THIS FRIDAY, SEPT 5th: come see HEATHERS in our backyard screening patio. Iconic for so many reasons, and starring a young Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, this film shows you just how many ways things can go wrong for the in-crowd in high school. New fall screening times! Doors open at 7:45, movie starts at 8pm. Candy/Soda $1. Suggested donation $5. Popcorn is free!
The Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival has been tremendous thus far! I have seen many terrific films, such as BEYOND THE CALL a painful, beautiful and inspiring documentary about three men’s selfless work on Earth’s front lines by Adrian Belic and THE VIOLIN, a short and demented treatise on the dangerous affects an instrument can have on your life by Bernal’s own Dean Mermell, who also wrote and performed an excellent piano soundtrack to the film. Dean is also in a rock opera currently in performance called EXIT SIGN and you can read about it here.
The BHOC finishes up this Sunday at Zeum at 7pm. Hopefully we will have some BHOC events at Four Star during the year in preview of the 6th festival next year.
It’s September! Which means so many things. The lovely warmest months of the year are upon us. School has started for many. And it’s my birthday month! (More on that next week). As it is a new month, that can only mean one thing at Four Star Video. A new edition of HIGHLIGHTED NEW ADDITIONS. This month, Rachel W. has brought into our collection a tremendous group of DVD’s that we have previously on had on VHS (HOUSEBOAT, TO CATCH A THIEF, MOVE OVER DARLING, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, BETTER OFF DEAD), as well as a great collection of new stuff; some docs (DARFUR DIARIES, 18 IN 08, CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO), some comedy (BEST OF MAD TV SEASONS 8,9 AND 10, PIZZA, COMPLETE GIDGET COLLECTION, NEVER BEEN KISSED) and some other terrific stuff as well. Check it out!
This week there is a good stack of stuff, including season 4 of the
I watched a new addition to the library last night called I’M A CYBORG, BUT IT’S OK, which was terrific! It is a Korean comedy by Chan-wook Park (OLD BOY, LADY VENGEANCE), super stylized, and with grand vision about a young woman who is hospitalized after deciding she is a robot and the young thief she meets in the hospital who helps her accept her fate. The movie is beautiful and weird and funny, and I highly recommend it. Wow!
Last note: Have you seen our new TV and Blu-ray player? Thanks a million to Tom, our neighbor and friend who helped us pick out our new toys and install them. Now we can play these so-called Blu-ray discs at the store and show you just how spectacular they look. After about an hour staring at them this morning, I can say they are better than advertised. PLANET EARTH on Blu-ray knocked my socks off.
Alrighty then, see you at the store.
Love and kisses,
ART OF TRAVEL.
Christopher Masterson/Brooke Burns/Johnny Messner.
Directed by Thomas Whelan.
* A travel film with pretty cinematography about a kid who gets dumped by his fiancée and goes on what was supposed to be his Central American honeymoon solo.
James Kyson Lee/Kathy Uyen/Kirt Kishita.
Directed by Ron Oda and Kris Chin.
* Another small budget indie film about a jilted lover, in this Jim (Lee) wants his buddy Alex (Kishita) to kill him to get him over his pain about getting dumped.
Emma Watson/Emilia Fox/Yasmin Paige/Richard Griffiths.
Directed by Sandra Goldbacher.
* Three young orphans adopted by an eccentric an
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION.
Michael J. Fox/Kiefer Sutherland/Phoebe Cates.
Directed by James Bridges.
* The 20th anniversary edition of the film adapted from James McInerney’s novel of the same name about a young sad writer in
THE FORSAKEN LAND.
Drama/ Foreign (Sinhala).
Directed by Vimukthi Jayasundara..
* Avant-garde visually stunning film from
ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE.
Melonie Diaz/Nicole Vicius/Carly Pope.
Directed by Jamie Babbitt.
* More of a tale of radical pull no punches punk rock feminism than anything else!
Pierce Brosnan/Chris Cooper/Rachel McAdams/Patricia Clarkson.
Directed by Ira Sachs.
* Dark tale of a man who decides to kill his wife rather than have her deal with the pain of him leaving her. Sounds like a paean to Narcissism!
Josh Hamilon/Ayesha Dharker.
Directed by John Jeffcoat.
* A story of a salesman who after losing his job, must travel to
PROM QUEEN: THE MARC HALL STORY.
Aaron Ashmore/Marie Tifo.
Directed by John L’Ecuyer.
* When a young man tries to bring his boyfriend to the prom, all hell breaks loose.
Anders Lie/Viktoria Winge.
Directed by Joachim Trier.
* Much accredited and awarded film about some young friends going through the pangs and joys of young adulthood.
THEN SHE FOUND ME.
Helen Hunt/Bette Midler/Colin Firth/Matthew Broderick.
Directed by Helen Hunt.
* Helen Hunts debut as a feature film director, she also stars in the film about a teacher in NY who undergoes a mid-life crisis after her husband leaves her and her adoptive mother dies. Further complicating things is her biological mother who shows up and adds chaos to her life.
Hayden Christensen/Mischa Barton/Tim Roth/Matthew Broderick.
Directed by David Leland.
* Medieval sex hijinks.
Pauline Acquart/Louise Blachere/Adele Haenel.
Directed by Celine Sciamma.
* Teenagers in the hot summer in
Patti Quigley/Susan Retik.
Directed by Beth Murphy.
* The story of two women who lost their husbands in the 911 attacks and whose journey to rebuild their lives takes them around the world to
Nicole Kidman/Karl Lagerfeld.
Directed by Rodolphe Marconi.
* Portrait of the fashion magnate Karl Lagerfeld.
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: COMPLETE 4th SEASON.
Teri Hatcher/Felicity Huffman/Nicollette Sheridan/Eva Longoria Parker.
Created by Marc Cherry.
* Hot desperate moms looking for action.
NEXT AVENGERS: HEROES OF TOMORROW.
Created by Jay Olivia.
* The children of the Avengers are out for revenge against those who were responsible for destroying their parents. Ah yeah.
THE OFFICE: SEASON 4. (
* Season four in the hysterical mockumentary on office life.
David Duchovny/Gillian Anderson.
* Compilation of great episodes to lube you up for the feature film coming soon.
3 2 1 PENGUINS: SAVE THE PLANETS.
MAX AND RUBY’S PERFECT PUMPKIN.
............//HIGHLIGHTED NEW ADDITIONS//............
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE.
Directed by Frank Capra.
* First DVD of this twisted comedy about a newspaperman (Grant) who discovers his sweet older aunties are actually murdering old men and burying them in their basement with the help of other nutso members of the family.
BEST OF MAD TV: SEASONS 8, 9 and 10.
* Selected episodes of hilarity from the totally wacky sketch comedy show.
BETTER OFF DEAD: I LOVE THE 80’s EDITION.
Directed by Savage Steve Holland.
* First DVD of this dark and funny John Cusack (at 19 years of age) film from 1985 about the many ways that teen life can go wrong. “I want my two dollars!”
COMPLETE GIDGET COLLECTION.
Directed by Paul Wendkos.
* No, not the television series with Sally Fields, the original movies featuring a surfing gender barrier break hero named Gidget and her somewhat of a boyfriend Moondoggy. Made in the 1960’s and featuring three different Gidgets (Sandra Dee, Deborah Walley and Cindy Carol) and featuring James Darren as Moondoggy in all three movies, these films are great fun, with pretty rich surfing scenes. The three movies are GIDGET, GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN and GIDGET GOES TO ROME.
CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO.
Directed by Matthew Ogens.
* Ogens follows four people walking
CONTACTS VOL. 1: THE GREAT TRADITION OF PHOTOJOURNALISM.
Henri Cartier-Bresson/William Klien/Raymond Depardon/Marc Riboud.
Directed by Richard Copans and Stan Neumann.
* Great photographers around the world explore and spill their secrets and methods in this first volume of the Contacts series.
Directed by Aisha Bain and Jen Marlowe and Adam Shapiro.
* A brutal and frank documentation into the tragic situation in
18 IN 08.
Directed by David D. Burstein.
* Designed to get young people voting, this doc was made by the 19-year-old Burstein and features interviews with many politicians and while spelling out the high stakes to the youth of
Directed by Melville Shavelson.
* First DVD copy of this 1958 classic about a widower raising three kids and the Italian socialite who becomes his children’s nanny and some.
JONNY QUEST: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.
Created by Doug Whildey.
* Jonny and family battle villains all over the planet in this 1964 cartoon. Interesting factoid: A seventeen-year-old Tim Matheson (ANIMAL HOUSE, THE WEST WING) is the voice of Jonny!
MOVE OVER, DARLING.
Doris Day/James Garner/Don Knotts.
Directed by Michael Jordan.
* First DVD of this 1963 zany comedy about a man who has his wife declared legally dead after she has been missing for five years after a plane crash. Just when he gets remarried, she is rescued from an island an
NEVER BEEN KISSED.
Drew Barrymore/David Arquette/Molly Shannon/John C. Reilly.
Directed by Raja Gosnell
* First DVD of this 1999 film about a journalist (Barrymore) who goes undercover at her old high school for a story. The catch? She was a nerdy kid and now she’s hot potatoes.
Directed by Mark Christopher.
* This sweet teen indie comedy is about a girl having her first experiences with dating.
TO CATCH A THIEF: SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
* First DVD of this 1955 tale of a reformed jewel thief forced to solve a new crime to clear his name.
I’M A CYBORG, BUT THAT’S OKAY.
* By the guy who brought us OLD BOY and LADY VENGEANCE comes this new stylized and beautiful comedy about mental health and the many faces of sanity. The vision of this film, combined with the beautifully arranged tableaus, dynamic special effects and gorgeous cinematography and make this luscious film a must-see!