Thursday, September 30, 2010

A sad week for the film industry. Several notable filmmakers and performers passed away recently.

Arthur Penn (1922-2010)
"Start your shoot with something unimportant and work too fast. You have to inculcate a sense of recklessness in the crew."
First established in the days of live television, Penn transitioned easily to feaure film directing, helming several classics in the 1960's (such as The Miracle Worker, Mickey One, and The Chase) and helped to usher in the New Hollywood movement with Little Big Man, Alice's Restaurant, and the iconic Bonnie & Clyde.

Sally Menke (1953-2010)
A talented editor who cut every one of Tarantino's films, from Reservoir Dogs to Inglourious Basterds.

Eddie Fisher (1928-2010)
A crooner and occasional actor who received a great deal of publicity for his scandal-laden marriages (including to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor).

Greg Giraldo (1965-2010)
Comedian who appeared on several series (including as a judge on Last Comic Standing) as well as in the documentary Comedian. Also a staple of Comedy Central's Roasts.

Tony Curtis (1925-2010)
A true star and fine actor who began his acting career in the late 40's and continued working right up till his death. A charismatic presence, some of his memorable films include Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell of Success, and The Defiant Ones - among many others.

In lighter news, the week saw the release of a good number of new releases, including:

Iron Man 2

Get Him to the Greek

The Killer Inside Me
(based on a novel by Jim Thompson - it's also worth checking out these other adaptations of his books: The Grifters, Hit Me, After Dark My Sweet, Coup de Torchon, & The Getaway.)

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky



The Oath

I'm Gonna Explode

Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema

Perrier's Bounty


7 Days


Chasing 3000

Les Doigts Croches (Sticky Fingers)

Todd P. Goes to Austin

New Series:

Party Down - 2nd Season

Tim & Eric Awesome Show (Great Job!) - 4th Season
(coming to Higher Ground, November 28th!!)

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - 5.1st Season

Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment

Scrubs - 9th Season

Just a few more days to enter for a chance to win tickets to see Christopher Lloyd in Death of a Salesman at the Flynn! Stop by the store to fill out an entry form. Drawing will be held on Monday, Oct. 4th.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Want a chance to win tickets to see Christopher Lloyd starring in Death of a Salesman at The Flynn? Stop by the store to fill out an entry form; winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 4th.

New to our shelves this week:

The Secret in Their Eyes
This year's winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar is a gripping thriller involving violent crime, government corruption, unrequited attractions, memory, history, and time.

Robin Hood
Ridley Scott's new take on an old legend, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.

The Experiment
Oliver Hirschbiegel's excellent 2001 film based on the notorious Stanford Prison Experiment gets an American remake.

Neil Jordan's latest involves an Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell) and a woman who might possibly be a selky.

Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl
The fact that Portugese director Manoel de Oliveira is now 102 years old doesn't seem to be slowing him down at all, as evidenced by this new mysterious love story.

The Legend of Bruce Lee

Calvin Marshall


Stripped Naked

Stomp the Yard: Homecoming

Rolling Stones: Stones in Exile

John Oliver: Terrifying Times

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

The Secret of Moonacre

Tinker Bell: The Great Fairy Rescue

Plus, one of the biggest weeks we've ever seen for Series releases. Some great shows, both new and old:

30 Rock - 4th Season

Modern Family - 1st Season

Community - 1st Season

Bored to Death - 1st Season

How I Met Your Mother - 5th Season

Gossip Girl - 3rd Season

Spartacus: Blood & Sand - 1st Season

Desperate Housewives - 6th Season

Warehouse 13 - 1st Season

Castle - 2nd Season

Law & Order: SVU - 11th Season

Tiny Toon Adventures - 1st Season

Star Trek: Original Series - 2nd Season (Remastered!)

The Best of Soul Train

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trying to figure out what in blazes is going on with the economy?
Alex Gibney (the man behind Taxi to the Dark Side, Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and Enron: The Smartest Men in the Room) provides another glimpse into the recent financial criminal shenanigans with his latest well-crafted documentary, Casino Jack and the United States of America. Following the exploits of Jack Abramoff, Gibney's doc complements other recent offerings trying to make sense of our current crises. Some other films worth checking out include Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story; Danny Schechter's In Debt We Trust & Plunder: The Crime of Our Time; I.O.U.S.A.; Maxed Out; The Big Buy: Tom Delay's Stolen Congress; The Corporation; and America Betrayed.

Also new to our shelves this week:

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
(Directed by Werner Herzog, produced by David Lynch, and starring Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny, Michael Pena, Grace Zabriskie, Udo Kier, & Brad Dourif... cloud-shrouded mountains, mannered dialogue, tableux vivant, absurdist melodrama, deadpan black comedy... how can you not be interested?)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Letters to Juliet

Just Wright

Raging Phoenix

As It Is In Heaven

Who Is Clark Rockefeller?

Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith

America: The Story of Us

Blood Into Wine

Boogie Woogie

New Series:
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - 5th Season

Grey's Anatomy - 6th Season

The Good Wife - 1st Season

Fringe - 2nd Season

Glee - 1.2nd Season

The Big Bang Theory - 3rd Season

New Stand-Up:
Bill Maher: ...But I'm Not Wrong
("Remember when America was just morally bankrupt?")

Janeane Garofalo: If You Will
("I'm often mistaken for a Jewish lesbian, and I always say: You're giving me way too much credit.")

Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff
("You know, when you're a fat guy you don't need a reason to sweat.")

Broken Lizard Stands Up

Charles Bukowski: The Last Straw

Charles Bukowski: There's Gonna Be a God Damn Riot In Here

Two filmed readings by Bukowski (including his last public performance) that have just been made available for the first time.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Perfectly timed for some post-Labor Day Weekend viewing, the sixth season of NBC's The Office hits the shelves today, full of all the cringe-inducing awkward/comic moments the show is noted for - with some nicely played emotional moments to boot! Sadly, the video for "Subtle Sexuality" isn't included... so you'll just have to watch it here:

Fans of The Office - and anyone else interested in shows dealing with workplace humor and the awkward/comic balancing act, should definitely check out CBC's The Newsroom, the mid-90s Canadian series that seems like a definite influence on Ricky Gervais' original show. Here's a taste of it:

other films new to our shelves this week:

Solitary Man
John Rabe
Snow Blind
The Final Girl
The Exploding Girl
Being Michael Madsen
The Thorn in the Heart
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
Kevin Pollak: The Littlest Suspect

also these new family releases:

Shaun the Sheep: Party Animals
Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue
Cat in the Hat: Wings & Things
Goosebumps: Go Eat Worms
Goosebumps: The Blob That Ate Everything

...speaking of children's series, be sure to check out our expanding family section that now includes separates shelves for Nick Jr. shows and other popular series as well as shelves for popular favorites such as The Muppets, Hayao Miyazaki, Pixar, Wallace & Gromit, and others!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Big doings this week at Waterfront Video!
Friday through Monday, we're offering cheap rentals and big discounts on previously-viewed DVDs & VHS as part of our Customer Appreciation Weekend. So stop on by!

Some of the recent releases to look out for:

The Red Riding Trilogy
Temple Grandin
Me and Orson Welles
The Square
Harry Brown
Survival of the Dead
The City of Your Final Destination
City Island
IP Man
9th Company
My Name Is Khan
The Good, the Bad, the Weird

a lot of interesting documentaries, too, including:

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!
Blue Gold: World Water Wars
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
I Need That Record!
Reel Paradise

plus, plenty of new arrivals as well:

Appointment with Danger
Dark City (1950)
That Hamilton Woman
Machine Gun McCain
Slade in Flame
Pom Poko
Louie Bluie
The Most Beautiful
Sanshiro Sugata, Parts One & Two
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail

not to mention a ton of recently released series:

Sons of Anarchy - 2nd Season
Brothers & Sisters - 4th Season
The Vampire Diaries - 1st Season
House - 6th Season
Monk - 8th Season
Lost - 6th Season
Dexter - 4th Season
Cougar Town - 1st Season
The Simpsons - 13th Season
Twitch City - Complete Series
The Newsroom - Complete Series

& so many more!!!