Tuesday, December 22, 2009

****new release list no.248

Film lovers, now is a great time to come to Four Star Video. We are in the middle of a holiday used DVD sale, and you can get nearly 400 titles for $5 each! That’s right, just a dollar more than a new release for excellent stocking stuffers for the whole family. Titles include kid’s films, docs, suspense, action, comedy, foreign, etc, etc. First come, first serve.

SUCCULENCE is now open in the back of Four Star, our hours are in flux, but we are open from 11-7, this Tues and Wed and 1-5pm on Thursday, Dec 24. Both Four Star Video and SUCCULENCE will be closed for Christmas, but both will be re-opened on Saturday morning, Dec 26. There should be lots of good last minute gems to be found at both businesses at 402 Cortland, please stop by! Today was our grand opening of the indoor retail space for SUCCULENCE, and it was a thrill, thanks to everyone who stopped by.

In the movie world, there are a lot of interesting titles out this week led by DISTRICT 9, the sci-fi film about aliens living in South Africa who are being evicted from one slum and moved to a worse slum. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER is about a young couple trying to negotiate the terms of love. EXTRACT is the latest from Mike Judge (OFFICE SPACE) and is about the owner of an extraction plant who is at the end of his rope.

Don’t forget, Four Star Video has holiday deals: KenFlix packages of 3 months of any service for 10% off – give it as a Gift Certificate, or buy it for yourself! Four Star T-Shirts and Previously Viewed DVDs for $25 total, tax included. This is an 18% discount. Come in for details! We finally got the brown shirts in men’s large and extra large sizes!

Alrighty then, see you down at the store.

Love and Kisses,
Ken

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............//NEW RELEASES//............

ALL ABOUT STEVE.****ALSO ON BD****
Comedy.
Sandra Bullock/Thomas Haden Church/Bradley Cooper.
Directed by Phil Traill.
* Satirical reverse stalking romance story about an eccentric puzzle doer who thinks a cameraman for a news agency is her true love and travels around following him and trying to convince him to be with her.

ANGUS THONGS AND PERFECT SNOGGING.
Comedy/Drama.
Georgia Groome/Aaron Johnson/Eleanor Tomlinson.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha.
* From the director of BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM comes this coming of age story about a 14 year old girl and the things the writes in her diary.

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT .****ALSO ON BD****
Drama/Mystery/Thriller.
Michael Douglas/Jesse Metcalf/Amber Tamblyn.
Directed by Peter Hyams.
* Well, it is a noir film, in a time where that genre is dying, then again, it is also a remake of the 1956 original – so nothing new, unfortunately. It is the tale of a rookie journalist who frames himself for murder as part of an investigation into a bigwig attorney who is running for governor.

BLIND DATE .
Drama.
Stanley Tucci/Patricia Clarkson.
Directed by Stanley Tucci.
* Written, directed by and starring Tucci as one part of a couple who has been deeply affected by tragedy. Though they are married, somehow they decide to role play the experience of having a blind date.

CHASING BUTTERFLIES.
Comedy/Indie.
Gabriel Vaughan/Mandy Brown/Maria Cellario.
Directed by Rod Bingaman.
* Engaging comedy about a woman who bails on her groom at the last minute and her mother who stands in for her (yes, marries the dude) and then tries to convince her to reconsider.

DISTRICT 9.****ALSO ON BD****
Sci-Fi/Drama.
Sharlto Copley/Shrimp Scampi.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp.
* Very trippy South African film about a gigantic amount of aliens who’s nearly dead ship has stopped directly over Johannesburg and who now live in a gated ghetto in the middle of the city. They are somewhat humanoid but look like big shrimp and are derogatorily called “prawns”. They are very powerful and strong and are feared and mistreated accordingly. The city has decided to evict them from the ghetto and move them to what basically amounts to an enormous concentration camp outside the city. The government agent who is in charge of the eviction operation gets exposed to some gnarly chemical compound that one of the prawns is hoping will help him take the mother ship home, and subsequently begins to morph into one of them. All hell breaks loose. This film has a lot to offer, and is full of ideas and social commentary, and on top of that, it looks cool!

EXTRACT.****ALSO ON BD****
Comedy.
Jason Bateman/Mila Kunis/Kristen Wiig/Ben Affleck.
Directed by Mike Judge.
* The maker of OFFICE SPACE is back with another workplace comedy. This one revolves around life at an extract factory, and the bedraggled, befuddled, begrudging but not beloved owner of the plant, Joel (Bateman).

FAMILY GUY: SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING DARK SIDE.
Animation.
* More spoofy animation from the FAMILY GUY team.

500 DAYS OF SUMMER.****ALSO ON BD****
Comedy/Drama/Romance.
Zooey Deschanel/Joseph Gordon-Levitt/.
Directed by Marc Webb.
* Tom is a hopeless romantic and Summer is a pragmatic realist. Do they sound like a match made in heaven? Not sure, but as the days flow by, we watch them struggle through the trials and tribulations of young love, connecting, rejecting, moping, analyzing, normalizing, then falling again, and again.

THE GIRL IN THE PARK.
Drama.
Kate Boswort/Sigourney Weaver/Keri Russell.
Directed by David Auburn.
* Julia (Weaver) has spent 15 years being traumatized by the disappearance of her 3-year-old fifteen years ago. She is shut off to her husband and son, and emotionally trapped deeply within herself. When she meets a troubled young woman, she wonders if it might be her missing daughter and the thought and hope brings up all her fears and pain.

INNOCENT SCORCERERS.
Drama/Music/Romance/Foreign (Polish).
Directed by Andrzeg Wajda.
* A young doctor is smitten by a young woman who nearly seduces him with talk of love and philosophy, but then disappears into the city.

KILLER KIDS TWO PACK.
Drama/Foreign (Hungarian).
* A couple of older foreign films featuring young killers have been released together in this two film set. The first is WITMAN BOYS, a 1997 Hungarian film about two young boys who go mad during the turn of the century from the neglect of their mother. The second is 1993’s CHILD MURDERS, also Hungarian, and also about kids with homicidal tendencies.

LOSER.
Suspense/Indie/Drama.
Peta Wilson/Jack Rubio.
Directed by Kirk Harris.

LOTNA.
Drama/Foreign (Polish).
Directed by Andrzeg Wajda.
* Drama about a horse owner in Poland during World War 1.

MAID-DROID.
Sci-Fi/Horror/Softcore/Foreign (Japanese).
Akiho Yoshizawa.
Directed by Naoyuki Tomomatsu.
* I think the story revolves around a kid who reprograms the family droid to have sexual functionality. Kid’d be rich, right?

OFF THE LEDGE.
Comedy/Drama.
Justin Whalen/Brooke Anderson.
Directed by Brooke Anderson.
* The story revolves around a painful New Year’s Eve celebration where everyone is getting wasted and trying not to think about the challenging reality of their regular lives - just like the party we’ll all be going to next week.

SPAGHETTI WESTERN BIBLE PRESENTS 10 FILM COLLECTION.
Western/Spaghetti/Rigatoni.
* Titles include MINNESOTA CLAY, BOUNTY KILLER, MASSACRE TIME, APOCALYPSE JOE, PRICE OF HONOR, THE BEAST, ONE DOLLAR TOO MANY, 7 DOLLARS ON THE RED, THEY CALL HIM GRAVEYARD and BLINDMAN and feature such actors as Klaus Kinski, John Garko, Anthony Steffen and strangely Ringo Starr.

STATEN ISLAND.****ALSO ON BD****
Crime/Drama.
Ethan Hawke/Vincent D’Onofrio/Seymour Cassel/Julianne Nicholson.
Directed by James DeMonaco.
* You ever been to Staten Island? This story won’t make it look like a great vacation destination, but I hear they’ve really been cleaning it up. I think I even read that they have been reseeding the oysters along the coast. Yummy.

STILL STANDING TWO PACK.
Drama/Foreign (Persian).
Directed by Dariush Mehrjui.
* Featuring the Persian films THE PEAR TREE and SARA.

VICIOUS CIRCLE: A TRAGIC PUNK ROCK LOVE STORY.
Drama.
Paul Rodriguez/Emily Rios.
Directed by Paul Boyd.

............//DOCUMENTARY/............

THE CARTER.
Music Doc.
Lil’ Wayne.
* B’hind th’scenes w’lil’wayne.

IT MIGHT GET LOUD.****ALSO ON BD****
Rock-Doc.
The Edge/Jack White/Jimmy Page.
Directed by David Guggenheim
* A documentary about the history of the electric guitar as seen through the eyes of three of the more famous rock players of all time. For those of you who do not know the names, The Edge is from U2, Page was the musical driver of the Led Zeppelin train and Jack White is the man behind the White Stripes. Rawwk.

MOTHERLAND.
Documentary.
Directed by Jennifer Steinman.
* This locally made and award winning doc is about grief and the ways we can help ourselves heal. The film follows six American women who are each dealing with the loss of a child and who travel to South Africa to volunteer to help impoverished children. The director of this film was one of the editors who worked on my feature film, HUMANS BEING.

REBUILDING HOPE.
Documentary.
Directed by Jen Marlowe.
* This is the amazing and educational story of three of the “lost boys” of Sudan who go home after 20 years to find out what happened to their villages and families.

............//TELEVISION/............

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER: VOLUME THREE.
Television/Adolescence.
* I. Just. Can’t. Re-live. It.

............//KIDS/............

AVATAR BOOK 1 V02.

............//NEW ON BLU/............

GIMME SHELTER.
* Amazing doc about the Rolling Stones and their 1969 world tour being released by Criterion on Blu-Ray.

............//REPLACEMENT DVD’S/............

AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS.

DEAD LIKE ME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.

SLEEPOVER.

VERONICA GUERIN.

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