Sunday, October 12, 2008
****new release list no.188
THIS FRIDAY, Oct 18th: come watch LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE at 8pm in our backyard screening patio. Doors open at 7:45pm. Soda/Candy $1. Suggested donation $5. Popcorn is free!
Some great films this week include MONGOL, an Oscar-nominated look at the early life of Ghengis Khan, 4 MONTHS 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, about 2 young women in Romania in the 80's trying to get one of them an illegal abortion, WAR, INC - featuring John Cusack as an assassin and a fictional Vice-President basically running a war-torn country for profit (woohoo) and then there is INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, featuring Harrison Ford and the very popular Shia LaBeouf. There is also a good batch of other stuff, including some early Christmas kids stuff. Let the holidays begin!
Hey, guess what? We have shirts! Two different kinds of Four Star Video shirts are now available in adult and kids sizes. They are hanging over the cash register. Tell us what you think!
A couple neighborhood announcements. First, FIESTA ON THE HILL is happening this Sunday, October 19th between 11AM and 6pm. There will be music, games, prizes, locally made arts and crafts, food and much more. This is a great community event that I look forward to each year. This year, a couple added bonuses are that Shila, the wonderful manager of Four Star Video, will be in the dunk tank, so bring cash and knock her in the water; also we will be selling used DVD's for $6/each outside the store. So you can start gathering your stocking stuffers early this year.
Also on Sunday, are two other events of note. The first is a free electronic waste drop off at Fairmount Elementary School at 65 Chenery St. They will take computers, tv's, monitors, hubs, routers, microwaves, stereo equipment etc. Please bring your unwanted electronic waste to Fairmount and help them raise funds for the school. This event is happening between 9AM and 2PM. The second event will be happening right here on Cortland during the Fiesta On The Hill. It is the fundraiser for Valentina Picasso, the owner of Valentina's who has been very ill. There will be an auction with good local prizes. You can read information about it here.
Okay, have a great week, hope to see you at the store.
Love and Kisses,
THE EDGE OF HEAVEN.
Nurgul Yesilcay/Baki Davrak/Tuncel Kurtiz.
Directed by Fatih Akin.
* A tragic tale about the Turkish-German community involving three families loosely connected and the pain and triumphs they must deal with to obtain a sense of peace and happiness in the world.
4 MONTHS 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS.
Anamaria Marinca/Laura Vasiliu/Vlad Ivanov.
Directed by Cristian Mungiu.
* Highly decorated festival circuit film about a couple of college roommates in 1980’s Romania seeking an illegal abortion for one of them. We should watch this with extra careful concern considering our current political situation, and the stated and unstated agenda of one of the sides.
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.
****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****.
Harrison Ford/Sean Connery/Shia LaBeouf/Karen Allen/Cate Blanchett/Ray Winstone/John Hurt/Kate Capshaw/John Rhys-Davies/Jim Broadbent.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
* He’s back! And still swinging from vines and fighting on moving vehicles. In the latest installment, it is 1957 and the Cold War is in full swing. When Indy is wrongfully placed under government suspicion of being devastatingly handsome he leaves the college he works and heads to Peru with Mutt (LaBeouf) a young turk he’s met who has a secret agenda in their search for the dreaded and spectacular Crystal Skull of Akator! Along the way, they must compete and battle with the evil Russian beauty, Irina Spalko (Blanchett) who’s team is also looking for the Skull. I know it sounds simplistic, but maybe instead of fighting of the Crystal, they should get a room, and some Cristal and just have a lovely evening drinking and listening to Louis Armstrong? We’d pay to watch that film, right?
Directed by Luchino Visconti.
* 1972 film about the King of Bavaria and his descent into madness.
MONGOL. ****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Asano Tadanobu/Sun Lei/Khulan Chuluun.
Directed by Sergie Bodrov.
* The story of the early days of Ghengis Khan is turned upside down and examined in this Oscar-nominated fictobiopic of the man who eventually conquered half the world back in the 13th century.
THE NIGHT OF THE WHITE PANTS.
Tom Wilkinson/Selma Blair/Nick Stahl.
Directed by Amy Talkington.
* He (Wilkinson) is a business guy who’s been booted out of the house by his angry wife and ends up spending ONE UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT WITH HIS DAUGHTER’S PUNK-ROCK BOYFRIEND (played by me) (just kidding, by Nick Stahl). It’s a really wacky night! And he has white pants!
POLTERGEIST: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.
Craig T. Nelson/JoBeth Williams.
Directed by Tobe Hooper.
Story and Production by Mr. Spielberg.
* “They’re here”. Creepy! Did you know the little girl who delivered that line died in 1988 from Crohn’s disease? Sad!
Laurence Olivier/Joan Fontaine.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
* Premiere Collection release of this Hitchcock classic that won the BEST PICTURE Oscar in 1941.
SALT: A FATAL ATTRACTION.
Stacy Haiduk/Alexandra Wilson.
Directed by Bradford Tatum.
* It’s a tale of revenge involving table salt and a woman doing her abusive husband’s sister. And salt. Table salt.
Mena Suvari/Stephen Rea.
Directed by Stuart Gordon.
* Based on a real story (remember when this happened a couple years ago??!!) about a young woman who hits a pedestrian leaving him stuck in her car’s windshield dying and, instead of seeking help for him, drives home and leaves him bleeding in her garage. Some press on this film suggests it is darkly comedic. Ha ha ha!
TEN NIGHTS OF DREAMS.
Directed by Many.
* Very strange and trippy bunch of short films based on stories written by a Japanese author named Natsume Sōseki back in 1908.
John Cusack/Joan Cusack/Hilary Duff/Marisa Tomei/Ben Kingsley.
Directed by Joshua Seftel.
* Well, it says it’s a political satire about an imaginary country occupied by a US Corporation and run by a ruthless (former) Vice-President who hires Cusack’s hitman character to kill a Middle East oil minister…I cannot confirm that this is not a documentary, but I can say that Tomei’s appearance suggests that the film is rated R.
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE.
Directed by Errol Morris.
* From the guy who made FOG OF WAR comes this disturbing expose of the Abu Ghraib photos of military occupation run amuck. This film examines the questions these pictures brought up about whether this was aberrant behavior by a few criminals or par for the course set by the high command.
CSI: 8th SEASON.
William Peterson/Marg Helgenberger.
* Season 8 of the popular investigative show.
THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM: SEASON 2.
* She’s hot, she’s crude, she’s outrageous and she’s pretty funny. Take “The Great Schlep” over to the video store and check her out.
ELMO’S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.
* Clearly, the countdown has begun.
LITTLE EINSTEIN’S CHRISTMAS WISH.
SPONGEBOB: WHO BOB WHAT PANTS?
VEGGIE TALES: THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING.
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RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: ALL I WANT.
Directed by George Scott.
* A frank portrait of the singer detailing his drug-use, family background, friendships with Elton John and Sting (to name a few) and his delicious blend of terrific song-writing and piano playing.
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IMAX SPACE STATION/MISSION TO MIR.
Directed by Toni Myers.
* Narrated for some reason by Tom Cruise, these two docs are filled with unbelievable space shots and should be watched by anyone with a fascination of space and a curiosity of the unknown.