Tuesday, November 20, 2007
****new release list no.142
I think we have 48 titles to offer you this week. An absolute ton of new acquisitions, as well as quite of few new releases, featuring RESCUE DAWN and LIVE FREE OR DIE among many many others.
Remember, we will be closed on Thanksgiving, so get your flicks by Wednesday. We will re-open at the regular time on Friday morning.
To a life of joy and peace,
Ken and Amy
Jamel Debbouze/Rie Rasmussen.
Directed by Luc Besson.
* Two people living in the underworld of Paris survive a suicidal jump off a bridge and help each other regain the will to live.
Fereshteh Sadr Orfani/Parviz Parastoui.
Directed by Kambuzia Partovi.
* When Reyhan (Orfani)’s husband dies, she resolves to turn down his brother’s offer to take her as his 2nd wife and instead decides to run her husband’s failed truck stop restaurant. This marked the directorial debut of Partovi, who has had a successful screenwriting career.
Heather Graham/Jeremy Sisto.
Directed by Alan White.
* A bad night gets worse and worse for Hope (Graham) a Ohio transplant trying to make it in Los Angeles.
Directed by Kazuaki Kiriya.
* Super well-received live-action movie based on a 1973 anime of the same name.
COLMA THE MUSICAL!.
Jake Moreno/H.P. Mendoza/L.A. Renigen.
Directed by Richard Wong.
* Dude! A musical about Colma! That’s so cool. The story revolves around a trio of young friends trying to FIGURE IT ALL OUT.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
* The second in a trilogy (NIGHT WATCH) that evidently CAN be seen out of order, this is one of those films that is described by mentioning the forces of LIGHT and DARK. However, much like CASSHERN, this film has been very critically acclaimed.
Zach Braff/Jason Bateman/Amanda Peet.
Directed by Jesse Peretz.
* AKA, FAST TRACK, this film follows a putzy guy who is trying to succeed so his wife can be a stay-home mommy. Unfortunately, her dad is his new boss, and her ex-boyfriend is her new supervisor. Yikes.
John Travolta/Michelle Pfeifer/Christopher Walken/Amanda Bynes/Queen Latifah.
Directed by Adam Shankman.
* 1962 Baltimore is the setting for this remake of the popular John Waters film from 1988. Hot dancing is the cure for the racial tension in this flick.
Anne Hathaway/Bijou Phillips.
Directed by Barbara Kopple.
* Hathaway and Phillips are rich white kids who want to be hip and down with the East LA latino community until they get waaay too close to the actual gang cultha. This film seems to have really launched Hathaway’s career.
IN BETWEEN DAYS.
Taegu Andy Kang/Bokja Kim/Nathan Rodriguez.
Directed by So Yong Kim.
* The directorial debut of Kim deals with a young Korean immigrant struggling to adapt to a new country.
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD.
Bruce Willis/Andrew Friedman (though maybe not the one who works here).
Directed by Len Wiseman.
* John McLane takes on the world again, this time in the guise of an internet based terror organization who is systematically shutting down the US grid. I don’t see how he could survive this time.
Michel Blanc/Sandrine Bonnaire.
Directed by Patrice Leconte.
* Remake of Julien Duvivier's film PANIQUE released in 1948. This movie is just making it’s way to DVD from 1990.
Christian Bale/Steve Zahn.
Directed by Werner Herzog.
* Herzog loved this story so much he made it twice. First as a documentary called LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, now as this feature film about Dieter Dengler, a US pilot who is shot down over Laos and captured and tortured during the Vietnam War.
Directed by Ron Underwood.
* The tagline of this movie says something about how Mary, Santa’s daughter (McCarthy) has “some big ideas”. The staff has gotten a lot of laughter out of that this week.
SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE.
Tim Allen/Elizabeth Mitchell.
Directed by Michael Lembeck.
* Santa and Jack Frost battling it out.
SAWDUST AND TINSEL.
Directed by Ingmar Bergman.
* Brilliant 1956 tale by the master.
MISS MARPLE: SEASON 3.
Created by Agatha Christie.
* Season three in the mystery series.
PROJECT RUNWAY: SEASON 3.
Directed by Eli Holzman.
* Season three of the show about designers trying to break into the fashion industry.
KATT WILLIAMS: AMERICAN HUSTLE THE MOVIE.
Directed by Britt McAdams.
* I hear Snoop has a cameo.
KYLE CEASE: WEIRDER, BLACKER, DIMPLER.
Directed by Craig Kelly.
* Whoop-whoop! Ask Shila about this new comedy stuff.
A LAWYER WALKS INTO A BAR.
Directed by Eric Chaikin.
* An “interesting but rather odd” documentary about the stress caused by taking the bar exam. I remember when Amy was preparing for the bar. That was super fun!
P by Jennifer Baichwal.
* This doc is about photographer Edward Burtynsky whose work focuses on changes in the world due to manufacturing and industrialism.
NEGATIVLAND: OUR FAVORITE THINGS.
Presented by Negativland.
* Do you know about the band Negativland? They are a very strange and amazing collagist group that you should just go straight to YouTube right now and experience. This is a collection of experimental shorts films that capture the flavor of what the band is trying to accomplish.
THE HISTORY CHANNEL PRESENTS: THE UNIVERSE.
Directed by Douglas Cohen and Laura Verklan
* A more flashy doc-style than the BBC folks, THC gives us THE UNIVERSE. Peppered with images from our space program, and a lot of graphics and speculation, it is quite a visual treat.
CARE BEARS 25th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION.
MY FRIENDS TIGGER AND POOH: SUPER SLEUTH CHRISTMAS.
First DVD copy.
DEER HUNTER: SPECIAL EDITION.
First DVD of this Denzel Washington film.
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS.
FIVE EASY PIECES.
First DVD copy of this early Jack Nicholson film.
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL.
First DVD copy of this Hugh Grant romantic comedy.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.
First DVD copy of this classic real estate hell tale starring everybody!
First DVD copy.
First DVD of this Bruce Willis feature.
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE.
2 new copies of this amazing Miyazaki film.
LIVING OUT LOUD.
First DVD copy another of my favorite films, starring Holly Hunter, Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito.
ME MYSELF I.
First copy of this French comedy from 1999.
MY FAIR LADY.
Maybe our first copy ever of this awesome musical.
MY FAVORITE SEASON.
First DVD copy.
MY FAVORITE YEAR.
I LOVE this 1982 Peter O’Toole flick. This is our first DVD copy.
ROME: SEASON ONE.
First DVD of this teen comedy not starring Lindsay Lohan.
STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO: SEASON ONE.
* Eight freaking discs of hard edged t.v. drama. This just came out on DVD, and is kind of a new release, but we are putting it on the recent acquisition shelf, cuz we are so inundated with other new releases!
TOY STORY: 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION.
Kind of a replacement copy, but first time buying the 10th Anniversary edition.