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Home Movies/Out on Digital: May 10

May. 9, 2014
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The Rise and Fall of The Clash

The Clash began as one of rock ’n’ roll’s great hopes and ended as a bloated caricature. Filled with archival footage and conflicting interviews with eyewitnesses, Danny Garcia’s documentary explores what went wrong. Different answers are offered: maybe it was the machinations of manager Bernie Rhodes or spokesman Kosmo Vinyl, the personality crisis between Mick Jones and Joe Strummer, the quandary of an anti-capitalist band making fistfuls of dollars, the failure of rhetoric—or all of the above?

Sophie’s Choice

Out as a Blu-ray/DVD with cast interviews as an extra, Sophie’s Choice (1982) is a gripping story of a naïve young Southern writer in 1947 New York. He falls in with the intriguing couple upstairs, the Polish Catholic refugee Sophie (Meryl Streep) and her high-strung Jewish boyfriend Nathan (Kevin Kline). Both are hiding secrets, including the choices Sophie made that enabled her to survive a Nazi death camp. Streep earned a well-deserved Oscar for her role.


Rain washes an urban landscape, a sad-eyed man gazes into the night, a pensive woman wanders naked down the street as if looking for home; next scene: the yellow tape of a crime investigation. French director Claire Denis’ Bastards is an enigmatic, elliptical postmodern noir with a jigsaw-puzzle plot. At the center is retired sea captain Mario (Vincent Lindon), trying to keep a flame of honor burning in a dark world of sexual abuse and corruption.


The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case to determine if Wisconsin Republicans’ redistricting maps are too partisan. Do you believe the U.S. Supreme Court will order Wisconsin to redraw our legislative maps so the majority of legislative districts are competitive and voters will actually have a real choice between a Democrat and Republican?

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