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Valentine’s week made me think of my heart. And my heart made me think of Aerosmith, and Aerosmith made me think about the first amazing 30 seconds of “Sweet Emotion”. Wow, right?. Isn’t it interesting how some of us are very emotive, and others are steadier, and less rocked by their feelings? I wonder why that is? Is there a yin yang thing going on? Do we need both types of people to form a sort of whole community protein? Perhaps.
Personally, I’m an emotional. Sometimes, I have to take deep breaths in order to continue conversations. I’m quick to anger, and quick to laughter and quick to tears. Frankly, it’s a bit of a drag, but then again, I am who I am. And you are who you are. And we are the world. (Where was I?).
Did you watch our video blog last week? If not, click over to the blogspot and check it out. I am hoping to make these little movies somewhat regularly; then again, I am also hoping to write a novel, tour with my band, publish a book of poems, run a marathon, climb Mt. Shasta, paint a series of gigantic oil-paint bar graphs, develop retail fountains, and eventually become a docent at the museum, so I might be overreaching a bit, but it’s good to dream! In the meantime, I made the first one. Tell me what you think!
YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER is the latest Woody Allen film to hit DVD. I could tell you about the plot and name the characters and probe their dilemmas, but I think just saying it is a New York love story about complicated marriage and yearning infidelity pretty much sums it up. With Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin, to name a few of the stars.
UNSTOPPABLE is what this train is, see, in the new action flick starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine as two idealists trying to stop it.
I would say, if there was one film that would educate and enrich you this week, it would be A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES. This Kurdish film (the first to reach International release) tells the story of a group of kids on their own, who must do whatever they can to raise money so that their youngest sibling can have a life-saving operation.
Hey, we are getting ready to go full-bore into planning for our Oscar-watching fundraising party at Four Star! There are many epic prizes to be had and red carpet to strut down in your fancy get-up. Pick up your ballot at the store and fill it out for $5 which will go to the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival in support of their 8th season. Full prize list in next week's blog. The Oscars (and party) are Sunday, February 27th.
Alrighty, that’s all folks, hope to see you at the stores.
Love and Kisses,
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* This is a John Gotti tale supposedly telling the story of how he became the successful crime boss that he eventually was. In this story, as a young man, he coalesced many different crime families to pull off a major heist that kind of set him up as almost as big a bossman as the late great George Steinbrenner.
Romain Duris/Vanessa Paradis.
Directed by Pascal Chaumeil.
* Duris plays a man who runs a very strange agency with his sister. Their mission? To break up couples! If you are in the mood for a funny comedy that is focused on love, but maybe not in the usual way, this film is probably your ticket.
Action/Romance/Foreign (English and Cantonese).
Hirithik Roshan/Barbara Mori.
Directed by Anurag Basu.
* I believe this adventure tale was made both as a Hollywood film and a Bollywood film (and both versions are on this disc)! The story involves a wounded young man who is searching for his sweetheart as he is somehow surviving a brutal shooting, while being pursued by a whole assortment of bad guys.
Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Romance/Foreign (English and Cantonese).
Directed by Oxide Pang Chung and Danny Pang.
* From the Pang Brothers comes this adaptation of the comic book series Fung Wan, the story of two friends, Wind and Cloud who are battling an evil warlord intent on destroying their homeland.
TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES.
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi.
* This heavy but beautiful story is the first Kurdish film to achieve international release. It is the tale of five siblings, fending for themselves after the death of their father. The oldest brother, who is 12, finds out his youngest brother will die unless he has an immediate operation.
Denzel/Chris Pine/Rosario Dawson.
Directed by Tony Scott.
* It’s a runaway train story filled with highballs loaded with toxicity and dangerous chemicals, in other words, a drunken night at the Wild Side West! With Denzel in the role of dude at the pool table, and Pine as the earnest fellow at the bar.
YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER .****BD****
Anthony Hopkins/Gemma Jones/Naomi Watts/Josh Brolin/Antonio Banderas.
Directed by Woody Allen.
* Woody is back in the NYC in this comedy that hearkens back to many Allen comedy‘s of the past. He is sleeping with her, but she‘s married to him, and he likes somebody else. Is the moral of the story that love stinks? I‘m not really sure what Woody‘s true philosophy is, but his films certainly tap into a certain special vibe.
Directed by Costa Botes.
* David Klein is the man who invented Jelly Belly jelly beans. This doc follows his career. For some strange reason, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is in the movie.
Directed by Susan Sontag.
*From the Amazon product description: PROMISED LANDS is famed writer and critic Susan Sontag's sole documentary project (and her third directorial effort), shot in Israel on the fly in the final days and immediate aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Not only does the film scrutinize the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, but it also brilliantly underscores the deepening divisions within Jewish thought over the very question of Palestinian sovereignty as well. Banned by Israeli authorities upon its initial release, this visually visceral portrait of a land torn apart by the competing values of militarism, consumerism and religious national identity is as prescient and thought provoking as ever.
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN.
Directed by David Guggenheim.
* This is an unflinching look at the American education system, following individual students around and seeing how the system fails them by inhibiting their education as opposed to encouraging their growth and academic achievement.
BILL MOYERS: A WORLD OF IDEAS - WRITERS.
* Bill Moyers unique journalistic style is in full form in this examination of literary giants from around the world.
BILL MOYERS: IN SEARCH OF THE CONSTITUTION.
* Bill Moyers leads a 5-alarm, full-metal jacket, all-points bulletin search from the caves of Madagascar to the beaches of the Arctic Circle for the rumored “Constitution“ which, Moyer believes, may be in terrible danger of being used by terrorists to potentially divert justice for reasons that we are confusing at best, and diabolical at worst. In this 11-part in-depth series, no matter how hard thousands of soldiers from 27 different countries search, it remains elusive and undiscovered. There are unsubstantiated rumors that it might have been stolen by the previous American regime…In the sequel, look for Moyers to search in Texas for it.
DR. WHO: A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
* This was the 2010 Dr. Who Christmas special. Four out of five dentists recommend that you chew it on a daily basis.
NICKELODEON’S FAVORITES: SISTERS AND BROTHERS.
THE SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW: VOLUME 3 QUEST FOR THE INFINITY SWORD.
THE WIGGLES: LET’S EAT.
DR. WHO: THE MOVIE.
* Eric Roberts (THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE) played “The Master”, Dr. Who’s foe in this 1996 feature film.
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* That’s right, three more copies.
THE TILLMAN STORY.
THE ART OF THE STEAL.