Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Coming Distractions July 29th, 2008

New next Tuesday:

Band's Visit
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Rolling Stones: Shine a Light

If after watching Shine a Light you wish to know more intimately what it would have been like to adore Mick Jagger in person, rather than from afar, I suggest you find a copy of Jerry Hall's Tall Tales. While not necessarily a well-written book, I justify my plug on this movie-oriented blog for the book because this dishy piece of mid-80's memorabilia also contains an anecdote about the ill-fated attempt to film Jagger in the Amazon for Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo.

Speaking of Werner Herzog, the man has directed some laudable movies, several stunning documentaries (try Grizzly Man for a quirky and tragic tale of one man's incurable love for grizzly bears or Land of Silence and Darkness for intense and unforgettable stories of several incredible people who are both deaf and blind), and Herzog has even eaten his own shoe - he was following through on a promise he made to consume his footwear if Errol Morris were to ever finish his first film, the documentary Gates of Heaven.

But if you don't want to watch any of Herzog's documentary, or even any of those by Errol Morris, you might consider renting any of these variously eccentric, funny, fascinating, moving true stories:

Home Movie
King of Kong
How to Draw a Bunny
Pumping Iron & Pumping Iron 2: The Women
I Like Killing Flies
The Staircase
Benjamin Smoke

Or if you don't want to see any of those, you could just rent Spaced because it's the best thing from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to be released on DVD in America since Hot Fuzz (which is to say, it was the next thing to be released from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost since Hot Fuzz.)

Spaced - On Shelves Now

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Coming Distractions July 22th, 2008

On the Shelves Next Tuesday:
Heartbeat Detector
Twin Daggers

Did you know that Kyle MacLachlan's two dogs have their own webpage? You read right, you can gaze to your heart's content at Mookie and Sam and their dog friends, read their bios, and even watch them get up to some general tomfoolery in their own tv show. Such an adorablely canine-centric website would once have seemed out of character to fans of MacLachlan, long known as a man who forged his career in such works as Dune, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, and Showgirls. However, recent roles in Sex and the City and the upcoming Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 may well reveal a new, softer aspect of this many-sided actor, who has apparently not been hardened by his many years of Lynchian collaborations.

The necessary tools for a great night at home: Twin Peaks DVDs, coffee, and a piece of pie (cherry would be a classic choice, but any beloved filling will do. Vanilla ice cream can also be thrown into the mix, as well as friends/family, if one so desires). If you have grown tired of repeated Twin Peaks viewings (though at least one Waterfront Video employee finds that prospect highly unlikely), or if you would rather look at pie than eat it, some ideas for food-related rentals are:

Non-fiction and Television
I Like Killing Flies
Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations
Jamie's Kitchen

Waitress (the Pies easily steal center stage)
Big Night
Woman on Top
Mostly Martha/No Reservations
Like Water for Chocolate
Eat Drink Man Woman

Food Depictions Getting a Little Stranger...
Monty Python's Meaning of Life
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Cook, The Thief, The Wife and Her Lover
Aqua Teen Hunger Force

And Because We Are What We Eat and Some People Want to Be Really Extra-Super-Human
Eating Raoul
Soylent Green

Trivial Trivia: Russ Tamblyn, who plays Dr. Jacoby in Twin Peaks is Amber Tamblyn's father (Amber stars in both Traveling Pants movies). Small world, eh?!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Coming Distractions July 15th, 2008

Out on DVD next Tuesday:

The Bank Job
Step Up 2 The Streets
Meet Bill
College Road Trip
Penelope : Co-star James McAvoy is also in theaters now in the over-the-top, bullet-path-bending action extravaganza Wanted.

We here at Waterfront Video can barely contain our excitement for Step Up 2 the Streets. As we eagerly await its dvd debut we plan to review all of our favorite dance movies:

Center Stage
Breakin' & Breakin' 2
The Red Shoes
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Dirty Dancing
John Waters' Hairspray
Thank God It's Friday
Roller Boogie

And many more...

Flight of the Conchords Footloose Homage

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Coming Distractions July 8th, 2008

Arriving next Tuesday:

Wire in the Blood - 5th Season
Superhero Movie
The Tracey Fragments
Monk - 6th Season

In anticipation of The Tracey Fragments, forget everything you thought you knew about Ellen Page from watching Juno, and rent Hard Candy. Hard Candy also stars Patrick Wilson, whose new suburban suspense/thriller Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson is soon to be in theaters. Too ridiculous or not ridiculous enough? I leave it up to you, the viewer, to decide. If you aren't willing to bet your $6-$9 on Lakeview Terrace, Little Children (2006) is more of a sure bet to get your fill of Patrick Wilson in a tense movie set amid the rolling green lawns and two-car garages of our American city outskirts.

I hope you got a chance to vote for the Seven Daysies! Voting closed on June 27th and winners will be announced August 6th. Thank you if you voted for our store, and if you didn't, perhaps by next year this blog will have won you over.

Should we start selling hot dogs and pickles?

Yours Truly,
Waterfront Video