Thursday, October 23, 2014

Codebreaker: The Story of Alan Turing






The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life, Turing visited a psychiatrist, Dr. Franz Greenbaum, who tried to help him. Each therapy session in this drama documentary is based on real events. The conversations between Turing and Greenbaum explore the pivotal moments in his controversial life and examine the pressures that may have contributed to his early death. The film also includes the testimony of people who actually knew and remember Turing. Plus, this film features interviews with contemporary experts from the world of technology and high science including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. These contributors bring Turing's exciting impact up to the present day, explaining why, in many ways, modern technology has only just begun to explore the potential of Turing's ideas. Written byPatrick Sammon

Released in 2012 Run time 81 minutes

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson




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

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No Such Thing






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

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Down and Out in Beverly Hills




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

Yatterman





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




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

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Cold Turkey



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

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