Friday, August 1, 2008

Coming Distractions August 5th, 2008

New on DVD next Tuesday:

The Counterfeiters
My Brother is an Only Child
Nim's Island
The Killing of John Lennon

She and Him, composed of actress Zooey Deschanel and musician M. Ward, have just released their first video for the single Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (warning: unrealistic violence and very cute dance-swaying contained within.) Deschanel, star of The Happening, Flakes (new on DVD), Tin Man, and All The Real Girls, has successfully mixed her dual artistic careers by contributing to the soundtracks of several movies in which she appeared, such as Bridge to Terabithia and Elf.

Note on M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening: Can you really run from the wind? I haven't had the opportunity to try it yet, but if you have, please leave a note below.

The soundtrack for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, to which Zooey Deschanel also lent her sweet monotone crooning, was composed by Nick Cave (of band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) with bandmate Warren Ellis. Nick Cave also wrote the screenplay (and the music, again with Ellis) for the incomparable Australian western The Proposition.

I am sure some of our fine customers do not need to see Meryl Streep gleefully jumping around in the musical Mammia Mia! (adapted from the stage and now in theaters, and also starring Amanda Seyfried (of Mean Girls), Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth) to be reminded of how much fun ABBA songs are. These ABBAholics may already know that ABBA: The Movie (which has been called "eminently watchable") was recently released to DVD. Look for it in the band section of Waterfront Video, or possibly on the screen behind the counter when this particular employee is next working. Which film is a better representation of the Swedish pop band's wholesome enthusiasm? I leave that pressing question for you to decide.

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