VIDEO ROOM

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, December 18, 2011

New Releases - December 20, 2011

Adele: One and Only Unauthorized [Unofficial bio of the hot singer.]

Blackthorn [In this "what if" western, Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard) actually survived the massacre in Bolivia and hid in Mexico. As he nears the end, he decides to go back to the US and meets up with a young criminal (Eduardo Noreiga) who gets him involved in another adventure along the way. Co-starring Stephen Rea, Maga Lynsolier, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Directed by Matteo Gil. 2011.]

Colombiana [Zoe Saldana stars as a sexy, sleek and efficient hitwoman who seeks revenge on the murderers of her parents in this action-packed shoot 'em up.  Jordi Molla, Lennie James, Michael Vartan, and Cliff Curtis also star. Directed by Olivier Megaton in 2011. If this film looks familiar, it was co-written and co-produced by Luc Besson who created the similar La Femme Nikita and Leon the Professional.]

Glee: The Concert [Hot Glee stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Heather Morris, The Warblers, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera and others sing and dance live in this exciting concert movie doing the great cover songs made famous on the hit Tv musical comedy show. 2011.] 

Julia's Eyes [A throwback to 1970's Euroshock Giallos, this Spanish horror film features a heroine with a degenerative eye disease who investigates her sister's death as a murder when everyone else believes it is suicide. Starring Belen Rueda, Lluis Romar, Pablo Deroui, Francesc Orella, Joan Dalmau, and Julia Gutierrez Caba. Produced by Guillermo del Toro. Directed by Guillem Morales.]

King of Devil's Island [Film Movement dramatic thriller with Stellan Skarsgard. 2011.]

Margin Call [A terrific cast, including Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci, shines in this excellent drama/thriller that tackles the financial disaster of 2008 as seen through the eyes of an investment broking firm riddled with corruption. Directed by J.C. Chandor. 2011.]


Midnight in Paris [Arguably one of Woody Allen's best films ever, Owen Wilson gives a career-defining perfomance as an extremely likeable writer who goes on a vacation to a luminous Paris with his self-absorbed fiancee and her insufferable conservative parents and friends. While he and his fiancee grow further apart, Wilson magically discovers he can travel back at midnight to the Paris of Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali and others. During the day, he is back in modern times with his less and less interesting fiancee, but at night, he is whisked away to an exciting artistic world that stimulates his creativity. Stuck between two worlds, he has to decide whether to live in the past or learn from it.  All of the performances are amazing, but there are some standouts in addition to Wilson's terrific turn: Law and Order: Los Angeles' Corey Stoll as the charismatic and ballsy Hemingway; Marion Cotillard as the sexy French beauty/muse Wilson falls for, and Kathy Bates as a motherly Gertrude Stein. The stars also include Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni,  Rachel McAdams, and Michael Sheen. After a few so-so films, Woody has once agaiu regained his magic touch, and this glistening Valentine to Paris and artistic inspiration ranks as one of his funniest, wittiest and most romantic films ever. Part of the fun is catching all of his references to art, film and literature that may have you running to Wikipedia or the nearest encyclopedia. Sure to be an Oscar contender this year. Highly recommended!!! ]

Warrior [Tom Hardy and  Joel Edgerton play brothers at odds with each other in this acclaimed 2011 boxing drama in which the brothers have to face off against each other in the ring while dealing with their own checkered past and relationship. Nick Nolte is superb as their father, an ex-alcoholic who coaches Hardy. Jennifer Morrison (from TV's House and Once Upon a Time) and Frank Grillo co-star. Directed by Gavin O'Connor.] 

Blu-ray:


Cowboys and Aliens: Extended Edition - Blu-ray exclusive! Contains 16 more minutes than the DVD theatrical version.

Midnight in Paris

Recent/New Arrivals:

Little Fugitive [Morris Engel directed this ground-breaking 1953 indie classic starring Richie Andrusco as a young boy who thinks he killed his brother and runs away to Coney Island. While he lives under the boardwalk, he experiences life and meets all sorts of offbeat people.]


Lovers and Lollipops/Weddings and Babies [This is a fine relationship double feature by Morris Engel. The first is from 1955 with Lori March, Gerald O'Loughlin, and Cathy Dunn. The second feature stars Viveca Lindfors and John Myhers from 1958.]

Notes by Steven Y. Mori

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