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127 Hours & more New Releases for March 1st

This week’s New Releases reflect the lingering Oscar afterglow. There’s a Best Picture nominee starring a Best Actor nominee, a Best Animated Feature nominee, and one starring the singing co-host. Heck, even Burlesque won a Golden Globe. Here’s the list; remember that the * fleck means it’s on Blu-ray,  @ means it’s for sale in the store, and you can buy select titles online by clicking SALE. 127 HOURS *—Don’t let the more gruesome plot points keep you from watching this powerful and relentlessly hopeful film, masterfully made by Danny Boyle and driven by the great James Franco. I am Queen of The Squeamish and I was able to make it through. @ SALE LOVE & OTHER DRUGS—When it comes to the “he’s such a cad until he meets the right girl” genre, you could do worse. And when it comes to the stars of such films, you could do far, far worse.  @ BURLESQUE *—Have cocktails mixed and ready to pour. Bowler hats & feather boas not required but encouraged.  @ FASTER *—I haven’t seen it yet, but I get the feeling this is the movie Drive Angry (which sadly I did see) only wishes it could be, as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gets out of prison and goes out for revenge. Plus, this one has the added prestige of Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino. @ GENIUS WITHIN: THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD—Previously unseen films and unheard home recordings come together to create a portrait of the legendary musical poet.  @ THE CLOWNS—Federico Fellini’s touching 1970 “docu-comedy” is new to DVD. @ SALE THE ILLUSIONIST—We just got in the Oscar nominated animated from the makers of Triplets of Belleville on a PAL Code 2 import DVD. BAMBI—Thumper on Blu-ray!!! The new Diamond Edition is now available on a Blu-ray/DVD combo set. @ SALE NEW VIDEO GAMES Dead To Rights: Retribution (PS3) Fighters Uncaged (Xbox Kinect) Kill Zone 3 (PS3) My Sims: Sky Heroes (Wii) Motionsports: Play For Real (Xbox Kinect) FAMILY NEW RELEASES Reboot: Seasons 1 & 2 Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Megamind *--Just in case you missed its sneaky release date last Friday.  @ NEW BLU-RAY Girl With The Dragon Tattoo—The rental includes the special features disc for the Stieg Larsson trilogy.  @ Daughters of Darkness  @
NEW TV ON DVD—Look under Imports for more new UK TV. In Loving Memory: Series 1 (1979) Murder Investigation Team: Series 1 Napoleon & Love (1974) The Norman Conquests (1977)—The1977 British mini-series adapted from the play by Alan Ayckbourn follows three the passions and tensions between three couples over the course of a weekend and stars Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, and Tom Conti.  @
Michael & Michael Have Issues—Don’t forget: Michael Showalter will be at the UW Bookstore next Tuesday the 8th at 4pm! In the meantime, please enjoy his show-within-a-show with fellow State-er Michael Ian Black. NEW IMPORTS & FOREIGN FILMS Bombai Priyuda (1990)—India Even Angels Eat Beans (1973)(PAL Code 2)—Italy Mado (1976)—France, directed by Claude Sautet (Classe Tous Risques) No Problem (2010)—India Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010)—India Profound Desires of The Gods (1968)(PAL Code 2)—Japan, directed by Shohei Imamura (Black Rain) Race and History in Brazil (2000)—Brazil Tees Maar Khan (2010)—India Where Were You My Son? (2007)—Hungary XY & Zee (1971)—UK Indian Doctor (2010)(PAL Code 2)—UK TV series: “Starring Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars At No. 42), Ayesha Dharker (Coronation Street, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, The Fast Show), the series tells the story of Dr Prem Sharma, a high-flying Delhi graduate who arrives in the UK in 1963 as part of the 'first wave' of Indian doctors wooed by the then health minister, Enoch Powell. Prem and his wife, Kamini, want to build a new life for themselves following a family tragedy but, rather than finding a glamorous job as a consultant in London, they find themselves in the sleepy Welsh coal mining village of Trefelin. The local doctor has died and Prem is his replacement.”
Just Before Nightfall (1971)—Claude Chabrol’s psychological noir is new on DVD.
Peepli-Live (2010) *—India  “Peepli Live is a 2010 Indian comic satire that explores the topic of "farmer suicides" and the subsequent media and political response. It is written and directed by Anusha Rizvi in her directorial debut, and produced by Aamir Khan Productions." Upstairs Downstairs (2010)(PAL Code 2)—A modern retelling of the classic UK TV series. NEW WARNER ARCHIVES & SONY/COLUMBIA CLASSICS Assignment-Paris! (1952)—“New York Herald Tribune reporter Jimmy Race (Dana Andrews, The Best Years of Our Lives, Laura) is sent to Budapest by his editor, Nick Strang (George Sanders, All About Eve, Rebecca), to help colleague Jeanne Moray (Marta Toren, Sirocco) investigate a rumored plot to overthrow Hungary’s Communist dictatorship. After coming into possession of some microfilm that threatens to incriminate backers of the plot inside the government, Jimmy is arrested and jailed. Tortured, Jimmy is forced into confessing to being a spy, and Jeanne and Strang must put their faith in a man wanted by the Communist authorities in order to help gain his freedom.” Bachelor Father (1931)—“Welcome home, Tony, Geoffrey and Maria…to a home and father you never knew. Ex-playboy Sir Basil Winterton has located the now-grown children he sired out of wedlock by different women and invited them to share the splendor of Rooksfold Manor. Psst! The cranky old man doesn’t know (viewers do) that Tony isn’t really his child. Top-billed Marion Davies’s portrayal of unflappable flapper Tony is so central and appealing that this early comedy Talkie could aptly be called The Bachelor Father’s” Chance at Heaven (1933)—“The Depression is a tough time to fall in love, but young Marje Harris (Ginger Rogers) and her gas-jockey beau Blacky Gorman (Joel McCrea) take their chance at heaven. The two plan a future together until a spoiled society girl (Marian Nixon) moves to town, flips over handsome Blacky and dazzles the hapless chump. Marje stands aside – then stands up when the new Mr. and Mrs. Gorman need a friend.”
Finishing School (1934)—“No smoking. No drinking. No lipstick. Pretty Virginia Radcliffe (Frances Dee) earnestly accepts the strict rules enforced by exclusive Crockett Hall. Have a smoke, have a drink and have a wild weekend in New York, suggests her roommate Pony Ferris (Ginger Rogers), who knows the rules have nothing to do with the girls’ welfare and everything to do with the school’s reputation. Adorably worldly, appealingly smart, third-billed Rogers steals the show in Finishing School, giving pretense a swift kick in the comedy keester as she mother-hens her classmates through a booze-and-bad-boy Manhattan fling.” Lucky Partners (1940)—“Critic Bosley Crowther of The New York Times made it known moviegoers were in luck with Lucky Partners. Likening the film to fine champagne, he wrote: ‘It belongs to approximately the same vintage as The Awful Truth and My Favorite Wife…a comedy that is dry and sparkling and bubbles till the last drop.’ Ginger Rogers and Ronald Colman are the effervescent partnership, strangers who share the cost of a sweepstakes ticket. The catch: she’ll go on a platonic honeymoon with him if they win. The result: their ticket pays off. So away the two go, with her suspicious fuddy-duddy fiancé (Jack Carson), myriad complications and, of course, Cupid trailing.” Primrose Path (1940)—“1940 marked a high point in Ginger Rogers’ career: it was the year of Kitty Foyle, which would earn her a Best Actress Academy Award®. Rogers made another exceptional drama that year: this overlooked gem that pushed boundaries with its (for the time) frank view of prostitution. Rogers plays dreamer Ellie May Adams, whose mother supports her squalid family by selling herself. Ellie May marries an upstanding man (Joel McCrea) without revealing her background. But her secret gets out. Rogers shines as the innocent raised amid corruption, Marjorie Rambeau earned an Oscar nomination* as the good-time ma and Queenie Vassar steals scenes as acid-tongued Grandma, who’d go back on the game if anyone would pay her.”
Suicide Fleet (1931)—“Who’s that girl waving a semaphore message of ‘I Love You’ to a destroyer as it departs New York for World War I? It’s Sally, the Coney Island saltwater-taffy girl. Each of the sailors – especially pals and romantic rivals Baltimore Clark, Dutch Herman and Skeets O’Reilly – hopes the message is for him. But rivalries end where warfare begins. The pals are soon assigned to the crew of a merchant ship posing as a German communications boat. The mission: rendezvous with U-boat captains and learn their plan of attack. Bill Boyd, Robert Armstrong and James Gleason play the three friends. And who’s that girl? It’s captivating 20-year-old Ginger Rogers, two years before she and Fred Astaire would go Flying down to Rio.” Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)—“Director Gilbert Cates (I Never Sang for My Father) takes on the complexities of family relationships, mid-life pain and loss. Joanne Woodward and Martin Balsam play the couple coming to terms with the truth about their relationship, their fears about their homosexual son, and the mixed emotions brought on by the death of her mother (Sylvia Sidney). This rich character study resulted in two Oscar® nominations, for actresses Woodward (Best Actress) and Sidney (Best Supporting Actress). Written by Stewart Stern.” Sunday In New York (1963)—“Before she became a great star and a two-time Academy Award® winner, Jane Fonda was a screen ingénue who sent a string of bubbly romantic comedies soaring, including this charmer from the prolific pen of Norman Krasna (Bachelor Mother, The Devil and Miss Jones). Fonda portrays a virginal miss blessed with long limbs and a knockout profile who runs off from her fiancé (Robert Culp) to the swingin’ pad of her brother (Cliff Robertson) and then into the arms of a guy she meets on the 5th Avenue bus (Rod Taylor) – all the while trying to decide if she’ll say ‘yes’ before she says ‘I do.’ Filmed on location, Sunday in New York is a fun, sophisticated romp set to a hip Peter Nero score that features Mel Torme singing the title tune.” Upper World (1934)—“Warren William. Ginger Rogers. Mary Astor. Sidney Toler. Andy Devine. J. Carroll Naish. John Qualen. No fan of Golden Era films would want to miss this luminous cast, even if all the stars did was sort socks. Instead, they light up a dynamic pre-Code programmer loaded with ’30s moxie. Railroad tycoon Alex Stream (William) gets the blues when his society-page wife (Astor) forgets their anniversary. Impulsively, he celebrates instead with vivacious burlesque dancer Lily Linda (Rogers). The two soon establish a sweet, sympathetic relationship. But it turns deadly serious when a would-be blackmailer tries to plug Alex, Lily takes the bullet and Alex finds himself accused of murder!”
NEW DOCUMENTARIES Altar of Fire—“This film records a twelve-day ritual performed by Mambudiri Brahmins in Kerala, India in April 1975. His event was probably the last performance of the Agnic-ayana, a Vedic ritual of sacrifice dating back three thousand years and probably the oldest surviving human ritual. Long considered extinct and never witnessed by outsiders…(it is) all proceeded by several months of preparations and rehearsals. They include the construction, from a thousand bricks, of a fire altar in the shape of a bird.” Bailey-Boushay House: A Living History—“Bailey-Boushay House broke ground during the height of fear and discrimination around the AIDS epidemic in the late ‘80’s. The film follows the story of a grassroots effort to build the first facility of its kind in the U.S. and vividly portays both the immense compassion and enormous loss experienced in the early days of operation.” It comes with February 14 and 7 Moments, two short films where volunteers share their experiences there. You know that big box by the Second Take section filled with the movies you donate? They go to Bailey-Boushay. Beyond Borders: Debate Over Human Migration—“Beyond Borders moves past the headlines and takes an in-depth look at the hot-button issues of legal and illegal immigration. Beyond Borders explores the psychological forces driving the immigration controversy from both sides of the debate. Anti-immigration activists demand we stop this "illegal alien invasion," while some pro-immigration forces speak of a Reconquista, a reclaiming of the American Southwest by Mexico. In search of a middle ground, Beyond Borders travels across the U.S. and beyond to give voices to those on the front-line of this issue, including candid interviews with Border Patrol agents, radio celebrities, demographers, the Minute Men, potential migrants, and a host of experts including Noam Chomsky (Distorted Morality) and Gustavo Arellano (Ask A Mexican).” Blunden Harbour/Dances of the Kwakiutl (1951)Blunden Harbour: “A glance at the lives of the Kwakiutl Indians and their livelihood of fishing and gathering.” Dances of the Kwakiutl , “is composed of fragments filmed in 1950 in Fort Rupert, British Columbia. They were made during a performance by those still familiar with the tradition of Hamatsa or cannibal dancing. This type of dance was brought to impressive artistic heights by the Kwakiutl people of the Northwest Coast.” Both of these films were produced by Robert Gardner. Dickens In America—“Join actress and Dickens enthusiast Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Legend of the Guardians, Being Julia, Ladies in Lavender, The Age of Innocence) on a 10-part journey that follows the route of Charles Dickens' tour of the United States and Canada in 1842. It was this trip upon which he based his travel book, American Notes - a comic, critical record of the country's morals, flaws and fashions. From the White House to West Point, Miriam presents the Dickensian view on money, manners, slavery, corruption, greed, politics and religion. Witty and sometimes surprising, Dickens in America offers a fascinating insight into mid-nineteenth century North American life and how much - and how little - has changed in the years since the great author's tour.”
Everest: A Climb for Peace—“Narrated by Orlando Bloom and hailed as a ‘tremendous achievement’ by the Dalai Lama. Everest: A Climb for Peace is not just a typical Everest film, but a socially relevant documentary about peace, war, and the human spirit - an inspirational film, which also has some of the most incredible Everest footage ever shot, including a dramatic rescue from near the summit of Everest.” Iranium—“Iranium powerfully reports on the many aspects of the threat America and the world now face using rarely-before seen footage of Iranian leaders, and interviews with 25 leading politicians, Iranian dissidents, and experts on: Middle East policy, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation…Iranium details the brutal nature of the Iranian regime to its own citizens, and the Iranian people's desire to rejoin the international community. Iranium outlines the various scenarios the greater Middle East and the Western world may face should Iran cross the nuclear threshold.” Kartemquin Films Collection Volume 2: Early Years 1969-1970—“These three documentaries from Chicago's legendary Kartemquin Films capture the 1960s counterculture at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute, providing a snapshot of the era's politics and passions. In Anonymous Artists of America (Gordon Quinn, 9 mins.), the psychedelic rock collective of the same name performs at the University of Chicago, the band's alma mater. Once the opening act for the Grateful Dead and connected to Ken Kesey's Acid Test Graduation, Anonymous Artists are also notable for using one of the first analog synthesizers created by Don Buchla. Hum 255 (Blumenthal/Litvin/Temaner/Quinn, 28 mins.) chronicles the impact of a student strike at the University of Chicago, not only from the perspective of those who were expelled, but also from those who remained in school. Lastly, in What the F**k Are These Red Squares? (15 mins.), a fascinating time capsule of radical rhetoric, (Chicago Reader), striking students meet at the Art Institute in response to the violence at Kent State and Jackson State, and invasion of Cambodia. They ponder the role of artists in a capitalist society. Ladies’ Room (2003)—“Acclaimed Iranian actress Mahnaz Afzali filmed this documentary entirely inside a ladies’ washroom in a public park in Tehran. Populated by women of the street and various others who simply enjoy the camaraderie and atmosphere, this room is one of the few places where women feel comfortable enough to smoke cigarettes, discuss taboo subjects, and remove their veils. NOVA: Can We Make It To Mars?—“This NOVA scienceNOW poses the question - Can we Make it to Mars? - and the episodes explore it from different angles. Program episodes include: Space Dangers; Next-Generation Space Suits; Space Food; Plasma Rockets; and Profile: Vandi Verma.”
Team Everest: A Himalayan JourneyTeam Everest: A Himalayan Journey chronicles a remarkable group of trekkers on an expedition to the world's highest mountain. If they succeed in their quest, the team will be the largest group of people with disabilities ever to reach Mount Everest Base Camp. Five men in wheelchairs and their teammates—representing a range of disabilities—trek 21 days through the high Himalaya. From their departure in the Sherpa village of Lukla, the team will attempt to reach an altitude of over 17,500 feet in one of the most inaccessible regions on earth. A Nepali support team is engaged to help push, pull, and carry members over the rugged, steep terrain…With stunning footage from the kingdom of Nepal, "Team Everest" offers a heartwarming story of personal ambition, as it dares us to reach beyond our perceived limitations and explores our unlimited capacity to dream.” It had its World Premiere here at SIFF back in 2007. American Experience: Triangle Fire—“The Triangle Fire chronicles the fire that tore through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killing one hundred and forty-eight young women and forever changed the relationship between labor and industry in the United States. A relationship that is still in question today as Americans re-examine the balance between the welfare of citizens and the motivations of global capitalism.” …AND MORE MOVIES Amish Grace—“Kimberly Williams-Paisley (TV’s According to Jim and Father of the Bride 1& 2) leads a talented cast in the highest-rated original film ever to appear on the Lifetime Movie Network. When a tragedy takes the lives of five Amish schoolgirls in Pennsylvania, Ida (Williams-Paisley), the mother of one of the girls, faces a profound test of faith. As she begins to feel like an outsider within her own community, Ida must decide whether or not to stay with the Amish — and her beloved husband (Matt Letscher). Delicately crafted and featuring poignant performances, this film, based on a true story, is a moving testament to the power of forgiveness.” The Bleeding—“U.S. Army Ranger Shawn Black (Michael Matthias) returns home from Afghanistan to find that his parents have been brutally murdered. But when he discovers that his war hero brother has been reborn as the Vampire King known as Kane (Vinnie Jones of X-Men: The Last Stand), he vows revenge on the vampire army that slaughtered his family. Now with the help of a rogue priest (Michael Madsen of Reservoir Dogs) with a taste for machine guns and a party girl (Rachelle Leah of UFC®) with a love of muscle cars, Black will battle Kane and his blood-crazed legions on a highway that leads straight to Hell. Kat Von D (LA Ink), DMX (Never Die Alone) and Armand Assante (American Gangster) co-star in this horror-thriller packed with explosive action, high-speed mayhem and total supernatural carnage.”
Fruit Is Ripe—In this sex comedy, a good-looking German girl goes on vacation in Greece, and a large number of people try to get her to go to bed with them. With a light, teasing manner, she turns all of them down, until at last she meets a boy she really likes. Kennedy: Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985)—“On November 22nd, 1963, shots rang out in the streets of Dallas and President John F. Kennedy fell. For some, it was the end of an era. But for Robert F. Kennedy, it was a crucial turning point. After years of fighting for his brother's vision, he was forced to become a man in his own right. Follow the Kennedy family's rise to power in a tale of tragedy and triumph directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, featuring an unforgettable cast including Brad Davis, Veronica Cartwright, Ned Beatty and Joe Pantoliano.” Krapp’s Last Tape—“Samuel Beckett wrote the award winning play, Krapp's Last Tape, about a man who has his memories, both pleasant and unpleasant, recorded on tape. It shows a lifetime of evolution, to the progression of his present state, illuminating the man's choices, illness, and loves as he waits on death's door. It is a one man play that centers on monologues and recordings to illustrate the characterization of the stooped character, Krapp.” And in case you made it down this far and were curious, The King's Speech will be out on DVD on April 19th.