A Sad Day

Dearest Customers,

It is with great sadness that we share with you that our ownership has made the extremely difficult decision to close our beloved video store, effective immediately.

Speaking on behalf of the employees, some who have worked at On 15th Video for more than 14 years, we want to say how very sorry we are that we can’t continue to provide quality home video for this wonderful community here on Capitol Hill.

We like to believe that this store, for close to 25 years, provided more than just a place to pick a movie for the evening. Unlike a vending machine, it was a place where you could discuss film and TV with people who really enjoyed it, both customers and employees. It was a place you could walk inside and browse for an hour and find something new and weird or have something recommended to you that you would have otherwise never had a chance to see. We’re very sorry to say that this is a service that cannot easily be replaced and we will truly miss providing it to you.

Thank you again for of your patronage and efforts in keeping us alive for as long as you did. We love you all very much!

- Will, Chris, JennaRose, Warren, Adam, Bruce & Keith

Here’s a cool Polish movie poster for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. 

Here’s a cool Polish movie poster for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

New Releases for Tuesday, August 26th!

New Releases for Tuesday, August 26th!

Richard Attenborough RIP.

Richard Attenborough RIP.


BMEotD #175 Written on the Wind (1956)

As was universally acknowledged in the wake of her passing, Lauren Bacall burst onto movie screens with two of the most incandescently sexy performances of all time, teasing out her every verbal sparring with future husband Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep till the back-and-forth of words become indistinguishable from rhythmic exchanges it wouldn’t do to show onscreen. That bright flame couldn’t help but dim; in later films Bacall, lovely till the end, adopted a carriage more aloof and respectable, desirable still but now more distant. One of her greatest films, Doug Sirk’s Written on the Wind, uses this reserve to brilliant effect.

She’s first seen during the opening credits, rising from bed in an elegant mansion—not seductively, but slumped over in exhaustion and pain. A man charges through a door, a gunshot rings out, a body stumbles to the ground as dead leaves swirl around; from there we flash back a year to advertising executive Lucy Moore (Bacall) enduring a whirlwind courtship from oil scion Kyle Hadley (Robert Stack), who follows lunch at 21 with a spontaneous flight down to Florida, escorting her to a hotel room bedecked with purses and gowns. Bacall, knowing the score, angrily heads back to the airport, a display of decency that has Stack chasing after her in fumbling, heartfelt contrition. This turnabout impresses Bacall more than any flaunting of wealth could, and they’re soon married. Family friend Mitch Wayne (Rock Hudson) tries to caution her away from Stack, and further warning signs abound—Stack’s bonhomie is belied by the pistol he keeps under his pillow, and first meeting with sister-in-law Marylee (Dorothy Malone) is an epic thrust and parry of frosty brickbats. But Bacall is convinced her love for Stack can heal the poisoned family, and soldiers it out. Of course we’ve already seen the bad ending; it’s just a question of how the crack-up comes.

Sirk, a master at deploying actors to suit his expressionistic purposes, sets up a deliberate dichotomy between the Hadley siblings and the “decent” couple trapped in their orbit. While Stack and Malone, all frenzy and motion and twisted neuroses, race around in sports cars and dance furious mambos, every pleasure they grasp a mask for two lonely, desperate wrecks, Bacall and Hudson move with sleepy languor, as if they were walking underwater. Bacall’s famous slow appraisals stiffen to apprehension, judging every word that comes from Stack’s mouth, weighing her options before joining her husband at the dinner table or leaning in to give him a kiss. It’s a world away from the flirtatious intimacy of her debut, and a reminder she had a lot more to teach you than how to whistle.


New Releases for Tuesday, August 19th!

New Releases for Tuesday, August 19th!