I have a cold. A stupid cold. Not that it should be any earth-shattering type of news or anything, but it’s kinda my way of saying that this newsletter might suck a bit (more so than its normal suckiness that is). We had a staff party last Thursday at my house and during the course of the evening I was spouting on about the impossibility of me ever becoming ill, “Ahhh I never get sick!”, I blathered on, posturing and strutting about like my immune system was on the outside of my body or something. I even knocked on wood. I knocked on friggin’ wood! Isn’t that supposed to automatically disqualify me from getting sick? Maybe it was because I was knocking on IKEA wood that it didn’t work. IKEA is forever letting me down. Sigh…
Our really big DVD/Blu Ray sale continues unabated at both stores. Just added more films – mostly comedies – to the bin at Commercial and lots of horror added over at Cambie. $5 each or 3 for 12 clams for the DVDS and $8 each or 3 for $20 for the Blu Rays.
New Releases for Tuesday March 5th
The Bay – Barry Levinson (yes that Barry Levinson- Diner, Wag the Dog, Rain Man) comes back from the dead – I thought he was dead – with this cool looking horror number about a small town’s water becoming infected with something that makes people dead and crazy. Probably not in that order.
Collaborator – The always pretty cool Martin Donovan (bunch of Hal Hartley films) writes, directs and stars in this tight little drama/comedy about a broken down writer who’s taken hostage by his broken down neighbour, the always pretty great David Morse, who’s also a crazy cop fella. Looks to be a pretty good two-hander. No, not that kind of two-hander, perverts.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai – Takeshi Miike seems to single-handedly be trying to revive the samurai genre with this flick following on the heels of his great 13 Assassins from a couple of years ago. Of course it being a samurai tale, it involves lots of revenge, honour and disgrace. Oh, and lots of cool sword-play. Love me some good sword-play! Blu Ray is coming soon.
How to Survive a Plague – Oscar nominated doc chronicling the history of HIV and AIDS and the activists who helped turn a death sentence into something manageable and, hopefully, eventually curable. Good job!
The Intouchables – Much sought after French film about a paraplegic who hires a dude from the projects to help him out. Much misunderstandings and comic hi-jinks with a dash of dramatic understanding, I presume, ensues. This one was a long time coming on the shelves so now everyone can stop hounding us it. (We have no control over what and when films are released – just so ya know) Also on the Blu Ray.
The Loneliest Planet – Award-winning drama tells the tale of a couple backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains with a local guide when something dramatic happens – hand-glider accident? mountain goat attack? Sasquatch buggery? – that changes their relationship. Looks pretty dang interesting.
The Master – The great PT Anderson finally makes another movie after 2007’s There Will Be Blood. Come on dude, step up the pace a bit. I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve heard some amaze-balls things about it. Great performances abound in this story of a WWII guy returning to civilian life and having problems adjusting. That is, until he meets a creepy cultish leader reportedly based on the creepy cultish leader L. Ron Hubbard. Really looking forward to this one. Also on the Blu Ray.
Red Dawn – In the “absolutely no reason to remake a mediocre movie to begin with” category, I give you this waste of celluloid. This time out it’s the North Koreans are invading the US for some reason. Come on, at least have a plausible enemy. The North Koreans aren’t going to be invading anyone anytime soon. They’re eating bark over there for Christ’s sake! ! Be better if the Canadians were the invaders. Red and White Dawn, Eh! they might call it? Also on the Blu Ray.
Wreck-It Ralph – Excellent animated fare finds a video game villain who sets out on a quest (always a quest in these things) to become a good guy. Much hilarity ensues. Good for the kids and the adults, so I’ve been told. Also on the Blu Ray.
Old Stuff Just In…
Archer Season 1 – Good fun hilarious animated stuff.
Coming Next Week
The Last Gladiators
Life of Pi
Rise of the Guardians
Waiting for Lightening
This mUst be the Place
Kill for Me
A Late Quartet
Recently Viewed and Recommend
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Game of Thrones Season 2
Sound of My Voice
Robot and Frank
Enjoy your week folks, hopefully the sun will stay around for a few more days. Till we meet again…
Black Dog Video