Another year, another Ebertfest. This year I only made it to about half the movies (Hamlet, Shotgun Stories, Underworld, The Band's Visit, Housekeeping, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, and The Real Dirt on Farmer John) -- all were excellent! My "Best of the Fest" picks are Shotgun Stories and The Band's Visit. Hopefully both will be released on DVD this summer. I'm still trying to track down a copy of Underworld and Housekeeping on DVD but am having no luck at all... any suggestions?
Get your calendars out and write this down, in pen -- May is Bike Month. Within Bike Month we have Bike-to-Work Week (May 12-16) and Bike-to-Work Day (Friday, May 16). Also, ChampaignCountyBikes.org is holding the 2nd annual BikeFest this Sunday, May 4 at Hessel Park from 11 to 4. Among other things, there will be a bike auction, continuous bike film screenings, and lots of fun stuff for kids. There will also be folks on hand from The Bike Project to give you tune up tips. Check out their websites for more information. Lastly, May 23rd the Illini 4000 for Cancer kick off their cross country bike trek in New York. Look for them 4000 miles later in Seattle on August 3rd. Check out their web site (www.illini4000.org) for more information and to make a donation. Lastly, May also marks my one year anniversary as an all but exclusive bicycle commuter... way to go, me.
Criterion has hooked up with Janus to start a new family film label. Their first three releases are: The Red Balloon, White Mane, and Paddle to the Sea. I've heard the new transfer for The Red Balloon is simply stunning and am looking forward to future releases. Criterion also just announced Jacques Tati's "Traffic" for a July release. Also on deck: Thief of Bagdad, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Vampyr and a re-issue of Kurosawa's High and Low (one of my regular Top 10 entries). It just goes to show you... Criterion is still the best label ever!
Have a great day...
Geoff (and all the other Rentertarians)
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Here's what's new this week...
27 DRESSES (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 19.. 111
AH! MY GODDESS: SEASON 02: VOL 06 (DVD) JAN PG DVD 100
BEAST IN SPACE, THE (DVD) B NR DVD 1980 92
BERKELEY (DVD) AIF R DVD 19..
BERNARD AND DORIS (DVD) GEN TV-14 DVD 109
BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW: SEASON 1 (DVD) G&L NR DVD 19.. 131
BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW: SEASON 2 (DVD) G&L NR DVD 174
CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG AMERICAN... (DVD) SNS NR DVD
CRAZY LIKE A FOX (2004) (DVD) AIF NR DVD 19.. 98
CROSSING, THE (DVD) GEN NR DVD 1999 100
DEAD MAN'S BOUNTY (DVD) POL R DVD 19.. 94
DIAMOND DOGS (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 94
DISNEY: CLASSIC CABALLEROS COLL. (DVD) ANI G DVD 113
DIVINE EMMANUELLE LOVE CULT (DVD) INT 18+ DVD 1980 88
DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (DVD) INT PG-13 DVD 19.. 112
DR. SADISM / DEATH SMILES... (DVD) B NR DVD 1972 164
EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD (DVD) SNS NR DVD 1977 102
EMANUELLE IN BANGKOK (DVD) SNS NR DVD 1977 92
FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE (DVD) GEN PG DVD 1978 126
GOLDEN COMPASS, THE (DVD) SF PG-13 DVD 19.. 113
HANDFUL OF DUST, A (DVD) INT PG DVD 114
HELL'S KITCHEN (TV) (DVD) TV NR DVD 500
HERO WANTED (DVD) GEN R DVD 95
HOGFATHER (DVD) SF NR DVD 19.. 189
HOW SHE MOVE (DVD) GEN PG-13 DVD 19.. 91
I WAS BORN, BUT... (DVD) INT NR DVD 1932 90
KANON: VOLUME 03 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 100
KARAOKE TERROR (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 112
KEYSHIA COLE: THE WAY IT IS: S 2 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19..
KUJIBIKI UNBALANCE: VOL 01 (DVD) JAN PG-13 DVD 125
MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET) (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 85
MOONLIGHT MILE: VOL 02 (DVD) JAN MA DVD 100
NANKING (DVD) DOC R DVD 19.. 90
OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, THE (DVD) COM R DVD 1998 111
PARTY 7 (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 104
PASSING FANCY (DVD) INT NR DVD 1933 100
PEARL DIVER (DVD) AIF PG-13 DVD 19.. 97
PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT 2, THE (DVD) SF PG-13 DVD 1993 98
PROJECT BLUE: EARTH SOS: VOL 02 (DVD) JAN PG DVD 19.. 90
RED BALLOON, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1956 34
RED GARDEN: VOL 04 (DVD) JAN MA DVD 19.. 100
ROMULUS, MY FATHER (DVD) AUS R DVD 19.. 104
SENSE & SENSIBILITY (BBC) (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 174
SICK NURSES (DVD) THA NR DVD 82
SIMOUN: VOL 03 (DVD) JAN PG-13 DVD 125
SISTER EMANUELLE (DVD) SNS NR DVD 1981 92
TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW: SEASON 1 (DVD) TV NC-17 DVD 115
TOKYO CHORUS (DVD) INT NR DVD 1931 90
VENUS VERSUS VIRUS: VOL 03 (DVD) JAN NR DVD 100
WHITE MANE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1953 40
YELLOW EMMANUELLE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1977 80
NEW BLURAY DVDs
ORPHANAGE, THE (BR) BR R BR 19.. 105
NEW HD DVDs
(none... in fact, we may not be getting any more... sorry)