Monday, April 28, 2008
****new release list no.164
Sorry about the paint-splattered carpet, but we are just a moment or two away from giving you the full red carpet treatment at Four Star Video! That’s right, just a week or so from now, you’ll be strolling along, browsing videos on our new red carpet. In the meantime, we are taking this opportunity to paint some shelving without too much of a concern about the existing carpet. Such is the luxury of change!
Meanwhile, some long awaited movies have come out this week, most notable THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Available on both Blu-Ray and DVD, this is the adaptation of the popular book by Philip Pullman. Also new to Four Star this week are THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, 27 DRESSES, BERKELEY, and a batch of other stuff including THE BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW, BERNARD & DORIS (starring Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes), AVIDA (crazy sounding French comedy), NANKING and a few others I will tell you about below.
Also, this Friday night, May 2nd, we are having another Four Star Screening! Please come and join us at 10pm for our showing of WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY. We will be asking for donations to cover our costs, and as usual there will be candy and soda available for $1. Bundle up and come on down!
A friend of mine passed along this interesting film article from the NY Times a few days ago. It mentions in brief one of my favorite freak films that we carried last year, WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM. It’s a good read, hope you enjoy it.
Alrighty then, see you down at the store.
Love and kisses,
Ps. I now have a list of our for-sale movies in excel format, it may be off a bit, but let me know if you’d like me to email it to you.
Directed by Gustave de Kervern and Benoit Delepine.
* Have you heard of ketamine? Vitamin K, the kids call it. It is an animal tranquilizer that some people like to inject into their bodies to have very crazy psychedelic experiences. In this film, ketamine addiction and dog-napping just don’t go well together.
Nick Roth/Henry Winkler.
Directed by Bobby Roth.
* Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll in Berkeley circa 1968 by the guy who brought us THE ELIZABETH SMART STORY.
BERNARD AND DORIS.
Susan Sarandon/Ralph Fiennes.
* Tobacco zillioniairess Doris Duke’s final days.
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY.
Mathieu Alnaric/Emmanuelle Seigner.
Directed by Julian Schnabel.
* "Neo-expressionist" artist/painter Julian Schnabel appears to have successfully made the transition to filmmaker. In this tale, the true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby is told. Bauby had a stroke in 1995 that left him almost completely paralyzed except for his left eye. They were going to call this MY LEFT EYE, but MY LEFT FOOT seemed so similar (the previous statement is not true). Blinking out his autobiography, this is the tale of his inner world, a world of both memories and fantasy.
THE DOVE’S LOST NECKLACE.
Directed by Nacer Khemir.
* From Amazon “This second feature in Nacer Khemir's Desert Trilogy is a visually ravishing folktale reminiscent of "The Thousand and One Nights." The story revolves around Hassan, who is studying Arabic calligraphy from a grand master. Coming across a fragment of manuscript, Hassan goes in search of the missing pieces, believing that once he finds them, he will learn the secrets of love. With the help of Zin, a lovers' go-between, he meets the beautiful Aziz, Princess of Samarkand. After encountering wars, a battle between false prophets and an ancient curse, he learns that an entire lifetime would not suffice for him to learn the many dimensions of love.”
GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN.
Albert Cohen/Sarah Jessica Parker/Helen Hunt.
Directed by Alan Metter.
* A couple auditions to be the featured couple on a dance program on television.
THE GOLDEN COMPASS. ****ALSO AVAILABLE IN BLU-RAY****
Nicole Kidman/Daniel Craig/Dakota Blue Richards.
Directed by Chris Weitz.
Directed by Anne Fletcher.
* Soft American cheese-food squeezed through a charming can.
Woody Harrelson/Mariel Hemingway.
Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman.
* Doc about one of the more terrible events in our illustrious history of atrocities.
THE TRUE STORY OF CHARLIE WILSON.
Directed by Aaron Bowden.
* No seriously, THIS is the way it happened.
THE BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW: COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.
* Sketch comedy by young up and comers.
THE CLOSER: COMPLETE 2nd SEASON.
* Season two of the story of Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson of the LAPD and her unorthodox police stylings.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: COMPLETE 2nd SEASON.
* Season two of the highly touted but under watched show about high school football in Texas.
I SPY: SEASON ONE.
Bill Cosby/Robert Culp.
* Awesome 1960’s series about a couple of American spies undercover as a tennis pro and his trainer.
THE RED BALLOON.
Directed by Albert Lamorisse.
* Criterion release of the beautiful film about a balloon following a little boy around the streets of Paris.
BELLE DE JOUR.
Directed by Luis Bunuel.
* Sexy and erotic surrealism in the classic Bunuel style.
THE DINNER GAME.
* Comedy about friends who have a weekly competition to find the biggest idiot to invite to dinner.
* First DVD copy of this film about a man who survives an airplane accident and how it changes his life.
HARRIET THE SPY.
* Family story from the famous kids book.
* Oscar winning animation.
HEAT AND DUST and AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PRINCESS.
* Two Merchant Ivory films, one a feature (Heat and Dust) and the other a featurette.
JEEPERS CREEPERS 2
* Customer request.
LEAN ON ME.
* First copy of any sort here at the store of this high school principal battling drugs and crime story starring Morgan Freeman.
* Unfriendly southerners plan on killing yankee tourists. Not nice!
VERDI- AIDA: METROPOLITAN OPERA.
* A little opera for you, perhaps?