Thursday, October 30, 2008

Coming Distractions November 4th, 2008

Get Smart
Moscow Zero
The Good Life
Flashbacks of a Fool
When Did You Last See Your Father?
Futurama: Bender's Game

Thanks to everyone who came out to see the Vermont International Film Festival this last weekend! Gracias todos! I can now confirm that Let the Right One In was well worth my time and money, and I might even read the novel: if only to solve some gender mysteries the movie didn't quite make clear. Ahora, con el ataque de los gatos!

Astral Projection? Tell me how.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Coming Distractions October 28th, 2008

We's a gonna gets 4 U:

The L Word - 5th Season
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Zombie Strippers

Firstly: the Vermont International Film Festival begins today and we now have schedules for the films at Cinema 9 on the front counter at the video store. I am personally very excited for Let the Right One In (even, I dare say, more excited for that than for Zombie Strippers, if you can believe it). Another intriguing offering: the documentary Flow: For the Love of Water.

Congratulations to Chris & Mike for each winning a pair of tickets to see the Spaghetti Western Orchestra at the Flynn Theater on Monday! 5 musicians playing up to 100 instruments, celebrating Ennio Morricone's soundtracks for Sergio Leone.

In case you hadn't been in the store yet to see: this past Tuesday we documentaries, lots of documentaries! (the numbers are upwards of a dozen and downwards of two sets of ten!) Some highlights include:
Constantine's Sword
Fall From Grace
Cinematographer Style
Palestine Blues
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis
Critical Condition

We do it just to prove learning can be fun, and that our sign about movies making you a better person isn't just a marketing ploy. It works, right? Please leave comments as to what personal affirmations we could include on our signage that would make you want to rent more movies.

Here's one sample: You're Beautiful. Rent Some Movies.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Vermont International Film Festival

The Vermont International Film Festival is taking place October 23rd - 26th. Check out or for details!

Come see some great films and help support the world's oldest environmental and human rights festival as it embarks on the 24th edition of this annual event!

There will be programs available at Waterfront Video starting next week.

Coming Distractions October 21st, 2008

Bustin' out Tuesday:

The Incredible Hulk
Family Guy - Volume 6
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Entire Series
The Legend of Sasquatch

As you will soon discover, The Legend of Sasquatch box art has fur. Now, I trust it's not real fur, and that no actual sasquatches (sasquatchi?) (not to be confused with the Sasquatch music festival: now carbon neutral!) or other mythic creatures were harmed in the making of The Legend of Sasquatch, but it got me thinking about giant hair-covered man-like animals (which, according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization have been spotted in North America for over 400 years.) In fact, just this last year the American Museum of Natural History hosted an exhibit about Mythic Creatures exploring the many composite creature/monsters that humans have invented during our time on this earth, and the exhibit allowed one to even create their own animal amalgamation (soon to be possible through the powerful science of genetics?! hot. dog!). Though the exhibit is shut down they still have the website up here. I heard about the exhibit, 9 months too late, listening to old episodes of Radiolab.

Few things are as satisfying as listening to Radiolab while making soup (except... of course... renting videos...), but still the question plagues me... Are Champ and Nessie relatives separated during the dispersal of the continents? Are they long lost lovers waiting out their eternal sentences of loneliness? Have they never met and wouldn't necessarily like each other if they met- would they fight and who would win?

the gentle giant from Lake Champlain <3 or vs ? The Sweet Gaelic Lady

Fun fact: did you know that Kevin Peter Hall was the 7'4'' actor who forged his career by playing such roles as Harry in Harry and the Hendersons, the Monster in Monster in the Closet, and the Predator in both Predator 1 & 2?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Coming Distractions October 14th, 2008

Out next Tuesday:

War, Inc.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Standard Operating Procedure
Slacker Uprising (a.k.a. Captain Mike Across America)
The Sarah Silverman Program - 2nd Season
Ten Nights of Dreams - one of the directors of this omnibus, Kon Ichikawa, recently died. We also now have on dvd his Fires on the Plain.

Quick Quiz: Did you know that our great independent local music store Pure Pop Records was named after a Nick Lowe album? The album, released 1978, was originally called Jesus of Cool, but that title was rejected for US release and was changed to Pure Pop for Now People. (maybe you already knew - (I had to check) - but we can't thank Tipper Gore for that - she didn't co-found Parents Music Resource Center until she found Prince was corrupting the youth of 1985) Lowe's music has been featured in many movies (heard often is "cruel to be kind") and he also wrote a song for the show Deadwood.

Cool things going on in Burlington (other than the release of all those lovely DVDs):
1. slam poetry at Finnegan's tonight! (thurs-9pm)
2. Open House Saturday at the Radiator and The Microphones are playing with Swale and Crinkles at The Bakery
3. Postsecret comes to UVM on Tuesday (and yes it is part of an overwhelming conspiracy that you can only find that information out on the insidious Facebook)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

m says something else.

i have recently discovered that i have a love for cheesy horror/"horror" movies and was very excited to see the happening. i think i may have even seen it opening night, maybe not, but my excitement was definitely opening night excitement. it is the funniest movie i've ever seen! mark wahlberg, HOT, zooey deschanel, SUPER COOL, john leguizamo, i think i liked him in something, and while m. night s. has repeatedly disappointed i still thought maybe this will be awesome. i'm definitely a person who completely falls for trailers. i don't know if it's the talented trailer creators or if it's the constant repetition of them airing, but if the trailer is remotely interesting i'm sold. i don't want to give you the wrong impression the happening is NOT a piece of cinematic genius, it IS very entertaining. the happening is the kind of movie you should watch with a bunch of friends, a bucket of booze, and be in the mood to laugh. DO NOT see this if you want to watch a horror movie, but DO see this if you enjoy making fun of a movie. a nod to the trailer creators who convinced me to see these movies, flightplan, red eye, obviously the happening, eagle eye, and wanted. please don't judge me by this list!

Coming Distractions October 7th, 2008

TUESday on dVd:

The Visitor
The Happening
You Don't Mess With Zohan
Robot Chicken - 3rd Season

I cried (a lot) during Snow Angels. I'm not afraid to admit it, and it wasn't just because I could feel the imminent chill in my bones watching the characters skid and stumble through gray Pennsylvania days (at least Vermont skies aren't so vast --our mountains relieve me of pondering over-long on the cloudy expanse). Stories of families and individuals falling apart; the movie was heartbreaking even before cinematic tragedy struck.

Sweet memories of Amy Sedaris' previous roles couldn't keep me from my sadness. For example: as Jerry Blank in Strangers With Candy. Though I understand why some have trouble watching the face muscle-strain of Jerry's overbite, it makes me smile to remember the goofy, ridiculous, and downright disgustingness of that show. (Don't bother with the movie though - trying to explain absurdity takes all the fun out of it)

David Gordon Green, who wrote and directed Snow Angels, directed Pineapple Express (estimated for DVD release in January), and is also the man behind Undertow, All the Real Girls, and George Washington.

Before I leave you for another week, let's just have a moment to thank Paul Newman for all the great movies (53 of which we have in the store), not to mention the salad dressing, and popcorn, and lemonade, and cookies, and charity work.