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Art film suggestions 12 Jul 2000 09:27 #481

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Each Fall and Spring we do a calender of 10 weeks pre-booked films that are foreign, art, or indie, or lesser known... this year the slate feels really weak. What films would you suggest for this grouping?

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Re: Art film suggestions 12 Jul 2000 11:22 #482

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I tried to think of some that wouldn't be in video. many of these might be. obviously, ck out to see how these films are being recieved.

Color of Paradise -- Iranian film. One of my top three so far for the year. PG

Big Kahuna -- Spacey, DeVito. R

Bossa Nova -- Brazilain. Romantic comedy with people old enough to know what love is. R

Kikujiro -- Japanese.

Afterlife -- Japanese. Another of my faves this year.

American Movie -- Funny side of ameture film making. R

Better Than Chocolate -- Lesbian. Funny. loved by gay and straight. R

Bicycle Thief.

Third Man.

Touch of Evil -- big screen B&W print. beats the hell outta the tv.

Boys Don't Cry.

The Cup -- Tibetian. Only G rated movie i've seen with the word "****less" in it. Great film about two boys trying to get the abbot of their bhuddist monestary to bring in the sattellite dish for the '98 soccor cup match.

Holy Smoke -- kate winslet doing more than looking fetching on a sinking ship.

Not One Less -- Chinese. G rated.

The Souce -- documentry about the best generation.

Cemetary Man -- if you need soemthing for Halloween. Itialan.
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Re: Art film suggestions 12 Jul 2000 14:09 #483

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Mike, I know what you really want.

1. Boys Don't Cry, 10 weeks, $33,000
2. Up at the Villa, 8 weeks, $30,000
3. Mansfield Park, 8 weeks, 28,000
4. Cider House Rules, 9 weeks, $27,000
5. East is East, 9 weeks, $$15,000
6. Girl Interupted, 5 weeks, $$15,000
7. My Dog Skip, 4 weeks, $14,000
8. All About My Mother, 8 weeks, $12,000
9. Color of Pardise, 6 weeks, $11,000
10. Joe Goulds Secret, 5 weeks, $11,000
11. Bossa Nova, 4 weeks, $10,000
12. Virgin Suicides, 5 weeks, $10,000
13. Titus, 4 Weeks, $8,800
14. American Beauty, 3 weeks, $7,000, move over.

Rear Window, 3 weeks, $5,000
Spike & Mike's Animation, 2 weeks, $4,000
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeouse, 1 week, $3,700
Sunshine, first week, $3,700

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Here is what we are opening in the next two months, with no guarantee of performance.

HAMLET is a contemporary adaptation of the classic play set in New York City, circa 2000 -- a world of laptops and limousines. The President of the Denmark Corporation is dead, and already his wife is remarried to the man suspected of the murder. Nobody is more troubled than her son Hamlet (Ethan Hawke). Now, after this hostile takeover, trust is impossible, passion is on the rise and revenge is in the air.

The Most Terrible Time In My Life
Gangster drama. Starring Masatoshi Nagase. Directed by Kaizo Hayashi. Not rated. 92 minutes. In Japanese with English subtitles. Glamorous in dark shades, slicked-down hair and an aura of unflappable cool, Mike Hama is a Japanese private eye who obviously copped his moves and his attittude from a diet of gangster flicks. But it's all for show: Beneath that hipster veneer he's as nervous and naive as the people who hire him. Played by Masatoshi Nagase (``Mystery Train''), Mike Hama is the off-center protagonist of ``The Most Terrible Time in My Life,'' a terrific, visually striking Japanese import. The film was made in 1993, and it's a mystery why something this strong and stylish should take that long to open commercially. Kaizo Hayashi, who directed and co-wrote the film with Daisuke Tengan, captures the look of Japanese gangster flicks from the '60s. Filmed in black-and-white and set in a section of Yokohama that evokes the '60s, ``The Most Terrible Time'' also recalls Jean-Luc Godard's ``Breathless'' and other gems of the French new wave. Movie references are so endemic to this film that Mike runs his office out of the projection booth of a funky movie house. There, he takes on a new client -- a seemingly naive Taiwanese man who says he's looking for his brother. Nothing is what it seems, and Mike finds himself in the crossfire of Taiwanese-Hong Kong gang wars. Hayashi has a great eye and seems incapable of staging a shot or a set piece that's less than fascinating. His film segues confidently from broad humor to tense drama, and has a soundtrack that playfully evokes ``Mannix'' and other Quinn Martin-produced TV series from the '60s and '70s. - From the San Francisco Chronicle

JESUS' SON is the intense, edgy, often hilarious story of a young man's circuitous journey from drug dependency and petty crime to a life redeemed by this startling discovery of compassion. The story is set in the drug subculture of the 1970's, and it's protagonist -- a young man in his twenties -- careens through his days getting stoned, stealing, or scamming a quick buck. Through it all, he tries to make sense of the mutually destructive passion he shares with a beautiful woman named Michelle. He is also driven by an overwhelming desire to help those around him, so save them from their often-sorry fates, but he repeatedly fails. (He certainly fails with Michelle). Almost by a miracle, redemption does come to him. It sneaks up on him almost imperceptibly, through barely observed lessons learned from a colorful parade of characters who range from a crazed, pill-popping hospital orderly, who takes more drugs than he dispenses; a down-on-his-luck-divorce whose only revenge against misfortune is to destroy the snug suburban home he used to share with his wife; to a half-paralyzed woman he meets in rehab who teaches him about love (and who proves to be a surprisingly nimble dance partner). Whomever he meets and wherever he goes, his attempts to prove his worth are either oddly touching, farcically futile or often both simultaneously. Bit by bit, however, he stumbles towards sobriety and lands a job at an assisted living facility where he discovers the depths of his own compassion for others, and the grace that comes with it. He also begins to write the hospital newsletter, providing him a creative outlet for his earned observations about life, love and loss.

Sunset Boulevard
Biting, cynical black comedy about Hollywood in decay, starring Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a proud, unstable silent luminary who takes in a penniless screenwriter (William Holden) and starts a calamitous emotional hurricane of deception, romantic upheaval and death. Erich von Stroheim is superb as Swanson's Prussian butler and keeper; Buster Keaton, Hedda Hopper and Cecil B. DeMille appear in cameos. Academy Award Nominations: 11, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--William Holden, Best Actress--Gloria Swanson. Academy Awards: 3, including Best Original Story and Screenplay, Best Musical Score.

The Interview
Eddie Fleming is hauled from his bed one morning by armed police, taken into an interview room and interrogated for hours. At first he seems entirely sympathetic: not only is his treatment harsh for a simple car theft investigation but he is unemployed and has recently lost his wife and home. However, it is revealed that there is more at stake, and that the police are actually hunting for a serial killer. Eddie could be an innocent victim or a subtle and dangerous killer. Meanwhile, the detective himself is being investigated by police internal affairs, and may be overzealous or even crooked.

Blood Simple (1984) A Texas bar owner hires a private detective to kill his wife and her lover, but things don't go as planned when double-crossing and betrayal abound. The first film by Joel & Ethan Coen the makers of Fargo, Raising Arizona, Millers Crossing, Hudsucker Proxi & The Big Labowsky.

Eyes of Tammy Faye
A chronicle of the storybook life of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, full of tragedies and triumphs, including her rise, alongside husband Jim, to national fame as Christian television's biggest stars. But it has not been all tears of joy for Tammy. Her world came crashing down in one of the century's most inaccurately publicized scandals, polarizing Christians, destroying the PTL church, sending Jim to prison, and ultimately undoing their marriage and sending Tammy Faye into seclusion. The pressures might have destroyed someone else, but the resilient Tammy Faye is back on her feet, full of new ideas to regain her place in the public's heart. She is a woman of intense contradictions and unique style, a singer of great joy, and one of the most public weepers of all time. Bailey and Barbato do a phenomenal job of allowing Tammy to open up to the camera, creating a revealing portrait of a fascinating woman and a world full of shocking scandals, million-dollar lies, and funny puppets.

Love's Labours Lost. Directed by Kenneth Branagh . Produced by Kenneth Branagh and David Barron . Written by Kenneth Branagh .
In 1939, the King of Navarre and his three best friends swear an oath to give up women for three years whilst devoting themselves to the study of philosophy. One of the terms of their pledge specifically prohibits women from their presence, but the arrival of the Princess of France and her three beautiful attendants on a diplomatic visit throws the plan into disarray. Is this a feasible feat for a man of the court? And what of the King? The men begin to pursue their desires unbeknownst to each other, acting in secret and concealing their passions. The mood is broken by the news of the death of the Princess's father and the girls return to France. In the meantime, France has fallen to the Nazis and the men must leave to fight for their countries. Before they leave, the heartbroken men dedicate their love and promise to remain faithful. The war will test the couples' devotion and therefore decide the fate of their futures together.

It's the Spring of 1936 and 8-year-old Moncho is going to school for the first time to learn reading, poetry and arithmetic -- until the Spanish Civil War breaks out and teaches him harsh lessons about the violence and inhumanity of war.

Xizhao (Shower)
SHOWER is the story of a father and his two sons. Abandoned by his eldest son, who left in search of fortune, the father remains in Beijing raising his retarded son and clinging to his chosen profession as the master of a bath-house. Mistakenly believing that his father has passed away, the eldest son returns to Beijing to discover the magic of the bath-house and its importance to the surrounding community.

Aimee & the Jaguar
In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust (Juliane Köhler), married and the mother of four sons, enjoys the privileges of her stature as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood. For her, this affair will be the most decisive experience of her life. For the other woman, Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), a Jewess and member of the underground, their love fuels her with the hope that she will survive.

Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh (“eXistenZ”), Bug Hall (“Little Rascals”), Mischa Barton (“The Sixth Sense”), Brad Renfro (“Apt Pupil”) and Drew Barrymore (“”Never Been Kissed”). Synopsis SKIPPED PARTS is a sharply drawn portrait of pre-teen wisdom, adult immaturity and the fine line in between. It’s 1963 and 14 year-old Sam Callahan (Bug Hall) and his impulsive, rebellious mother, Lydia (Jennifer Jason Leigh), have been banished to a small town in Wyoming by Lydia’s wealthy father. Lydia, just 28 years old herself is more concerned with having a good time than with raising her son in a conventional household. Sam, a boy far wiser than his years, indulges himself through reading the classics and dreaming about his Fantasy Girl (played by Drew Barrymore). When the prettiest girl in his class (Mischa Barton) catches his eye, the two quickly become friends and unchaperoned, begin exploring the mysterious world of sex.

The Idiots is about a group of young people who share one interest: idiocy. With a large house as their base, they spend all their spare time together exploring the hidden and less appreciated values of idiocy. They practice! The project is a manifestation of an explosive appetite for life in which they confront society with their idiocy. Nothing can be compared to the mutual feeling of success, every time their personal limits are transcended in yet another scenario. By accident Karen meets 3 members of the group and unintentionally she gets involved in their little game. She gradually understands what they are up to, and at first she is angry, but eventually she begins to participate in their diversions. Karen is different from the idiots. She is from a segment of society that hasn't got time to theorize over life and its qualities. She has been drifting aimlessly, and conceals a sadness that comes to the surface every now and then, but with the idiots she finds solace and understanding without prying questions. Soon she's drawn by the group's satanic games. She's attracted by their joy. And she becomes one of them. For Axel, one of the members, family life and work become more and more difficult, because the idiots keep terrorizing his everyday life. For fun at first, but suddenly it isn't funny anymore. Axel isn't the only one to leave as the idiocy escalates, but the departures only strengthen the group's solidarity. Most stay; they want to live out the excessive feelings, the aggression, the curiosity and the uncontrolled, egotistical primitive sexuality. It is as a measure of the heights they scale that Stoffer suggests that they formalize the group's solidarity. Everybody has to undergo the ultimate test. A test that must be undergone at home, in front of their nearest and dearest, and which will separate the sheep from the goats. Only the seven strongest remain. Karen is the last one of the group to undergo the test.

Shadow of a Doubt
Uncle Charlie makes a surprise visit to his relatives in California. But despite his charm, his niece and namesake begins to see signs and intuitively starts to believe her uncle is a murderer. From the story by Gordon McConnell, with a screenplay co-written by Thornton Wilder. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Story.

In an effort to bond with his estranged son, Lance, elderly former prizefighter Harry Agensky takes his son and grandson on a road trip to Reno in search of 13 stolen diamonds, stashed away years ago. On the way there, the men visit a local brothel run by madame Sin-Dee, so that 15-year-old grandson Michael can lose his virginity. Following their quest for the hidden diamonds, both father and son learn a lesson about reconciliation and the price of growing older.

To Catch A Thief (1955) is one of the most entertaining films of the 1950s, featuring great stars, great locations and the great director - Alfred Hitchcock. Unlike the tour de force suspense thriller Rear Window (1954) which preceded it, TCAT is a stylish and lightweight romantic comedy. The film is relaxed, revelling in its glorious French Riviera setting and relying a great deal upon the sexual chemistry between its two stars, elegant screen legends Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

Starring: Heather Graham , Casey Affleck
Ever since Joline married Carl, she's felt madly in love, emotionally bonded and totally committed... even though Carl walked out on her two weeks ago. Convinced she can save her marriage, she drives two thousand miles west on a comic adventure to track down her wayward husband. Along the way, she has close calls with a pair of highway robbers, a Mexican witchdoctor and more than one cactus. But the real odyssey begins when Joline winds up in El Paso, Texas, finds Carl and stakes out his new life...from her car. With a little help from her brother Jay, his new girlfriend Carmen and Neil, her tantalizing "neighbor," she discovers the ups and downs of being the most committed woman in America.

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