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Description: Things are not going well in the depression-era city of Castle Gate. Mr. Ribaldi, a mysterious rich boy with a disfigured face and an abrasive personality, has just purchased and moved into a long-vacant mansion. Bonnie, an adolescent woman who loves to sing, ends up working for Ribaldi so that her family can stay in their house. But Ribaldi is quite an accomplished musician himself, and he is later giving Bonnie voice lessons. Meanwhile, local businesses are being shut down by foreclosures, and the townspeople suspect Ribaldi is responsible.
Description: Eugenia is a former pop singer who is bedridden and dying of cancer. She is cared for by her daughter, Helena, who dreams of traveling the globe and wishes she should be a glamorous pop star like her mother was. Helena’s younger brother Sebastian's dreams are easy and he merely wants to transport to the beach. Helena is smart and cute but she has no friends, male or female and is fully devoted to her mother's care and is also on the verge of initiating an incestuous relationship with Sebastian. Sebastian however, is falling in love with a man at school called Juan who is the school roughneck and the son of a single father who owns a tiny bar. Juan is the nemesis of the school preppy called Ismael who comes from such a wealthy home that he has his own chauffeur and bodyguards. Ismael's ping-pong obsessed girlfriend Aurora rents a room at Helena and Sebastian's house where Ismael discovers he is also attracted to Sebastian.
Description: Nanny, a London family's live-in maid, brings morbid 10-year-old Joey back from the psychiatric ward he's been in for two years, since the death of his younger sister. Joey refuses to eat any meal Nanny's prepared or take a bath with her in the room. He also demands to sleep in a room with a lock. Joey's parents -- workaholic Bill and neurotic Virgie -- are sure Joey is disturbed, but he may have nice reason to be terrified of Nanny.
Description: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and terrible but driven Tosha form an simple and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they gotta work to overcome racial and another tensions in their classmates, and in themselves, if they hope to hold their friendship alive.
Description: Longtime Companion follows the lives of a tiny circle of mates from the first mention of the illness in the Fresh York Times in 1981. First referred to as "Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder," we watch the result of the illness as it devastates the lives of our protagonists. Jumping between Manhattan and Fire Island, vignettes carry us from the it-couldn't-happen-to-me mentality of the early days of the illness to the invasive result it has had on all of our lives, today. The game of the movie comes from the Fresh York Times' refusal to acknowledge homosexual relationships in their obituary section during this period. Instead, survivors were referred to as "Longtime Companions" of the deceased
Description: The morning of a tiny city Labor Day picnic, a drifter (Hal Carter) blows into city to visit an old fraternity buddy (Alan Benson) who also happens to be the son of the richest boy in town. Hal is an egocentric braggart - all potential and no accomplishment. He meets up with Madge Owens, the city beauty queen and girlfriend of Alan Benson.
Description: Tiny Girls is a coming-of-age drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the women father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by their beloved Marmee, gotta struggle to create ends meet, with the support of their type and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie.
Description: Andrew Crocker-Harris has been forced from his position as the classics master at an English public school due to terrible health. As he winds up his final term, he discovers not only that his wife, Millie, has been unfaithful to him with one of his fellow schoolmasters, but that the school's students and faculty have long disdained him. However, an unexpected act of kindness causes Crocker-Harris to re-evaluate his life's work.
Description: Every of the three short movies in this collection presents a young gay boy at the threshold of adulthood. In "Pool Days," Justin is a 17-year old Bethesda lad, hired as the evening life guard at a fitness center. In the course of the summer, he realizes and embraces that he's gay. In "A Mate of Dorothy," Winston arrives from upstate for his freshman year at NYU. He has to figure out, with some support from Anne, a hometown friend, how to build a social life as a young gay boy in the city. In "The Disco Years," Tom looks back on 1978, the year in high school that he came out of the closet after one joyful and few painful encounters
Description: Attempting to sell her home after her marriage ends, Alice (Rachel Blanchard) holds an launch house -- but the happening spirals into a nightmare when a serial-killing couple (Brian Geraghty and Tricia Helfer) doesn't leave and Alice becomes a prisoner in her own basement crawl space. Actually she watches as the disturbing relationship between her captors unravels. Anna Paquin co-stars in this chiller written and directed by her brother, Andrew.
Description: Black college graduate Richard Kelly reluctantly accepts a plea bargain requiring him to spend two semesters at an all-white seminary after he's wrongly accused of crimes committed during the 1965 Watts riots. Facing bigotry on all sides, he's close to cracking until he meets an elderly custodian who supports him navigate the trials of racism.
Description: Emanuelle is sent to Bangkok on a journalism assignment. While there, she embarks on her own exploration of the secrets of sensual pleasure. While learning much, she also reveals few secrets of her own.
Description: After her lousy stepfather steals her savings to purchase a vicious tiger, Kelly loses all hope of going to college. But Kelly's case worsens when a hurricane leaves her and her autistic brother boarded up in their house with the man-eating beast. This edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the gutsy heroine and her younger sibling as they struggle to outwit the ravenous predator and search a method to survive.
Description: Three young vigilantes huddle on la linea ready to chase illegals back across the border into Mexico... but they later learn that there are borderlines deep within every one of them that every of them has to cross.
Description: The storyline of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the best boys of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony. (IMDb) Only a fragment of this movie is known to still exist.
Description: Catalonian Paco is a traveling rep for a shoe manufacturer. When he stops to pick up Russian emigree hitchhiker Nino, Paco later finds himself on the side of the street with everything stolen out from under him. Local gift store owner Marinette gives the Spaniard a lift. Their mutual attraction manifests itself quickly, and Paco, who was fired over the stolen-car episode, hangs around. When he happens to spot Nino in the same town, he beats up the scrawny Russian, who lands in the hospital. Oddly enough, this marks the beginning of a pretty friendship. Paco and Nino later take the trip down the street together
Description: Young girls in Nazi-occupied countries are packed onto a train and shipped off to a prison camp, where the sadistic commandant uses them as rewards for his lesbian guards and perverted and deviate troops.
Description: A boy gets involved in a kidnapping scheme with the wife of a wealthy businessman. She lets herself be tied up and confined in his house while he sends the ransom demand. When he returns home that night, however, he finds her laying dead on the floor. In a panic he buries her body deep in the woods and tries to return to his ordinary life. One day, he thinks he spots her walking down the street. Is his mind testing tricks on him, or has she somehow returned from the grave?
Description: Cigarette smugglers in Naples run into issues with cocaine operations being set up by a rival smuggler. Full of violence, including a women's face being burned off with a blow torch and a graphic rape scene.
Description: Eric Binford watches a lot of movies. He is the truest definition of a movie geek. One day, his sanity takes a turn for the worse and he starts acting out his favourite scenes from the movies. In doing so, he manages to involve his opponents and the scenes usually effect in death.
Description: The storyline of two renowned actors of Fascist cinema, Luisa Ferida and Osvaldo Valenti, who were supporters of the Salò Republic. Accused of collaboration and torture, they were shot by the Partisans after the country was liberated.
Description: A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young boys who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They every fall in love with a young girl who, with her brother, sells French fries and hot dogs at the races. Everyone is looking for a better life. She wants out of the business and away from her brother. The motocross racers wish to create their marks as professional racers, like their hero, played by Rutger Hauer.
Description: Alexandra "Alex" Delgado, a pairs figure skater, found her career come to an abrupt halt after her partner (on and off the ice) became injured. As their love affair cooled, a heartbroken Alex stopped competing and turned to teaching. Enter James Van Behr the smoldering terrible man of speed skating, who has had fiery Alex in his sights as a skating partner ever since he was banned from speed skating. There aren't many women who tell no to him but she may well be the first. However, he pushes her buttons, challenging her like no one else - and her fighting spirit returns. She agrees to be his partner and they start a grueling practice regimen fueled (and occasionally derailed) by their own tempestuous relationship, which heats up as they receive closer to competition. But will their passion destroy Alex's possibility to bring home the gold again?
Description: When a meteorite touches down in the Fresh Jersey woods carrying a monstrous alien slug, it’s up to four teens to stop it before it’s terrifying brood consumes all life on Earth!
Description: Ben Fast arrives in Frenchman's Bend, MS after being kicked out of other city for allegedly burning a barn for revenge. Will Varner owns just about everything in Frenchman's Bend and he hires Ben to work in his store. Will thinks his own son, Jody, who manages the store, lacks ambition and despairs of him getting his wife, Eula, pregnant. Will thinks his daughter, Clara, a schoolteacher, will never receive married. He decides that Ben Fast might create a nice husband for Clara to bring some fresh blood into the family
Description: Sex Madness (1938) is an exploitation movie directed by Dwain Esper, along the lines of Reefer Madness, supposedly to warn teenagers and young adults of the dangers of venereal diseases, specifically syphilis. Wild parties, lesbianism, and premarital sex are some of the forms of madness portrayed. The educational aspect of the movie allowed it to portray a taboo topics which was otherwise forbidden by the Production Code of 1930, and its stricter ver imposed by Hollywood studios in July 1934.
Description: This compelling political drama is based on the real storyline of high-ranking Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who, during the Nixon era, strove to preserve American democracy by leaking top-secret documents to the Fresh York Times and Washington Post. The documents in question would eventually become popular as the Pentagon Papers, which revealed the real reasons for U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
Description: The storyline of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a fresh life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.
Description: While attempting to interview an elusive gangster, photojournalist Emanuelle notices a boy pushing a woman in a wheelchair through the airport. Later, in other country she sees the same boy and the woman up and walking. Intrigued, she does a bit of investigating and uncovers an organization dealing in the purchasing and selling of young women. She goes undercover into the organization but finds that getting out again should cost her her career...and her life.
Description: After spending few months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to world only to search their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to open a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a Hurricane headed towards the open website and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts capsule.
Description: In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches vs Lord Herod and Queen Herodias. The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to hurt him due to a prophecy. Enter pretty Princess Salome, Herod's long-absent stepdaughter. Herodias sees the king's dawning lust for Salome as her means of bending the lord to her will. But Salome and her lover Claudius are (contrary to Scripture) nearing conversion to the fresh religion. And the popular climactic dance turns out to have unexpected implications...
Description: Un camping au bord d'un lac pendant les vacances d'été. Camille, 17 ans, y traîne son ennui coincée entre ses parents et son petit ami. Elle rencontre Blaise, la quarantaine, tout juste embauché comme moniteur de voile. Camille et Blaise connaissent tous deux ce même mal de vivre qui les rapproche et les éloigne des autres. Mais leur complicité alimente la rumeur d'une liaison qui exaspère leur entourage et déchaîne les passions. Ils se lancent alors à corps perdus dans une dangereuse histoire d'amour...
Description: Rugby league is arguably the toughest form of football on the planet played by boys that enjoy the minigame difficult & lived even harder. Set in Sydney in the 1980s the film is a drama about the results upon the players, supporters and the minigame itself as the sport grows from being the semi-pro suburban minigame it's been for nearly 100 years into a totally professional international sport. Superbly written and acted by Matt Nable, a former football user along with another former users mixed in with some internationally recognised actors, the storyline is a realistic snapshot into the lives of folks for whom the minigame is a weekend escape from their otherwise ordinary lives. That's all about to change as large business realises the potential the minigame holds leaving those clinging to the old methods in their wake.
Description: Brian, an out-of-work stockbroker, is introduced by his landlord Mr. Redman to a fresh source of insider information: the Ouija! The Ouija makes him rich, but when Mr. Redman kills himself and Brian suffers a freak accident, Brian's wife begins noticing changes in her husband...
Description: Loosely based on the notorious Richard Speck murders, this is the grim tale of a disturbed Vietnam vet returning home via Belfast, who invades a house shared by eight nurses and proceeds to terrorize and murder them.
Description: In her first onscreen adventure, journalist/photographer Mae Jordan (known to her readers as "Emanuelle") travels to Africa on assignment. Questions of her own racial and sexual identity come to a head as she observes the troubled marriage of her hosts, Ann and Gianni Danieli. Matters are complicated further when Emanuelle finds herself in affairs with both of them, after which she flees Africa, only to be persued by Gianni, who had earlier rejected her and ridiculed her advances.
Description: Breezy is a teen-aged hippy with a large heart. After taking a a ride with a boy who only wants her for sex, Breezy manages to escape. She runs to hide on a secluded property where stands the home of a middle-aged divorced man, Frank Harmon. Frank reluctantly takes Breezy in only to fall unexpectedly in love with her.
Description: Four mad cadets have formed an inner circle in an attempt to beat the system and ward off the boredom and stifling confinement of the military academy, set off a chain of happenings that begins with a theft and leads to murder.
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This is one of Hungarian master Bela Tarr's earlier work, his third movie and the first one for which he used professional actors, I understand. "Raw" is a word that has been used almost universally to describe Tarr's earlier films. What "Prefab People" depicts is a very ordinary young working-class family of four. If he were to create an entertaining movie, a director should create this into a case drama/comedy of a sweet warm family, with a general dose of Spielberg spirit. But entertainment is not what Tarr offers. He dwells on the strife, the frustration and the inability to communicate. The film is so direct and realistic that we feel like peeking into the daily life of stagnation of this couple, lost in a vicious cycle of nagging complaints and resigned indifference. While the storyline should be seen as linear, starting with a easy flashback, some interpret it as a repeat of a nightmare-in-real-life over and over again. Certainly not a joy to watch, and not entertaining in the normal sense, "Prefab people" is worth a look to receive a feel for Tarr's work and to be reminded how unpleasant life should be, whether by destiny or by choice.
The Prefab Folks (1982) ***1/2 An early Bela Tarr film, showing some of what was to come, but overall feeling more like Cassavetes than the Tarr we know today. Shot in characteristic long takes and black and white, Prefab Folks is far more raw and documentary like than stately.The movie revolves around the lives of a married couple with a young baby and a child. The movie starts with as Robi, the husband, is packing up and leaving his wife. He seems to be the obvious terrible guy here. The movie then moves and they are back together, presumably a flashback to happier times. They are celebrating their 9th anniversary, but happiness later turns to the wife's tears as she presses him about a job and complains about him having to watch him walk away every day. Scenes continue in this method - he's obviously not a excellent husband; he enjoys his beer, his friends, and wants more from his career. She is a caring mother, but perhaps a nagging and extremely needy wife. She complains to mates that he never sees when they are out that she feels the need to dance, and reminisces about her youth. At a dance hall (a trademark Bela Tarr sequence) folks dance, while the couple and their mates chat. One of the mates wive's invites Robi to dance, and he does. Meanwhile, the wife is agitated and upset that she was never asked by her husband, despite never making any notion that she would like to do so. In other instance he says her he's been offered a job abroad in Romania for 2 years that will give him double the pay - they can purchase a vehicle and a house. She says him that she doesn't care about those things and would rather they be together all the time without them than be apart. He's upset, but seeing that she won't budge, tells that he will say his employers no thanks.It becomes obvious that neither party is perfect, and both are in one method or other at fault for their situation. Finally we return to the opening scene, only this time the camera moves differently and the dialogue is various in parts. Have we come full circle? Was what we saw a flash back? is this a fresh breakup? Its a intelligent trick by Tarr to mix things up. The final stage involves the couple purchasing a washing machine, leaving us to wonder if they are back together again, or if it is other memory.While this movie isn't as assured or stately as the film's he is popular for today, Tarr shows that he really is a masterful director, able to work at any length (the movie runs a minute 75 minuets compared to the 7.5 hour Satantango). Prefab Folks is a very nice film, though I'm not necessarily sure its a nice one. On its own, it certainly stands above the slash for its raw and realistic emotional punch (The wife cries (numerous times) perhaps the most sincere tears I've seen on film. Her nagging is annoying to us at times, and understood at others. The acting overall is very nice all around, especially the husband.The movie certainly can't be told to be enjoyable - it's painful topics matter, and what satisfied scenes there are are several and far between and short in duration. It's nevertheless a very solid, and nothing if not interesting effort from early Bela Tarr.
Filmed, like all of Tarr's work, in black & white this gem of a movie, to our western eyes, looks as though it were filmed in the 50s at the very latest, but this is in fact Hungary in 1981, and shot on a shoestring budget. The movie is about a relationship, about a couple scraping by, living in difficult times, with two children to feed. But whilst this is beginning to sound a bit like a Magyar "Cathy Come Home", stop right there! In Loach's film, Cathy and Reg are very much in love, but it it circumstances beyond their control that drive a wedge through them. In "Panelkapcsolat", it is themselves.Whilst it is clear that they do love one other - or she loves him, at least - neither husband Robi nor his wife (whose name, I believe, we are never given) can blame anyone another than themselves for their lot. He is beginning to see the value of what he regards as "socialism" over communism, but has more time for his mates and his work colleagues than for his wife. Greed is a factor that appears in many of Tarr's movies, even his recent ("The Boy from London"). However, Robi's wife, whilst certainly not greedy, is not faultless herself, as she cannot see - until it is too late - that her constant nagging is driving them apart. Or is it too late? One of the interesting techniques of this film is that Tarr plays around with the chronology. We see the couple arguing, we see them enjoying (albeit for a short while) a tender moment at their 9th wedding anniversary, we see them argue again, we see them in bed. If we assume that the movie is filmed chronologically, then it's a satisfied ending - of sorts (he still gets his method with the Minimat 65). It should quite plausibly be meant to be chronological, after all, we see Robi 'leave' his wife at the begin of the film, and we see him leave again - presumably for Romania - in the film's dénouement. At first, we think that the second departure stage is the same as the first, but there are differences in dialogue, which makes one think that perhaps he has left - and returned - many times, hence the final stage is after he has returned - the next day, perhaps.However, I am fairly sure that we are not meant to take this movie chronologically. The movie jumps backwards and forwards all over the place, and the final stage in the back of the truck is from happier days, perhaps from when they first moved in together. But Robi's stubbornness in not going for the automatic washing-machine, which his wife would have preferred, shows that their marital adventure ahead will be as bumpy as the street they are travelling on in back of the truck.Cleverly, the viewer is therefore gratis to turn this unbelievable piece of celluloid into whatever he or she wants. I cannot imagine anyone not being fully mesmerised by this film. That Tarr can produce masterpieces of any length, from a relatively short movie like this one, to the 7 and a half hour long "Sátántangó", shows that he is a very unique director indeed. He is brilliant at capturing moments that others would not even notice. One such moment is halfway through the film, where Robi drunkenly sings the theme to the Godfather and a Hungarian ver of "Autumn Leaves", we think (hope!) that he is directing the words to his wife, but end up being quite mistaken. As the camera pans between wife, husband, and musician, we realise that we are watching something quite unique indeed.Let us hope that, actually that Tarr has finally complete "The Boy from London" after so many years, that he will create more movies more regularly, and not leave us on our own for so many years.
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