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, June 22, 2012

June 26, 2012

Blu-rays:

Artist, The [2011] [Jean Dujardin is terrific in this 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Picture as a dashing silent film star whose career falters when talkies arrive. Berenice Bejo is charming as an extra who falls for him while working on his film in this whimsical and touching French homage to silent films. Dujardin, who first drew international attention in the hysterical 0SS 117 James Bond 007 spoofs, won a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar as well. Also starring James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, Ken Davitian, and John Goodman. Directed by Michael Hazanavicius.]

Mirror Mirror [2012][Funny and wacky satire of Snow White with Julia Roberts having fun as the evil queen trying to wrest handsome prince Armie Hammer (J.Edgar) from Lily Collins' adorably pure Snow. Nathan Lane, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner, and Sean Bean co-star. Great and clever special effects are a highlight of this family oriented comedy. Directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar. 2012.]


DVDs:

21 Jump Street [2012] [In this surprisingly enjoyable hit, the popular cult TV series gets a comic reboot with Jonah Hill (Moneyball) and Channing Tatum (The Vow) as former high school foes turned rookie cops. When they have to go back to school undercover to catch some baddies, they revert to their old teenage personas threatening their mission but making for plenty of laughs in this wild farce. Phil Lord directed briskly with a supporting cast including Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle and Ice Cube.]


Artist, The [2011]

Bullhead [Harrowing Belgium revenge tale starring Matthias Schoenaerts as a roided cattle farmer who makes a deal with a shady mob meat trader. When a federal agent shows up dead and his ex-girlfriend resurfaces, he must face his demons. Co-starring Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian, and Tibo Vandenborre. Directed by Michael R. Roskam. 2011.]


Cat Run [In this action satire in the vein of Red mixed with a dash of Haywire, sexy Paz Vega (Sex and Lucia) plays a high end call girl who has evidence of a shocking government cover-up and has to rely on two bumbling detectuves to protect her from lethal assassins. Janet McTeer, Alphonse McAuley, Scott Mechlowicz, Christopher McDonald, Karel Roden, D.L. Hughley, Tony Curran and Michelle Lombardo also star. Directed by John Stockwell. 2012.]

Encounter Point [Startling documentary directed by Ronit Avni about an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother, and a wounded Palestinian brother who band together to promote a peace pact between the two warring countries. 2006.]

Four Lovers [Marina Fois, Elodie Bouchez, Roschdy Zem, and Nicolas Duvauchelle star in a French dramedy in which two couples decide to swap mates as a sexual experiment. However, what starts as innocent fun turns into confusion, jealousy and angst. Directed by Antony Cordier. France. 2010.]


Ghostlight [Richard Move gives an extraordinary performance as Martha Graham, the mother of Modern Dance, in this surreal and impressionistic homage to the dance icon. Ann Magnuson, Isaac Mizrahi, Mark Morris, Deborah Harry, and Erick Kastel also star. Directed by Christopher Herrmann. 2012.]

Mirror Mirror [2012]


Oranges and Sunshine [Emily Watson shines in this true drama as Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who discovered a major social scandal involving the deportation of thousands of children from the UK to Australia. A British-Australian co-production also starring Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Tara Morice, Aisling Loftus and Lorraine Ashbourne. Directed by Jim Loach. 2010.]

Project X [2012][High school buds decide to throw a wild party that goes way, way, way out of control and viral in this very funny if messy teen sex farce. Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Brady Hender star in this better than you would expect rude comedy. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh.]

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? [This stunningly beautiful documentary made by Taggart Siegel could be subtitled Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Bees but Were Afraid to Ask, as it tells us all about bees: why they are important and valuable, what they mean to the economy and the environment, and why are beekeepers so obsessive. 2011.]

Sound of Noise [In this tongue-in-cheek Swedish-French thriller, a cop born into a musical family hates music. When musical renegades start destroying the city with their instruments, he is assigned to the case, but can he stop the music? Starring Bengt Nilsson, Sanna Persson, Magnus Borjeson, and Marcus Boij. Directed by Ola Simonsson,and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson. 2010]

Recent/New Arrivals:

All Screwed Up [Luigi Diberti, Lina Polito, Sara Rapisarda, and Giuliana Calandria star in this anarchic 1974 Lina Wertmuller comedy about a group of young immigrants who move to Milan to make their fortune and make a real mess of it by going from one failed scheme to the next. DVD Debut!]

Love and Anarchy [In this dark comedy classic from Lina Wertmuller, Giancarlo Giannini plays a young man who plans to assassinate Mussolini but runs into complications with women (Mariangela Melato and Lina Poilto) that may derail his mission. 1973. Excellent new master from Kino.]

Seduction of Mimi, The [Lina Wertmuller's 1972 classic stars Giancarlo Giannini as a hapless factory worker who votes against the Mafia in what he thinks is a secret vote. Because of it, he loses his wife and his job, moves away and has an affair with a sexy Communist (Mariangela Melato) who has his baby. Things get even more complicated when he is lured back home by a better job, reunites with his wife while hiding his mistress and his secret child, and discovers that his wife is having an affair. Agostina Belli also stars in this dark comedy classic. Excellent new remaster from Kino.]

Trial and Retribution: Set 5 {David Heyman and Victoria Smurfit return in this popular British TV crime and punishment series from the creators of Prime Suspect. Four new cases from 2007-2008.]

Notes by Manager Steven Y. Mori.

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