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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, January 6, 2014

New Releases - January 7, 2014

Blu-ray:

I'm So Excited! [Pedro Almodovar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Volver) finally returns to the wild comedy genre that made him famous after taking a long detour to the dark side with The Skin I Live In and Broken Embraces.  In this off the hook farce, a flight to Mexico City runs into technical difficulties that may be fatal so the flight crew and the passengers decide to have the time of their life, whether it's their last or not.  In addition to Almodovar regulars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, also look for Paz Vega, Carlos Areces, Antonio De La Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Laya Marti, Javier Camara, Raul Arevalo, Cecilia Roth and Blanca Suarez. 2013. Rated R. 90 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.] 

Runner Runner [Beautifully mounted if predictable thriller with an interesting cast showcasing Justin Timberlake as a poor college student who feels that an online poker site cheated him out of lots of dough. He goes to Costa Rica to confront silky entrepreneur Ben Affleck and finds himself seduced over to the dark side until the FBI comes knocking and tries to get him to trap his evil new boss.  Similar in concept to the recent Paranoia, but at least this one is set in an exotic location. In addition to Timberlake's passionate anti-hero and the fun of seeing Affleck play a bad guy for a change, the solid co-stars include Gemma Arteron (Hansel and Gretel and the unforgettable Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace), Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau, Hurt Locker), Oliver Cooper, Michael Esper, and John Heard. Directed by Brad Furman. 2013. Rated R. 91 minutes. Box Office: $20 million.]

DVDs:

Act of Killing, The [Fascinating and twisted documentary executive produced by Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, Fog of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) that lets real former Indonesian death squad leaders recreate their mass killings in whatever film genre they want. Among the participants are Anwar Congo (executioner), Herman Koto (gangster and paramilitary leader), and Safit Pardede (paramilitary leader). Strong stuff that received rave reviews but is not for the faint-hearted. Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and others. 2012. Unrated. The DVD contains bot the 122 minute theatrical version and the 165 minute director's cut with many extras, including commentary, interviews and featurette.]

Following, The: Season 1 [This hit Fox TV series created by Kevin Williamson (the Scream franchise)  is a fun adrenaline rush twist on the serial killer genre with Kevin Bacon excellent as a disgraced, ex-alcoholic FBI agent who is brought back to the bureau when his old nemesis, a charismatic serial killer named Joe Carroll (brilliantly played by an underrated James Purefoy), starts recruiting killer fans to continue his massacres even while he's in prison. Add a sick obsession with the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, sexually addicted killers of both sexes, Carroll's promise to escape and enough twists and turns to fill more than one season and you have a riveting if over-the-top film noir thriller with an undercurrent of dark Grand Guignol humor. It is also one of the few TV series to explore the fascinating and truly disturbing phenomena of cult followers who will do anything for their leader, much like Reverend Jim Jones and the Guyana mass suicide (which obviously is at least one source of inspiration for this show). Bacon and Purefoy's fine work is surrounded by a superb and attractive supporting cast, including Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, Annie Parisse, Valorie Curry, Nico Tortolrella, and Kyle Catlett. If you haven't seen it, try to catch up before Season 2 premieres on Channel 2 on January 19.  Highly recommended!  2013. Unrated. 4 separate rentals.]

I'm So Excited! [Pedro Almodovar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Volver) finally returns to the wild comedy genre that made him famous after taking a long detour to the dark side with The Skin I Live In and Broken Embraces.  In this off the hook farce, a flight to Mexico City runs into technical difficulties that may be fatal so the flight crew and the passengers decide to have the time of their life, whether it's their last or not.  In addition to Almodovar regulars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, also look for Paz Vega, Carlos Areces, Antonio De La Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Laya Marti, Javier Camara, Raul Arevalo, Cecilia Roth and Blanca Suarez. 2013. Rated R. 90 minutes. Box Office: $2 million.]

Runner Runner [Beautifully mounted if predictable thriller with an interesting cast showcasing Justin Timberlake as a poor college student who feels that an online poker site cheated him out of lots of dough. He goes to Costa Rica to confront silky entrepreneur Ben Affleck and finds himself seduced over to the dark side until the FBI comes knocking and tries to get him to trap his evil new boss.  Similar in concept to the recent Paranoia, but at least this one is set in an exotic location. In addition to Timberlake's passionate anti-hero and the fun of seeing Affleck play a bad guy for a change, the solid co-stars include Gemma Arteron (Hansel and Gretel and the unforgettable Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace), Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau, Hurt Locker), Oliver Cooper, Michael Esper, and John Heard. Directed by Brad Furman. 2013. Rated R. 91 minutes. Box Office: $20 million.]

Notes by manager Steven Y. Mori.


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