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March 18, 2009

Waking Ned Devine

This is a very pleasant look into an Irish village. The scenery is outstanding. “Waking Ned…” is an enjoyable, sometimes hilarious tale of a community coming together to protect recent lottery winnings.

Askwith Media Library 29631-D
Released 1998 USA
Directed and Written by Kirk Jones

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Stormy Weather

Great All-Star cast musical. A glimpse into truly African-American-a with an excellent look at the wonderful showmanship and ability of performance artists from the early part of the 20th century.

Askwith Media Library 42294-D
Released 1943 USA
Directed by Andrew L. Stone
Written by Jerry Horwin and Frederick J. Jackson

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March 16, 2009

Sorry, Wrong Number

Barbara Stanwyck demonstrates her fantastic acting ability while increasing her terror and never leaving her bedroom. The supporting cast Burt Lancaster and Ed Begley among others only help to increase the drama.

Askwith Media Library 34496-D
Released in 1948 USA
Directed by Anatole Litvak
Written by Lucille Fletcher

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Lackawanna Blues

A semi-autobiographical tale by Ruben Santiago-Hudson: with nostalgic memories of growing up in a boarding house surrounded by intriguing characters. Love, happiness and a couple of tearful moments outline this coming of age story. Excellent cast.

Askwith Media Library 46960-D
Released 2005 (TV) USA
Directed by George C. Wolfe
Written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

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March 11, 2009

The Hospital

Another great film from the 1970s.
Depicting the fastpaced, insanity and pressure of daily hospital activities.
George C. Scott and Diana Rigg star.

Askwith Media Library 36521-D
Released in 1971 USA
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Written by Paddy Chayefsky

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March 10, 2009

Fort Apache the Bronx

This film provides a very realistic interpretation of life in the south Bronx, New York during the 1970s. The fine line between right and wrong is blurred. The community and police struggle to find a livable balance.
Paul Newman is the compassionate, slightly disfunctional police officer and Ed Asner is the tough, hard line captain.
Pam Grier and Danny Aiello deserve honorable mention in their respective rolls. They bring a certain reality to the film.

Askwith Media Library 44850-D
Released 1981 USA
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Written by Heywood Gould

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March 04, 2009

Beautiful People

This is an excellent story of a clash of cultures during the early 1990s. It takes place between Bosnia and England. Funny and somewhat violent.

Askwith Media Library 42701-D
Released 1999 England
Directed by Jasmin Dizdar
Written Jasmin Dizdar

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C'era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West)

This 1968 Classic Western is the best ever made. It is a truly international western with an American and Italian cast while written and directed by the "A" list of Italian Cinema.
The cinematography is outstanding. The set design is based in the reality of the "old" west.

Askwith Media Library 36539-D
Released 1968 Italy
Directed by Sergio Leone
Written by Dario Argento & Bernardo Bertolucci

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