Amish, The: American Experience [David Belton's 2012 documentary covers the history of the controversial Pennsylvania community whose spartan life style has earned respect, derision and criticism alike. Stunned when one of their own turned serail killer in a horrific, atypical incident several years ago, this film also explores the aftermath and surprising reaction to that tragic event. ]
Hugo [Martin Scorsese directed this visually dazzling family fantasy starring Asa Butterfield as a boy who lives inside a 1930's Parisian train station and uncovers a secret left by his father involving an automoton. The amazing cast includes Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, and Jude Law. Acclaimed for its groundbreaking use of 3D, which DVD viewers will unfortunately not be able to access, this inventive and beautiful adventure has been nominated for the most Academy Awards for 2011: a fitting 11, albeit mostly technical awards but also including Best Picture and Director.]
I Melt with You [Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, and Christian McKay star as four college pals who reunion every year for one wild weekend, but this year brings reflection and angst during the course of the party. The stellar co-stars include Carla Gugino, Tom Bower, Arielle Kebbel, and Sasha Grey. Mark Pellington directed the 2011 drama.]
Johnny English Reborn [Rowan Atkinson returns as the United Kingdom's worst/best secret agent in this wacky James Bond 007 satire in which he has to prevent the assassination of a world leader. You can bet that his bumbling and endearing antics will get in the way of the killer's plans. Gillian Anderson (TV's The X Files), Dominic West (British TV's The Hour), Rosamund Pike (the hot Bond girl from Die Another Day who had a great fight scene with Halle Berry), Daniel Kaluuya and Richard Schiff (TV's The West Wingt) also star. This modest box office hit was directed by Oliver Parker. 2011.]
Law and Order: 10th Year, The [Sam Waterston, Angie Harmon, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin and Steven Hill return for another great season of this long running crime and punishment TV series.]
Tuesday, After Christmas [Radu Muntean directed this acclaimed 2011 Romanian drama about an older married family man who falls for a younger woman who revitalizes his boring life. Starring Mimi Branescu, Mirela Oprisor and Maria Popistasu.]
Urbanized [The third documentary in Gary Hustwit's excellent design trilogy (Helvetica and Objectified were the first two) focuses on architects and planners, like Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Jan Gehl, Yung Ho Chang and many many more. 2011.]
A sad note in passing: As you might have read in Video Room president Joseph Lum's blog and in news reports that Joseph Robertson died last week, apparently the victim of foul play. The latter is particularly shocking since he is the last person you would expect to go that way. He was one of our earliest regular customers, and he was the only customer who sent me birthday and Christmas cards every year for over a decade. He was a very gentle, kind and quiet man, but his face would light up like a projection bulb whenever he talked about the movies he loved: all of Steven Spielberg's works, family films, Disney films, classics, adventures, sci-fi thrillers, and any movies with strong, inquisitive children in lead roles. He himself had a childlike innocence that he retained even into his late seventies. He never showed anger. He always had a positive attitude. We could use more Joe Robertsons . He was one of a kind, a dying breed, and he will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family members and friends. Joe Robertson, we miss you. May you live forever in Cinema Paradiso.
Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.
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