Thursday, March 31, 2016

Edward Said on Orientalism

In this adaptation of his paradigm-shifting book, Edward Said examines the origins and evolution of Western attitudes towards the Middle East. Said shows how perceptions of the Middle East as an exotic land full of villains and terrorists are deeply rooted in the Western imagination, and argues that this caricatured cultural heritage continues to blind too many Europeans and Americans to the complexity and diversity of the region. -Media Education Foundation Website

Probably his last interview

C-Span Book TV Out of Place: A Memoir - Early Years

The Shadow of the West — a film by Edward Said

Take Me to the River

A celebration of the inter generational, interracial and undeniable influence of Memphis, TN on American culture and its music. Features Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Yo Gotti, and many more award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians.


Plot for Peace

In the middle of the 80', Jean-Yves Ollivier, a French businessman working in Southern Africa, decides to use his network and the trust he inspires to the leaders of the countries, in order to help bringing peace and destroy the apartheid regime.
The movie is showing the extraordinary life of the one who was called "Monsieur Jacques" (Mister Jacques) by secret services. It describes his action in parallel diplomacy based on prisoners exchanges, especially during the Brazaville accord, considered as the beginning of Southern Africa's pacification.

Directed byCarlos Agulló
Mandy Jacobson
Produced byMandy Jacobson
Ivor Ichikowitz
Music byAntony Partos
CinematographyRita Noriega
Diego Ollivier
Edited byCarlos Agulló
Distributed byRezo Films (France)
Caramel Films (Spain)
Trinity Film (UK)
Annie Planet (Japan)
Indelible Media (South Africa)
Release dates
  • 20 October 2013 (2013-10-20) (France)
  • 5 December 2013 (2013-12-05) (Spain)
  • 14 March 2014 (2014-03-14) (UK)
  • 5 August 2014 (2014-08-05) (South Africa)
  • 31 October 2014 (2014-10-31) (USA)
Running time
84 minutes
CountrySouth Africa
LanguageEnglish, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans & Spanish

Jean-Yves Ollivier

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris' dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows." Maysles Films

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Las Marthas

Las Marthas is a documentary film directed by Cristina Ibarra, who follows two young women, Laurita Garza- Hovel, a prominent member of Laredo society and Rosario Reyes, a newcomer from Mexico, while on their journey to make their debut in 19th century- inspired gowns, hosted by the Society of Martha Washington. Las Marthas displays an "alternative image of the border-town life" by documenting the debutante dance where young women wear Colonial style gowns in an effort to portray early American historical figures. Through various interviews of historians, former "Marthas" and current debutantes, Ibarra tackles the question as to why these young women are embracing a tradition that is honoring a symbol of American conquest from Mexican territories.

Directed byCristina Ibarra
Produced byCristina Ibarra, Erin Ploss-Campoamor
StarringLaura Garza Hovel, Rosario Reyes
Music byDavid Majzlin
CinematographyNatalia Almada, Craig Marsden, Ray Santisteban
Edited byCarla Gutierrez, Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez
Distributed byWomen Make Movies
Release dates
February 17, 2014
Running time
69 Minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish, Spanish [English Subtitles]

No Subtitles Necessary Laszlo & Vilmos

This documentary traces the careers of cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond. These lifelong friends are Hungarian expatriates who had been studying cinematography in Hungary and defected following the 1956 Soviet invasion. Coincidentally, they also photographed many of the tumultuous events during the invasion.

Directed byJames Chressanthis
Produced byJames Chressanthis
Tony Frere
Zachary Kranzler
Kian Soleimanpour
Written byJames Chressanthis
Music byJeffrey Kite
CinematographyAnka Malatynska
Edited byElisa Bonora
NC Motion Pictures
Distributed byCinema Libre Studio
Cinetic Media
Release dates
  • May 22, 2008 (2008-05-22) (Cannes)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited states


Harishchandrachi Factory

The film is the story about the beginning of the Indian film industry, set in 1913, when two business partners fall out, resulting in one leaving the company. As the family struggle to survive Phalke (Nandu Madhav) decides to make his own silent motion picture with the support of his family. He travels to England to learn about the new medium and, after he returns, brings together a team of actors and technicians to produce his first film about the story of Raja Harishchandra. Through all the hard work, the movie becomes a hit — marking the beginning of one of the world's biggest film industries.

Directed byParesh Mokashi
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Smiti Kanodia
Paresh Mokashi
Written byParesh Mokashi
StarringNandu Madhav
Vibhavari Deshpande
Music byAnand Modak
CinematographyAmalendu Choudary
Edited byAmit Pawar
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • July 2009 (2009-07) (Osian's Cinefan)
  • 29 January 2010 (2010-01-29) (India)
Running time
97 minutes
Budget2 crores
Box office3 crores


China's 3Dreams

'In the 1970s we had only 3 dreams: a watch, a wireless and a bicycle.' A parable of China in the twenty-first century: eleven years inside the dilemmas and dreams of its people.



Sembene! tells the story of the self-taught novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène, provided by Gadjigo, who wrote Sembene's biography. Sembène transitioned from a laborer into a powerful spokesman for Africa.

Directed by
  • Samba Gadjigo
  • Jason Silverman
  • Galle Ceddo Projects
  • Impact Partners
  • New Mexico Media Partners
  • SNE Partners
  • with major support from
  • The Ford Foundation/JustFilms
  • The Sundance Institute
  • Cinereach
  • Francophonie

  • January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
88 minutes


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Li'l Quinquin

A murder mystery that opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow on the outskirts of a small channel town in northern France. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Sedmikrasky (Daisies)

The opening sequence is that of a spinning flywheel with shots of airplanes strafing the ground. The shots of the airplanes are from US Navy footage shot in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
The first scene shows the two main characters sitting in bathing suits. Their conversation is robotic and from that point on they decide to be bad. The next scene shows Marie I and Marie II dancing in front of a tree. The tree has many fruits and resembles the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Once Marie I eats from the tree, they both fall and appear in their apartment. There is significant action here, with Marie I looking through the window at a parade and Marie II eating. The next few scenes are all similar. They show the two girls on a date with an older man, a 'sugar daddy'. Marie II eats voraciously and Marie I eventually starts acting like her, eating a lot of food.

Directed byVěra Chytilová
Produced byRudolf Hájek
Screenplay byVěra Chytilová
Ester Krumbachová
Pavel Juráček
Story byVěra Chytilová
StarringJitka Cerhová
Ivana Karbanová
Marie Češková
Jiřina Myšková
Marcela Březinová
Julius Albert
Music byJiří Šlitr
Jiří Šust
CinematographyJaroslav Kučera
Edited byMiroslav Hájek
Distributed byUstredni Pujcovna Filmu (Czechoslovakia)
Sigma III, Corp. (US)
Release dates
  • 30 December 1966 (1966-12-30) (Czechoslovakia)
  • 25 October 1967 (1967-10-25) (US)
Running time
76 minutes


Marketa Lazarova

Two brothers, Mikoláš and one-armed Adam, along with a small group of men, ambushing a wagon and men traveling on a country road in the middle of winter. The attackers massacre most of the travelers, one escapes, Mikoláš chases and captures one and his men capture another. The man who escaped, a Saxon aristocrat, turns out to be the new Bishop of Hennau and a close ally of the local king. The two captives are the Bishop's son and his assistant. When Mikoláš returns to the site of the ambush, he finds a group of scavengers, led by Lazar, a neighbor of Mikoláš's, stripping the dead. Mikoláš' first impulse is to kill Lazar, but spares him after Lazar prays to Christ to forgive Mikoláš. Mikoláš returns to his village where his father, Kozlík, is the clan patriarch. Kozlík becomes furious at Mikoláš for allowing a man to escape, for bringing home two captives and for allowing Lazar to live. When Mikoláš explains that he took the captives for ransom, his father asks him if he intends to travel to Saxony to claim the ransom or if Mikoláš intends to invite the Saxons to bring their army to their small clan village.

Directed byFrantišek Vláčil
Produced byJosef Ouzký
Screenplay byFrantišek Pavlíček, František Vláčil
Based onMarketa Lazarová
by Vladislav Vančura
StarringMagda Vášáryová
Josef Kemr
František Velecký
Naďa Hejná
Jaroslav Moučka
Music byZdeněk Liška
CinematographyBeda Batka
Edited byMiroslav Hájek
Barrandov Studios
Distributed byÚstřední půjčovna filmů
Release dates
  • 6 October 1967 (1967-10-06)
Running time
162 minutes
Budget13 Million Kčs


Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie

On September 5, 2014, it was revealed by Production I.G. that a new Ghost in the Shell animated film, Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (攻殻機動隊 新劇場版) in Japanese, would be released in 2015 promising to show the "further evolution [of the series]". On January 8, 2015, a short teaser trailer was revealed for the project unveiling a redesigned Major more closely resembling her appearance from the older films. The trailer listed Kazuya Nomura as the director, Kazuchika Kise as the general director and character designer, Toru Okubo as the animation director, Tow Ubukata as the screenplay writer and Cornelius as the composer. The film premiered on June 20, 2015, in Japanese theaters, and follows the Arise continuity of the franchise.

Directed byKazuya Nomura
Written byTow Ubukata
Based onGhost in the Shell
by Masamune Shirow
StarringMaaya Sakamoto
Ikkyuu Juku
Kenichirou Matsuda
Tarusuke Shingaki
Shunsuke Sakuya
Takurou Nakakuni
Yōji Ueda
Kazuya Nakai
Miyuki Sawashiro
Production I.G
Release dates
  • June 20, 2015



While the manga follows multiple plot threads, the film adaption consists of a few plots shown in the manga.
The film follows two orphans, Kuro and Shiro, as they attempt to keep control of the streets of the pan-Asian metropolis of Takaramachi, once a flourishing town and now a huge, crumbling slum fraught with warring between criminal gangs. Kuro is a violent and streetwise punk, considering Takaramachi to be "his town". Shiro is younger and appears to be mentally impaired, out of touch with the world around him and often living in a world of illusions. They call themselves "the Cats". Despite their extreme differences, they complement and support each other, similar to the Chinese Taoist principle of yin and yang.

Directed byMichael Arias
Produced byEiko Tanaka
Naoki Kitagawa
Yasushi Shiina
Masao Teshima
Written byAnthony Weintraub
Music byPlaid
StudioStudio 4°C
Licensed bySony Pictures
ReleasedDecember 22, 2006
Runtime110 minutes
Manga written by Tiyo Matsumoto

CharacterJapanese CastEnglish Cast**
Kuro(Black)/The MinotaurKazunari NinomiyaScott Menville
Shiro(White)Yu AoiKamali Minter
KimuraYusuke IseyaRick Gomez
SawadaKankuru KudoTom Kenny
SuzukiMin TanakaDavid Lodge
GrampsRokuro Naya
FujimuraTomomichi NishimuraMaurice LaMarche
The BossMugihitoJohn DiMaggio
ChocoNao OmoriAlex Fernandez
VanillaYoshinori OkadaQuinton Flynn
DawnYukiko TamakiYuri Lowenthal
DuskMayumi YamaguchiPhil Lamarr
Akutso*Harumi Asoi
Yasuda*Atsushi Imaizuma
Ocohima*Bryan Burton-Lewis
SnakeMasahiro MotokiDwight Schultz
Kimura's Wife*Marina InoueKate Higgins
The Doctor*Osamu KobayashiSteven Jay Blum
The Three AssassinsCrispin Freeman
Dave Wittenberg
Matt McKenzie


Top Spin

Set against the backdrop of one of the most under-appreciated sports in America, three teenagers battle their way through the world of competitive ping pong. While facing the unusual challenges coming of age in a niche sport, their journey reveals the passion it takes to pursue their Olympic-sized dreams.

Fargo Film and TV Series

Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir black comedy crime thriller written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a struggling car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law (Harve Presnell).

Directed byJoel Coen
Produced byEthan Coen
Written by
  • Joel Coen
  • Ethan Coen
StarringFrances McDormand
William H. Macy
Steve Buscemi
Harve Presnell
Peter Stormare
Music byCarter Burwell
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited byRoderick Jaynes
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Working Title Films
Distributed byGramercy Pictures
Release dates
  • March 8, 1996 (1996-03-08) (United States)
  • May 31, 1996 (1996-05-31) (United Kingdom)
Running time
98 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Budget$7 million
Box office$60.6 million

Fargo TV Series Season 1 and 2

Season 1 Trailer
In 2006, Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) passes through Bemidji, Minnesota and influences the community–including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman)–with his malice, violence and deception. Meanwhile, Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Duluth police officer Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) team up to solve a series of murders they believe may be linked to Malvo and Nygaard.

Season 2 Trailer
In 1979, beautician Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband, butcher Ed Blumquist (Jesse Plemons) of Luverne, Minnesota, cover up their hit-and-run and murder of Rye Gerhardt (Kieran Culkin), son of Floyd Gerhardt (Jean Smart), matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, North Dakota. Meanwhile, State Trooper Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson), a Vietnam War vet, and his father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson (Ted Danson), investigate a triple homicide at a local diner connected to Rye.

Crime drama
Black comedy
Created byNoah Hawley
Based onFargo
by Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Allison Tolman
  • Colin Hanks
  • Martin Freeman
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Jesse Plemons
  • Jean Smart
  • Ted Danson
Composer(s)Jeff Russo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English

Executive producer(s)
  • Noah Hawley
  • Warren Littlefield
  • Joel Coen
  • Ethan Coen
  • Adam Bernstein
  • Geyer Kosinski
  • Kim Todd
  • Chad Oakes
  • Michael Frislev
Location(s)Calgary, Alberta
CinematographyDana Gonzales
Matthew J. Lloyd
Running time48–68 minutes
Production company(s)
  • 26 Keys Productions
  • The Littlefield Company
  • Nomadic Pictures
  • Mike Zoss Productions
  • FX Productions
  • MGM Television

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956. IMDB

“One of the best music documentaries around…This film puts the heart and soul back into music and opens your mind to incredible artists you may never have heard of.” —The Film Reel, Toronto

Les Tontons Flingueurs (Monsieur Gangster, Crooks in Clover)

A 1963 French-Italian-German movie, made in French, directed by Georges Lautner. It is an adaptation of the Albert Simonin book Grisbi or not grisbi
The movie was not popular in its first release in 1963. But its reputation grew over the years and is now a French television classic. Its DVD version, released in 2002, sold 250,000 copies.
One of the most famous scenes is set in a kitchen where the gangsters try to make conversation while drinking a vile and strong liquor. Screenwriter Michel Audiard considered it useless and it might never have existed, but the director included the scene in homage to the film noir Key Largo.

Directed byGeorges Lautner
Produced byIrénée Leriche
Alain Poiré
Robert Sussfeld
Written bynovel Albert Simonin
dialogue Michel Audiard
Georges Lautner
StarringLino Ventura
Bernard Blier
Francis Blanche
Music byMichel Magne
CinematographyMaurice Fellous
Edited byMichelle David
Distributed byGaumont
Release dates
4 October 1963 (West Germany)
27 November 1963 (France)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryFrance, West Germany, Italy
LanguageEnglish, German, French
Box office$24.9 million


Les Barbouzes (The Great Spy Chase)

On the death of arms dealer Constantin Bernard Shah, his lovely widow Amaranth is the only source for the patents on atomic weapons. From the day of his funeral, Amaranth (Mireille Darc) is pursued by his fake French cousin Francis Lagneau (Lino Ventura), his fake German psychoanalist Hans Müller, his fake Russian step-brother Boris Vassillief (Francis Blanche), and his fake Swiss confessor Louis Arbessier (Bernard Blier). The plot is complicated by the wealthy American Commodore O'Brien (Jess Hahn) and many Chinese spies.

Directed byGeorges Lautner
Written byMichel Audiard
Albert Simonin
StarringLino Ventura
Mireille Darc
Bernard Blier
Francis Blanche
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures (US)
Release dates
1964 (France)
1966 (USA)
Running time
118 mins


The Winter Guest

(Interview with Alan Rickman about the movie. Trailer unavailable)

Set in Scotland on one wintry day, the film focuses on eight people; a mother and daughter, Elspeth (Phyllida Law) and Frances (Emma Thompson); two young boys skipping school, Sam (Douglas Murphy) and Tom (Sean Biggerstaff); two old women who frequently attend strangers' funerals, Chloe (Sandra Voe) and Lily (Sheila Reid); and two teenagers Nita (Arlene Cockburn) and Alex (Gary Hollywood). The film consists primarily of the interactions between the characters.

Directed byAlan Rickman
Produced bySteve Clark-Hall
Written bySharman Macdonald
Alan Rickman
StarringEmma Thompson
Phyllida Law
Sean Biggerstaff
Arlene Cockburn
Gary Hollywood
Douglas Murphy
Sheila Reid
Sandra Voe
Music byMichael Kamen
CinematographySeamus McGarvey
Edited byScott Thomas
Capitol Films
Distributed byFine Line Features
Release dates
December 24, 1997
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom