This week's big release is "The Counterfeiters" -- winner of Best Foreign Film at the 2008 Academy Awards. We should have it on BluRay by the end of the week, too. We also just got the first four releases from Earth Cinema Circle. Each DVD has four environmental films on it all introduced by the new guru of environmentalism, Ed Begley, Jr. I've watched a couple of them (King Corn, Kilowatt Ours, The True Cost of Food, How to Save the World, and a few others) and they have all been great. Find them in our "Environmental and Social Issues" section. Finally, we got the 6th volume of the Wholphin DVD series. This, from their site, should make you drop everything, race to the store and watch it: "Wholphin No. 6 features a documentary about a class of Chinese third graders who hold a democratic election for classroom monitor and in the process end up hilariously, if unintentionally, mocking 300 years of American politics."
If you've been to the store this week you may have noticed we replaced all the movie posters with posters promoting local not for profits, environmental issues, and social issues. These were all designed by a graphic design class at Parkland (taught by John Havlik). I will have more info on the project for you next week but if you have a minute, look around -- I think they are all wonderful.
A new local restaurant on campus? Yes, it's true! Howbowda Bagle Co opened this past week on Green Street right next to the Pita Pit. A number of Renter folks have headed over there already and have universally said "it's great" and "I'll go again... probably tomorrow". Breakfast, lunch and dessert bagels, coffees and other drinks, and all packed neatly in environmentally-friendly stuff (according to their blog-site). It was opened by two recent U of I grads and it looks like it will be a winner. Good luck, guys!
Rentertainment's own, Pat Brown, has started writing for Smile Politely. According to Pat, he will "start writing an article every Tuesday about DVDs available at Rentertainment... just a longer version of those emails you send out every week (without the cycling stuff). It'll probably be a longer DVD review coupled with a summary of the better stuff we get each week." I'll be sure to get a link up on the Renter site straight away!
The Illini 4000 for Cancer have just wrapped up their 2nd annual ride in Seattle. I talked to Jonathan Schlesinger (one of the two leaders -- the other being Nick Ludmer) the day after they arrived and it sounds like everything went very well. They were in the middle of a luncheon thrown by Illinois Alums but promised to fill me in on details when they get back to Illinois. I'm already looking forward to training rides with the team next year!
Two more weeks until the school year starts up again!
Have a great day...
Geoff (and all the other Rentertarians)
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Here's what's new this week...
AMERICAN DAD: VOLUME 03 (DVD) ANI G DVD 393
AMERICAN NUDES: VOL 02 (DVD) CLA NR DVD 1950 65
BEACH BOYS: AN AMERICAN BAND (DVD) MUS NR DVD 1995 69
BEWARE! CHILDREN AT PLAY (DVD) TRO NR DVD 1998
BLUE MURDER: SET 02 (DVD) INT NR DVD 275
CAMP OUT (DVD) G&L NR DVD 19.. 78
CARMEN (2003) (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 119
COCAINE COWBOYS 2: HUSTLIN'... (DVD) DOC NR DVD 100
COMPANY OF WOLVES, THE (DVD) HOR NR DVD 1984 92
COOGAN'S BLUFF (DVD) GEN R DVD 1968 95
COUNTERFEITERS, THE (DVD) INT R DVD 19.. 99
CYXORK 7 (DVD) TRO NR DVD 19.. 93
DADDY, DARLING (DVD) INT NR DVD 1970
DAFT PUNK: ELECTROMA (DVD) MUS NR DVD
DEMON POND (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 130
DRACULA'S GUEST: BRAM STOKER'S... (DVD) HOR PG-13 DVD 86
EARTH CINEMA CIRCLE: 2008: VOL 01 (DVD) ESI NR DVD
EARTH CINEMA CIRCLE: 2008: VOL 02 (DVD) ESI NR DVD
EARTH CINEMA CIRCLE: 2008: VOL 03 (DVD) ESI NR DVD
EARTH CINEMA CIRCLE: 2008: VOL 04 (DVD) ESI NR DVD
EXECUTIONER'S SONG, THE (DVD) GEN NR DVD 1982 135
I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND (DVD) COM PG DVD 1978 99
INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1978 99
KILLING OF JOHN LENNON, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 115
LIVE FREAKY! DIE FREAKY! (DVD) ANI NR DVD 19.. 80
MADAME O (DVD) INT NR DVD 1967 81
MAIKO HAAAAN!!! (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 120
MAKING MR. RIGHT (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 1987 99
MARDI GRAS: MADE IN CHINA (DVD) DOC NR DVD 74
MCCAIN, JOHN: BIOGRAPHY (DVD) DOC NR DVD 47
MISS CONCEPTION (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 94
MON ONCLE ANTOINE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1971 104
NANA 2 (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 130
NARUTO: THE MOVIE: LEGEND OF... (DVD) JAN NR DVD 19.. 95
NIM'S ISLAND (DVD) GEN PG DVD 19.. 96
PARANOID PARK (DVD) GEN NR DVD 19.. 84
POWER OF NIGHTMARES, THE (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 180
QUEEN SIZED (DVD) COM NR DVD 87
ROBIN HOOD: SEASON 02 (BBC) (DVD) INT NR DVD 587
ROGUE (DVD) HOR NR DVD 19.. 99
ROLLING STONES: SHINE A LIGHT (BR) BR PG-13 DVD 19.. 121
SEEGER, PETE: THE POWER OF SONG (DVD) MUS PG DVD 19.. 93
SOULSTICE (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 98
SPACED: THE COMPLETE SERIES (DVD) TV NR DVD 1999 350
SPECIAL NEEDS (DVD) TRO NR DVD 19..
STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: MARAUDER (DVD) SF R DVD 105
TRAILER PARK BOYS: SEASON 7 (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 227
TROJAN WOMEN, THE (DVD) INT NR DVD 1971 105
WASTED (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 96
WHOLPHIN: VOL 06 (DVD) AIF NR DVD
WIRE IN THE BLOOD: PRAYER OF THE.. (DVD) INT NR DVD 19.. 90
WITCHBLADE: THE COMPLETE SERIES (DVD) TV NR DVD 19..
YOU'LL NEVER GET RICH (DVD) CM NR DVD 1941 88
BEOWULF (2007) (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 114
BIG WHITE, THE (BR) BR R BR 19.. 105
CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (BR) BR PG-13 BR 1994 141
DARK CITY (BR) BR NR BR 1998 111
DOOMSDAY (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 113
HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GITMO (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 107
HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 88
HUMAN BODY: PUSHING THE LIMITS (BR) BR NR BR 165
HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, THE (BR) BR PG BR 1990 135
LOST BOYS, THE (BR) BR R BR 1987 97
LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE (BR) BR NR BR 94
MORTUARY (BR) BR R BR 19.. 93
PATRIOT GAMES (BR) BR R BR 1992 116
PERHAPS LOVE (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 111
STARGATE: CONTINUUM (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 98
SUM OF ALL FEARS, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 123
SWAN LAKE (BR) BR NR BR 145
TOP GUN (BR) BR PG BR 1986 109
VENGEANCE (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 90