Friday, January 23, 2015

The Cuban Excludables

Estela Bravo

Documentary can be found here
The Cuban Excludables is about the thousands of Cuban detainees held in prisons throughout the U.S. With no due process or legal redress, some of them spent years behind bars and cannot be sent back to Cuba by INS due to lack of agreements between the US and Cuba. These Cuban 'excludables' are thus in a legal limbo that leaves them imprisoned indefinitely. This powerful documentary, which includes exclusive footage of the detainees and interviews with official such as U.S. Federal Judge Marvin Shoob and former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba Wayne Smith, combines wrenching human drama and political conflict. Cinema Guild

A Gaiola Dourada (Portugal mon Amour) (The Gilded Cage)

For thirty years now Maria and José Ribeiro have been living on the ground floor of a Haussmannian building in one of the most exclusive districts of Paris. Everybody loves this nice couple of Portuguese immigrants, Mario for being a topnotch caretaker, José, a construction site supervisor by trade, for helping to do all kinds of jobs in the house. So, the day Maria and José announce their wish to return to Portugal, everybody is crushed.. IMDB

Directed by Ruben Alves
Written by Ruben Alves, Luc-Olivier Veuve
Starring Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud

Giardino dei Finzi-Contini (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis)

In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, a group of young friends get together for afternoons of tennis and happy times. Some of them are Jewish and a rising tide of Fascism has imposed increasingly anti-Semitic restrictions in their lives. Barred from regular tennis clubs, they go to play at the grand, walled estate owned by the Finzi-Contini, a wealthy, intellectual and sophisticated Jewish family. The two young Finzi-Contini, Alberto and his sister Micol, have organized a tennis tournament. Oblivious to the threats around them, life still seems to be sunny at the large Finzi-Contini estate, keeping the rest of the world at bay. Wikipedia

Directed by Vittorio de Sica
Written by Vittorio Bonicelli
Starring Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda, Helmut Berger, Fabio Testi, Romoto Valli
Music by Manuel De Sica, Carlo Savina

Released in 1970
94 minutes

Kokuhaku' (Confessions)

As expected Japanese Cinema takes us to another level. ~Mike

Junior high school teacher Yuko Moriguchi (Takako Matsu) announced to her class that she would resign before spring break. Moriguchi revealed that because the HIV-positive biological father of her daughter Manami was ill, she used to bring Manami (Mana Ashida) to school with her. One day, after school, she returned to the room where Manami was but found her gone. Her daughter was later found drowned in a school swimming pool. She then went on to explain that two pupils in her class, whom she dubbed "Student A" and "Student B", had murdered her four-year-old daughter. Wikipedia

Derected by Tetsuya Nakashima
Written by Tetsuya Nakashima and Kanae Minato
Starring Takako Matsu

Released in 2010
105 minutes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Death Kiss

A great film and Bela is not the villain. ~Mike

During the filming of a death scene of The Death Kiss, leading man Myles Brent is really shot and killed. Tonart Studios manager Joseph Steiner (Lugosi) is assigned to handle the situation. The studio wants to pass it off as a simple accident, but screenwriter Franklyn Drew (Manners) digs a bullet out of a wall and tells Homicide Detective Lieutenant Sheehan that it is a .38 caliber, while the guns used in the film are all .45s. Wikipedia

Starring Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Adrienne Ames
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Written by Madelon St. Dennis, Gordon Kahn, Barry Barrigan
Cinematography Norbert Brodine

Released in 1931 75 minutes

House of Cards

Along with an outstanding cast; Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright take the viewers into the very rough life of Washington politics. ~Mike  

The series opens with congressman Francis Underwood displaying his ruthless practicality by killing a suffering pet dog with his bare hands while explaining to the audience how there are times when we require someone to do the unpleasant thing yet the necessary thing. Along this theme we follow Francis "Frank" Underwood, a power hungry Democratic congressman from South Carolina and House majority whip. Wikipedia

Starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Corey Stoll, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly and many others worth mentioning.

Based on House of Cards by Michael Dobbs and House of Cards by Andrew Davies

House of Cards (BBC)

After the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, the ruling Conservative Party is about to elect a new leader. Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), an MP and the Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons, introduces viewers to the contestants, from which Henry "Hal" Collingridge (David Lyon) emerges victorious. Urquhart is secretly contemptuous of the well-meaning but weak Collingridge, but expects promotion to a senior position in the Cabinet. After the general election, which the party wins by a reduced majority, Urquhart makes his suggestions for a cabinet reshuffle that includes his desired promotion. However, Collingridge – citing Harold Macmillan's political demise after sacking half his Cabinet – effects no changes at all. Urquhart resolves to oust Collingridge, with encouragement from his wife, Elizabeth (Diane Fletcher).

Based on House of Cards by Michael Dobbs
Written by Andrew Davis and Michael Dobbs
Directed by Paul Seed

Starring Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, David Lyon, Diane Fletcher

Broadcast 1990

Monday, January 19, 2015


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Eragon (Ed Speleers) is a 15-year-old farm boy who lives in the small village of Carvahall in the fictional country of Alagaësia. The story begins with Arya, an elf and princess of Ellesméra, running for her life with a "stone" stolen from the evil king, Galbatorix. She is surrounded by a ring of fire created by a shade (dark sorcerer) called Durza, Wikipedia

Directed by Stefen Fangmeier
Screenplay by Peter Buchman

Based on a novel by Christopher Paolini

Starring Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, 
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Hugh Johnson

Released in 2006 104 minutes