Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Last Chance

Escaping a Nazi prison train in war-torn Italy, an American and a British soldier set out for the Swiss border and find themselves leading a multi-national party of refugees for the Italian underground.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

We are Wizards

This magical documentary looks at Harry Potter fans and the musical acts inspired by the novels.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Fort Fisher Hermit

Robert E. Harrill, The Fort Fisher Hermit, spent 17 years under the stars and scrub oaks of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Surviving off the land and the contributions from thousands of visitors, the Fort Fisher Hermit became one of the areas largest tourist attractions. But Robert's new life wasn't as idyllic as he made it out to be, and his untimely death is marked by mystery and controversy. This film examines the reasons that led him to become a hermit, his growing popularity, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Wild Ride

Wild Ride, The
Starring - Jack Nicholson as Johnny Varron, Robert Bean as Dave, Georgianna Carter as Nancy - Dave's lame girlfriend, Carol Bigby as a one of the girls in the gang, Gary Espinoza, John Bologni, Judith Tresize, Sydene Wallace, John Holden,
Directed by -

(1960) - B&W - 60 min
The Wild Ride starring Jack Nicholson as the tough street punk, Johnny Varron. Wow - what a treat, Jack Nicholson in his second movie, circa 1960 (his debut was the Cry Baby Killer in 1958) as the alpha male in a gang of tough kids who are into racing cars. Johnny is their leader and hero who makes all the decisions for the group. For instance - Dave (Robert Bean) has a new girlfriend, and she is lame (like from the good side of the tracks) so Johnny tells Dave to lose the chick (Nancy, played by Georgiana Carter). Dave doesn't want to give up his girlfriend, so Johnny decides to move in. Of course all this ends in trouble with a capital T, as Johnny ends up killing a motorcycle cop and an extended stay at the jailhouse.

starring Jack Nicholson as Johnny Varron

The film is filled with all kinds of vintage street slang from way back in the day. The movie is the middle of the hot rod racing greaser era.... these kids aren't Beatniks... (who are into jazz and like to hang out listening to poetry at the 60s era Starbuck prototype coffee houses. For Beatniks - See Bucket of Blood or Beat Girl). Nope - these kids like to play chicken with oncoming cars and run motorcycle cops off the road for kicks. Jack Nicholson is the gang leader who is also a rookie race car driver, way before the days of NASCAR... like no rules whatsoever. Check out the great final scenes - with Jack Nicholson behind the wheel of the race car. Cool.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wheels on Meals

Wheels on Meals w/ Jackie Chan
Starring - Jackie Chan as Thomas, Biao Yuen as David, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo as Moby, Benny the Jet Urquidez as a bad guy enforcer, Lola Fomer as Sylvia, Susana Sentís as Gloria, Herb Edelman as Matt, Keith Vitali as a bad guy enforcer, Richard Ng as asylum patient,
Directed by - Sammo Hung Kam-Bo

(1984) - Color - 100 min
Wheels on Meals is a terrific early film from Jackie Chan and Samo Hung Kam-Bo. The film originally released as Kwai Tsan Ttseh was made in 1984 and stars Jackie Chan and Biao Yuen as street vendors who come to the rescue of a beautiful woman named Sylvia, played by Lola Fomer. As with most Jackie Chan movies, there's lots of great martial arts, comedy and bascially good clean fun.

Jackie Chan stars as Thomas

Samo Hung plays a bumbling private detective named Moby - who is put on a new case after his boss runs out trying to evade some thugs looking to collect a gambling debt. He must find a woman named Gloria (Susana Sentís), who happens to be Sylvia's mother. The film features an incredible fight scene in the climax between Jackie Chan and one of the Count's strongmen (Benny Urquidez). The film is in either Cantonese or Mandarin (not sure) with English subtitles and set in the streets of Spain. Highly recommended!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stalker (Сталкер)

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky; Produced by: Aleksandra Demidova; Written by: Arkadi Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky; Starring: Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko; Music by: Eduard Artemyev; Distributed by: Mosfilm; Release date: August 1979 (Soviet Union); Running time: 163 min; Language: Russian; Subtitle: English

Description: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he's a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true. That night, he takes two people into the Zone: a popular writer who is burned out, cynical, and questioning his genius; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Farewell to Arms

Farewell To Arms (1945)
Duration: 1hr18mins
(Black & White)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Kurosawa's Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai
(1954) - B&W -
210 min
(English subtitle)

Starring - Toshirô Mifune as Kikuchiyo, Takashi Shimurai as Kambei Shimada, Yoshio Inaba as Gorobei Katayama, Minoru Chiaki as Heihachi Hayashida, Seiji Miyaguchi as Kyuzo, Isao Kimurai as Katsushiro, Daisuke Kato as Shichiroji
Directed by - Akira Kurosawa

Epic Kurosawa tale and the inspiration for the Hollywood classic - The Magnificent Seven.

A small farming village is about to be overrun with bandits - so they hire seven brave Samurai warriors to help them.

Enjoy the full film.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Samurai III - Duel at Ganryu Island

(1956) - Color - 114 min
Starring - Toshirô Mifune as Takezo (Musashi Miyamoto), Koji Tsuruta as Kojiro Sasaki, Kaoru Yachigusa as Otsu, Mariko Okada as Akemi, Kichijiro Ueda as Priest Ogon, Michiko Saga as Otmitsu, Daisuke Katô as Toji Gion, Takamaru Sasaki as Otmitsu's father, Haruo Tanaka as Kumagoro the horse thief.
Directed by - Hiroshi Inagaki

The incredible Samurai trilogy from Hiroshi Inagaki continues - with part three... Duel At Ganryu Island. This epic drama of Japan's legendary samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi, played by Toshirô Mifune. We suggest you watch Samurai Part I and Samurai Part II before viewing the third movie in this epic masterpiece of understated elegance.

In the final chapter - Toshirô Mifune will face the the ever ambitous young Samurai master swordsman - Kojiro Sasaki (played by Koji Tsuruta) who has challenged Musashi to a duel - a duel between the hero Musashi, and a young kid, blessed with skill who wants to prove he's the best.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Samurai II - Duel at Ichijoji

(1955) - Color - 100 min
- Toshirô Mifune as Takezo (Musashi Miyamoto), Rentaro Mikuni as Honiden Matahachi, Kaoru Yachigusa as Otsu, Mariko Okada as Akemi, Mitsuko Mito as Oku, Matahachi's wife, Kuroemon Onoe as Takuan Osho (the priest), Koji Tsuruta as Kojiro Sasaki, Eijirô Tono as Baiken Shishido, Michiyo Kogure as Dayu Yoshino,
Directed by - Hiroshi Inagaki

The incredible Samurai trilogy from Hiroshi Inagaki continues - with part two... Duel At Ichijoji Temple. Compared to part one, which didn't offer much in the way of martial arts action - part two is chocked full of saber rattling, Samurai swashbucklers! The final scene were Musashi takes on eighty guys is one of the greatest fight scenes ever shot on film.

And let's us not forget the conflict facing Musashi, as he battles his ambition to be the greatest Samurai warrior with his love for the faithful Otsu, who has pined for him for many years. Will she go for the Sinead O'Connor look, shave her head and become a nun... or will she remain faithful in her love for Musashi?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Samurai I - Musashi Miyamoto

(1954) - Color - 93 min
Starring - Toshirô Mifune as Takezo (Musashi Miyamoto), Rentaro Mikuni as Honiden Matahachi, Kaoru Yachigusa as Otsu, Mariko Okada as Akemi, Mitsuko Mito as Oku, Matahachi's wife, Kuroemon Onoe as Takuan Osho (the priest), Akihiko Hirata as Seijuro Yoshioka, Kusuo Abe as Temma Tsujikaze, Akira Tani as Kawarano-Gonroku,
Directed by - Hiroshi Inagaki

Samurai 1, also known as Musashi Miyamoto, is the first part in the epic trilogy by legendary Japanese film director Hiroshi Inagaki. The village wild man, Takezo grows up and learns the way of the Samurai and eventually becomes - Musashi Miyamoto, the greatest Samurai warrior in Japan. Meanwhile, Takezo's best friend, Matahachi makes some bad decisions that ruin his life. At one time he was betrothed to the lovely Otsu, but he ends up marrying a nasty witch named Oko and his life becomes hell.

Toshiro Mifune, best known for his lead roles in countless films by the great Akira Kurosawa, plays Takezo (Musashi Miyamoto). He is simply awesome in his role, and his character develops from the wild young Takezo, to the mature and wise Musashi. His romance with Otsu is also wonderful - make sure you check out the rest of this 5 hour trilogy as it becomes available. This is a great epic saga - of the life of Japan's greatest samurai warrior - Musashi Miyamoto.

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