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By Dustin Rowles | DVD Releases | March 26, 2008 |

Control: Phillip seemed to appreciate Control, a documentary on Ian Curtis, the tortured lead singer of Joy Division. “It’s a film that seems made for fans already steeped in the Curtis mythos, those who have an extant familiarity with those iconic talking points in his life — the fateful Sex Pistols show, the confrontation with Tony Wilson, the apocryphal blood-contract, the onset of epilepsy, the onstage fits, the affair with Annik HonorĂ©, the Derby riot, and then that harrowing morning.” However, he had some reservations: But in merely presenting Curtis without an attempt at understanding, Corbijn loses something to the myth, and the narrative arc which leads Curtis to stardom and then, one fateful morning after watching Werner Herzog’s Stroszek and listening to Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, to swing from his kitchen ceiling, feels like an afterthought. Still, as an accompaniment to Joy Division’s music, Control is impeccable, featuring some of the most beautiful chiaroscuro photography of the year. For fans, this accompaniment is like a love letter; for everyone else, it’s probably just another riddle.”

Kite Runner: Ranylt was mixed on The Kite Runner, writing that “the Dreamworks belts and pulleys never completely disappear from the product, though, and make The Kite Runner a film that defies a pat verdict. It hopscotches between a strong, fascinating beauty designed to engage American viewers with its alien face, and mealy movie-of-the-week contrivances. Sentiment ultimately drowns out a superior sort of affect which, by and large, sustains itself up until the final half hour of the film.”

The Mist: Aside from complaints about the way The Mist ended (an emotion-porn conclusion, complete with Dead Can Dance caterwauling), Ranylt was satisfied with the film. Everything sandwiched between the bookends Darabont selected works as it should. “Unless you’re the type of viewer who can’t forgive alterations between source and film, or who requires something in the way of Original to light your fire, The Mist connects the genre dots and draws up a decent nightmare.”

Wristcutters: A Love Story: John didn’t much care for Wristcutters, writing “Set in a purgatorial afterlife populated by suicides, it’s a shabby, sentimental indie that didn’t bother to spring for Zach Braff or the rights to the high-profile emo songs that might have drawn the audience of yearning teens it so desperately craves. Instead, it signed up Tom Waits and Patrick Fugit (of Almost Famous…fame) in a misguided attempt to rope in the aging hipster demographic, who won’t fail to find it thin, lacking in humor, and occasionally insulting.

Kite Running Wristcutters in the Mist

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