Anyone make it up to Fiesta on the Hill yesterday? It was rainy and cold, but surprisingly well attended. The music was terrific (great job, committee, but, wait, why didn’t my band play?), and if you were willing to brave the elements, there were some great deals to be had. I can’t wait for the next warm sunny Fiesta day, b/c I love our neighborhood street festival!
The biggest title we have this week is PREDATORS, the next edition of the multi-film saga about nasty humanoid critters that seem to give us such trouble. We also have a lot of interesting documentary’s this week (THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS, SMASH HIS CAMERA, OCEANS and THE CRIMSON WING: MYSTERY OF THE FLAMINGO), and much television as well (THE TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, SHAUN THE SHEEP, WALLANDER, A MIND TO KILL: SERIES 2).
We also have bunches of newly released Blu-ray titles, such as APOCALYPSE NOW (including the amazing documentary HEARTS OF DARKNESS), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: 35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, Baz Luhrmann’s ROMEO AND JULIET and MOULIN ROUGE, and Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI.
Hey all, don’t forget how fun it is to watch a movie outside! Especially with amazing heat lamps like they have down at El Rio. Tomorrow night (Tuesday, Oct 19th), Four Star Video hosting a movie night at El Rio at 3158 Mission Street next Tuesday, October 19th, starting at 6:30. Besides the extra special awesome fun you will have hanging out and watching SAY ANYTHING, you will also be helping raise a little cash for the Fairmount Elementary School PTA. We are suggesting a $5 donation to get in. Andrew Friedman (Four Star staff) will be showing a short film he just finished that he shot in Hong Kong during a break from his work as an undercover CIA agent (oops, did I just blow your cover, Andrew?) and J.H. Lucas, the singer of my band, The Dont’s, will be screening a trailer for his super funny feature film TWO GUYS AND A VAN. Please join us! We hope to see you there!
Recently I stumbled across this website, called Big Ass Message, that allows anyone to create a big ass message and send it out to the world on the internet. I tried it!
Alrighty then, see you down at the store.
Love and Kisses,
ps Oh snap, I forgot! My film column officially came out in the New Bernal Journal. Read it, and tell me what you think!
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Rachel Weisz/Max Minghella.
Directed by Alejandro Amenabar.
* Weisz plays Hypatia of Alexandria, a famous professor of philosophy in Roman Egypt whose slave falls in love with her in this historical drama.
THE LOST BOYS: THE THIRST.
Cory Feldman/Tanit Phoenix.
Directed by Dario Piana.
* Part three in the saga about some Vampire hunters living and working in a sleepy beach town on the California coast…Evidently, this one is much better than part 2 was.
Catherine Keener/Amanda Peet/Oliver Platt/Rebecca Hall.
Directed by Nicole Holofcener.
* This very New York comedy is about a couple (Keener, Platt) who buys and sells furniture who move into an apartment with an agreement that the elderly woman who previously owned it can live there for her remaining days…What they don’t count on is the tenant’s granddaughters (Peet, Hall) with whom they are in constant conflict.
Adrien Brody/Topher Grace/Alice Braga/Danny Trejo/Laurence Fishburne.
Directed by Nimrod Antal.
* This is technically number 3 in the PREDATOR series (but it would be number 5 if you count those two Alien vs Predator movies)… Again, it concerns amazing human warriors being hunted by (and hunting) really amazing alien warriors. I would make fun of this movie a bit, but the director’s name is Nimrod, and you don’t want to mess with someone named Nimrod. So anyway, watch this great action flick.
THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY LEFAY.
Tim Allen/Andie McDowell/Paz Vega/Lindsay Sloane/Jenna Elfman/Elisha Cuthbert.
Directed by Howard Michael Gould.
* When Henry goes missing and presumed dead, his daughter begins to prepare for his funeral only to be relentlessly bothered by his many ex-wives who come crawling out of the woodwork.
THE CRIMSON WING: MYSTERY OF THE FLAMINGO.****BD****
Directed by Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward.
* Filmed in Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania, this Disney Nature documentary tracks the life-cycle of the gorgeous Flamingo. We generally only see these birds at zoos, but this documentary shows them in their natural habitats living naturally amongst themselves in all their glorious wonder. On another note, I hear the word “crimson” and all I can think about is "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and The Shondells, though truthfully, everyone who did this song pretty much rocked it out of this world. And just cause I LOVE Tommy James, here is another one of his, Crystal Blue Persuasion, made into a video by filming a record player playing the original vinyl.
Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.
* This documentary shows up the beauty of our planets oceans while discussing the dramatic changes that have occurred under water reflecting human’s treatment of the sea.
SMASH HIS CAMERA.
Marlon Brando/Ingrid Bergman/Clark Gable/Humphrey Bogart.
Directed by Leon Gast.
* This movie is about the life and work of Ron Galella, one of the world’s first and foremost paparazzi. Galella spent his time secretly (and frequently against their wishes) shooting photos of celebrity and tracking their lives. This HBO documentary is fascinating and very entertaining.
THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS: TIBET’S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM.
The Dalai Lama.
Directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.
* From Amazon: A provocative and potent look at The Dalai Lama's ceaseless struggle for justice and recognition for the Tibetan people, The Sun Behind the Clouds focuses on the pivotal and particularly tumultuous events of 2008. From Buddhist monks' protests in Lhasa on the 50th anniversary of the Chinese invasion and the four-month march of exiled Tibetans through India to the Tibetan border, to the Beijing Olympics and the raucous talks between the Dalai Lama's representatives and the Chinese government, the film uncovers the growing rifts between younger Tibetans and their most respected spiritual leader.
While His Holiness advocates for political autonomy within China rather than secession from it, a younger generation within Tibet has grown impatient and begun to chart a more confrontational course. Following The Dalai Lama's political life with unprecedented personal access, Tibetan filmmaker Tenzing Sonam and co-director Ritu Sarin bring an impassioned focus to the myriad complexities in finding a peaceful solution based on compromise and dialogue.
A MIND TO KILL: SERIES 2.
* DCI Noel Bain (Madoc) solves bloody and complicated cases working as a crime-solver in Wales.
SHAUN THE SHEEP: SEASON ONE.
* The creators of WALLACE & GROMIT bring us more zany adventures about Shaun a sheep who is no follower.
THE TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.
John Paul Tremblay/Robb Wells/John Dunsworth.
* I guess they got their licensing issues behind them, b/c the first season they released on DVD was Season Five and no they are starting from the beginning! This is great news for fans of this hilarious documentary-style TV show about a couple of petty felons living life in the trailer park.
* This remake of the Swedish original stars Branagh as the Swedish Kommissar, Kurt Wallander. This collection is basically Season 2 (though it doesn’t say it) and consists of three hour long episodes. I read THE MAN WHO SMILED, and it was a terrific novel (thanks, Aaron!). The other two titles in this collection are FACELESS and THE FIFTH WOMAN.
ANGELINA BALLERINA: NUTCRACKER SWEET.
SESAME STREET: C IS FOR COOKIE MONSTER.
* That’s good enough for me.
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* Includes the theatrical release, the “REDUX” version, and the amazing documentary HEARTS OF DARKNESS made by Coppola’s wife during the original filming.
* Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor are just two of the huge names in this Baz Luhrmann musical about the dangerous love triangle between a poet and courtesan and a duke.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: 35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION.
* I’ll remove the cause, but NOT the symptom!
ROMEO AND JULIET.
* Leo and Claire Danes starred in Baz Luhrmann’s rocking version of the classic Shakespeare tale.
* Criterion’s latest Blu-ray release is Akira Kurasawa’s masterful 1954 tale about a village under attack who gather seven unemployed samurai to defend them.