Monday, December 15, 2014

Underwater Dreams

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.
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The River Ran Red: The 1892 Homestead Steel Strike

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The story of the bloody 1892 Homestead strike is told in eloquent words and images. Industrialism's smokestacks and soot, mud streets and tenements, are shown in gritty photographs and expressive illustrations. Gaunt-faced work gangs dressed in rough-and-ready overalls contrast sharply with formal portraits of the titans of industry, who all seem stuffed a bit too tightly into their three-piece suits. But objectivity is served as participants on all sides of the dispute—Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Carnegie, the strike leaders—explain exactly why they are willing to die for their principles. Narrated by Blair Brown. Grades 8 and up. Color and black-and-white. 58 minutes. ©1993.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Doi, Toshikuni Dokyumnetari DVD Box

Independent Journalist Toshikuni Doi Website

A brief bio of Toshikuni, Doi

Toshikuni Doi, born in 1953, is a Japanese independent journalist. He has published numerous articles in many first-class journals and has made scores of documentary films for news programs. He also has thirteen books published in Japan.
Since 1985, he has visited the occupied territories many times and almost lived there for months, extensively reporting from Palestinian villages and refugee camps. Spring 2009, he completed film series, "Unheard voice – Palestine, Occupation and People," "based on his 17 years coverage in Palestine and Israel. The final part of the series, "Breaking the Silence," won three film awards, including the Waseda Journalism Award in Memory of Ishibashi Tanzan for public contribution, in Japan.
He also has covered Asia, notably atomic bomb victims in Korea who were in Hiroshima or Nagasaki in 1945, Korean women who were forced to become sex workers/slaves by the Japanese army, and street children in Thailand and Vietnam. His coverage of the Japanese government's refugee policy has been much praised. Since April 2003, he has visited Iraq under occupation four times, focusing on civilian victims of war, women's rights and prisoners' mistreatment, or torture. His documentary film, "Fallujah in April 2004," was shown in Europe and the US including the Milano Film Festival.
He has also traveled extensively in the U.S.A.

JuJu Music: A Film by Jacques Holender

This programme offers an interesting live-action look at a culture, its music, and their integral connections that has previously been unexplored in such detail"

“One of the most thrilling and informative videos on African music around”

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Moog: A Film by Hans Fjellestad

A very informative and entertaining documentary about the synthesizer and the man who changed the sound of the planet. ~Mike

Robert Moog passed away in 2005. Obituary

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Noah


Full Movie

Robert Strauss delivers an amazing performance. Loneliness, after atomic destruction of every animal on the planet. 

IMDB's Filmography on Robert Strauss

Geoffrey Holder (The Voice) IMDB

For the Bible Tells Me So


Full Program

An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community.
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Every Three Seconds

In a world where so many are searching for meaning, we now have the opportunity, for the first time in human history, to be part of something absolutely amazing. We, the generations alive right now, could be the ones to end hunger and extreme poverty everywhere. We've cut both in half since 1970, and now it's time to finish the make poverty history. EVERY THREE SECONDS tells the compelling stories of five everyday people (a kid, a college student, a thirty-something and two seniors) who stepped up and took action in the fight against hunger and poverty, and who, in the process, ended up both transforming themselves and changing the world. 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Short Peace (ショート・ピース Shōto Pīsu)

Short Peace (ショート・ピース Shōto Pīsu) is a multimedia project composed of four short anime films produced by Sunrise and Shochiku, and a video game developed by Crispy's Inc. and Grasshopper Manufacture. The four films were released in Japanese theaters on July 20, 2013 and will be screened in North America during April 2014. Sentai Filmworks have licensed the films for North America.

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Tina Fey

Mean Girls

30 Rock

30 Rock

Baby Mama

Invention of Lying


Date Night



Mupppets Most Wanted

Tina Fey first broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group The Second City. She then joined SNL as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer, known for her position as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment. In 2004, she co-starred in and wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls, which was partly adapted from a book. After leaving SNL in 2006, she created the television series 30 Rock, a situation comedy loosely based on her experiences at SNL. In the series, Fey portrays the head writer of a fictional sketch comedy series. In 2008, she starred in the comedy film Baby Mama, alongside former SNL co-star Amy Poehler. Fey next appeared alongside Steve Carell in the 2010 comedy film Date Night and with Will Ferrell in the animated film Megamind.

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Melissa McCarthy

Gilmore Girls

Brides Maids

The Heat

Identity Thief


Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, a farmer. Her recent ancestors were from County Cork, Ireland. McCarthy began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her acting skills at The Actors Studio and appeared in many stage productions in the city before moving to Los Angeles in the late-1990s. -IMDB

Friday, November 7, 2014

Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution

(Alphaville: A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution) is a 1965 black-and-white French science fiction film noir directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It stars Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard Vernon and Akim Tamiroff. The film won the Golden Bear award of the 15th Berlin International Film Festival in 1965.
Alphaville combines the genres of dystopian science fiction and film noir. There are no special props or futuristic sets; instead, the film was shot in real locations in Paris, the night-time streets of the capital becoming the streets of Alphaville, while modernist glass and concrete buildings (that in 1965 were new and strange architectural designs) represent the city's interiors. The film is set in the future but the characters also refer to twentieth century events; for example, the hero describes himself as a Guadalcanal veteran.

Released in 1965 Run time 99 minutes

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Escape from LA

My favorite John Carpenter and Kurt Russell movie. Yes it's bad. Yes it's hokey. But consider this Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier, Stacy Keach and Bruce Campbell all in the same movie. What more could you ask for?

Released in 1996 Run time 101 minutes

"On August 23, 2000, an earthquake strikes Los Angeles, causing the San Fernando Valley to flood and turning a portion of California into an island from Malibu to Anaheim. An American presidential candidate (portrayed by Cliff Robertson), who is also an outspoken Christian theocrat, has been saying that L.A. is a "city of sin," and that "like the mighty fist of God, waters will rise up and separate this sinful, sinful city from our country." The candidate is shortly elected president and, by an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, his term is made permanent. The president's new policies include relocating the capital from Washington, D.C. to his hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia, and declaring that anyone not conforming to the new "Moral America" laws he creates (banning such things as tobacco, alcoholic beverages, red meat, firearms, profanity, non-Christian religions, atheism, and non-marital sex) will be deported to Los Angeles Island or can choose repentance and death by electrocution as an alternative. A containment wall is built around the island with armed guards and watchtowers posted. Those sent to the island are exiled permanently."
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They Saved Hitler's Brain


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This movie is just bad. A group of Nazis were able to save Adolph's head and transport it to South America. As you can see in the pictures it is not a very happy head. It screams orders to the Nazis through some sort of telepathic Nazi communication. Funny. Very Funny! ~Mike

Released in 1963 91 minutes 

Meteor (1979)

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I think Meteor is one of the best 70's disaster movies. The cast is pretty amazing. However Brian Keith trying to speak Russian leaves a lot to be desired. On the other hand Natalie Wood's Russian is outstanding. The film has excellent special effects and among other luminaries of Hollywood Sean Connery and Karl Malden. 

Released in 1979 Run time 107 minutes

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Witness for the Prosecution

Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton), a master barrister in ill health, takes on Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) as a client, despite the objections of his private nurse, Miss Plimsoll (Elsa Lanchester), who says the doctor warns him against taking on any criminal cases. Vole is accused of murdering Mrs. Emily French (Norma Varden), a rich, older widow who had become enamored of him, going so far as to make him the main beneficiary of her will. Strong circumstantial evidence all points to Vole as the killer.
When Sir Wilfrid speaks with Vole's German wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich), he finds her rather cold and self-possessed, but she does provide an alibi. Therefore, he is greatly surprised when she is called as a witness for the prosecution. While a wife cannot testify against her husband, it is shown that Christine was in fact still married to another man when she wed Leonard (although Vole, believing in good faith that he was married to Christine at the time, might still have qualified under the spousal privilege rule). She testifies that Leonard admitted to her that he had killed Mrs. French, and that her conscience forced her to finally tell the truth.
During the trial (in the Old Bailey, carefully recreated by art director Alexandre Trauner), Sir Wilfrid is contacted by a mysterious woman, who (for a fee) provides him with letters written by Christine herself to a mysterious lover named Max. The affair revealed by this correspondence gives Christine such a strong motive to have lied that the jury finds Leonard not guilty.
However, Sir Wilfrid is troubled by the verdict. His instincts tell him that it was "...too neat, too tidy, and altogether...too symmetrical!". His belief proves correct when Christine, left alone with him by chance in the courtroom, takes the opportunity to take credit for the verdict. Sir Wilfrid had told her before the trial that " jury would believe an alibi given by a loving wife". So, she had instead given testimony implicating her husband, had then forged the letters to the non-existing Max and had herself in disguise played the mysterious woman handing over the letters which then discredited her own testimony and led to the acquittal. She furthermore admits that she saved Leonard even though she knew he was guilty because she loves him.
Leonard has overheard Christine's admission and Sir Wilfrid was infuriated for being had. Being protected by double jeopardy, Leonard coldly tells Christine that he has met a younger woman (Ruta Lee) and leaves her. In a jealous rage, Christine grabs a knife used as evidence (which had been subtly highlighted by Sir Wilfrid) and stabs Leonard to death. After she is taken away by the police, Sir Wilfrid, urged on by Miss Plimsoll, declares that he will take on her defense.
The film ends with a voice-over suggesting to the viewer not to divulge the ending of the film to anyone.

Released in 1957 Run time 116 minutes
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Elmer Gantry

The novel tells the story of a young, narcissistic, womanizing college athlete who abandons his early ambition to become a lawyer. The legal profession does not suit the unethical Gantry, who then becomes a notorious and cynical alcoholic. Gantry is mistakenly ordained as a Baptist minister, briefly acts as a "New Thought" evangelist, and eventually becomes a Methodist minister. He acts as manager for Sharon Falconer, an itinerant evangelist. Gantry becomes her lover but loses both her and his position when she is killed in a fire at her new tabernacle.
During his career, Gantry contributes to the downfall, physical injury, and even death of key people around him, including a genuine minister, Frank Shallard. Ultimately Gantry marries well and obtains a large congregation in Lewis's fictional Midwestern city of Zenith.

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Released in 1960 Run time 146 minutes

This is a great film Burt Lancaster delivers! ~Mike

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1956, 1984)



The story of Winston Smith presents the world in the year 1984, after a global atomic war, via his perception of life in Airstrip One (the former United Kingdom), a province of Oceania, one of the world's three superstates; his intellectual rebellion against the Party and illicit romance with Julia; and his consequent imprisonment, interrogation, torture, and re-education by the Thinkpol in the Miniluv.

Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in Oceania, one of three inter-continental superstates that divided the world among themselves after a global war. Most of the action takes place in London, the "chief city of Airstrip One", the Oceanic province that "had once been called England or Britain". Posters of the Party leader, Big Brother, bearing the caption "BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU", dominate the city, while the ubiquitous telescreen (transceiving television set) monitors the private and public lives of the populace. The social class hierarchy of Oceania has three levels:
  • (I) the upper-class Inner Party, the elite ruling minority, who make up 2% of the population.
  • (II) the middle-class Outer Party, who make up 13% of the population.
  • (III) the lower-class Proles (from proletariat), who make up 85% of the population and represent the uneducated working class.
As the government, the Party controls the population with four ministries:
  • the Ministry of Peace (Minipax) deals with war,
  • the Ministry of Plenty (Miniplenty) deals with economic affairs (rationing and starvation),
  • the Ministry of Love (Miniluv) deals with law and order (torture and brainwashing),
  • the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue) deals with news, entertainment, education and art (propaganda).
The protagonist Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party, works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth as an editor, revising historical records to make the past conform to the ever-changing party line and deleting references to unpersons, people who have been "vaporised", i.e. not only killed by the state, but denied existence even in history or memory.
The story of Winston Smith begins on 4 April 1984: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen"; yet he is uncertain of the true date, given the régime's continual rewriting and manipulation of history. His memories and his reading of the proscribed book, The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, by Emmanuel Goldstein, reveal that after the Second World War, the United Kingdom fell to civil war and then was absorbed into Oceania. Simultaneously, the USSR conquered mainland Europe and established the second superstate of Eurasia. The third superstate, Eastasia, comprises the regions of East Asia and Southeast Asia. The three superstates wage perpetual war for the remaining unconquered lands of the world, forming and breaking alliances as is convenient. From his childhood (1949–53), Winston remembers the Atomic Wars fought in Europe, western Russia, and North America. It is unclear to him what occurred first: the Party's victory in the civil war, the US annexation of the British Empire, or the war in which Colchester was bombed. However, his strengthening memories and the story of his family's dissolution suggest that the atomic bombings occurred first (the Smiths took refuge in a tube station), followed by civil war featuring "confused street fighting in London itself", and the societal postwar reorganisation, which the Party retrospectively calls "the Revolution".

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Rethink Afghanistan

Part 1: More Troops + Afghanistan = Catastrophe, questions the value of increasing the number of US troops in Afghanistan.
Part 2: The Most Dangerous Country in the World argues that the ongoing conflict may further destabilized Pakistan, an unpredictable and volatile nuclear power.
Part 3: The Cost of War explores the financial impact of the war, calculating that it could easily cost American taxpayers in excess of a trillion dollars.
Part 4: Civilian Casualities looks at the death and damage that children and other innocent non-combatants suffer as the war continues.
Part 5: Women of Afghanistan debunks the claim that American troops support a feminist revolution. In this chapter, Afghan women report that they are suffering more than they did under the Taliban.
Part 6: Security features a variety of CIA and other experts predict that this military action will ultimately make the US less safe, increase anti-American sentiment abroad, and create more terrorists.

Released in 2009
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