August 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Video Library New Releases

Week of August 22nd

By Casey St. Charnez

Media Rare

Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.


New DVD:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) C-142min. D: Marc Webb. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx. Continuation of Marvel’s reboot, with high-schooler Peter Parker battling a trio of villains, in the tradition of Superman II. A little longer than the first one, but a lot more fun. This $200,000,000 movie was shot entirely in New York. Comics legend Stan Lee cameos in the graduation scene. [PG-13]

Fading Gigolo (2014) C-90min. D: John Turturro. John Turturro, Woody Allen, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara. A Brooklyn florist in financial straits unexpectedly finds a sideline gold mine as a middle-aged professional lothario with love for sale. You might have thought the role would be played by Woody Allen, in one of his very rare appearances in a film he didn’t also write and direct, but no…he’s the pimp! [R]


Only Lovers Left Alive (2013-England-Germany-France-US) C-90min. D: Jim Jarmusch. Tilda Swinton, Tim Hiddleston, Anton Yelchin, John Hurt. Two ageless bloodsuckers, deeply in love but also deeply bored, try to find a reason to keep on not living. Notable for its left-of-center direction, a lush look, and an attractive cast, in something of an indie take on The Hunger. And if you watch this as a party movie where everybody takes a shot whenever the word “vampire” is mentioned, you’ll all still be sober at the end. [R]

The Sacrament (2013) C-90min. D,Sc: Ti West. Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz. Part thriller, part horror movie, about a distraught man trying to retrieve his vanished sister from a mysterious commune, even as a news crew follows him surreptitiously. From the writer-director of The Innkeepers and House of the Dead, and produced by Eli Roth (Hostel), so now you know what to expect. Shot on location in Savannah GA. [R]


New Blu-ray:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

New TV:
Boardwalk Empire (2014-HBO) Season 4, 12 episodes, 4 discs.

The Good Wife (2014-CBS) Season 5, 22 episodes, 6 discs.

Revolution (2014-NBC) Season 2, 22 episodes, 5 discs. Final season.

Rosemary’s Baby (2014-NBC) C-170min. Zoë Saldana. Miniseries remake of the 1968 film, itself from Ira Levin’s 1967 best-seller (available at the SFe Public Library). 2 discs, single rental.