Sorry for the late list…hectic week! You know how it goes…
Lots of good stuff here this week, but let me skip the movies for a sec and hit on a couple of other things.
First, books! To continue to support the community during this period without a library, we are starting to beef up our free book rental collection. The main criterion for books to qualify for this collection is that they must be somehow film related. Today, I added about ten books, most of which have been made into films. Books such as THE KITE RUNNER, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, THE CHOSEN, WATERSHIP DOWN, SEABISCUIT, THE PERFECT STORM, and A ROOM WITH A VIEW.
Feel free to donate your books! The community will thank you!
If you want to hear about the library, and the fables of the reconstruction, you can read their fun blog here.
Next, outdoor screenings: We are in the final stages of putting together a summer program of outdoor screenings. It is probably complete, and should be posted here, but alas, the same reason I am late getting this out to you is going to prevent me from posting the screening list as well. I will probably send it later in the week as a special supplement email from us to you!
Also, we are having another DVD SALE! July 4th weekend, from Thursday July 3rd through Sunday July 6th, used DVD’s are BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE! We have over 300 titles on sale, so come on down and get some movies. To respect the entire community, there will be no “reserving” DVD’s for sale, so come early and get what you want. Sales are first come/first serve and all sales are final. Whoop whoop!
The new movie list this week is long; I HIGHLY recommend PERSEPOLIS, which is a beautifully done animated movie about a young girl growing up in Iran during the Cultural Revolution in the 1970’s which follows her into adulthood. The images are gorgeous and the story, though very straightforward and biographical, is full of detail and all the things that make us humans so wonderful and so despicable are on full display. It left me teary and sad but also elated and buzzed. Watch it, it’s great.
Love and kisses,
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Directed by Jerome Foulon.
* Nicolas left his family and career behind ten years ago when he became Lea, now she longs to see her children again, even in the face of the pain her decision has caused her and the ones she loves.
BEFORE THE RAIN.
Katrin Cartlidge/Rade Serbedzija.
Directed by Milcho Manchevski.
* Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film of 1995, this film tells paints a portrait of the futility of war told in three stories backgrounded by war-torn Macedonia during the Bosnian War.
Michel Piccoli/Bulle Ogier.
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira.
* Inspired by the movie BELLE DE JOUR (currently in our New Additions section) this film imagines a meeting of the two main characters thirty-eight years later and the tense psychological revenge that is sought by Henri (Piccoli) over Severine (Ogier).
Jessica Lange/Kathy Bates/Joan Allen. CORRECT ACTOR NAME?
Directed by Christopher N. Rowley.
* Three women embark on a road trip whose purpose is shaded in the new perspective on life that the journey engenders.
Colin Hanks/Tony Shaulhoub.
Directed by Peter Spears.
* A severed finger plays a significant role in this offbeat comedy.
Anton Yelchin/Robert Downey Jr./Hope Davis.
Directed by Jon Poll.
* Kind of a RUSHMORE rip-off, with rich-kid Charlie Bartlett (Yelchin), newly kicked out of his latest private school and headed to public school where he runs afoul of the principal (Downey, Jr.) woos his daughter (Davis) and sells pharmaceutical medicine to the students while acting as their de facto psychiatrist.
DANIEL TOSH: COMPLETELY SERIOUS.
Daniel Tosh/Peter Tosh (that’s just a joke, he’s dead and not Daniel Tosh’s dad).
Directed by Manny Rodriguez.
* Standup comedy from your peeps at Comedy Central.
Ryan Reynolds/An Nguyen/Sakina Jeffrey.
Directed by Adam Brooks.
* Probably, certainly, I think so, possibly, hopefully, unlikely, doubtfully, uh-uh, ain’t gonna happen, nada, hell no.
THE EYE 3.
Directed by Hark Tsui.
* More freaky eye horror.
Barbara Stanwyck/Wendell Corey/Walter Huston.
Directed by Anthony Mann.
* Psychological western from 1950 about a son seeking revenge for the death of his father.
FUTURAMA: THE BEAST WITH A BILLION BACKS.
Created by Matt Groening.
Directed by Peter Avanzino.
* If you dig FUTURAMA, then you’ll love this feature length offering about a tear in the universe being inhabited by some large…beast…with, a billion…backs.
Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld.
* Dude is turning 40 and he is a washed up boxer trying to figure out what to do with his life – just like me!
John Savage/Beverly D’Angelo/Treat Williams
Directed by Milos Forman.
* Stupendous, raunchy, street savvy musical from 1979 newly arriving on DVD.
Danny Glover/Lisa Gay Hamilton.
Directed by John Sayles.
* Centers around The Honeydripper Lounge, a blues club in rural 1950’s Alabama that is struggling to stay in business.
Colin Farrell/Brendan Gleeson/Ralph Fiennes.
Directed by Martin McDonagh.
* A couple of hitmen are holed up in Bruges, Belgium waiting for the heat to settle down after a big job.
Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parronaud.
* Gorgeous animation and lush, sparse story-telling describe this wonderful tale of a young girl and her family living through Iran’s cultural revolution up into the 1990’s.
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES.
Freddie Highmore/Nick Nolte/Mary-Louise Parker/Seth Rogen.
Directed by Mark Waters.
* Adapted from the popular books, this is another tale of some kids who move into a weird old estate and find themselves magically zapped into faerie land.
10000 B.C.. ****ALSO AVAILABLE IN BLU-RAY***
Camilla Belle/Cliff Curtis.
Directed by Roland Emerich.
* A pre-historic romp following a young Mammoth hunter’s battle for his loved one and his life. Do you know about Terror Birds? You will after you watch this film.
Directed by Francisco Vargas.
* Black and white film about people fighting a violent government and a family trying to pass ammunitions to the insurgency using a violin case.
Michel Blanc/Emmanuelle Beart/Johan Libereau.
Directed by Andre Techine.
* It is 1984 Paris, and a group of friends are contending with the outbreak of AIDS with a central character, Manu (Libereau) playing the role of reality.
AUTISM THE MUSICAL.
Directed by Tricia Regan.
* Inspiration story of five very different children who are taking part in the MIRACLE PROJECT and working together to create and perform in a live musical production.
FROM THE GROUND UP: THE DEFINITIVE SCOOP ON COFFEE.
Directed by Su Friedech.
* Behold, each step of coffee production from the soil to your mouth.
HOMEMADE HILLBILLY JAM.
Directed by Rick Minnich.
* Freaky music and dancing focusing on some peeps from the Ozark Mountains of Southwestern Missouri.
NG: SEA MONSTERS A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE. ****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Directed by Steve Zissou, psyche Sean Phillips.
*Fossil discoveries, ocean footage and CGI combine to make this a visually stimulating treat about the giant creatures that lived in the ocean.
WHOLFIN: ISSUE ONE and TWO.
Directed by so many, including Spike Jonze, Miranda July, David O. Russell and Steven Soderbergh.
* I am not really sure what these are, but I stumbled into them, and thought they would make a nice addition to our collection here. Between the two issues, there are 27 short films from a wide array of award winning directors about an even wider array of subjects, including Selma Blair in an eventful visit to her gynecologist’s office. Here is a link where you can read about Issue One.
INSPECTOR LYNLEY: SEASON 5.
* Season five of the crime solving adventures of Inspector Thomas Lynley.
ELMOS WORLD: SUMMER VACATION.
THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE.
* Do you remember this awesome book by Beverly Cleary? I do, I totally remember reading this as a very young kid and loving it!
CHET BAKER: LIVE IN 64 and 79.
* Oh, how I love the honey-voiced Chet Baker! So sad how things turned out not to be very honey-sweet for Chet. We are waiting, waiting for the great doc about his life, but in the meantime, here is some great concert footage.
* Replacement DVD.
HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK.
* Replacement DVD.
STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN DIRECTOR’S CUT.
* First DVD of the second (and many people think best) Star Trek movie.