This week, I was offered a job blogging for a major corporation. Basically, I would've been doing what I've been doing here for the last year (waxing about new films with an occasional snide aside) except the salary was about five times what I make now. Sure, I could've done it, but I love Videotheque and you too, too much.
Amelia:Feel bad that you didn't see Amelia in the theater and help to contribute to it's major box office loss? Come and rent it and atone for your sins! It's The Aviator on estrogen!
Bright Star: Do you ever think, "Hey! My life isn't miserable enough! I need to be more depressed than ever!", then Bright Star is for you! Based on the very bleak like of John Keats and directed by New Zealand auteur Jane Campion, it deals with Mr. Keats' troubles in the world of romance and in the art of poetry.
Love Happens: I refuse to watch films whose titles tell complete lies.
New York, I Love You: Now they're pushing it. Okay, I understood "Paris Je T'aime". You know, Paris being synonymous with with love and what not, but I never could put love together with New York. When I think New York, I think of pushy jerks on the streets and neurotic, stuttering, over-intellectualized Jewish men. This film seems to have none of that. MILLION DOLLAR IDEA! Make a "Los Angeles, I Love You"!
Outrage: It should be common knowledge now, but there are closeted homosexuals everywhere. Yes. Even among the alpha-males of Capitol Hill. Kirby Dick forces the metaphorical closet open and exposes secret lives, & media double standards.
This Is It: Sony needs to capitalize on the death of Michael Jackson, right? What better way than to compile footage that was probably going to be the extra feature on a DVD and put it in theaters! See Wacko Jacko act as lively as he will ever get. This movie is going to be off the hook as it's rated PG for "suggestive choreography". Yeeeeeaaahhh!
Whip It: Physics would dictate that Ellen Page's petite frame and height of 5' 1'' would preclude her from causing physical damage to an other being, but through the magic of cinema and Drew Barrymore, science is ignored as Ellen Page is hot stuff in the world of roller derby. A hobo in Hollywood once related to my female cohort a sexist comment in describing a girl on roller blades as "a meal on wheels", so if you relish skimpily clad versions of same, then I suggest it. Also! Would make a good double feature with Robert Aldrich's female wrestling pic, "...All the Marbles" (find it on our recommended Warner Archive shelf!).
OTHER NEW RELEASES AND NEW INVENTORY:
As It is in Heaven (Sweden)
Cafe Setareh (Iran)
Cold Souls (Paul Giamatti)
Country's Greatest Stars Volumes I & II (Dolly P, Crystal G, Glen C, Tammy W & more!)
Cowboy (Jack Lemmon in a western!)
Fela Kuti/Music is the Weapon
The FBI Story (James Stewart)
Hellboy 2 (Blu-Ray)
The House of the Devil (Indie horror film)
Kings of the Ring (Boxing documentary)
Like Stars on Earth
My Fuhrer (Comedy that laughs at Hitler! Makes a great double feature with Downfall!)
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
Saviour of the Soul
Saw VI (Never ending torture-porn series!)
Soul Power (Zaire '74 documentary)
Spin & Marty (Disney Classic TV)
The Stepfather (The '87 original!)
St. Trinians (Russell Brand..)
The United States of Tara S.1 (Created by Queen of Quirk, Diablo Cody)
The Vanished Empire (Russia)
Welcome to Collinwood
Whip It (Blu-Ray)
The Yellow Rolls-Royce
BLOG PICK O' DA WEEK: Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy: When Inglourious Basterds came out, people were confused about my ambivalence toward the film. My big problem was that it makes a mockery of a war that caused the death of about 60,000,000 people. Maybe I'm a stick in the mud, I just don't find much funny about it. Guess I'm just a prude happy enough with my pre-60's black & white talkies. Take these three: Rome Open City, Paisan, & Germany Year Zero-- essential viewing for those who dare don the cinephile cap. Not only did this group of films create the neo-realist movement that would set the mark for new cinema for the next seventy years, they remain powerful representations of a how a war-torn world affects everyone. All three are available for the first time in almost perfect transfers with a ton of special features and fully uncut.
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MORAL OF THE WEEK:
War isn't fun. Try not to start one.
Submitted by Harold Carpi & Pierrot le Faux
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