Video Rental Diversity in Longfellow

In an era when we’re seeing extreme specialization in Minneapolis businesses to the point of having both “Irish places with a European touch” and “British Isles style taverns” it’s kind of refreshing to see a few businesses hanging onto more generalist principals.

For example, Video Lease on East Lake St is promoting the fact that they offer Adult AND Regular movies:

Adult & Regular Movies

So you can skip the trip to the purist Blockbuster on your way back from Sex World. Get ‘er done in one stop at Video Lease.

Jeff Gives ‘Sicko’ and A-

Jeff seems to know something about reviewing movies. First, he gets paid to do it, so someone thinks he’s good enough at it to warrant compensation. But more importantly, I tend to agree with his reviews. With that in mind, he gave Sicko an A- review, and included a few actor performance reviews in his review at Beep Central:

‘Sicko’ an unsettling look at health care system

Michael Moore: Less is Moore. When people think of this man, an image of him thrusting a mic into the face of a CEO is typical. But he’s rarely seen until the end and it pays off in this film.
Grade: B+

George W. Bush: He’s barely in it, with the focus of this film rarely about Democrats and Republicans, but when the President does show up, it’s good for a laugh … typically at his expense.
Grade: A-

Have you seen it yet? I started watching it last night before I realized it was midnight and had a running date with Kyle at 7am.

Bicycle Film Festival Coming to Minneapolis

This looks cool:

Bicycle Film Festival


The Bicycle Film Festival (BFF), complete with complimentary valet bike parking, kicks off on July 6, 2006 with screenings at the Riverview Theater, Bell Museum Auditorium and The Soap Factory.

If I went to one movie, it would be “A Sunday in Hell.” The shows at the Bell Museum look pretty cool. The History of BMX could be fun.

Slow Food Movement Film Festival This Saturday

I’m going to try to check this out on Saturday:

Slow Food MN

Slow Food International Film Festival
Saturday, March 24
4 p.m to approximately 6:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Student Center
2017 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Click here for map >>

Great short films about food. Each one was selected for the Slow Food on Film Festival by an international jury of Slow Food leaders, actors, directors and journalists. Sponsored by Slow Food Minnesota, University of Minnesota Nutrition Major (in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health), Crossroads Resource Center, Edible Twin Cities and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.

Are Kids Movies with Environmental Themes Influential?

Freakonomics author, Stephen Dubner, brings up an interesting point about the influence of children’s movies on a generation’s perception of the threats caused by global warming:

Freakonomics Blog » Are Children Sounding the Global-Warming Alarm?

One theory came to mind the other day when I was looking over a list of the most profitable worldwide movie releases of 2006. No. 1 on the list was Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, an animated — and apocalyptic — kids’ movie, which took in just over $1 billion at the box office. And as you can see here, the animated kids’ movie Happy Feet has also been huge, with over $350 million worldwide, and counting. While Happy Feet isn’t quite about global warming, it is about mankind’s disastrous overreach into nature. (In order to appreciate the reach of these kids’ movies, consider that Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, a global warming jeremiad, has done $42 million worldwide, a huge figure for a documentary but a drop in the bucket compared to the animated blockbusters.)

What’s one heck of a large audience.

Earth-exploiting corporations seem to agree with Dubner’s theory based on the way they’ve managed the reporting on this issue on FOX news. Many of the show hosts have attacked movies like Happy Feet, claiming they’re nothing but enviro-propaganda. It’s strange hearing movies that are emotionally appealing and scientifically based being referred to as propaganda, but I suppose that’s the case if you don’t believe is science or see it as a threat to your company’s profits.

So, is your 6 year-old giving you a hard time about your SUV? What kind of car will they be driving when they get their license in 2017?

“An Inconvenient Truth” Gets Two Oscar Nominations

An Inconvenient Truth

It’s not clear whether the nominations for “An Inconvenient Truth” were due to Aaron Landry’s cameo appearance, or the new Oscar category for “Best use of Powerpoint in a Documentary.”

ABC News: Al Gore ‘Thrilled’ by Oscar Nominations

“Other films nominated for best documentary feature include “Deliver Us From Evil,” about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church; “Iraq in Fragments,” about the Sunni-Shiite conflict in that country; “Jesus Camp,” about a summer camp for evangelical Christians, and “My Country, My Country,” about the months leading up to the January 2005 elections in Iraq.”

I liked “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Jesus Camp” but haven’t seen the others. Are others worth checking out?