggling with the death of his older brother and a detached, workaholic father, played surprisingly well by Pierce Brosnan. Tyler is intelligent but directionless, and ends up in some trouble with the law. But it’s this incident, which doesn’t seem overly significant at the time, that leads him down a new path in life. He meets a girl named Ally (Emilie de Ravin), who happens to be the daughter of the officer (Chris Cooper) who arrested him. Despite the fact that they are very different people, they quickly form a strong bond, and suddenly the world is a little less lonely.

This movie is a must see for anyone seeking a quality, meaningful film in a year where we’re asked to endure Iron Man and Sex and the City sequels. Pattinson is proving to be an actual talent with real potential beyond the Twilight series, and he has real chemistry with co-star de Ravin, best known for her work on the TV series Lost. Brosnan and Cooper are Hollywood veterans and they lend considerable gravity to their supporting roles. Remember Me is exactly the kind of movie we need right now, a film that reminds us of the power of true film making, where character and story matter above flashy special effects. Make sure to stick this one through to the end, because the ending perfectly ties subtle narrative threads together that run under the surface throughout the whole film.


A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Remember Me is a film filled with raw emotion and as a viewer you never feel entirely safe. It has a dangerous, gritty quality while still retaining accessibility and charm. While A Streetcar Named Desire has a very different plot, it is also defined by a raw sexual energy and a general feeling of insecurity, set in an authentic urban environment. Directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando, Vivian Leigh, and Kim Hunter, Streetcar is an all-time classic.

Blanche DuBois (Leigh) arrives in New Orleans, trying to outrun her personal problems, and drops in on her sister Stella (Hunter) and her husband Stanley (Brando). Stanley is a dominating figure and the presence of Blanche upsets the dynamic of his relationship with Stella. After learning about Blanche’s past troubles there’s a crash course to an inevitable confrontation that doesn’t end well.

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