Baby it’s cold outside.
Loads of new movies in the week so without further adieu….
Crazy Heart: Starring Academy Award winning Jeff Bridges. A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.
La Donation: An aging doctor advertises for a replacement for his position as the health care provider of a small northern Quebec town. One of highest rated Canadian films of 2009. Bernard Émond, 2009.
Pirate Radio: A period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960s.
Red Cliff: John Woo’s action-packed sprawling historical epic based on the story of 3 warring kingdoms in ancient China. Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro.
Trial and Retribution: S1 BBC A drama of a child murder from the discovery of the crime to police investigation, then through the ensuing trial.
Young Victoria: A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria’s rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
Defendor: A comedy centered around three characters: an everyday guy who comes to believe he’s a superhero, his psychiatrist, and the teenager he befriends.
Mommo the Bogeyman: Turkish film about a pair of siblings rejected by their new stepmother & sent to live with an ailing grandfather who struggle to survive & stay together.
Nina Simone: Live at Ronnie Scott’s
Splinterheads: Splinterheads tells the story of Justin Frost, a slacker whose life is turned upside down when a traveling carnival rolls in to town for the summer, bringing with it an outrageous crew of carnival workers, who call themselves ‘splinterheads’ and earn a living by hustling an endless stream of townies out of their hard-earned cash.
Three Kingdoms: Chinese period epic following the general Zhao as he attempts to bring the disparate parts of China together.
The Yes Men Fix the World: Trouble making duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events.
200 Motels: 1971 “Touring makes you crazy,” Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity, and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Directed by Werner Herzog. Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants
Mi-5: S7 The missions of MI-5, the UK’s intelligence organization. The most popular TV show at Thomas Video this spring.
Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands The Athabasca tar sands in Alberta are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting crude oil that lies beneath the unspoiled wilderness requires a massive industrialized effort, effecting catastrophic damages on land, air, water, and climate. Peter Mettler shows us this extraordinary view from above, filming primarily from a helicopter to capture this breathtaking, unparallelled view of the world’s largest industrial, capital and energy project. In a hypnotic flight of image and sound, Mettler explores the clash between industry and earth, and beholds the barren wasteland that is left behind.
Steven Seagal: Lawman S1 Reality show follows around the martial arts maestro as he pretends to be a cop. Apparently he actually is a cop and has been for 20 years but I don’t believe it.
Steven Seagal has never sought publicity for his work with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. However, over a span of almost two decades, he has regularly gone out on patrol and worked major cases. The series will allow fans to ride shotgun with Seagal as he and his hand-selected elite team of deputies respond to crimes-in-progress. Then, when Seagal goes off-duty, the cameras will continue following him as he pursues his many ventures – including musical performances and philanthropic efforts – in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans.
Ciao for now,
The Thomas Staff