These long evenings also provide ample time for digging deep into the DVD extras and experimenting with popcorn toppings.
Brad Pitt in The Assassination Of Jesse James
Mainstream titles are thin in February. We have Jodie Foster hellbent on revenge in The Brave One and epic western The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, both from Warners, streeting February 5. For classics lovers, Kino has German Expressionist titles The Hands Of Orlac and Secrets Of A Soul (both February 19), and Criterion has an extras-laden four-disc edition of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oscar-heavy The Last Emperor (February 26).
Valentine’s Day titles include Julie Delpy in 2 Days In Paris (Seville, February 5), a special edition of Billy Wilder’s The Apartment and Feast of Love (both from Fox, February 5). For passion’s aftermath, there’s After Sex (Anchor Bay, February 19).
March is science fiction, beginning, middle and end. March 4 sees an incredible 24 Dr. Who sets from Warner. March 18 has Will Smith as the last man on Earth in I Am Legend (also Warner), and on March 25 we get 22 episodes of comic book adaptation Painkiller Jane (Anchor Bay)
Other March goodies include Redacted (Seville, March 4), Brian De Palma’s drama of the Iraq war; Breakfast With Scot (Mongrel, March 18), a light comedy about a gay couple suddenly stuck with a young gay boy; and I Could Never Be Your Woman, a romantic comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer from writer/director Amy Heckerling (Seville, March 25 ).
In April, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford take on the Afghan war in Lions For Lambs (MGM, April 1). There’s class conflict in The Architect (Peace Arch, April 1) and strange love in Lars And The Real Girl (MGM, April 8).
So really, there’s no reason to go outside until May.