Monday, December 17, 2007
****new release list no.146
We received a really wonderful email from a customer recently. The customer emailed to give us feedback on certain aspects of the store and how we run it. The particulars of what this person had to say were good for us to hear and know, for sure, but it wasn’t someone ranting and venting, it was good, solid, caring, constructive criticism. It meant a lot to us to have someone care about the store and trust that their customer input would make a difference. It did and it does. We are so happy and grateful when you tell us what you think – how else will we know?
Also, just as people, it means so much to us—all of us—when each of us take it upon ourselves to speak. Speak out, speak up. I think, in many ways, that it doesn’t matter on what we are voicing our opinions, but that we are taking responsibility for the world around us, owning it and owning up to it in our own ways, and saying “Yes, that is OK,” or saying, “No, that is not working for me.” That is what creates and sustains community, that sense of ownership and responsibility that connect us to others’ business (in every sense of the word).
Now, on to the movies . . .
Rock the house,
Ken and Amy
BALLS OF FURY.
Dan Fogler/Christopher Walken/George Lopez.
Directed by Robert Ben Garant.
* The world of extreme Ping-Pong is the background of this intrigue-filled CIA-fueled revenge flick about a washed-up former Ping-Pong budding star (Fogler) who is recruited to whip some table tennis ass in the secret jungle compound of super nemesis Feng (Walken). You can be sure the balls will be flying.
BOY EATS GIRL.
Samantha Mumba/David Leon.
Directed by Stephen Bradley.
* In the FIDO theme of Zombie tales, a boy dies after declaring his eternal love for his special one. Once he’s a zombie, his desire grows to new heights. Hey, who hasn’t wanted to take a big bite out of the one you love most?
Takashi Shimura/Toshiro Mifune/
Directed by Akira Kurosawa..
* The relationship between a small-time hood and the alcoholic doctor treating him for tuberculosis is at the center of this 1948 film that marked the first completely uncensored Kurosawa film, after battling the powers that be. Won multiple international cinematic awards in 1949.
Directed by Franc Reyes.
* Don’t mess with a mom intent on protecting her son. When a killer from her past catches up with a mom and her young adult son, they decide to stop running, and prepare for a battle to put their ghosts to rest.
Glen Hansard/Marketa Inglova.
Directed by John Carney.
* Fairy-tale about two nameless people who meet on the streets of Dublin and slowly whisk each other away into a week of tenderness and emotion. Hansard is the frontman for the Irish band, The Frames, and Inglova is a young Czech musician who became his partner in music and love in real life—either during or after the filming of the movie (there are conflicting accounts.)
Lucy Dubinchik/Halil Elohey.
Directed by Ari Folman and Ori Sivan.
* Junior High school love story about a 7th grader Russian immigrant who has telekinetic powers (yeah, I know, don’t we all) and who can see the future. Based on a story by Czech novelists.
Jordi Vilches/Inma del Moral.
Directed by Javier Rebollo.
* And I quote: “Sex Crazy is ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST meets THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS in Spanish.”
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE.
Directed by David Silverman.
* Spiderpig, spiderpig, does whatever a spiderpig does. You’ve prolly heard of this film. Some critics said it didn’t translate quite as well as a feature film, but I think the diehards wanna watch anyway.
Sienna Miller/Peter O’Toole/Ian McKellen/Charlie Cox.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn.
* Kings, witches, quests, maybe goblins (I may be stretching here) all compliment a boy, a promise and a fallen star.
Drama /Foreign (Mexico).
Fernando Soler/Rosita Quintana/Victor Manuel Mendoza.
Directed by Luis Bunuel.
* Bunuel potboiler. The story of a wayward girl who is bad to the bone, but somehow god is on her side.
TWO LANE BLACKTOP.
James Taylor/Dennis Wilson/Harry Dean Stanton.
Directed by Monte Hellman.
* Epic drag racing film from the early 70’s just hitting DVD.
UNDEAD OR ALIVE.
James Denton/Chris Kattan.
Directed by Glasgow Phillips.
* Man, the zombie thing is HAPPENING! A sorrowful cowboy, and an AWOL soldier find solace robbing a corrupt sheriff just as the curse of Geronimo (that’s right, THE Geronimo) has turned the people in the surrounding area into zombies.
Jason Lee/James Belushi/Others.
Directed by Frederik Du Chau.
* A lab accident provides a dawg with some swagger to go with his bark. This film is targeted for the very young.
BROTHERHOOD: 1ST SEASON.
Jason Isaacs/Jason Clarke.
Created by Blake Masters.
* Cops and robbers New England style with two brothers on opposite sides of the law, one a gangster and one a police officer.
............//NEW TO DVD//............
HEARTS OF DARKNESS.
Created by Fax Bahr and George Hinckenlooper.
* Inside story about how the challenges in making APOCALYPSE NOW nearly destroyed the film, Francis Ford Coppola, and Coppola’s career. Some footage covertly filmed by Eleanor Coppola.
* Classic tale of society’s transformation from an agrarian monarchy to an industrialized oligarchy.
Replacement copy of this William Hurt flick.
Fred Savage and Howie Mandel…why did we get this? Not sure.
O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?
Replacement copy of this Coen Brothers gem.
OZ: THE 5TH SEASON.
SNL: SEASON ONE.
We missed this the first time around, and since we bought season two, we thought we’d pick up the first season, also.
THE WEST WING: COMPLETE SERIES.
Replacement discs of all seasons 1 through 7.