Monday, September 1, 2014

Kibō no kuni (Land of Hope)

Several years after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, the neighbouring families deal with the forced evacuation from their home following another large earthquake and nuclear power plant meltdown.
Special features: 70 minute making of ; Theatrical trailer; Teaser.
Shochiku; Bitters End; a Sono Sion film; seisaku Kibō no Kuni Seisaku Iinkai, Third Window Films, Joint Entertainment International; gensaku Sono Shion; kyakuhon Sono Shion; purodyūsā Sadai Yūji; kantoku Sono Shion.
Diretor of photography, Miki Shigenori ; art direction, Matsuzuka Takashi.
Natsuyagi Isao, Ōtani Naoko, Murakami Jun, Kagurazaka Megumi.
Based on the novel "Kibō no kuni" by Shion Sono.

In Japanese with optional subtitles in English.

Askwith Media Library 63831-D 2013 133 minutes (PAL, Region 2)


A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world.
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, Frank Grillo.

English dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.

Askwith Media Library 61484-D 2013 115 minutes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Abel Raises Cain

Abel raises Cain is an unprecedented glimpse into the life and bizarre career of Alan Abel, the infamous underground media prankster. In this loving portrait of an eccentric father, Alan's daughter, Jenny, tells her firsthand account of what it was like growing up with a prankster.
Special features: audio commentary; Powerball hoax featurette; bonus scenes; Howard Hughes hoax footage; "Fallacy of creative thinking" lecture (1969).
Crashcourse Documentaries presents; a film by Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett; written, directed & edited by Jenny Abel, Jeff Hockett.
Alan Abel, Jeanne Abel.
Camera, Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett ; music by Alan Abel.

English with optional English SDH subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 63779-D 2007 82 minutes

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What's Up, Doc?

Four red plaid travelling cases-- one of each belonging to a befuddled Iowa musicologist, a strange but bright young woman, a rich matron and a suspicious fellow-- are mixed up at a San Francisco hotel, with hilarious results.
Special features: cast & crew bios ; scene specific commentary by Barbra Streisand; commentary by director, Peter Bogdanovich; Featurette: "Screwball comedies-- remember them?"; theatrical trailer ; awards ; interactive menus ; scene access.
Warner Bros. Pictures; produced by Peter Bogdanovich; screenplay by Buck Henry, David Newman & Robert Benton; story by Peter Bogdanovich; directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
Associate producer, Paul Lewis; director of photography, Laszlo Kovacs; music arranged & conducted by Artie Butler.
Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton, Sorrell Booke, Michael Murphy, Madeline Kahn.

English or French dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles; Closed-captioned.

Askwith Media Library 43709-D 1972 94 minutes

Garcon (Waiter)

(Trailer not available)

"Waiter tells the story of Edgar (Alex van Warmerdam), a waiter with a flair for the unfortunate. His wife is sick, his girlfriend Victoria (Ariane Schluter) is overly possessive, customers at work constantly bully him and his neighbours make his life impossible.
Fed up with the way his life is going, Edgar goes to the house of Herman (Mark Rietman), the scriptwriter who invented Edgar and is currently writing his story. Edgar complains about the events in his life that keep getting worse and begs for some positive events in his life, including a decent girlfriend. Herman decides to create Stella (Line Van Wambeke), but soon Edgar realises that Stella will only complicate his life more. Meanwhile Herman is pestered by his pushy girlfriend Suzie (Thekla Reuten), who constantly tries to change the script. Driven to insanity by Edgar and Suzie constantly trying to interfere with his story, Herman decides to make the story more extreme and violent..." Wikipedia
Special features: Making off featurette.
Graniet Film in co-production with La Parti Production and Vara; written, produced and directed by Alex van Warmerdam.
Alex van Warmerdam, Ariane Schluter, Jaap Spijkers, Mark Rietman, Thekla Reuten.

In Dutch with English subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 63956-D 2006 96 minutes

High Anxiety

In this manic spoof of Hitchcock, a neurotic psychiatrist becomes the new head of a sanitarium and is caught up in kidnapping, murder, and mistaken identity.
Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mel Brooks film; produced and directed by Mel Brooks; written by Mel Brooks.
Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman.

English, Spanish or French dialogue with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.

Askwith Media Library 41726-D 1977 94 minutes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mimar Sinan the Architect

Not the trailer for the film. But very good information

"The architect who goes beyond the times"
"The great 16th century architect Mimar Sinan rose from humble beginnings to become chief architect to the Ottoman ruler Süleyman the Magnificent."
Featured works by Mimar Sinan, the genius of Ottoman architecture (500 known buildings he designed during his amazing career).
Gift of Hon. Fatih Yıldız, Consul General of Turkey in Chicago.
Kenan Işık ; director, Mustafa Aksay.
İstanbul: Doku Film

Askwith Media Library 59892-D 2010 72 minutes