Prince died. Bummer. Before you ask, someone already rented our copy of Purple Rain, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy another one of the tremendous number of discs we have. He did the soundtrack for Batman, and that was awesome. Right? Right?!?!
Never mind, here are the new titles in store:
Krampus – When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. Perfect for the Grinch in your life.
Son of Saul – Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial. It’s the 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language film.
Mustang – Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence – Starring David Bowie, another talent gone too soon in 2016, this film is set in 1942, where British soldier Jack Celliers arrives at a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of committing suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor. This one is a Criterion Collection release.
What? – A young American woman traveling through Italy finds herself in a strange Mediterranean villa where nothing seems right. Her visit becomes an absurd, decadent, oversexed version of “Alice in Wonderland”, with Marcello Mastroianni as the maddest of mad hatters and Roman Polanski a kinky March hare. This lost Polanski film, made between Macbeth and Chinatown, is now available on DVD.
See you at the store!
The Thomas Staff