Few releases but good releases.
Elementary, Season 1
The Good Wife, Season 4
The Great Gatsby
Pain and Gain
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
Sons of Anarchy, Season 5
The Walking Dead, Season 3
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Driving Dave Crazier
Boardwalk Empire, Season 3
Chuggington Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue
Donkey Kong Country
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
The Good Wife, Season 4
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
Ninjago, Season 2
No One Lives
No Place on Earth
Revenge, Season 2
Scary Movie 5
Special Agent Oso: The Spy Who Helped Me
Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes
We took the old sign for it down, but our 5 movies for $5 deal is still in effect. Not including new releases, rent 5 movies for 5 dollars for 5 nights any day of the week. Including tax, that's $5.25. Check it out!
We've begun the process of putting up-to-date lists of our videos online. You can find the first few at the bottom of our Video Rentals & Sales page here along with category definitions to help you find what you're looking for.
We're cleaning the soft serve machine this morning, so it won't be available until after noon.
It's another good week.
A Band Called Death
The Big Wedding
The Company You Keep
Enlightened, Season 2
Girls, Season 2
The Hot Flashes
Olympus Has Fallen
Once Upon a Time, Season 2
Southland, Season 5 (final season)
What Maisie Knew
Mondays at Jet Video, it's rent-one, get-one-free (or a 2nd new release for 1/2 off). What better day to check out an overlooked new release?
You probably haven't yet seen Scott Thurman's 2012 documentary, "The Revisionaries," but it's well worth a viewing. It tells the story of meetings within the Texas Board of Education in 2009, especially regarding the subject of the teaching of creationism in schools as a science. (We could recall here the Bill Hicks' bit about this -- "I think it's a great idea. There's only one problem: it's not one [science].") What if the content of all the public school textbooks for a very large state had significant input from a dentist who firmly believes that humans co-existed with dinosaurs, and who wants this belief to be passed on to all that state's youth? Hmm...
Saturdays at Jet Video, titles from our Action and Suspense sections rent for $1 each. This week's spotlight is on Michael Mann's 1986 crime-thriller, "Manhunter."
Did you go silly for "Silence?" Get hung up on "Hannibal?" Rave over "Red Dragon?" Then journey back to the little-known "Manhunter," where "Hannibal Lecter's legacy of evil began" (says the box art). Before Jodie and Tony went toe-to-toe, before Julianne stood in for Jodie, and long before Ed came into the picture, Michael Mann further developed in this film, the prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," the directorial name he'd already made for himself in 1971's "Thief" and the 1983's "The Keep."
The story, based on a novel by Thomas Harris, and which would be remade -- with a different ending -- into 2002's "Red Dragon," revolves around Will Graham, an FBI psychologist (CSI's William Peterson), who, having recently assisted in the capture of deranged psychiatrist Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecktor (Brian Cox -- and yes, that's original spelling of Hannibal's surname), makes an attempt to take some time off from his emotionally draining profession. Graham is soon pulled back in, however, to help identify the troubled Francis Dollarhyde (Tom Noonan) as the brutal, home-invading killer known by the nickname, "The Tooth Fairy," who has already claimed the lives of several families. Can the killer be stopped before the body count rises any higher, or will he stop himself? Will Graham lose his sanity or even his life during the pursuit? And can Lecktor's influence be contained within the prison which houses him?
This is a gripping film, an excellent FBI procedural, and viewers are guaranteed to remember it for years. Mann seemed to repeat himself a bit in later years-- the recycling of themes, and even dialogue, between 1995's "Heat" and 2009's "Public Enemies," for instance, is glaring (for those who've watched them back-to-back, anyway) -- but in "Manhunter," his talents were clearly coming into full bloom. Phenomenal use of color and sound here, and a much more understated and "artsy" style than its somewhat bombastic remake (though Jet staff's opinions are split on this point). Worth a look for sure, but prepare yourself for some shocks!
Fridays at Jet Video, titles from our Foreign section rent for $1 each. This week's spotlight is on Akira Kurosawa's 1957 masterpiece, "Throne of Blood."
What if you took Shakespeare's Macbeth, set it in medieval Japan, and brought in a top-notch cast and crew to bring it all to film? You would have "Throne of Blood." While the basic elements of the plot will be familiar to any fan of classical literature, the real story with "Blood" is in its astounding atmosphere, sets, cinematography and performances. This is a magnificently high-impact film that can withstand numerous re-viewings.
Here's a list of the 25 most popular rentals of last month at Jet. Haven't seen them yet? Maybe it's time...
1. Identity Thief
4. Newsroom, Season 1
5. Game of Thrones, Season 1
6. Game of Thrones, Season 2
7. House of Cards, Season 1
8. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
9. Silver Linings Playbook
10. Breaking Bad, Season 5
11. Dead Man Down
12. Django Unchained
13. Jack the Giant Slayer
14. Oz the Great and Powerful
15. Broken City
17. Dexter, Season 1
18. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
19. True Blood, Season 5
21. The Call
22. Escape from Planet Earth
23. Pitch Perfect
24. Scooby Doo: Spooky Stampede
25. Bullet to the Head
Thursday at Jet Video, titles from our Documentary/Special Interest section rent for $1 each. This week's spotlight is on Scott Roberts' and Jeremy Wagener's 2010 documentary, "Gashole."
Suppressed technologies, hidden histories, oil companies posting record profits during supposed economic crises -- all are intriguing possibilities, but how legitimate are they? If you didn't catch it when it was a new release two years ago, "Gashole" covers all this and more, and it runs the gamut from the incredible to the undeniable. With gas prices around $4 again, a roughly 400% increase from fifteen years ago, the topic is as relevant as ever: is there a way beyond our current patterns of energy consumption and fuel choices, and what role do the energy conglomerates play in maintaining the status quo? This one may inspire viewers to conduct further research.
Wednesdays at Jet Video, titles from our Horror and Sci-Fi/Fantasy section rent for $1 each. This week's spotlight is on George A. Romero's classic 1978 zombie movie, "Dawn of the Dead."
This was Romero's second "Living Dead" movie, following 1968's black and white masterpiece, "Night of the Living Dead," and followed by 1985's somewhat lesser "Day of the Dead." When originally asked what "Night" was about by the studio execs, Romero told them, "It's about ignoring the problem." In other words, the "...of the Dead" trilogy are only superficially movies about the recently deceased returning to life and trying to eat people; a Romero zombie flick is a zombie flick with a difference. (And for the record, Romero's monsters are not technically zombies, which are the creations of Voodoo practitioners, but simply those who've risen from the grave for reasons unexplained.)
The plot of "Dawn," perhaps the most engaging of the original "Dead" trilogy, picks up where "Night" left off, but this time in a city rather than in the countryside (and in color). A group of survivors find a way out via a helicopter, and they attempt to take refuge from the zombie hordes in "one of those new shopping mall places." (There was an America before shopping malls -- who knew?) The creature comforts of this commercial utopia are soon threatened by the zombie hordes (as well as a biker gang), and our beloved band of refugees must struggle to make an escape. How many will survive...THE DAWN OF THE DEAD? Great flick from before zombies were a super-fad.
It seems like there's been a shift in the last ten years toward overly dramatic and very formulaic movie trailers. Here are a few spoofs that sell outlandish movie premises using what are now standard trailer gimmicks. To quote one commenter: "The sad thing is, I would go see this." "Battleship," anyone?
Our soft serve machine will be down until a little after noon for cleaning today.
Mondays at Jet Video, save some money with our rent-one, get-one-free deal (or get a second new release for half price). What better day to check out some overlooked titles from our new release section?
This week's spotlight is on director Quentin DuPieux's "Wrong" (2012), the story of a man named Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick) who loses his beloved dog, Paul. During his quest for reunion, Dolph goes through the wringer of high weirdness, encountering a broad array of bizarre characters and situations.
"Wrong" is a quirky and absurd tale with shades of "The Big Lebowski" or "Being John Malkovich"-style surrealism. If you're up for something amusing and out-there, "Wrong" may be a good option.
It's a good week for new releases.
The Borgias, Season 3
Community, Season 4
Hecho en Mexico
On the Road
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Story of Luke
To the Wonder
West of Memphis