Friday, May 15, 2015

Attack the Block

Walking home on Bonfire Night through "The Ends" in Brixton, new-to-the-area nurse Samantha Adams (Jodie Whittaker) is mugged by a small gang of teenage hoodlums: Pest (Alex Esmail), Dennis (Franz Drameh), Jerome (Leeon Jones), Biggz (Simon Howard) and leader Moses (John Boyega). The attack is interrupted when a meteorite falls from the sky into a nearby car, giving Samantha the chance to escape. As Moses searches the wreck of the car for valuables his face is scratched by a pale, hairless, eyeless dog-sized creature; the object which fell from the sky was its cocoon. 

Directed by Joe Cornish
Produced by Nira Park, James Wilson, 
Starring Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard
Music by Basement Jaxx, Steven Price
Cinematography Tom Townend
Edited by Jonathan Amos

Released in 2011
Run time 88 minutes


On Earth, crop blight has caused global civilization to regress into a failing agrarian society. Widowed former pilot and NASA astronaut Cooper runs a farm with his father-in-law, fifteen-year-old son, and ten-year-old daughter Murphy ("Murph"), who believes her room is haunted by a poltergeist trying to communicate with her by knocking books off the shelves. Cooper concludes that Murphy's "ghost" is an unknown intelligence using gravitational waves to send a set of binary coded coordinates in the dust. These direct them to a secret NASA installation. -Wikipedia

Directed by Christopher Nolan
Produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst
Written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, John Lithgow

Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Hoyte van Hoytema
Edited by Lee Smith

Released in 2014
Run time 169 minutes

Beyond Bollywood

Beyond Bollywood is a feature documentary filmed over a period of four years, that follows the journeys of four characters working on the fringes of the worlds’ biggest film industry. In Mumbai, where the stark contrast between the rich and the poor is blatantly apparent, the reality is a grueling process in a cut-throat industry, churning out more films a year than any other film industry in the world. The film intricately weaves together four narrative stories of an Australian backpacker who stumbles upon a career as ‘the white extra’; a powerful Union worker who becomes the ‘leader’ of the laborers on set; a diva make-up artist who is popular for creating the glamorous look of Bollywood actresses; and a small-town girl who holds onto her naïve hopes of one day “making it” in Bollywood, like her favorite superstar. By intertwining the stories, the universal story that lingers deep within everyone that is drawn to the entertainment industry is told: the dream to become somebody; a superstar in their own right. -Website

Actors Pooja Kasekar, Prem Singh Thakur, Ojas Rajani, Harry Key

Producer: Manas Malhotra
Co-Producers: Adam Dow & Ruchika Muchhala
Co-Directors: Adam Dow & Ruchika Muchhala
Cinematographer: Adam Dow
Editor: Monisha Baldawa
Sound: Kamood Kharade
Additional Editors: Darren Lund & Atanu Mukherjee
Music Composers: Tarun Shahani & Vinayak Manohar

Guten Tag, Ramón

The film tells the heartwarming story of a young man from a small Mexican town who travels to Germany to find work to support his family and becomes stranded without shelter or money. He struggles to survive on the streets until he meets Ruth, a lonely senior citizen with whom he develops an astonishing and touching friendship that transcends borders and prejudices. -IMDB

Written and Directed by Jorge Ramirez Suarez
Starring Kristyan Ferrer, Ingeborg Schoner, Adriana Barraza, Arcelia Ramirez, Rudiger Evers, Hector Kotsifakis

Released in 2013
Run time 120 minutes

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Shirley Valentine

Shirley Valentine is a 42 year-old Liverpudlian bored housewife whose life and initially enriching marriage has settled into a narrow and unsatisfying rut, leaving few real friends and her childhood dreams unaccomplished. When her flamboyant friend Jane (Alison Steadman) wins a trip for two to Greece, Shirley uncharacteristically puts herself first and accepts her invitation. -Wikipedia

Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Produced by Lewis Gilbert
Screenplay by Willy Russell
Based on Shirley Valentine a play by Willy Russell
Starring Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Alison Steadman, Julia McKenzie, Joanna Lumley
Music by Willy Russell
Dinematography Alan Hume
Edited by Lesley Walker

Released in 1989
Run time 108 minutes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Harlem Rides the Range

Bob Blake (Herb Jeffries) and his sidekick Rusty (Lucius Brooks) are two cowboys riding across the countryside in search of adventure. They come across a ranch where it appears a murder has taken place but they find the victim of the crime, Jim Dennison (Leonard Christmas), still alive. Dennison is hiding in fear of his life after what had taken place at the ranch. Bob sees a picture of the rancher’s daughter Margaret (Artie Young) and falls in love at first sight; he cannot stop talking about how beautiful the girl in the picture is. Bob drops a glove when he leaves the ranch, which causes problems later. -Wikipedia

Herbert Jeffrey (Jeffries)

Directed by Richard C. Kahn
Produced by Richard C. Kahn, Alfred N.Sack
Written by F.E. Miller, Spencer Williams
Starring Herb Jeffries (Jeffrey), Lucius Brooks, F. E. Miller, Artie Young, Clarence Brooks, Spencer Williams, Tom Southern, Leonard Christmas, Wade Dumas, John Thomas, The Four Tones

Released 1939
Run time 56 minutes

The Madwoman of Chaillot

The story is of a modern society endangered by power and greed and the rebellion of the "little people" against corrupt and soulless authority.
A group of four prominent men, The General (Paul Henreid), The Commissar (Oskar Homolka), The Chairman (Yul Brynner) and The Prospector (Donald Pleasence) discuss how they can increase their fortunes. The Prospector tells them that there is oil in the middle of Paris and they resolve to acquire the rights with or without the consent of the people of Paris. Countess Aurelia (Katharine Hepburn), the "madwoman" of the title, learns of this plan to drill for oil under the very streets of her district from Roderick (Richard Chamberlain) an activist and The Ragpicker (Danny Kaye). She enlists the help of her friends, a motley crew of "little people" who include the "madwomen" of neighbouring districts, Constance, the Madwoman of Passy (Margaret Leighton), Gabrielle, the Madwoman of St. Sulpice (Giulietta Masina). A trial takes place in the Countess' cellar presided over by Aurelia's friend Josephine (Edith Evans), the Madwoman of La Concorde as judge and the Ragpicker as the lawyer for the defense. -Wikipedia

Directed by Bryan Forbes
Produced by Ely A. Landau, Anthony b. Unger
Written by Edward Anhalt, Maurice Valency, Jean Giraudous
Starring Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Oskar Homolka, Yul Brynner, Richard Chamberlain, Edith Evans
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Cinematography Burnett Guffey, Claude Renoir
Edited by Roger dwyre

Released 1969
Run time 132 minutes