Friday, December 23, 2016

Rigor Mortis



Formerly successful actor Chin Siu-ho, star of Mr. Vampire, becomes depressed and suicidal when his wife leaves him. He moves into a dilapidated apartment building, where he meets Uncle Yin, the building's long-time, friendly supervisor. Yin performs a welcoming ceremony, and Chin insists that Yin take a gratuity saying that, "It'll become necessary,". After listening to a recorded message left by his young son, Chin attempts to hang himself. His action draws the attention of twin ghosts who haunt the apartment, and they possess his body. Yau, a retired vampire hunter, bursts into the room, cuts down the noose, and exorcises the spirits from Chin's body. Alerted by the commotion, his neighbors gather at the doorway before Yau disperses them.

Traditional殭屍
Simplified僵尸
MandarinJiāng shī
CantoneseGoeng Si
Directed byJuno Mak
Produced byTakashi Shimizu
Juno Mak
Executive Producers: Steven Lo
Bernard Lai
Written byPhilip Yung
Jill Leung
Juno Mak
StarringChin Siu-ho
Anthony Chan
Kara Hui
Lo Hoi-pang
Paw Hee-ching
Music byNath Connelly
Edited byDavid Richardson
Production
company
Great Sound Creation for Kudos Film
Distributed byFortissimo Films
Release dates
  • 4 September 2013 (2013-09-04) (Venice Days Festival)
  • 24 October 2013 (2013-10-24) (Hong Kong)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryHong Kong
LanguageCantonese
BudgetHK$15,000,000
Box officeHK$16,781,408

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Here Comes Mr Jordan



On 11th May 1941, Boxer and amateur pilot Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery), affectionately known as "the Flying Pug", flies his small aircraft to his next fight in New York City, but crashes when a control cable severs. His soul is "rescued" by 7013 (Edward Everett Horton), an officious angel who assumed that Joe could not have survived. Joe's manager, Max "Pop" Corkle (James Gleason), has his body cremated. In the afterlife, the records show his death was a mistake; he was supposed to live for 50 more years. The angel's superior, Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), confirms this, but since there is no more body, Joe will have to take over a newly dead corpse. Mr. Jordan explains that a body is just something that is worn, like an overcoat; inside, Joe will still be himself. Joe insists that it be someone in good physical shape, because he wants to continue his boxing career. Joe keeps saying the body they find "has to be in the pink".

Directed byAlexander Hall
Produced byEverett Riskin
Screenplay by
  • Sidney Buchman
  • Seton I. Miller
Based onHeaven Can Wait
(1938 play)
by Harry Segall
Starring
  • Robert Montgomery
  • Evelyn Keyes
  • Claude Rains
  • Rita Johnson
  • Edward Everett Horton
Music byFriedrich Hollaender
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byViola Lawrence
Production
company
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 7, 1941 (1941-08-07) (New York City)
  • August 21, 1941 (1941-08-21) (USA)
Running time
94 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Normal is Over



Normal Is Over (103’ min) is a compelling and visually rich film directed by award-winning investigative TV-journalist Renée Scheltema. The film analyzes the big picture of why
humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet: climate change, species extinction, the depletion of critical natural resources, and industrial control of our food production. The documentary examines how our economic and financial system connects all these issues, and offers solutions, which could be implemented immediately, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time. Renée takes off on a multinational voyage, meeting not only prominent experts, but also everyday citizens who concentrate on matters such as organic agriculture, the banning of plastic, saving species, ecological economics, sustainable architecture, renewable energy,
and more.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Harmontown



Harmontown is a weekly live comedy podcast that began airing on June 6, 2012. It is hosted by writer Dan Harmon, best known as the creator of the sitcom Community, and actor Jeff B. Davis, best known for his work on the improvisational comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Harmontown began as a monthly live comedy show in Los Angeles, California at the NerdMelt Showroom on May 23, 2011, but the show became weekly after Harmon was fired from Community. Since the summer of 2012, each episode of Harmontown has been recorded and released as a podcast by Feral Audio.
The podcast has featured many guest appearances, including Kumail Nanjiani, Greg Proops, Aubrey Plaza, Bobcat Goldthwait, Rob Schrab, Curtis Armstrong, Patton Oswalt, Jason Sudeikis, Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, Mitch Hurwitz, Rob Corddry, Eric Idle, Logic, and Steve Agee.
On March 8, 2014, a documentary about the podcast, also called Harmontown, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival

Hosted byDan Harmon
GenreComedy, entertainment, talk
LanguageEnglish
Length60 - 120 minutes
Production
No. of episodes220 (as of November 11th 2016) (List of episodes)
Publication
DebutJune 16, 2012
ProviderFeral Audio
WebsiteHarmontown

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ブラック・ラグーン (Black Lagoon)




The story follows a team of pirate mercenaries known as Lagoon Company, that smuggles goods in and around the seas of Southeast Asia in the early to mid 1990s. Their base of operations is located in the fictional harbor city of Roanapur in southeast Thailand (somewhere in the Amphoe Mueang Trat district, likely on the mainland north/northeast of the Ko Chang island or on the island itself). The island is home to the Yakuza, the Triad, the Russian mafia, the Colombian and French cartels, and a wide assortment of pickpockets, thugs, mercenaries, thieves, prostitutes, assassins, and Gunmen of all sorts. They transport goods in the 80-foot (24 m) Elco-type PT boat Black Lagoon. Lagoon Company does business with various clients, but has a particularly friendly relationship with the Russian crime syndicate Hotel Moscow. The team takes on a variety of missions—which may involve violent firefights, hand-to-hand combat, and nautical battles—in various Southeast Asian locations, even going as far as Phu Quoc island of Vietnam and when not doing much, the members of the Lagoon Company spend much of their down time at The Yellow Flag, a bar in Roanapur which is often destroyed in firefights.

Directed bySunao Katabuchi
Produced byJun Nishimura
Mitsutoshi Ogura
Junya Okamoto
Written bySunao Katabuchi
Music byEdison
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
AUS
Universal Australia (current)
Tokyo Night Train (2007-2009)
Madman Entertainment (2009-2013)
NA
Funimation
UK
Kazé
NetworkCTC, Tokyo MX, KBS, tvk, NBN, TVN, abn, GYT, ITV, TVS, GTV, OX, KBC, NCC, ITC, SUN
English network
AU
Sci Fi Channel (Animax)
CA
G4techTV
UK
Sony Movie Channel, Animax
US
Starz Edge, Funimation Channel, Adult Swim (Toonami)
ZA
Animax
Original runApril 8, 2006June 24, 2006
Episodes12

Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage
Directed bySunao Katabuchi
StudioMadhouse



Original runOctober 2, 2006December 18, 2006
Episodes12 

La Musica de Rafael Hernandez




Hernández (birth name: Rafael Hernández Marín) was born in the town of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, into a poor family, on October 24, 1892. As a child, he learned the craft of cigar making, from which he made a modest living. He also grew to love music and asked his parents to permit him to become a full-time music student. When he was 12 years old, Hernández studied music in San Juan, under the guidance of music professors Jose Ruellan Lequenica and Jesús Figueroa. He learned to play many musical instruments, among them the clarinet, tuba, violin, piano and guitar. At the age of 14, he played for the Cocolia Orquestra. Hernández moved to San Juan where he played for the municipal orchestra under the director Manuel Tizol. In 1913, Hernández had his first child, Antonio Hernández, (out of wedlock) to Ana Bone.

Being Canadian




What does it actually mean to be Canadian? This humorous documentary, featuring interviews with a who's-who of famous media related Canadians, hopes to find the answer. IMDB 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Last Hijack



LAST HIJACK is a true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate's perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling, the film takes an innovative hybrid approach to explore how one Somali pirate - Mohamed - came to live such a brutal and dangerous existence. Animated re-enactments exploring Mohamed's memories, dreams and fears from his point of view are juxtaposed with raw footage from his everyday life in an original non-fiction narrative. Somalia is the worldwide capital of piracy, and Mohamed is one of Somalia's most experienced pirates. But in his homeland, a failed state, Mohamed is just another middle-aged man trying to make ends meet. Far removed from the glamour and adventure of the pirates of books and movies, Somali pirates face increasing scrutiny and stigmatization both at home and abroad. Now Mohamed is engaged and both his parents and his in-laws pressure him to change his ways before the big wedding day. Mohamed senses that the golden age of piracy may be coming to an end, and with pressure mounting to provide for his loved ones, he must decide whether to risk everything for one last hijack. 


My Tehran for Sale تهران من، حراج



My Tehran for Sale (Persian :تهران من، حراج), is a 2009 Australian-Iranian feature film written and directed by avant-garde poet turned filmmaker Granaz Moussavi, produced by Cyanfilms and starring Marzieh Vafamehr, Amir Chegini and Asha Mehrabi.
Officially selected by Toronto, Rotterdam, Pusan and several other international film festivals, this art-house debut film explores the contemporary Tehran and its underground art scene, focusing on the life of a young actress who has been banned from her theater work. Struggling to pursue her passion in art as well as her secret lifestyle in a socially oppressed environment, Marzieh gets involved in some subsequent and unexpected events leading her to a decision-making dilemma regarding her survival and identity. My Tehran for Sale has been compared with Cristian Mungiu's film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Parviz Jahed, an Iranian critic and film scholar.


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Trials of Spring



When 24-year-old Hend Nafea is arrested and tortured for demonstrating peacefully in Cairo's Tahrir Square, her pursuit of justice reflects post-revolution Egypt at an uncertain crossroads.
IMDB

Three courageous women in post-2011 Egypt fight for the original goals of the Arab Spring—“Bread, Freedom and Social Justice” for all. The battles they wage each day reflect the country and its women at an uncertain crossroads. A formerly veiled widow provides guidance for revolutionaries 40 years her junior. A young women’s rights activist demands an end to sexual harassment. A human rights defender from a rural military family is arrested and tortured in 2011, setting off a personal quest for justice that mirrors the trajectory of Egypt’s uprisings. Directed by the Academy Award–nominated Gini Reticker (Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Asylum, and A Decade Under the Influence), The Trials of Spring reveals the vital and under-reported role of women in the region. 
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Who Bombed Judi Bari?




While driving through Oakland, California on their way to a benefit concert for the Redwood Summer campaign to save California's coast redwood trees, Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were injured when a pipe bomb detonated under the driver's seat of their car. Bari, who was driving, was critically injured. Oakland police and the FBI approached the explosion as a terrorist incident, arrested Bari and Cherney, and tried to prove that they were transporting their own explosive device which accidentally detonated. The two were never charged with a crime. In 2002 they won a lawsuit and were awarded $4.4 million for civil rights violations by the FBI and Oakland Police Department. The authorities allegedly did not investigate any other suspects.

Directed byMary Liz Thomson
Produced byDarryl Cherney
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

الميدان = The square / al-Maydān = The square



"From the 2011 overthrow of a 30-year dictator, through military rule, and culminating with the forced military removal of the Muslim Brotherhood president in the summer of 2013, we follow a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes, and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience. The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of August 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is a truly immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces: from a brutal army dictatorship willing to crush protesters with military tanks, to a corrupt Muslim Brotherhood using mosques to manipulate voters. The activists in our film are armed with nothing more than cameras, social media, videos posted to YouTube, and a resolute determination to liberate their nation. The film is made in a cinéma vérité style, giving us an up-close view of revolution from the ground. New technologies show us that the voice of young people cannot be silenced in this digital age. Our characters are fighting an ancient war with new weapons"--Film press notes WorldCat

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Haemoo (Hangul: 해무) Sea Fog




Haemoo (Hangul: 해무; literally "Sea Fog") is a 2014 South Korean film directed by Shim Sung-bo. The film is adapted from the 2007 stage play of the same name, which in turn was based on the true story of 25 Korean-Chinese illegal immigrants who suffocated to death in the storage tank of the fishing vessel Taechangho; their bodies were dumped by the ship's crew into the sea southwest of Yeosu on October 7, 2001. There is likely a connection with the 2006 Scottish film "True North" which has an identical story line.

The 69-ton fishing vessel Jeonjinho fails to catch as much fish as its crew had hoped. To make more money, the crew decides to smuggle thirty illegal immigrants into Korea. But things don't go according to plan when the Jeonjinho encounters heavy fog, rain and waves on its return journey, while also being chased by a ship from the South Korean Maritime Police. On orders from the captain, several crew members hide the illegal immigrants inside the fishing tank, where they are in danger of suffocating to death. Amid the chaos, the youngest crew member Dong-sik tries to protect a young female migrant whom he'd fallen in love with.

Hangul해무
Hanja海霧
Revised RomanizationHaemu
Directed byShim Sung-bo
Produced byBong Joon-ho
Lewis Taewan Kim
Jo Neung-yeon
Written byShim Sung-bo
Bong Joon-ho
Based onHaemoo
by Kim Min-jung
StarringKim Yoon-seok
Park Yoo-chun
Music byJeong Jae-il
CinematographyHong Kyung-pyo
Edited byKim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed byNext Entertainment World
Release dates
  • August 13, 2014
Running time
110 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
BudgetUS$10 million
Box officeUS$11,413,4

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Our Brand is Crisis



Our Brand Is Crisis is a 2005 documentary film by Rachel Boynton on American political campaign marketing tactics by Greenberg Carville Shrum (GCS) in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. The election saw Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada elected President of Bolivia ahead of Evo Morales.
The film is distributed by Koch-Lorber Films.
"This film is a cautionary tale which comes at a very timely moment," said Koch-Lorber Films president Richard Lorber in a statement to indieWIRE. "The parallels to the current U.S. administration's approach to selling the war in Iraq are staggering."

Directed byRachel Boynton
Produced byRachel Boynton
Sanders Goodstein
Robert Kravis
Steven Shainberg
Written byRachel Boynton
Music byMarcelo Zarvos
Distributed byKoch-Lorber Films
Release dates
  • March 12, 2005 (2005-03-12) (World Film Festival)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSpanish
English

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A Sinner in Mecca



A Sinner in Mecca is a 2015 documentary film from director Parvez Sharma (A Jihad for Love). The film chronicles Sharma's Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia as an openly gay Muslim. The film premiered at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival to great critical acclaim. The film opened in theaters in the US on September 4, 2015 and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.

Directed byParvez Sharma
Produced byParvez Sharma
Alison Amron
Andrew Herwitz
Music bySajid Akbar
M.E. Manning
CinematographyParvez Sharma
Husain Akbar
Edited byAlison Amron
Sajid Akbar
Release dates
  • September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04) (Cinema Village, New York)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
Saudi Arabia
India
LanguageEnglish, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi

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Finders Keepers



Shannon Whisnant purchased a grill at an auction. Inside the grill was an amputated leg. What follows is a story centered on the enterprising Whisnant and John Wood, the man whose leg wound up in the grill due to an odd chain of events. 

Directed by Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel
Starring John Wood, Shannon Whisnant

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The Brainwashing of My Dad



A filmmaker examines the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her father, whose immersion in it radicalized him and rocked the foundation of their family. She discovers this political phenomenon recurring in living rooms everywhere, and reveals the consequences conservative media has had on families and a nation.

Directed by Jen Senko
Written by Melodie Bryant, Fiore Derosa
Starring Jeff Cohen, Thom Hartmann, Matthew Modine

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rabin The Last Day




The film depicts the events surrounding the final days and assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
For many Israelis, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 marked a grim turning point for their country. In the words of the commission set up to investigate the murder, "Israeli society [would] never be the same again. As a democracy, political assassination was not part of our culture." In the eyes of even more people, the murder ended all hope for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process through the Oslo Accords and altered the course of history. But, as Amos Gitai sets out to prove in his brave and provocative new film, Rabin's assassination was not just the act of one fanatic; it was the culmination of a hate campaign that emanated from the rabbis and public figures of Israel's far right.

Directed byAmos Gitai
Produced byJean-Baptiste Dupont
Cyril Colbeau-Justin
Sylvie Pialat
Francesco Di Silvio
Amos Gitai
Written byAmos Gitai
Marie-José Sanselme
Music byAmit Poznansky
CinematographyEric Gautier
Edited byYuval Orr
Tahel Sofer
Isabelle Ingold
Production
company
LGM Cinéma
Les Films du Worso
France 2 Cinéma
Orange Studio
Hamon Hafakot
Agav Films
Distributed byLe Pacte (France)
Release dates
  • 7 September 2015 (2015-09-07) (Venice)
  • 4 November 2015 (2015-11-04) (Israel)
  • 16 December 2015 (2015-12-16) (France)
Running time
153 minutes
CountryIsrael
France
LanguageHebrew
English
Budget$4.6 million

  • Yitzhak Hiskiya as chairman
  • Pini Mittelman as commission member
  • Michael Warshaviak as commission member
  • Einat Weizman as commission lawyer
  • Yogev Yefet as Rabin's murderer
  • Tomer Sisley as Rabin's driver
  • Ronen Keinan as commission lawyer
  • Tomer Russo as hospital director
  • Uri Gottlieb as attorney general
  • Ruti Asarsai as police spokeswoman
  • Dalia Shimko as psychiatrist
  • Gdalya Besser as police officer
  • Odelia More as teacher
  • Eldad Prywes as Rabin's bodyguard
  • Shalom Shmuelov as intelligence officer
  • Mali Levi as journalist
  • Stephen D. Root as journalist
  • Liron Levo as soldier
  • Yona Rosenkier as rallye driver
  • Yael Abecassis as interviewer
  • Shimon Peres as himself

Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution



"Provides non-Iranians with precious access to a broad range of Iranian films... including clips of films nearly impossible to see outside the country...a crisp, intelligent, and enjoyable documentary."—Cineaste

Icarus Films

Director:

Nader T. Homayoun

Writers:

Nicolas Bertrand, Nader T. Homayoun

Stars:

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Bahram Beizai, Farokh Ghafari

サカサマのパテマ (Sakasama no Patema) (Patema Inverted)



In 2067, scientists attempt to harness energy from gravity. The gravity reverses, however, and nearly everyone and everything are sent flying from Earth.
Years later, Patema is a respected teenager who lives in an underground society, who impose rules to keep its members away from "danger zones" that surround the community. Inspired by her friend Lagos, who has mysteriously disappeared, Patema explores the tunnels. One day, she is startled by a figure that walks on the ceiling while exploring and falls into the shaft below.
In the nation of Aiga, founded to protect its citizens from "danger zones" that were created by the experiment, Patema falls outside the fence bordering Aiga. Age, another teenager, finds Patema on the fence, whose gravity is inverted from his. After carrying her safely to the ground, he takes her to a nearby shed, where they learn about each other's worlds. Age tells Patema about his father, who supposedly fell from a flying craft while demonstrating it, inspired by the "Inverts", as dubbed by the government.

Directed byYasuhiro Yoshiura
Written byYasuhiro Yoshiura
Music byMichiru Ōshima
StudioPurple Cow Studios Japan
Licensed by‹See Tfd›
NA
  • Cinedigm
  • GKIDS
UK
Anime Limited
ReleasedNovember 9, 2013 (2013-11-09)
Runtime99 minutes

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Le Diner de Cons (Dinner Game)



Pierre Brochant, a Parisian publisher, attends a weekly "idiots' dinner", where guests, who are modish, prominent Parisian businessmen, must bring along an "idiot" who the other guests can ridicule. At the end of the dinner, the evening's "champion idiot" is selected.

Directed byFrancis Veber
Produced byAlain Poiré
Written byFrancis Veber
StarringJacques Villeret
Thierry Lhermitte
Francis Huster
Daniel Prévost
Alexandra Vandernoot
Catherine Frot
Music byVladimir Cosma
CinematographyLuciano Tovoli
Edited byGeorges Klotz
Distributed byGaumont
Release dates
  • 15 April 1998 (1998-04-15)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Budget$12.5 million
Box office$65.4 million

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Bessie



Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah) is a young singer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She and her siblings are orphaned when their parents, William and Laura, die, leaving their oldest sister, Viola (Khandi Alexander), to raise them. Viola is stern and Bessie's childhood is unhappy. She along with her brother Clarence (Tory Kittles) scrape by working for local vaudeville shows. Her stage ambitions are frustrated by producers unwilling to feature dark-skinned black women in their shows. Bessie sneaks onto traveling performer Ma Rainey's (Mo'Nique) train compartment and asks to join her show. Ma Rainey takes Bessie under her wing and helps her develop her abilities until Bessie's popularity causes a schism between the two women. Bessie leaves with Clarence to start her own show.

Screenplay by
  • Dee Rees
  • Christopher Cleveland
  • Bettina Gilois
Story by
  • Dee Rees
  • Horton Foote
Directed byDee Rees
Starring
  • Queen Latifah
  • Michael Kenneth Williams
  • Khandi Alexander
  • Mo'Nique
Theme music composerRachel Portman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Richard D. Zanuck
  • Lili Fini Zanuck
  • Queen Latifah
  • Shakim Compere
  • Shelby Stone
  • Randi Michel
Producer(s)Ron Schmidt
CinematographyJeff Jur
Editor(s)Brian A. Kates
Running time115 min.
Production company(s)Flavor Unit Entertainment
The Zanuck Company
DistributorHBO Films
Release
Original networkHBO
Original release
  • May 16, 2015
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Death at a Funeral (2007, 2010)

Death at a Funeral (2007)


The story is set in England and taking place mainly at a family home. Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) and his wife Jane (Keeley Hawes) live with his parents; when the story opens, it is the day of Daniel's father's funeral and, while in the process of organising this event, Daniel and Jane plan to purchase a flat and move away from the parental home. Daniel's brother Robert (Rupert Graves), a renowned novelist living in New York City, would rather spend his money on a first class airline ticket to England than help finance the funeral, leaving Daniel to cover the burial expenses. As guests begin to arrive at the family home, where the funeral service is to be held, he struggles to complete a eulogy, although everyone expects Robert the writer will be the one to deliver some appropriate remarks.

Directed byFrank Oz
Produced by
  • Sidney Kimmel
  • Laurence Malkin
  • Diana Phillips
  • Share Stallings
Written byDean Craig
Starring
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Rupert Graves
  • Andy Nyman
  • Kris Marshall
  • Peter Dinklage
  • Keeley Hawes
  • Daisy Donovan
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Ewen Bremner
Music byMurray Gold
CinematographyOliver Curtis
Edited byBeverley Mills
Production
company
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Distributed by
  • Verve Pictures (UK)
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US)
Release dates
  • 17 August 2007 (2007-08-17) (US)
  • 2 November 2007 (2007-11-02) (UK)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
Germany
LanguageEnglish
Budget$9 million
Box office$46.8 million

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Death a a Funeral (2010)


The film revolves around the funeral service for the father of Aaron (Chris Rock) and Ryan. Aaron, the older son, and his wife Michelle (Regina Hall) live at his parents' home. Aaron and Michelle have been trying to buy their own home and have children but have been unsuccessful. Aaron envies Ryan (Martin Lawrence) because Ryan is a successful author, while he has not yet had his novel published, and resents his brother because Ryan would rather spend money on a first class airline ticket than help him pay for the funeral expenses.

Directed byNeil LaBute
Produced by
  • Sidney Kimmel
  • William Hordberg
  • Chris Rock
  • Share Stallings
  • Laurence Malkin
Written byDean Craig
Starring
  • Loretta Devine
  • Peter Dinklage
  • Danny Glover
  • Regina Hall
  • Martin Lawrence
  • James Marsden
  • Tracy Morgan
  • Chris Rock
  • Zoë Saldaña
  • Columbus Short
  • Luke Wilson
  • Keith David
  • Ron Glass
  • Kevin Hart
Music byChristophe Beck
CinematographyRogier Stoffers
Edited byTracey Wadmore-Smith
Production
company
  • Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
  • Wonderful Films
  • Parabolic Pictures
  • Stable Way Entertainment
Distributed byScreen Gems
Release dates
  • April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12) (Hollywood premiere)
  • April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$21 million
Box office$49.1 million

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Paths of the Soul



Paths of the Soul is a 2015 Chinese film directed, written, and produced by Zhang Yang. It tells of a journey taken by Tibetan villagers on a 1,200 kilometer pilgrimage to Lhasa.
The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It was subsequently presented at the 2015 Busan International Film Festival, 2016 Vilnius International Film Festival, 2016 Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2016 Goteborg International Film Festival, 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, among others.
The film was given a limited release in North America on May 13, 2016. It was also shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City from May 13 to May 19, 2016.

Directed byZhang Yang
Produced byZhang Yang
Written byZhang Yang
StarringYang Pei
Nyima Zadui
Tsewang Dolkar
Tsring Chodron
Seba Jiangcuo
CinematographyGuo Daming
Edited byWei Le
Release dates
  • September 15, 2015 (2015-09-15) (Toronto)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryChina
LanguageTibetan

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A Hologram for the King





The film tells the story of a washed-up, desperate American salesman who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell a holographic teleconferencing system to the Saudi government. Set in 2010, before the Arab Spring, American consultant Alan Clay is depressed after losing his house and being divorced by his wife during the Great Recession; he arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to make a sale in an upcoming development called the King’s Metropolis of Economy and Trade (a fictionalized version of King Abdullah Economic City)


Directed byTom Tykwer
Produced by
  • Stefan Arndt
  • Gary Goetzman
  • Arcadiy Golubovich
  • Tom Hanks
  • Uwe Schott (de)
  • Tim O'Hair
Screenplay byTom Tykwer
Based onA Hologram for the King
by Dave Eggers
Starring
  • Tom Hanks
  • Alexander Black
  • Sarita Choudhury
  • Sidse Babett Knudsen
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Tom Skerritt
Music byJohnny Klimek (de)
Tom Tykwer
CinematographyFrank Griebe
Edited byAlexander Berner
Production
company
  • Playtone
  • Primeridian Entertainment
  • X-Filme Creative Pool (de)
  • Fábrica de Cine
Distributed by
  • Lionsgate
  • Roadside Attractions
  • Saban Films
Release dates
  • April 20, 2016 (2016-04-20) (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
Country
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Mexico
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million
Box office$7.8 million

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When Memory Comes: A Film about Saul Friedlander



WHEN MEMORY COMES: A FILM ABOUT SAUL FRIEDLÄNDER is a visually arresting documentary that interweaves leading Holocaust historian Saul Friedländer's personal story of survival with an introduction to his work and thought.
Originally a political scientist, Friedländer avoided writing about the Holocaust until an exchange of letters with German historian Martin Broszat, during the 1980s. Broszat believed that victims are unable to write the history of the period in which they were victimized, because they are not objective enough. For Friedländer, subjectivity and personal interest in stories as not being a problem for historians—as long as they are clear on where they stand. "There is a Jewish dimension to this history, and Jews can deal with it as objectively as anyone else," he says in the film. Historians should "accept subjectivity and even use it... very clearly and very explicitly." 

Icarus Films

Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley



"In 2009, the first coup d'etat in a generation in Central America overthrows the elected president of Honduras. A nation-wide movement, known simply as The Resistance, rises in opposition. Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley centers on the most daring wing of the movement, the farmers of the Aguan. Not satisfied with just marching and blocking highways, 2000 landless families take possession of the palm oil plantations of Miguel Facusse, the country's largest landowner and a key player in the coup. The camera follows three farmers over four years as they build their new communities on occupied land, in the face of the regime's violent response, while waiting for the elections The Resistance hopes will restore the national democratic project."

Directed by Jesse Freeston
Written by Diego Briceno-Orduz, Jesse Freeston

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The War You Don't See



The War You Don't See is a 2010 British documentary film written, produced and directed by John Pilger with Alan Lowery, which challenges the media for the role they played in the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine conflicts. The film, which went on nationwide general release on 13 December 2010 (2010-12-13), had its premiere at the Barbican and was aired through Britain's ITV1 on 14 December 2010 and later through Australia's SBS One on 10 April 2011 (2011-04-10).

Directed by
  • Alan Lowery
  • John Pilger
Produced by
  • Alan Lowery
  • John Pilger
  • Christopher Hird
Written byJohn Pilger
Starring
  • John Pilger
  • Rageh Omaar
  • Dan Rather
  • Mark Curtis
  • Carne Ross
  • Cynthia McKinney
  • Julian Assange
Narrated byJohn Pilger
Music bySacha Puttnam
CinematographyRupert Binsley
Edited byJoe Frost
Production
company
Dartmouth Films
Release dates

  • 13 December 2010
Running time
97 min
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

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