Monday, June 29, 2009

****new release list no.225


We have a new period of Highlighted New Additions starting now! The focus on these new additions is Bollywood. We have nine new titles in, located in the New Release room on the middle racks. They range from comedy to drama, with some superhero and sports and family mixed in. Most of these films are in English and Hindi and feature amazing song and dance. Please check them out and tell us what you think. Scroll down to read about them as written by Valerie Soe, a local film educator whose blog BEYOND ASIAPHILIA we have been linking this last month. Thanks for all your help, Valerie!

It was Pride Weekend in the Bay Area last weekend, and the weather was hot. I watched for the first time, THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK and was blown away. Milk was such an amazing activist, and so full of love and energy. It is mind-boggling to imagine what he might have gotten done had not Dan White took his life just 11 months into his tenure as SF Supervisor. Thirty years later, so much evolution has taken place, but Prop 8 shows us how much more things can still change. I am always so full of admiration for people who take a stand to improve their rights and the way they are perceived.

There is a wide array of films of interest this week, nothing blockbustery, or earth shattering, but there is some good TV (ENTOURAGE SEASON FIVE, EASTBOUND & DOWN, SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL SEASON TWO, THE IT CROWD SEASON TWO) some good docs (KAMP KATRINA, RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO) lots of great new Bollywood films as mentioned above, a gaggle of foreign films (TOKYO!, TWISTED SOULS, LOS BASTARDOS, SONG OF INNOCENCE, KAIDAN, PARTES USTADAS) and a bit of Americana (TWO LOVERS, WHOLPHIN NO.8).

We had a great first week of SUCCULENCE! Thank you all who stopped by. As the summer gets in full swing, you may find yourself spending more time outdoors…Fill some of that garden spot with a nice succulent that will “take so little and give so much” in the words of one of our customers. We’ve got lots of variety of these plants, and a bunch of great planters as well. Tell your friends about us. So far we are all word of mouth. Also, we would love your feedback about the space.

Alrighty, that’s all folks, hope to see you at the store.

Love and Kisses,
Ken

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Links we are super hip on this week:
Become a fan of SUCCULENCE on Facebook.
Beyond Asiaphilia -Local filmmaker Valerie Soe's excellent blog focusing on Asian/American arts, culture and other related topics.
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival.
A strange, beautiful and interactive video by Labuat.
Pal’s Takeaway – Yummy yummy.

Do you have a link Four Star Customers should check out??? Email it to me.

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

THE HUMAN CONTRACT.
Drama.
Jason Clarke/Paz Vega/Ted Danson.
Directed by Jada Pinkett Smith.
* Pinkett Smith wrote and directed this thriller about a straight laced office man who meets a hottie stranger who encourages him to throw up his corporate trappings and live la vida loca.

JONAS BROTHERS: THE CONCERT EXPERIENCE.
Music.
Kevin/Joe/Nick.
Directed by Bruce Hendricks
* Ohmygod, the Jonas Brothers!!!!!!

KAIDAN.
Horror/Drama/Romance/Foreign (Japanese).
Kumiko Aso/Takaaki Enoki.
Directed by Hideo Nakata.
* From the IMDB: “The film is a fairly close retelling of Encho Sanyutei's 19th century ghost story entitled "Shinkei Kasane-ga-fuchi" about the cursed fate of two families and the karma passed on from parent to child”.

LOS BASTARDOS.
Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller/Foreign (English and Spanish).
Jesus Moises Rodriguez/Ruben Sosa/Nina Zavarin.
Directed by Amat Escalante.
* A day-in-the-life tale about two undocumented Mexican day-laborers living in L.A. who get a much better paying job than usual, involving weapons.

PARTES USADAS.
Drama /Foreign (Spanish).
Carlos Ceja/Emery Eduardo Granados.
Directed by Aaron Fernandez Lesur.
* A teenager and his best friend get involved in a plot to steal car parts in order to help his uncle finance their illegal emigration to Chicago from Mexico.

PEDRO: THE TRUE STORY OF PEDRO ZAMORA.
Drama/Fictobiopic/LGBT.
Alex Loynaz/Justina Machado.
Directed by Nick Oceano.
* Co-Written by Academy-Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, this film tells the story of Pedro Zamora, a Cuban-American AIDS activist and television personality who died in 1994.

SONG OF INNOCENCE.
Drama/Foreign (French).
Isild Le Besco/Frederic Pierrot.
Directed by Antoine Santana.
* A period piece about a young peasant employed as a live in wet nurse for a wealthy family and the emotional drama that plays out as the husband feels alienated from the relationships that grow.

TOKYO!
Drama/Foreign (French and Japanese).
Yu Aoi/Ayako Fujitani/Julie Dreyfus.
Directed by Joon-ho Bong and Michel Gondry and Leos Carax.
* Three vignettes about Tokyo from three different directors.

TWISTED SOULS.
Crime/Thriller/Foreign (French).
Vincent Martinez/Melanie Thierry.
Directed by Cheyenne Carron.
* A thriller about a young couple in a country house getting jiggy with their reality.

TWO LOVERS.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Drama/Romance.
Gwyneth Paltrow/Joaquin Phoenix.
Directed by James Gray.
* Will this be Phoenix’s final movie? Supposedly he is retired now and he has been sighted “performing” as a rap artist. You can Youtube he performance and see why I put the word performing in quotes! In this, he plays a young self-destructive man struggling with depression and living back with his parents. He is torn between desire for two different women and the difference between the women is somehow emblematic of his hesitant desire for life.

WHOLPHIN ISSUE NO. 8.
Shorts/Weirds/Experimentals/Such.
Directed by Many.
* Just check it out, it is a collection of many things gathered by McSweeney's, the literary Quarterly brainchild of Dave Eggers.

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

KAMP KATRINA.
Documentary.
Directed by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon.
* Strange social experiment involving 14 people signing up and living for six months in tents in someone’s backyard dubbed Kamp Katrina. Somehow it becomes somewhat of a combat platoon experiment with the residents being removed one and two at a time until some sort of poetic comment is made. The comment? Not sure....

RiP: A REMIX MANIFESTO.
Documentary.
Directed by Brett Gaylor.
* This doc examines copyright law in the information age, and the way these laws affect the art and media that is produced.

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

EASTBOUND & DOWN.
Television/HBO/Comedy/Drama.
Danny McBride/John Hawkes.
* Everyone but Kenny Powers (McBride) knows that he is a washed up, arrogant, jerk, has-been baseball player. Unfortunately, Kenny still thinks he deserves the accolades and privileges of the stars. When he moves back to his hometown to be the new phys ed teacher, reality starts to let its somewhat smelly presence be known to him. Will Ferrell is involved in this well-acted series.

ENTOURAGE: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON.
Television/HBO/Comedy/Drama.
Kevin Connolly/Kevin Dillon/Adrian Grenier/Jeremy Priven.
* Season five in the series following film star Vince Chase (Grenier) and his pack of buddies traversing the spicy and dangerous peaks and valleys of Hollywood.

THE IT CROWD: COMPLETE SECOND SEASON.
Television/Comedy.
Chris O’Dowd/Katherine Parkinson.
* Season two following the hijinks of the IT department at a busy business.

THE SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL: SEASON TWO.
Television/Drama.
Billy Piper.
* Season two following the hijinks of a high class ho in London.

............//HIGHLIGHTED NEW ADDITIONS/............

ALL REVIEW BLURBS WRITTEN BY GUEST REVIEWER, VALERIE S – THANKS VALERIE! ****EXCEPT DEV D

BLACK.
Drama/Bollywood (English and Hindi).
Amitabh Bachchan/Rani Mukherjee.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
* Here’s an unusual Bollywood movie—no singing or dancing, runs a tidy 2 hours, and is a serious drama about a serious subject. Black is a Hindi version of the Helen Keller story, starring the awesome Rani Mukherjee as the deaf-blind protagonist and the legendary Amitabh Bachchan as her mentor who leads her out of darkness and silence by teaching her language. Excellent performances by the two leads. 2006 Filmfare Awards Best Film of the Year..

CHAK DE INDIA.
Family/Drama/Sport/Bollywood (Hindi).
Shah rukh Khan.
Directed by Shimit Amin.
* The best girljock movie ever made, starring Shah Rukh Khan and a cast of feisty unknowns, Chak de! India (Go, India!) will have you rooting for the underdog Indian Women’s Field Hockey Team and humming the theme song long after the film is over. Features great sports action and cogent commentary about racism, class divisions, gender roles, patriotism, sisterhood, and loyalty, all wrapped up in a highly entertaining package. Go India!.

DEV D.
Drama/Romance/Bollywood (Hindi and English and Punjabi).
Abhay Deol/Dibyendu Bhattacharya.
Directed by Anurag Kashyap.
* From the IMDB: “Dev who, after spurning Paro's love due to a misunderstanding, turns to drugs and vodka for solace. Paro moves on but Dev still is in remorse. He meets Chanda, a prostitute with problems of her own. Dev likes her but his penchant for self-destruction prevents him and Chanda from truly getting together. He also meets sleazy people like Chunni, Chanda's pimp who drags Dev further into self-destruction to further his own needs.”

JAANE TU…YA JAANE NA.
Comedy/Drama/Romance/Bollywood (Hindi).
Imran Khan/Genelia D’Souza.
Directed by Abbas Tyrewala.
* Best friends played by Imran Khan and Genelia d’Souza discover love and the meaning of life in this romantic comedy.

KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA.
Drama/Bollywood (English and Hindi).
Amitabh Bachchan/Shah rukh Khan.
Directed by Karan Johar.
* A romantic drama set in New York City about two friends who find themselves drawn to each other despite being married to other people. Strong performances from the ensemble cast including Amitabh Bachchan Abishek Bachchan (Amitabh’s son), Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta and the Baadshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, who shows off his serious acting chops.

KRRISH.
Action/Adventure/Romance/Sci-Fi/Bollywood (English and Hindi and Cantonese).
Rekha/Hrithik Roshan.
Directed by Rakesh Roshan.
* The charming Hrithik Roshan, Bollywood’s current “it” boy, plays a reluctant superhero in this science fiction action mashup with action choreography by Hong Kong master Ching Sui-Tung (House of Flying Daggars) and Matrix-style special effects. Part ET, part Spiderman, and all fun..


RANG DE BASANTI.
Comedy/Drama/Bollywood (English and Hindi).
Aamir Khan/Siddharth.
Directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra.
* In the process of making a movie about India’s struggle for independence, a group of students learn the true meaning of standing up for one’s ideals. An interesting, layered drama that, in light of current events in Iran, is compelling, moving and relevant. Stars Aamir Khan (Lagaan). 2007 Filmfare Awards Best Film of the Year.

SINGH IS KING.
Action/Comedy/Crime/Romance/Bollywood (Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu).
Akshay Kumar/Katrina Kaif.
Directed by Anees Bazmee.
* A classic “masala” movie, with action, comedy, romance, and song and dance, this wacky movie is about a na├»ve villager who somehow becomes king of the underworld. Zany hijinks ensue.

SWADES.
Drama/Bollywood (English and Hindi).
Shah rukh Khan/Gayatri Joshi.
Directed by Ashutash Gowariker.
* A thoughtful, innovative drama about an successful ex-patriot scientist who returns from the U.S. to his village in India and discovers a great deal about himself, his country and real priorities in life. King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan turns in an intense, nuanced performance.

............//FAMILY/............

DINOSAUR KING: VOLCANIC PANIC.
* It’s what I wanna be, yeah (make your move, go on and make your move).

INSPECTOR GADGET.

INSPECTOR GADGET 2.

............//NEW ADDITIONS/............

THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE.
Crime/Drama/Thriller.
Walter Matthau/Robert Shaw/Hector Elizdono/Jerry Stiller.
Directed by Joseph Sargent.
* The original version of this movie about an NYC train hijacking.

............//REPLACEMENT DISCS/............

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM.
* Three new copies, just cuz...

VERA DRAKE.
* A new copy.

****

Monday, June 22, 2009

****new release list no.224


Oh Nelly, the summer is finally here! It looks to be a doozy. I love the way the summer just creates a slightly different vibe in the air. I feel a little more open to staying up late, to sleeping in. I am just a bit more likely to say yes when the kids ask for ice cream on a Tuesday night. I don’t really care so much if the ordinary schedule is rocked…in fact, I might rock it just for fun! The summer reminds me of childhood, of that anything-can-happen feeling. It makes me feel like I am seeing everything with new eyes. Summer puts away the jaded, and ushers in the novelty. I appreciate that. But it doesn’t just happen. It’s like any resource; you need to tap it. I am going to tap the summer for all its worth this year. The winter of 2009 was a cold one, both emotionally and physically, so I am going to relax into this summer like a kid into a soft chair, with an ice cream cone in my sticky hands and nothing to do but eat it.

Maybe I’ll watch some movies, too. I caught a few this weekend. I watched WALTZ WITH BASHIR, a new Israeli animated film out this week. It tells the story of a man whose memory of the war in Lebanon in the 1980’s is jarred by his friend’s admission of nightmares based on his own memories. The man realizes he has no memory of the war, and in fact, no memory of a terrible massacre that happened within yards of where he was. What actually happened, he wonders, and what was my part in it? In documentary style, he searches for the answers and for other people who were with him in the hell that was that war (and every war). “Our memories take us only as far as we are capable of going” his fellow veteran tells him. The mind is amazing that way.

Also out this weekend are a few Criterion releases, LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD, a 1961 French film dealing with infidelity and sexual politics and MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, a 1981 release about two men, Wallace and Andre, having dinner, trading tales and philosophizing about their lives and the nature of existence.

There are two adventure/fantasy movies that might appeal to families out there. First up is PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND, about a little girl struggling with society and eager to escape into her fantasy life. Starring Elle Fanning in a strong performance, this film also features Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman as her parents and Patricia Clarkson as her teacher. Next we have INKHEART, another fantasy tale also about a little girl whose father tells stories that come to life.

There is also a bunch of strong foreign films (DIARY OF A SUICIDE, ALICE’S HOUSE), some good old American comedy (THE PINK PANTHER 2, CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC) and a big batch of documentaries highlighted by LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINE about the iconic feminist and art innovator.

In non-film news, Four Star Video is now serving the people of Bernal Heights and beyond for all of your desert plant needs with our new retail side-venture SUCCULENCE. We have small and large cactus and succulents, as well as a variety of planters for sale in the back patio. Go take a look. Look for more supplies, such as soils, tools and more plants to be added in the next couple weeks. Wish we had something we don’t? Let us know; we will obtain it. We are open from 11am until dark every day. As of now, we will sometimes have staff out back, and sometimes not, but you can ask for help inside the store at any time.

Alrighty, that’s all folks, hope to see you at the store.

Love and Kisses,
Ken

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Links we are super hip on this week:
Beyond Asiaphilia local filmmaker Valerie Soe's excellent blog focusing on Asian/American arts, culture and other related topics.
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival.
Videofest 2009 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Hurry up, the deadline is approaching for these film festivals.
Pal’s Takeaway – Yummy yummy.

Do you have a link Four Star Customers should check out??? Email it to me.

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

ALICE’S HOUSE.
Drama/Foreign (Portuguese).
Carla Ribas.
Directed by Chico Teixeira.
* The winner of many awards on the independent circuit, this Brazilian film tells the story of Alice, a mother and wife who works in a beauty parlor and lives a relatively quiet and anonymous life. However, as normal as her family seems, beneath the surface lurks secrets and lies which threaten the harmony of their middle-class existence.

BAD LUCK.
Black Comedy/Foreign (Polish).
Bogumil Kobiela/Krystyna Karkowska/Barbara Lass/Roman Polanski.
Directed by Andrzej Munk.
* The first of three new films by Munk, this one is about a middle aged man who is imprisoned and would love to remain there but is forced by the state back into society in 1950’s Poland. A very young Polanski has a bit role as a tutor.

THE CODE.
Suspense/Crime.
Antonion Banderas/Morgan Freeman/Radha Mitchell.
Directed by Mimi Leder.
* The classic tale of an older thief (Freeman) trying to pull off one last heist to pay off the Russian mobsters he’s in debt with and retire with his life. He brings in a young, up and coming thief (Banderas) to help him with the job.

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC.
Comedy/Romance.
Isla Fisher/Hugh Dancy/Joan Cusack/John Goodman/John Lithgow/Kristen Scott Thomas.
Directed by P.J. Hogan.
* She has way more than 27 dresses, and she seems like she’s 13 going on 30, and though she’s competitive, she’s not involved in any bride wars. The devil may wear Prada, but that doesn’t mean she has that same sort of blonde ambition. Her new boyfriend is rich rich rich, and that may help feed her shopping addiction, but, she says to herself, it’s can’t buy me love. Why not? Because I said so.

DIARY OF A SUICIDE.
Drama/Fantasy/Foreign (French).
Delphine Seyrig/Sacha Pitoeff/Sami Frey/Marie-France Pisier.
Directed by Stanislav Stanojevic.
* Never released in the US, this 1973 film stars some of the biggest names in French cinema. The story involves a tour group in the Mediterranean and the cat and mouse relationship that emerges with the group’s leader (Frey) and the interpreter (Seyrig), a mysterious woman hidden behind her sunglasses. The fruit of their connection is the stories the leader begins to tell to entertain the interpreter, stories that get more and more unbelievable as they go along. This director made just a few films that are only now (35 years later) making it America. If you like this, try SUBVERSION, which is also on the New Release wall.

EROICA.
Black Comedy/Foreign (Polish).
Edward Dziewonski/Barbara Polomska/Ignacy Machowski/Chris Littenski.
Directed by Andrzej Munk.
* The second of three new films by Munk, EROICA is based on two short stories by J.S. Stawinski about World War II. This film is considered to be Munk’s masterpiece and was one of the cornerstones of the Polish School of film making. The story involves a black marketer who becomes accidentally involved with the Polish Resistance and Polish military prisoners battling boredom and contemplating escape in a prison camp.

GARTH METHOD.
Comedy/Drama.
Gregory Pakis/Katrina Baylis.
Directed by Gregory Pakis.
* Strange Australian tale of an out of work actor who kidnaps people and forces them to act in his weird film designed to make him super successful and famous. This film actually follows the fictional actor as he convinces a filmmaker to make the story of his life including tidbits of the film he kidnapped his actors to make.

INKHEART.***ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Adventure/Family/Fantasy.
Brendan Fraser/Sienna Guillory/Helen Mirren.
Directed by Iain Softley.
* Fantasy tale of a young girl whose father has the ability to bring characters to life when he reads books aloud. His reading of a medieval tale thrusts them right into the thick of magical beings and their struggle for power and dominance.

LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD.
Criterion/Drama/Romance/Foreign (French).
Dephine Seyrig/Giorgio Albertazzi/Sacha Pitoeff/Francoise Bertin.
Directed by Alain Resnais.
* This is the tale of X and A, two individuals staying at a huge luxury hotel who may or may not have had an affair last year. X is there to persuade A to run away with him as they had planned last year. A is still married and acts as though she has no recollection of the affair. The film is shot with very stylized portraits of the hotel and the people in it passing the time in that luxurious way that the wealthy have of having little to do and the calming ability to enjoy it. When this film debuted in 1961, it was considered shocking and really changed the way French film was made and perceived.

MAN ON THE TRACKS.
Drama/Foreign (Polish).
Kazimierz Opalinski/Zygmunt Maciejewski/Roman Klosowski/Rachel Whitesideski.
Directed by Andrzej Munk.
* The third of three new films by Munk, this one compares to CITIZEN KANE in that it is multiple and conflicting versions of the same story as investigators try to determine what happened with a man who is found dead lying on train tracks in the middle of the night.

MR. TROOP MOM.
Comedy.
George Lopez.
Directed by William Dear.
* Eddie (Lopez) is a successful attorney, who hasn’t been very involved with his daughter’s life. He decides to accompany her on an outdoor adventure as the “troop mom” to a bunch of girl scouts.

MY DINNER WITH ANDRE.
Criterion/Comedy/Drama.
Wallace Shawn/Andre Gregory.
Directed by Louis Malle
* Life itself is the topic of conversation as Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory sit and eat dinner while discussing their varied philosophies and experiences. What is it that makes their conversation so interesting, and valuable? Perhaps it is the intimacy of being the fly on the wall as two men just discuss their hopes and dreams.

OLD FAIRY TALE: WHEN THE SUN WAS GOD.
Drama/War/Foreign (Polish).
Marina Andrejewna Aleksandrowa/Daniel Olbrychski/Jerzy Trela.
Directed by Jerzego Hoffmana.
* A story about crime and intrigue in 9th Century Europe regarding Slavic tribes worshipping separate gods.

PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND.
Drama/Family/Fantasy.
Felicity Huffman/Patricia Clarkson/Elle Fanning/Bill Pullman.
Directed by Daniel Barnz.
* A little girl (Fanning), at odds with reality and the multiple rules of civilization is increasingly lost in her fantasy world, greatly worrying her mother and father. Her teacher (Clarkson) gives her guidance and tries to help her through her struggles.

PINK PANTHER 2.
Comedy/Adventure/Mystery.
Steve Martin/Jean Reno/Emily Mortimer/Andy Garcia/Alfred Molina/John Cleese/Jeremy Irons/Lily Tomlin.
Directed by Harald Zwart.
* The second offering of the remade classics featuring Martin as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, international spy catcher and all around amazing copper who is part of a international team of law enforcement agents who are trying to stop a robber who is stealing historical artifacts.

WALTZ WITH BASHIR.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Drama/Animated/Documentary-ish/Foreign (Hebrew/English).
Ron Ben-Yishai/Ronny Dayag/Ari Folman.
Directed by Ari Folman.
* Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, and winner of 6 Israeli Film Awards including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Soundtrack (fabulous!) and Best Editing, this brilliant film is basically a narrative documentary about an Israeli man in his 40’s trying to remember the events surrounding a terrible massacre of Palestinians in Lebanon during the war in the 1980’s when he was just a young man trying to stay alive. The animation is very interesting, it is somewhat computery, with a strange almost purposefully 2-dimensional quality (yes, I know it is actually 2-dimensional, but you know what I mean). It is flat, and fluid, and somehow the people kind of reminded me strangely of Jar Jar Binks from THE PHANTOM MENACE in the strange bouncy way he had of walking. The film itself is a reminder of how hard people need to work to remember terrible events in our history. Our brain is so amazing at erasing the trauma and enabling us to move forward without being disabled by our experiences. This is not a pleasant film to watch, but it is an important one.

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

A.
Documentary/Foreign (Japanese).
Directed by Tatsuya Mori.
* The inside workings of Japanese religious cult Aum Shinrikyo, who released sarin gas into Tokyo’s subway system in 1995 are captured on film in this 1998 documentary.

A 2.
Documentary/Foreign (Japanese).
Directed by Tatsuya Mori.
* A sequel to the above referenced A was made in 2001 continuing the documentation of the notorious cult Aum Shinrikyo

ARTS & MYTHS: VOLUME 2.
Art Documentary.
Directed by Many.
* This is the second volume of a doc series that introduces the audience to magnificent pieces of international art and then explains to us its origins, significance and the culture of the person who made it.

AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR.
Documentary.
Carroll Pickett/Steve Mills.
Directed by Peter Gilbert and Steve James.
* In 1989, Carlos DeLuna was executed in Texas for a crime that evidence suggests he did not commit. This film looks at the prosecution and questions the judgment of the crime in question as well as capital punishment itself

CRIPS & BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA.
Documentary/History.
Narrated by Forest Whitaker.
Directed by Stacy Peralta.
* A look into the history of the Crips and the Bloods, two of the most notorious in American history.

FEMA CITY.
Documentary.
Directed by Jamin Griffiths.
* The sad tale of the wrath Hurricane Charley had on Florida in 2004 and the people who moved into the emergency housing in Charlotte County which became nick named FEMA City. The film documents the difficulties the people of FEMA City have had re-establishing their lives after 18 months of government housing.

THE KILLERS: THIN WHITE DUKES.
Rock-Doc.
The Killers.
* Interviews, archive footage, etc about the rock band The Killers.

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINE.
Documentary/History.
Lousie Bougreois/Jean-Louis Bourgeois/Pandora Tabatabai Asbaghi/Guerilla Girls.
Directed by Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach.
* From the IMDB: A journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism. Onscreen, the nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw-an uncompromising artist whose life and work are imbued with her ongoing obsession with the mysteries of childhood. Her process is on full display in this intimate documentary, which features the artist in her studio and with her installations, shedding light on her intentions and inspirations. Louise Bourgeois has for six decades been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms. In 1982, at the age of 71, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art. In the decades since, she has created her most powerful and persuasive work, including her series of massive spider structures that have been installed around the world. Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a comprehensive and dramatic documentary of creativity and revelation.

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

QUO VADIS.
Television/Mini-Series
Klaus Maria Brandauer/Frederic Foreest.
Directed by Franco Rossi.
* Nero, Petronius, Marcus Vinicius and the rest of the Roman Gang do what they do best in this six-hour miniseries from the 1980’s about the Roman Empire.

............//FAMILY/............

DRAGON HUNTERS.
Animation/Adventure/Fantasy.
Forrest Whitaker/Patrick Timsit/Vincent Lindon.
Directed by Guillaume Ivernel/Arthur Qwak.

............//NEW ADDITIONS/............

FLETCH.
Comedy/Suspense.
Chevy Chase.
Directed by Michael Ritchie.
* 1985 goofball comedy about Fletch, a Los Angeles investigative journalist. We got the blu-ray, so we figured the regular DVD might make sense, too.

............//REPLACEMENT DISCS/............

ED WOOD.
* It walked, we retrieved.

MI-5: VOLUME 2.
* New copy of the season.

****

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

****new release list no.223

At the end of the evening of my son’s banner 8th birthday last week, we surprised the kids by taking them out to see UP, the newest Pixar film. It was a very sociological experience. My wife Amy suggested we tell Huck early in the day about the idea, just in case he reacted anything like me to surprises (the implication being – not well). No, I said, he and his sister will be so psyched! Their minds will be blown. It will be almost bedtime, and then, instead of jammy’s and toothpaste, it will be shoes and socks and popcorn! What kids wouldn’t jump for joy?

Mine.

They both cried immediately. I don’t want to go! Cried Huck. Noooo. Cried Trudy. Why? I cried. We don’t know! They both cried. Okay…we told them. Fine, no problem. Not a big deal. We’re not forcing you to go to the movies…it was just a (great) plan. Hey listen, we told them, even if you change your mind in the next ten minutes we can still go. Just please, stop crying.

So they changed their minds immediately, and we went! Ah, parenthood.

The movie was really amazing. It is true, there are some scary and complicatedly emotional parts (bad dogs being bad dogish, childhood heroes threatening death by firepower -hmmm) and there were some very moving and teary parts. My kids are 4 and 8 and neither are super-duper sophisticated movie watchers, but aside from the need for some parental support and assurances, they both loved the film and we have been quoting Doug (the nice dog) for days. The film manages not to underestimate its audience, which is so refreshing in a kid’s movie. In fact, the opening sequence, where we are introduced to one of the main characters in a mostly dialogue-less montage of a couple meeting, getting married, growing old and eventually dealing with the passing of one of them was done so deftly, with such a gentle touch and so much obvious love. My kids watched with wonder; my friend Steve and I sobbed. It was beautiful.

In some ways, UP is a perfect companion piece to one of our releases this week, CHERRY BLOSSOMS, a fabulous film from the German director Doris Dorrie who gave us ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED and more recently the food documentary HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE. CHERRY BLOSSOMS is about a couple in their 60’s who are nearing retirement when one of them, Rudi (Elmar Wepper, in an excellent performance) receives a terminal medical diagnosis. His wife, Trudi, actually receives the diagnosis and chooses not to tell Rudi about his condition. Instead, she decides they will travel and do some of the things they always talked about doing. The film takes some twists and turns and becomes a true seize-the-moment inspiration. Life is happening now! There really is no tomorrow. So let’s enjoy it while we can. You should see this film, it is awesome.

We are getting closer to opening SUCCULENCE, our new desert plant store in the back patio of Four Star Video. Probably our doors will be open this very week. It will be a work in progress as we continue to prepare the space, the employees and ourselves for this new life change. As SUCCULENCE will be a life and garden store, we will begin offering life supplies quite soon. What are life supplies? Not sure… We’ll see! We are hoping to carry very small batches of artisan works, so please email me if you or someone you know is looking for an outlet for your creations.

My family attended a high school graduation this last weekend, of a young man who I met just a week or two after he made his entrance into the world eighteen years ago. The graduation was well attended by family and friends from all parts of his life. As I stood there watching him graduate on a day that happened to be my wife’s birthday, the day after my son’s birthday and with some our oldest and closest friends standing by, I was reminded yet again what an amazing thing this life can be, and how bizarrely transformative it is and how its paths wind their way out and in and around and how even when it is stressed to what feels like the point of breaking it can find itself resting on a moment of great peace and beauty and tranquility and let us say together, amen.

Alrighty, that’s all folks, hope to see you at the store.

Love and Kisses,
Ken

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Short list
Take a delicate adventure and see the eggs of history by a local Bernal Heights artist.
Beyond Asiaphilia local filmmaker Valerie Soe's excellent blog focusing on Asian/American arts, culture and other related topics.
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival.
Videofest 2009 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
Pal’s Takeaway – Yummy yummy.

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

THE CELL 2.
Suspense/Sci-Fi.
Tessie Santiago/Frank Whaley.
Directed by Tim Iacofano.
* A mixture of horror, fantasy and science-fiction, the film is about a serial killer who kills and is able to bring his victims back to life in order to kill them again and again. The only one who might be able to stop him is past victim who is somehow able to enter his mind in order to find him. Phew!

CHERRY BLOSSOMS.
Drama/Foreign (German).
Elmar Wepper/Hennelore Eisner.
Directed by Doris Dorrie
* This beautiful treatise on life is about Trudi and Rudi, a couple in their 60’s. The doctors tell Trudi that Rudi is dying, and she decides to take him on a journey to visit their adult children and try to spend some of his short time left seeing those that he loves. Trudi can’t know that life has other plans for them and suddenly Rudi has more to reconcile then either of them realized. This movie is terrific, and I highly recommend it.

FRIDAY THE 13TH.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Horror.
Amanda Righetti/Jared Padalecki/Derek Mears.
Directed by Marcus Nispel.
* Jason, like the setting sun, goes down. Like most psycho-killers, he takes some people with him.

LAST HOLIDAY: ESSENTIAL ART HOUSE EDITION.
Comedy.
Alec Guinness/Beatrice Campbell.
Directed by Henry Cass.
* Alec Guinness plays a guy who takes what he thinks will be his final holiday…yes; he thinks his life is ending. A great cast highlights this lost classic.

TYLER PERRY’S MADEA GOES TO JAIL.
Comedy/Drama/Crime.
Tyler Perry/Derek Luke/Keisha Knight Pulliam.
Directed by Tyler Perry.
* Tyler Perry stars as his signature character, Madea, the lovable and irascible grandmother voted most likely to get in trouble. Here, she gets in trouble.

PERFECT SLEEP.
Suspense/Action/Thriller/Noir.
Roselyn Sanchez/Patrick Bauchau/Peter Lucas.
Directed by Jeremy Alter.
* A dark tale about an assassin who goes back to a city where he is not safe to rescue a woman he loves who doesn’t love him back.

WHAT GOES UP.
Drama.
Hilary Duff/Josh Peck/Olivia Thirlby/Steve Coogan/Molly Shannon.
Directed by Jonathan Glatzer.
* This film takes place in the mid 1980’s when the Challenger Space Shuttle was launched. A burned out NY journalist (Coogan) goes home to a town in New Hampshire where the teacher who is going up is from to cover the event. There he discovers a whole cast of misfit teens leading off-the-beaten-path lives. Strangely enough, I went to high school with the director of this film in the mid-1980’s when this story takes place!

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SCOTT WALKER: 30TH CENTURY MAN.
Rock-Doc.
David Bowie/Brian Eno.
Directed by Stephen Kijak.
* Scott Walker is a composer and poet who had some rock success in the 60’s and then mostly removed himself from the public eye. This documentary examines the influence he had on many of the rock stars of his era and beyond.

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BURN NOTICE: SEASON TWO.
Television/Comedy/Spy.
Jeffrey Donovan/Gabrielle Anwar/Bruce Campbell.
* The second season of the show about a spy who has been “burned” by the government, meaning he is a persona non grata to the spy community who helps others with his special set of government trained skills.

FAMILY GUY: VOLUME SEVEN.
Comedy/Animation.
Seth MacFarlane/Mila Kunis/Seth Green.
Created by Seth MacFarlane.
* Season seven of the show about the Griffin’s, a super dysfunctional Rhode Island family dealing with one wacked out situation after another.

SAVING GRACE: SEASON TWO.
Television/Drama.
Holly Hunter/Kenny Johnson.
Created by Nancy Miller.
* Holly Hunter is a jaded cop whose complicated relationship with an angel is the center plot of this television show.

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER: SEASON TWO.
Television/Drama/Comedy.
Molly Ringwald/Shailene Woodley.
* They’re smoking cigarettes, doing drugs and having sex. There, the secret is out.

THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION VOLUME 6 1949-1951.
Comedy.
Moe/Larry/Curly.
* These collections are just awesome..an excellent example of brilliant old time physical comedy.

............//NEW BLU-RAY ADDITIONS/............

DR. STRANGELOVE: 45th ANNIVERSARY EDITION.
Comedy.
Peter Sellers/George C. Scott/Sterling Hayden.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
* Iconic suspense comedy about a potential nuclear holocaust started by an insane general.

GHOSTBUSTERS.
Comedy/Action/Sci-Fi.
Bill Murray/Dan Akroyd/Sigourney Weaver/Harold Ramis/Rick Moranis.
Directed by Ivan Reitman.
* Who you gonna call?

THE SEVENTH SEAL.
Drama/Foreign (Swedish/Latin).
Max Von Sydow
Directed by Ingmar Bergman.
* Award winning 1957 film about a knight seeking the answers to existence during the time where the Black Plague is ravaging the earth.

............//FAMILY/............

GARFIELD’S PET FORCE.

TOM & JERRY’S GREATEST CHASES: VOL 2.

............//NEW ADDITIONS/............

WHAT’S UP TIGER LILY?
Comedy.
Directed by Woody Allen.
* This is a brilliant early film from Woody, actually his directorial debut, where he took a Japanese film called INTERNATIONAL SECRET POLICE: KEY OF KEYS and dubbed it with American actors changing the story completely and centering it around a secret recipe for egg salad. This is one of those film filled with a billion throwaway jokes.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

****new release list no.222

GRAN TORINO, the latest from Clint Eastwood, explores the relationship between an angry older vet stuck in the 1950’s, and a young Hmong teenager, trying to avoid joining the local gang in Detroit. Eastwood stars and directs.

THE INTERNATIONAL stars the ever popular Clive Owen and Naomi Watts as two government agents fighting a multinational war-stoking, evil-doing bank.

Race relations and internal prejudices are explored in SPINNING INTO BUTTER where a teacher (Sarah Jessica Parker) with racist leanings is thrust into the center of a hate crime.

WERE THE WORLD MINE explores the ultra rich and musical dream-life of a lonely gay teenager. CROSSING OVER is an ensemble piece, starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd and focusing on the many different sides to immigration, both legal and illegal.

Look for a new Bernal Heights movie night coming soon! Sabrina, at the BHNC, is dedicating her time to getting a monthly movie night happening at the neighborhood center. She has circled Friday, June 26th as the first date. Keep checking this space for information about this event, and if you are a filmmaker and would like to show your work, let me know – I will pass you Sabrina’s information.

Bernal Height’s own Nancy McGinnis brings her personal and intimate rock to the Stray Bar on July 18th at 4pm. You can also check her out on the main stage at SF Pride on Saturday June 27 between 12 and 3pm. Check out info here.

Amy and I are especially excited to announce our very-soon-to-be-open new business – SUCCULENCE. A life and garden supply store, SUCCULENCE will be located in the back patio and barn area behind Four Star Video. We are beginning small, as a succulent store, selling desert plants and supplies, but our philosophy knows no boundaries. We believe that one of our highest duties is creating and extracting as much succulence out of life as we can. To that end, we will sell anything that fits into this vision. Local art, artisan planters, canned concoctions (pickles, preserved lemons, bbq sauces) will all soon be highlighted and available at our new business. We can’t tell you how super psyched we are about this. We hope you will be as well. We plan on being open from around 11-5, daily, and our goal is to be open by Father’s Day at the latest. Stop in and get a succulent!

I know it’s a month or so late, but I watched DOUBT last night with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams – it was awesome! Excellent script, excellent acting, and enough ambiguity in the storyline to leave room for a nice long discussion with your screening buddy afterwards. Check it out.

Alrighty, that’s all folks, hope to see you at the store.

Love and Kisses,
Ken

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Links we are super hip on this week:
Take a delicate adventure, and see the eggs of history by a local Bernal Heights artist.
Beyond Asiaphilia - local filmmaker Valerie Soe's excellent blog focusing on Asian/American arts, culture and other related topics.
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival.
Videofest 2009 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
Pal’s Takeaway – Yummy yummy.

Do you have a link Four Star Customers should check out??? Email it to me.

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

CROSSING OVER.
Drama.
Harrison Ford/Ray Liotta/Jim Sturgess/Ashley Judd.
Directed by Wayne Kramer.
* This multi-plot ensemble piece revolves around immigration, both legal and illegal. Ford’s character is a Immigration/Customs Agent who has a sensitive disposition and a reluctance to prosecute. Liotta is a crooked green-card supervisor. Judd is a defense attorney involved in multiple challenging situations.

GRAN TORINO.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Drama/Action.
Clint Eastwood/Bee Vang.
Directed by Clint Eastwood
* Eastwood’s second big release of 2008 (CHANGELING being the other) sees him starring in the film as well. He plays Walt Kowalski, an old curmudgeonly Korean War vet widower living in Detroit in a neighborhood being populated by members of the Hmong community. Kowalski is your classic bigot with a ice cube for a heart who allows the ice to melt revealing a…slightly sweeter bigot. What causes his heart to melt? Only the introverted teenager next door who enters his life when the local Hmong gangbangers force him to try to steal Walt’s prized 1972 Gran Torino. You think someone’s going to successfully steal Clint Eastwood’s car? Uh, no. This film has the added bonus of Clint singing on the soundtrack!

THE INTERNATIONAL.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Action/Suspense.
Clive Owen/Naomi Watts.
Directed by Tom Tykwer.
* Tykwer (RUN LOLA RUN, PERFUME, THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR {amazing!}) continues his transition into Hollywood-based cinema with this, ahem, international thriller about a money-laundering, gun-running, multinational corporate bank being pursued all over the globe by the attractive combination of an Interpol agent (Owen) and a NYC assistant DA (Watts) .

NICOTINA.
Action/Drama/Comedy/Crime/Foreign (Spanish).
Diego Luna.
Directed by Hugo Rodriguez.
* 2003 dark comedy just getting to DVD (maybe because of Luna’s big success with MILK) about a diamond deal, Russian mobsters, Swiss bank accounts and a cyber stalker (Luna) muddling everything up in his pursuit of the hot chick next door.

SPINNING INTO BUTTER.
Drama.
Beau Bridges/Sarah Jessica Parker/Miranda Richardson/Mykelti Williamson.
Directed by Mark Brokaw.
* Sarah Daniels, a young teacher (Parker) harboring racist tendencies, relocates to a very white town in Vermont where she hopes to continue to hide her rotten value system. However, at the new school where she finds employment, a young black man becomes the victim of a hate crime, and Sarah becomes the faculty’s point person in dealing with the crime, and the larger issue.

WERE THE WORLD MINE.
Adventure/Fantasy/Musical/Romance/LGBT.
Tanner Cohen/Zelda Williams/Rickie Goldman.
Directed by Tom Gustafson.
* Timothy (Cohen) a young gay man, stuck in high school and spending his time living in his musical daydreams, has a unique opportunity when he is cast as Puck in the high school presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He finds a secret love potion recipe hidden in the script and uses it to basically turn the town gay.

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

LADIES OR GENTLEMEN.
Documentary.
Tim Curry/Damon Wayans/Jack Lemmon/Robin Williams.
Directed by Kevin Burns.
* An exploration into cinematic cross dressing.

WOODSTOCK, 3 DAYS OF PEACE AND MUSIC: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT.
Rock-Doc – The definitive.
Arlo/The Who/Country Joe and The Fish/Sly/Jimi/Santana/Richie Havens/Jefferson Airplane/Janis…and on and on.
Directed by Michael Wadleigh
* Two-Disc 40th Anniversary edition of the 1969 music festival to end all music festivals.

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

THE SHIELD: SEASON SEVEN – THE FINAL ACT.
Television/Cops/Robbers.
Michael Chiklis/Laura Dent/.
* The seventh and final season of the popular tv series following good and bad cops in an inner-city precinct of Los Angeles.

............//BLU-RAY NEW ADDITIONS/............

FLETCH.
Comedy/Suspense.
Chevy Chase.
Directed by Michael Ritchie.
* 1985 goofball comedy about Fletch, a Los Angeles investigative journalist.

............//FAMILY/............

FRANNY’S FEET: PLAYING SOCCER.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

****new release list no.221

This week I am going to begin what I loosely hope to be a monthly post on family movies. Since this is the first attempt at this, I will probably hit on some of the more familiar titles, but my plan is to get deeper into the library, and find some hidden gems that may be unknown to some of you.

No list of family movies can be complete without a title from the Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki. His films, some made for kids and some very much just for adults, are incredible journeys into mysterious and uncertain places and, though brilliant for many kids, touch on some very real situations. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO is a great place to start. Totoro is a forest spirit, a sort of magical creature who lives in a huge tree next door to where two young girls, Mei and Satsuki have moved with their father while their mother recuperates from an unknown illness at a hospital far away in the city. This film manages to be an incredibly beautiful and gentle tale without shying away from many adult themes, such as loss, fear, loneliness. It is a perfect introduction to the amazing Miyazaki catalogue.

In the musical department, you can’t go wrong with THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Starring Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews (just a year removed from MARY POPPINS) the film won 5 Oscars in early 1966 and features a bevy of unforgettable songs as well as a relatively gentle introduction to the atrocities of World War II. The movie is long, nearly three hours, but somehow the story recently kept my children (4 and 7 years of age) captivated for the entire time.

TRON (1982) is one for the slightly older kids (maybe 7 and up?). A very young and thin Jeff Bridges plays an embittered ex-employee of a video game company who gets accidentally zapped into the Master Control program and is forced to fight strange and beautiful computer battles as he attempts to escape back into “reality”. This way ahead of its time film is gorgeous (watch it on a big TV) and humorously dated. The games are a tiny bit violent, but nothing like the video games of 2009.

In the slightly under the radar, but current animation department, SURF’S UP (2007) has been a family favorite of ours for the last couple years. Featuring the voices of such stars as Zooey Deschanel, James Woods, Jeff Bridges (again), Shia LaBeouf and Jon Heder, it is the story of Cody Maverick, a young penguin (17 years of age) living in Antarctica who dreams of being a famous surfer and competing in a world competition. Featuring great current music, amazing animated surfing footage, and humorously goofy lines, it is a fine full family film.

Let me know what you think of these! And send me ideas for future family film posts. Oh, and scroll down for this week’s releases.

Alrighty, that’s all folks, hope to see you at the store.

Love and Kisses,
Ken

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Links we are super hip on this week:
Beyond Asiaphilia- local filmmaker Valerie Soe's excellent blog focusing on Asian/American arts, culture and other related topics.
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival.
Videofest 2009 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
Pal’s Takeaway – Yummy yummy.

Do you have a link Four Star Customers should check out??? Email it to me.

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

DEFIANCE.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Drama/Thriller.
Daniel Craig/Alexa Davalos/Jamie Bell/Liev Schreiber.
Directed by Edward Zwick.
* In the deep forests of Belorussia, during WWII, a large population of Polish Jews and Russian freedom fighters lived. Based on a true tale, this film focuses on three brothers and their conflicting desires to protect the people living in the forest and fight against the Germans.

DELIRIOUS: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION.
Standup Comedy.
Eddie Murphy.
* Eddie Murphy was 22 years old when this brilliant, foul-mouthed scathing comedy show came out.

GRINDHOUSE PUNK DOUBLE FEATURE.
* I dunno...just watch it, dammit.

HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Comedy.
Ben Affleck/Jennifer Aniston/Drew Barrymore/Jennifer Connelly/Scarlett Johansen.
Directed by Ken Kwapis.
* There is like a bazillion hot young stars in this film about a young woman who just cannot read the signs that the men she is chasing are sending her. Shila says it’s awesome!

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Drama/Romance.
Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet/Kathy Bates/Michael Shannon.
Directed by Sam Mendes.
* Based on the novel by Richard Yates, and reuniting Leo and Kate for the first time since TITANIC, this film is about a couple living a seemingly great life in the 1950’s. However, as good as it may seem, April is horribly depressed and repressed in her life as a Connecticut housewife, and Frank is angry and full of anxiety at his New York City office job. They dream of getting out and changing their lives, but unfortunately, the universe has other plans. Nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Supporting Actor for Michael Shannon

SPRING BREAKDOWN.
Comedy.
Amy Poehler/Parker Posey.
Directed by Ryan Shiraki.
* On the one hand this looks like a totally cheesy beach comedy flick, but on the other hand, it is starring Amy Poehler and Parker Posey! So, there you go… The basic premise is that three mid-30’s women living uninspired lives go to a famous Spring Break location to get some excitement in their lives.

UNE FEMME MARIEE.
Drama/Black and White/Foreign (French).
Macha Meril/Bernard Noel/Philippe Leroy.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
* This not well-known Godard film is thought to be among his best. It is about the very over exposed Charlotte (Meril) and her relationships with both her husband (Leroy) and her lover (Noel).

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

HOME.****ALSO IN BLU-RAY****
Documentary/Nature.
Glenn Close.
Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
* A documentary that contains footage from 60 countries whose focus is in interlocking the issues of planet Earth and making them into one cohesive problem.

NATURE’S MOST AMAZING EVENTS.
Documentary/Nature/BBC.
* More epic nature programming from the BBC.

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

DR. HORRIBLE’S SING ALONG BLOG.
Televisionish/Comedy/Musical/Sci-Fi.
Neil Patrick Harris/Nathan Fillion/Felicia Day.
Directed by Joss Whedon.
* From the creator of FIREFLY comes this strange and beautiful cult tale about a man who is actually trying to become a supervillain, complete with certificate from the league of bad guys, but in the meantime loves a beautiful good guy (or gal, as the case may be) and is struggling to balance the yin and the yang.

WALLANDER.
Crime/Cops/Robbers.
Kenneth Branagh.
* Branagh plays WALLANDER, a British adaptation of the Swedish television adaptation of the popular mystery novels by Henning Mankell (they are great books!). Some say Wallander is kind of the Swedish Inspector Morse, so if you dig that kind of grumpy older skeptical cop tale, then check out WALLANDER.

WEEDS: SEASON FOUR .
Television/Drama/Comedy.
Mary-Louise Parker/Elizabeth Perkins/Hunter Parrish/Kevin Nealon.
* Season four in the much acclaimed tale of Nancy Botwin (Parker) who early in the show starting selling pot to make ends meet. If you haven’t watched this show yet, you may want to check it out. It is one of the most popular current series on television.

ZEROMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES.
Television/Animation.
Leslie Nielsen
* Bizarre and hysterical Canadian cartoon.

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