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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Friday-Saturday, 12pm-9pm


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Releases - April 17, 2012

Flaw, The [This intriguing 2010 documentary explores the recent financial meltdown America experienced by interviewing several experts, including Joseph Stiglitz, Robert J. Shiller, Robert H. Frank, Louis Hyman and George Cooper, who explore why it happened and if it is preventable. Directed by David Sington.]

Freedom Riders [Stanley Nelson directed this PBS documentary about a group of integrated college students who bring racial discrimination to the forefront of American politics by taking a Greyhound bus ride together to the Deep South in 1961. 2011.]

Frozen Planet [The Discovery Channel and the BBC re-team for this follow-up to Planet Earth and Life. In this amazing nature documentary shot in the Arctic and Antarctica, you will see footage of animal behavior never before captured on film or video. Capturing both the beauty and savagery of the frozen wild, this series ranks as one of the most visually stunning nature documentaries ever made.]  

Griefwalker [Documentary about the fascinating Harvard-trained theologian Stephen Jenkinson, who teaches the acceptance of death and grief in order for people to live life to the fullest day to day. Directed by Tim Wilson for the National Film Board of Canada. 2008.]

Heavenly Vintage, A [Lush romance about a young 19th century winemaker rising to prominence thanks to an angel but finding himself tempted by a beautiful baroness. Starring Jeremie Renier, Gaspard Ulliel, Vera Farmiga, and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Niki Caro (The Whale Rider) directed this 2009 film which reunited her with Rider star Castle-Hughes.] 

Hospitalite [Japanese comedy about a family man with a boring life who is visited by a mysterious stranger who ingratiates himself into his family and turns life upside down. Directed by Koji Fukada. Film Movement. 2012.]

Last Rites of Joe May, The [Dennis Farina (Get Shorty, TV's Crime Story) gives a fine performance as a small-time hustler who discovers late in life that he has no legacy to leave behind. With the time he has left, he decides to make his mark. Jamie Anne Allman, Ian Barford, Meredith Droeger, Chelcie Ross and Gary Cole co-star. This 2011 indie film noir was written and directed by Joe Maggio.]

Man on the Train [In this solid 2011 remake of the acclaimed French drama, a criminal arrives in town for an upcoming bank robbery and ends up bonding with a retired poetry professor, finding much in common although they are from two different worlds. Larry Mullen, Jr. and Donald Sutherland are excellent as the leads. Directed by Mary McGuckian. 2011.]

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol [Tom Cruise returns to top form in his 4th mission as Ethan Hunt in this terrific thriller that is not only the best in the series but also one of the best films of 2011. When Hunt and his IMF team are accused of a terrorist attack on the Kremlin, they have to go rogue in order to find out who framed them and nail the baddies before a nuclear war starts. The Incredibles director Brad Bird makes an amazing live action film directing debut with this breathless, non-stop actioner. Cruise not only gives a great performance but also does a lot of his own stunts, including a jaw-dropping climb on a Mumbai high rise. Jeremy Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker) also gets props for giving Cruise some competition/friction as the new member of the team, who has a troubling secret. Paula Patton and Simon Pegg round out the team this time with Paula having a rousing fight scene with equally hot bad girl Lea Seydoux and Pegg providing much needed comic relief. Michael Nyqvist, Josh Holloway and Anil Kapoor co-star along with some uncredited surprises. A must for all action and Cruise fans. Highly recommended!]    

Shame [Michael Fassbender gives an excellent performance as a handsome New York businessman with a casual sex addiction. When his equally troubled sister (Carey Mulligan from Drive and An Education) shows up for an extended visit, their painful past comes to the surface again. James Badge Dale and Nicole Beharie also star. This acclaimed British dram was directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger, which also starred Fassbender) in 2011.] 

Space Dogs [This wacky Russian animated family feature is based on the true story of USSR dogs Belka and Strelka, the first beings to go into space in 1960.  Directed by Svyatoslav Ushakov and Inna Evlannikova. 2010.]

Treme: Season 2 [In this second season of the HBO drama series, the residents of New Orleans are still trying to heal the wounds left by Katrina, and things seem to be getting better but there are still lingering problems with crime and poverty. Starring Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, India Ennenga, Michael Housman, Melissa Leo, Lucia Micarelli, David Morse, Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Jon Seda and Steve Zahn. 2011.]

Blu-rays:

Frozen Planet

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Shame [2011]

Recent/New Arrivals:

Dancer, The [1994 documentary about beautiful young ballerina Katja Bjorner as she trains with the Royal Swedish Ballet School. With Anneli Alhanko and Erland Josephson. Directed by Danya Feuer.]

52 Pick-Up [John Frankenheimer (The Manchurain Candidate, The French Connection II) directed this underrated hard-boiled film noir based on an Elmore Leonard novel. Roy Scheider is great as a tough and successful businessman who decides to fight back against his blackmailers when he is caught in an affair. Things go violently wrong for everyone involved. Ann-Margret, Kelly Preston, Vanity, and John Glover also star. 1986. Back in stock.] 

Martha Graham: In Performance [Three performances by the legendary dancer: A Dancer's World (1957); Night Journey (1961); and Appalachian Spring (1958).]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori

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