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, January 8, 2012

New Releases - January 10, 2012

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 [Steve Buscemi headlines a great cast (including Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Aleksa Palladino, Gretchen Mol, and Dabney Coleman) as a nasty treasurer in 1920's Atlantic City who decides to take advantage of Prohibition by selling what he peaches against. Martin Scorsese directed the pilot and co-produces this excellent gangster series shown on HBO, which fills the void left by The Sopranos with plenty of stunning violence, corruption and sex.]


Higher Ground [Vera Farmiga's moving directing debut features a story about a woman (played by Farmiga) who lives in a faith-based community and starts to doubt her beliefs. Joshua Leonard, Norbert Leo Butz, Dagmara Dominczyk, John Hawkes, Bill Irwin, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Donna Murphy co-star in this 2011 drama.]

Human Planet [John Hurt narrates this Planet Earth follow-up ahout mankind dealing with hostile surroundings. 2011.]


I Am [Tom Shadyac, the famous director of such hit comedies as Ace Ventura, made this acclaimed 2011 documentary after recovering from a serious head injury. He questions why the world is in such a mess and how people can make it better. ]

Killer Elite [Jason Statham and Robert De Niro star as top echelon killers who run into a lot of difficulty trying to kill the tough leader of a secret military society (Clive Owen). This action-packed 2011 film also stars Dominic Purcell (TV's Prison Break), Aden Young, Yvonne Strahovski (TV's Chuck), and Ben Mendelsohn. Directed by Gary McKendry.]

Life 2.0 [Fascinating Jason Spingarn-Koff CGI documentary about people who are obsessed with a website called Second Life, where people have relationships through avatars. 2012.]

Love Exposure [Takahiro Nishijima and Hikari Mitsushima star in this epic 2008 Japanese cult film about the teenage son of a Catholic priest who starts to defy his upbringing by dressing in drag and shooting pornographic stills, made even more complicated by his finding the girl of his dreams. Directed by Sion Sono.]

Man from London, The [Moody 2007 B/W film noir directed by Bela Tarr about a lonely railway worker with a family who leads a boring, isolated life until he finds a suitcase full of money at work. Tilda Swinton stars as his hyper wife. Hungarian/French/German co-production in Hungarian and  French.]

Moneyball [In this true story, Brad Pitt gives one of his best performances as Oakland A's manager Billy Beane, who finds his best players being picked off by bigger budgeted teams. Using computer statistics with the help of Peter Brand (well-played byJonah Hill), he discovers undervalued players and slowly rebuilds a championship team. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright and Chris Penn also star in this uplifiting drama that appeals to even non-baseball fans. One of the best films of 2011 and nominated for several Golden Globes. Directed by Capote's Bennett Miller. Highly recommended!]

1911 Revolution: Collector's Edition [Jackie Chan starred, produced and co-directed (with Li Zhang) this epic war film that marks his 100th film appearance. Joan Chen co-stars in this recreation of the toppling of the Qing Dynasty, paving the way for China's switch to a Communist regime.] 


Sinners and Saints [Johnny Strong, Kevin Phillips, Costas Mandylor, Sean Patrick Flannery, Clifford Method Man Smith, Louis Mandylor, Kim Coates, Bas Rutten, and Tom Berenger star in this tough little action thriller about a New Orleans detective who runs across a military conspiracy while investigating serial torture murders and mourning the death of his young son. Directed by William Kaufman. 2010.]

There Be Dragons [Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields, The Mission) directed this fine but little seen 2011 drama about a writer (Dougray Scott) who discovers dark secrets about his father while writing a book about a candidate for canonization by the Catholic Church who was involved in the Spanish Civil War and was the founder of Opus Dei. Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Geraldine Chaplin, and Olga Kurylenko also star. A USA-Argentina -Spain co-production.]


What's Your Number? [This funny 2011 sex farce stars always charming Anna Faris as a frustrated, romance-challenged young woman who decides to go back to her list of exes to find the man who might have been the right one. Co-starring Chris Evans (Captain America), Ari Graynor, Blythe Danner, and Zachary Quinto. Directed by Mark Mylod.]

Blu-rays:



Crazy Stupid Love


Higher Ground


Mildred Pierce [2011]


Moneyball


Recent/New Arrivals:


Chungking Express [Ground-breaking 1994 Wong Kar-Wai cop thriller starring Brigitte Lin and Tony Leung gets a Criterion Collection remaster.]

Sherman's March [Ross McElwhee directed and stars in this terrific and fun documentary about him romancing various an intriguing women across the South while retracing the steps of Gemeral Sherman's march during the Civil War. Back in stock!]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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