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New Releases for August 2nd

The first new release day of August brings us a nicely manageable bunch of titles to watch when not outside soaking in Vitamin D. Here’s the full list:

* = Also available on Blu-ray

@ = Available for sale in the store

SALE = Click to buy select titles from our online mercantile

 

EASTBOUND & DOWN: SEASON 2 *—Season two of the HBO comedy series co-created by Danny McBride follows washed up pro-baller Kenny Powers to Mexico as he indulges in cocaine and ladies of the night. Our colleague Matt says in the latest issue of City Arts, “The genius of Eastbound & Down is that it actually makes you care about Kenny’s potential salvation, even if he doesn’t deserve it.” Here's a video explaining the how McBride's sweet mullet came to be.   SALE

SOUL SURFER *—AnnaSophia Robb stars as real life surfer Bethany Hamilton, who overcame the loss of an arm to a shark attack to become a successful pro.  @

RIO *—A macaw raised in small town Minnesota journeys to South America to meet the last of his kind in this animated comedy adventure featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway. And since it’s likely already going through your head, here’s this.  @  SALE

 

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 XXI: MST3K vs. GAMERA—The gang adds their humorous observations to Gamera, Gamera vs. Barugon, Gamera vs. Gaos, Gamera vs. Guiron, and Gamera vs. Zigra. I don’t know but I’m pretty sure Gamera could take Tom Servo.  @  SALE

 

QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL—Viral mayhem ensues when a nasty plague breaks out on a cross country flight.

 

STAKE LAND—Former Scarecrow employee/current film critic Sean Axmaker calls this the best horror film of the year so far    @

 

THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED—Based on an essay by Oliver Sacks (Awakenings), this film follows a father (the excellent J.K. Simmons) as he tries to help his ailing son (Lou Taylor Pucci) create new memories through the power of music.

 

COLD WEATHER—If you missed its Seattle premiere at Northwest Film Forum this spring, here’s your chance to see director Aaron Katz’s latest—a funny mystery/thriller centered around two siblings in Portland, Oregon.

 

EXPORTING RAYMOND—Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal heads to Russia to try and adapt his sitcom for their audiences. For your supplemental enrichment, we recommend Rosenthal’s interview on WTF with Marc Maron.

 

CON ARTIST—A portrait of "business artist"/millionaire Mark Kostabi, who pays others to create art he can sell as his own and fulfill his driving need for fame.  @

 

DEAR LEMON LIMA—A smart teen comedy starring Vanessa Marano, Meaghan Martin, Shayne Topp, and Melissa Leo.

 

UNITED STATES OF TARA: SEASON 3—Sadly, this is the final season for Toni Collette and her multiple personalities.

 

ANIME NEW RELEASES

Angel Beats!: Complete Collection

Baka & Test: Season 1 *

 

FAMILY NEW RELEASES

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: The Return of Heatblast

 

NEW BLU-RAY

Better Off Dead   @

Conan The Barbarian  @

Conan The Destroyer   @

Eastbound & Down: Season 1   @

The Name of The Rose   @

 

NEW TV ON DVD
 

Everwood: Season 4

Garrow’s Law: Series 2

 

A NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Lion vs. Lion (1981)—Hong Kong  “A teacher comes across a secret list of anti-Ching rebel names and quickly becomes a target for Ching loyalists. The Five Venoms actor Lo Meng, as an ex-police officer, teams up with kung fu comedic actor Wong Yue, a coffin maker and con man, to return a lost package to a mysterious woman. Meng and Yue get caught up in the situation further after winning a lion dance contest in which the prize contains the list they are after!”

 

NEW WARNER ARCHIVES

Cowboy From Brooklyn (1938)—“Wyoming Steve Gibson has wavy hair, a pleasant tenor and a really neat cowboy outfit. He’s sure to hit it big as Hollywood’s next Singing Cowboy, as long as nobody figures out Wyoming Steve is really an East Coast city slicker who’s scared silly by animals (even gophers). Backed by a stable of ’30s screen favorites – Pat O’Brien, Priscilla Lane, Ann Sheridan and up-and-comer Ronald Reagan – Dick Powell saddles up for comedy and song as the Cowboy from Brooklyn. The faux buckaroo manages to pull off the ruse until he’s challenged to ride in a Madison Square Garden rodeo. On a horse! What’s a terrified tenderfoot to do?”

 

Follow The Boys (1963)—“Follow the fun, follow the fleet, Follow the Boys with four seagulls – Navy wives and sweethearts who careen around the French and Italian Riviera in a beat-up jalopy, trying to keep up with their seagoing menfolk. After America’s teens made Where the Boys Are a breakthrough hit, two of that comedy’s stars, Connie Francis and Paula Prentiss, reunited for this follow-up that, like its predecessor, relies on Francis’ mighty pipes for song and on romantic mix-ups and mismatches for laughs. The girls (Janis Paige and Dany Robin round out the quartet) are glamorous, but even they can’t out-wow the scenery: Nice, Cannes, Santa Margherita Ligure and a white-sand-fringed, brilliantly blue Mediterranean.”

 

Garden Of The Moon (1938)—“Busby Berkeley, the musical staging genius behind 42nd Street and the Gold Diggers series, bid farewell to his original Warner Bros. contract in swingin’ style with tunes by Harry Warren, Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer. Now that’s Golden Age name-dropping. The story is a breezy bit of show-biz romance set at the title nightclub, a chi-chi spot where the owner (Pat O’Brien) and the bandleader (screen-debuting John Payne) spar over everything from chewing gum to the club’s pretty flack (Margaret Lindsay).”

 

In Caliente (1935)—“Friends don’t let friends marry golddiggers. So a pal (Edward Everett Horton) whisks Manhattan Madness critic Larry MacArthur (Pat O’Brien) 3,000 miles away from a husband-hunting honey to the sun, song and gaming of Agua Caliente. What neither gent knows is that performer Rita Gomez (Dolores del Rio) is there – and she’d love to get revenge for the unfair critical slam Larry gave her New York City tour. Silliness shines in In Caliente, a musical comedy whose Busby Berkeley numbers include the horses and hordes of Muchacha and the elegant The Lady in Red, a tune used often in Warner Bros. cartoons and rendered here in a way that’s ‘perfectly photographed and really a thing of beauty’ (Frank S. Nugent, The New York Times).”

 

Looking For Love (1964)—“In 1960, a bright young cast made college musicals hip again with the surf-sand-and-sexcapade Where the Boys Are. Two graduates of that smash hit – Connie Francis and Jim Hutton – reunite for this kooky comedy about a girl who can’t decide if she wants to be a star (she sings), a housewife (babies! ’burbs!) or an entrepreneur (she’s invented a doohickey to keep clothes from wrinkling). A host of stars – including Where the Boys Are’s George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux and Paula Prentiss – pop up in cameos. And add another well-known face: Johnny Carson makes his big-screen debut playing himself interviewing our ditzy heroine on The Tonight Show.”

Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)—“Two tickets to Broadway will take you to…TV! One of the first films centered on the new medium is also a spirited throwback to ’30s musicals all about a determined young miss (in this case, Janet Leigh) with stars in her eyes and not much in her wallet who heads to New York in search of fame. Tony Martin, Gloria De Haven, Eddie Bracken and Ann Miller round out the cast of young talents hoping to make it big on the small screen. Busby Berkeley directs the splashy musical numbers; Rodgers and Hart, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn and more Golden Age composers provide the songs, songs, songs, and vaudeville stars Joe Smith and Charles Dale deliver classic comedy as bickering deli owners.”

 

When The Boys Meet The Girls (1965)—“A story so nice they did it…thrice! The Gershwin musical Girl Crazy finds yet another financially strapped out-West ranch in need of youthful showbiz enthusiasm in this star-studded, ’60s-tinged movie redo. Connie Francis and Harve Presnell play the young love- and songbirds eager to turn the spread into a moneymaking dude ranch. There’s plenty of music making, too, with original Gershwin songs plus an eclectic mix of specialty numbers by Louis Armstrong, Liberace, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs and, in a co-starring appearance that would be followed by two headlining movies, Herman’s Hermits.”


ONE NEW DOCUMENTARY & ONE STAND-UP COMEDY DVD

Loopdiver: The Journey of a Dance—“A dance experiment on the repetitions of the modern world evolves into an exploration into the repetitive patterns in which ordinary people find themselves trapped. Over two years, company members struggle with inner turmoil as they try to cope with extreme physical and emotional demands of creating this new work.”

Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue—“Emmy nominated comedian/actor Tracy Morgan – star of 30 Rock and a former cast regular on Saturday Night Live – stars in his first-ever HBO stand-up special, Black and Blue, an hour of adults-only humor told in the quirky, shocking, matter-of-fact style that has earned Morgan a place in the upper echelon of today’s most sought-after comedians. Taped before a live audience at the Apollo Theatre in New York City, the stand-up special will feature Morgan’s comedic takes on politics (including meeting President Obama), the differences between white and black culture, celebrities, our Founding Fathers, sex, superheroes and more.”

 

…AND MORE MOVIES

Exit 33— A few miles off Exit 33 lies Ike’s Last Chance Gas, an old, forgotten hideaway where the reclusive Ike pumps gas and practices his taxidermy skills. Though he might come across as a simple soul, Ike has a dark secret: he s obsessed with women who have enchanting eyes eyes he wants to keep for himself. Now, as four friends make their way to their 5-year high school reunion, they all make the mistake of taking Exit 33, and they won t be making it back to the highway any time soon. Starring the legendary Kane Hodder (Jason Vorhees of the Friday the 13th series), Exit 33 is a no holds barred gore-fest that dares viewers to look away. With its unrelenting suspense and biting humor, it s a bloody throwback to slasher classics that will satisfy any horror fan s bloodlust.

Joe Maddison’s War—“Newcastle, England, 1940. A veteran of the First World War and now too old to serve in World War II, shipyard worker Joe Maddison (Kevin Whately - Inspector Morse) feels depressed and past his prime. Shocked when his wife leaves him for a sailor, Joe and his friend Harry (Robson Green - Wire in the Blood) decide they need a new challenge and volunteer to join the Home Guard, headed by local pharmacist Mr. Simpson (Derek Jacobi - The King's Speech) - a decision that leads Joe on an unexpected journey of self-discovery, involving lessons in friendship, bravery and love.”

Julie Darling (1983)—“A teenage girl with a fixation on her father witnesses the rape and murder of her mother, whom she despised. Years later, her father remarries. Despising her stepmother and step-brother as much as she did her real mother, Julie begins plotting her new mom and brother’s demise, all in an effort to keep daddy all to herself.” The Code Red release has commentary & interviews with stars Sybil Danning and Isabelle Mejas. @

The Long Day Closes (1992)—“The Long Day Closes is the last of Terence Davies' (Of Time and The City) outstanding autobiographical films exploring his childhood in '50s Liverpool. Following on from the award-winning Distant Voices and Still Lives, the film follows Bud, an 11 year-old working-class lad on the cusp of adolescence. Having grown-up in the security of a loving family, Bud's idyll is challenged when he moves school. Suddenly the cocoon of his past is shattered as he tries to adapt to the challenges of his new academic environment. He escapes into a fantasy life fuelled by the glamour of the cinema and romance of the soundtrack of the era. In Davies' hands this stylised, atmospheric film beautifully captures the terrifying confusion and isolation of youth, the loss of innocence and the excitement of sexual awakening.”

Sands of the Kalahari (1965) *—A chartered plane crashes in a remote African desert after colliding with a swarm of locusts. It’s not the harsh surroundings or the vicious baboons that the survivors have to worry about, but a fellow crazed passenger. The stellar cast includes Stuart Whitman as a businessman and big-game hunter, Stanley Baker as a chain-smoking and alcoholic mining engineer, Susannah York as a beautiful young divorcee, Nigel Davenport as the plane’s captain, Theodore Bikel as a doctor and Harry Andrews as an elderly German gentleman. This was the sixth and final teaming of Baker and his Zulu director Cy Endfield.”  @

Streetwalkin’ (1985)—Shout! Factory resurrected this film starring future Oscar winner Melissa Leo as a runaway who ends up in the employ of a ruthless pimp.

Strigoi: The Undead—“Podoleni Village may seem like a typical Eastern European town, but when a young local named Vlad goes searching for his grandfather s runaway dog, he uncovers a mysterious death. As Vlad digs deeper into the possible murder mystery, his trail leads him to the Tirescus an ex-Communist couple who happen to be the richest landowners in town. Though Vlad is determined to confront the Tirescus, his quest takes a sudden detour when he learns that the two bullies may be bloodsuckers in more ways than one... Shedding a fantastic light on a post-Communist Romanian village, the film introduces us to an ancient myth: Strigoi, the belief that people who ve been wronged can rise again after death to seek justice and satisfy their thirst for blood. A deeply human take on an old horror story, this dark comedy explores the old world versus the new and delves into the heart of modern Romania.”

Waking Madison—“After a failed suicide attempt, Madison Walker (Sarah Roemer) locks herself in her apartment with a video camera for thirty days to cure her Dissociative Identity Disorder. But instead of finding salvation, Madison is thrown into the purgatory of her mind, where she must face her tortured past in order to be free.” Elisabeth Shue co-stars as Madison’s psychologist.

YellowBrickRoad—“In the fall of 1940, the entire population of Friar, NH abandoned their homes and walked up an ancient trail, never to be seen alive again. Their fates have remained a mystery for over 70 years; until a team of researchers discover the trailhead and attempt to track the path the doomed citizens of Friar took.”

Zen: Vendetta/Cabal/Ratking—“Premiering on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery, the best-selling novels of Michael Dibdin come to life in these breathtaking new adaptations from PBS and the BBC. Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell, John Adams) is a formidable detective, but he's always put honesty before advancement. The arrival of clever and ambitious Tania (Caterina Murino, Casino Royale) to the team sees Zen's vigor reawakened. Driven by romance, re-energized and armed with a new confidence, Zen's investigations take him from crowded Rome to the spectacular Italian countryside, as he negotiates a complex string of murder cases, never afraid to question authority or use a few unorthodox methods to see justice done.”

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