Friday, February 24, 2017

Redline



In the future, on the planet Dorothy, a world dominated by canine humanoids, pompadour-wearing "Sweet" JP races in the planet's Yellowline car race, a final elimination race despite two interplanetary wars to the most popular race in the galaxy, the Redline. The crowd is watching the race on an outdoor giant monitor screen in the desert town of the Water Stop. His mechanic, Joshua "Frisbee" Flathead, is watching the televised race with a mafia boss. The gambling boss is concerned that JP might attempt to win the fixed race but Frisbee reassures him that JP needs bail bond funds from the pay-off. JP attempts to win anyway while Frisbee resorts to using a remote detonator transmitter hidden in the palm of his hand which the mob boss doesn't notice, causing JP's TransAM20000 to explode and making the 'Crab Sonoshee Sea' hovercraft piloted by female racer Sonoshee "Cherry Boy Hunter" McLaren the winner.

Directed byTakeshi Koike
Produced by
  • Kentarō Yoshida
  • Yukiko Koike
Screenplay by
  • Katsuhito Ishii
  • Yōji Enokido
  • Yoshiki Sakurai
Story byKatsuhito Ishii
Starring
  • Takuya Kimura
  • Yū Aoi
  • Tatsuya Gashūin
  • Yoshinori Okada
  • Kanji Tsuda
  • Yoshiyuki Morishita
  • Akemi
  • Takeshi Aono
  • Kōsei Hirota
  • Unshō Ishizuka
  • Kenta Miyake
  • Kōji Ishii
  • Chō
  • Kenyu Horiuchi
  • Tadanobu Asano
Music byJames Shimoji
CinematographyRyu Takizawa
Edited by
  • Satoshi Terauchi
  • Naoki Kawanishi
Production
company
Madhouse
Distributed byTohokushinsha Film
Release date
  • August 14, 2009 (2009-08-14) (Locarno)
  • October 9, 2010 (2010-10-09) (Japan)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget$30 million

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness




The documentary follows the story of an eighteen-year-old girl, who survives an honor killing attempt by her father and uncle. The protagonist has a solid stance on not forgiving her attackers; however, the public pressures her into forgiving. By doing that, the attackers are freed and can return home.

Directed bySharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Produced byTina Brown
Sheila Nevins (ex. producer)
Production
company
SOC Films
HBO Documentary Films
Distributed byHBO
Release date
  • October 28, 2015
Running time
40 minutes
CountryUS/Pakistan
LanguageEnglish, Punjabi

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The Listeners: A Documentary about Suicide Hotline Volunteers



The Listeners follows new volunteer trainees in suicide prevention as they answer suicide hotlines. Through their eyes and ears the film examines mental health and suicide prevention, volunteerism and the life-saving power of empathy.

Director Bob Hurst


Pushing Daisies



Pushing Daisies centers on the life of Ned (Lee Pace), a pie maker gifted with the mysterious ability to reanimate the dead by touching them. Some conditions come with this talent. Ned quickly learns that if something is revived for more than exactly one minute, a similar "life value" in the vicinity drops dead, as a form of balance. Additionally, if he touches the revived person or thing a second time, it dies again, this time permanently.

GenreComedy-drama
Black comedy
Fantasy
Mystery
Created byBryan Fuller
Starring
  • Lee Pace
  • Anna Friel
  • Chi McBride
  • Field Cate
  • Ellen Greene
  • Swoosie Kurtz
  • Kristin Chenoweth
Narrated byJim Dale
Composer(s)Jim Dooley
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes22
  • Bryan Fuller
  • Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Dan Jinks
  • Bruce Cohen
  • Brooke Kennedy
  • Peter Ocko
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
  • The Jinks/Cohen Company
  • Living Dead Guy Productions
  • Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Picture format
  • 480i (SDTV)
  • 720p (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 3, 2007 (2007-10-03) – June 13, 2009

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Last Life in the Universe



Kenji is a lonely librarian in the Japan Foundation in Bangkok. Living in an apartment full of precise stacks of books, his half-hearted attempts to kill himself are continually interrupted by the people around him. Kenji's most notable obstacle is his self-absorbed brother, Yukio, a yakuza, or Japanese gangster. Yukio fled from Japan to escape the wrath of his employer, with whose daughter he had had sex. Yukio's friend Takashi suggests that if it were his daughter, he would have the despoiler killed, but Kenji's brother laughs this warning off. Yukio frequents a club where he can enjoy the attention of a bunny-eared hostess, a local girl named Nid. Nid's sister, Noi, is furious at her sibling for having slept with her boyfriend, Jon.

Directed byPen-Ek Ratanaruang
Produced byWouter Barendrecht,
Nonzee Nimibutr
Written byPen-Ek Ratanaruang,
Prabda Yoon
StarringTadanobu Asano,
Sinitta Boonyasak,
Sinitta Boonyasak,
Music byHualampong Riddim & Small Room
CinematographyChristopher Doyle
Distributed byFive Star Production,
Cinemasia,
Fortissimo Films
Release date
8 August 2003
Running time
112 min
LanguageThai, Japanese, English

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter



Kumiko is a twenty-nine year old office lady who lives in utter solitude in Tokyo. She works a dreadful, dead-end job under a boss she hates, is intimidated by her well-off peers, and nagged by her overbearing mother to find a man and get married. The only joys in her life come from her pet rabbit, Bunzo, and a VHS copy of the film Fargo, which she found in a secluded cave on the shore. Convinced the film is based on a true story, Kumiko obsesses over a scene in which a character played by Steve Buscemi buries a satchel of ransom money along a snowy highway and begins taking notes while watching the worn-out tape. Kumiko even attempts to steal an atlas from a library, only to be caught by the security guard, who pities her and allows her to take the page on Minnesota.

Directed byDavid Zellner
Produced by
  • Jim Burke
  • Andrew Banks
  • Cameron Lamb
  • Chris Ohlson
  • Nathan Zellner
Written by
  • David Zellner
  • Nathan Zellner
Starring
  • Rinko Kikuchi
  • Nobuyuki Katsube
Music byThe Octopus Project
CinematographySean Porter
Edited byMelba Jodorowsky
Production
company
  • Ad Hominem Enterprises
  • Lila 9th Productions
Distributed byAmplify
Release date
  • January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) (Sundance)
  • February 8, 2014 (2014-02-08) (Berlin)
  • March 13, 2015
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language
  • English
  • Japanese
Box office$543,894

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Ovarian Psychos



Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color. The film intimately chronicles Xela as she struggles to strike a balance between her activism and nine year old daughter Yoli; street artist Andi who is estranged from her family and journeys to become a leader within the crew; and bright eyed recruit Evie, who despite poverty, and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother, discovers a newfound confidence.