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, March 18, 2012

New Releases - March 20 and 23, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012:

Adventures of Tintin, The: Season 2 [The excellent 1991 French-Canada co-produced animated series returns with its second season of adventures for the whole family that inspired the recent Steven Spielberg big screen epic.]

Amador [Magaley Solier is fascinating as a young immigrant who takes a job as a caretaker for an elderly man named Amador. When he dies, she decides to keep her job alive by any means possible rather than face financial disaster or deportation. Spanish drama directed by Fernando Leon De Aranoa. From Film Movement.]

Battle Royale 1 and 2: The Complete Collection [Kinji Fukusaku's 2000 cult classic is finally given an extensive official special edition in the U.S. with this set. The controversial film in which a group of high school students are forced by the government to hunt and kill each other is widely believed to be a major influence on the popular The Hunger Games book series and movie that is about to open. Chiaki Kuriyama and Beat Takeshi star in this important Japanese pulp action/horror thriller. The second movie, which is equally violent and also directed by Fukusaku, is also provided in a special edition as a separate rental with lots of extra material.] 

Carnage [Roman Polanski directed this dark comedy that polarized audiences like no other film in 2011. Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet star as two couples who meet and decide to air out differences like adults after their sons have an altercation. Unfortunately, their meeting makes things even worse as the adults act more like children than their children. This film landed on both Top Ten and bottom ten lists so you be the judge. Kate Winslet was nominated for a Best Actress in a Comedy Golden Globe.]

Gainsbourg [Eric Elmosnino gives a magnetic performance as the infamous Jewish-French singer/musician Serge Gainsbourg who courted many women and controversy in the 1960's and 1970's.  He romanced many beautiful actresses, including Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. Joann Sfar directed this acclaimed French musical bio co-starring Anna Mouglalis, Laetitia Casta, and Lucy Gordon.  Gainsbourg is most known for his breathily sexy hit single "Je T'aime," sung by Jane Birkin (the woman he stole from James Bond composer/husband John Barry).]

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The [2011][Film noir great David Fincher (Seven, Zodiac) directed this extremly dark remake of the acclaimed Swedish film based on Steig Larsson's bestseller about a disgraced journalist who is hired to investigate a cold case and ends up being investigated himself by a quirky goth punk hacker. Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, and Stellan Skarsgard star in this twisted thriller that drew both raves and criticism when compared to the original film. It still ended up on many Top Ten lists and earned Mara a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. Mara drew the most raves in what has become a star-making turn. The film should keep fans of both versions arguing for years to come. It is still not yet determined whether Fincher will continue with the next two films/remakes or not.]

Interrupters, The [Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James directed this inspiring PBS Frontline documentary about three Chicagoans who once led lives of crime and now try to convince others that violence is not the way.]  

Jess+Moss [Sarah Hagan and Austin Vickers star as second cousins in Kentucky who find out that they are the only ones who can relate to each other over the course of a summer. Directed by Clay Jeter. Acclaimed 2011 indie drama.]

Lonely Place to Die, A [Melissa George (Triangle, 30 Days of Night) stars in this breathtaking 2011 British thriller about a group of climbers who discover a distraught girl and soon find themselves being hunted down by killers and kidnappers. Ed Speleers, Sean Harris, Karel Roden, Alec Newman co-star. Directed by Julian Gilbey.]

Miss Bala [Stephanie Sigman is excellent in this grim thriller starring as a beauty queen contestant who is kidnapped by Mexican gangsters and forced to work for them.]

Muppets, The [Jim Henson's beloved hand puppet creations make a much overdue and very welcome return to the big screen with this hilarious film series reboot starring How I Met Your Mother's Jason Segel and Enchanted's Amy Adams as Muppets fanatics who discover that an evil oil baron is about to buy The Muppets Theatre/Studio and destroy it. It's up to them to reunite The Muppets in time to rescue the studio. Chris Cooper has fun as the villain. James Bobin directed this hit musical comedy that earned an Oscar for Best Song and a place on many 2011 Top Ten lists.]

One Lucky Elephant [Lisa Leeman directed this moving documentary about David Balding, a man who adopted an elephant years ago and used her in his act,  but decided to return her to her element when he retired.]

Sitter, The [Jonah Hill, Academy Award nominee for Moneyball, returns to his super silly comedy stomping ground with this rude update of The Adventures in Babysitting in which he plays a slacker who decides to take a babysitting job and ends up bringing them along for all sorts of illegal jaunts, including a booty call! Sam Rockwell  and Ari Graynor co-star in this wacky farce directed by David Gordon Green. 2011.]

Telstar: The Story of Joe Meek [Con O'Neill, Pam Ferris, JJ Feild, James Corden, Tom Burke, Ralf Little and Kevin Spacey star in this fun British musical biopic about obscure songwriter Joe Meek, who had a huge #1 1960's hit with the rockin instrumental "Telstar" and succumbed to the usual excesses of rock stardom: sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. Directed by Nick Moran. 2009.]

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [2011] [Gary Oldman won raves for his astonishingly immersive portrayal of British master spy George Smiley in this controversial remake of John Le Carre's bestseller. Oldman earned a well-desrved Best Actor Academy Award nomination as the retired spy brought back to find the Soviet mole hiding in plain sight in Britain's MI-5. The stellar cast includes Colin Firth, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, David Dencik and Benedict Cumberbatch. Like the remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this remake (of the beloved British miniseries with Alec Guiness' award-winning portrait of Smiley) drew both raves and disappointment, landing on many Top Ten lists and also criticized for its pacing and reliance on dialogue. Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) directed this noirish thriller that is worth watching for the acting alone, no matter what you think of the film itself.]  

Women Art Revolution [Lynn Hershman Leeson directed this documentary about the history of feminist art, featuring Miranda July, The Guerilla Girls, Yoko Ono, Yvonne Rainer, Judy Chicago, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and many more.]

Blu-rays:

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The [2011]

Muppets, The [2011]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Coversation Piece [Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger and Silvana Mangano star in this 1974 classic about an older professor whose intellectual lifestyle is turned upside down when a spoiled, rich marquesa becomes a tenant. Directed by Luchino Visconti in English.]

Hiroshima Mon Amour [Alain Resnais' brilliant 1959 romance between a French woman and a Japanese man in postwar Hiroshima is back in stock. Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada star. The Criterion Collection.]

Letter Never Sent [Mikhail Kalatozof directed this 1959 Russian survival drama about a geological team lost in the Siberian mountains. The Criterion Collection.]

Little Voice [Jane Horrocks gives a breakout performance in this delightful British musical-comedy co-starring Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor and Brenda Blethyn. Horrocks stars as a painfully shy woman who can only express herself when she sings, and Caine is equally terrific as a talent agent who discovers her and hopes to turn his own bad fortune around. 1998. Back in stock.]

Friday, March 23, 2012:

Hop [Just in time for Easter comes this family-friendly comedy combining excellent CGI and live action and featuring the voice of Russell Brand as the new Easter bunny, who would rather be a rock star, so he hitches a ride to Hollywood with X-Men's James Marsden. Hilarity and misadventures abound. The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco co-stars in this 2011 hit directed by Tim Hill.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.

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