Tag Archives: English

John Boorman – The General (1998)

The General begins with the death of Martin Cahill–celebrated Dublin gangster who stole millions during the 1980s–then literally reverses the approach and assault of his IRA assassin, flashing back in time,back through Cahill’s colorful, criminal quest for his kind of ideal community. Boorman says his Cahill is a throwback to those Celtic chieftains of old who ruled by thievery and violence; as an anachronism, this charming, brutal bear of a man (perfectly incarnated by Brendan Gleeson) is undeniably reprehensible, but he stands in deliberate contrast to the institutionalized hypocrisy and corruption of church, state, and IRA alike. Read More »

Ralph Nelson – Once a Thief (1965)

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Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie shot him, the second wants him for one last heist. Read More »

Franklin J. Schaffner – Yes, Giorgio (1982)

A famous opera singer, Giorgio Fini, loses his voice during an American tour. He goes to a female throat specialist, Faye Kennedy, whom he falls in love with. Read More »

Alan Rafkin – How to Frame a Figg (1971)

Hollis Alexander Figg (Don Knotts) is a bumbling but earnest accountant working for the city hall of a small town. When the richest man in town concocts a get-rich scam of the taxpayers with the mayor and other local bigwigs, they decide to fire all the city hall accountants except for Figg, who they have determined to be too dumb and oafish to ever catch on to what they’re doing. They even go so far as to bring in a wall-sized “supercomputer” to help fudge the numbers, but in spite of this, Figg starts to realize that something is wrong. When the corrupt civic leaders realize they cannot shake the relentless Figg, they decide to frame Figg for their crimes, and it is up to Figg, with help from his garbage man best friend (Frank Welker) and waitress girlfriend (Elaine Joyce), to prove his innocence and expose the wrongdoing of the civic leaders. Read More »

Wendy Apple – The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

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Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles. Read More »

Jean Brismée – La Plus longue nuit du diable AKA The Devil’s Nightmare (1971)

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Six of seven tourists in a east European castle overnight are victims of a helper of the devil. Is Satan willing to spare their souls? Read More »

Rolf de Heer – The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2001)

Synopsis:
Antonio Bolivar (Richard Dreyfuss) lives a reclusive life in a hut on the outskirts of El Idilio, a far-from-ideal European outpost deep in the Amazon jungle. His main pleasure in life is reading love stories. The jungle holds memories of an earlier time that he would rather forget. Antonio is drawn back into the jungle when the mayor (Timothy Spall) decides to hunt down a grief-stricken jaguar that has tasted human blood and seems determined to kill the remaining population. Read More »