Blog Home - Archives

New Releases for July 13th

We're too mesmerized by the cement truck outside the store** to come up with a quality intro to this week's list of new releases, so we'll just get on with it. You know the drill--a * means it is also on Blu-ray and you can purchase select titles online by clicking on SALE. GREENBERG *—Take the neurosis and social discomforts of Curb Your Enthusiasm, subtract about half the humor, add excellent performances by Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Ben Stiller, and you've got the latest from Noah Baumbach. SALE CHLOE *—A dark, erotic tale of adultery and obsession from Atom Egoyan, starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. SALE THE BOUNTY HUNTER* —It would be cool if Gerard Butler did a guest stint on Dog: The Bounty Hunter... HEY HEY IT'S ESTHER BLUEBERGER—A sweet and funny coming of age story from Australia about a schoolgirl (Danielle Catanzariti) just bursting to be herself, co-starring and Oscar nominees Keisha Castle-Hughes and Toni Collette. THE GREATEST—A couple mourning their son's sudden death (Pierce Brosnan & Susan Sarandon) get a visit from his pregnant girlfriend (An Education's Carey Mulligan) in this Sundance hit. Have tissues ready. DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME—As if we could forget John Hughes. Mia "Sloane" Sara, Ally "Allison" Sheedy, Andrew "Blaine! That's a major appliance, it's not a name!" McCarthy & others reminisce about the man who so perfectly captured on film the essence of being a teenager. 8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION— A critical analysis of Mormon involvement in the passing of California's Proposition 8. It's narrated by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (who gave one of the best Oscar acceptance speeches in recent history). ONLY SON/THERE WAS A FATHER—Two of Tokyo Story director Yasujiro Ozu's earliest films make their home video debut on the Criterion Collection. Read more on this set and Ozu over on Sean Axmaker's blog. SALE FILM NOIR CLASSIC COLLECTION: VOLUME 5—Eight classic noirs new to DVD: Cornered, Desperate, The Phenix City Story, Deadline at Dawn, Armored Car Robbery, Crime In The Streets, Dial 1119, and Backfire. Sean has more on this set over on his blog. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XVIII—Four riff-er-iffic titles from the MST3K crew: The Beast of Yucca Flats, Jack Frost, Lost Continent and Crash of the Moons. YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL—A popular boy band is bubbling with romance & secrets in this new Korean TV drama series. SALE ANIME NEW RELEASES Maria Watches Over Us: Season 4 Naruto Shippuden Vol. 11 (Uncut!) FAMILY NEW RELEASES Sesame Street: 20 Years and Still Counting Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet Spongebob Squarepants: Triton's Revenge Super Hero Squad Show: Volume 1 NEW VIDEO GAMES LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Wii) NCAA Football 11 (PS3, Xbox) NEW BLU-RAY: FORMAT OF THE FUTURE In Bruges Predator—Ultimate Hunter Edition! Reflecting Skin NEW TV ON DVD Brenner (1959)(15 episodes) Checkmate: The Complete Series Poirot: After the Funeral—Season 10, episode 3 Poirot: Cards on the Table— Season 10, episode 2 Poirot: Mystery on the Blue Train—Season 10, episode 1 Poirot: Taken at The Flood—Season 10, episode 4 Saving Grace: Final Season SNL: Best of Tracy Morgan SNL: Best of Will Ferrell White Collar: Season 1 Psych: Season 4 NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Badmaash Company (2010)—India Blue Umbrella (2008)—India Diary of a Bad Lad (2009)(PAL Code 2)—UK Diary of a Nymphomaniac (aka Insatiable)(2008)--Spain Freud (1962)(PAL Code 2)—USA, directed by John Huston G-d's Offices (2009)—France Girl By The Lake (2007)—Italy Golden Salamander/Divorce of Lady X (1950)(PAL Code 2)—UK Here and There (2009)—Serbia Japanese Wife (2010)—India Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)—India Killer Car (2008)—Japan Madame Butterfly (1932)(PAL Code 2)—USA Makdee: The Web of The Witch (2002)—India My Year Without Sex (2009)—Australia, played at SIFF 2010 Napoleon Is To Blame for Everything (1949)(PAL)—Germany Prince (2010)—India Pyaar Impossible! (2010)—India Scream Girls (2008)—Japan Selling Hitler (1991)—UK Sex Stories (1991)—France Violent Saturday (1955)(PAL Code 2)—USA Vivere (2007)—Germany Wanted (2009)—India What's Your Raashee? (2010)—India Zift (2009)—Bulgaria Terribly Happy (2008)—Denmark "Think of it as the Danish equivalent of Blood Simple set in a town on the outskirts of David Lynch's sensibility." -Sean Axmaker Pope Joan (2009)(PAL Code 2)—Did I spy John Goodman? NEW TO THE SIFF 2010 SECTION Double Take (2009)(PAL Code 2) Tortuga: The Wonderful Trip of the Sea Turtle (PAL Code 2) NEW FROM THE WARNER ARCHIVES Cass Timberlane (1947)—"Middle-aged judge Cass Timberlane is a dutiful, dependable pillar of society. Platinum-haired Jinny Marshland is a tomboy from the other side of the tracks. When the two fall for each other and dare to marry, the staid Minnesota city where they live becomes a brushfire of gossip and rejection. 'In Love with Her Was Like Being in an Earthquake' the film's ads trumpeted, and audiences eagerly queued for the seismic emotional ride of a film, based on the Sinclair Lewis bestseller, that teamed Hollywood's greatest actor with its hottest bombshell. Spencer Tracy as Cass and Lana Turner as Jinny are magnetic as lovers so drawn to each other that age, class, tragedy and even another man cannot destroy their bonds." Dancing Co-ed (1939)—"Her hair isn't yet platinum and her makeup is still more girlish than glamorous, but Lana Turner is nonetheless "a walking acetylene torch" in her first top billing, playing a dancer planted in a big Midwest college to win a rigged Hollywood contest. The prize: the starring role in a big movie musical. The complications: plenty, especially when the co-ed falls for a crusading college newshound (Richard Carlson) who suspects the contest is as phony as a press agent's smile." Escape (1940)—"In 1936, Mark Preysing (Robert Taylor) comes to Germany in search of his mother, a famed actress who, unknown to him, lies ill in a concentration camp awaiting execution. During his desperate hunt, Mark meets an American-born countess (Norma Shearer), who slowly grows aware of the great evil corrupting her adopted country. Together they attempt to rescue Mark's mother, even though doing so could cost them their lives." You can watch the trailer here. Golden Arrow (1936)—"Fortune-hunting playboys woo her. Newshounds clamor for the scoop on her romances. But society-page sensation Daisy Appleby, renowned as the heiress to a cosmetic company's millions, has a plan. Weary of facing a revolving door of flower-bearing fops, she arranges a marriage of convenience with likable, regular-guy reporter Johnny Jones. In exchange, Johnny will receive a weekly stipend so he can quit work and write his novel. That's the plan. Watch it all comically unravel as Bette Davis and George Brent star in a frothy screwball concoction that's one of 11 features they made together." Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)—" Lana Turner stars in a breezy comedy about an heiress who must prove her maturity to gain her inheritance, so she hatches an immature plan: join the WACs, fake some gravitas and quit as soon as she gets her manicured hands on the dough. Happily, Uncle Sam and World War II combine to help a spoiled little rich girl grow up." Mr. Cinderella (1936)—"Boston blueblood Aloysius Merriweather loves to play jokes on people and he's come up with a joy-buzzer of a doozy. He'll send barber Joe Jenkins in his place to a dinner party aimed at squeezing a few Merriweather millions. That Cinderella plan soon turns into a pumpkin coach with the wheels fallen off. Circumstances will force shave-and-a-haircut Joe to masquerade as Merriweather for much longer. The comedy comes fast and frantic in Mister Cinderella, from Hal Roach Studios and starring a pre-The Wizard of Oz Jack Haley in the title role." Nobody's Baby (1937)—"A bundle of joy becomes a barrel of trouble for two nurses caring for a newborn when each of their boyfriends thinks he's dating a secret single mom!" Singing Kid (1936)—"Al Jolson's a kid at heart with a heart full of song in this backstage tale of a knock-'em-dead star who loses his voice and fortune, finds recovery and romance during a country respite, and returns to Broadway to knock 'em dead again." Slightly Dangerous (1943)—"When working girl Peggy Evans of humdrum Hotchkiss Falls gets a makeover, she does more than change from prim brunette to racy blonde. She gets a whole new life, leaving behind what everyone thinks is a suicide note and resurfacing in New York City, where she passes herself off as Carole Burden, the long-lost amnesiac child of a millionaire. But Peggy's boss, accused of driving her to suicide and desperate to prove his innocence, is on her trail." These Glamour Girls (1939)—" Radiant 18-year-old Lana Turner was on the cusp of fame when she made this smart, perceptive comedy-drama about a dime-a-dancer invited to a swank soiree by a drunken college boy (who regrets his socially humiliating impulse once he sobers up). Jane can turn tail for home...or turn the tables on the arrogant upper crust." Two Girls on Broadway (1940)—" A remake of 1929's The Broadway Melody, Two Girls on Broadway follows the heart-tugging adventures of a dancer who loses both her shot at the big time and her stage-partner fiancé to her talented kid sister." Vagabond Lady (1935)—" Dignity Always. That's the motto of the ritzy department store (haberdashery on the 3rd floor, stuffed shirts in the boardroom) owned by the Spear family - and that's the comportment corporate scion John Spear (Reginald Denny) expects of his intended bride Josephine (Evelyn Venable), who toils in the store's accounting department. But dignity goes overboard when John's fun-loving brother Tony (Robert Young) arrives from a South Seas adventure and roils the familial and romantic waters." NEW DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC & OTHER NON-FICTION FARE America the Beautiful—"The critically acclaimed campus phenomenon exposing AMERICA'S UGLY OBSESSION WITH BEAUTY Every year Americans spend an average of $12.4 billion (yes billion!) on cosmetic surgery procedures. Why are we being conditioned not to like the way we look? Award winning filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a five year journey to unearth the origins and deadly risks of our nation's quest for physical perfection." Danny Bhoy: Subject to Change—" As seen on Comedy Central! Recorded live in Montreal, this is the much-awaited North American debut of Scottish comedy sensation Danny Bhoy. See why audiences around the world have been enraptured by Danny's unique brand of storytelling and some of the finest observational comedy in the world today." Cronkite Remembers: A Personal Retrospective—"A Remarkable Century! Relive what happened during this last century, as America's most trusted newsman shares his personal eyewitness experiences and insights gained from his front row seat to the 20th Century. Experience the gripping scenes caught by camera and broadcast to the world. Some of the events covered in this award-winning six hour documentary include: The Great Depression, the rise of organized crime, World War I, World War II, The Cold War, the raising of the Iron Curtain, the fall of the Berlin Wall, civil rights, women's rights, the race for space, a man on the moon, a president assassinated, a president resigning." Europe's Big Top Circus Stars: Live from the Hippodrome—"Elephants, tigers, dancing bears and even a boxing kangaroo join the jugglers, high-flying trapeze artists and fire dancers from some of Europe's top circuses. Guest ringmasters include: Tony Randall, Woody Allen, Merv Griffin, Trini Lopez, Jimmy Dean and Allen Sherman. This 3 DVD set brings you the spectacular prime-time variety show featuring circus acts from around the world, introduced by some of the funniest men in entertainment history." Fagbug—"On the 11th Annual National Day of Silence, Erin Davies was victim to a hate crime in Albany, New York. Because of sporting a rainbow sticker on her VW Beetle, Erin's car was vandalized, left with the words "fag" and "u r gay" placed on the driver's side window and hood of her car. Despite initial shock and embarrassment, Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She took her car, now known worldwide as the "fagbug," on a 58-day trip around the United States and Canada. Along the way, Erin discovered other, more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti, and experimented with having a male drive her car." Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer—Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich! He's the one doing the confessing in this interesting looking opera. Wynton Marsalis and the JALC Orchestra: Congo Square—" Congo Square is a musical tribute to New Orleans composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis, trumpet master from New Orleans and Yacub Addy, an African master drumer -- a unique collaboration where a Lincoln Center's great jazz orchestra mingles with an African percussion ensemble in a 2 hour concert of original music filmed at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival." National Geographic: Alaska State Troopers—Season 1—"They are the first line of defense on the last frontier, the roughly 400 state troopers who patrol the rugged and unforgiving terrain of Alaska. One of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation, these officers often travel hundreds of miles in piercing subzero temperatures, where any person they encounter could be armed." Saving Marriage—"As Massachusetts becomes the first state to recognize same sex marriage, the eyes of the nation turn to this historic vote. Capturing the struggle as it unfolds, Saving Marriage documents the true personal stories of politicians, lobbyists and the everyday Americans fighting to shape the future." Seamanship For Kayakers: Navigation—"Emphasizing sound judgment, it includes kayak-specific piloting techniques, understanding charts, navigational equipment, basic compasswork, navigating in reduced visibility, open water crossings, & compensation for wind, current & tides. Also covered: rules "of the road," GPS use & misuse, & night navigation." Shark Week: Jaws of Steel Collection—" Unravel the Secrets of the ocean's deadliest and most fascinating creature in these hit Discovery Channel specials that have captivated fans for more than 20 years." Also remember Tracy Jordan's words of wisdom, "Treat every week like it's Shark Week." Straight Outta L.A.—From ESPN's 30 for 30 series: "In 1982, Raiders owner Al Davis beat the NFL in court and moved his team from Oakland to Los Angeles. With a squad as colorful as its owner, the Raiders captivated a large numbers of black and Hispanic fans in L.A. at a time when gang warfare, immigration and the real estate boom were rapidly changing the city. The L.A. Raiders morphed into a worldwide brand as the team's colors, swagger and anti-establishment ethos became linked with 'Gangsta Gap' and the hip-hop scene that was permeating South Central Los Angeles. Rapper-turned-filmmaker Ice Cube was not only witness to this evolution, he was also a part of it. As a member of the notorious rap group N.W.A, Ice Cube helped make the silver and black culturally significant to a new generation and demographic. Still a die-hard Raiders fan, Cube will explore the unlikely marriage between the NFL's rebel franchise and America's glamour city, and show how pro football's outlaw team became the toast of La La Land." Venice Revealed—"For centuries, Venice has fired the imaginations of painters, poets, composers--and millions of visitors. Join writer and historian Peter Ackroyd for an in-depth tour of the art, architecture, music, and theatre of Europe's most mysterious and seductive city." Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna—The Story of an Opera—" This revealing, feature-length film follows the dramatic story of Rufus Wainwright's debut opera, Prima Donna, from his childhood obsession with opera to the final triumphant staging of Prima Donna at the Manchester International Festival. This release is being timed to coincide with the Toronto premiere of the Prima Donna Opera mid June." World War I In Color—"Narrated by four-time Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh, this extraordinary documentary brings the war's horror and heroism to life in a way never before revealed. Rare archival film--meticulously colorized under the guidance of expert historians--makes the past fresh, relevant, and alive. In addition to these newly reclaimed sights and sounds, surviving WWI veterans share their experiences, personally testifying about life in the trenches, the terror of "going over the top," and the courage and sacrifice of battle. Analysis by military historians, detailed maps, and excerpts from the diaries and letters of men and women in the struggle offer a full range of perspectives on this unimaginably brutal, bloody clash of empires." ...AND MORE MOVIES Caught In The Crossfire—"Two detectives investigating a gang-related crime find themselves targeted by both gang members and crooked cops." I'm not sure why this description fails to mention the star power of Chris Klein and 50 Cent. Watch the red band trailer here. The Dead Are Alive!—Two archeologists awaken an Etruscan god with a chip on his shoulder and a blood-thirsty undead army in 1972 horror film starring Alex Cord, John Marley and Samantha Eggar. Formosa Betrayed—"Based on the true events, when a Taiwanese-American professor is murdered, FBI agent Jake Kelly (James Van Deer Beak) races to track the killers back to Taiwan. Kelly soon finds himself immersed in a dangerous conspiracy as he dodges forces ranging from the U.S. State Department to the Chinese Mafia. A gripping thriller. Formosa Betrayed delivers and unbelievable true story that must be heard." 42nd Street Pete's Wild, Nude and Natural—"Watch your favorite stars of adult cinema and exotic girls-next-door practice yoga, wrestle and get into cat-fights in 26 never-before-seen classic nudie loops." How To Make Love To A Woman—"When Andy hears his girlfriend Lauren sigh after sex, he panics. But even with the help of his friends, porn stars and tantric experts, he continues to stumble in the bedroom, finally realizing that in order to give Lauren the 'O' word, he first needs to say the 'L' word. Starring Josh Meyers, Krysten Ritter, Ian Somerhalder, Jenna Jameson and Ken Jeong. " Middle of Nowhere—"From the director of Blue Crush comes Middle of Nowhere, a witty, warm-hearted comedy about two precocious teens and their unusual families. A pair of co-workers at a small-town water park --- restless troublemaker Dorian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek) and the tightly wound Grace (Eva Amurri, Californication) -- form an unlikely bond when Dorian cooks up an illicit plan to earn big money. With no assistance from a flaky, free-spending mom (Oscar winner Susan Sarandon) and competition from a sexy younger sister (Willa Holland, Legion), Grace needs all the help she can get if she's going to make it to college." Our Family Wedding—"Say 'I do' to Our Family Wedding, the hilarious and heartwarming comedy with an all-star cast, including Academy Award® Winner Forrest Whitaker and stand-up superstar Carlos Mencia. When college students Marcus and Lucia (Lance Gross and Ugly Betty's America Ferrera) make a surprise engagement announcement, their feuding fathers (Whitaker and Mencia) threaten to turn a dream wedding into a battle royal. Throw in eccentric relatives and clashing cultures, and you've got a recipe for laugh-out-loud lunacy and nonstop fun!" Parasomnia—"Since childhood, Laura has suffered from a bizarre medical condition that forces her to spend most of her life in a dream state. Confined to a hospital bed, she attracts Danny, an art student, who learns a terrifying mass murderer is stalking her. Starring Cherilyn Wilson, Jeffrey Combs and Sean Young. Directed by William Malone." Primal Rage—A 1988 horror flick that shows what happens when you experiment on animals—they bite and turn you into a blood-thirsty beast! Supranova—"An experimental film that examines the soul, the body and the impossibility of conjoining these two entities which constitute the civilization form that is called man." 2:37—"From 20-year-old writer/producer/director Murali K. Thalluri comes the shattering drama of six high school students and the day that will change their lives forever. Each one including a popular jock, an awkward outcast, a fragile beauty, an academic overachiever and a closet homosexual has a dark secret. Every secret carries its own tortuous weight. And for one of them, the pressure will explode today at exactly 2:37." Saint John of Las Vegas—Dante's Inferno set in modern day Vegas? With Steve Buscemi? I'm intrigued... There's more where that came from, so maneuver around the truck & check out the New Release section today. Happy viewing. **We've heard they're putting in a bike lane on Roosevelt. Either that or they're patching holes in the sidewalk. We aren't sure. Either way, we're open.

blog