Satyajit Ray (Shyam Benegal) *** - A fascinating documentary on the life and career of Indian auteur Satyajit Ray which features a lengthy interview with him interspersed with behind-the-scenes of his latest (at the time) film and clips from his oeuvre. This is a Criterion Collection extra from The Music Room disc and it's like bonus film seminar from the master himself.
Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh)
*** - This pretty much seals the fact that 2012 is definitely Channing
Tatum's year. I was so ready to dismiss him as just another eye candy
beefcake for hire in films but after 21 Jump Street
and now this, he finally found a worthy place in cinema. This film
loosely based around his experiences as a male exotic dancer is actually
a pretty solid engaging film. It's director Steven Soderbergh's Boogie Nights,
albeit a bit more gentler and lighter. Though Tatum is the star, I do
think the highlight of the film is Matthew McConaughey who easily steals
every scene he's in with gusto.