Volume CDLXIII- Videoport: The Revenge
For the Week of 7/1/14
Videoport gives you a free movie every single day. We just thought that was worth mentioning…
Middle Aisle Monday! Take a free rental from the Science Fiction, Horror, Incredibly Strange, Popular Music, Mystery/Thriller, Animation, or Staff Picks sections with any other paid rental! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!
>>> Dennis suggests that, perhaps, a certain internet movie streaming service doesn’t give a damn about what you want. I know, it’s a shocking claim to make about one of the worst companies in the world, but hear me out. See, said internet conglomerate has, once again, decided that there are a lot of great movies you just don’t need to see any more. They do this all the time. I know—that’s BS, right? I might point out at this point that Videoport never does that—we have lovingly collected our library of great films for decades. They’re here, they’re never going away, and, frankly, we here at Videoport think it’s something akin to a crime against movies and people who love movies. Maybe against humanity—I’m not a lawyer. So, just so you know how evil said heartless internet corporation is and how little they care about what you want, here are just some of the movies they’re like, “Eh, those chumps don’t need to watch these—plus we hate our customers anyway.”
The African Queen
As Good As It Gets
Bang the Drum Slowly
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Death Wish movies
Evil Dead II
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia With Love
Lars and the Real Girl
Less Than Zero
Look Who’s Talking
The Living Daylights
Never Say Never Again
Night Of The Living Dead
The Odd Couple
Robinson Crusoe On Mars
The Running Man
Same Time, Next Year
If you’re like me, then your blood starting boiling about three movies in. Not to beat a dead, evil horse, but that list is one of the many reasons why you need an independent video store in your life. Videoport gets more movies for you to enjoy. Netfl*x takes movies away from you on a damned whim. Rent Videoport.
Tough and Triassic Tuesday! Give yourself a free rental from the Action or Classics section with any other paid rental! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!
>>> Dennis suggests The Ballad Of Cable Hogue (in Classics.) Noted tough guy director legend Sam Peckinpah claimed this elegiac Western as his all-time favorite (over the likes of The Wild Bunch, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, Straw Dogs, or Cross Of Iron), so who am I to argue. It’s a gentler film for Peckinpah (sure, some guys get shot, but only a few), and is home to a truly lovely, funny performance from fellow screen legend Jason Robards. Playing Cable Hogue, a garrulous Western drifter, Robards’ Cable gets double crossed and left to die of thirst in the desert by his traveling companions. Making deals with God (Cable’s running commentary is sweet and weird), he discovers an undiscovered water hole right between two distant towns and scrapes together a tiny settlement to make a home (and semi-lucrative business) and falls in love with local prostitute Stella Stevens. The rambunctious courtship of the two is genuinely funny and sweet, with Stevens being warily smitten by the courtly Cable’s respectful treatment. Throw in the ever-welcome David Warner as a lecherous, self-ordained priest as Cable’s unlikely pal, and the film is almost pure entertainment. And, since we’re up on Independence Day and all, it’s also an eccentrically patriotic film, with Cable raising himself up from nothing and creating his own slice of the Old West dream; look at Cable’s face when he’s given a gift of an American flag to raise over his new homestead, and the way he appeals to the town’s banker, saying, “Well, I’m worth something, ain’t I?” with sadness in his eyes. The dialogue throughout has a strange, spiky rhythm, and Robards walks away with it.
Wacky and Worldly Wednesday! You’ve got a free rental coming from the Comedy or Foreign Language sections with any other paid rental! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!
>>> Videoport customer Kevin H. suggests The Lifeguard (in Feature Drama). “This Summer Growing Up is Optional” states the cover box. That – and maybe the prominent placement of a swimsuit-clad Kristen Bell – might lead one to expect some sort of off-color comedy. Which is unfortunate. While there are some light touches of humor throughout the movie, the core story is about a young woman’s emotional response to falling apart. Bell’s character, Leigh, has always been a smart and driven high achiever. At 29, she’s a journalist in New York, by outward appearances a success. Inside, she’s unhappy, emotionally drained, and unsure of herself. In a moment of despairing inspiration, she decides to ditch it all and retreat – back to her parents’ house, her hometown, her old friends. Her attempt to reset the clock only provides a temporary comfort, though; she’s still someone who has gone from success story to being completely lost and adrift, and bad choice upon bad choice follows. Bell does a very good job of conveying, in little subtle ways, how frightening that must feel. Seeing her character struggle with the pressure of failed expectations (her own and those of others), with trying to recover a sense of herself – that’s where this movie really succeeds. I’m not going to claim that, on the whole, it’s a great movie, but it’s certainly better than the packaging might indicate, so…give it a try, maybe.
Thursday! Rent one, get a free rental from any other section in the store! OR Get any three non-new releases for seven days for seven bucks!
>>>Former Videoporter Stockman suggests Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (in Classics.) It is an absolute tragedy that this movie is showed in government classes in high school because high school students are a bunch of unappreciative tw*ts. I include myself in that! If it hadn’t been for a stellar older brother I would have harbored a wellspring of inaccurate distaste for this movie. Just to be spiteful. Allow me to be the stellar older brother to your Michelle. This movie rocks! It gets better every time I watch it! Fourth of July is always a swell time for some patriotism and this movie is patriotic in spades. Take a break from feeling desolate and jaded about our country. Let your heart skip a beat in joy as you watch corruption defeated. “I suppose when a fella bucks up against a big organization like that, one man by himself can’t get very far can he?” At least he can in the movies. And Frank Capra knows all the right beats to hit to make it the most satisfying experience it can be.
Free Kids Friday! One free rental from the Kids section, no other rental necessary!
>>> It’s free! It’s for kids! Awwww—we’re so nice!
Having a Wild Weekend! Rent two movies, and get a third one for free from any section!
>>>For Saturday, Former Videoporter Stockman suggests Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (in Classics.) Wait! There’s more! Did you know that Frank Capra actually did a sort of “common man” trilogy. Sort of. I mean the common man being awesome is a general theme for him, but in particular I’m talking about Meet John Doe, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Yes, the same Mr. Deeds that Adam Sandler did a revolting remake of, but that’s a whole other rant. I waffle as to which one is my favorite Mr. Smith or Mr. Deeds, but I really couldn’t bare life without both. Meet John Doe is fine, but I’m choosing not formally recommend it because it never made my heart sing like it was a princess in a Disney movie. I think Mr. Smith has more passion, but Mr. Deeds has more humor and quirk. If you want to feel the same tearful happiness of the greedy and terrible getting taken down good and proper, but you really don’t want to deal with all that government nonsense, this is definitely the winner. They both somehow manage to hit all the same points and emotions and yet be so satisfyingly different. You get a fabulous dose of Jean Arthur no matter what you watch. She’s worth falling in love with twice.
>>>For Sunday, Videoport customer Kevin H. suggests I Used To Be Darker (in Feature Drama.) “I Used to be Darker” likewise introduces a young woman looking for an escape. Taryn, an Irish teen, has decamped for the US and is working at a boardwalk arcade. In a bit of a bad situation and unable to cope, she takes further flight to Baltimore, showing up unannounced at the home of her uncle Bill, aunt Kim, and older cousin Abby. She wants the shelter of warm memories of these relatives and past times spent at their house. Instead, she finds Kim and Bill in the midst of a separation. Kim wants to pursue her musical career. Bill wants to hang onto the family for which he feels he sacrificed his musical interests. Abby is angry and frustrated, particularly with Kim. And, like Taryn, we have to pick our way through the anger and brittle sharp edges that made it difficult, initially, to even like these characters. The lashing out and sneering hurt feelings are easy to see; slowly, though, we start to see how they care for, and are careful with, each other. We sit with them in their private despair, in scenes that can feel deeply personal and raw. This is small scale, personal movie making. The actors are largely non-professionals (Kim and Bill are played, apparently, by real-life musicians). Perhaps not the easiest of viewings, but it rewards a little attention. Plus, it’s filled with interesting music (not in a “here’s the soundtrack!” kind of way), and it’s got a gorgeous, washed out, summer-y look that just makes you feel all kinds of hip.
New Releases this week at Videoport: A Young Doctor’s Notebook (everybody’s cool guy Jon Hamm and erstwhile Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe star in this odd British miniseries about a young Russian doctor who seeks the advice of his older self in dealing with the problems of working in a tiny rural Russian hospital during the Russian revolution; look for it in Videoport’s British Comedy section!), The Unknown Known (Errol Morris is the best documentarian in the history of the world, so you should probably rent this, his most recent film where he gets former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to open up, just as he did with former US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in his earlier film The Fog Of War),The Lunchbox (crowd-pleasing Indian film for foodies! When a young woman’s carefully prepared meals start getting accidentally delivered to a widowed worker, they start exchanging anonymous letters to each other alongside the delicious curries), The Bridge (following hard on the heels of last week’s release of its American remake, here’s the Swedish/Danish original series, about a body found directly on the border of two countries, forcing two very different cops to work together; check Videoport’s Foreign section!)
New Arrivals on Blu-Ray This Week At Videoport: The Lunchbox
Free parking at Videoport! The parking lot behind the building is free for customers after 5PM on weekdays and all days on the weekends. Also, we can get you a free hour of parking at any downtown parking garage (including the courthouse garage which is, like, a one minute walk away). Just ask for one of our magic stickers!
Get your movies duplicated at Videoport!
You know that Videoport copies DVDs and VHS tapes, right? Well we do! Now don’t try to get us to copy anything copyrighted—that’s against the law. That’s what “copyrighted” means. But home movies, stuff like that—bring ‘em in and get yourself some copies. They’re ten bucks apiece, we do ‘em fast, and you really should have extra copies of those secret surveillance tapes of that thing that you saw that time. You know—just in case you need to foil someone’s dastardly plot. Soo many movies would have been over that much more quickly of the heroes had made some copies at Videoport. So sad…