Sweetwater

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Himalaya A remote Nepalese village suffers a loss when their leader dies on a trek, but as the time approaches for another salt delivery two men struggle for the top position. Tinle is old but has led before, while Karma is younger, brasher, and insistent that the gods play no role in their lives. They both head out on competing treks, but only one can take control of the community. This French film from the late ’90s is a gorgeously-photographed look at a people and a region seldom scene in today’s world. “Today” is a tricky word though in regard to this film in that the movie could take place in 1999 or 1919 or anytime in between. Far from old-fashioned, it shows rivals battling for respect alongside the clash between new and old beliefs, and it reaches some wise conclusions. And again, it’s beautiful to look at too. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentary, making of, trailer]

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All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

If you’re seething with unreleased rage and only know three guitar chords, there are a ton of options for you at theaters this week. From the boys finally loving Mandy Lane to Machete continuing his fight against good taste (which must have done something terrible to his family), and from Captain Phillips fighting back against pirates to William Faulkner rising from the grave to strangle James Franco, there are an unhealthy amount of victimized people taking up arms against a sea of bullies. Naturally, vengeful ghosts and an evil Disneyland come into play as well. On the punk rock side, there’s Green Day battling Broadway and a poorly-lip-synced attempt at telling the story of an iconic haunt that never played bluegrass music. There’s also a lot more going on in a week with a massive amount of movies. Here’s your trailer-ized guide to what’s coming out:

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Sweetwater Movie

As we all know, whenever someone wants to get revenge in a Western, they have to first strip naked and stand poignantly beside a campfire on an otherwise pitch black night. Sweetwater continues that tradition when Sarah Ramirez (January Jones) starts killing a bunch of people that did her wrong. The Sundance movie also features Jason Isaacs as a murderous preacher and Ed Harris as a tap-dancing sheriff, and it currently doesn’t have a US release date (straight to DVD?). The trailer is a faulty kind of mash-up attempting to make it simultaneously seem like 3:10 to Yuma and Django Unchained. So, not great. You’ll also notice that they don’t showcase a ton of speaking from Jones (a bad sign), but with the possibility of Harris and Isaacs going over the top, there might be some gold in them hills.

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