Tuesday, September 18, 2007
**** new release list no.133
The week we are featuring a Danish comedy! Sounds like a joke, and maybe it is, because here is the punch line, it is by that hysterical prankster Lars von Trier! It’s true, the seriously serious filmmaker von Trier has made a comedy and for that reason alone, THE BOSS OF IT ALL, must be seen.
We have many other releases this week; scroll on down to see…
Some other events we wish to tell you about are the Pride & Joy party which is happening on Sunday, September 30th from 4pm – 7pm outside the Bernal Rec center behind the library. In honor of David Ayoob, the former and wonderful owner of Four Star Video, and the spirit with which he lived his life, this party will be an outdoor festival with fun, music, food and games for all. Tickets are $5/person and kids under 12 are free. The proceeds will benefit the Bernal Library Capital Campaign and our local Bernal schools. Tickets are available at Four Star, Heartfelt and Red Hill Books. This party is being thrown by the Bernal Heights Merchants Association, with much help from everyone and incredible effort and hard work by Darcy Lee from Heartfelt. We highly recommend coming, it will be a great community event and we hope to see many of you there!
Also, coming right up around the corner is the Bernal Outdoor Film Festival. A wonderful festival celebrating film by and about local people, this is the Fourth Annual summer series put on by two wonderful and incredibly hard working people, Anne Batmale and Leslie Lombre. Ken will be emceeing a couple of these screenings, and we are super excited to be involved with such a special organization. Please come and experience this great week of film screenings.
Don't forget - each of the four films of Fourplay is featured on a shelf by the register.
See you at the shop,
Amy and Ken
Brice Armstrong/Laura Bailey.
Directed by Joseph Sutton.
* Rayne is the offspring of a vampire and a human. A Nazi vampire no less. Not surprisingly, she makes it her life’s mission to kill her siblings, who have joined in a cult-like fashion to bring about a new era of vampire supremacy. For real, yo.
THE BOSS OF IT ALL.
Jens Albinus/Peter Gantzler.
Directed by Lars von Trier.
* IT company hires actor to play CEO in order to induce Icelandic investor to buy company. Not your typical von Trier film, but with a familiar von Trier salient perspective and character development.
Freddie Prinze Jr/Scott Caan/Mena Suvari.
Directed by Michael Corrente.
* Written by longtime "Sopranos" writer Terence Winter, this class-A cast delivers a tale of life-long friends struggling with those big issues—relationships, loyalty, responsibility. Etc. It is 1985, and the mob rules Brooklyn.
THE FLYING SCOTSMAN.
Jonny Lee Miller/Sean Brown.
Directed by Douglass Mackinnon.
* The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines. An underdog story, the protagonist suffers from mental illness and rages against an establishment bent on keeping him out.
Carly Schroeder/Christopher Shand.
Directed by Davis Guggenheim.
* A young woman fighting for the right to play competetive soccer. Paving the road for Brandi Chastain.
Dreya Webber/Addie Yungmee.
Directed by Ned Farr.
* The story of a promising gymnast whose career was sidelined by an injury. She gets a second chance, of sorts, in life, acrobatics and love, when she joins an aerial performance group and falls in love with another performer, a woman.
Eric Bana/Drew Barrymore/Robert Duvall/Debra Messing.
Directed by Curtis Hanson.
* Lucky in Vegas, maybe. But family is another trip. A head trip. A must see because the main character is named HUCK! Just like our fabulous son.
Kate Dickie/Tony Curran.
Directed by Andrea Arnold.
* The director won the Jury Prize at Cannes, and the film won a number of other awards. Produced in collaboration with Lars von Trier's production house Zentropa. A mysterious tale of a woman who is a closed circuit tv operator at a housing project and her relationship with a man she follows on camera and in life.
ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS.
Paul Mantee/Vic Lundin/Adam West.
Directed by Byron Haskin.
* Stranded on Mars with only a monkey for support staff, an astronaut must find oxygen, water and food on the red planet. Maybe aliens, too. Is there life on Mars?
THE THREEPENNY OPERA.
Lotte Lenya/Rudolph Forster.
Directed by G.W. Pabst.
* Critereon release of this 1931 cinematic adaptation of the Brecht/Weil musical. Taking place in turn-of-that-century London, Mack-the-Knife marries Polly without the blessing of her father, who rules the beggars of London.
Sally Field/Ben Chaplin/Julianne Nicholson.
Directed by Steve Stockman.
* Four adult siblings gather at their dying mother’s house to say goodbye. But the end takes a little longer than anyone anticipates. Sally Field just won an Emmy! They Like Her! They Really Like Her!
Gad Elmaleh/Alice Taglioni/Daniel Auteuil.
Directed by Francis Veber.
* A hotel porter and a top model pretending to be a couple in order to cover up the marital indiscretions of a CEO, really the model’s lover. Things get confused and comical and everyone looks cute.
WE ARE MARSHALL.
Matthew McConaughey/Matthew Fox.
Directed by McG (aka Joseph McGinty Nichol).
* A plane crash kills players, coaches and fans of the Marshall University football team. Out of the devastation rises a new team, pulled together miraculously despite the decision of the University board to end the football program.
FAMILY GUY: SEASON 5.
* Season 5 of the animated comedy series.
Kerrie Hayes/Leanne Rowe/Catherine Tyldesley/Brian McCardie.
* A show about the three Moss sisters, Iris, May and Ruby. Set in post WWI, it follows the sisters and their family, bolstered by their widowed father and their familial bonds, as they struggle through their nearly poverty stricken lives. Well acted and critically acclaimed Lilies looks like a winner.
PRIME SUSPECT: THE FINAL ACT SEASON 7.
Directed by Philip Martin.
* The final stages of the career of Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison (Mirren) are marked by a savage murder investigation shadowed by the alcoholism that Tennison is hiding. If you are a Helen Mirren fan, you’ve probably already watched the first 6 seasons of this show.
THE UPRIGHT CITIZAN’S BRIGADE: SEASON 2.
Amy Poehler/Matt Besser/Ian Roberts.
* I think the tagline says it all “Seriously f**ked up sketch comedy!” Yeah.
BARBIE AS THE ISLAND PRINCESS.
* She’s an emotional island.
First DVD Copy.
Jack MacGowan/Jane Birkin.
First DVD Copy.
* Trippy, day dreamy and delusional UK flick about a guy becoming obsessed with the cute lady next door. George Harrison composed the tuneage.
Replacement DVD Copy.
* Oh yeah... Live Free or Die Hard is coming soon, and we are getting prepared.