Nick’s Picks – August 6, 2014

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

Follow Down Getting Go Wild West

We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Getting Go, America’s Wild West or I’ll Follow You Down, it is really easy!  All you have to do is send me an email at HoustonMovieGuy@gmail.com.  The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!

 

GETTING GO – Wolfe Video

This wonderfully innovative and exceptionally sexy drama has an infectious energy and a completely unique aesthetic as it tells a classic story of lust becoming love and then some. Tanner Cohen returns to the big screen as a college boy named Doc who cruises a gay go-go boy named Go (Matthew Camp) with the pretense of making a documentary about him.

 

AROUND THE BLOCK – Cinedigm

Around the Block is about breaking cycles and building dreams. Set in a contemporary, tough, inner-city precinct, this is a story of revenge and triumph, as a teenage boy is torn between his unexpected love of theatre and the disintegration of his family. With encouragement from his unconventional American drama teacher, he confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future.

 

THE QUIET ONES – Lionsgate

Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. Inspired by true events, the film stars Jared Harris.

 

NEED FOR SPEED – Touchstone/Disney

Buckle up with Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) as he sets out on a mission of revenge against wealthy and arrogant Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), who framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. Tobey pushes his limits to the max in a high-octane race across America, hitting the road with the world’s most exotic supercars — delivering real speed, real danger and real action. Adapted from the top-selling video game franchise — and complete with never-before-seen bonus features, Need For Speed is the ultimate thrill ride.

 

COMMUNITY: Season 5 – Sony

America’s smartest, edgiest comedy goes back to school with a vengeance! Just when you thought you’d seen and laughed at everything, along comes Season 5 to reinvent all the rules. “Bear Down” for the most jaw-dropping, polygraph-taking, hot lava-walking, ass-crack-bandit-pursuing, fantasy-roleplay-gaming, animated “G.I. Jeff”-hallucinating, hidden treasure-hunting, college campus-saving season that gets a rating of five MeowMeowBeenz! The fifth season of Community proves to be the most innovative and hilarious season yet – with Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, Jonathan Banks and John Oliver.

 

JAMIE PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL – HBO

She’s back… and this time, she’s meaner than ever. From the creator, writer, and star of Summer Heights High and Angry Boys comes the continuing story of Ja’mie King, a conniving Year 12 student at Hillford Girls Grammar, a private school in Sydney, Australia. Ja’mie, the self-promoting “queen bee,” returns from an exchange semester for her last three months at Hillford, where she’s the unchallenged diva among the school’s most popular girls. Ja’mie turns her attention to conquering the opposite sex at Kelton Boys Grammar. She soon finds herself in a love triangle with dreamy jock Mitchell and African exchange student Kwami. Her callous manipulations begin to wear thin, but she’ll stop at nothing to achieve her overriding goal: to win the Hillford Medal, given to the “Best Girl in Year 12.”

 

MODERN LIFE – First Run Features

Photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon is renowned for his documentation of the French countryside. In Modern Life he casts an affectionate and irreverent eye on a small community of farmers as they are confronted by the problems and challenges the contemporary world brings. Treated with equal suspicion, strangers and women are gradually accepted into the fabric of the farming life so as to sustain a way of life that celebrates the traditions and methods of old. The Cévennes region in southern France is a region of hilly passes, lonely farms and lonelier farmers. There we are introduced to aged bachelor brothers Marcel and Raymond Privat, whose old-fashioned shepherding methods and primitive farming techniques lead them into contention with their younger nephew and his ‘outsider’ wife from Calais. Then there’s dairy farmers Germaine and Marcel Challaye, who struggle to maintain their diminishing flock with no help from their numerous children, and chain-smoking solitary farmer Paul Argaud, the very epitome of disillusion and governmental disinheritance. Finally the Jeanroy family offer a bleak picture of those that stay against the odds, with their son Daniel, who would much rather be doing anything else. Through portraits of these unforgettable people, Modern Life becomes a witness to farmers’ lives, values, and stories: all that binds them to the land, and its legacy.

 

PERRY MASON MOVIE COLLECTION: Volume 3 – CBS Paramount

Perry Mason (Raymond Burr), America’s favorite defense attorney, is back in action once again! Employing the skills of Della Street (Barbara Hale) and Ken Malansky (William R. Moses), Perry once more attempts to exonerate the accused. From Las Vegas to Paris, France, Mason and his team travel to the scene of the crime, crossing paths with mobsters, war criminals, and demanding divas at almost every turn in this riveting 6-movie set.

 

I’LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN – WellGo USA

After the disappearance of an accomplished physicist (Rufus Sewell), his son Erol (Haley Joel Osment) and wife Marika (Gillian Anderson) struggle to cope. Years later, now a young scientist himself, Erol discovers a formula that could kill him, throw him into the unknown…or bring his family back together.

 

DUCK DYNASTY: Quack or Treat – Lionsgate

Hold on to your beards! Everyone’s favorite family, the Robertsons are back again with some spooky fun!  This DVD features three Halloween-themed episodes – Quack O’Lanterns, Hallu-Si-Nations, and Battle of the Brothers!

 

SACRAMENT – MAGNOLIA

Two journalists set out to document their friend’s journey to reunite with his estranged sister. They track her to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the remote world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia composed of nearly two hundred members and overseen by a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” It quickly becomes evident to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. Eden Parish harbors a twisted secret. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a fight for survival.

 

FILTH – Magnolia

James McAvoy plays Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, a scheming, manipulative, misanthropic man who spends his time indulging in drugs, alcohol, sexually abusive relationships, and “the games” cruel plots and systematic bullying of his coworkers and friends. While working on the murder case of a Japanese student, he starts coming unhinged, slowly losing his grip on reality and suffering from a series of increasingly severe hallucinations as he desperately tries to hold his life together.

 

AMERICA’S WILD WEST – PBS

The Wild West collection features documentaries about some of the most controversial and mythic figures in American western history. From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to  Billy the Kid, from Custers Last Stand to Geronimo‘s fight against the U.S. government, learn the real stories behind some of America’s greatest western tales.

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