1991-2000

Peter Higgins – Secret Life of Japan – Manga Erotica (2000)

Documentary discovering the various ideas Japanese artists find to introduce erotica and rape fantasy in their comics and animations, together with sociological commentary and critique. Read More »

Aktan Arym Kubat – Beshkempir AKA The Adopted Son (1998)

Synopsis
In a Kyrgyz village, five older women adopt an infant foundling. Jump ahead about 12 years: the boy, Beshkempir, is entering puberty, the age, his granny says, when life goes berserk. He plays with friends, horsing around, sniggering about sex, going to an outdoor movie. He works, fishing and making bricks of mud. And, he’s starting to notice girls. He and his best friend fight, and he learns to his consternation that he’s a foundling. A death in the family pushes Beshkempir even faster toward adult roles: he must brush tears from his eyes, lead a funeral procession, and reconcile with his friend. Then, he borrows a bicycle and calls on Aynura: courtship begins.
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Pen-Ek Ratanaruang – Ruang talok 69 AKA 6ixtynin9 (1999)

Quote:
As any fan of Asian film can tell you there are two major film producing countries on the rise right now. While Hong Kong is trying to fight their way out of a massive industry decline triggered by the reversion to Chinese rule and Japan seems content to hold steady the film cultures of Korea and Thailand have exploded to the forefront, both in terms of quantity and quality of the films being produced. And without a doubt one of Thailand’s brightest lights is writer / director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. Read More »

Paul Thomas Anderson – Boogie Nights (1997)

Synopsis
The story of a young man’s adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the 1970s and 1980s. Read More »

Juan José Campanella – El mismo amor, la misma lluvia AKA Same Love, Same Rain (1999)

In 1980, Jorge Pellegrini (Ricardo Darín), a young and talented Argentinian writer, upon returning from a trip to Europe, is forced to write short love stories for “Cosas”, a local, light-themed magazine, to aid his dire financial situation. His boss and best friend, Roberto (Eduardo Blando), constantly censors Jorge’s stories, by deciding which parts to take out or which stories not to print. Jorge’s friend and mentor, Mastronardi, often visits the magazine HQ asking Roberto for work, but due to his history of struggling against the military government in Argentina, finds himself in a black list and cannot find work. Read More »

Fabián Bielinsky – Nueve Reinas AKA Nine Queens (2000)

Synopsis:
Early one morning, Marcos observes Juan successfully pulling off a bill-changing scam on a cashier, and then getting caught as he attempts to pull the same trick on the next shift. Marcos steps in, claiming to be a policeman, and drags Juan out of the store. Once they are back on the street, Marcos reveals himself to be a fellow swindler with a game of much higher stakes in mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime. A once-in-a-lifetime scheme seemingly falls into their laps – an old-time con man enlists them to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos’ sister Valeria, their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and pickpockets. As the deceptions mount, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out who is conning whom. Read More »

Jason Alexander – For Better or Worse (1995)

A romantic comedy about Michael (Jason Alexander TV’s “Seinfeld”), a loser whose recent girlfriend dumped him and to make matters worse, he discovers that his recently married brother Reggie (James Woods “John Q,” “Scary Movie 2”) is planning to knock over the credit union where their own mother (Bea Arthur TV’s “The Golden Girls”) works. When it’s discovered that the security codes needed to pull off the heist are in the suitcase of the recent bride (Lolita Davidovitch “Play It to the Bone,” “Mystery, Alaska”), Michael helps her escape and the chase is on! Also starring Oscar-nominee Rob Reiner Read More »