Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hunchback Of Notre Dame

1923 117 minutes

1939 118 minutes

1997 91 minutes

1997 98 minutes

The story begins on Epiphany (6 January), 1482, the day of the Feast of Fools in Paris, France. Quasimodo, a deformed hunchback who is the bell-ringer of Notre Dame, is introduced by his crowning as the Pope of Fools.
Esmeralda, a beautiful Gypsy street dancer with a kind and generous heart, captures the hearts of many men, including those of Captain Phoebus and Pierre Gringoire, a poor street poet, but especially Quasimodo and his adoptive father, Claude Frollo, the Archdeacon of Notre Dame. Frollo is torn between his obsessive lust and the rules of the church. He orders Quasimodo to kidnap her, but the hunchback is captured by Phoebus and his guards, who save Esmeralda. Gringoire, witnessing all this, accidentally trespasses into the Court of Miracles, home of the Truands (criminals of Paris). He was about to be hanged under the orders of Clopin Trouillefou, the King of Truands, until Esmeralda saved his life by marrying him. Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fish Story

In 1975, an obscure rock band called Gekirin record a song called "Fish Story" that anticipates the sound of punk rock that's just beginning in New York and London. The band breaks up shortly after "Fish Story" is released due to record company interference, but the song has an ongoing life over the years. The film jumps between decades as the recording plays a role in several seemingly unrelated scenarios: a member of the hospitality staff on a ferry (Mirai Moriyama) wins the heart of a beautiful girl while battling hijackers; Masaru (Gaku Hamada) and his buddies look for women on a lonely and boring evening; a comet heads towards Earth while a strange man in a record store lectures those around him about the impending destruction of the Earth; and how Gekirin came to write the song.

Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura
Written by Kotaro Isaka
Based on a novel and a screenplay by Tamio Hayashi 
Starring Vincent Giry, Faku Hamada, Atsushi Ito, Kengo Kora

Released in 2009 run time 112 minutes

Source: Wikipedia

A Powerful Noise

"Hanh is an HIV-positive widow in Vietnam. Nada, a survivor of the Bosnian war. And Jacqueline works the slums of Bamako, Mali. A Powerful Noise takes you inside the lives of these women to witness their daily challenges and significant victories over poverty and oppression." From Blog

Released in 2009 Run time 182 minutes

Spiritual Voices: From the Diaries of a War

"In 1994 Sokurov accompanied Russian troops to a post on the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border. The result was "Spiritual Voices: From the Diaries of a War," a 327-minute cinematic meditation on the war and the spirit of the Russian army. Landscape photography is featured in the film, but the music (including works by Mozart, Messiaen and Beethoven) and the sound are also particularly important. Soldiers’ jargon and the combination of animal sounds, sighs and other location sounds in the fog and other visual effects give the film a phantasmagorical feel. The film brings together all the elements that characterize Sokurov’s films: long takes, elaborate filming and image processing methods, a mix of documentary and fiction, the importance of the landscape and the sense of a filmmaker who brings transcendence to everyday gestures." Wikipedia 

Released in 1995 Run time 327 minutes

Masizakhe: Building Each Other

"The Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth is home to a group of dynamic young artists dedicated to the upliftment of their community through cultural activism. This film explores the collective identity of these activists through their ideologies and diverse initiatives."  Website

This film is a look into the post apartheid era. The idea is not to prosecute or persecute crimes and criminals from the era, it is to know the past and shape the future. These artists hope to remove the lingering chains of colonialism and to build a society which welcomes all and provides opportunities for all. ~Mike 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Unknown Known

Released in 2013 Run time 103 minutes

Okay I'll lighten up a little. Let's just say the man is a master craftsman of hubris.  ~Mike

Ebola: Diary of a Killer

Preview on website

Ebola, one of the most deadly viruses known to himankind, struck a town in Zaire in January 1995, ultimately causing the agonizing death of 80 percent of its victims-many of them healthcare workers.
-From Website

Released in 1996 Run time 61 minutes