The Sunday Drive 9/2/12
3. Sleepwalk with Me
Comedian Mike Birbiglia proves to be as effective behind the camera a he is on stage in bringing his hit off-Broadway show to the big screen. A familiar story is given a deeply personal touch as Birbiglia relives his growth as a comedian while struggling with relationship problems and a dangerous sleepwalking affliction.
While fans of Matt Bondurant's violent and poetic novel may balk at the liberties taken in John Hillcoat's moonshine-soaked adaptation, a dynamic cast, rowdy spirit, and energetic gangster action make Lawless one of the most enjoyable movies of the season.
Compliance is one of the movies that is so haunting, so unbelievable, so gripping that it's impossible to look away. Directed with cold detachment by Craig Zobel, the reality-based thriller shows the horrific results when those with noble intentions are corrupted by those with baser motives. It's been numero uno on this list for three weeks, so if you haven't seen it yet what the heck are you waiting for?
DVD Pick of the Week: Headhunters
Headhunters easily outshines The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in the realm of dark, Swedish crime thrillers. When an amoral art thief pisses off all the wrong people, he's thrust into a grisly, comic cat 'n mouse chase that's like a violent Looney Tunes cartoon brought to life. My review of Headhunters can be found here. Don't miss out.