Ronnie Cramer – Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend (1992)

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A lonely security guard can’t even get a decent blind date, so he begins peeping at women through their bedroom windows. Before long he’s paying call girls to come over and secretly videotaping every session.
Within two weeks he’s blown his life savings and been subjected to a lot of verbal and physical abuse. This bizarre black comedy is loaded with naked women!

Starring Andren Scott – with Monica McFarland, Karen Pombo, Becky Van Lewen and Sheila Traister. Directed by Ronnie Cramer, music by Alarming Trends.

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Masaru Konuma – Sei to ai no korîda aka In the Realm of Sex (1977)

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In th e Realm of Sex is a 1977 Roman Porno film directed by Masaru Konuma and starring Natsuko Yashiro and Asami Ogawa. It is a comedy satirizing the Roman Porno genre, and the Office Lady Journal series in particular. Naomi Tani and Yuko Katagiri appear as themselves in the film, making fun of their on-screen personas. Read More »

Juan Luis Buñuel & Claude Chabrol – Fantômas (1980)

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This miniseries based on the Fantomas novels of Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, takes the Fantomas character back to his sinister roots. After the comedic Andre Hunabelle films of the 60s, filmmakers Claude Charbrol and Juan Bunuel went back to the original books for their inspiration. The results are magnificent. The series is a reinvestigation of the pulp roots of the character, while infusing the surreal, dreamlike qualities that the original texts inspired in the works of Juan Gris, Rene Magritte and Luis Bunuel (who is referenced, along with Apollinaire, in the first episode.) Read More »

Michael Winterbottom – In This World (2002)

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A plunge into the world of asylum-seekers driven from their homes by Middle East instability, In This World takes a documentary-like (and, when the guerrilla filmmaking runs into real bullets, just plain documentary) approach to the story of two cousins’ attempt to make their way from the crowded camps of Peshawar, Pakistan to London. Directed by the versatile Michael Winterbottom (The Claim, 24 Hour Party People), it opens with footage of the overwhelming confusion of Peshawar life, accompanied by alarming statistics about the millions of refugees in the world, as well as the way each war only compounds the problem. But statistics tend to drift into the ether when not tied to illustrations, and because In This World was completed before Gulf War II, the statistics are out of date. Read More »

Junya Sato – Ningen no shômei AKA Proof of the Man (1977)

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Synopsis:
When an American tourist named Jonny Hayward mysterious dies while on vacation in Tokyo. A Japanese detective named Munesue goes to New York City looking for a wanted man who fled Japan who knows the identity of the killer Jonny’s. Will detective Munesue be able to track down his only lead a fugitive before he is disposed of like all the other witnesses in this case?

Proof of the Man was directed by Junya Sato who a few years earlier directed the epic action extravaganza Bullet Train. When Proof of the Man was originally released in 1977 two versions where released a longer 133 minute Japanese version and a much shorter 100 minute English language version. The difference between the two version is not just a removal of thirty three minutes since the English language version features scenes that where shot exclusively for this edit of the film. Read More »

Kana Matsumoto – Mazâ wôtâ aka Mother Water (2010)

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Blessed with several large rivers, interconnected streams and springs, Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto, anoints the land with a bountiful source of water. In this tranquil setting, three women join the flow of a small community with the subtle presence of a spring breeze. Setsuko , the proprietor of a whiskey-only bar; Takako, the owner of a coffee shop along the waterway; Hatsumi, a maker of tofu so delicious it seems to spring forth from the clear water. Under their subtle influence, other townspeople gradually begin their own streams too: Yamanoha, a local worker for a furniture workshop; Otome, the owner of a neighborhood public bath; Jin, a young man who assists him at the bath; Makoto, a wayfarer about the town. Among their daily lives, there is Poplar, a small child with a perpetually friendly smile. Read More »

Eva Ionesco – My Little Princess (2011)

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Hannah and Violetta are an odd couple: an elusive mother and a little girl in search of maternal love, a fanciful artist and her reluctant model.
When Hannah asks Violetta if she would like to be her model, her life with her loving grandmother is turned upside down. From a normal childhood to muse of the trendy Paris art scene… Read More »