Sunday, October 7, 2007
****new release list no.136
Well, Fleet Week has come and gone. It made me nostalgic for TOP GUN. Damn, that was when Tom Cruise could really fly! And Val Kilmer’s Iceman? Don’t even get me started. Probably “Goose” was Anthony Edwards’s greatest role. Course he didn’t hook up with Kelly McGillis though, did he? I guess the lesson here is we can’t all be Tom Cruise. This is what I thought about while spasmodically ducking all week as those angels in blue tore through good American money that we could have used on the war.
We have a lot of new flicks. Great movies, new and old. I am having a lot of fun replacing our VHS collection with DVD. And thanks to those of you who have tipped me off as to what I should buy. At this point we are planning on trying to buy a new stack every week, so please do tell us when you are trying to rent something we only have on videotape.
You may have noticed our sign up at the store regarding next Saturday, October 13th. We have special limited hours that day.
WE WILL ONLY BE OPEN 10:00AM – 12:30PM ON OCTOBER 13th, 2007.
We are opening one hour early and closing waaaaaaay early.
Why? Because Amy and I are celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary with a vow-renewal ceremony and we wanted the entire staff to celebrate with our friends and family.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you. We will be open our normal hours Friday, Oct 12th, and Sunday Oct 14th as well as every other day.
OK, then, on to the movies.
See you at the shop,
Ulrich Thomsen/Helena Christensen.
Directed by Christoffer Boe.
* When a famous pianist (Thomsen) returns to his native land he confronts the decisions he has made that formulated his life.
Steve Carell/Morgan Freeman.
Directed by Tom Shadyac.
* Hmmm, Evan is asked by God to build a large ship, an ark if you will, because there is going to be rain…lots and lots of rain. I just read the most amazing arguments people were having on the message board about this movie at www.imdb.com. People love to argue anonymously.
GO FOR ZUCKER.
Directed by Dani Levy.
* Another comedy about post-Berlin Wall Germany. Did you see Goodbye Lenin? That was awesome. In this, Zucker is a down-on-his-luck journalist who is a non-practicing Jew. When his mother dies leaving him an inheritance, he is psyched (clearly he’s not a mensch). However, in order to collect, he must reconcile his relationship with his religious brother and sit Shiva with him in respect for his dead mother. Can Zucker put aside his feelings long enough to cash in?
MAN PUSH CART.
Ahmad Razvi/Leticia Dolera.
Directed by Rahmin Bahrani.
* Ahmad, a Pakistani immigrant, pushes his coffee cart through the mean streets of Manhattan (ah, Manhattan), never being recognized as the rock star he was back in his home country. This movie garnered fantastic reviews all over.
Action/Martial Arts/Foreign (Thailand).
Directed by Prachya Pinkaew.
* This looks great. It’s a martial arts film about a guy who must go to Australia to try to retrieve his two kidnapped ELEPHANTS!
REIGN OVER ME.
Adam Sandler/Don Cheadle/Liv Tyler/Jada Pinkett Smith.
Directed by Mike Binder.
* Sandler plays a devastated guy who has lost his family, and pretty much his mind, in the September 11th attacks. Cheadle plays an old college roommate of his that is not having a terrific time himself. In the rekindling of their friendship, comes some comfort and healing for the both of them.
Hayden Paniettiere/Ken Leung.
Directed by Kern Konwiser and David Ren.
* When his grandma back in China dies and leaves him a house, down on his luck Asian-American Liam Liu (Leung) leaves behind Los Angeles and the high school girlfriend (Paniettiere) that he has accidentally gotten involved with to reconnect with his roots.
SHINOBI NO MONO.
Directed by Satsuo Yamamoto.
* First time on DVD, fast paced crazy ninja flick from the 1960’s.
Shia LaBoeuf/Jon Heder/Zooey Deschanel/Jeff Bridges/James Woods.
Directed by Ash Brannon and Chris Buck.
* Who’s gonna win the annual Penguin Surfing Contest? Will it be young Cody Maverick (LaBoeuf)? Will he hook up with the hot penguin lifeguard (Deschanel) March on over with your happy feet and check out this flick.
Andie MacDowell/Brenda Fricker/Stephen Rea/Olivia Williams.
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon.
* In the face of a family tragedy, a American woman (MacDowell) switches homes with an Irish woman (Williams).
THREE DAYS OF RAIN.
Peter Falk/Blythe Danner/Don Meredith/Lyle Lovett.
Directed by Michael Meredith.
* This movie follows its all-star cast through three rain filled days in Cleveland, Ohio. Their stories on based on short stories by Anton Chekhov.
28 WEEKS LATER.
Catherine McCormack/Robert Carlyle.
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
* The long awaited sequel to 28 Days Later has finally arrived. Now, it’s been six months since the Rage virus rampaged through the British Isles. Luckily for the Brits, the US army has secured the virus and it’s time to repopulate London. But Oh Nelly, the US Intelligence may be flawed; perhaps the virus is not secure? It only takes one poor sucker who still has the virus to really mess things up. This film is not funny or ironical; it is simply scary and tense.
CREATURE COMFORTS AMERICA.
* From the creators of Wallace and Gromit comes this freaky claymation take on America. This show was cancelled after just a short time, ostensibly because the public didn’t quite get it that although it is animation, it is NOT for the kiddos.
DEXTER: SEASON ONE.
Michael C. Hall.
* He’s your friendly neighborhood forensics expert. And, he’s a serial killer. Based on the popular novels by Jeff Lindsay.
HANNAH MONTANA: LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT.
Miley Cyrus/Emily Osment.
* This popular series is about the life of Miley Stewart, who is leading a double life, pretending to live life as a normal teen, but actually being Hannah Montana a teen pop star.
* A seriously in-depth look into the life of the iconic Oprah Winfrey.
WIGGLES: GETTING STRONG.
* And don’t forget Captain Feathersword, the true comic genius in this outfit. Maybe it’s me, but I miss Greg. Sam’s okay, I guess. But it seemed like they were missing their leader, and just bumbling in the dark. Wags the Dog and Dorothy the Dinosaur were around, to keep things real, but Anthony just seems like he’s lost.
Oliver Reed/Art Hindle/Samantha Eggar.
Directed by David Cronenberg.
* Super freaky 1979 film about a psychiatrist’s very strange and dangerous methodology. The plot involves a husband trying to find out about his wife’s therapy, and a brood of mutant kids out attacking the public. I think this film is being remade.
THE 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T.
First DVD copy of this amazing adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story.
Barbara Streisand/Walter Matthau.
Directed by Gene Kelly!!
* I heard they were re-making this, so we stocked up. I think this may be the first time this store has EVER carried this film.
First DVD copy of this terrific Steve Martin feature.
* Our first DVD of this classic 1985 film about Bacon as a NYC bike messenger…ask Ken about his experiences in the bike messenger world.
24: SEASON 4.
Replacement copy of this taut thriller series.
TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE.
First release on DVD.
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.
A couple more DVD copies of the brilliant Gene Wilder affair.