NEW YORK – Go find "Lost in Translation," "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "American Splendor," but don't get punk'd by Ashton in today's Foxlight.
It was one of top picks for last year and now on the smaller screen -- "Lost in Translation" (search) shouldn't get lost at all. It was small in the first place, and that's a good thing. So is this DVD release right after the Oscar nominations. I felt Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray took me with them to Tokyo. It's not about story, it's about a feel. I was having a midlife crisis right along with Bill.
Next, the only thing more luminescent than the sun in Tuscany is the radiant Diane Lane in "Under the Tuscan Sun." (search) She told me recently that she has a love affair with the country that began with her film debut in the also terrific "A Little Romance," featuring some guy named Laurence Olivier before he was a sir.
Critics fell all over themselves praising the quirky little "American Splendor." (search) It's the mostly true story of the very quirky Harvey Pekar. The movie mixes real footage with cartoon animation and the excellent Paul Giamatti as Pekar. All that didn't add up for me, but lots of people think I'm wrong, so I just reported -- now you decide.
Finally, last week "Just Married" and this week "My Boss's Daughter." Ashton Kutcher isn't punking us -- these are real, bad movies.