Monday, September 22, 2008
****new release list no.185
This Friday, Sept 26th, come see E.T. in our outdoor screening room. Drag your kids on a family date and sit in the lovely outside while watching the film that launched Drew Barrymore’s career. Doors open at 7:45. Movies starts at 8pm. Suggested donation $5. Candy/Soda $1. Popcorn is free. Occasionally we cancel due to inclement weather, so give us a buzz if it is looking grey and wet out.
The charming ladies of SEX AND THE CITY make a reappearance on your small screen in this big-screen adaptation of the successful television series. You can bet there will be a lot of issues, resolved and unresolved as the girls (women?) continue their quests to figure it out. In RUN FATBOY RUN, Simon Pegg is not fat, but he does run. And run he must if wants to re-earn the love of his son’s mom, who he left at the altar five years earlier. LEATHERHEADS is George Clooney’s latest vanity project about a 1920’s era football team who really should wear helmets. In DECEPTION, Ewan McGregor hooks it up with many random ladies. Movie Star! From Iran comes A FEW KILOS OF DATES FOR A FUNERAL, which is a lovely exploration of loneliness and humanity.
THIS AMERICAN LIFE arrives as well, as Ira Glass makes the successful transition from radio star to television star. Did you know he’s Philip Glass’s cousin? Now you do.
There is another nice stack of Blu-Ray titles in this week. Scan down to check them out. In other news, don’t read polls and keep passing open windows.
Love and kisses,
Hugh Jackman/Ewan McGregor/Michelle Williams.
Directed by Marcel Langenegger.
* A very deceptive tale of deception involving deceivers who, after first deceiving deceptors are eventually deceived by said deceptors. Also involved is some interesting sounding casual sex scheme. (I have a sneaking suspicion that deceptor is not a word.)
A FEW KILOS OF DATES FOR A FUNERAL.
Mohsen Tanabandeh/Nader Fallah.
Directed by Saman Salur.
* Wonderful tale of two men working at a gas station outside of some unnamed city in Iran. In their own way, they are both pursuing love interests that fate is depriving them of.
THE FOOT FIST WAY.
Comedy/Both Martial and Marital Arts.
Danny R. McBride/Ben Best/Mary Jane Bostic.
Directed by Jody Hill.
* Farcical lo-budget comedy about an instructor at a Tae Kwon Do school whose marital problems send him into a tailspin that he must pull himself out of.
HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER.
America Ferrera/Elizabeth Pena.
Directed by Georgina Riedel.
* This film follows three generation of a Mexican-American family during the course of one summer as they all go through transition.
LEATHERHEADS.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
George Clooney/Renee Zellweger/John Krasinski.
Directed by George Clooney.
* Romance and Football! As we all know, they go perfect together. In this light comedy, a football team in the 1920’s is fighting for its professional survival on the field, and two of the players are fighting for the same hottie off the field. Zellweger is the love interest as the plucky news reporter attempting to uncover the mystery of the teams’ new player.
LOVE CONQUERS ALL.
Drama/Romance/Foreign (Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin).
Directed by Tan Chui Mui.
Action/Adventure/Foreign (Japanese, English).
Tatsuya Fuji/Yoshihiko Hakamada/Ken Ishiguro/Yuko Takeuchi.
Directed by Izuru Narushima.
* Film about a photographer who witnesses an American Bomber crashing into the mountains in Northern Japan and the serious bomb it has onboard.
MOTHER OF TEARS.
Directed by Dario Argento.
* Part three of the THREE MOTHERS trilogy about witches and all sorts of evil and general badness.
RUN FATBOY RUN.
Simon Pegg/Thandie Newton/Hank Azaria.
Directed by David Schwimmer
* Dennis (Pegg) has run out on his pregnant partner the day of their wedding. Five years later, he wants to win her back from the relatively together and in-shape chappie who is courting her now. He decides to train for a marathon to show her his commitment.
SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE.
Sarah Jessica Parker/Kristin Davis/Kim Cattrall/Cynthia Nixon/Jennifer Hudson.
Directed by Michael Patrick King.
* The uber popular tv show about posse of independent women living and loving in New York City makes its way to the big screen! Judging by the popularity of the tv show, this movie will be much loved. I think I heard Shila say she’s already seen it three times!
Directed by Andrew Walton.
* A father and son who are very estranged find common ground. The son, who lives in Washington, is a child of his times, but the father’s home (where they are reunited) is a small city 80 miles inside the Arctic Circle.
Directed by Judy Irola.
* In 1972, right here in San Francisco, a group of filmmakers formed Cine Manifest, a Marxist film collective existing to make Independent films of political import that would have a broad appeal. They successfully made two films at great cost, and now, 35 years later they are getting together to examine their successes and failures.
ON THE DOWNLOW.
Directed by Abigail Child.
* The story of four African-American men living in Cleveland, Ohio and their trials and tribulations relating to coming out as homosexuals.
Directed by David Lebrun.
* From IMDB: “The animated documentary Proteus explores the nineteenth century's engagement with the undersea world through science, technology, painting, poetry and myth. The central figure of the film is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the depths of the sea an ecstatic and visionary fusion of science and art” .
THIS AMERICAN LIFE: SEASON ONE.
Created by Ira Glass.
* Brilliant television take on the very popular radio series.
CAILLOU’S WINTER WONDERS.
DINOSAUR KING: SEASON ONE.
Animation/Television/Card game, too.
* In the tradition of POKEMON and DIGIMON comes this new show where the cards are all dinosaurs and the kids must travel the world to find the dino cards. This show is pretty tongue in cheek and I found it quite humorous when I watched the entire thing over the weekend. My son (7 year-old) LOVES this show and made me get it.
MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLING.
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK: ELECTION COLLECTION.
* It’s not too early to get them started! Hey, they’ll need to vote in the 2020 election.
SCOOBY-DOO AND THE GOBLIN KING.
* What is goblinking?
WOW WOW WUBBZY: A TALE OF TAILS.
............//NEW BLU-RAY TITLES//............
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: CORTEO.
Directed by Jocelyn Barnabe and Jacques Methe.
* This Cirque De Soleil performance is visually stimulating.
* The Oliver Stone film starring Val Kilmer as the slithering rock star.
* TC, we love you! You make scientology look awesome!
SHREK THE THIRD.
* He’s green.
GREASE: THE BLACK LEATHER JACKET EDITION.
* The DVD came in a little black leather jacket…that’s so cool.
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO.
Directed by Miyazaki
* Two more DVD copies of this, cuz I just love it so much I thought we should have more copies.
THE YOUNG ONES: EXTRA STOOPID EDITION.
Adrian Edmondson/Rik Mayall/Nigel Planer/Christopher Ryan.
Directed by Geoff Posner
* Totally hysterical punk rock insanity from England in the early 1980’s about a group of young men somewhat living together.