Sept 10th - 16th Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • The Dead Don't Die:

    This isn't going to end well.  That line of dialogue surfaces regularly throughout this Zombie movie that has the dead rising from their graves and seeking humans to bite, to tear, and to chew.  Fracking has apparently had the earth go off its axis, which changes the hours of daylight, changes animal behaviour, and changes the way the dead don't stay dead. Bill Murray is in the cast, and it's difficult to know if he is playing it straight or if he is putting us on.  Murray plays the town's chief of police, and it seems up to him to sort out the challenge that the dead bring as they shamble along on the wrong side of their graves ... and will he save the day?  Well, this isn't going to end well.  Tilda Swinton also stars in this story of the once-peaceful town of Centerville which is turned upside down - a predictor of what may be in story for the entire planet.  It's fun, it's a little silly at times ... but ... well this isn't going to end well when the dead start rising from their graves.  Chloe Sevigny and Selina Gomez also star.  Rated 14A. 

     

  • Echo in the Canyon:

    If you were around in the mid-1960s, and if you paid any attention at all to what was being played on the radio, you would well-remember the impact of the Laurel Canyon music scene, although it wasn’t called that in those days.  The Byrds led the way here with their breakout hit, “Mr. Tambourine Man,” penned by Bob Dylan, and set to the instrumentation of the unmistakable 12-string guitar. The group’s first album, which followed almost immediately, also featured another hit, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” with lyrics courtesy of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible.  This heralded a bloom of similar music, more gentle in nature than what would follow when the psychedelic era would follow, and it came out of Southern California with artists who would become household names, including The Mamas and the Papas with “California Dreamin’” the sweet sounds of The Beach Boys, and Buffalo Springfield who would spinoff such artists as Neil Young, and Crosby Stills and Nash.  This documentary leans on a number of contemporary artists to offer up their understanding, and their versions of the music of that era, including Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Beck, and a look back from Brian Wilson, Eric Clapton, Michelle Phillips, and John Sebastian. It’s for music lovers of the era only, perhaps, but it’s an interesting twist on where we came from, with a hint of where we might be going.  Rated PG.

  • The Wind:

    This small, supernatural thriller, did not make it into theatres, but for those who like a mood movie with a gothic twist, but set in the old West, this just might be your ticket.  Caitlin Gerard (“Insidious: the Last Key,” “The Social Network”) is Lizzie Macklin, a plainswoman on a homestead, who is all alone, and who is slowly being driven mad by the isolation, the loneliness, and the bleak, unending prairie that surrounds her.  Of course it doesn’t help that she spends so much of her time reading gothic literature, such as Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. She is so engrossed with such reading that soon she is not certain if the things she sees around here are real, and of the spirit world, or if they are imaginary because of her slide into what appears to be mental illness.  Written by Teresa Sutherland and directed by Emma Tammi, the creative team behind this film delivers a distinctly feminine side to the story which combines real dangers, such as a wolf pack attack, and perceived dangers that may be imaginary … and may not be imaginary. Rated 14A.
  • The Spy (2019):

    This Netflix original is a mini-series that takes on the amazing life of real-life Israeli spy in Syria, Eli Cohen, who was a top Mossad operative.  Played, uncharacteristically by Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat), the six-part series looks at Cohen’s covert work as he became close to the political and military hierarchy in Syria between 1961 and 1964, ultimately being appointed to the position of Chief Advisor to the Minister of Defense.  He was found out by Syrian counter-intelligence in 1965, was arrested, and sentenced to death. The intelligence he gathered and transmitted back to Israel before his arrest was instrumental in that country’s success in the Six Day War. Rated 14A.

     

    The I-Land (2019):

    This adventure thriller is a Netflix original series in which, much like the people on the TV series “Lost,” a group of 10 people awaken on a mysterious island, with no clue as to where they are and how they got there.  They decide to trek back home, not realizing that the world they are in now is not the world they remember. The island is treacherous both physically and psychologically and threatens to end their lives before they learn exactly what it is that has happened to them.  Seven episodes available for streaming. Stars Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez, and Alex Pettyfer. Rated 14A.

Mary Queen of Scots (2018):

An exceptional view of the story of the life of Mary Stuart, focusing on the competition between her life and her desire for the throne in England, with her cousin, Elizabeth I.  Mary is played with intensity and intelligence by Saoirse Ronan, while Elizabeth is portrayed by Margo Robbie. It is thought to be historically accurate and based in the strongest academic information available.  Even though the story is hundreds of years old, it remains relevant. Rated 14A.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018):

Based on actual events, Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, a young man severely injured in a car accident in which he was the impaired driver.  His alcoholism led him to that place, where he emerged a quadriplegic, and it appeared that his life was pretty much over.  While in rehab, he found that he had an ability to draw editorial cartoons, and with the help of his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and his sponsor (Jonah Hill), he learns that perhaps there is a life worth living after all.  Set and shot in Portland, OR, home of the real-life John Callahan.  Rated 14A.