Alex Stapleton – Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

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Blue jeans, sock-hops and drive-in movies: the Fifties were America’s age of innocence. But stalking the depths of its post-nuclear bliss, mass paranoia became fuel for Joseph McCarthy’s brand of Red Scare terror propaganda. Bomb shelters were a deluxe feature in every American home, government-sponsored educational reels promised an imminent nuclear threat from across the Atlantic, and Hollywood, Babylon of the western world, hung on the brink of collapse. It was here, in the last-ditch machinations of a dying juggernaut, that a mild-mannered, civil engineer’s son would become the most influential force in modern moviemaking. Corman’s World tracks the triumphant rise of Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director-producer, the true godfather of independent filmmaking. — (C) Official Site Continue reading

Matti Grönberg & Pekka Karjalainen – Mr. Hayhill and Lion Wind Vane (2011) (HD)

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During the Finnish war (1808-09) a bandit Jeppe Antinpoika robs a treasure belonging to the King of Sweden. A bag of gems is hidden behind the stove and left there for two hundred years. A city girl Aurora comes to visit her country relative, the original Mr Hayhill. His neighbour, the baker Kakelberg is not doing so good – his house seems to be haunted and his baking business has been sabotaged. One evening Aurora runs into a mysterious sneaker in the baker´s cellar. Aurora and Mr Hayhill start solving the mystery of the baker’s house. Continue reading

Luc Besson – The Lady (2011)

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The Lady is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi’s entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma’s national heroine. — (C) Cohen Media Group Continue reading

Christoffer Boe – Beast (2011)

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The emotions a married couple can undergo in one day can range from frustration to passionate love. This is true for Danish newlyweds Bruno and Maxine who have just moved into a stylish apartment in Copenhagen. A while later it is clear that Bruno’s love for Maxine is stronger than hers is for him. In fact, his love for Maxine is more like an obsession. He yearns to literary crawl under her skin. After some rough sex games, and as bodily fluids begin to mix, something starts to transform Bruno and his primitive instincts take over. This beast-like transformation intensifies rapidly after he discovers Maxine is having an affair. Director Christoffer Boe has described »Beast« as a cocktail of »Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf?« and »Alien«, in which love, hate, blood and possessed bodies are the main ingredients. Actor Nicolas Bro, playing Bruno, has collaborated with Boe six times previously. He is a powerhouse in this film, giving an intense performance as the let down husband with a severe case of blood thirst. ~ Stockholmfilmfestival Continue reading

Steve McQueen – Shame (2011)

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by Mark Deming

IAn outwardly ordinary man must come to terms with his inner compulsions in this powerful drama from filmmaker Steve McQueen. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful businessman in his early thirties who lives in New York. To most around him, Brandon seems cool and introverted, but inside he is wrestling with a powerful sexual appetite; he’s obsessed with pornography and prefers short-term relationships with women that allow him to keep the world at arm’s length. The grim routine of Brandon’s life is upended when his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) stops by for an extended visit without prior notice. While Brandon is reserved, Sissy is an outgoing and flashy musician, and she doesn’t seem to care about her brother’s need for privacy. When Sissy forces Brandon to look closely at his life, he comes to understand the circumstances that made him the man he is today as his veneer of calm begins to crack. Continue reading

Mojtaba Mirtahmasb & Jafar Panahi – In film nist AKA This Is Not a Film (2011)

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This Is Not A Film (Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, 2011). The amount of humor in Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s hybrid effort is surprising, especially in light of the serious and well-publicized censure of Panahi’s filmmaking by Iranian authorities. But perhaps there is nothing left to do but laugh in the face of such shamefully ridiculous authoritarianism? “Laughing or crying, you know it’s the same release,” Joni Mitchell notes. Continue reading

Hirokazu Koreeda – Kiseki aka I Wish (2011)

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Two brothers are separated after their parent’s divorce. Older brother Koichi lives with his mother and grandparents in Kagoshima. Younger brother Ryonosuke lives with his father in Fukuoka. Meanwhile, the Kyushu trainline connecting these two cities is nearing completion. A rumor spreads that when the bullet trains first runs (one coming from the north and one coming from south) and at the exact moment the two trains crosses paths energy is released and wishes will be granted to those that witness the event. Koichi hears of the rumor and implements a plan with his younger brother to reunite his family. Continue reading