• George P. Cosmatos – Leviathan (1989)

    George P. Cosmatos1981-1990HorrorSci-FiUSA
    Leviathan (1989)
    Leviathan (1989)

    One of those movies that reminds you of “Alien” and “The Thing” (not the original). The story is simple yet convincing and the special effects were good for its time. There is a little humor though not much. Most of the time it ranges from serious to dead serious. A group of underwater explorers uncover an old Russian submarine called appropriately enough “Leviathan” which translates from an ancient term meaning “sea monster” in the bible. They search the sub and find nothing of interest except a flask of vodka. However, one crew members becomes ill from drinking it and others join him. It appears that something has overtaken the unlucky Leviathan crew and they are next. It was all in all a clever film if not anti-climactic. Worth seeing surely.Read More »

  • Sanjay Kak – In the Forest Hangs a Bridge (1999)

    Documentary1991-2000Ethnographic CinemaIndiaSanjay KakShort Film
    In the Forest Hangs a Bridge (1999)
    In the Forest Hangs a Bridge (1999)

    Located deep in the forested hills of the Siang valley of Arunachal Pradesh, at the north-eastern extremity of India, Damro village gathers to build a 1000 foot long suspension bridge, the elegant structures of cane and bamboo, that are the distinctive mark of the Adi tribe. Their only tool is the dao, a blade length of tempered steel, the size of a machete.

    Ethnological documentary on the Adis of Arunachal Pradesh as they build one of their cane-and-bamboo bridges against the imminent arrival of “development” as backdrop.Read More »

  • Barbet Schroeder – The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1987)

    Barbet Schroeder1981-1990CultDocumentaryFrance
    The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1987)
    The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1987)

    Quote:
    Fifty-two clips of Charles Bukowski ranting and musing comprise Barbet Shroeder’s Charles Bukowski Tapes. It was, until now, a rarity that circulated amongst die-hard Bukowski fans, since the release of Shroeder’s Bukowski-scripted feature, Barfly. This collection of monologues, ranging in topic from Bukowski’s beef with God, to biographical tales of his life as an abused child, to his views on writing as a disciplinary craft, cover the gamut of Bukowski-typical topics, which can also be glimpsed in other Bukowski documentaries, such as Born Into This. But The Charles Bukowski Tapes are set apart by their sheer volume of candid author footage, in which Bukowski has drunkenly abandoned all camera-shyness to reveal, and revel in, his damage. Read More »

  • Robert Z. Leonard – In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

    Robert Z. Leonard1941-1950ComedyRomanceUSA
    In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
    In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

    Plot:
    In this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, feuding co-workers in a small music shop do not realize they are secret romantic pen pals.Read More »

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Kuru Otlar Üstüne AKA About Dry Grasses (2023)

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan2021-2030DramaTurkey
    Kuru Otlar Üstüne (2023)
    Kuru Otlar Üstüne (2023)

    A young teacher hopes to be transferred to Istanbul after four years of mandatory service in a remote village, but is accused of inappropriate contact by two students. After losing hope, a colleague offers him new perspectives on life.Read More »

  • Nikos Kornilios – To athoo soma AKA Desert Sky (1997)

    1991-2000ArthouseGreeceNikos KorniliosSci-Fi
    To athoo soma (1997)
    To athoo soma (1997)

    Synopsis
    The few survivors of a deserted city, sometime in the near future, are left with no water or food but somehow manage to survive. In a hospital, a lonely scientist, Foteini, is helping a patient with amnesia to recover. She also meets an actor named Aias (Ajax) – who often visits his sick sister – and becomes romantically involved with him. Foteini is swept away by love; Aias, however, is unprepared for such strong emotions. Their separation brings Foteini to the house of the amnesiac, and he takes care of her, up to the moment that she discovers a photo of hers among his things. In the meantime, Aias brings his sister back home from the hospital. While it is getting darker, with clouds gathering in the sky, Foteini and Aias wander the city and meet in the rain.
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  • Frederick Wiseman – Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros (2023)

    Frederick Wiseman2021-2030DocumentaryUSA
    Menus Plaisirs Les Troisgros (2023)
    Menus Plaisirs Les Troisgros (2023)

    ‘Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros’, a film by Frederick Wiseman, showcases the Troisgros family restaurant, which has held 3 Michelin stars for 55 years over four generations. The film is about the artistry, ingenuity, and imagination that goes into creating and presenting meals of the highest quality. It follows Michel Troisgros, as he turns over responsibility of the restaurant to his son, César.Read More »

  • Bertrand Mandico – She Is Conann (2023) (HD)

    Bertrand Mandico2021-2030ArthouseFantasyFrance
    She Is Conann (2023)
    She Is Conann (2023)

    Traveling the abyss, the hellhound Rainer recounts the six lives of Conann, perpetually put to death by his own future, through eras, myths and ages. From his childhood, a slave of Sanja and his barbarian horde, until his accession to the heights of cruelty at the gates of our world.Read More »

  • Carlos Reichenbach – Extremos do Prazer (1984)

    Carlos Reichenbach1981-1990BrazilExperimental
    Extremos do Prazer (1984)
    Extremos do Prazer (1984)

    Luiz Antônio, a sociologist, had his political rights suppressed, during the Brazilian military dictatorship. Also, his wife Ruth had been tortured and killed. So he decides to hide in his niece Natércia and her husband Felipe’s country house for a while. But she invites the intellectual Marcela and broker Ricardo for a weekend together. Luiz’s world is upset and the existential problems of all get entangled, with unexpected results.Read More »

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