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Description: Upon his release from prison, Verne Miller works his method into Al Capone's organization. He becomes a top killer and earns Capone's trust. However, Miller's failing health and an over-sized ego receive him into problem with the law and Capone.
Description: Sanjay wanted to study art, but his domineering father, an engine-driver in retirement after a crippling injury, insisted that a railway job, with its security, was the greatest thing for him. So Sanjay ended up as a train conductor, unhappy with the career forced upon him, and the mechanical, meaningless life that he lives. In the course of his duty on the train, he runs into a working girl, Shalini and feels attracted to her. His father hears about his interest in Shalini, strongly disapproves of it and intervenes in Sanjay's life once again. Unable to stand up to his father, Sanjay later finds himself married to a village girl. Life becomes even more unbearable for Sanjay. He takes to wandering and seeks comfort in drink and brothels. One final possibility comes his method to break loose from his shackles and plan a fresh life with Shalini.
Description: This strong adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel spins a storyline of passion and destruction set in the nineteenth century. The proud, flighty and bewitching Bathsheba Everdene finds herself entangled into the passions of three boys and her impulsive nature pushes her into a web of deceit and destruction.
Description: In reality Emil and Larissa would never have been a couple she is an idolized singer, he is a shy outsider. Ironically, Emil is just getting to know Larissa when she dies unexpectedly. He pretends to have been her boyfriend and finally gets the recognition he has everytime yearned for, with the added premium of a surrogate family in the form of Larissas. Things would be just nice if Emil didnt fall in love - with Larissas sister Nora. The more he gets to know her, the harder it becomes for him to pretend.
Description: Based on a well-known Kabuki drama titled "Kochiyama to Naozamurai", which Yamanaka distills into a masterpiece of jidaigeki (period film) as shomingeki (everyman drama), blending the two into something he apparently had rights to entirely in Japan during the 30s. Through a series of intrigues, Kochiyama, Naojiro (who becomes Hirotaro for the film), Ichinijo, and Hirotaro's sister Onami (played by a young Hara Setsuko) all cute much have the worst day or two of their lives.
Description: David is a young boy seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing to mold recruits into cash hustling disciples of a messiah-like leader. Chronicles David's chilling transformation into a gaunt, mindless shadow of his former self...and his ultimate salvation when mates and family open a plan to kidnap and deprogram him.
Description: Horror master Ulli Lommel is back with a terrifying tale of a copycat assassin in Los Angeles. A young rookie cop and his squad explore dismembered female bodies in L.A. related to the Black Dahlia cold situation from 1947. A serial assassin seems to be copying the brutal massacre of 1940s Hollywood starlet Betty Short - The Black Dahlia. Ultimately his investigation leads him to a frightening lair of death and torture, all part of a terrifying fantasy that the assassin is trying to bring to life.
Description: A young American painter and his French wife transport with their tiny daughter to the US when the husband's father dies. His mother takes an immediate dislike to the wife, and when she finds out that her daughter-in-law is a nudist who once posed naked for an artist, she declares her son's wife to be an unfit mother and sets out to break up the marriage--which may not be hard to do, as the son is a weak-willed "mama's boy" who's terrified to stand up vs his domineering mother.
Description: Emma is 50 years old and twenty who acts corrections officer. Her life revolves around the jail where he works and her home. Without leaving his loneliness, her order and her almost obsessive routine, lives locked in a reality that has been built for she.
Description: Not Reconciled, the game of the Straubs’ first feature-length film, is engraved on their work like an inscription. It is a storyline about the continuity and collapse of history, the power of suppression, and the terror of reconciliation; loyalty, treason and revenge. In a brave cinematic game, Heinrich Böll’s storyline Billiards at Half-Past Nine is split up into cracks, blocks, breaks and sudden turns, as the life storyline of a German family, covering numerous generations, is propelled forward. Terms such as “interwar period” and “post-war period” are blown up with a single cut, word or click of a billiard ball. Not Reconciled remains one of the most necessary German movie of the past fifty years.
Description: Baroness Irène de Rysbergue, neglected by her gloomy husband, is preparing for the ball. Admiring her feather-trimmed dress, her young son nicks her "Maman Colibri". During the evening, she falls in love with Georges de Chambry, the officer mate of her oldest son. The adulterous couple is quickly exposed, and flee to Algeria where Georges is topics to military discipline. Maman Colibri meets the ravishing Miss Dickson, to whom her young lover is not impervious …
Description: Gerrard Winstanley is the leader of a 17th Century religious group that believes the land could be owned communaly. He comes into conflict with both the state and the church.
Description: Set four years after the Portuguese revolution and the simultaneous loss of the Portuguese empire in Africa, the storyline concerns a director who sells guns to finance his play.
Description: In order to obtain their part of an inheritance, Barbara and Bernard gotta search the another beneficiary, Jean-Pierre. As they find for him, they arrive at Boulogne, which they will search is used by rich folks as a zone to be sexually gratis in total privacy. There, they will be led by another couples to fulfill their most daring fantasies.
Description: In northern England around 1900, the worker John O'Brien lives near poverty in a tiny house in the worker's district. He falls in love with Mary, the teacher of his highly clever younger sister Kathy and daughter of a rich family. Their love is doomed by the social difference, but the vigorous Mary refuses to let outer circumstances destroying their love.
Description: Gabi cuts off the water supply to folks who don’t pay their bills. There’s no choice, it’s either that or unemployment. The more he cuts off, the more cash he makes. Like a thief he sneaks into back yards, where the water meters are and like an executor he roams the neighborhood streets. When folks see him they curse and humiliate him. They blame him for their situation. Gabi keeps cutting off water, he has a family to support. How long will it be before he breaks?
Description: Deep in the forest a group of ﬁve mates wander around like a lion herd. Lost in their word games, they enjoy and seduce every another while going back and forth into adulthood territory, in a desperate find to avoid their already written story.
Description: A 12 year old man and his single mother live separate lives. The man spends his days alone while his mother works and goes out with her friends. The boy’s solitude is both a source of freedom and a cause for grief. His explorations slowly bring to light the dark contrast between the guidelines of society and the laws of nature. And before long, the delicate balance of his inner globe becomes shattered by unforeseen events.
Description: A tiny abandoned house, isolated in the Algerian countryside. Here Ouardia has buried her son Tarik, a soldier possibly killed by his own brother Ali, leader of an Islamist group. In this atmosphere, tense with pain and brittle with drought, life will tiny by tiny reassert itself. Thanks to the garden that Ouardia will bring to life by dint of courage, work, and obstinacy.
Description: Araf is the storyline of Zehra and Olgun whose lives are caught in a vacuum. The globe in which they live and work is a zone of throwaway culture and constant change. They too are waiting for a possibility to change and escape from their empty, monotonous lives.
Description: A stage from The Bells (1926) is optically reprinted and edited to Michael Gordon's 7 minute composition. A meditation on the fleeting nature of life and love, as seen through the roiling emulsion of a film.
Description: A Danish reporter is assigned to San Francisco to investigate the sexual goings-on in that town and how it differs from, or is related to, what's going on in Copenhagen. She winds up getting involved with everything from lesbian stag shows to swinger parties.
Description: A rural southern woman reaches the age where she's ready for a tiny excitement away from home. Director Gordon Douglas' 1961 drama stars Diane McBain, Arthur Kennedy, Will Hutchins, Chad Everett, Constance Ford, Claude Akins, Frank Overton, James Bell and Hope Summers.
Description: A WWII tale of romance that starts during Fresh Orlean's "Mardi Gras" celebration when a soldier and a woman meet and fall in love. He asks her to marry him but she decides to wait until his next leave. He is sent overseas and she does not obtain his letter and feels abandoned, but she does search out she is pregnant. She gives the kid to her married sister and does not see her kid again for three years. She returns to her sister's home to reclaim the child, and the soldier, who has been searching for her, also turns up. The sister is not interested in giving up the child. Written by Les Adams
Description: A filmmaker, Kobessov, awakens from an anxiety nightmare: during the preview of his recent film, the projectionist mixes up the reels and starts to present a terrible karate movie by accident. Although Kobessov objects to the mix-up, the public is ecstatic and refuses to let the projectionist to interrupt the screening to present Kobessov's film.
Description: Loosely based on the storyline of serial assassin Dennis Nilsen, it explores the interwoven notions of loneliness, desire and trust. Founded upon the conviction that societal homophobia often effects in tragic consequences, the work grapples with the disturbing forces that drove Nilsen to slay for company.
Description: Joselito is the son of Colonel José de Alvear, Earl of Almond. When his heroic father dies in the colonies, the victim of a cholera epidemic, the kid is held by her guardian and executor, his uncle Martin, who wants to take his fortune.
Description: Elias is a 10 year old man living in Athens with his family in 1969 and has an interest in Jules Verne's stories and in astronomy. His father, with whom Elias has a powerful relationship, is a travelling salesman and his absence affects the entire family. On the eve of his departure for a long business trip he promises his son that he'll be back in time to watch the moon landing on TV together, but he is killed in a vehicle accident. While Elias' mother and his elder brother deal with the loss in their own way, Elias refuses to agree his father's death. He creates an imaginary world, in which his father is alive. He shares fictitious stories with his friends, he sends letters to his grandmother on behalf of his father and he dreams of territories like he did with him. Elias' mother and his godfather, who do everything to bring him back to reality, take him to a summer house. On the night of the moon landing Elias meets his father in his own method and comes to terms with his loss.
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One of a kind. Loved this from begin to finish! A "metaphysical thriller", featuring dream worlds that resemble a corporate ver of the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks, with a hilarious but terrifying villain like something out of a Coen Brothers film. Otherworldly and incredibly emotional.NOTE: Not for everyone! If you don't like weird films, or movies that challenge you then this won't be for you. It's unlike anything I've seen before. I love arty movies so this was exactly my type of thing.
Anhedonia (2019)A literal, physical adventure is the structure in Henry's 'Anhedonia' that holds this storyline together. It is very much equal and parallel to the emotional adventure 'Kino' embarks on, as he traverses the many miles of countryside to reach his musical mentor. Each scene, with a several exceptions, is framed in a somewhat cold method with tiny bias to whether it is protagonist or antagonist in shot. This constant approach is like a control vs which the emotional arc of Kino is juxtaposed. By measuring the lead's progress vs the stable and considered desolation we can gauge where he is and how far he has to go. Kino is persued by few entities on his quest. Some are physical, in the form of amoral bounty hunters and questionable executives. Sometimes it is the private and professional criticism of Kino we watch him face. But everytime it is the self deprecating and melancholic tendancies hanging over Kino that he struggles to escape. Henry channels influences such as Lynch and Kubrick in his long, deliberate takes and compositions. Wide, establishing vistas and dialogue rich two-shots alike brim with an unsettling foreboding. However, the movie is not void of humour either; some verbal exchanges, intelligent editing and frame blocking all contribute to an understated presence of humour.The test of a void-like zone in the story, where the guidelines of time and zone appear 'shifted' is a device that elevates the movie and is in itself a talking point. 'the territory', as it is known, acts as a metaphysical bridge and seems to be, at least in part, tailored to whomever visits there.Anhedonia is a weak budget movie but is executed in such a method that the packaged end product somewhat belays the modest financial backing. Camera work, audio and post production are all of a very high quality and one can't support but feel that the movie appears exactly as the writer/director wanted it to. Indeed, while at times the movie might seem indulgent, is this not exactly what each filmmaker would strive for..? The occasion to write and create true a storyline without distracting agendas from outside parties?
This is a movie that raises a lot of questions and only occasionally gives you answers. For most folks that might be frustrating, but I prefer that in a film. Inception, Shutter Island, Primer, 2001, Mother!, Lost Highway - they all leave you wanting more, and that's exactly what I felt at the end of this pretty microbudget film.I feel like originiality is lacking from the cinema these days. Everything seems to be remake, sequel or franchise, so it's refreshing to search movies like this.The acting on present here, especially from Liam Blundell (Kino Warren) and Ross Leyshon (The Philistine) is full of range and intensity. Usually the first thing that suffers on lower budget movies is performances, but that's really not the situation here. If anything it's what gives the bizarre happenings throughout such emotional weight.It's really well shot by Andrew Toovey, the melody by Sebastian Moody took my breath away, and the concepts in the script are out of this world! I feel like it could've been maybe five mins or so shorter in a couple of places, but that's minor criticism for a movie this rich and profound. The ending moved me greatly and I look forward to watching it again soon. Highly recommend!
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