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New Indie and Animation: 

obvious child blu DVD Obscura: The New Indie and International Movies You Need to WatchWhile it was an easy shorthand to describe Obvious Child (Lionsgate Home Entertainment) as the “abortion comedy,” there’s a whole lot more going on in this intelligent, hilarious, and fearless movie. Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate gives a star-making performance as Donna, an aspiring stand-up comic who’s as bold and blatant onstage as she is relationship-impaired off. (This is… Continue reading DVD Obscura: The New Indie and International Movies You Need to Watch

New Indie:

CheapThrills DVD NS DVD Obscura: The Indie and International Movies You Should Watch This MonthIt racked up lots of buzz on the film festival circuit, and now Cheap Thrills (Drafthouse Films) makes it to DVD for those who missed its theatrical run earlier this year. This exceedingly dark comedy follows two old pals (played by Pat Healy and Ethan Embry) who find themselves pushed by economic circumstances into accepting increasingly dangerous and degrading bets and dares from… Continue reading DVD Obscura: The Indie and International Movies You Should Watch This Month

New: Dudes on the defensive

51N2 rCKqoL. SL500 AA300  DVD Obscura: Tucker & Dale, Caged Men, It Takes a Thief, and MoreOK, not a lot of people are going to be pairing up gay drama The Green (Wolfe Video; now available) and horror-comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Magnolia Home Entertainment; available November 29), but hear me out. Both movies are about two guys trying to live their lives and mind their own business, but then there’s a misunderstanding, and they’re under… Continue reading DVD Obscura: 'Tucker & Dale,' 'Caged Men,' 'It Takes a Thief,' and More

New: Kevin Smith’s game-changer, a cool indie you probably missed, and some holiday sap

51S9YWNHY3L. SL500 AA300  DVD Obscura: Fanatics, Revolutionaries, and Man Whores“An Unlikely Film from That Kevin Smith” boasts the DVD cover of Red State (Lionsgate; available October 18), and this violent look at a Westboro Baptist–like cult is definitely a switch for the auteur — it’s part horror flick, part gun-crazy showdown, and part political satire, with nary a Star Wars reference… Continue reading DVD Obscura: Fanatics, Revolutionaries, and Man-Whores

New: Gay zombies vs. Bette Midler

51VHcnF2qJL. SL500 AA300  DVD Obscura: Gay Zombies, Childhood Classics and MoreBad-boy Canadian filmmaker Bruce La Bruce has previously explored the world of porn (Skin Flick, Super 8 ½) and zombies (Otto, or Up with Dead People), and now he brings those two seemingly disparate genres together in L.A. Zombie (Strand Releasing Home Video; now available), not for viewers who are squeamish about sex or violence, much less the two… Continue reading DVD Obscura: Gay Zombies, Childhood Classics and More