Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Toys in the Attic





In an attic full of discarded junk, a pretty doll called Buttercup lives in an old trunk together with her friends, the marionette Sir Handsome, the lovable Teddy Bear, a Mechanical Mouse and the plasticine creature, Laurent. When Buttercup is snatched and taken off to the Land of Evil, her pals set out on a wondrous and daring adventure to rescue her from the all-powerful Head of State. Originally produced in the Czech language, the meticulously crafted animated feature is set in a magical world of toys and knick-knacks stored in the attic of a home in Prague. Following the symbolism of the Cold War era that impacted director Barta and the Czech Republic, the world of the attic is divided into the land of happy toys in the west and the land of evil in the east. The despotic Head of State rules over the evil empire of the east with a band of sinister minions, insects and rotted vegetables. When the lovely "Buttercup" is kidnapped and held prisoner by The Head, it is up to her friends - a teddy bear, a mechanical mouse and marionette puppet - to cross the international boundary and attempt their daring rescue. A teddy bear, a mechanical mouse, and a marionette join forces to save their kidnapped friend, Buttercup the doll, from the denizens of the Land of Evil.


2015 American Releases: Voices: Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Vivian Schilling, Cary Elwes.
Originally released as a Czech motion picture in 2009 with title: Na půdě, aneb, Kdo má dneska narozeniny?


Directed byJiří Barta
Produced byMiloslav Šmídmajer
Written by
  • Edgar Dutka
  • Jiří Barta
Starring
  • Jiří Lábus
  • Ivan Trojan
  • Vladimír Javorský
  • Petr Nárožný
  • Naďa Konvalinková
  • Miroslav Táborský
Music byMichal Pavlíček
CinematographyIvan Vít
Edited byLucie Halabová
Production
company
At Armz
Ceská Televize
Continental Film
Eurocine Films
Eurociné
Krátký Film Praha
Universal Production Partners (UPP)
Bio Illusion
Distributed byCinemArt
Release dates
  • 5 March 2009 (2009-03-05) (Czech Republic)
Running time
75 minutes
Country
  • Czech Republic
  • Japan
  • France
  • Slovakia
LanguageCzech
Budget$14,663
Box office$64,918


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Mutluluk (Bliss)




Meryem (Özgü Namal), a young woman of about 17 years old, is believed to have been violated, and her village's customs call for her to be killed to restore honor and dignity to her family and village. A young, newly returned war veteran and son of the village leader, Cemal (Murat Han), is ordered to take Meryem to Istanbul and kill her, but at the last minute he doesn't allow himself to complete the task and the two, now unable to ever return to their village, run away together. Eventually, they meet up with ex-Professor Irfan, a man who has decided to live on a boat away from his wife and constricted life. In the end the real truth comes out and there is a surprise ending.
This movie is adapted from the international best selling novel by Zülfü Livaneli.


Directed byAbdullah Oğuz
Produced byAbdullah Oğuz
Written byKubilay Tunçer
Zülfü Livaneli
StarringÖzgü Namal
Talat Bulut
Murat Han
Lale Mansur
Music byZülfü Livaneli
CinematographyMirsad Herović
Edited byLevent Çelebi
Distributed byKenda Film
Release dates
2007
CountryTurkey
LanguageTurkish


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Baby Arabia





Baby Arabia follows one of the oldest Thai-Muslim bands specializing in the subcultural genre of Arab-Malay music - the bouncy ethnic cross-pollination of Arabian melodies, Malay throbs,Thai Luke-thoong kicks, and a bit of Latin tempo. We meet Geh, founder of the band who taught himself to play the accordion 35 year ago. Geh is joined by Umar, a former Koran teacher and now a guitarist with a knack for Egyptian numbers. Fronting their band is Jamilah, a husky-voiced, humble diva who teaches the Koran during the day and sings Arabic songs at night while wondering if the world of melody can be both faith-bound and joyously secular. Baby Arabia plays cover version of classical as well as contemporary Arab and Malay music (though the band members do not speak those languages) and they've been touring mosque fairs, circumcision rites and weddings at Muslim communities around Bangkok and the Central Region for three decades. Though some Islamic scholars question their brand of worldly ... Written by Panu Aree
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Brooklyn Boheme






Brooklyn Boheme is a love letter to a vibrant African American artistic community who resided in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Brooklyn during the 80′s and 90′s that included the great Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez, Saul Williams, Lorna Simpson, Talib Kweli just to name a few. Narrated and written by Fort Greene resident Nelson George, this feature length documentary celebrates “Brooklyn’s equivalent of the Harlem Renaissance” and follows the rise of a new kind of African American artist, the Brooklyn Boheme.

65_Red Roses







The film began when Philip Lyall, a long-time friend of Markvoort, introduced her to his University of British Columbia film school partner Nimisha Mukerji. Lyall and Mukerji had been looking for a post-graduation project and decided to chronicle Markvoort’s wait for a double-lung transplant. They named the film 65_Redroses after Eva's online identity, which she had chosen because, according to the Canadian cystic fibrosis community, "sixty-five roses" is how many young children with the disease mispronounce “cystic fibrosis”. Eva added 'red' because it was her favourite colour.
When Lyall and Mukerji began shooting, Markvoort’s lungs were so clogged doctors said that without a transplant, she would not live to 2009. She was getting ready to visit a pumpkin patch the week before Halloween in 2007, when her pager went off, a signal to call the hospital transplant center. A pair of lungs was available for transplant. This sequence, emotional for both Markvoort and the filmmakers, was instrumental in attracting the attention and backing of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


Directed byPhilip Lyall
Nimisha Mukerji
Produced byPhilip Lyall
Nimisha Mukerji
John Ritchie
Written byNettie Wild
StarringEva Markvoort
Music byAdam Locke-Norton
CinematographyMike Rae
Edited byJustin Cousineau
Philip Lyall
Nimisha Mukerji
Production
company
Force Four Entertainment
in association with
CBC Newsworld
Dualogue Productions
Release dates
  • October 9, 2009 (2009-10-09) (VIFF)
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I'll Be Me



In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last 5 weeks instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America.
What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a “Goodbye Tour.” Website

I Dream of Wires



"I Dream of Wires" (IDOW) is an independent documentary film about the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer — exploring the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine. IDOW is written and directed by Robert Fantinatto with Jason Amm (Ghostly International recording artist Solvent) serving as producer and co-writer.
Inventors, musicians and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer — for many, it's an all-consuming passion. Established musicians such as Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Carl Craig and John Foxx show off their systems and explain why they opt to use this volatile but ultimately rewarding technology. Meanwhile, a new generation of dance and electronica artists including Clark, James Holden and Factory Floor explain why they've stepped away from laptops to embrace the sound and physicality of modular synthesizers. Innovative companies like Modcan and Doepfer, driven by a desire to revive modular synthesizers, discuss how they planted the seeds that have now grown into a major cottage industry. What started out as a "vintage-revival scene" in the '90s has grown into an underground phenomena with a growing market of modular obsessives craving ever more wild and innovative sounds and interfaces. Today, the modular synthesizer is no longer an esoteric curiosity or even a mere music instrument — it is an essential tool for radical new sounds and a bonafide subculture. Website

The Mystic Masseur



The semi-mystical novel by V. S. Naipaul moves between farce and acerbic social commentary on Trinidad, the country of his birth. The characters are mainly members of Trinidad's South Asian subculture and community. The protagonist is a frustrated writer of Indian descent (Ganesh Ramsumair) who rises from poverty on the back of his dubious talent as a 'mystic' masseur - a masseur (Pundit Ganesh) who can cure illnesses. In the end he becomes a successful colonial politician (G. Ramsay Muir).

Directed byIsmail Merchant
Produced byNayeem Hafizka, Richard Hawley
Written byCaryl Phillips (based on the novel by V. S. Naipaul)
StarringOm Puri
Aasif Mandvi
Ayesha Dharker
Rajendra D.
Release dates
2001
LanguageEnglish

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Vivan Las Antipodas



What would be the shortest route between Entre Rios in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: they are located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth's surface. During his visits to four such antipodal pairs, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captured images that turn our view of the world upside down. A beautiful, peaceful sunset in Entre Rios is contrasted with the bustling streets in rainy Shanghai. People who live in a wasteland are connected to people dwelling next to a volcano. Landscapes whose splendor touches the soul are juxtaposed with the clamor of a vast city. These antipodes seem mythically connected, somehow united by their oppositeness. Kossakovsky's movie is a feast for the senses, a fascinating kaleidoscope of our planet. VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! - Long Live The Antipodes! What is happening on the point of the earth diametrically opposite to where we are now, what awaits us there? Fascinated by this question, Victor Kossakovsky conducted an experiment, and in the course of his unique project visited four coupled antipodes - in Argentina and China, Spain and New Zealand, Chile and Russia, Botswana and Hawaii. Thanks to a keen sense of the magic of his eight locations, Kossakovsky captures unforgettable images. He follows the menacing glow of a volcano's lava, contemplates the majestic flight of a condor, documents human attempts to rescue a stranded whale. A sunset in Argentina's Entre Rios is juxtaposed with rush hour in Shanghai. Tranquil silence and amber light contrast with noisy industriousness and metallic hues. The movie approaches its subject playfully, and Kossakovsky's deployment of the camera is innovative: the earth's surface bends right in front of our eyes, images upside down.
- Written by ma.ja.de

Throw Momma from the Train




Novelist Larry Donner (Billy Crystal) struggles with writer's block due to his resentment towards his ex-wife Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), who stole his book and garnered mainstream success and critical acclaim with it. Owen Lift (Danny DeVito) is a timid, middle-aged fellow who still lives with his overbearing, abusive and paranoid mother (Anne Ramsey). Owen fantasizes about killing his mother but can't summon the courage to bring his desires into fruition. As a student in Larry's community college writing class, Owen is given advice by Larry to view an Alfred Hitchcock film to gain some insight into plot development for his mystery stories. He sees Strangers on a Train, in which two strangers conspire to commit a murder for each other, figuring their lack of connection to the victim will, in theory, establish a perfect alibi. Having overheard Larry's public rant that he wished his ex-wife dead, Owen forms a plan to kill Margaret, believing that Larry will, in return, kill his mother.

Directed byDanny DeVito
Produced byLarry Brezner
Written byStu Silver
Starring
Music byDavid Newman
CinematographyBarry Sonnenfeld
Edited byMichael Jablow
Distributed byOrion Pictures
Release dates
  • December 11, 1987 (1987-12-11) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$14 million
Box office$57,915,972

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Big Eyes




In 1958, Margaret leaves her husband and takes her young daughter Jane to North Beach, San Francisco. Supporting her daughter alone, Margaret gets a job painting illustrations at a furniture factory. While creating portraits at an outdoor art show, Margaret meets Walter Keane, who is selling his Parisian street scene paintings. Soon, Walter proposes to her and they marry.

Directed byTim Burton
Produced by
  • Tim Burton
  • Scott Alexander
  • Larry Karaszewski
  • Lynette Howell
Written by
  • Scott Alexander
  • Larry Karaszewski
Starring
  • Amy Adams
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Danny Huston
  • Jon Polito
  • Krysten Ritter
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Terence Stamp
Music byDanny Elfman
CinematographyBruno Delbonnel
Edited byJC Bond
Production
company
  • Electric City Entertainment
  • Silverwood Films
  • Tim Burton Productions
Distributed byThe Weinstein Company
Release dates
  • December 25, 2014 (2014-12-25)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million
Box office$29.3 million

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Rebirth




On January 23, 2011, Project Rebirth released the documentary Rebirth at the Sundance Film Festival. Originally, Whitaker, who directed, had intended to focus on the site solely, with a film to be included in a future museum, but told Filmmaker magazine in 2011 that his time at Ground Zero convinced him that the stories of the people needed to be told as well to "capture the human dimension of the event." Although nine people were followed, the finished film focuses on the lives of five individuals: a teenager, Nick, whose mother died; a firefighter, Tim, who lost colleagues; a woman, Tanya, who lost her fiancé; a woman, Ling, who has undergone over 40 surgeries to help deal with the devastation of the attack; and a construction worker, Brian, who is helping to rebuild. Early reception of the documentary was positive, with Sundance audiences responding with a standing ovation and film critic Kirk Honeycutt stating that "Every choice Whitaker has made, from his decision not to show any of the footage from that terrible day to whatever methods he used to get his heroes to express themselves so candidly, pays off beautifully. The word "inspiring" gets overused but 'Rebirth' is really and truly inspiring." All profits from the documentary are to help fund the Project Rebirth Center.
The documentary received a Peabody Award in 2011.

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia



Through the night, three cars carry a small group of men – police officers, a doctor, a prosecutor, grave diggers, gendarmerie forces, and two brothers, homicide suspects – around in the rural surroundings of the Anatolian town Keskin, in search of a buried body. Kenan, one of the suspects, leads them from one water fountain to another; at the time of the crime he was drunk and he cannot recall where he and his mentally challenged brother buried the body. The darkness and visual indistinctness of the landscape do not help; each spot looks the same as the others.
Meanwhile the men discuss a variety of topics, such as yoghurt, lamb chops, urination, family, spouses, ex-wives, death, suicide, hierarchy, bureaucracy, ethics, and their jobs. Philosophy is also discussed, with one apparently central and particular idea/theme mentioned a couple of times throughout the film—the idea that children invariably pay for their parents' mistakes.

Directed byNuri Bilge Ceylan
Produced byZeynep Özbatur Atakan
Written byNuri Bilge Ceylan
Ercan Kesal
Ebru Ceylan
StarringMuhammet Uzuner
Yılmaz Erdoğan
Taner Birsel
CinematographyGökhan Tiryaki
Edited byBora Gökşingöl
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Production
company
Zeyno Film
Distributed byThe Cinema Guild
Release dates
  • 21 May 2011 (2011-05-21) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • 23 September 2011 (2011-09-23) (Turkey)
Running time
157 minutes
CountryTurkey
Bosnia and Herzegovina
LanguageTurkish

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Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?




David Leaf and John Scheinfeld interviewed close to three dozen of Nilsson's friends, colleagues and extended family, who all shared their memories of Harry Nilsson, his music and how it affected them. This was put together in a documentary where we follow Harry Nilsson from childhood to death, enjoying the highs and lows along with him, from Grammy wins through divorce and substance abuse.

Directed byJohn Scheinfeld
Produced byLee Blackman
John Scheinfeld
David Leaf
Written byJohn Scheinfeld
StarringPerry Botkin, Jr.
Micky Dolenz
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Ringo Starr
Robin Williams
Yoko Ono
Richard Perry
Randy Newman
John Lennon
May Pang
Brian Wilson
Music byHarry Nilsson
CinematographyJames Mathers
Edited byPeter S. Lynch II
Production
company
LSL Productions
Distributed byLorber Films
Release dates
2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
2010 Theatrical
Running time
116 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Northfork



The film's narrative consists of several interwoven subplots taking place in the town of Northfork, Montana circa 1955. A new dam is being built which will flood the valley of Northfork, and the town is in the midst of an evacuation. The narratives focus on several individuals who, for one reason or another, have yet to evacuate. Walter O'Brian (Woods) and his son (Mark Polish) are on the evacuation team, helping to evacuate the last few inhabitants of Northfork. Father Harlan (Nick Nolte) is one such individual, who has stayed behind to care for Irwin (Duel Farnes), a dying orphan too weak to leave town. While the O'Brians and their co-workers encounter an array of unusual characters, Irwin discovers that he is the "unknown angel" and finds himself a family in his dreams.

Directed byMichael Polish
Produced byMark Polish
Michael Polish
Written byMark Polish
Michael Polish
StarringJames Woods
Nick Nolte
Duel Farnes
Mark Polish
Daryl Hannah
Peter Coyote
Robin Sachs
Music byStuart Matthewman
CinematographyM. David Mullen
Edited byLeo Trombetta
Distributed byParamount Classics
Release dates
July 11, 2003 (limited)
Running time
103 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1,900,000
Box office$1,599,804

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Monday, October 19, 2015

The Hound of the Baskervilles



Several centuries later, the death of Sir Charles Baskerville is being reported by his best friend Dr. Richard Mortimer (Francis de Wolff) to Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and Dr. Watson (André Morell), who are willing to meet the new owner of Baskerville Hall, Sir Henry (Christopher Lee). After meeting Sir Henry, Holmes remembers that he is going to be away on another case when Sir Henry returns to Baskerville Hall. Holmes puts Watson in charge of watching over Sir Henry. A tarantula attacks Sir Henry briefly in London; Holmes suspects foul play. Before he leaves, Holmes reminds Watson not to let Sir Henry go out onto the moor after dark.

Directed byTerence Fisher
Produced byMichael Carreras
Anthony Hinds
Anthony Nelson Keys
Kenneth Hyman
Screenplay byPeter Bryan
Based onThe novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
StarringPeter Cushing
André Morell
Sir Christopher Lee
Music byJames Bernard
Edited byAlfred Cox
Production
company
Hammer Film Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release dates
4 May 1959 (UK)
Running time
87 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Spanish
Box office1,257,132 admissions (France)

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Woman in Gold




In a series of flashbacks throughout the film, Maria Altmann recalls the arrival of Nazi forces in Vienna, Austria, and the subsequent suppression of the Jewish community and the looting and pillaging conducted by the Nazis against Jewish families. Seeking to escape before the country is completely shut off, Maria Altmann and members of her family attempt to flee to the United States. While Altmann is successful in her escape, she is forced to abandon her parents in Vienna.
In the present, living in Los Angeles, a now elderly Altmann attends the funeral for her sister. She discovers letters in her sister's possession dating to the late 1940s, which reveal an attempt to recover artwork owned by the Altmann family that was left behind during the family's flight for freedom and subsequently stolen by the Nazis. Of particular note is a painting of Altmann's aunt, now known in Austria as the "Woman in Gold".

Directed bySimon Curtis
Produced by
  • David M. Thompson
  • Kris Thykier
Written byAlexi Kaye Campbell
Starring
  • Helen Mirren
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Daniel Brühl
  • Katie Holmes
  • Tatiana Maslany
  • Max Irons
  • Charles Dance
  • Elizabeth McGovern
  • Jonathan Pryce
Music by
  • Martin Phipps
  • Hans Zimmer
CinematographyRoss Emery
Edited byPeter Lambert
Production
companies
  • BBC Films
  • Origin Pictures
  • 2nd District Filmproduktion
Distributed by
  • BBC Films (UK)
  • The Weinstein Company (US)
Release dates
  • February 2015 (2015-02) (Berlin)
  • 1 April 2015 (2015-04-01) (United States)
  • 10 April 2015 (2015-04-10) (United Kingdom)
Running time
109 minutes
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$11 million
Box office$55.8 million


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東のエデン Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East)



On Monday, November 22, 2010, ten missiles strike Japan, but cause no casualties. This apparent terrorist act is referred to as "Careless Monday" and is eventually forgotten by the populace. The series begins three months later when Saki Morimi, a senior at university, visits Washington D.C. as part of her graduation trip. When she gets into trouble, a mysterious young Japanese man appears completely naked except for a gun and a cell phone, and rescues her. The man has lost his memory, but learns that he has a bunch of fake passports at his apartment; he chooses the Japanese one which names him Akira Takizawa. While he and Saki return to Japan, they learn that a new missile has hit.
Akira discovers that his phone carries ¥8.2 billion in digital money, and that he is part of a game, where twelve individuals called Seleção are given ¥10 billion to "save" Japan in some way. The Seleção are able to access a concierge named Juiz, who can fulfill their orders for a price. However, if the money is used up completely, or for selfish purposes, the individual will be eliminated by the Supporter, the anonymous "twelfth man" of the group. He encounters various Seleção along the way, including a police detective, a hospital director, and a woman who is thought to be a serial killer. He learns who was behind the Careless Monday missile attacks, his role in the events, and the reason his memories were erased.

Directed byKenji Kamiyama
Produced byKōji Yamamoto
Tomohiko Ishii
Written byKenji Kamiyama
Music byKenji Kawai
StudioProduction I.G
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Funimation
Manga Entertainment
NetworkFuji TV (Noitamina)
English network
SEA
TVB
US
Funimation Channel
Original runApril 9, 2009June 18, 2009

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Attack on Titan



The story of Attack on Titan centers around the adventures of Eren Yeager, his foster sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and their childhood friend, Armin Arlert. After the wall which protects their hometown of Shinganshina is breached by Titans, Eren watches in horror as one of them eats his mother. Vowing to kill all the Titans, Eren enlists in the military, along with his friends.
Five years later, the three cadet graduates are positioned in Trost District, one of the border towns jutting out of Wall Rose, when the Titans attack again. In the ensuing battle, Eren is eaten by one of the Titans before Armin's eyes. A Titan later appears and begins fighting the other Titans while ignoring humans; the Titan is revealed to be Eren, who has developed the ability to transform into one. Though he is seen as a threat by some, he helps the military take back Trost District. After being placed on trial for being a danger to the humans, he is taken in by the Survey Corps' Special Operations Squad, led by Captain Levi.
For the first thirteen episodes, the opening theme is "Guren no Yumiya" (紅蓮の弓矢, lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow", styled in German as "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen") by Linked Horizon, and the ending theme is "Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" (美しき残酷な世界, lit. "This Beautiful Cruel World") by Yōko Hikasa. For episodes 14–25, the opening theme is "Jiyū no Tsubasa" (自由の翼, lit. "Wings of Freedom", styled in German as "Die Flügel der Freiheit") by Linked Horizon, and the ending theme is "great escape" by Cinema Staff. Both "Guren no Yumiya" and "Jiyū no Tsubasa" were released as part of the single "Jiyū e no Shingeki" on July 10, 2013.
The anime was compiled into two animated theatrical films with new voice acting from the same cast. The first film Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow (「進撃の巨人」前編~紅蓮の弓矢~ Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~) covers the first 13 episodes and was released on November 22, 2014, while the second film Attack on Titan Part 2: Wings of Freedom (「進撃の巨人」後編~自由の翼~ Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~) adapts the remaining episodes and adds new ending footage linked to second television season. It was released on June 27, 2015. A second season of the anime series was announced on the opening day of the first theatrical film, set to be released in 2016.


Directed byYoshihide Ibata
Written byMidori Gotou
Music byAsami Tachibana
StudioProduction I.G
NetworkMBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, RKK, SBS
Original runOctober 4, 2015ongoing
Episodes12

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Rang De Basanti




A young, struggling British filmmaker Sue McKinley (Alice Patten) comes across the diary of her grandfather, Mr. McKinley (Steven Mackintosh), who served as a jailer in the Imperial Police during the Indian independence movement. Through the diary, she learns about the story of five freedom fighters who were active in the movement: Chandrasekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, Ashfaqulla Khan, and Ram Prasad Bismil. McKinley, in his diary, states that he had met two type of people in his life: the first one... who died without uttering a sound and the second kind ... who died with lots of anguish.. crying over their deaths... McKinley reveals that it was then that he met with the third kind....

Directed byRakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Produced byRakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Ronnie Screwvala
Creative Producer:-
P. S. Bharathi
Written byDialogue:-
Prasoon Joshi
Renzil D'Silva
Screenplay byRenzil D'Silva
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Story byKamlesh Pandey
StarringAamir Khan
Siddharth Narayan
Sharman Joshi
Soha Ali Khan
Waheeda Rehman
R. Madhavan
Kunal Kapoor
Atul Kulkarni
Alice Patten
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyBinod Pradhan
Edited byP. S. Bharathi
Production
company
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • 26 January 2006 (2006-01-26)
Running time
157 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Punjabi
English
Budget250 million (US$3.8 million)
Box office920 million (US$14 million)
worldwide


The Human Experiment






A documentary that explores chemicals found in everyday household products. IMDB


Paris, je t'aime




Paris, je t'aime is a 2006 anthology film starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements.

Directed by
Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel and Ethan Coen, Gérard Depardieu, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Nobuhiro Suwa, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles, Yolande Moreau and Gus Van Sant.

Produced byEmmanuel Benbihy
Claudie Ossard
Written byEmmanuel Benbihy (Transitions)
see below
Starringsee below
Music byVarious
CinematographyVarious
Edited byVarious
Production
company
Canal+
Victoires International
Distributed byLa Fabrique de Films (France)
Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (Switzerland)
First Look International (US)
Release dates
  • 18 May 2006 (2006-05-18) (Cannes)
  • 21 June 2006 (2006-06-21) (France)
  • 10 September 2006
  • 25 January 2007 (2007-01-25) (Germany)
Running time
120 minutes 
CountryFrance
Lichtenstein
Switzerland
Germany
LanguageFrench
English
Spanish
Mandarin
Arabic
Budget$13 million
Box office$17.5 million

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New York, I Love You





New York, I Love You is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama anthology consisting of eleven short films, each by a different director. The short films all relate in some way to the subject of love, and are set among the five boroughs of New York City. The film is a sequel of sorts to the 2006 film Paris, je t'aime, which had the same structure, and is the second film in the Cities of Love franchise, created and produced by Emmanuel Benbihy. Unlike Paris, je t'aime, the short films of New York, I Love You all have a unifying thread, of a videographer who films the other characters.


Directed byFatih Akin
Yvan Attal
Randall Balsmeyer
Allen Hughes
Shunji Iwai
Jiang Wen
Shekhar Kapur
Joshua Marston
Mira Nair
Natalie Portman
Brett Ratner
Produced byEmmanuel Benbihy
Marina Grasic
Michael Benaroya (Executive Producer)
Rose Ganguzza (executive producer)
Music byTonino Baliardo
Nicholas Britell
Paul Cantelon
Mychael Danna
Ilhan Ersahin
Jack Livesey
Shoji Mitsui
Mark Mothersbaugh
Peter Nashel
Atticus Ross
Leopold Ross
Claudia Sarne
Marcelo Zarvos
CinematographyJean-Louis Bompoint
Benoît Debie
Paweł Edelman
Mark Lee Ping Bin
Michael McDonough
Andrij Parekh
Declan Quinn
Mauricio Rubinstein
Edited byJennifer Augé
Tricia Cooke
Jacob Craycroft
Affonso Gonçalves
Mark Helfrich
Shunji Iwai
Allyson C. Johnson
Melody London
Cindy Mollo
Craig McKay
Production
company
Grosvenor Park Media
Palm Pictures
Plum Pictures
Distributed byVivendi Entertainment
Release dates
  • September 2008 (2008-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • October 16, 2009 (2009-10-16) (United States)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$8,049,666



Monday, October 12, 2015

スワロウテイル Suwarōteiru (Swallowtail Butterfly)





The film is set in Tokyo at an unspecified point in the near future when the Japanese yen has become the strongest currency in the world. This attracts an influx of immigrants, legal and illegal, to work in the city. The immigrants give the city the nickname Yen Town (円都 ien taun). The Japanese natives, however, despise the nickname, and in retribution call the immigrants by the homophone Yen Thieves (円盗 ien taun), anglicised as "Yentowns" in the film's English subtitles. 
The story centers around a sixteen-year-old girl (Ito) whose mother has just died. The girl is passed on from person to person until she is taken in by a Chinese Yentown prostitute named Glico (Chara), who names her Ageha (Japanese for swallowtail). Under Glico's care, Ageha starts a new life.

Directed byShunji Iwai
Produced byShinya Kawai
Written byShunji Iwai
StarringHiroshi Mikami,
Chara,
Ayumi Ito
Yosuke Eguchi
Andy Hui
Atsuro Watabe
Music byTakeshi Kobayashi
CinematographyNoboru Shinoda
Distributed byKadokawa Herald
Release dates
  • September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
Running time
148 minutes
LanguageJapanese
English
Mandarin

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I love this movie. ~Mike



Friday, October 9, 2015

Starcrash



In a distant galaxy, a starship searches for the evil Count Zarth Arn. Closing in on a planet, the ship is attacked by a mysterious weapon (a red blobby field) which drives the crew insane. Three escape pods launch during the attack, but the ship crashes into the atmosphere of the planet and is destroyed.
Meanwhile, outlaw smuggler Stella Star and her sidekick Akton run into the Imperial Space Police, led by robot sheriff Elle. Akton and Stella escape by jumping into hyperspace. When they emerge, they discover an escape pod from the attacked starship, and in it, a sole survivor. Before they can escape, they are apprehended by the police, who tracked their hyperspace trail.

Directed byLuigi Cozzi
Produced byNat Wachsberger
Patrick Wachsberger
Written byLuigi Cozzi
StarringMarjoe Gortner
Caroline Munro
Judd Hamilton
Robert Tessier
Christopher Plummer
David Hasselhoff
Joe Spinell
Music byJohn Barry
CinematographyPaul Beeson
Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli
Edited bySergio Montanari
Distributed byNew World Pictures (USA)
Release dates
  • 21 December 1978 (1978-12-21) (West Germany)
  • 15 January 1979 (1979-01-15) (Italy)
  • 9 March 1979 (1979-03-09) (USA)
Running time
94 min.
CountryUSA, Italy
LanguageEnglish
Budget$4 million

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