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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Friday, January 13, 2012

New Releases - January 24, 2012

Another Happy Day [Ellen Barkin stars in this dark comedy about a woman who goes to her estranged son's wedding hoping to reconcile with family members but finds a lot of resistance. The all-star cast includes Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyu, Thomas Haden Church, George Kennedy, Ezra Miller and Demi Moore. Written and directed by Sam Levinson. 2011.]

Bombay Beach [Alma Har'el's 2011 documentary shows what happened to the once promising tourist site the Salton Sea in California.]

Essential Killing [Vincent Gallo stars as a Taliban fighter held captive by the U.S. military until his transport is blasted, letting him escape but finding himself hunted by the US and others. Acclaimed thriller that earned Gallo a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festical. Co-starring Emmanuelle Seigner. Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski in 2010.]

50/50 [In this offbeat dramedy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a moving performance as a young man trying to recover from cancer with the help of his crazy pal (well-played by Seth Rogen). Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston also star. Directed by Jonathan Levine in 2011.]

I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive [Unusual French drama about a young man who becomes obsessed with finding his birth mother and begins an odd, almost incestuous relationship with her after he meets her. Starring Vincent Rottiers, Sophie Cattani, and Christine Citti and directed by Claude and Nathan Miller. 2008.]

Godard: Film Socialisme [One of the last survivors of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard returns with this striking triptych tone poem about the political and personal problems people face today. Starring Jean-Marc Stehle, Agatha Couture, Mathias Domahdy, Quentin Grosset, and singer Patti Smith. 2011.]

Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain [Hilarious 2011 comedy performance at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre.]

Little Mermaid, The: San Francisco Ballet [2011][Beautiful S.F. Ballet version of John Neumeier's ballet of Hans Christian Anderson's fable recorded at the War Memorial Opera House.]

Louie: Season 1 [Comedian Louis C.K. stars in and created this wild sitcom about a newly-divorced man trying to raise two daughters with much difficulty.]

Penguins of Madagascar, The: Operation:  Blowhole [The very popular family series returns with two new episodes The Return of the Revenge of Doctor Blowhole Parts 1 and 2 plus the original Dr. Blowhole's Revenge. Neil Patrick Harris is the guest voice. 2011.] 

Real Steel [Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo star in this surprisingly good and moving action-sci-fi-family thriller about an ex-fighter who connects with his estranged son while helping him make a broken down robot into a winning fighter in the not too distant future. Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, and Kevin Durand also star. Directed by Shawn Levy. 2011.]

Redline [2010][Offbeat Japanese animation about a deadly car race.]

Revenge of the Electric Car [Effective 2011 follow-up to Who Killed the Electric Car? by the same director Chris Paine detailing how American businesses tried to eliminate the electric car.]

Waking the Dead: Season 6 [Trevor Eve, Wil Johnson, Felicite Du Jeu, Sue Johnston, and Tara Fitzgerald star in this excellent and popular British TV cop noir thriller about cold cases being solved.]

Whistleblower, The [2010] [Rachel Weisz gives a great performance as a US cop turned United Nations peacekeeper who uncovers a human trafficking conspiracy in Bosnia and tries to stop it. Also starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Anna Anissimova, Monica Bellucci and Vanessa Redgrave. Directed by Larys Kondracki.]


Louie: Season 1

Real Steel

Recent/New Arrivals:

Belle De Jour [The Criterion Collection version of Luis Bunuel's terrific 1967 erotic cult classic starring a stunningly glacial Catherine Deneuve as a bored married socialite who decides to become a high class prostitute in her spare time.]

Complete Jean Vigo, The [The Criterion Collection release containing A Propos de Nice, Taris, Zero de Conduite, and L'Atalante. Back in stock.]

Day for Night [Excellent Francois Truffaut film about the drama behind a film being made in Paris. Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Jean-Piette Aumont, Nathalie Baye and Valentina Cortese star in this 1973 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film.]

Hellstrom Chronicles, The [Spellbinding 1972 Best Documentary Academy Award winner about the hidden agenda of the insects. Directed by Walon Green, who wrote the screenplay for The Wild Bunch. Lawrence Pressman stars.]

How Democrats and Progressives Can Win: Solutions from George Lakoff [Fascinating 2004 political analysis by UC Berkeley linguistics professor Lakoff.]

Last Hard Men, The/Sky Riders [Rousing 1976 James Coburn kidnapping double feature. The first is a brutal western revenge thriller with Charlton Heston, Barbara Hershey, Jorge Rivero, Michael Parks, Larry Wilcox, and Christopher Mitchum and Coburn as the bad guy seeking vengeance against Heston. The latter is an exciting modern day thriller with Coburn trying to rescue Robert Culp's wife and children on a beautiful Greek island. Susannah York and Charles Aznavour also star. 1976.]

Moment of Truth, The [The Criterion Collection release of Francesco Rosi's docudrama-style classic about the rise and fall of a bullfighter starring real-life bullfighting star Miguel Mateo. 1965.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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