Lucky, which features Harry Dean Stanton’s final (and, if not his best) performance, hits DVD January 2 via Magnolia Home Entertainment.
The feature centers on Lucky (Stanton), a 90-year-old atheist who’s living a seemingly mundane life in a desert town. Upon closer inspection, however, Lucky has enough friends at his local diner and bar to get him through the day. But Lucky understands his final days on this Earth may be just around the corner, and he’s having an understandably rough time facing his own mortality. Along with Stanton’s evocative work, the picture also features wonderful performances from David Lynch, Ron Livingston and Tom Skerritt.
Special features on the DVD include the segments “A Few Words from Harry Dean Stanton,” “Behind the Scenes: Harry Dean Stanton’s Final Film Take,” the theatrical trailer, and interviews with director John Carroll Lynch and writers/producers Logan Sparks and Dargo Sumonja.
In a career that started back in the 1950s, 91-year-old Harry Dean Stanton is considered one of cinema’s finest character actors. Whether it’s working with Wim Wenders in Paris, Texas or delivering a moving cameo in David Lynch’s The Straight Story, Stanton’s presence is undeniable. He’s front and center with actor John Carroll Lynch’s feature directing debut Lucky as he plays an elderly man who’s essentially outlived most of his friends. Living off the grid in a desert town, Lucky (Dean Stanton) is up for conversation for any person who comes his way (David Lynch also stars in the feature).
The movie received rounds of praise at this year’s SXSW Festival, and considering John Carroll Lynch (Zodiac,Fargo) is also an excellent character actor, their bond is probably one of the film’s strengths. Check out the trailer below and feel free to comment below!
Lucky, co-starring Ron Livingston and Tom Skerritt, hits theaters September 29.
One game I’m downloading as soon as it hits the App Store on February 21st is Year Walk, an eerie and haunting game from Simogo.
Described by the developers as a “vision quest,” the first person adventure has players walking through the dark woods in 19th century Sweden, where abstract puzzles and supernatural beings await. Available for download on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Year Walk looks like something that was hatched from the mind of David Lynch, if he suddenly got obsessed with The Wicker Man and Robert Frost.
The free app A Year Walk Companion will also be released the same day, and it’s described as a “mini-encyclopedia” that helps gamers go “covers a range of forgotten beliefs and superstitions and goes deeper into the subject of year walking.”
Few apps have gotten me as excited as Year Walk, and hopefully the game, which is currently shrouded in mystery, doesn’t disappoint.
Tell us what you think of the game’s trailer below:
Currently in limited theatrical release as well as being available via VOD, SIDE BY SIDE is a first-rate documentary (hosted and co-produced by KEANU REEVES) on the subject of digital technology as it pertains to contemporary filmmaking. Sure to get some attention come awards season, the film features interviews with a collection of filmmakers that includes such heavyweights as LANA and ANDY WACHOWSKI, BARRY LEVINSON, LENA DUNHAM, DANNY BOYLE and GEORGE LUCAS (to name just a few).
Notoriously camera-shy and reluctant to do interviews, LANA and ANDY WACHOWSKI were a major casting coup for REEVES (even though they’d worked together on the MATRIX films). During our recent interview, he talked about getting them to agree to help out on the project.
SIDE BY SIDE is in limited theatrical release and available now via VOD
Airing tonight on IFC, PORTLANDIA: THE BRUNCH SPECIAL is an all-new look into the making of season two’s finale BRUNCH VILLAGE. Fans of the show will get a look at the director’s cut of the episode in which co-creators FRED ARMISEN (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) and CARRIE BROWNSTEIN (SLEATER-KINNEY) bring to life some of the series most beloved (and off-beat) characters. Along the way, guest stars KYLE MacLACHLAN, BOBBY FLAY and SNL producer LORNE MICHAELS all make guest appearances.
No stranger to the Pacific Northwest, MacLACHLAN rose to popularity in the early ’90s as star of the eerie DAVID LYNCH television series TWIN PEAKS. At the recent PORTLANDIA press conference, he talked about that show and his relationship with that part of the country. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)