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What's New
February
Edition 2013

by
Tom Cendejas

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Our New Look! –- Thank you for the many compliments we’ve received on the striking new look of the Vidiots exterior. Talented Santa Monica-based artist Joe Nicoletti has covered the store’s walls with a mural entitled “Saskia.” Highlighting the brick element of the façade, the vibrant multi-colored pattern matches the digital arts archived at Vidiots. The project was made possible by the “Buy Local Santa Monica” committee in partnership with the Pico Improvement Organization and has been featured in stories by The Santa Monica Mirror and the Santa Monica Patch. Stop by and see the “visual pop” at the corner of Pico and 3rd that has people talking.

Upcoming Screenings in the Vidiots Annex — Join us for these free films!

Valentine’s Day — Bring a loved one on Thursday February 14th when we will show “Crazy Stupid Love” featuring an all-star cast including Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. 7:30 pm, Vidiots Annex, RSVP vidiots@labridge.com

“The Sessions” – Join us for a free screening of the acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film “The Sessions”, followed by a Q & A with writer/director Ben Lewin and writer/producer Judy Levine on Friday Feb. 15th at 7:30pm.  The Sessions” is an independent drama based on the life and writings of Mark O’Brien, a poet paralyzed from the neck down due to polio who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity. John Hawkes and Helen Hunt are luminous in this sensitive film. Pick up tickets at Vidiots (limit two per person).  This event is currently sold out.

“The Last White Knight” — In honor of Black History Month join us for a free screening of the new documentary “The Last White Knight” on Thursday Feb 21st at 7:30pm. Paul Saltzman’s courageous “The Last White Knight” was inspired by an incident during the early 1960s when he journeyed to the Deep South as a civil rights worker to help with voter registration in Mississippi. One of the first days he was there he was assaulted by a group of young men led by Byron “Delay” de la Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of killing civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

Recent successful screenings, including “Silver Linings Playbook” with writer/director David O. Russell, have been sponsored by the Vidiots Foundation.

Upcoming Specials:

Valentine’s Day Special:
Rent three of more movies and get a free chocolate bar($3.50 value)

Our Annual Oscar Day Special:
Come into the store on Sunday Feb 24th and you can buy 10 vouchers for $25. The special is only available that day, but the vouchers are good for rentals any time.

Roman Coppola Interviewed at Vidiots —On the February 6th episode of Carson Daly’s “Last Call”, writer/director Roman Coppola was featured in an interview taped at Vidiots. Mr. Coppola stands among our racks to talk about his new project, “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.”

Virginia Avenue Project Fundraiser —The Virginia Avenue Project is a free after-school project using the performing arts in conjunction with one-on-one mentoring to help children 6-18 think creatively, critically and confidently about their lives. Vidiots is proud to partner with the Virginia Avenue Project in its mission and outreach and recently was proud to host a fundraiser in our own Vidiots Annex. Learn more about the project here: http://www.virginiaavenueproject.org/joomla/

Important Upcoming Release Dates —While late winter is often a time of sparse film offerings in theaters, it’s a boom time in home entertainment as many of the heavyweight nominated films from the end of 2012 are released on DVD. Here are some dates to note on your calendars:

  • 02/12 --- The Sessions, Skyfall, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • 02/19 --- Argo, Anna Karenina
  • 02/26 --- The Master
  • 03/02 --- Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn: Part 2
  • 03/05 --- The Intouchables, Wreck-It Ralph
  • 03/12 --- Life of Pi, Hitchcock, Rise of the Guardians
  • 03/19 --- Zero Dark Thirty, Rust and Bone
  • 03/22 --- Les Miserables, This is 40
  • 03/26 --- Lincoln

Hidden GemsCheck out our “New Arrivals” section for these films worthy of your attention.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower — More than a few people have invoked John Hughes in speaking of the charms of this film. The concerns or “Wallflower” are arguably more serious and the comedy less broad than, say, “Sixteen Candles”, but it’s similarly witty and poignant. Even in a cast of standouts, Ezra Miller’s performance is a starmaking turn.

Oslo August 31st -- “Invigoratingly acute”, “boundlessly compassionate,” “crosses the brain barrier,” “pitch-perfect performances,” “exhilaratingximpeccable direction”xall these and more are the kinds of comments that have greeted Danish director Joachim Trier’s second film. A recovering addict, near the end of his treatment, travels to Oslo and we join him for every minute flinch of pain, joy and uncertainty. A must-see in every way.

Pina — Wim Wenders’ documentary about the work of one of the greatest modern choreographers, Pina Bausch, is as thrilling, creative and spiritual a cinematic achievement as one could wish. If there’s any disappointment, it’s that there wasn’t room to suggest all of Bausch’s work. (A problem addressed in this Criterion edition that adds several more dances as well as a “making of” documentary.) Interspersed with imaginative renderings of performance are elegiac, graceful interviews with company members who still seem in shock at the sudden death of the beloved “Pina” but who turn their grief into a moving, exhilarating tribute.

Tom's Pick of the MonthTom’s Pick o’ the Month:
The Kid With a Bike

Any film in the Dardenne brothers’ canon is an occasion to celebrate, but “The Kid with a Bike” is in a class by itself. The winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes festival, “Kid” sets up a story set in the hyper-realistic, low-economic world of recent Europe we’ve come to know via the Dardennes. Cyril is an angry, troubled 12-year old who self-inoculates against the care offered by Samantha, a local beautician who doesn’t need the heartache but plunges ahead away. A study in the effects of compassion that avoids sentimentality, “Kid” embraces a rigorous path that nearly dares us to sympathize with Cyril, who is hell-bent on rejecting Samantha’s almost superhuman patience. That we can still feel exhilarated by the last scenes in the film is a testament to the Dardenne brothers unwavering commitment to morality and humanity. One of my favorite films of this burgeoning decade.

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