Video Library New Releases

Casey St. Charnez - September 12, 2014

Week of September 12th

Note: Ida (2013-Poland-Denmark) has been delayed until 09/26/14.

Rare and hard-to-find DVDs:
Blithe Spirit (1945-GB)
The Ipcress File (1965-GB)
The Keep (1983)
Last of the Dogmen (1995)
Robin Williams Live at the Met (1986)

New release DVDs:
Bee People (2014) C-103min. D: David C. Knappe. Documentary about honeybee farmers and their techniques and insights in the face of hive collapse disorder. Surprisingly funny and idiosyncratic. [NR]

Brick Mansions (2014) C-90min. D: Camille Delamarre. Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA. American remake of Luc Besson’s actioner District B13 (2004-France), about a cop led by a streetwise ex-con into a walled ghetto to find and disarm a nuke. Walker’s final completed role; Fast & Furious 7 was only half-done when he died. Belle plays the same role he did in the original. [PG-13]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) C-136min. CoD: Anthony Russo & John Russo. Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlet Johansson, Robert Redford. Marvel hero returns in a sequel even better than the first one, with the retro superhero battling his polar opposite, a former Soviet agent now gone rogue. Redford is quite good in a nod to his earlier roles like Three Days of the Condor. Fellow Marvel stars The Falcon and Black Widow are also featured. [PG-13]

Fed Up (2014) C-90min. D: Stephanie Soechtig. Documentary about the U.S. food industry’s aggravation of the American obesity epidemic. Film’s message is that you are what you eat…and that’s why you’re sick. Hosted by Katie Couric, who also executive-produced. [PG]

God’s Pocket (2014) C-88min. D: John Slattery. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro. Offbeat dark drama set in the South Philadelphia working class neighborhood of God’s Pocket, where no one is sorry about the accidental death of a deeply disliked construction worker. Except of course for his dad, who has to find a way out of debt to pay for the funeral. One of Hoffman’s last performances; Hunger Games—Mockinjay is still to come. From the 1995 novel by Peter Dexter. [R]

A Long Way Down (2014-GB-Germany) C-96min. D: Pascal Chaumeil. Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots. On New Year’s Eve, four strangers meet by chance on top of a tall London building, each intent on suicide. Instead, they make a mutual pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day, just to see what happens. Based on the 2005 novel by Nick Hornby (available at the SFe Public Library). [R] 

Palo Alto (2013) C-100min. D,Sc: Gia Coppola. Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer. High school class virgin April can’t decide between losing it to her soccer coach or a friendly stoner, but her classmate Emily no longer has that problem. Based on the 2010 short story anthology by Franco (available at the SFe Public Library), and adapted/helmed by Sofia Coppola’s niece. Kilmer, son of Val, grew up near Pecos. [R]

Words and Pictures (2013) C-111min. D: Fred Schepisi. Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison. In an upscale American prep school, an out-there English teacher and a straitlaced art instructor clash in a rivalry over which element of the title is more important in the classroom and in life. The students will make the choice in a vote. Binoche herself actually painted all the artwork her character has executed. [PG-13]

New Blu-ray:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

New TV series:
Homeland (2014-Showtime) Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin. Season 3, 12 episodes, 4 discs.