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Description: When Ethel is threatened with eviction from her retirement community, her mates Vivian and Ruth become co-conspirators in the heist of the century. Their target: the local bingo hall.
Description: Raimundo, movie producer, asks financial aid to his mate and producer J.C. to evaluate his own project. J.C. conditions his help to a change in Raimundo's style. Raimundo will have to create a film aimed to the general audience and following the old producer's book: violence, sex, non-actors and slum. Raimundo does what he says, but an unexpected fact threatens the film's conclusion.
Description: Comedy about brothers Vesnushkin, Sasha and Vasya, who are testing for one squad in a National Soccer Competition. However, Sasha falls in love with a pretty woman and loses his confidence just before the final game, so his brother has to take the lead on the field in order to save the game.
Description: Eva has returned from her trip to Europe. Back at home, she receives a suspicious invitation to a dinner birthday party of one of her neighbors, without knowing that this is a romantic date arranged by his neighbor's tricky family which, to create things worse, has no meal in the refrigerator.
Description: An extraordinary black comedy that explores the limits of survival and absurdist political power games. The storyline takes zone in times of elections in Mexico. A candidate for Governor runs over a pregnant migrant. After the accident, and to avoid a possible scandal, he hides her in a building he owns. Pressured by his political boss and so as not to crash his political career, the candidate evicts the migrant. In a non-realistic style, the movie focuses on the stories that surround the migrant during her find for a room. A radical film, with a critical gaze, that reflects the spirit of contemporary Mexican society.
Description: After the untimely death of her husband, shy Joan (a part-time cleaner) has to create cash quick to hold from losing her home. She asks Fred, her sleazy boss, if she can work more hours - but instead, he takes on sexy air-head, Sharon and fires Joan. Now, she's forced to resort to extreme measures to avoid her home being repossessed. Aided by Sharon, and her two friends/former work-mates (65 year-old eccentric Enid, and desperate Mavis), Joan becomes the Madame of a do-it-yourself co-operative brothel... A brothel with no sex!
Description: Set to the melody of famous hit songs from the 1980s. A pretty coastal village, show day Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie is preparing to marry superb Italian Raf, and has invited her sister Taylor to the wedding. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor's ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life...
Description: Tora-san is inspired to pursue an education after a visit to the grave of a girl he met years ago. When he returns to Shibamata with the intent to study, he falls for Toraya's fresh tenant instead.
Description: Young William Tenson MacPhab’s stock portfolio has ruined like the housing store in 21st Century Nevada and he’s lost a entire Seven Pounds. And like many an investor, who left his investment decisions in the hands of others, Tenson holds Astor Terbanks, a steel magnate, responsible for Tenson’s stupid investment decisions. Through a trick, he manages to receive an appointment with the steel magnate, but when the latter hears he’s only lost Seven Pounds, he has his stupid ass thrown out. Actually Tenson is bent on revenge. Apparently having nothing to do with his life and suffering from some psychological issues as well as being stupid, he takes an advertisement out in the paper threatening to give the old steel lord seven slaps in the coming week to teach him a lesson in respect. Terbank’s daughter Daisy is horrified by this threat from the loon and does everything to protect her father. It’s all in vain: Her father gets slapped each day, and each day, it makes headlines.
Description: The totally loaded Trabi rolled towards the Baltic Sea and father Detlef is for once in perfect mood. Did he not accepted with his mate Alfred, located instantly every trouble back with an urgent telegram from the resort. But as the two then adventurous go stalking in the jungle of the large city, they experience a failure after another. Sullen Detlef longs for marriage Trott and campground. There would be matched and over the years rather bland become married girl Eveline is undergoing a remarkable transformation.
Description: Jil has found nice love in the landscape architect Marc. There is only a small problem: Marc is not a Jew, and Jil's devout Jewish family would never agree marrying a "goi," a non-Jew. There is only one thing that helps: Marc, son of a German bourgeois family, gotta pretend that he is also a Jew. After a fast course in terms of traditions and customs, this also seems to work quite well. Jil's family is thrilled with the fresh friend. But then the dizziness flies up just during a large bar mitzvah celebration - and Jil has to decide.
Description: Shinohara, a young bodybuilder, joins a para-military sect in northern Japan. His instructor, Takizawa, takes a liking to the fresh recruit. After an early “special” training session the two develop a lasting and loving relationship. “Beautiful Mystery” was the first gay “adult” movie to come out of Japan. Although tame by U.S. standards, it is ground–breaking nonetheless.
Description: In ancient Rome, bathhouse architect Lucius (Hiroshi Abe) becomes popular with designing the original "thermae" (bathhouse). He receives an order to build a thermae in the colosseum to support gladiators recover from their wounds, but faces difficulties. Thus, Lucius travels again to modern day Japan through the time slip. He meets Manami (Aya Ueto) again, who is actually a reporter for a magazine which covers bathroom. With the support of the flat face Japanese tribe, Lucius again designs a fresh thermae. Meanwhile, Emperor Hadrian (Masachika Ichimura) wants to hold the peace with the thermae, but the Senate wants to extend the land by using force. Emperor Hadrian and the Senate actually have a confrontation and Rome becomes divided.
Description: The obsessive supporters of Everton FC forsake wives, families and God to follow their beloved team. Meanwhile, the club and its users test to live up to their expectations.
Description: Working as waiters in a personal beach resort Andrew fell head over heels for lovely Dovie (Ina Raymundo). Unexpected voluptuous foreign guests led by Carolyn Sapp visit the beach and actually Andrew was torn between his attraction to Carol and his love for Dovie. It's a wild and funny tale of action and romance as they encountered a mischievous group of hunks who were out to destroy the beach.
Description: Annabelle is annoyed by family life. Most of all, she bothers her health-conscious, chain-smoking, know-it-all mother, Edda who visits regularly. When mother moves in her house for three months, because their house is being renovated, She enthusiastically takes the possibility to go on a "relaxing weekend". On this opportunity her girlfriend Doro, who was supposed to take care of the children, begins an affair with her husband, Friedrich. When she returns, she is appalled. She packages her things and leaves Friedrich and the family. Promptly she meets a young student at a party, who awakens the passion in her. Written by lament
Description: Ken Katakura (Naoto Takenaka) has worked as a salaryman for the past 25 years. He's on his method to Malaysia to stop his daughter's wedding. Unfortunately for Ken, the plane makes an emergency landing in a remote part of Malaysia, far from the capital town of Kuala Lumpur where he needs to go. With only 2 days left until his daughter marries, Ken looks for a method to receive to Kuala Lumpur. Ken then comes across an odd Chinese truck driver called "Mary" and, with his help, sets out for Kuala Lumpur.
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What makes modern movie buffs value hard-to-come-by silent movies over others? Archaeologists do the same. They dig up stuff thrown in the trash ages ago and declare them ancient treasures. This might be the situation with "The Speed Spook", a slap-dash conglomeration of plots with some intended and unintentional humor tossed in.It was included in the movie festival I attended and I wondered if it was included because it was valuable or just because it was old. There's not much plot to follow. A Race vehicle driver is on tour and becomes mixed up in local politics and somehow feels a driverless vehicle would be an attention-getting device during an election, and would place him in his fresh girlfriend's nice graces.... oh, who cares. Suffice it to tell it is alternately confusing and funny, but mostly the former.Johnny Hines is funny and has a winning smile. Warner Richmond, 30's and 40's Western heavy, is the massive here and adds substance to the proceedings. Long storyline short, if anyone out there is planning a movie festival you might wish to look elsewhere for a tool filler. This movie was shown in 16MM which is apparently the only method it is available. As previously stated, just because it is old doesn't create it valuable.
Johnny Hines was dealt with briefly in Walter Kerr's necessary reference work 'The Silent Clowns'. His inclusion in that ebook is justified, but a brief mention is all he deserves. Hines was a third-string comedian in the nice days of silent comedy. He tended to enjoy brash go-getters in the Harold Lloyd mould ... but Lloyd was distinguished by his hornrimmed eyeglasses, whereas Johnny Hines's only distinguishing trait was a slightly Oriental cast to his facial features. Hines's movies were brisk and funny, but he never did anything that wasn't done better by Harold Lloyd, Wallace Reid, Raymond Griffith or few another comedians of this period.Many of Hines's movies were directed by his brother Charles, an untalented cheat who would never have become a director if not for the family relationship. Most of their collaborations consisted of arbitrary gag sequences, hung on a thin premise and strung out to detail length. 'The Speed Spook' is slightly better than their typical output ... due to an unusual premise, a plot that was more linear than usual for a Hines film, and some peppy dialogue scripted by veteran title-card writer Ralph Spence.Johnny plays 'Blue Streak' Billings, an auto racer who breezes through the city of Westwood, where the local sheriff is standing for re-election. His enemy is shifty politician Hiram Smith. Meanwhile, the city seems to be haunted (in Scooby-Doo fashion) by a weird grey vehicle with a white squiggle on its flank. What's so weird about this car? Well, it has no driver. It races through city at unlawful speeds, turns corners sharply, and disappears abruptly in broad daylight. Where does it go? Where does it come from? How does it manoeuvre with no driver? The townspeople are demanding that Sheriff West solve the mystery.SPOILERS COMING, BUT NOT SPOILING MUCH. Inevitably, Johnny gets involved. Inevitably, the sheriff has a pretty daughter ... played by bland unattractive oddly-named untalented Faire Binney. Much of this film is extremely predictable. What keeps us watching is our eagerness to learn how the vehicle (the 'speed spook') is controlled, and who's controlling it, and why. The eventual answers are unconvincing and disappointing. If you've read 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', you'll watch this film with a sense of deja vu.I told that 'The Speed Spook' is one of Johnny Hines's better films, but that's not telling much. I'll rate this forgettable film 5 out of 10.
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