This week on Small Screens, Melanie Laurent picks up an instrument, a class of German students take an experiment too far, Nicolas Roeg gets the Criterion treatment and more.
“Kill the Irishman”
The Deal: Based on a true story, “Kill the Irishman” chronicles Irish mobster Danny Greene’s (Ray Stevenson) rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Christopher Walken gives a suitably memorable performance as a sleazy loan shark in this blood soaked crime tale. The cast also boasts Vincent D’Onofrio as John Nardi, a gangster Greene allies himself with.
Extras: Interviews with the FBI, Danny Greene’s family and Mafia informants, along with never-before-seen crime scene photos and footage.
The Deal: The new film from Radu Mihaileanu, the acclaimed writer/director of “Live and Become,” stars Melanie Laurent (“Beginners”) and Francois Berleand in a comedy about a once celebrated Russian conductor who poses as the leader of an orchestra to perform in Paris and make a triumphant return to the scene. Laurent plays a young violin virtuoso in this heartwarming tale.
The Deal: This sexy drama marks the narrative feature debut of Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Dana Adam Shapiro (“Murderball”). Chris Messina (HBO’s “Six Feet Under”) stars as Theo, a bored wedding photographer engaged to the beautiful Nat (Rashida Jones). To make his life less mundane, Theo takes up a new hobby: take clandestinely voyeuristic photos of clients living their everyday lives. Thing go smoothly, until he meets a sexy exhibitionist (Meital Dohan).
Extras: Music video for "You Don't Know (Nat's Song)" by Rashida Jones with Bummer and Lazarus, deleted scenes, a collection of behind the scenes footage and outtakes with the cast & crew, the feature-length screenplay by Dana Adam Shapiro and Evan M. Wiener, along with an excerpt from Dana Adam Shapiro's upcoming book "You Can Be Right Or You Can Be Married" and an exclusive essay by film critic Amy Taubin.
The Deal: Nicolas Roeg’s inventive adaptation of Terry Johnson’s acclaimed play gets a newly restored digital transfer courtesy of the Criterion Collection. The '50s set all-American drama takes place in one hot New York City Hotel room and concerns four unnamed people who look a lot like Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Joseph McCarth. Its sterling cast includes Tony Curtis, Theresa Russell and a pre-"Celebrity Apprentice" Garey Busey.
Extras: New video interviews with Roeg and Tony Lawson, ‘Making “Insignificance,”’a short documentary shot on the set of the film, the original theatrical trailer, plus a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and a reprinted exchange between Roeg and screenwriter Terry Johnson.
Top VOD Pick: “The Wave”
The Deal: This 2008 Sundance contender, directed by Germany's Dennis Gansel, is thought-provoking thriller about a high school teacher who demonstrates to his class what life is under a dictatorship. The students take to the experiment with gusto, leaving the teacher with more than he bargained for.
Where to Find: IFC Films on Demand.