Tuesday, October 16, 2007
**** new release list no. 137
Thanks all, for bearing with our mostly all day closing last Saturday. It was an amazing time we had, and we hope that you weren’t too badly inconvenienced.
You may have notice we have started some library re-structuring this last week (where are all the newest of the new??). We have expanded the new release section and moved the new acquisitions to the middle of the room. Eventually, we will be moving many more sections in the hopes of creating some space for a browsing area with some computers in the middle of the store, as well as just creating a better flow. Any ideas would be heard, and if you would like to hear our overarching plan just ask.
This week we have SO many movies. A ton of foreign films (CELLULOS, CARLOS SAURA'S FLAMENCO TRILOGY, CROWN WITNESS, GOOD-BYE MOMO, PARTY, PIECE OF SKY, SUCH IS LIFE, YOUR LIFE IN 65)!! I am really psyched to be adding more and more cinema from around the world. Personally, those tweaky Eastern European movies really blow my mind. There are also some scary films (ICE SPIDERS, THE INVISIBLE, THE REAPING), some action flicks (KINGS OF SOUTH BEACH, TRANSFORMERS 07) as well as a new food show (JULIA CHILD: FRENCH CHEF). For you families out there, we are really psyched to tell you that the newest CHARLIE AND LOLA: 6 has come in. Wehoo! And for you western lovers, the original 3:10 TO YUMA is here as well…
Ken is going to New York on tour with his band this week (whoop-whoop) and he will be no-doubt watching more strange late night hotel movies which he will share with you upon his return. He hopes to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK next Sunday, he will be back at the store on Monday, October 22.
Ken and Amy
CARLOS SAURA'S FLAMENCO TRILOGY.
Criterion Collection Release
Directed by Carlos Saura.
* The Trilogy includes three films: Carmen, Blood Wedding, El Amor Brujo. Dramatic and powerful flamenco interpretations of the classic opera by Bizet, the play by Federico Garcia Lorca, and the Antonio Gades ballet, respectively. Reality, rehearsal, and performance blend together into an utterly unprecedented storytelling voice.
Social Drama/Foreign (Poland).
Jozef Nowak/Stanislaw Milski.
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz.
* A young man’s journey from rural poverty to politicized member of the working class.
Directed by Jacek Filipiak.
* A reporter must guard a deep secret from his past, and his subject is a Mafioso who is preparing to testify against his peeps. Sounds gripping.
Directed by Maria Finitzo.
* This PBS production follows 5 Chicago area girls through the four years of high school and watches them transform into women.
Directed by Leonardo Ricagni.
* A magical and mystical world unfolds at the carnival at night as a boy learns about irreverent joy and learning to read.
Richard Gere/Julie Delpy/Alfred Molina.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
* A dramatic retelling of the story of a young man catapulted to ignominious fame by selling a bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a prominent publishing house in the 70’s. Ah, the 70’s . . .
Patrick Muldoon/Vanessa L. Williams.
Directed by Tibor Takacs.
* From an IMDB comment: “2 hours of Spiderlicious action. I had nightmares of spiders on ski's chasing me down the slopes. My kids couldn't sleep for days. After watching this movie I often would wonder if ice spiders are real? and if so are there fire spiders? Since this movie I have moved to a dryer and warmer area. I have seen several spiders. Are these spiders iced spiders thawed??”
Justin Chatwin/Margarita Levieva.
Directed by David Goyer.
* A remake of a Swedish supernatural thriller of the same name (but in Swedish). The story of solving one’s own murder. As a teenager no less. These teens exist but no one can see their real selves.
KINGS OF SOUTH BEACH.
Donnie Wahlberg/Jason Gedrick/Steven Bauer/Maria Bove.
Directed by Tim Hunter.
* Based, I hear, on a true story. Miami nightclub owner mentors a young employee while having to deal with the mob and impending financial ruin. Seems to be the M.O. for Miami nightclub owners.
A MIGHTY HEART.
Angelina Jolie/Dan Futterman/Irfan Kahn.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom.
* The story, from Mariane Pearl’s perspective, of the horrific and unforgettable beheading of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Seems like a whole war ago that happened.
Hedieh Tehrani, Mehdi Khayyami.
Directed by Saman Moghaddam.
* A writer at a liberal newspaper is thrown in jail for publishing his brother’s wartime diary. Friends decide to raise money for his bail by renting out the house for parties.
PIECE OF SKY.
Severine Caneele, Sophie Leboutte, Josiane Stoleru.
Directed by Bénédicte Liénard.
* Two women – a prisoner and a corporate executive, both looking for a piece of sky.
Hilary Swank/AnnaSophia Robb.
Directed by Stephen Hopkins.
* Dude! These plagues are biblical man!
Machizo Machida, Kumiko Ota, Shigeru Muroi.
Directed by Masashi Yamamoto.
* A girl is drawn into a rich fantasy world located in strange ruins outside of Tokyo in this retelling of the Robinson Crusoe adventure.
SUCH IS LIFE.
Arcelia Ramirez, Patricia Reyes Spindola.
Directed by Arturo Ripstein.
* Present day Mexican version of the Greek tragedy, Medea.
Shia LaBeouf/Jon Voigt/John Turturro.
Directed by Michael Bay.
* Transformational! Robot war! They’re not after us humans, but, rather, the talisman we unknowingly harbor. If only.
YOUR LIFE IN 65.
Javier Pereira, Marc Rodriguez, Oriol Vila, Tamara Arias.
Directed by Maria Ripoll.
* Mistaken identity leads these young adults on an adventure of love and redefinition.
JULIA CHILD: FRENCH CHEF.
* Classic! Watch this powerhouse of a woman, and media icon, make some delicious shit. I have vivid memories of watching this show when I was a kid—I still remember her baking a whole fish in pastry. Old school food porn.
Directed by Sara Sackner.
* The story of Miami Beach, Florida teacher Jay Jensen, and of the importance of arts in education.
Directed by Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens.
* The story of Burt and Linda Pagach and their bizarre and compelling love story. They married sixteen years after he threw acid in her face.
MICHAEL MOORE HATES AMERICA.
Directed by Michael Wilson.
* Who is more Michael Moore? Michael Moore or the Michael who Michael Moores Michael Moore? From the kind folks at BBC.
CHARLIE AND LOLA: SEASON 6.
* These two just get better and better.
EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN.
Sihung Lung, Yu-Wen Wang
Directed by Ang Lee.
* A chef, his three grown daughters and family folly. Beautifully filmed
Gary Oldman/Natalie Portman/Jean Russo/Danny Aiello.
Directed by Luc Besson.
3:10 TO YUMA.
Glenn Ford, Van Heflin.
Directed by Delmer Daves.
* 1957 Original.
THE WIRE: COMPLETE SEASON ONE.
Replacement copy of this fine series.
THE WIRE: COMPLETE SEASON TWO.
I said, "Replacement copy of this fine series."