Griff the Invisible

This Week in DVD

Everything old is new again as two of the week’s best DVD releases are for films that are decades old including Giorgio Moroder’s 1984 redo of Fritz Lang’s classic Metropolis with music by Freddy Mercury, Loverboy and other 80s superstars. But don’t fret, there are also some solid new films to check out this week including Bellflower, Griff the Invisible, The Warring States and more. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Three Colors: Blue White Red (Criterion) Krzysztof Kieslowski’s thematic trilogy looks at France’s motto: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. Blue stars Juliette Binoche as a woman who suffers a terrible loss and attempts to free herself from life and its responsibilities with a kind of slow-motion suicide, but she instead finds true freedom through healing. Red features Irene Jacob as a young woman whose solitude is slowly shattered by unexpected friendships. And I have no clue what White is about. I haven’t even seen Criterion’s new set yet, but even a Criterion release of just Blue and Red would warrant an automatic purchase.

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Everyone’s familiar with the glut of comic book superhero films filling the multiplexes for better or worse, but the genre has a little bastard brother that continues to fly beneath the radar. This sub-genre shares a common theme in its placement of real people in the real world who only believe that they’re superheroes. Special with Michael Rapaport, Defendor with Woody Harrelson, and Super with Rainn Wilson are just a few examples, and one of the many elements they’ve shared is their American origin. But now Australia has found its own make believe superhero. And his name is Griff. A young man in a bathrobe stands watch over the city streets with the aid of a telescope and a high tech wall of monitors. He’s watching for criminals, scoundrels, and other evil doers in need of a good beat down and innocent civilians in need of saving. Say hello to Griff (Ryan Kwanten)… superhero by night, shy, quiet, bullied oddball by day. And his story is one of wonder, romance, and (unfortunately) a slight missed opportunity.

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published: 04.18.2014
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