Friday, February 24, 2017

Redline



In the future, on the planet Dorothy, a world dominated by canine humanoids, pompadour-wearing "Sweet" JP races in the planet's Yellowline car race, a final elimination race despite two interplanetary wars to the most popular race in the galaxy, the Redline. The crowd is watching the race on an outdoor giant monitor screen in the desert town of the Water Stop. His mechanic, Joshua "Frisbee" Flathead, is watching the televised race with a mafia boss. The gambling boss is concerned that JP might attempt to win the fixed race but Frisbee reassures him that JP needs bail bond funds from the pay-off. JP attempts to win anyway while Frisbee resorts to using a remote detonator transmitter hidden in the palm of his hand which the mob boss doesn't notice, causing JP's TransAM20000 to explode and making the 'Crab Sonoshee Sea' hovercraft piloted by female racer Sonoshee "Cherry Boy Hunter" McLaren the winner.

Directed byTakeshi Koike
Produced by
  • Kentarō Yoshida
  • Yukiko Koike
Screenplay by
  • Katsuhito Ishii
  • Yōji Enokido
  • Yoshiki Sakurai
Story byKatsuhito Ishii
Starring
  • Takuya Kimura
  • Yū Aoi
  • Tatsuya Gashūin
  • Yoshinori Okada
  • Kanji Tsuda
  • Yoshiyuki Morishita
  • Akemi
  • Takeshi Aono
  • Kōsei Hirota
  • Unshō Ishizuka
  • Kenta Miyake
  • Kōji Ishii
  • Chō
  • Kenyu Horiuchi
  • Tadanobu Asano
Music byJames Shimoji
CinematographyRyu Takizawa
Edited by
  • Satoshi Terauchi
  • Naoki Kawanishi
Production
company
Madhouse
Distributed byTohokushinsha Film
Release date
  • August 14, 2009 (2009-08-14) (Locarno)
  • October 9, 2010 (2010-10-09) (Japan)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget$30 million

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness




The documentary follows the story of an eighteen-year-old girl, who survives an honor killing attempt by her father and uncle. The protagonist has a solid stance on not forgiving her attackers; however, the public pressures her into forgiving. By doing that, the attackers are freed and can return home.

Directed bySharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Produced byTina Brown
Sheila Nevins (ex. producer)
Production
company
SOC Films
HBO Documentary Films
Distributed byHBO
Release date
  • October 28, 2015
Running time
40 minutes
CountryUS/Pakistan
LanguageEnglish, Punjabi

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The Listeners: A Documentary about Suicide Hotline Volunteers



The Listeners follows new volunteer trainees in suicide prevention as they answer suicide hotlines. Through their eyes and ears the film examines mental health and suicide prevention, volunteerism and the life-saving power of empathy.

Director Bob Hurst


Pushing Daisies



Pushing Daisies centers on the life of Ned (Lee Pace), a pie maker gifted with the mysterious ability to reanimate the dead by touching them. Some conditions come with this talent. Ned quickly learns that if something is revived for more than exactly one minute, a similar "life value" in the vicinity drops dead, as a form of balance. Additionally, if he touches the revived person or thing a second time, it dies again, this time permanently.

GenreComedy-drama
Black comedy
Fantasy
Mystery
Created byBryan Fuller
Starring
  • Lee Pace
  • Anna Friel
  • Chi McBride
  • Field Cate
  • Ellen Greene
  • Swoosie Kurtz
  • Kristin Chenoweth
Narrated byJim Dale
Composer(s)Jim Dooley
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes22
  • Bryan Fuller
  • Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Dan Jinks
  • Bruce Cohen
  • Brooke Kennedy
  • Peter Ocko
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
  • The Jinks/Cohen Company
  • Living Dead Guy Productions
  • Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Picture format
  • 480i (SDTV)
  • 720p (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 3, 2007 (2007-10-03) – June 13, 2009

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Last Life in the Universe



Kenji is a lonely librarian in the Japan Foundation in Bangkok. Living in an apartment full of precise stacks of books, his half-hearted attempts to kill himself are continually interrupted by the people around him. Kenji's most notable obstacle is his self-absorbed brother, Yukio, a yakuza, or Japanese gangster. Yukio fled from Japan to escape the wrath of his employer, with whose daughter he had had sex. Yukio's friend Takashi suggests that if it were his daughter, he would have the despoiler killed, but Kenji's brother laughs this warning off. Yukio frequents a club where he can enjoy the attention of a bunny-eared hostess, a local girl named Nid. Nid's sister, Noi, is furious at her sibling for having slept with her boyfriend, Jon.

Directed byPen-Ek Ratanaruang
Produced byWouter Barendrecht,
Nonzee Nimibutr
Written byPen-Ek Ratanaruang,
Prabda Yoon
StarringTadanobu Asano,
Sinitta Boonyasak,
Sinitta Boonyasak,
Music byHualampong Riddim & Small Room
CinematographyChristopher Doyle
Distributed byFive Star Production,
Cinemasia,
Fortissimo Films
Release date
8 August 2003
Running time
112 min
LanguageThai, Japanese, English

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter



Kumiko is a twenty-nine year old office lady who lives in utter solitude in Tokyo. She works a dreadful, dead-end job under a boss she hates, is intimidated by her well-off peers, and nagged by her overbearing mother to find a man and get married. The only joys in her life come from her pet rabbit, Bunzo, and a VHS copy of the film Fargo, which she found in a secluded cave on the shore. Convinced the film is based on a true story, Kumiko obsesses over a scene in which a character played by Steve Buscemi buries a satchel of ransom money along a snowy highway and begins taking notes while watching the worn-out tape. Kumiko even attempts to steal an atlas from a library, only to be caught by the security guard, who pities her and allows her to take the page on Minnesota.

Directed byDavid Zellner
Produced by
  • Jim Burke
  • Andrew Banks
  • Cameron Lamb
  • Chris Ohlson
  • Nathan Zellner
Written by
  • David Zellner
  • Nathan Zellner
Starring
  • Rinko Kikuchi
  • Nobuyuki Katsube
Music byThe Octopus Project
CinematographySean Porter
Edited byMelba Jodorowsky
Production
company
  • Ad Hominem Enterprises
  • Lila 9th Productions
Distributed byAmplify
Release date
  • January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) (Sundance)
  • February 8, 2014 (2014-02-08) (Berlin)
  • March 13, 2015
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language
  • English
  • Japanese
Box office$543,894

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Ovarian Psychos



Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color. The film intimately chronicles Xela as she struggles to strike a balance between her activism and nine year old daughter Yoli; street artist Andi who is estranged from her family and journeys to become a leader within the crew; and bright eyed recruit Evie, who despite poverty, and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother, discovers a newfound confidence.


11/22/63




Stephen King talks about the book

Jake Epping (James Franco), a recently divorced English teacher from Maine, is presented with the chance to travel back in time to Dallas, Texas in 1960 by his longtime friend Al Templeton (Chris Cooper). He is convinced into going and attempts to prevent the assassination of JFK in November 1963. However, he becomes attached to the life he makes in the past and this could be his mission's undoing.

Genre
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Science fiction
  • Thriller
Based on11/22/63
by Stephen King
Developed byBridget Carpenter
Starring
  • James Franco
  • Sarah Gadon
  • Cherry Jones
  • Lucy Fry
  • George MacKay
  • Daniel Webber
  • T. R. Knight
  • Kevin J. O'Connor
  • Josh Duhamel
  • Chris Cooper
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8


Executive producer(s)
  • J. J. Abrams
  • Stephen King
  • Bridget Carpenter
  • Bryan Burk
Producer(s)James Franco
Running time44–81 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Bad Robot Productions
  • Warner Bros. Television


The Ancient Astronomers of Timbuktu



Guided by astrophysicist, Dr Thebe Medupe, a group of modern scientists engage in the first exploration of the scientific contents of the manuscript archives of Timbuktu.
The film reveals the painstaking work done by conservators and manuscript owners who face the daunting task of conserving the brittle and damaged manuscripts before this valuable history is lost forever in the sands of the Sahara.



SoundBreaking



The eight-part series explores the art of music recording, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, Soundbreaking explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives. 

Moonwalkers



In the days leading up to the moon landing, CIA agent Tom Kidman is tasked with hiring Stanley Kubrick to film a fake moonwalk, in the event the astronauts fail in their mission. The CIA views the moon landing as an ideological victory over the USSR, necessary for American morale. The CIA provides Kidman with a large sum of cash money in a briefcase to act as an incentive for Kubrick, with the orders to murder Kubrick upon completion of the mission to prevent the story from leaking out. Unbeknownst to the CIA, Kidman is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder due to time spent in Vietnam, and feels compelled to respond to any frustration with extreme violence.

Directed byAntoine Bardou-Jacquet
Produced byGeorges Bermann
Written byDean Craig
Starring
  • Ron Perlman
  • Rupert Grint
  • Robert Sheehan
CinematographyGlynn Speeckaert
Edited byBill Smedley
Production
company
  • Partizan Midi-Minuit
  • Nexus Factory
  • Potemkino
Distributed byAlchemy
Release date
  • March 14, 2015 (2015-03-14) (SXSW)
  • January 15, 2016 (2016-01-15) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageEnglish
Box office$135,622

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Detroit: About and Made In

Detroit is the city that has always inspired debate and discussion. It is a center of rebirth. It is a center of Art. Films, documentaries, products, art and many famous people have come out of Detroit. The list below is not inclusive. There is so much more.



Action Jackson

Doctor Detroit

Robocop

The Crow

Hoffa

Renaissance Man

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs

Generation StartUp

Crimewave

Louder than Love: Legendary Grande Ballroom

Only Lovers Left Alive

Battles, Bouts and Brawls

Searching for Sugar Man

Brothers on the Line

Detropia

Sparkle

Revenge of the Electric Car

Burn


The Myth of the American Sleepover

The Purple Gang


Fordson


Ocean of Pearls


Vanishing on 7th Street


Detroit 1-8-7


Requiem for Detroit?


Urban Roots


Detroit ville sauvage


Deforce




Bilal's Stand

Our School Detroit Public Schools


Hung


Gran Torino


Grown in Detroit


Flash of Genius

Detroit - Murder City


Project 313


Detroit Unleaded


Chameleon Street

High Tech Soul Techno and Detroit Music

Gimme Danger (Iggy and the Stooges)

Detroit: Ruin of a City



Radio Revolution: Rise and Fall of the Big 8


Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Tales from Arab Detroit


Crossing the Bridge


8 Mile


The Simpsons "Oh Brother Where Art Thou"


True Romance


Zebrahead


Exit Wonds


Beverly Hills Cop


The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg


Polish Wedding


Out of Sight



Job at Ford's



Detroit 9000



Tucker: The Man and His Dreams

Preston Tucker Documentary



Blue Collar



Detroit Rock City

The Heidelberg Project

Demon Rum (Detroit during Prohibition)

Santa Claus is alive and well and living in Detroit 


Miracle on Fort Street

Land Grab and Poletown Lives are not available online. I mean Nowhere!


Land Grab: The Taking of Poletown
"A once thriving ethnic community struggles for its life when the city of Detroit and General Motors Corporation combine forces to demolish much of the neighborhood in order to build a new auto assembly plant."

Written and Directed by Harvey Ovshinsky


Kubo and the Two Strings




In ancient Japan, Kubo (Art Parkinson) is a one-eyed young boy who lives with his ill mother, Sariatu (Charlize Theron), in a cave atop a mountain which is next to a village. Every day he tells stories to the village's locals (including: Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Brenda Vaccaro)) by magically manipulating origami that moves under music played from Kubo's shamisen. He tells the tale of a samurai warrior named Hanzo who is Kubo's missing father. When the town bell chimes signaling sunset, Kubo returns to his mother, as she explicitly warns him to not stay outside after dark or her Sisters (Rooney Mara) and his grandfather the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) will come to take his remaining eye (after they took his other one when he was a baby).

Directed byTravis Knight
Produced by
  • Travis Knight
  • Arianne Sutner
Screenplay by
  • Marc Haimes
  • Chris Butler
Story by
  • Shannon Tindle
  • Marc Haimes
Starring
  • Charlize Theron
  • Art Parkinson
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Rooney Mara
  • George Takei
  • Matthew McConaughey
Music byDario Marianelli
Edited byChristopher Murrie
Production
company
Laika
Distributed byFocus Features
Release date
  • August 13, 2016 (2016-08-13) 
  • August 19, 2016 (2016-08-19) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$60 million
Box office$76.3 million