Saturday, November 8, 2008

Videotheque

Attention cinephiles, wannabe filmmakers and couch potatoes with great home theater systems: this place is heaven on earth. Welcome to Videotheque, the San Gabriel Valley's hippest, coolest, most extensive source for rare, classic, indie, cult, documentary, foreign and all-around-groovy film rentals. If you saw it in film school, at a midnight show or on the Sundance Channel -- you can find it at Videotheque. But not to worry, if the director's cut of Reservoir Dogs or 15 straight hours of Bergman just doesn't do it for you, there are always new releases and old favorites to choose from. (Go ahead -- get a Bollywood double feature, The Criterion Edition of Jules and Jim, a documentary on Chernobyl, a Wim Wenders retrospective, Reefer Madness and still manage to bring home Shrek for the kids!) Don't fret if one of your favorite old films has still not been released on DVD ... because Videotheque probably has it available on VHS.

In addition to the extraordinary kid-in-a-candy-store selection of rentals, the store offers DVDs for sale, too. And -- oh rapturous joy -- Videotheque will buy used DVDs for cash or store credit. All this, plus it's across the street from Busters (and just steps from the Gold Line train platform.)

12 comments:

Mister Earl said...

Yes, Videotheque is where it's at. They have what the big boy won't carry. You can find several actual Ed Wood movies - hysterical. Also The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. I'll have to see if they have The Magus.

Comments from yesterday. "Because the Night" is such a great song. It was mainly written by Bruce Springsteen, who was recording an album in the studio next door to where the Patti Smith Group was recording. He decided not to use the song and rewrote it for Patti, who added a verse or two. Bruce still does the song live.

Laurie, I'm shocked that your high school teacher would have told you that joke! Sounds like a fun school!

Sharon said...

I bet there is a world of foreign films in there. I'd love to browse the aisles in search of something interesting and unique.

Webradio said...

I haven't this in my "Pays de la Mée"...
See You later !

Yakpate said...

One more reason... to check into a south Pas B&B and spend a week exploring, dining and refreshing one's smog-addled consciousness!

You have showcased so many great South Pas destinations... have you ever considered preparing a "Top 10" list? (It would be difficult, I know!) Or, what about doing a calendar, so we can plan our South Pas entertainment schedules in advance?

LOVE the converging angles in this shot, which all lead to the little white dog, obviously a fellow cinephile.

Wayne said...

Our 'best selection' shop is called Videomatica. It's not close to me so I never go there. I don't mind renting movies but it's a pain taking them back.

I did my random, unscientific sampling of Videoteque's catalogue. They had Electra Glide in Blue, Down By Law and A Zed and Two Naughts. They didn't seem to have Drowning By Numbers or Le Bal. No one has Le Bal. I give it four stars out of 5.

The only movie I'm keen to see at the moment is Synecdoche, New York.

Mister Earl said...

Yak: Do you know anything about South Pas B&B's? I know there's the Bissel House (lived in for many years by the daughter of founder of the Bissel carpet sweeper company) at Orange Grove and Columbia. The Arroyo Vista in at hidden away at 335 Monterey Road, which I have never seen and only recently learned about. And the Artists' Inn at 1038 Magnolia at Fairview. That's all I know, and may be the whole story.

Shanna said...

Great photo, Laurie ! I love the angles and the primary colors.
Since you told me you have never seen my favorie film, "Baghdad Cafe", look for it. We just watched it a few nights ago - for the second time. MAGIC!

Virginia said...

Oh my, haven't heard of any of these. Cannot join in the chat at all. All I can muster is glad it has what the rest of the world is shopping for! Gotta run, don't want to miss a minute of French Kiss on VHS!

USelaine said...

I'm ashamed to admit it, but my computer time has taken a big bite out of my book-reading and DVD-watching time. And I have scads of VHS tapes I got cheap when Play It Again Video started selling off that format.

If you haven't seen it (and what haven't you seen?), take a look at "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" for some great location shots around SoCal circa 1960.

Wayne said...

Elaine, I've seen Mad, Mad, Mad.....ten times or more.

If there is a list of the great comedies of all time it's got to be in the top ten. I don't think anyone managed to assemble a cast like that before or since. Imagine, Spencer Tracy, Ethel Merman, Buster Keaton, Sid Ceasar, Phil Silvers (I could probably list them all) and the 3 Stooges in the same film. Andy Divine, Arnold Stang, Terry Thomas ('I certainly hope you haven't damaged this machine').....Sorry, I was getting carried away.

Laurie said...

Hi folks,

Just a quickie response tonight. I must say, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World really IS one of the greatest movies of all time -- check it out if you haven't seen it yet, or if it's been a while.

Thanks for all the comments, everyone!

Judy said...

I'm a sucker for a mid stride shot and not only do we get it from the woman, but from the dog as well. I love the angle from which this was taken and all of the angles in the shot from the curb to the peaked awning above their heads. Nice one, kiddo. :~)