1. Kingdom of Dreams & Madness (DVD) ~ Hayao Miyazaki
Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential other director Isao Takahata over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki s The Wind Rises and Takahata s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare fly on the wall glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world s most celebrated animation studios creators of successful films including Princess Mononoke and the Oscar winning Spirited Away, the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.
2. Days and Nights (DVD) ~ Katie Holmes
Christian Camargo (Dexter) makes his directorial debut with the star-studded DAYS AND NIGHTS, a comedically tender interpretation of Anton Chekhov s The Seagull. Movie star Elizabeth (Allison Janney, Tammy) takes her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family during Memorial Day weekend. There they meet up with Elizabeth s ailing brother (William Hurt, A History of Violence), her artist son (Ben Whishaw, Skyfall), his ethereal muse (Juliet Rylance, Sinister), the family doctor (Jean Reno Léon: The Professional), the estate s custodian (Russell Means, The Last of the Mohicans), its careless caretaker (Michael Nyqvist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and his wife (Cherry Jones, 24), their temperamental daughter (Katie Holmes, The Giver), and her long suffering ornithologist husband (Mark Rylance, The Other Boleyn Girl) who s the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young. Over the course of the holiday weekend, a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and, ultimately, salvation in this tragicomic examination of the volatile and fragile nature of love.
3. Color of Time (DVD) ~ James Franco
One man, one life. A thousand memories. Based on Pulitzer Prize-Winning poet CK Williams TAR collection, The Color of Time is a poetic expression of CK's life, written and directed by twelve filmmakers from New York University. The film takes a journey through several decades of American life, from CK's childhood and adolescence in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s to the early 1980s. CK (Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award Winner and Academy Award Nominee James Franco) and his wife Catherine (Golden Globe Nominee Mila Kunis) are married with a son. CK spends his nights struggling to write new poems and haunted by memories of his past. As CK drives to a reading in New York City, he remembers central moments of his life and we come to experience and understand both his relationship to love and loss, and how he found his calling as a poet through the women in his life. Also starring Golden Globe Winner and Academy Award Nominee Jessica Chastain, Golden Globe Nominee and Independent Spirit Award Winner Zach Braff, and Bruce Campbell.
4. Open Windows (Blu-ray) ~ Elijah Wood
When Nick (Elijah Wood) discovers that he's won a dinner date with his favorite star Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey), he's incredibly excited to finally get the chance to meet her. That excitement deflates when Jill refuses to honor the contest and all of Nick's hopes are dashed. He's intrigued when Chord (Neil Maskell), a man claiming to be Jill's campaign manager, offers him something he can't quite refuse: Chord will give Nick the ability to constantly view Jill via computer. Nick is initially reluctant but is finally persuaded, unaware that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk.