Critics’ picks, August 9–15, 2012
Is Vertigo the best film of all time? You be the judge.
1. Ballplayer: Pelotero
Dirs. Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley. 2011. N/R. 77mins. In Spanish with subtitles and English. Documentary.
A highlight of this month’s Black Harvest Film Festival, this sobering sports doc follows the dovetailing careers of two MLB hopefuls from the Dominican Republic. Available on demand widely.
2. Last Ride
Dir. Glendyn Ivin. 2009. N/R. 90mins. Hugo Weaving, Tom Russell, John Brumpton.
No, it’s not the Hank Williams biopic. Matrix baddie Weaving is scary-good as a fugitive father in Ivin’s outback-set drama. Available on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and VUDU.
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1958. PG. 128mins. James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes.
Is this haunting tale of romantic obsession the greatest film of all time? Hitchcock’s masterpiece recently topped the decennial Sight & Sound poll, unseating 50-year favorite Citizen Kane. Better luck in 2022, Orson. Available on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and VUDU.