No, not the Great Impasta, too?!?! Sadly, Harold and Nancy have announced they're closing one of my long-time favorite local restaurants at the end of the year. The Great Impasta has been in business for over 30 years and was always a go-to place for Renter "business lunches", my family's gatherings and our celebrations -- great food in a casual setting. I'll miss the Mediterranean bread loaf, the Mediterranean pasta salad (w/tuna) and The Great Impastanoff, but I'll mostly miss having the Great Impasta in Downtown Urbana -- there is nothing else like it. Best of luck with whatever comes next, Harold and Nancy!
This week's biggest new releases include: "Magic in the Moonlight" (Woody Allen's new one w/Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver), "The Maze Runner" (w/Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson), "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (w/Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner and Whoopi Goldberg) and "This is Where I leave You" (w/Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, etc). Also, a few new documentaries: Altina (about the artist Altina Schinasi), Disruption (climate change), Levitated Mass (Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture), Pay 2 Play (Democracy's High Stakes) and Spark (a Burning Man story). On TV we picked up: Americans S2, Doctor Who S8, Drunk History S1&2, Extant S1 and Law & Order S17. And, in the "we used to have it but I don't know where it is now" category, we once again have Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn's action-packed romantic-comedy chase film, "Bird on a Wire" (1990). You can check out all of this week's new arrivals below.
Winter Break Hours: We'll be opening a bit later and closing a bit earlier for the next few weeks. Starting on Monday (Dec 22nd), here's what our hours will look like: Monday-Thursday (11-9), Friday-Saturday (11-10) and Sunday (noon-9). We'll close early (8pm) on the 24th and 31st and open late (noon) on the 26th and 1st. We'll be closed altogether on Christmas Day (Dec 25th).
Ever since the first season was released, "Games of Thrones" has been the top renting series in our TV Section. If you still haven't seen it, it's worth watching -- but you really have to pay attention! There are currently three seasons available (Season 4 comes out February 17th) -- but, be careful, some folks have been known to binge-watch all available episodes in one sitting. Kevin Spacey's political-revenge-thriller, "House of Cards", comes in 2nd followed by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's police-drama-thriller, "True Detective". The balance of the Top 10 are all great television: "The Good Wife", "Breaking Bad", "Homeland", "Elementary", etc. and the rest of the Top 100 could easily keep you entertained for years to come. There is so much great television on the air these days -- a lot of it better than many movies! Here are the top renters from the Television Section for the past year...
1 GAME OF THRONES
2 HOUSE OF CARDS
3 TRUE DETECTIVE
4 GOOD WIFE, THE
5 BREAKING BAD
8 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
9 AMERICANS, THE
(a longer version of this list and more "Top 100" lists can be found here)
Have a great week...
Geoff (and all the other Rentertarians)
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Here's what's new this week...
ALIVE INSIDE (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 78
ALTINA (DVD) ART NR DVD 19.. 80
AMERICANS, THE: SEASON 02 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 585
BIRD ON A WIRE (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 1990 110
DISRUPTION (DVD) ESI NR DVD 19.. 60
DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 08 (DVD) WHO NR DVD 19.. 586
DRUNK HISTORY: SEASONS 01 & 02 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 398
EXTANT: SEASON 01 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 540
LAW & ORDER: SEASON 17 (DVD) TV NR DVD 19.. 946
LEVITATED MASS (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 89
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 19.. 97
MAZE RUNNER, THE (DVD) SF PG-13 DVD 19.. 113
PAY 2 PLAY: DEMOCRACY'S HIGH... (DVD) AP NR DVD 19.. 89
SKELETON TWINS, THE (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 93
SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY (DVD) DOC NR DVD 19.. 90
STONEHEARST ASYLUM (DVD) HOR PG-13 DVD 19.. 112
STRETCH (DVD) GEN R DVD 19.. 95
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014)(DVD) COM PG-13 DVD 19.. 101
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU (DVD) COM R DVD 19.. 103
DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 08 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 586
EXTANT: SEASON 01 (BR) BR NR BR 19.. 540
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 97
MAZE RUNNER, THE (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 113
SKELETON TWINS, THE (BR) BR R BR 19.. 93
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) (BR) BR PG-13 BR 19.. 101
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU (BR) BR R BR 19.. 103
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