Dheepan, Zombies, Hitchcock, Oscar Winner Pelle, French Musicals | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Jacques Audiard’s realistic drama steadily builds toward a Taxi Driver–like denouement; Colm McCarthy’s meagerly distributed theatrical feature deserves a wider audience; Hitchcock’s rare “failure” proves to be more intriguing than some directors’ successes; French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Demy brilliantly embraces Hollywood conventions

Mysteries to Microcosmos | Fast Scans: Top Foreign and Indie Picks

Grab a blanket and get cozy, because no matter your taste in movies, we have it here. Dramas, mysteries, comedies, or fascinating new takes on nature documentaries; whatever your preference, this list has got you covered.

Cinema Paradiso, Buster Keaton, and a Slow-Burning Ixcanul | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Tornatore’s beloved classic finally debuts on Blu-ray; this topical “slice of life” drama errs on the side of underplaying but is unexpectedly ­poignant; Bustamante’s slow-­burning drama unfolds at a measured pace; Olmi’s paean to the peasant life, fittingly told in an unflashy style

Hitchcock/Truffaut, The Quiet Earth, The People vs. Fritz Bauer | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, February 15, 2017

Holly­wood’s reigning “master of suspense” Alfred Hitchcock is shown as more than a master entertainer inHitchcock/Truffaut; Oscar-nominated for its darkly comic but affecting screenplay The Squid and the Whale is definitely worth re-experiencing

Punch-Drunk Love, Mia Madre & The Best of Cinerama | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, January 2017

Carefully restored classics, family predicaments and absurdities with well-staged comic relief; and big name actors such as Adam Sandler, John Turturro, and Emma Thompson, makes this collection wonderfully diverse

Best Media 2016: DVDs

LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick rounds up his favorite discs in a varied list that necessarily omits streaming-only titles from Netflix, Amazon, et al., and primarily favors recent releases over titles originally shown in the prior calendar year. Documentaries are limited to popular programs in lieu of arguably more worthy educational material. The biggest takeaway this year? Sixteen-plus hours—two miniseries—devoted to O.J. Simpson.

Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks | Video Reviews, December 2016

A survey of some of the top foreign & indie movies, brought to you by reviewer Jeff T. Dick, including For the Love of Spock, a touching tribute to Leonard Nimoy

From Ingrid Bergman to Saved! to A Taste of Honey | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, October 15, 2016

Stig Björkman’s refreshingly personal portrait chronicles a remarkable life; Eric Barbier takes an unusual approach with his heist picture; a diverse bunch of students at a Christian high school put their faith into practice; an often touching story of disaffected souls looking for love

Musical Marguerite, Malick’s New World, Caregiver Catharsis, Renais on the Holocaust | Fast Scans, September 15, 2016

Marguerite is no less funny for substituting tragicomedy for broad farce; Plá’s riveting drama–cum–social and political commentary should serve as a catharsis; Malick’s exquisitely shot amalgam of narrative storytelling; Night and Fog is not lacking for impact

Lean/Coward’s “Brief Encounter,” Frankenheimer’s Manchurian Candidate, an Oscar-Nominated “Bedouin Western,” & More | Fast Scans, July 1, 2016

David Lean collaborates with playwright Noel Coward to produce a heartbreaking drama; I, Anna, a seductive film noir; Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury radiates chills in The Manchurian Candidate; an exciting disaster flick, well grounded in reality