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

Propaganda





Compelling imagery, this film looks at the hyper consumerism of most western societies. Employing zealous, political fervor, the film paints Dear Leader and North Korea as fighters for morality and the rights of everyone. The well established techniques of propaganda are used almost to perfection. ~Mike

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

Source: IMDB

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

Source: Wikipedia


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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

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

Source: Wikipedia

Giant







Jordan "Bick" Benedict (Rock Hudson), head of a wealthy Texas ranching family, travels to Maryland to buy War Winds, a horse he is planning to put out to stud. There he meets and courts socialite Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor), who ends a budding relationship with Sir David Karfrey (Rod Taylor) and marries Bick.
They return to Texas to start their life together on the family ranch, Reata, where Bick's sister Luz Benedict (Mercedes McCambridge) runs the household. Luz resents Leslie's presence and attempts to intimidate her. Jett Rink (James Dean) works for Luz and hopes to find his fortune by leaving Texas; he is also secretly in love with Leslie.

Directed by George Stevens
Produced by George Stevens
Screenplay by Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat
Based on Giant by Edna Ferber
Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Elsa Cardenas
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography William C. Mellor
Edited by William HOrnbeck, Phil Anderson, Fred Bohanan

Released in 1956 Run time 201 minutes

Source: Wikipedia

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fed Up




Fed Up shows how the first dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. government 30 years ago overlooked the role of dietary sugar in increasing risks of obesity, diabetes, and associated ill-health outcomes, particularly in children. Since these guidelines effectively condoned unlimited addition of sugar to foods consumed by children, sugar consumption has greatly increased, obesity has skyrocketed, and generations of children have grown up far fatter than their parents. These children face impaired health and shorter lifespans as a result. As the relationship between the high-sugar diet and poor health has emerged, entrenched sugar industry interests with almost unlimited financial lobbying resources have beaten back attempts by parents, schools, states, and in Congress to provide a healthier diet for children.

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig
Produced by Stephanie Soechtig, Sarah Olson, Eve Marson, Kristin Lazure, Sarah Gibson, Katie Couric
Written by Stephanie Soechtig, Mark Monroe
Cinematography Scott Sinkler
Edited by Brian David Lazarte, Tina Nguyen, Dan Swietlik

Released in 2014 Run time 92 minutes

Source: Wikipedia

Everyone should watch this video, especially those with children. It is important for everyone. ~Mike



Persepolis




The film begins at the airport where Marjane Satrapi (Chiara Mastroianni) is unable to board a plane to Iran. She then takes a seat and smokes. She looks back at her childhood. She remembers the good and bad times with her family, especially all the political issues going on. As a young girl, Marji lived in Tehran and wanted to be a prophet and a disciple of Bruce Lee. Her childhood ambition is the general uprising against the Shah of Iran. Her middle-class family participates in all the rallies and protests. Marji wants to have pride in her future. Marji and a group of friends attempt to attack a young boy whose father, a member of SAVAK, killed Communists for no particular reason. One day, Marji's Uncle Anoush arrives to have dinner with the family after recently being released from his nine-year sentence in prison. Uncle Anoush inspires Marji with his stories of his life on the run from the government, a result of rebelling. Political enemies cease fighting and elections for a new leading power commence. Marji's family's situation does not improve as they are profoundly upset when Islamic Fundamentalists win the elections with 99.99% of the vote and start repressing Iranian society...

Directed by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Produced by Xavier Rigault, Marc-Antoine Robert, Kathleen Kennedy
Screenplay by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Based on Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Starring Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian
Music by Olivier Bernet
Edited by Stephane Roche
Production Company The Kennedy/Marshell Company

Released in 2007 Run time 95 minutes

Source: Wikipedia

The Red Violin





The Red Violin is a 1998 Canadian drama film directed by François Girard. It spans four centuries and five countries as it tells the story of a mysterious violin and its many owners. The film was an international co-production among companies in Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
The film frames the history of the "Red Violin" around a Canadian auction in 1997, where the violin is at the center of multiple bids by interested parties, and a tarot card reading in 1681, where a violinmaker's wife has her future read for herself and her unborn child (and, by extension, that of the violin).

Directed by Francois Girard
Produced by Niv Fichman
Written by Don McKellar, Fancois Girard
Starring Samual L. Jackson, Colm Feore, Monique Mercure, Don McKellar, Sylvia Chang, Jason Flemyng, Greta Scacchi, Carlo Cecchi
Music by John Corigliano
Cinematography Alain Dostie
Edited by Gaetan Huot

Source: Wikipedia

Enemy of the State




In the late 90's, U.S. Congress moves to pass new legislation that dramatically expands the surveillance powers of intelligence agencies on individuals, opposing political parties, non-profit movements and groups. However, one congressman, Phil Hammersley remains firmly opposed to its passage, since he objects on the passage with almost total destruction of privacy on American citizens, preventing the legislation to be passed into effect.
NSA official Thomas Reynolds meets with Hammersley in a public park to discuss about the passage. However, he drugs and murders Hammersley, spreads painkiller pills over his car, places him in the car and pushes it in a lake to make it look like a drug-induced accident. However, he is unaware of a video camera set up by wildlife researcher Daniel Zavitz that has captured the entire incident. Zavitz discovers the murder on footage, and alerts an underground journalist, at the same time transferring the video to an innocuous computer disc. Reynolds learns of Zavitz's footage, and sends a team to recover the video. While fleeing, Zavitz runs into an old college friend, labor lawyer Robert Clayton Dean. Zavitz secretly passes the computer disc into Dean's shopping bag without his knowledge. Zavitz flees and is killed when hit by a fire truck. Reynolds soon has the underground journalist killed.

Directed by Tony Scott
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Written by David Marconi
Starring Will Smith, Genehackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Regina King
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams and Trevor Rabin
Cinematography Dan Mindel
Edited by Chris Lebenzon

Source: Wikipedia

If you haven't seen it in awhile it needs to be re-watched. If you haven't seen it, watch it. ~Mike

Mai Wei (My Way)






This film is inspired by the true story of a Korean named Yang Kyoungjong who was captured by the Americans on D-Day. Yang Kyoungjong was conscripted into the Japanese Imperial Army, the Red Army and the Wehrmacht.

The year is 1928 in Gyeong-seong (modern-day Seoul), Korea. Young Kim Jun-shik (Shin Sang-yeob), his father (Chun Ho-jin) and sister Eun-soo (Jo Min-ah) work on the farm of the Hasegawa family (Sano Shiro, Nakamura Kumi) in Japanese-occupied Korea. Both Jun-shik and young Hasegawa Tatsuo (Sung Yoo-bin) are interested in running; by the time they are teenagers (Do Ji-han, Kobayashi Yukichi), they have become fierce competitors. Tatsuo's grandfather (Natsuyagi Isao) is killed in a bomb attack by a Korean freedom fighter and subsequently a Korean runner, Sohn Kee-chung (Yoon Hee-won), wins a marathon race against Japanese competitors, further inflaming Korean-Japanese tensions...

An outstanding epic. This film explores not only the horrors of war it also looks at the displacement of citizens and soldiers. One of the finest films I have ever seen. ~Mike

Directed by Kang Je-gyu
Produced by Kang Je-gyu, Kim Yong-hwa, James Choi
Written by Kim Byung-in, Na Hyun, Kang Je-gyu
Starring Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri, Fan Bingbing
Music by Lee Dong-jun
Cinematography Lee Mo-gae
Edited by Park Gok-ji

Released in 2012 Run time 119 minutes

Source: Wikipedia

Friday, October 10, 2014

GMO OMG (Genetically modified organism oh my God)




GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?
From Website

Released in 2014 Run time 84 minutes

A must see. ~Mike

Silent Snow: The Invisible Poisoning of the World



In Greenland there is an invisible threat to the environment that gives the young native born Greenlandic Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann a reason to embark on a journey around the globe to explore how it can be that there are so many toxins in the environment in Greenland. Where do the chemicals originate ? Greenland is hardly industrialize, so from where does the pollution come from ? The Documentary follows the travels with Pipaluk to Tanzania and Uganda where incredibly they still are spraying with DDT against the malaria mosquito. She also travels to India and Costa Rica to try to track down where the toxins that end up in Greenland, come from. 
-From Link

Released in 2011 Run time 71 minutes

Black Cat White Cat




Matko Destanov, a small-time Romani smuggler and profiteer, lives with his teenage son Zare in a ramshackle house by the Danube River in eastern Serbia near the Bulgarian border.
He has plans to acquire a whole train of smuggled fuel, which he finds at cut-price. To obtain a loan that would subsidize the heist, he visits Grga Pitić, a wheelchair-using old gangster, who's an old friend of Zarije Destanov, Matko's father and Zare's grandfather. Matko then plots the details of the job with an ally named Dadan, a rich, fun-living, drug-snorting gangster who has a harem, juggles grenades, and cheats at gambling. However, Dadan double-crosses him and glitches up the deal by giving Matko a drink that is drugged, and carrying out the job while Matko is unconscious, which means that Matko owes Dadan a great deal of cash. Matko cannot afford to pay, so Dadan makes a deal whereby he would forgive the debt, thereby wiping the slate clean, if Zare and Afrodita, Dadan's midget sister whom he desperately wants to marry off, get married.

Directed by Emir Kusturica
Produced by Karl Baumgartner and Maksa Catovic
Written by Emir Kusturica and Gordan Mihic

Starring 
Bajram Severdzan
Srdan Todorovic
Florijan Ajdini
Branka Katic

Music Nele Karajlic
Voja Aralica
Dejo Sparavalo
Release date 1999 Run time 135 minutes

Source: Wikipedia

Prem Pujari




Ramdev Bakshi (Dev Anand) is a peaceful, quiet man who is only interested in wildlife and nature. He is sent then to the Indo-Chinese border in the army by his father, a war hero. Here he refuses to lift his gun and attack. He is then court-martialled. Later he is captured by the Chinese and humiliated, but when a beautiful Chinese agent promises him a better future by working and spying for her (against India), he agrees but foils their wicked plans by spying over them. Later the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 breaks out. He joins in the action to show what he is made of by killing Pakistani soldiers hiding in the bushes in an Indian village in the Khemkaran sector.

Produced, directed, written by and starring Dev Anand
Starring
Waheeda Rehman
Shatrughan Sinha
Ashok Kumar
Madan Puri
Zaheeda

Cinematography Fali Mistry
Music S.D. Burman
Lyrics Neeraj
Hindi

Released in 1970 Run time 192 minutes

Southland Tales




On July 4th, 2005, in a fictionalized United States alternate history reality, two towns in Texas: El Paso and Abilene were destroyed by twin nuclear attacks that triggered a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions, sending America into a state of anarchy and hysteria, as well as a Third World War (a fictionalized perspective of what the War on Terror would've escalated to). The PATRIOT Act has extended authority to a new agency known as US-IDent, which keeps constant surveillance on citizens—even to the extent of censoring the Internet and requiring fingerprints to access computers and bank accounts. In response to the recent fuel shortage in the wake of global warfare, the German company Treer designs a generator of inexhaustible energy, which is propelled by the perpetual motion of ocean currents, called "Fluid Karma". However, its inventor Baron von Westphalen and his associates are hiding the fact that the generators alter the ocean's currents and cause the Earth to slow its rotation, and that the transmission of Fluid Karma to portable receivers (via quantum entanglement) is ripping holes in the fabric of space and time.

Written and Directed by Richard Kelly

Starring:
Dwayne Johnson
Seann William Scott
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Mandy Moore
Justin Timberlake
Miranda Richardson
Wallace Shawn
Bai Ling

Music by Moby

Released 2007 Run time 159 minutes

Source: Wikipedia




Henry Fool




Socially inept garbage-man Simon Grim is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty rogue and untalented novelist. Henry opens the world of literature to Simon, and inspires him to write "the great American poem". Simon struggles to get his work recognized, and it is often dismissed as pornographic tat, but Henry continues to push and inspire Simon to get the poem published.
Henry carries around a bundle of notebooks that he refers to as "His Confession," a work that details aspects of his mysterious past that he one day hopes to publish, when he and the world is ready for them. Henry's hedonistic antics cause all manner of turns in the lives of Simon's family, not least of which is impregnating Fay Grim (Simon's sister).
Source:Wikipedia

Written and Directed by Hal Hartley

Starring:
Thomas Jay Ryan
James Urbaniak 
Parker Posey 
Liam Aiken 
Maria Porter 
James Saito 
Kevin Corrigan 
Camille Paglia 

Released in 1998  Run time 137 minutes

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Andromeda





Andromeda (formally titled Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda) is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material by the late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, developed by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and produced by Roddenberry's widow, Majel Barrett.[1] It starred Kevin Sorbo as High Guard Captain Dylan Hunt. The series premiered on October 2, 2000, and ended on May 13, 2005.
Andromeda was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and produced by Tribune Entertainment and Fireworks Entertainment. It was distributed by Global TV (Fireworks' parent company) in Canada and syndicated in the United States on WGN and other channels.[2][3] It was picked up by the Sci-Fi Channel in the U.S. halfway through season four.[3] Andromeda is one of two TV series (to date) based upon concepts Roddenberry had created as early as the 1960s and 1970s. The name Dylan Hunt had also been used for the hero of two TV movie pilots Roddenberry had produced in the mid-1970s, Genesis II and Planet Earth, which had a similar premise. The other series posthumously created from Roddenberry's notes is Earth: Final Conflict.

Source: Wikipedia

Cosmos: A Personal Journey and A Spacetime Odyssey









Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980) is a thirteen-part television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced by David Kennard, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, and Gregory Andorfer, and directed by the producers, David Oyster, Richard Wells, Tom Weidlinger, and others. It covers a wide range of scientific subjects, including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe.
The series was first broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service in 1980, and was the most widely watched series in the history of American public television until The Civil War (1990). As of 2009, it was still the most widely watched PBS series in the world.[1] It won an Emmy and a Peabody Award, and has since been broadcast in more than 60 countries and seen by over 500 million people.[2][3] A book was also published to accompany the series.
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage has been considered highly significant since its broadcast; David Itzkoff of The New York Times described it as "a watershed moment for science-themed television programming".[4]

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 2014 American science documentary television series.[1] The show is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan on the Public Broadcasting Service and is considered a milestone for scientific documentaries. This series was developed to bring back the foundation of science to network television at the height of other scientific-based television series and films. The show is presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who, as a young college student, was inspired by Sagan. Among the executive producers are Seth MacFarlane, whose clout and financial investment were instrumental in bringing the show to broadcast television, and Ann Druyan, Sagan's widow and a co-creator of the original series.[2][3]
The series loosely follows the same thirteen-episode format and storytelling approach that the original Cosmos used, including elements such as the "Ship of the Imagination" and the "Cosmic Calendar", but features information updated since the 1980 series along with extensive computer-generated graphics and animation footage augmenting the narration. The show is produced by Brannon Braga, and Alan Silvestri provides the backing score.[4]
The series premiered on March 9, 2014,[5] simultaneously in the US across ten 21st Century Fox networks. The remainder of the series aired on the Fox Network, with the National Geographic Channel rebroadcasting the episodes the next night with extra content.[6] The series has been rebroadcast internationally in dozens of other countries by local National Geographic and Fox stations. The series concluded on June 8, 2014, with home media release of the entire series on June 10, 2014.

Source (Text): Wikipedia
Source (Video): YouTube
Source (Images) Bing

Friday, October 3, 2014

After the War: Life Post-Yugoslavia




Nine short documentaries by five international filmmakers: Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Corinne van Egeraat (Netherlands), Sheila Sofian (USA), Roberto Forns-Broggi (Peru) and Zelimir Gvardiol (Serbia)
Bonus features include a painting-on-glass animation demonstration with director Sheila Sofian and director commentary by Roberto Forns-Broggi.
Red Rubber Boots - Images from the corner - Cowboys in Kosovo - House of Wisdom - Conversation with Haris - I don't know where, or when or how - It's only mine - Ravens -- Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Million Movies A Minute.

2007 150 minutes

The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth




From the fateful balcony in Ford's Theatre to Dr. Samuel Mudd's remote home to the fiery showdown in a Virginia farmhouse, experience firsthand the suspenseful, breakneck search for America's first presidential assassin. Discover the awesome reach of his conspiracy, which had further targeted Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward in a bid to undermine the U.S. Government and give the Confederacy a second chance. No man has ever been hunted with greater fervor, with 10,000 federal troops, detectives and police hunting those responsible for assassinating President Lincoln.
Tom Jennings Productions for The History Channel; directed by Tom Jennings. -Mirlyn Catalog
Narration by Michael C. Hall.

Closed-captioned.

2008 94 minutes

No Umbrella: Election Day in the City




"... an unblinking look at the 2004 U.S. election-day failures in one of Ohio's poorest neighborhoods. In the most hotly contested state in the country, gridlock at inner city polls ignites tempers and sets of charges of conspiracy. No Umbrella drops us squarely into the chaos as we watch the irascible octogenarian councilwoman (Ms. Fannie Lewis) take on poling place breakdowns, an unresponsive bureaucracy and an increasingly agitated electorate." -- Container.
Produced, directed, videotaped and edited by Laura Paglin.
Associate producer, Duane Verh.
Creative Filmmakers Association; Distributed by Bullfrog Films

2006 26 minutes

Can the Rosenberg Case be Reopened?




A historical review of the Rosenberg treason case, followed by interviews with one of the Rosenberg's two sons and two civil rights attorneys about the legal possibility of re-opening the case. They discuss the complex legal issues involved and the continuing efforts to force the FBI to unseal their extensive files of the case.
Interviewer, Robert Cohen; narrators, Sally Kemp, Paul Jenkins, Lee Grant; panelists, Robert Meeropol (Son of Rosenberg), Ben Margois (attorney), Luke McKissack (attorney).
Writer/producer, Robert Carl Cohen; director, Gerald Richman.
Radical Films; a production of KVST-TV, Los Angeles.

1975 90 minutes