Friday, February 26, 2016
Rumba Clave Blen Blen Blen is a song of praise to the musical genre of rumba in New York City. It reveals the vibrant Afro-Cuban culture of the city. In addition, the film unravels the African and Andalusian origins of rumba and follows ordinary people and famous musicians through the dances, drums, and clave rhythm of the genre. The film is a poem of color and music, bringing to the surface the symbolic religious cosmogonies of Bantu, Abakua, Yoruba and Arara traditions that have nourished it. By paying homage to the grand masters of the genre, such as Chano Pozo and his collaborations with Dizzy Gillespie, Rumba Blen Blen Blen is a historical journey that traces the history of rumba in New York through the words and music of scholars, producers, artists and renowned musicians who continue to practice it today.- Written by Anonymous
Thursday, February 25, 2016
A washed-up classical pianist, Charlie Kohler/Edouard Saroyan (Charles Aznavour), bottoms out after his wife's suicide — stroking the keys in a Parisian dive bar. The waitress, Lena (Marie Dubois), is falling in love with Charlie, who it turns out is not who he says he is. When his brothers get in trouble with gangsters, Charlie inadvertently gets dragged into the chaos and is forced to rejoin the family he once fled.
|Directed by||François Truffaut|
|Produced by||Pierre Braunberger|
|Based on||Down There|
by David Goodis
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
Les Films de la Pléiade
|Distributed by||Les Films du Carrosse|
|Box office||974,833 admissions (France)|
It is winter in Teheran. Lateef is 17. He works at a building construction site managed by MEMAR, the site foreman. Lateef's job is to serve tea and prepare food for the workers with whom he is always quarrelling. The workers come from all parts of Iran, particularly from Iranian Azerbaijan (Azeris are referred as "Turks" in the film). Some workers are Afghan refugees from war-torn Afghanistan. They have no identity cards and are employed illegally as cheap labour. When the labour inspectors show up, the Afghan workers must hide.
As the story starts, an Afghan worker, NAJAF, falls from the building and breaks his leg. He is taken to the hospital. The next day, SOLTAN, another Afghan worker, brings in RAHMAT, Najaf's son, who is around 14 years old, to replace his father. Memar soon realizes that Rahmat is not fit for such hard work, and decides to switch the jobs between Rahmat and Lateef. Lateef is furious, threatens Rahmat, tries to sabotage his work and spies on him. One day, by looking through the door where Rahmat works, he is totally shocked to discover that Rahmat is a girl. As he watches her comb her hair, he finds himself in a strange state, surrounded by unusual sounds.
|Directed by||Majid Majidi|
|Produced by||Majid Majidi|
|Written by||Majid Majidi|
Mohammad Amir Naji
Gholam Ali Bakhshi
|Music by||Ahmad Pejman|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|January 31, 2001 (2001-01-31) (Fajr)|
Five people, Englishwoman Evelyn Wingate, American reporter Jonathan Clark, Chinese peasant Su Tan, German physicist Klaus Bechner, and Soviet soldier Ivan Godofsky, are randomly transported to an alien spacecraft in Earth orbit. There, they are met by a humanoid referring to himself only as "The Alien" (Arnold Moss), who explains that he is the representative of a world orbiting a sun about to go nova. Needing a new world to inhabit within the next 35 days, yet prohibited by their moral code from killing intelligent life, The Alien provides each of the five with sets of three capsules in a clear, round, hand-held case. Each capsule is capable of destroying all human life within a 3,000-mile diameter, with the expectation that humanity will use all the capsules, obliterating itself, leaving the Earth free for alien colonization.
|Directed by||William Asher|
|Produced by||Helen Ainsworth|
|Written by||Robert M. Fresco (uncredited)|
|Based on||The 27th Day|
by John Mantley
|Music by||Mischa Bakaleinikoff|
|Edited by||Jerome Thoms|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Compiled from interviews and historic footage and photographs, this program focuses on the traditions of the African-American Mardi Gras tradition in New Orleans. Covers the Mardi Gras Indian history, discussing functions and responsibilities of each person in the tribe; the Zulu and Baby Dolls clubs and Skull and Bone group; and music.
Chi-Raq (//) is a 2015 American satirical musical drama film directed and produced by Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. Set in Chicago, the film is a satire that touches on the gang violence prevalent in some neighborhoods on the city's south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood. The story is based on Aristophanes' Lysistrata, a Classical Greek comedy play in which women withhold sex from their husbands as punishment for fighting in the Peloponnesian War. It stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson.
It was the first film to be produced by Amazon Studios, released in select theaters on December 4, 2015 and on their video on demand service Amazon Instant Video on December 29.
The Russian writer Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) travels to Italy to research the life of 18th-century Russian composer Pavel Sosnovsky, who lived there and committed suicide after his return to Russia. He and his comely interpreter Eugenia travel to a convent in the Tuscan countryside, to look at frescoes by Piero della Francesca. Andrei decides at the last minute that he does not want to enter.
Back at their hotel Andrei feels displaced and longs to go back to Russia, but unnamed circumstances seem to get in the way. Eugenia is smitten with Andrei and is offended that he will not sleep with her, claiming that she has a better boyfriend waiting for her.
|Directed by||Andrei Tarkovsky|
|Written by||Tonino Guerra|
Casares (Federico Luppi) and Carmen (Marisa Paredes) operate a small home for orphans in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Helping the couple mind the orphanage are Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega), the groundskeeper, and Conchita (Irene Visedo), a teacher who is also involved with Jacinto. Casares and Carmen are aligned with the Republican loyalists, and are hiding a large cache of gold that's used to back the Republican treasury; perhaps not coincidentally, the orphanage has also been subject to attacks from Franco's troops, and a defused bomb sits in the home's courtyard. One day, a boy named Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the home, looking for a place to stay after being left behind by his parents. Casares and Carmen take him in, and the boy soon strikes up an unlikely friendship with Jaime (Íñigo Garcés), a boy with a reputation for tormenting other kids. But Carlos soon begins having visions of a mysterious apparition he can't identify, and hears strange stories about a child named Santi who went missing the day the bomb appeared near the orphanage.
|Directed by||Guillermo del Toro|
|Produced by||Guillermo del Toro|
|Written by||Guillermo del Toro|
|Narrated by||Federico Luppi|
|Music by||Javier Navarrete|
|Edited by||Luis De La Madrid|
|Distributed by||Warner Sogefilms A.I.E. (Spain)|
Sony Pictures Classics (United States)
In a fairy tale, Princess Moanna, whose father is the king of the underworld, visits the human world, where the sunlight blinds her and erases her memory. She becomes mortal and succumbs to illness. The king believes that eventually, her spirit will return to the underworld.
In post-Civil War Spain in 1944 (after Francisco Franco has come into power), protagonist Ofelia travels with her pregnant mother Carmen to meet Captain Vidal, her new stepfather and the father of Carmen's unborn child. Vidal, the son of a famed commander who died in Morocco, believes strongly in Falangism and was assigned to hunt down republican rebels.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Traumatic incidents, conflicts, and bloody quarrels awaiting the Funuke family members who return home to bury their parents.
A quirky and somewhat funny story. After her parents death in a car accident, elder sister Sumika returns home. She is an out of work actress who blames everyone else for not seeing her acting qualities. ~Mike
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
STILL DOING IT reveals the wonderful truth that many older women are actually beginning intense romantic relationships after 65. Frances, 87, continues to enjoy a palpably sexual relationship with journalist David Steinberg, the love of her life she met at 80. Aware that many people see her as "nothing but an old woman," she is defiant in living life on her own terms.
Le Cirque: A Table In Heaven is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Andrew Rossi about the reopening of the Le Cirque restaurant in New York City.Before being released by HBO, the film premiered at the 2007 Full Frame Film Festival and went on to play at the 2007 Hamptons Film Festival, the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival, and the 2008 Sarasota Film Festival, among others.
|Directed by||Andrew Rossi|
|Produced by||Gregory P. Heyman|
Soon Yi Previn
Robert De Niro
|Music by||Stephen O'Reilly|
|Edited by||Charles Marquardt|
He seeks refuge with the old gang from his French Resistance days, a group paroled based on patriotic war work as long as they keep clean. Bertani, Foussard, and the others blame Robie while they are all under suspicion while the Cat is at large. Still, when the police arrive at Bertani's restaurant, Foussard's daughter Danielle (Brigitte Auber) spirits her old flame to safety.
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Produced by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Screenplay by||John Michael Hayes|
|Based on||To Catch a Thief|
by David Dodge
Jessie Royce Landis
|Music by||Lyn Murray|
|Edited by||George Tomasini|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$4.5 million (US rentals original release)|
During the course of the tour, "strange things begin to happen" at the whim of "four or five magicians", four of whom are played by the Beatles themselves and the fifth by the band's long-time road manager Mal Evans.
|Written by||John Lennon|
|Directed by||The Beatles|
Bernard Knowles (uncredited)
|Narrated by||John Lennon|
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Shirley Evans (accordionist)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
Richard Starkey M.B.E.
|Running time||52 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Apple Corps|
|Distributor||New Line Cinema (US)|
|Original release||26 December 1967|
François (Auteuil) .is a middle-aged, art-dealer Parisian who thinks he has everything. After telling a story at dinner about a funeral he attended where only a handful of people turned up, his colleagues suggest that no-one would go to his funeral. He may be materially rich, but he has no friends. Everyone at the dinner table starts to antagonise him about having no friends but François says that he does have friends (but he has only clients). His business partner Catherine (Gayet) challenges him to a bet: Francois must introduce his best friend within 10 days, or lose a valuable object, his antique Greek vase (worth 200,000 euros).
Victor Norman (Clark Gable) is a radio advertising executive just back from World War II and looking for a job in his old field. He literally throws a few loose dollars out the hotel window, telling the hotel valet that being down to his last even $50 "will help me seem sincere about not needing a job." On his way to his interview, he stops and spends thirty-five of them on a "sincere" hand-painted necktie.
Though miraculous in itself, the phenomenon doesn't provide anything concrete in Okabe's search for a scientific breakthrough; that is, until the lab members are spurred into action by a string of mysterious happenings before stumbling upon an unexpected success—the Phone Microwave can send emails to the past, altering the flow of history.
Adapted from the critically acclaimed visual novel by 5pb. and Nitroplus, Steins;Gate takes Okabe through the depths of scientific theory and practicality. Forced across the diverging threads of past and present, Okabe must shoulder the burdens that come with holding the key to the realm of time.
[Written by MAL Rewrite] -from My Anime List
Thursday, February 11, 2016
That was the GDR - Chapter 1-7
The lively, seven-chapter documentary about the zeitgeist and the history of the GDR, which is told from the perspective of those affected. From citizens to once mighty politicians witnesses to speak, which report on the everyday worries and problems, but also the hopes that were linked to the social state.
Chapter 1: I was a citizen of the GDRFormer GDR citizens share experiences, feelings and their personal attitude. Politicians like Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Valentin Falin and civil rights activists like Ulrike Poppe to speak.
Chapter 2: From the Zone to StateThe documentary reconstructs how it could come to the construction of the Wall on August 13 1961.
Chapter 3: From Plan to bankruptcyThis film shows the development of the GDR planned economy from its beginnings to the failure.
Chapter 4: In caring for the peopleAt the center of the Honecker era and the social policy program of the SED "unity of economic and social policy" is.
Chapter 5: Spirit and powerThe history of literature and art in the GDR is determined repeatedly by state regulations.
Chapter 6: Shield and SwordThe Ministry for State Security was the main instrument of power since its inception the 1950s. A gigantic surveillance apparatus is visible.
Chapter 7: We are the people... Call 70,000 people in the streets of Leipzig. A film from the end of the GDR.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
From the time he was a child Wolfgang Fasser knew he'd be blind in his twenties. But as darkness descended, a whole new world began to open up to him: the world of sound. He marveled at its richness and nuance, at how it moved him and made him connect with nature and with the people around him. Setting aside his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, Wolfgang became a physical therapist to severely disabled children. While their parents endeavor to accommodate their needs, it is in Wolfgang that the children find a true friend. In a Swiss hamlet tucked away in the mountains he has constructed a safe haven in which the children can explore and create sound through cymbals, drums, piano or feel sound resonate through their bodies on a therapeutic bed of chords... The tension in their bodies gradually dissipates as they open to the mysteries of sound and music. Wolfgang's immense capacity for compassion and patience creates an environment of unconditional love and respect in which these children blossom. In his directorial debut, Nicola Bellucci focuses with quiet reverence on Wolfgang Fasser just as he does on the children in his care. The result is transcendent.
- Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival
Directed by British journalist Ruaridh Arrow the film follows the use of Gene Sharp's work across revolutionary groups throughout the world. There is particular focus on Sharp's key text From Dictatorship to Democracy which has been translated by democracy activists into more than 30 languages and used in revolutions from Serbia and Ukraine to Egypt and Syria. The film describes how Sharp's 198 methods of nonviolent action have inspired and informed uprisings across the globe.
|Directed by||Ruaridh Arrow|
|Produced by||Richard Shaw; Cailean Watt, assistant producer; James Otis, executive producer|
|Written by||Ruaridh Arrow|
|Starring||Gene Sharp, Jamila Raqib, Colonel Robert "Bob" Helvey, Srđa Popović, Ahmed Maher, Ausama Monajed|
|Edited by||Mike Crozier, Lorrin Braddick|
|Distributed by||TVF International|
Nefertiti's Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, it spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti placed her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women's rights and freedom in Egypt today.
Written by Mark Nickolas
In 1947, when Aung San Suu Kyi is two years old, her father Aung San leads Burma to independence. But soon afterwards, on 19 July 1947, he along with a group of his colleagues is assassinated by a group of armed men in uniform. As an adult Suu Kyi goes to England, finds a loving husband, and has a happy family life. But in 1988 her mother's poor health forces her to return to Burma where her father, Aung San, is still widely remembered. When she visits her mother in the hospital in 1988, she meets many of the people who are wounded during the Tatmadaw's crackdown in the 8888 Uprising. She realises that political change is needed in Burma and is soon drawn into the movement to promote reform. She accepts the role of icon in support of self-determination by the Burmese people and devotes herself to activities in support of goals of greater political freedoms.Suu Kyi founds a political party and clearly wins the 1990 elections. However, the Burmese military refuse to accept the result of the election and move to bring Suu Kyi under control. She and her family become separated when her husband and children are banned from Burma and she is put under a house arrest for more than a decade.Yet their relentless struggling for Suu Kyi's recognition outside Burma is her guarantee she won't be forgotten and cannot disappear unnoticed. Due to her family's efforts, she becomes the first woman in Asia to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet their separation continues because Suu Kyi can neither attend the ceremony nor can her husband Michael Aris see her one last time before his early death.
Taylor Mead plays the president of the United Status, who, when he isn’t at the White House—a dilapidated Victorian—conducts his top-secret affairs on a deserted beach. Robert Downey Sr.’s first feature is a rollicking, slapstick, ultra-low-budget 16 mm comedy experiment that introduced a twisted new voice to the New York underground.
The film concerns a middle-aged railway pointsman, Maloin (Miroslav Krobot), who lives in a decrepit apartment in a port town with his highly-strung wife Camélia (Tilda Swinton) and his daughter Henriette (Erika Bók). One night while in his viewing tower at the port's rail terminus, Maloin witnesses a fight on the dockside. One of the shady combatants is knocked into the water along with the briefcase he carries; when the other flees the dark quayside, Maloin makes a clandestine descent from the tower and retrieves the briefcase, which he finds full of sodden English banknotes. Maloin conceals the money and tells no-one of what he has seen. The next morning, he visits a tavern where he plays chess with the barkeep (Gyula Pauer). On his way home, he stops by the butcher's where his daughter works, and finds to his indignation that they have her washing the floor. Later, from the window of his apartment, he notices Brown (János Derzsi) watching him from below. At dinner, Maloin is increasingly irascible, addressing Henriette brusquely and arguing with Camélia. Meanwhile, Brown searches the water at the dock's edge without success before noticing the watchtower overlooking the quayside, and Maloin within.