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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Monday, June 18, 2012

June 19, 2012

Blu-ray:

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law triumphantly return as the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his partner and chronicler, Watson, in this exciting 2011 sequel that is just as good as the original and arguably better than 2009's Sherlock Holmes.  A series of terrorist bombings rock London and grab Holmes' attention, leading him to a brilliant professor named Moriarty who may be orchestrating the chaos, but why? Driven to stop the madness, obsessive Holmes interrupts Watson's bachelor party, wedding and honeymoon as they embark on an increasingly dangerous road trip that becomes a lethal game of cat and mouse.   Downey, Jr. and Law are terrific as our buddy heroes, and their verbal and physical duels are both moving and humorous. Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus) is alluring as an exotic gypsy who helps them unravel the mystery, and charming Rachel McAdams returns as Holmes' beautifully playful nemesis. Stephen Fry, as Holmes' chauvinistic brother Mycroft, and Kelly Reilly, as Watson's lovely and patient wife, provide most of the welcome comic relief. However, Jared Harris (TV's Mad Men abd Fringe) steals the film as the elegantly evil genius Moriarty, Holmes' greatest challenge and worthy of any James Bond villain in both cunning and sadism. Guy Ritchie also returns as director, bringing back his energetic style and kinetic editing that keeps the game afoot. The production design and the pulsating score by Hans Zimmer add immensely to the fun. Highly recommended!]  

DVDs:

And Everything Is Going Fine [Fascinating documentary about the late, great actor and monologist Spalding Gray, who had a unique voice and presence throughout his career until his untimely and bizarre suicide. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Che, Traffic).]

Big Miracle [In this true adventure for the whole family, Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski star respectively as an animal lover and a reporter who rally together an unlikely coalition of politicians, activists and townfolk to save a family of whales trapped in the Arctic Circle before it is too late. Also starring Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Tim Blake Nelson, Vinessa Shaw, and Ted Danson. Directed by Ken Kwapis. 2012.]

Declaration of War [Valerie Donzelli directed and stars in this moving French drama about a young couple who discovers that their newborn son has a brain tumor, and how they, their family and friends decide to fight it as if it were warfare.  Jeremie Elkaim, Brigitte Sy, Elina Lowensohn, Michele Moretti, Philippe Laudenbach, and Bastien Bouillon co-star.  2011.]

Found Memories [Brazilian drama about a woman who makes bread for a coffee shop in a small, stagnant town and follows the same routine every day until she meets a young woman photographer who changes her life and brings a pulse back to the village. Directed by Julia Murat. From Film Movement.]

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance [The directors of Crank bring back Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider, the devil's bounty hunter in this dark superhero action flick based on a Marvel Comic. This time, we find him hiding in Europe until a secret sect of the church recruits him to save a young boy from the devil. Also starring Ciaran Hinds, Volante Placido, Johnny Whitworth, Christopher Lambert, and Idris Elba. Directed by Neveldine/Taylor. 2012.]

In Darkness [Agnieszka Holland, the director of Europa Europa, directed this 2011 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. It's a moving WWII drama based on a true story of a Polish sewer worker who earns money by hiding Jews in the sewers beneath the occupied city of Lvov. What starts as a business becomes an emotional journey for both parties as the sewer worker realizes the gravity and necessity of saving innocent lives.  Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowski, Maria Schrader, Robert Knaup, Kinga Preis, and Krysztof Skonieczny star.]

Jeff who Lives at Home [Jason Segel (The Muppets, TV's How I Met Your Mother) is hilarious as a thirtysomething slacker who still lives with his parents and is suddenly driven to find the secret of the universe and what his true destiny is. The fine cast includes Ed Helms, Judy Greer, Rae Dawn Chong, and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass. 2012.]

Keyhole [Creepy horror film starring Jason Patric as a gangster who arrives home with a teenaged girl's body and a bound young man after a long absence. He is bent on traversing the haunted house room by room to reach his wife, despite watchful cops, his gang members and ghosts standing in his way.  Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Brooke Palsson, David Wontner, Louis Negin and Kevin Mcdonald also star. Directed by Guy Maddin. 2012.]

My Afternoons with Marguerite [Gerard Depardieu has fun as an illiterate middle aged man who is considered a small French town's village idiot. He happens to hear an old lady reading her novel aloud on a park bench and is fascinated. They strike up an unlikely friendship as she reads to him every afternoon. He soon appreciates her love of life and intelligence, and he realizes that he is smarter than he thought. Gisele Casadesus plays the old woman. Directed by Jean Becker. 2010.]

Seeking Justice [In this dark suspense thriller, beautiful wife January Jones (TV's Mad Men) is brutally attacked and husband Nicolas Cage is approached by mysterious Guy Pearce, who proposes that he find the attacker and eek out justice in exchange for a future favor. Cage says yes and lives to regret it.  Also starring Harold Perrineau, Jennifer Carpenter, and Xander Berkeley. Directed by Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Species). 2011.]

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows


Story of India, The [Acclaimed historian Michael Wood presents a ten thousand year epic delving into the history of one of the world's most fascinating cultures, from the deserts of Turkmenistan to the Khyber Pass and the plains of Pakistan, from the Himalayas to the palm-fringed shores of Kerala.] 


Superman Vs. The Elite [In this exciting animated feature, Superman gets some unwanted help from a new squad of superheroes called The Elite. They use more violent methods of crime fighting, leading to a showdown with the Man of Steel, whom they think has passed his prime. Featuring the voices of George Newbern, Pauley Perrette, Robin Atkin Downes, Catero Colbert, Melissa Disney, and Andrew Kishino. Directed by Michael Chang.]

Wanderlust [In this wacky counter culture comedy, Paul Rudd plays a man who loses his high stress NY job and goes on a road trip with lovely wife Jennifer Aniston. They end up taking a detour to a hippie commune that changes their lives forever.  Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Kathryn Hahn, Lauren Ambrose and Alan Alda co-star. Directd by David Wain. 2012.]


Recent/New Arrivals:


In Search of the Trojan War [Historian Michael Wood presents and narrates this documentary debunking the myths of Troy, Helen, Achilles and The Trojan Horse. 1985.]

New Tricks: Season 7 [Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Alun Armstrong and Dennis Waterman return for this enjoyable British TV series in which senior detectives tackle cold cases.]

Project X [1968][William Castle, the brash showman who brought gimmicks like The Tingler and 3D ghosts in 13 Ghosts to life, directed this wild sci-fi thriller about the government trying to find a deadly virus by unfreezing cryogenic secret agent Christopher George and making him think it's 1968. Also featuring Greta Baldwin, Henry Jones, Monte Markham. and Harold Gould.] 

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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