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Jackie's 2016 Favorites on Blu-ray

Posted by Amoebite, November 23, 2016 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Hi. This is Jackie G, Movie Buyer for Amoeba Hollywood. Here's a list of 2016 Blu-ray titles I really liked.



HELL OR HIGH WATER

Modern day western noir directed by David Mackenzie (Starred Up, Young Adam) from a screenplay by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario). Chris Pine earns his dramatic chops, Ben Foster delivers as always. Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham are a treat to watch as two Texas Rangers. There’s also an unforgettable scene with a feisty steakhouse waitress. My favorite film of the year so far.
Buy it!


GREEN ROOM

Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) wrote & directed this taut siege thriller. Stars the late, great Anton Yelchin as a member of a punk band who gets caught up against a villainous Patrick Stewart and his group of criminal skinheads.
Buy it!

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Grouplove

Posted by Amoebite, November 21, 2016 06:04pm | Post a Comment

Grouplove What's In My Bag? Ameoba Music

"I lived in New York for 10 years... Every time I was having, like, a cool moment; cut my bangs, I got a leather jacket, Spoon came on," says Grouplove's Hannah Hooper during their recent What's In My Bag? interview. She's talking about Spoon's beloved fourth album Kill The Moonlight, which features the now classic "The Way We Get By." The vocalist/keyboardist wryly continues, "we're parents now so we need...a lot of leather jackets in our life."

Grouplove Big Mess Amoeba MusicLos Angeles indie rockers Grouplove formed in 2009 after the members met at the Ikarus artist commune in Crete. The band released a self-titled EP in 2010, heading out on tour as the support act for Florence and the Machine and The Joy Formidable that same year. Grouplove signed to Canvasback/Atlantic Records, who reissued the band's breakthrough EP in January 2011. Soon afterward, Grouplove embarked on a co-headlining tour with Foster the People and played Lollapalooza and Glastonbury.

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Join our Holiday Food Drives at the Amoeba Hollywood & SF Stores

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 20, 2016 06:49pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba's Hollywood and San Francisco stores are partnering with local food banks this holiday season. Please join us and make a difference!

Amoeba Hollywood
Donate $3 or more to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at checkout at Amoeba Hollywood November 26th -- December 8th and receive a $5 Amoeba gift certificate valid on your next visit. Vouchers will be available at the Info Counter and near the front of the store, where we’ll also be accepting canned food. (Limit two vouchers per customer.)

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank feeds more than half a million people each month—12% of those are over the age of 65, and 25% are kids under 18. Please help us in any way that you can to feed the hungry this holiday season

The most needed foods requested by The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank are canned fruit, cereal, dry pasta, canned meats, rice, peanut butter, canned vegetables, and tuna.

Amoeba San Francisco
Donate nonperishable food items to the SF-Marin Food Bank from November 25th -- December 21st at Amoeba SF and receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase of $25 or more in store and 10% off on Amoeba.com! Please bring your donations to the Info Counter where you will receive your coupon. Or you can donate cash directly to the SF-Marin Food Bank HERE.

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The Witch: A New England Folktale and Why You Need to Own It on DVD or Blu-ray

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 20, 2016 04:49pm | Post a Comment

The Witch

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Did you ever try to hex your Algebra II teacher in high school the night before the final? Have you The Witchwatched the "Salem Witches" episode of In Search Of while sipping red wine from a black Madonna Inn goblet? Is your email password Pyewacket13? If your answer is yes to any of these and you have not yet seen The Witch: A New England Folktale (out now on DVD & Blu-ray), see it. If your answer is no but supernatural historical period horror films are your “jam,” see it.

Normally, I’m more into old school witch flicks, like City of the Dead (1960), Night of the Eagle (1962), and The Witches (1966), but The Witch is well done…just like my King Henry VIII steak at the House of Prime Rib. By the beard of Black Phillip the billy goat, when you watch this you will soon find yourself in an eerie trance in front of your boob-tube, being pulled into the dark and mysterious New England woods in the 17th century. If M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village (2004) and Avery Crounse's Eyes of Fire (1983) had a new little baby sister, it would be The Witch. (Eyes of Fire, if you can find on VHS somewhere, is totally spooksville too! View the trailer HERE.)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Speedy Ortiz

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2016 11:53am | Post a Comment

Speedy Ortiz What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"After I buy this today I'll have every vinyl release that Brainiac put out." Sadie Dupuis, singer/guitarist for indie-rock band Speedy Ortiz, is talking about Brainiac's EP Electro-Shock For President. "This one's a little less, like, rock than their previous stuff. It's a lot more like noisy keyboard stuff and weird vocals... this EP, specifically, was a big influence on Nine Inch Nails." Sadie and the rest of the band picked a bunch of cool records when they stopped by Amoeba Hollywood, ranging in artists from Nick Drake to Madvillain.

Speedy Ortiz Foil DeerSpeedy Ortiz formed in Northampton, MA in 2011. The group was originally founded as the solo project of vocalist/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, who was teaching songwriting classes at a local summer camp and recording tracks on her laptop, before it expanded into a full band including Mike Falcone, Darl Ferm, and Devin McKnight. In 2013, Carpark Records released the band's Major Arcana LP, which quickly netted a "Best New Music" nod from Pitchfork.

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