Video Room has been serving the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood since 1988. We carry a large selection of movies on DVD and have an ever growing Blu-ray library. We specialize in hard-to-find and obscure cult classics, TV shows, foreign cinema, and film noir, in addition to the latest new releases. Check out our large Directors section and offbeat categories that make us unique. Kids and dogs are welcome. Senior discounts available. We do same day reservations. Free parking.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Releases - November 1, 2011

Californication: Season 4 [David Duchovny returns as the bad boy anti-hero in this dark Showtime comedy with Natascha McEhlone and Evan Handler.]

Cars 2 [Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy again provide the voices for Lightning McQueen and Mater as the vehicles head for Europe and the Grand Prix in this Disney/Pixar animated sequel that provided another solid hit if not a more run.]

Crazy Stupid Love [Considered one of the best romantic films of 2011, this romcom features superb performances by Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei in a story about Carell re-entering the singles scene with much needed help from suave and younger mentor Gosling after catching wife Moore in a tryst. Oscar worthy performances and material directed by Glenn Ficarra. NOTE: This is due to arrive Tuesday, but it may not show up until Thursday.] 

Hamlet at Elsinore [Christopher Plummer gives a dazzling performance as Hamlet in this rarely shown 1964 BBC version of the Shakespearean classic.  The up and coming cast at the time includes Michael Caine, Jo Maxwell Muller, Robert Shaw, Roy Kinnear and Donald Sutherland. Includes a full length recent interview with Plummer.] 

Hot Coffee [Susan Saladoff directed this insightful documentary about the misconception of frivolous lawsuits, using the case in which a woman sued McDonalds for spilling hot coffee as a prime example. 2011.]

Invisible Sign, An [Jessica Alba gives one of her best performances as a taciturn math-obsessed woman who finds her calling as an elementary school math teacher in this solid 2011 dramedy co-starring Chris Messina, J.K. Simmons, Sonia Braga and John Shea.]

Last Mountain, The [Effective green documentary about protestors, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., trying to prevent a coalmining  company from blowing up a beautiful Appalachian mountain. Directed by Bill Haney.2011.]

Machete Maidens Unleashed! [In the tradition of Not Quite Hollywood, this outrageously fun film documentary explores Hollywood's wild and wacky exploitation flicks made in Asia. Directed by Mark Hartley with plenty of great clips and rare interviews. 2011.]

Magic Trip [Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood directed this enjoyable documentary about the infamous 1964 cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair taken by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest writer Ken Kesey and The Merry Band of Pranksters, including Neal Cassady. 2011.]

Merry Madagascar [Those Madagascar critters celebrate Christmas in this TV special.]

Michael Jackson: The Life on an Icon [Excellent 2011 overview of the King of Pop's fascinating career including rare interviews with family members Katherine, Tito and Robbie.]

Nutcracker the Untold Story, The [Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, John Turturro and Richard E. Grant star in this glossy 2010 family fantasy that depicts the original story that inspired Tchaikovsky's classic ballet.]

Penguins of Madagascar, The: All-Nighter Before Christmas [The Penguins create havoc for Christmas.]

People vs. George Lucas, The [Very amusing 2011 tongue-in-cheek documentary indictment against Star Wars-Bay Area wunderkind George Lucas, especially decrying his CGI monkeying around with his video releases of his previous films. Lots of enjoyable interviews with esteemed celebrities, fans and critics.] 

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale [2010 Finnish dark Christmas comedy in which the young son of a reindeer herder discovers that a legend about an evil Santa may be a reality when reindeers start mysteriously showing up dead and other weird events consume his small town.]    

Rejoice and Shout [Over 200 years of gospel music history is explored in this 2011 musical documentary featuring The Staple Singers, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.]

Shaun the Sheep: We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas  [Compilation of Christmas themed Shaun episodes.]

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan [Joy Luck Club Director Wayne Wang returns to multi-generational story-telling in this moving drama about "sworn sisters" who communicate by writing secret messages in the folds of fans when their families frown upon their relationship. In modern day Shanghai, their descendants parallel their ancestors. Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu, Russell Wong and Archie Kao star. 2011.]

Tappy Toes [In this animated short film, a young penguin finds tap shoes in the snow and you can guess the rest.]

Trespass [Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman star as a wealthy couple who are taken hostage in a home invasion that turns out to be full of wild twists and turns. Ben Mendlesohn, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberto and Jordano Spiro co-star in this fun, over-the-top 2011 suspense roller coaster ride directed by Phone Booth's .Joel Schumacher.]

Water for Elephants [Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christophe Waltz make an attractive romantic triangle in this beautifully shot 2011 drama about veterinary student Pattinson falling for hot circus performer Witherspoon when treating her elephant and setting off her jealous hubby Waltz. Directed by Francis Lawrence. 2011.]

Winnie the Pooh [In this immensely enjoyable 2011 reboot of the beloved Disney franchise, John Cleese adds immesurably as the new narrator as well as The New Girl's Zooey Deschanel's delightful new songs. A must for Disney and Pooh fans.]

Recent/New Arrivals:

House of the Spirits, The [Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas, Vanessa Redgrave and Winona Ryder are excellent in this underrated 1993 melodrama based on the bestseller by Isabel Allende about a powerful South American family's highs and lows thanks to ambitious patriarch Irons.]

Kuroneko [Kaneto Shindo directed this harrowing, atmospheric 1968 samurai horror tale about a samurai who must take on the evil spirits who are brutally killing his fellow warriors. The Criterion Collection.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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