Monday, February 23, 2009
****new release list no.207
I’m somewhat of a sap, but I loved the Academy Awards last night. I wish I had been in a competition, because I was about 95% accurate just missing on some of the more technical awards. Seriously though, I was psyched to see MILK take home some hardware, and I was especially happy to hear the screenwriter and star make great acceptance speeches. I thought everyone seemed rather genuine and very thankful and I’m pretty psyched to see a bunch of these flicks! Nothing Academy Award related is coming out this week, which seems pretty funny but there are some interesting older Cuban films (ALICE IN WONDERTOWN, GUANTANAMERA) some great looking docs (CHRIS AND DON, FRONTRUNNERS, 60’S MEGASET) as well as a very popular new television show (BREAKING BAD) and an insider Hollywood comedy starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Catherine Keener and more (WHAT JUST HAPPENED?).
It is our two year anniversary of owning Four Star Video coming up on March 9th. We remain joyful and pleased to own this store and serve our community. In 2008, we unveiled KenFlix, our answer to Netflix. KenFlix does not operate as a mail service, but it is a flat fee monthly subscription rental service with UNLIMITED EXCHANGES, NO LATE FEES and NO DUE DATES. Next week we are revamping our charges for this service and adding a few subscription types that are designed to get every single one of you who rent at Four Star to join.
Up until this point, we have remained neutral in our attitude towards Netflix. But considering the economy and the state of our business, we have altered our opinion. We at Four Star Video believe we can serve you better than a faceless corporate entity and we aim to show you that in 2009. Please consider canceling your Netflix account and joining one of the new KenFlix services.
It is our belief that if you are going to make a monthly commitment (i.e. Netflix, Comcast, etc) it should be a local commitment. Funnel your funds into your local economy. Watch globally, rent locally.
Love and Kisses,
ALICE IN WONDERTOWN.
Directed by Daniel Diaz Torres.
* This Cuban satire follows Alice (Valdez) a “culture instructor” as she faces all sorts of crazy issues living in a small Cuban town. Released as a part of The Cuban Masterworks Collection.
FUTURAMA: INTO THE WILD GREEN YONDER.
Directed by Peter Avazino.
* The final installation of the Futurama feature lengths, this one follows the same over-the-top script with the crew having totally crazy space adventures.
THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY.
Chace Crawford/Haley Bennett.
Directed by Mickey Liddell.
* Molly (Bennett) has serious serious problems…like involving her homicidal mother, and also satan.
OUTING RILEY.****IN STORE ON WED****
Pete Jones/Nathan Fillion.
Directed by Pete Jones.
* Bobby Riley is gay. And closeted. This film watches him struggle to come out to his big Irish-Catholic family. Interestingly enough, this is the second film for Pete Jones, who got his start as the first filmmaker to be funded by Project Greenlight.
James Marsden/Josh Zuckerman.
Directed by Sean Anders.
* Dude goes on a road trip to get laid.
Jeremy Glazer/Chad Allen.
Directed by Robert Cary.
* A young man who is both a sex and drug addict is forced into a Christian ministry to cure his homosexuality.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED. ****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Robert De Niro/Catherine Keener/Bruce Willis/Stanley Tucci/John Turturro/Kristen Stewart/Sean Penn/Robin Wright.
Directed by Barry Levinson.
* Insider Hollywood film in the vein of THE PLAYER exploring a fading producer’s vain attempt to get his film made.
CHRIS AND DON: A LOVE STORY.
John Boorman/Liza Minnelli.
Directed by Tina Mascara and Guido Santi.
* The true love story of Don Bachardy and Chris Isherwood whose open relationship in from the 1950’s until Chris’ death in 1981 was passionate and loving and full of taboo breaking issues.
FIDEL!.****IN STORE ON WEDNESDAY****
Directed by Saul Landau.
* 1969 Documentary about the Cuban revolutionary and leader just hitting DVD.
Directed by Caroline Suh.
* This film documents a real life high school election (did you see ELECTION? That might be a delicious companion piece to this) at NYC’s Stuyvesant High School, which is evidently one of the better schools in the nation.
Jane Fonda/Donald Sutherland.
Directed by Francine Parker.
* This bizarre time capsule first came out in the early 1970’s and was effectively squashed. It follows a comedy/music/politico group of performers led by Fonda and Sutherland as it travels around encouraging kids to speak out against the Vietnam War.
* And from the History channel, this 14 disc set features over 28 hours of discussion about the 1960’s. From the internet:
Disc 1: King
Disc 2: 1968 with Tom Brokaw
Disc 3: The Vietnam War, Vol 1: Vietnam: On The Frontlines 1-4
Disc 4: The Vietnam War, Vol 2: LBJ And Vietnam: In The Eye Of The Storm / Command Decisions: Tet Offensive / Unsung Heroes: The Battle of Khe Sanh
Disc 5: Race to the Moon, Vol 1: Failure Is Not An Option
Disc 6: Race to the Moon, Vol 2: Code Name: Project Orion / Modern Marvels: Apollo 13 / Modern Marvels: The Space Shuttle
Disc 7: Voices of Civil Rights Vol 1: Voices of Civil Rights / Mississippi State Secrets / Crossing The Bridge
Disc 8: Voices of Civil Rights Vol 2: Biography: Martin Luther King Jr. / Biography: Thurgood Marshall
Disc 9: JFK: A Presidency Revealed, Vol 1: Feature
Disc 10: JFK: A Presidency Revealed, Volume 2: Bonus programs Bio John F. Kennedy / Bio: Joseph Kennedy Sr.
Disc 11: The 60's: The JFK Assassination / Modern Marvels: Apollo 11 / Bay of Pigs Declassified
Disc 12: The 60's: Peyote to LSD
Disc 13: Days of Rage and Wonder: Hippies
Disc 14: Days of Rage and Wonder: Riot: The Chicago Conspiracy Trial / Sex and the Vietnam War.
Bryan Cranston/Anna Gunn.
Created by Vince Gilligan.
* Very popular show about a High School chemistry teacher whose life dramatically changes when he gets a cancer diagnosis and starts making crystal meth!
Helen Mirren/Ian Glenn.
Directed by Julian Jarrold.
* 1990’s era mystery with Mirren playing an undercover art dealer.
INSPECTOR GADGET’S LAST CASE.
THE MIGHTY B: WE GOT THE BEE.
WONDER PETS: JOIN THE CIRCUS.
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* We are continuing to beef up our Cuban movie library with the first DVD purchase of this 1997 comedy/drama about a funeral procession in Cuba.
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THE LORD OF THE RINGS – THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (PLATINUM SERIES SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION).