Are The Young Men
(2019/Well Go Blu-ray)/Incarnation
(2019/Film Movement DVD)/Nobody
(2021/Universal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B/C+/B/C/B Sound: C+/C+/B-/C+/B
Extras: C-/C-/B/C-/B- Films: C+/C+/B/C/C+
is one of the most important aspects of film, make or break a film,
but sometimes, you get a film that uses it in a particularly heavy,
unique or superior way. Here are some new releases that show that...
C. Martin's Here
Are The Young Men
to be another Trainspotting
or French New Wave film out of Ireland, with its intent to criticize
a world with too much mass media and how this goes all the way to
people with video cameras they have no idea what to do with, but I
can never seem to make the big statement and goes all over the place.
high school friends (Dean-Charles Chapman, Finn Cole, Ferdia
Walsh-Peelo) decide to start getting crazy and celebrate as they
approach alleged graduation with parties, drugs, some sex and much
drinks, et al, with vandalism, but seem to have nowhere to go. That
is why they get nuts. One of them starts to lose his mental
stability, not helped by a angry talk show run by a instigator
Travis Fimmel, channelling a deranged variant of Jimmy Kimmel) and
the slow downward spiral for all begins, some of which might be seen
by more than a few people.
some editing that is effective at times until it does not add up to
what it thinks it is, the conclusion is unconvincing and part of that
has to do with more than a few missed opportunities and some of the
things said and points made have been done plenty of times before.
Sadly disappointing, at least it has some energy. Too bad it does
not have the ideas to match.
an interesting attempt to tell a tale of a man (Stojan Ojorojevic)
stuck in a moment that keeps repeating, one where he is being tracked
by masked men with guns trying to shoot and kill him. Not Groundhog
and aspiring to the likes of Run
and even Source
the film may not always succeed, but it has some fine directing,
performances, ideas and visuals (including some solid editing) that
put it in the same league as those films.
is a film that starts out very well and promising, comes up with some
nice ideas and a few good twists, then does not know how to make it
all add up. Still, it is a Serbian production that could go a few
rounds with bad Hollywood imitators of such cinema. I really wanted
this to work all the way, but it at least has its moments and is
worth a good look for serious film fans.
his big follow-up to Alphaville
(1965) but this time, it was time for more writerly commentary and
comedy, with great images included. His semi-Cold War-era tale of
the 'children of Marx (Karl, maybe Groucho?) and Coca-Cola' has a
rising pop singer Madeline (Chantal Goya, a real such singer of the
time) and that leads to all kinds of music, art, politics, sex,
revolution and more commentary in one of the director's most famous
amounts to many surprises, vignettes, moments about honest sexuality
(the birth control pill had just come into its own) and all kinds of
ideas so relevant to the moments and history going on, much of which
is a relevant today as ever. It is a very playful film, as the title
partly suggests, but ultimately it is one of the greatest directors
ever at the peak of his powers letting it all roll and never missing
a beat. Though some moments work better than others, this is one of
Godard's true classics. All serious film fans need to see this one.
to explore the dark side of trying to become an actress (especially
legitimate) in feature films and the distressed title character (Wu
Ke-Xi) thinks a new spy film will do it, but it has more sex and
violence in it than most films. Should she go for it anyhow?
film goes back and forth between the real world, the world of the
film's narrative and people being exploited, sexually and otherwise.
Some may get confused at times, but you think the film will make some
kind of big statement. Instead, it just runs on for its 100+ minutes
and its conclusion is a bit of a cop out and big disappointment. Too
bad, because it at least started out well.
we have a new film from a screenplay by the writer of John
(2021) with Bob Odenkirk holding the lead role as a father who seems
passive at first, but has a dark secret that has (temporarily) made
him a sort of quiet pacifist when his house is invaded. This all
changes quickly when his house is further attacked and other parts of
his past and the return of the repressed in general leads to another
course, the film has more graphic violence and language than any film
really needs, but that is the point of films of this cycle, which is
the older man back in private wars (usually involving a cat on the
side!?!) and facing old and new enemies. For that, the script is a
little sloppy and has a few missed opportunities that a little more
time and concentration could have fixed. Oh, and the 'Russian Mafia'
is here too, another cliche of some of these films.
92 minutes, it seems longer than that at times and does not always
use its time well, but if interested, there are enough moments worth
a look to sit through it. The RZA, Connie Nielsen and Christopher
Lloyd make up the decent supporting cast, but cheers to the stuntmen
for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1, Dolby
Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition
image on Nobody
not without some flaws and limits, but they are few and the HD-shoot
is decent enough overall, even when the film falls short. The 1080p
2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on the regular Blu-ray is not
as clear or colorful, but is somewhat watchable. The film just looks
best in 4K with its 12-bit color.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Men
is also an HD shoot, one that even calls attention to this by images
that have lines of degradation to suggest older surveillance cameras
and the surreal talk show in the story. Color is not bad, but it can
be a little off, sometimes on purpose, sometimes not.
1080p 1.33 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfer on Masculin
is from a new 4K scan off of the original 35mm camera negative (all
Kodak 4X film versus 400 ASA Ilford on all of Alphaville)
that is the best I have seen the film, rarely showing the age of the
film and having superior gray scale. Detail is fine and this is the
way to see the film after so many DVDs issued worldwide.
sound on each disc Is a little different, with lossless Dolby
Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for older systems) on both versions of
having the best sound here, but the film is dialogue-based, so it
does not always use the tracks fully at all times. Otherwise, it is
has a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix that has some good
music and can have a good soundfield, but the dialogue is not as
loud, clear or as balanced as it should be, especially at times when
the music overwhelms the talking. Maybe they did not record this
well enough on set or could correct this, but it is a problem and
sometimes really noticeable.
has PCM Mono from the original optical negative soundmaster and it is
as good as it probably will ever sound, jokes, sound effects and all.
It goes great with the film transfer.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image transfer on
and 2.35 X 1 image on Nina
are new HD shoots, but Nina
looks a bit softer than it should throughout, getting in the way of
viewing it. Both offer lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes
in their respective languages, but the 5.1 versions fare better in
include Original Theatrical Trailers in all cases, save Nina
with some brief Behind The Scenes clips. Masculin
adding a high quality, illustrated booklet including informative text
and an excellent essay by film critic Adam Martin and a 1966
report from the set by French journalist Philippe Labro, while its
disc also adds an interview from 1966 with actor Chantal Goya,
Interviews from 2004 and 2005 with Goya, Kurant, and Jean-Luc Godard
collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin, discussion of the film from 2004
between film critics Freddy Buache and Dominique Paini and footage
from Swedish television of Godard directing the 'film within the
adds Digital Copy, two feature
length audio commentary tracks and three brief Behind The
Scenes/Making Of clips.