2 Days In New York
Available on VOD beginning July 6
Writer-director-star Julie Delpy follows up her funny, poignant 2007 romance "2 Days In Paris" with this film, in which her photographer character Marion returns. In the sequel, Marion entertains her vacationing family in her NYC home and deals with their judgmental attitudes toward her lifestyle, her city, and her African American boyfriend (played by Chris Rock). While the first film was more about the differences that divide romantic partners, this new one is about how families are forced to live with each other despite having little in common. The new movie is quite broad, but Delpy knows how to write for and direct herself, and the culture-clash comedy here is as well-observed as it is wacky.
Any movie that opens with a zero-gravity striptease in a shag-carpeted spaceship is a movie bound for cult status, and yet even today, Roger Vadim's 1968 sci-fi comedy is more talked about than seen. Jane Fonda stars as an intergalactic adventurer whose formerly peaceful galaxy is rocked by the arrival of a mysterious villain with a new kind of weapon. Based on Jean-Claude Forest's lightly erotic comic book series, "Barbarella" is a pure product of the '60s "camp" era, but it's an unusually imaginative one, what with its squid-drawn sleighs, killer baby dolls and special sex pills. The film was a box-office bomb and was disowned by many of the people involved with making it, yet its silliness and unabashed sexiness are a lot more novel and fun now. The new Blu-ray edition is a missed opportunity though; it looks nice but contains no bonus features.