Best Media 2015: DVDs

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LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list cites five titles in each of four categories for a score of films you won’t want to miss

Two from Jacquot, The Black Stallion, Manglehorn, and Mr. Holmes | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, December 1, 2015

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Jacquot’s particular exploration of French culture may be best appreciated by serious film fans and/or Francophiles; Ballard transcends “kid flick” and appeals to all ages; a slowly building Manglehorn that ultimately unlocks its virtues

Truffaut’s Day for Night, Two Soviet Documentaries, Wigon’s Debut, & More | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

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Filmmaker Truffaut’s beautifully restored love letter to the cinema, two historically significant Soviet feature documentaries, New York singles find love via the social network, a riveting political thriller, a parent’s decades-long quest for justice

Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

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A smartly provocative dissection of the entertainment business, a haunting meditation on memory and loss, Oscar nominee Timbuktu for best foreign film is leisurely paced but accessible, White God is doggone good.

Best Media 2014: Best Video

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Digitally restored classic films—domestic and foreign—and television miniseries, especially crime dramas, reign amid fewer but notable documentaries in LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list.

Directors Tornatore, Sorrentino, Kurosawa, & Offbeat Zizek | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

The Great Beauty

From The Hidden Fortress and Throne of Blood to Bettie Page Reveals All to The Best Offer

Young Love, Groeningen’s Belgian Oscar Nominee, Action-Thriller, Family Drama | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

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Blue is a rite of passage worth taking, a couple copes with the death of a daughter, for fans of suspense master Hitchcock Foreign Correspondent is restored, hearty family drama that goes down pretty smoothly

Top Foreign & Indie Picks | Fast Scans

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All Is Lost for viewers who like realism in their adventures, a visual feast, Mr. Nobody challenges but does not confound, Nebraska is worthy of its multiple Oscar nods, A Perfect Man breaks formulaic dramedies

Top Foreign & Indie Picks | Fast Scans

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Jean-Marc Vallee’s expressionistic meditation on obsessive love; Martin Scorsese’s restored versions of seldom seen but important films; the second of Michaelangelo Antonioni’s “alienation trilogy”; Stuart Blumberg proves adept behind the lens; an escape from the slums of Havana in Lucy Mulloy’s feature-film debut

FastScans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks | November 15, 2013

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Top foreign & indie picks.