Friday, January 30, 2015

Kanehsakake: 270 Years of Resistance

In his book, Alanis Obomsawin: The Vision of a Native Filmmaker, film scholar Randolph Lewis writes:
When the film was released in 1993, the CBC continued its long-standing neglect of Obomsawin's work, in this case arguing that she needed to slice thirty minutes from the two-hour film to make room for commercial breaks. [..] Colin Neale, the executive producer who worked with Obomsawin on the film, rebuffed the network's demand. [...] Eventually, public interest in Kahnesatake overpowered the CBC's bureaucratic reluctance, and the network aired it on January 31, 1994.
Brian McIlroy, in his chapter on Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance for the book The Cinema of Canada, states that:
It is clear that without Obomsawin's 1993 film, the history of Oka circa 1990 would be dominated by [Prime Minister Brian] Mulroney's assertion, reproduced in the documentary, that the armed Mohawks were criminals and illegally wielding weapons. Wikipedia

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin

Released in 1993 
Run time 119 minutes

La fille du RER (The Girl on the Train)

Jeanne Fabre, an attractive late-teen-aged carefree loner, spends her time rollerblading through Paris and job-hunting, a nuisance she endures to indulge her widowed mother, Louise, who runs a day-care center out of their house. As they are watching a news program on television about anti-semitic attacks, Louise recognizes a person on the TV: Samuel Bleistein, a prestigious Jewish lawyer, who was many years ago in love with her. Louise arranges a job interview for her daughter at Bleistein’s law firm. Wikipedia

Directed by Andre Techine
Written by Andre Techine, Odile Barski, Jean-Marie Besset

Starring Emilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Blanc

Music by Philippe Sarde
Cinematography Julien Hirsch

Released in 2009
Run time 105 minutes

The Animation Show of Shows

Box sets 1-6 shown there are 9 box sets  

This is an outstanding collection with a variety of animation styles. It's a fun series holding many great surprises. ~Mike

Please visit the The Animation Show of Shows website

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Cuban Excludables

Estela Bravo

Documentary can be found here
The Cuban Excludables is about the thousands of Cuban detainees held in prisons throughout the U.S. With no due process or legal redress, some of them spent years behind bars and cannot be sent back to Cuba by INS due to lack of agreements between the US and Cuba. These Cuban 'excludables' are thus in a legal limbo that leaves them imprisoned indefinitely. This powerful documentary, which includes exclusive footage of the detainees and interviews with official such as U.S. Federal Judge Marvin Shoob and former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba Wayne Smith, combines wrenching human drama and political conflict. Cinema Guild

A Gaiola Dourada (Portugal mon Amour) (The Gilded Cage)

For thirty years now Maria and José Ribeiro have been living on the ground floor of a Haussmannian building in one of the most exclusive districts of Paris. Everybody loves this nice couple of Portuguese immigrants, Mario for being a topnotch caretaker, José, a construction site supervisor by trade, for helping to do all kinds of jobs in the house. So, the day Maria and José announce their wish to return to Portugal, everybody is crushed.. IMDB

Directed by Ruben Alves
Written by Ruben Alves, Luc-Olivier Veuve
Starring Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud

Giardino dei Finzi-Contini (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis)

In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, a group of young friends get together for afternoons of tennis and happy times. Some of them are Jewish and a rising tide of Fascism has imposed increasingly anti-Semitic restrictions in their lives. Barred from regular tennis clubs, they go to play at the grand, walled estate owned by the Finzi-Contini, a wealthy, intellectual and sophisticated Jewish family. The two young Finzi-Contini, Alberto and his sister Micol, have organized a tennis tournament. Oblivious to the threats around them, life still seems to be sunny at the large Finzi-Contini estate, keeping the rest of the world at bay. Wikipedia

Directed by Vittorio de Sica
Written by Vittorio Bonicelli
Starring Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda, Helmut Berger, Fabio Testi, Romoto Valli
Music by Manuel De Sica, Carlo Savina

Released in 1970
94 minutes

Kokuhaku' (Confessions)

As expected Japanese Cinema takes us to another level. ~Mike

Junior high school teacher Yuko Moriguchi (Takako Matsu) announced to her class that she would resign before spring break. Moriguchi revealed that because the HIV-positive biological father of her daughter Manami was ill, she used to bring Manami (Mana Ashida) to school with her. One day, after school, she returned to the room where Manami was but found her gone. Her daughter was later found drowned in a school swimming pool. She then went on to explain that two pupils in her class, whom she dubbed "Student A" and "Student B", had murdered her four-year-old daughter. Wikipedia

Derected by Tetsuya Nakashima
Written by Tetsuya Nakashima and Kanae Minato
Starring Takako Matsu

Released in 2010
105 minutes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Death Kiss

A great film and Bela is not the villain. ~Mike

During the filming of a death scene of The Death Kiss, leading man Myles Brent is really shot and killed. Tonart Studios manager Joseph Steiner (Lugosi) is assigned to handle the situation. The studio wants to pass it off as a simple accident, but screenwriter Franklyn Drew (Manners) digs a bullet out of a wall and tells Homicide Detective Lieutenant Sheehan that it is a .38 caliber, while the guns used in the film are all .45s. Wikipedia

Starring Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Adrienne Ames
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Written by Madelon St. Dennis, Gordon Kahn, Barry Barrigan
Cinematography Norbert Brodine

Released in 1931 75 minutes

House of Cards

Along with an outstanding cast; Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright take the viewers into the very rough life of Washington politics. ~Mike  

The series opens with congressman Francis Underwood displaying his ruthless practicality by killing a suffering pet dog with his bare hands while explaining to the audience how there are times when we require someone to do the unpleasant thing yet the necessary thing. Along this theme we follow Francis "Frank" Underwood, a power hungry Democratic congressman from South Carolina and House majority whip. Wikipedia

Starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Corey Stoll, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly and many others worth mentioning.

Based on House of Cards by Michael Dobbs and House of Cards by Andrew Davies

House of Cards (BBC)

After the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, the ruling Conservative Party is about to elect a new leader. Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), an MP and the Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons, introduces viewers to the contestants, from which Henry "Hal" Collingridge (David Lyon) emerges victorious. Urquhart is secretly contemptuous of the well-meaning but weak Collingridge, but expects promotion to a senior position in the Cabinet. After the general election, which the party wins by a reduced majority, Urquhart makes his suggestions for a cabinet reshuffle that includes his desired promotion. However, Collingridge – citing Harold Macmillan's political demise after sacking half his Cabinet – effects no changes at all. Urquhart resolves to oust Collingridge, with encouragement from his wife, Elizabeth (Diane Fletcher).

Based on House of Cards by Michael Dobbs
Written by Andrew Davis and Michael Dobbs
Directed by Paul Seed

Starring Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, David Lyon, Diane Fletcher

Broadcast 1990

Monday, January 19, 2015


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Eragon (Ed Speleers) is a 15-year-old farm boy who lives in the small village of Carvahall in the fictional country of Alagaësia. The story begins with Arya, an elf and princess of Ellesméra, running for her life with a "stone" stolen from the evil king, Galbatorix. She is surrounded by a ring of fire created by a shade (dark sorcerer) called Durza, Wikipedia

Directed by Stefen Fangmeier
Screenplay by Peter Buchman

Based on a novel by Christopher Paolini

Starring Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, 
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Hugh Johnson

Released in 2006 104 minutes

le Petit Nicolas

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This comedy is based on a little boy called Nicolas that gets up to all sorts of mischief with his friends. Some are unintentional while others are intended. Matters get worse when Nicolas thinks his mother is pregnant and thanks to his friends thinks this means that his parents don't like him anymore. Before any drastic decisions are taken Nicolas understands what it really is like to be a big brother. But things don't turn out quite as planned. During this time he thinks he is going to get a younger brother but instead gets a sister. Wikipedia

Directed by Laurent Tirard
Screenplay by Laurent Tirard, Gregoire Vigneron, Alain Chabat

Maxime Godart, Kad Merad, Valerie Lemercier

Music by Klaus Badelt
Cinematography Denis Rouden

Released in 2009 90 minutes

Black Like Me

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John Finley Horton (James Whitmore) is a White American journalist who artificially darkens his skin and passes for a black man in the deep South, from New Orleans to Atlanta, where he encounters a great deal of racism from both white and black people.

Based on a novel by John Howard Griffin
Starring James Whitmore Sorrell Booke, Roscoe Lee Browne, Al Freeman, Will Geer
Directed by Carl Lerner
Screenplay by Carl Lerner, Gerda Lerner and Paul Green
Music Meyer Kupferman
Cinematography Victor Lukens, Henry Mueller II

Released in 1964 107 minutes
Language English 

Arab Labor

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A wonderful series. ~Mike

The series premiered on Keshet Channel 2 in Israel in 2007. The second season was broadcast in 2008 and the third season in 2012. The series, whose title in colloquial Hebrew carries the implication of "shoddy or second-rate work", focuses on the family and work situations of Amjad, an Arab-Israeli journalist. Much of the comedy is derived from the paradox of Amjad's love-hate relationship with his Arab identity and his simultaneous wish to integrate comfortably into Israeli society.
Poking fun at the cultural divide, Kashua's characters play on religious, cultural and political differences to depict the mixed society prevalent in Jerusalem. Wikipedia

Directed by Ronnie Ninio season 1 and Shai Kapon seasons 2-4
Written by Sayed Kashua

Languages Arabic, Hebrew


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"Hey Amigo! That's Sabata and You've Lost!"

One of the best spaghetti westerns. A pistol that shoots from the barrel and grip and a banjo Winchester rifle. Lee Van Cleef at his finest. ~Mike

Sabata, a man of few words, arrives in a small Texas town to foil a bank robbery, and discovers that it was a plot by the town's leaders, who want to sell the town to the railroad. Sabata blackmails the leader, Stengel, who then sends various thugs to try and kill him, among them a conflicted killer named Banjo, so named for the musical instrument he carries that conceals a rifle. -Wikipedia

Directed by Gianfranco Parolini
Written by Renato Izzo and Gianfranco Parolini
Music by Marcello Giombini
Cinematography Sandro Mancori

Released in 1969 102 minutes
Language Italian and English