Crystal Video Missoula Montana

What’s up at the Crystal Video in Missoula MT? We rent many great films from comedy to Canadian, British to Killer Bee’s, Australian to animation, horror to Hitchcock, romance to Russian, documentary to drama, Finland to French, Chinese to classics, Norwegian to film noir, Science fiction to Sweden, Japanese to Jarmusch , Brazilian to Mel Brooks, political to pride, as well as many more action, thriller movies from all over the world. We have a large selection of DVD as well as VHS.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

What're They

Building Up There?

(we have a right to know....)

50 Cents

(Limit Two Please)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Queen --[On Video: April 24, 2007]

A revealing, yet witty portrait of the British royal family in crisis immediately following the death of Princess Diana. The setting for this fictional account of real events is no less than the private chambers of the Royal Family and the British government in the wake of the sudden death of Princess Diana in August of 1997. In the immediate aftermath of the Princess's passing, the tightly contained, tradition bound world of the Queen of England clashes with the slick modernity of the country's brand new, image conscious Prime Minister Tony Blair. The result is an intimate, thematically epic battle between private and public, responsibility and emotion, custom and action as a grieving nation waits to see what its leaders will do.

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language

Code Name: The Cleaner --[On Video: April 24, 2007]

Action comedy Code Name: The Cleaner stars Cedric the Entertainer as Jake, a mild mannered janitor with amnesia who gets himself comically entangled in a government conspiracy. Jake gets in over his head when he is duped into believing that he is an undercover agent who subconsciously holds a key piece of information that could expose an arms conspiracy involving the FBI & CIA.

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, crude humor and some violence

Night at the Museum --[On Video: April 24, 2007]

The hallowed halls of the Natural History Museum are lined with the most amazing things including wild eyed prehistoric creatures, fierce ancient warriors, long lost tribes, African animals and history's legendary heroes; all frozen forever in time. Or are they? In the action adventure comedy, "Night at the Museum," the brand new night guard at the Natural History Museum is about to discover that when the visitors go home at the end of the day, the real adventure begins as the museum's stuffed, waxed and well preserved residents come out to play. The fantastical adventure kicks off when Larry Daley, a down and out dreamer whose imaginative ideas have never paid off, finds himself in desperate need of a job. Larry has always believed he was destined for big things. But he has no idea just how literally gargantuan and hairy a challenge he will face when he grudgingly accepts the supposedly menial graveyard shift as a security guard at the Natural History Museum. On his very first night on the job, Larry is handed an over-sized flashlight and a dog-eared instruction manual, then left all alone in the eerily quiet, cavernous museum. At least, he thinks he's alone. But wait, what's that noise? To his utter astonishment and disbelief, Larry watches in shock and awe as, one by one, the primeval beasts and storied icons that surround him stir magically to life and total havoc ensues. Now, as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Attila The Hun carve a swath of destruction through the marble corridors, and lions and monkeys prowl the fragile exhibits, Larry is at a loss as to how to get the museum back under control. At his wit's end, Larry must recruit the help of historical heavyweight Teddy Roosevelt just to survive the night. Facing the possibility of losing his job and letting down his son Nick yet again, Larry must wage an incredible battle to save the museum, hoping to become at last the bold, adventurous dad he's always wanted to be. The man who's been forever waiting for his moment of greatness just found it.

Rated PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor.

Deja Vu --[On Video: April 24, 2007]

Everyone has experienced the unsettling mystery of deja vu, that flash of memory when you meet someone new you feel you've known all your life or recognize a place even though you've never been there before. But what if the feelings were actually warnings sent from the past or clues to the future? It is deja vu that unexpectedly guides ATF agent Doug Carlin through an investigation into a shattering crime. Called in to recover evidence after a bomb sets off a cataclysmic explosion on a New Orleans Ferry, Carlin is about to discover that what most people believe is only in their heads is actually something far more powerful, and will lead him on a mind-bending race to save hundreds of innocent people.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing images and some sensuality.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Movies So Good

They Made Them


50 Cents

(Limit Two Please)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Last King of Scotland--

A Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world’s most barbaric figures: Idi Amin. Impressed by Dr. Garrigan’s brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin’s savagery; and his own complicity in it.Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive.

Rated R for some strong violence and gruesome images, sexual content and language

The History Boys --

From award-winning playwright Alan Bennett comes this delightfully witty comedy of eight boisterous yet talented schoolboys hoping to gain admittance to England's most prestigious universities. They're aided on their quest by two teachers, a shrewd young upstart and an inspiring old eccentric, whose opposing philosophies challenge the boys to confront the true meaning of education and the relative values of happiness and success.

Ratded R for language and sexual content

Notes on a Scandal --

When Sheba Hart joins St. George's as the new art teacher, Barbara Covett senses a kindred spirit. But Barbara is not the only one drawn to her. Sheba begins an illicit affair and Barbara becomes the keeper of her secret.

Rated R for language and some aberrant sexual content

Freedom Writers --

inspired by a true story and the diaries of real Long Beach teenagers after the LA riots, during the worst outbreak of interracial gang warfare. Hilary Swank stars as Erin Gruwell, whose passion to become a teacher is soon challenged by a group of Black, Latino, and Asian gangbangers who hate her even more than each other. When Erin begins to listen to them in a way no adult has ever done, she begins to understand that for these kids, getting through the day alive is enough; they are not delinquents but teenagers fighting a war of the streets that began long before they were born. Erin gives them something they never had from a teacher before; respect. For the first time, these teens experience a hope that maybe, they might show the world that their lives matter and they have something to say.

Rating: PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language

Smokin' Aces --

Mob boss Primo Sparazza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy "Aces" Israel, a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state's evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small time con to bring down big target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody under the supervision of two agents dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout. When word of the price on Aces' head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons to be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs for hire, deadly vixens and double crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. With all eyes on Tahoe, this rogues' gallery collides in a comic race to hit the jackpot and rub out Aces.

Rating: R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use


Revisit the night in 1968 when Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down at the Ambassador Hotel through 22 individuals. Each are at the hotel for different purposes but share the common thread of anticipating Kennedy’s arrival at the primary election night party, which would change their lives forever. This historic night is set against the backdrop of the cultural issues gripping the country at the time, including racism, sexual inequality and class differences.

Rated R for language, drug content, and a scene of violence

Freedom Fries: And Other Stupidity We'll Have to Explain to Our Grandchildren

Filmmaker Carl Christman's lighthearted documentary takes an embarrassed look at the xenophobic hysteria that permeated American culture in the wake of 9/11 and the War on Terror, including such unfortunate incidences as the boycott of French wine and the irony of Chinese-made American flags.

My Country, My Country --

Working alone in Iraq over eight months, director/cinematographer Laura Poitras creates an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. Her principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six and Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the January 2005 elections is essential. Yet all around him, Dr. Riyadh sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Dramatically interwoven into the personal journey of Dr. Riyadh is the landscape of the US military occupation, with Australian private security contractors, American journalists and the UN officials who orchestrate the elections. Unfolding like a narrative drama, MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY follows the agonizing predicament and gradual descent of one man caught in the tragic contradictions of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East.

Shut Up & Sing --

On stage at a 2003 London concert, Natalie Maines, lead singer of Texan trio the Dixie Chicks, spoke these 15 words to a small audience at the start of their sold out international tour: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." The comment was delivered on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq, and drew cheers from the decidedly anti war and anti Bush British crowd. It was an off the cuff remark typical of the lead singer's temperament. Natalie, and fellow Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, thought little of it. But history and this film demonstrate that at this heightened moment of political polarization in the United States, many people did care, and empowered this simple, yet loaded remark to carry serious and longstanding ramifications. The documentary shows the band from their peak of popularity as the national anthem singing darlings of country music and top-selling female recording artists of all time, through the now infamous anti Bush comment, and on through the days, months and years of mayhem. The film also follows the lives and careers of the musicians through the writing and recording of their first album since "the incident;" and three years of political attack, making music, birthing babies, bonding, death threats, and laughter.

Rated R for language

F@!k --

This film features interviews with comedians, actors, filmmakers, writers and scholars who explore what it is about the world's favorite curse word that both unites and divides English speaking people. Screened at the 2007 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Not Rated

Charlotte's Web --

Fern is one of only two living beings who sees that Wilbur is a special animal, while she raises him, the runt of the litter, into a terrific and radiant pig. As Wilbur moves into a new barn, he begins a second profound friendship with the most unlikely of creatures, a spider named Charlotte, and their bond inspires the animals around them to come together as a family. When the word gets out that Wilbur's days are numbered, it seems that only a miracle will save his life. A determined Charlotte, who sees miracles in the ordinary, spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is "some pig" and worth saving.

Rating: G

The Oh in Ohio --

A woman leaves her husband, who happens to be her childhood sweetheart, in search of sexual bliss.

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use

Mother of Mine--

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. Mother of Mine, the latest from the award winning Klaus Haro ("Elina"), tackles that painful patch of history in a tale of 9 year old Eero, a child who increasingly feels abandoned by his biological Finnish mother and yet not attached to his Swedish surrogate mom. When he is returned to Finland, his confusion intensifies.

Rating: Not Rated

Saturday, April 07, 2007

We Wanna Win!

We're going to give 110%!

And we just wanna Thank God

for the chance to play with this

Great Bunch of Athletes!

So let's get out there and

Win One For The Gipper!

Sports Films

50 Cents

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Volver --

A meeting of Mildred Pierce and Arsenic and Old Lace, combined with the surrealistic naturalism of my fourth film, "¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!!" ("What have I done to Deserve This?"), that is, Madrid and its lively working class neighborhoods, where the immigrants from the various Spanish provinces share dreams, lives and fortune with a multitude of ethnic groups and other races. At the heart of this social framework, three generations of women survive wind, fire and even death, thanks to goodness, audacity and a limitless vitality. They are Raimunda, who is married to an unemployed laborer and has a teenage daughter; Sole, her sister, who makes a living as a hairdresser; and the mother of both, who died in a fire along with her husband. This character appears first to her sister and then to Sole, although the people with whom she has some unresolved matters are Raimunda and her neighbor in the village, Agustina. VOLVER is not a surrealistic comedy although it may seem so at times. The living and the dead coexist without any discord, causing situations that are either hilarious or filled with a deep, genuine emotion. It's a film about the culture of death in my native La Mancha. The people there practice it with an admirable naturalness. The way in which the dead continue to be present in their lives, the richness and humanity of their rites mean that the dead never die. VOLVER destroys all the clichés about "black" Spain and offers a Spain that is as real as it is the opposite. A Spain that is white, spontaneous, funny, intrepid, supportive and fair.

Rating: R for some sexual content and language

The Good Shepherd --

Edward Wilson understands the value of secrecy, discretion and commitment to honor have been embedded in him since childhood. As an eager, optimistic student at Yale, he is recruited to join the secret society Skull and Bones, a brotherhood and breeding ground for future world leaders. Wilson's acute mind, spotless reputation and sincere belief in American values render him a prime candidate for a career in intelligence, and he is soon recruited to work for the OSS during WWII. As one of the covert founders of the CIA, working in the heart of an organization where duplicity is required and nothing is taken at face value, Edward's idealism is steadily eroded by a growing suspicious nature, reflective of a world settling into the long paranoia of the Cold War. As his methods are adopted as standard operating procedure, Wilson develops into one of the Agency's veteran operatives, all the while combating his KGB counterpart. However, his steely dedication to his country comes at an ever increasing price. Not even his wife Clover or his beloved son can divert Wilson from a path that will force him to sacrifice everything in pursuit of this job.

Rating: R for some violence, sexuality and language

Black Christmas --

A sorority house is terrorized by a killer who makes frightening telephone calls before murdering the sorority sisters during the Christmas break.

Rating: R for strong horror violence and gore, sexuality, nudity and language

Everyone's Hero --

This heartwarming, wholesome family fare was originally conceived by the late Christopher Reeve and reflects a theme of perseverance against all odds from which the whole family can learn. Set in Depression era New York, the film follows 10 year old baseball fan Yankee Irving, who is more adept at remembering stats than he is at playing the game. Despondent over his sandlot misfires, Yankee is cheered when he makes the acquaintance of a baseball named Screwie who can actually talk. Later, Yankee visits his dad at the Yankee Stadium, where he is allowed to visit Babe Ruth's famous bat, Darlin'. The bat soon goes missing, Dad loses his job, and Yankee takes off for Chicago with a notion to deliver the bat to Babe. Along the way, he makes numerous friends, including a trio of down and out bums who take him under their wing, and a little girl with a mean pitch. The scene with the Detroit Tigers, where the team gives Yankee baseball pointers en route to Chicago, is the film's most charming, while the bumbling bad guy, Lefty Maginnis, provides an abundance of slapstick humor. Despite the dubiousness of Babe Ruth's appeal to contemporary youngsters, the story works by concerning itself more with family values, friendship, perseverance, and good clean fun, than with baseball per se. The standout cast also includes Brian Dennehy as the Babe, and Forest Whitaker as the Tigers player Yankee befriends. The soundtrack features original music by Brooks & Dunn, Wyclef Jean, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Rated G:

Addiction --

HBO produces a typically thoughtful program on the nature of addiction with this documentary. Doctors from a variety of fields explain how numerous factors combine to cause addiction, while also examining the treatments available to prevent addiction from recurring.

Not Rated:

Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles --

Ken Takakura gives a career redefining performance as an old fisherman. Estranged from his son for many years, Gou-ichi receives an unexpected call from his daughter in law, Rie , asking him to come to Tokyo to visit his son, Ken-ichi, who is in the hospital suffering from a stomach ailment. Gou-ichi decides to make the trip against his better judgment, but when he arrives, his son refuses to see him as he is still bearing the scars of the unspoken reasons why they were torn apart. Determined to reunite them, Rie gives Gou-ichi a videotape of an article Ken-ichi wrote about Li Jiamin, a Chinese folk opera master from Yunnan Province. Ken-ichi had promised Li that he would come back and film him performing "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles," an opera based on one of the stories in the literary classic ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS; Gou-ichi makes it his mission to travel to southern China, find Li, and film the performance himself. With the help of tour guides Lingo, Jasmine and a fabulous interval with young Yang Yang, Gou-ichi takes off to the great unknown, trying to do right by the son who still appears to hate him. Takakura plays the old man with a quiet, dignified demeanor, moving slowly and barely speaking at all. Zhang Yimou directs the film simply and beautifully, allowing the fascinating characters and compelling story to develop at a natural, alluring pace. This very different kind of road picture is sincere and emotional, with a playful sense of humor. Be sure to bring plenty of hankies.

Rated PG:

Since Otar Left --

The crumbling squalor of former USSR city Tibilisi, Georgia, is the setting for a tale of three generations of Soviet women. Elder matriarch Eka lives for the letters from her beloved son Otar, who fled to Paris years ago as an illegal immigrant. Her daughter Marina strains under the pressures of their miserable existence in the now "free" country where the electricity and water work only sporadically and the buildings seem as depressed as the people. She loves her mother, though, and when news arrives of Otar's sudden death she asks her own daughter to keep writing the letters so as not to break Eka's heart. The plot thickens when Eka decides to spend their life savings on three tickets to Paris so they can track down her beloved Otar. Director Julie Bertucelli previously worked as an assistant director to Krzystof Kieslowski and she has inherited his genius for lighting, composition, and ability to find beauty in the most squalid domestic settings. The excellent cast conveys much with minimal dialogue, making this register far more deeply than as a mere allegory of a country coming to terms with its past lies and failures. It won the 2003 Critic's Week Grand Prize at Cannes.

Not Rated

Entourage Season 3

Tom Goes To The Mayor

Cartoon Network

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Cocaine Cowboys

The cocaine trade
of the 70s and 80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami.
Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement
community into one of the world's most glamorous hot spots, the
epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia's Medellin
cartel. By the early 80s, Miami's tripled homicide rate had made it the
murder capital of the country, for which a Time cover story dubbed the
city "Paradise Lost."

Bothersom Man AKA: Brysomme mannen, Den

Forty year old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how
he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment and even a wife.
But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. Andreas makes
an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there's no way out.
Andreas meets Hugo, who has found a crack in a wall in his cellar.
Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to the
other side? A new plan for escape is hatched

Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj

The legacy of
perpetual college party man Van Wilder lives on in NATIONAL LAMPOON’S
VAN WILDER THE RISE OF TAJ, as his former apprentice Taj Mahal
Badalandabad takes the torch to jolly old England, where he
is continuing his education at stuffy Camford University. At first
things look bleak for Taj, despite his gleaming newfound confidence and
hip makeover from his days at Coolidge College, as he is rejected by
the prestigious fraternity, Fox and Hounds, and ends up boarding with a
group of misfits. Driven to live up to his former mentor’s good name
and also to make his father proud, Taj sets out to prove his
big-man-on-campus potential by unabashedly leading his outcast house mates in an attempt to defeat the wealthy elite of Camford in a
range of competitions for the coveted Hastings Cup

Like its predecessor, the film is chock ful of vulgar humor and
sophomoric antics. Although Taj is the only character to appear from
the first VAN WILDER (with the exception of Wilder’s pet bulldog), many
of the plot points are predictably similar. Occasionally peeking
through the excessive sexual references, outrageous gags, and
cringe-worthy debauchery is a laugh out loud film that encourages the
underdog and thumbs its nose at the establishment. Much like the
grandfather of all college films, ANIMAL HOUSE (1978), VAN WILDER 2:
THE RISE OF TAJ examines the lighter side of higher education, pointing
out that its not only about earning a diploma but also about
discovering one’s potential and not forgetting to have fun along the

Favela Rising

Jeff Zimbalist and
Matt Mochary's documentary is a major achievement in nonfiction
filmmaking, a vibrant, important work that is as inspiring as it is
tragic. The narrative centers on Anderson Sá, a distinguished-looking
young man who grew up in the worst of Rio di Janiero's infamously
violent favelas, Vigário Geral. Though most residents of this extremely
impoverished community do their best to cobble together a piecemeal
living, the neighborhood is ruled over by murderous drug lords, whose
average age of death is between 14 and 25 years old. In 1993, after one
of these men murdered a few notoriously corrupt cops, the military
police retaliated by brutally, and randomly, murdering 21 innocent
favela residents. One of these victims was Sá's younger brother. Rather
than allow the anger and despair to propel him into a place of darkness
and revenge, Sá decided to stop the cycle of violence, using the
universal language of music as his conduit to social awareness and
rebellion. Mobilizing like-minded friends and musicians, he started a
newsletter and a band to perform his upbeat, yet courageously honest
music, which featured lyrics about the massacre and police brutality.
The filmmakers track Sá’s project as it evolves from a small newsletter
to a bona fide national music, with childhood musical education being a
top priority. Beautifully shot, with visually stunning graphic elements added, FAVELA
RISING brings vibrance and color to one of the most downtrodden
settings on earth, imbuing its people with honor. The access the
filmmakers got to the residents, from regular families to masked men
with machine guns, is incredible. In the end though, it is the music
that is the real star of the show, which demonstrates the truly
remarkable power of song and rhythm to transform lives.