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Rent It

“This is the North—we do what we want.”
The Red Riding trilogy is as ambitious a set of films as you’re likely to see, intertwining characters and events from three distinct stories (separated by date: 1974, 1980, 1983) that use the real-life Yorkshire Ripper case to explore tales of deep-seated provincial corruption. You could watch each one as a stand-alone film, but it’s the time-spanning intricacies that give the trilogy its heft. Individually, the films are well-made, well-acted and well-written, but not emotionally engaging enough to justify a one-off viewing; the reward comes from watching them together, with each subsequent film thoughtfully complementing what’s come before. So if you’re going to give the trilogy a try, be ready to commit to it. Some may find this harder than others, as the tone of series is unrelentingly grim and bleak, and its methodical pace requires some patience. The payoff is worth it though; the motivations of the films smoothly transform as they progress, initially introducing conflicts dealing with investigations of the murders only to reveal by the end that the story you’ve been watching has been about something else entirely. If it recalls Zodiac, it’s for all the right reasons.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – TV spots, deleted scenes, a trailer, a making-of, and an interview with Julian Jarrold.

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Clint Eastwood take note: This is what your old-man vigilante film should have looked like. The first trailer for Harry Brown hit the web a couple days ago, and it’s instantly landed the film on my must watch list. The feature directorial effort from Daniel Barber, the film concerns Michael Caine’s retired ex-marine character who goes all Death Wish on some local thugs after they kill his friend. Emily Mortimer stars as the token cop who tries to take him down for vigilantism.  

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