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A 2007 documentary film of actor Malcolm McDowell's one man show about his experiences working with film director Lindsay Anderson. Released 2007 Run time 112 minutes Insightful and fun. I loved it. ~ Mike Source: Wikipedia
Beatrice (Sarah Polley) is a young woman working in a media center under a woman known only as The Boss (Helen Mirren). She receives a recording from her fiancé Jim, who has been sent as part of a small production crew to Iceland to investigate a Monster that lives there. Determined to find her fiancé, Beatrice convinces her boss to send her to Iceland, but her plane crashes. She is the only survivor and, in order to walk again, undergoes an extremely painful, radical surgery. As she recovers, she befriends Dr. Anna (Julie Christie), who helps her travel to the remote village where the monster lives. Outstanding film. Hal Hartley composed an unbelievable soundtrack. ~Mike Directed by Hal Hartley Produced by Hal Hartley, Cecilia Kate Roque Written by Hal Hartley Starring Sarah Polley, Helen Mirren, Julie Christie, Robert John Burke Music by Hal Hartley Cinematography Michael Spiller Edited by Steve Hamilton Released 2001 Run Time 102 minutes Source: Wikipedia
David "Dave" Whiteman (Dreyfuss) and his wife, Barbara (Midler), are a couple whose 20-year marriage is unfulfilling. Dave is having an affair with the live-in maid (Elizabeth Peña), while Barbara tries to relieve her constant feelings of anxiety by experimenting with various New Age therapies. A "down and out" homeless man named Jerry Baskin (Nolte) wanders into the backyard of the Whitemans' Beverly Hills home, and tries to drown himself in the pool. Dave helps Jerry get back on his feet. The family is initially disgusted by Jerry, but they end up growing fond of him after getting to know him better. Directed by Paul Mazursky Produced by Paul Mazursky, Pato Guzman, Geoffrey Taylor Written by Paul Mazursky, Keon Capetanos Starring Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss Music by Andy Summers Cinematography Donald McAlpine Edited by Richard Halsey Released 1986 Run time 103 minutes Source: Wikipedia
In Tokyoko, a fictional city sporting various homages of Tatsunoko Production works, the Doronbo Gang have seemingly destroyed a large part of the city. The heroic Yatterman duo make their entrance with Yatterwoof (Yamadera, voice), a sentient dog-shaped mecha and Toybotty (Takahashi, voice), their robot sidekick. After a series of slapstick combat scenes, the Doronbo trio flee back to their mecha to defeat Yatterwan. Cheering at their first victory, the villains accidentally hit the mecha's self-destruct button. When the chaos clears, a teenage girl emerges from the ruins with a blue object in her hands. Directed by Takashi Miike Produced by Yoshinori Chiba Screenplay by Masashi Sogo Story Tatsuo Yoshida Starring Sho Sakurai, Saki Fukuda, Kyoko Fukada, Kendo Kobayashi, Katushisa Namase, Anri Okamoto Narrated by Koichi Yamadera Music by Ikuro Fujiwara, Masaaki Jinbo Cinematography Hideo Yamamoto Edited by Kenji Yamashita Released in 2009 Run time 119 minutes Source: Wikipedia
Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are revealed to be clones. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of one of her clones, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing Childs' suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its effect on issues of personal identity. The series begins with Sarah Manning, a con artist by trade, witnessing the suicide of a woman, Beth Childs, who appears to be her doppelgänger. Sarah takes on Beth's identity and occupation as a police detective after Beth's death. During the first season, Sarah discovers that she is a clone, that she has many 'sister' clones spread throughout North America and Europe, and that someone is plotting to kill them and her. Alongside her foster brother, Felix Dawkins, and two of her fellow clones, Alison Hendrix and Cosima Niehaus, Sarah discovers the origin of the clones: a scientific movement called Neolution. The movement believes that human beings can use scientific knowledge to direct their evolution as a species. Created by Graeme Manson, John Fawcett Starring Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando, Evelyne Brochu, Maria Doyle Kennedy Theme Music Two Fingers Composer Trevor Yuile Released in 2013 Run Time per episode 43 minutes Source: Wikipedia
As part of a public relations and marketing strategy to compare the empathy of Big Tobacco to the nobility of the Nobel Peace Prize, advertising executive Merwin Wren (Bob Newhart) convinces the Valiant Tobacco Company to propose a challenge: a tax-free check for $25,000,000 (equal to $160,775,862 today) to any city or town in America that can stop smoking, or go cold turkey, for thirty days. According to Wren, the offer will generate Valiant worldwide free publicity and praise as a humanitarian gesture, but no town in America would ever be able to claim the prize, cigarette smoking being too addictive to stop. Directed by Norman Lear Produced by Norman Lear Written by Norman Lear, William Price Fox, Jr. Based on I'm Giving Them Up for Good by Margaret and Neil Rau Starring Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Pippa Scott, Tom Poston, Edward Everett Horton, Bob and Ray Music by Randy Newman Cinematography Charles F. Wheeler Edited by John C. Horger Released in 1971 Run time 101 minutes Source: Wikipedia
Jordan "Bick" Benedict (Rock Hudson), head of a wealthy Texas ranching family, travels to Maryland to buy War Winds, a horse he is planning to put out to stud. There he meets and courts socialite Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor), who ends a budding relationship with Sir David Karfrey (Rod Taylor) and marries Bick. They return to Texas to start their life together on the family ranch, Reata, where Bick's sister Luz Benedict (Mercedes McCambridge) runs the household. Luz resents Leslie's presence and attempts to intimidate her. Jett Rink (James Dean) works for Luz and hopes to find his fortune by leaving Texas; he is also secretly in love with Leslie. Directed by George Stevens Produced by George Stevens Screenplay by Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat Based on Giant by Edna Ferber Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Elsa Cardenas Music by Dimitri Tiomkin Cinematography William C. Mellor Edited by William HOrnbeck, Phil Anderson, Fred Bohanan Released in 1956 Run time 201 minutes Source: Wikipedia