And now it is time for Hot And Now, where we each pick a film that you can watch at home. My pick for Hot & Now is one of the most important DVD releases of the year. It's something that's very dear and personal to me -- as a matter of fact, we've discussed it on this show before. It's HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA, Jean-Luc Godard's monumental, ten-part series of video essays on the history and possibilities of cinema. There's nothing quite like it, in terms of style, scope or subject.
Sure, this isn't for everyone. But if you're seriously into movies, it can be life-changing. HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA has never before been available on DVD in this country; it comes out in a two-disc set from Olive Films on December 6th. This is one of those things that really rewards multiple viewings; it's really multi-layered and there are many things you won't pick up on the first time you see it. And since it's broken up into episodes, it makes an ideal DVD set -- something you can pop in and experience when you have a free half-hour, the way you'd re-read a favorite poem from a book of poetry or listen to a few tracks from an album that you like.
My Hot and Now pick is "Tyrannosaur," a bleak but ultimately uplifting drama about two damaged people trying to save each other. Peter Mullan gives a powerful performance as Joseph, an unemployed widower who commits a horrific act at the film's start. He's volatile, profane, lonely and filled with regret. But he forms an unlikely friendship with Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker played by Olivia Colman.
Clip: Starts at 44:42. Mullan walks out of dressing room, tries on suit. Mutters one f-word that will need to be bleeped at 44:50. Colman tries to put tie on him and he flinches, then says "I'm sorry, go ahead." Ends at 45:10
But Hannah's life isn't as sweet and simple as Joseph -- or we -- initially think. She's in a terribly abusive marriage -- Eddie Marsan plays her cruel and capricious husband -- and she drinks herself into a stupor nightly to forget her problems. British actor Paddy Considine, in writing and directing his first feature, pulls no punches. He's also created complex characters whose hard-earned redemption feels totally believable. "Tyrannosaur" is already playing in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco but it opens in more cities over the next few weeks.