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 29, 2012

New Releases - January 31, 2012

Big Year, The [Three birdwatchers (played by the wonderful trio of Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson) decide to shake up their lives by enetering a contest to see who is the best birdwatcher with gently wacky results. The fine co-star cast features Brian Dennehy, Anjelica Huston, Rashida Jones, Rosamund Pike, Dianne Wiest and JoBeth Williams. Directed by David Frankel. 2011.]

Double, The [2011] [Richard Gere stars as a retired CIA agent who teams with a young and inexperienced FBI researcher Topher Grace to hunt down a Soviet assassin long thought dead in this spy action thriller directed by Michael Brandt. Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman, Stana Katic (TV's Castle), Chris Marquette, Tamar Hassan, and Martin Sheen co-star.]

Dream House [Daniel Craig and real-life wife Rachel Weisz star as couple with kids who move into a dream house where the owners were murdered. Unfortunately, weird and horrible things start happening as soon as they move in. Naomi Watts plays a mystery woman who tries to help them in this 2011 horror thriller. Directed by In America's Jim Sheridan.]


Drive [2011] [Ryan Gosling drew rave reviews in this cult noir action thriller that is an homage to seventies car chase flicks like Vanishing Point and The Driver. He plays a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself running from the mob and killers when he tries to protect the beautiful neighbor (Carey Mulligan) he has a crush on.  Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, and Albert Brooks round out the terrific cast. Although it was expected to get Oscar nominations for both Gosling and especially Brooks in a rare villain turn, it only got a Best Sound Editing nom, but it still landed on many Top Ten lists. Nicolas Winding Refn directed this exciting film.]

Free Men [In German occupied Paris of WWII, an Algerian is inspired to join the resistance when he befriends a Jewish man. Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Mahmoud Shalaby, and Lubna Azabal star. Directed by Ismael Ferroukhi. 2011 Film Movement release.] 

From the Sky Down [Davis Guggenheim made this fascinating documentary about U2's making of their CD From the Sky Down, showing their artistic angst as they create it. 2011.]


Hammer, The [2011] [True sports drama based on UFC athlete Matt Hammill's life that shows how he overcame his deafness to become a champion despite various personal challenges. Starring Russell Harvard, Raymond J. Barry, Shoshannah Stern, and Michael Anthony Spady. Directed by Oren Kaplan. 2011.]

In Time [Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake. Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Alex Pettyfer star in a fun and somewhat over-the-top sci-fi thriller that brings to mind movies like Logan's Run. Timberlake plays a young man who decides to fight the system in a not too distant future where people pay for services by deducting time from their lives and nobody lives over age 25. Of course, he is plunged into danger in this 2011 film directed by Andrew W. Niccol.]

Other F Word, The [In this documentary, the evolution of many male punk rockers into fathers is shown in a microcosm focusing on how punk singer Jim Lindberg from Pennywise adapts to fatherhood. Interviews with other punk star dads like Art Alexakis (Everclear), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Ron Reyes (Black Flag), Tony Adolescent (The Adolescents), Fat Mike (NDFX), Lars Freriksen (Rancid) and skater Tony Hawk are also included. Directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins. 2011.]

Outrage: Way of the Yakuza [Beat Takeshi, Kippei Shina, Ryo Kase, Tomokazu Miura, Jun Kunimura, and Tetta Sugimoto star in this tough Japanese actioner about a violent war between yakuza clans. Directed by cult filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. 2010.]

Southland: Season 1 [NBC prematurely cancelled this excellent and gritty hour TV drama about Los Angeles cops, especially a few neophytes, dealing with the new and sometimes bizarre faces of crime in the city of Angels. The talented cast includes Kevin Alejandro, Arija Bareikis, Michael Colditz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, Michael McGrady, Ben McKenzie, and Tom Everett Scott. Part of the problem NBC had was dealing with the strong language. Now, on TNT, the show does not have to deal with that problem as TNT shows it pretty much uncensored. This DVD version features the unexpurgated language and if it rents well we will try to get Seasons 2 and 3 too. 2009.]

Texas Killing Fields, The [Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star as detectives trying to catch a brutal serial killer who dumps his victims' mutilated bodies in a marsh that becomes known as The Killing Field. Jessica Chastain, and Chloe Grace Moretz also star in this film noir thriller. Directed by Ami Canaan Mann. 2011.]

Thing, The [This 2011 prequel stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a paleontologist who is called to Antarctica to examine what appears to be a mysterious new being that is thawing. Unfortunately, she discovers that it is a monster from another planet with a thirst for human blood. Can she survive? Can anyone? Joel Edgerton, Adewale Kinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen and Trono Espen Seim also star in this long-awaited reboot to the classic 1982 John Carpenter horror remake. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen.]

Treasure Buddies [The cute talking pups go to Egypt to compete for a treasure in this latest wacky installment of the Disney film series. Lochlyn Munro and Edward Herrmann are among the actors who provide voices. 2012.]


Blu-ray:


Drive [2011]

Recent/New Arrivals:


Pyrokinesis [Asian pulp Japanese horror film about a young woman who uses her power to create fire at will to get revenge on the thugs who killed her friend. Akiko Yada, Hideaki Ito, Ryuji Harada, Masami Nagasawa, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Kaori Momoi. Directed by Shusuke Kaneko. 2003.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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