Monday, June 7, 2010

****new release list no.271

June rolls along, and maybe it’s kinda summer now. Not sure, but I find myself standing in the yard a lot lately, staring at the undone projects and wondering if I’m gonna start working, or just stand there staring… This is always a busy time for me; the kids get out of school, Huck has a birthday (9 this year!), Amy has a birthday (the big 4.0!), and yeah, summertime rolls. This year there are more fun and exciting things going on…My band had a CD Release party at The Bottom of the Hill this weekend, which was awesome (here are some photos taken by our friend Rachel - I know, right – where’s the drummer!). Amy’s group CONSPIRACY OF VENUS is playing The Independent on June 16th, and then we’re heading to Chicago without the kids for a wedding. This will be our first trip like this without the kids. For those of you scoring at home, that’s 9 years without a trip away from the kiddies. That’s a long time! Too bad I’m not still 29, cuz we may have to party like it’s 1999! (Mommy, why does everybody have the bomb?)

Ever notice that life is just a lyric sheet to the gods?

Anyway, the biggie out this week is SHUTTER ISLAND, the new thriller from Martin Scorsese. In it, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a US Marshal on assignment on Boston’s Shutter Island where a murderer has mysteriously disappeared. The film has many twists and turns and has left the internet posters spinning in their office chairs trying to outsmart each other on the IMDB message board. With an A-list of co-stars including Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley and Mark Ruffalo.

Also out this week is FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, a tongue in cheek, action flick starring John Travolta as an out-of-control government agent on a mission to stop some terrorism in Paris and pulling a low-level administrator (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) into the fray.

A couple of television releases of note are CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON and the final season of NIP/TUCK. Get it while it’s hot!

Alrighty then, see you down at the store.

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* 26 tweaky animated shorts.

John Travolta/Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
*All is going well in James Reece’s life (Rhys-Meyers). He’s living in France, eating croissants, working in the Ambassador’s office, has a hot French girl-friend; life is good. But, ah, Mr. Reece longs to be a spy, and get involved in the nitty-gritty. Enter Charlie Wax (Travolta). If you’re not careful, you’re gonna get waxed by Wax, cuz he is a wing nut CIA agent out to stop a terroristic attack! Poor Reece maybe would rather get back to the desk, but alas, he is a character in this story, and he must go along for the wild ride. And speaking of the story, it was written by Luc Besson.

Comedy/Drama/Music/Live performance.
Eric Idle/Michael Palin/Terry Jones/Terry Gilliam.
* This is a theatrical musical rendition of a batch of stories and songs from the Monty Python canon. Not to be missed by the true believers.

Crime/Drama/Thriller/Foreign (Mandarin/Japanese/Cantonese/Min Nam/Hokkien).
Jackie Chan.
Directed by Tung-Shing Yee.
* A poor laborer from Japan working in China struggles to make a home for himself, but gets in way over his head.

Leonardo DiCaprio/Mark Ruffalo/Ben Kingsley/Michelle Williams/Emily Mortimer/Max Von Sydow/Jackie Earle Haley/Elias Koteas/Patricia Clarkson.
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
* US Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) has been assigned to investigate a disappearance of a murderer from the hospital out on Shutter Island. His investigation is a struggle from the moment he steps foot on the island, as he feels he is being stonewalled and prevented from reviewing the records that could help him break the case wide open. Soon the mysterious disappearances multiply and things get more and more confusing until Daniels begins to question everything he knows about the case and himself.

Directed by Emily Abt.
* Nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance in 2009, this little indie film is about two teenage girls who play together on a lacrosse team, and who are vying for the same guy.


180 DEGREES SOUTH.****BD****
Directed by Chris Malloy.
* In 1968 Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins made an expedition to Patagonia, one of the southernmost regions of South America. This documentary follows a young American adventurer named Jeff Johnson, who finds footage of their trip and decides to make the same trek southward.


Larry David.
* Another deeply comic, deeply neurotic adventure into the psyche of Larry David.

Dylan Walsh/Julian McMahon.
* We’ll just take off a few inches here, give you a tummy tuck, maybe make sweet love on the operating table, and give you a face life and a shot of botox for that saggy face. That’ll be $20,000, thanks for coming!


* From the Henson gang.

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

* “Remember Danny - Two wrongs don't make a right but three rights make a left.”


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