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March 31, 2010

Back to God's Country / Something New

Back to God's country: Renee is a beautiful young wife trapped on an ice-bound ship. Captain Blake, a murderous fugitive, will stop at nothing to have his way with her. With only the help of a ferocious dog named Wapi, she must stave off his advances and escape with her severely wounded husband to safety. Something new: A Western where the hero comes to the rescue of the kidnapped girl in a 1920 Maxwell sedan. Chased by bandits on horseback across rocky terrain, they survive some of the most amazing (and real) stunts ever attempted in a roadster.

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Taken for a ride

Film follows the trail of the demise of public transportation and the rise of the automobile in the United States.

Details the automobile industry's purchase of streetcar systems throughout the country in order to install bus systems. Touches on the industry's active control of the National Highway Systems.~Mike

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This program examines the political and cultural impact of the Latin American telenovela--broadcast six days a week to more than 120 countries. Interviews with sociologists, media moguls and others examine its influence on Latin American power politics, along with generous clips from the programs "By These Streets," which closely parallels Venezuelan news events and the popular Brazilian romantic melodrama "Body and Soul."

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A throw of dice (Prapancha Pash)

In this 'fairy tale for adults' inspired by the ancient Sanskrit epic poem The Mahabharata, royal cousins and rulers of adjoining kingdoms King Sohat and King Rajit share a passion for gambling, the perilous jungle tiger hunt, and a beautiful maiden.
New, fantastic, original music score by Nitin Sawhney. Excellent cinematography and video tranfer quality. ~Mike

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March 29, 2010

A Tale of Two Sisters

Something strange is happening when Su-mi and her younger sister, Su-yeon, come home to their father's large but dark and somewhat foreboding house after a stay in the hospital. Their dad is taciturn and burdened, and their stepmother, Eun-joo, greets them with forced enthusiasm and more than a little sense of irritation. But that's nothing compared to what happens when bedtime rolls around.

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The Omen

A chilling suspense mystery, this riveting tale of the supernatural explores the Biblical prophecy of the warning which will foretell the coming of Armageddon. The final confrontation between the forces of good and evil will begin with the birth of the son of Satan, in human form.

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Tun and Jane run over a pedestrian, they flee the scene and go on with their lives. Jan is having nightmares, Tun a photographer sees odd spectral figures appear in his work.

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A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

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March 25, 2010

Persepolis recreated

Visual recreation of the ancient city of Persepolis, as it was 2500 years ago.

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The people's republic of capitalism

On the eve of the Beijing Olympics, Ted Koppel takes an in-depth look at the economic ties that bind the U.S. to China.

v. 1. pt. 1. Joined at the hip ; pt. 2. MAO-ism to ME-ism -- v. 2. pt. 3. The fast lane ; pt. 4. It's the economy, stupid.

Two discs as separate check out.

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The Universe

Employs cutting-edge computer-generated imagery to bring distant planets and faraway stars up close, allowing viewers to gaze at black holes and comets and to witness the births and deaths of galaxies and solar systems.

Three seasons available
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Paddle to the sea

A young Native American boy carves a small wooden man into a canoe. Follows the adventures of the tiny craft as it forges its own path from Lake Superior through the Great Lakes and down to the Atlantic Ocean. A thrilling journey across the waves and rapids of North America.

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The Rise and fall of the Great Lakes

Surveys the geological and ecological history of the Great Lakes, accompanied by narration in ballad form. Follows a lone canoeist on a tour of the Great Lakes as he suffers through all the cataclysmic changes of lake history.

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March 24, 2010

The Sun

"On the 15th of August, 1945 millions of Japanese heard the voice of their Emperor for the first time when he made an appeal to his army and his people to cease all fighting. He publicly renounced his divine lineage as the 124th descendant of the 'Goddess of Sun Amaterasu' thereby saving the lives of millions of Japanese who were prepared to die for their divine Emperor. The film reproduces the Emperor's meetings with the American Commander-in-chief, General Douglas MacArthur (Robert Dawson). In his memoirs, MacArthur wrote that the Emperor was prepared to accept responsibility for the actions of his government and his army, although he was well aware that the consequences for him would be trial and death."

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Los cronocrimenes (Timecrimes)

A man accidentally finds a time machine and travels back in time where he is involved in a mystery filled with murders, terror, and another version of himself.

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The Grand Chef

A chef in-training and a country girl who dreams of becoming a food critic, join forces to make their dreams come true, when he begins a culinary battle against his step-brother to become top chef of the family business.

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Century of the self

Four programs describing the psycho/social issues affecting 20th century consumerism against the backdrop of the development of Freudian psychology.

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Part 1. The Happiness machines. Explores the emotional connection to consumerism and the psychological motivation of desires over needs through the historical context of the early 20th century; the use of propaganda and the promotion of Freudian ideologies. The work of Edward L. Bernays, public relations specialist and nephew of Freud, is discussed -- Part 2. The Engineering of consent. Post-WWII growth of psychoanalysis in America. Comments on the work of Ernest Dichter -- Part 3.There is a policeman inside all our heads, he must be destroyed. 1960's questioning of Freudian principles, liberation of feelings vs. suppressing primitive animal instincts -- Part 4. Eight people sipping wine in Kettering : "Satisfaction of individual feelings and desire is our highest priority." How politicians in Britain and America create, control and respond to this idea.

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Passing strange

A young man leaves behind his mother and life in a Los Angeles neighborhood and sets out on a journey of self-discovery in Europe during the 1970s in order to find his purpose in life through his music.

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Battle of Okinawa

This final stand against the Allied onslaught soon becomes the bloodiest battle of the Pacific Theater, taking the horrors of war to a level never before seen, as the desperate Japanese Army tries to demonstrate to the Americans what they should expect when they assault the Japanese mainland.

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Dil se

A young man meets an enigmatic girl who later seeks his help without revealing that she is part of a terrorist organization.

The beginning is just as dramatic as the ending. One of the best. ~Mike

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Goodbye Dragon Inn

A Japanese tourist takes refuge from a rainstorm inside a run-down movie theater and discovers that some of its patrons may actually be ghostly residents.

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March 23, 2010

Copyright infringement advisory illegal art

State of the union: Bryan Boyce combines unauthorized CNN footage of George W. Bush with clips from The Teletubbies ; Puppy love: This improvisational short, starring a bull terrier named Punchie, was created in the offices of the Modern Humorist ; Gimme the mermaid: Disney animator Tim Maloney created this new short for Negativland using his employer's equipment after hours ; Natural thing: video collage from Paul Harvey Oswald, a collective based in Rockford, Illinois ; Black thunder: parodies of political advertising are composed of found footage ; Buy me: For this surreal meditation on consumer culture, D. Jean Hester recorded images from fast-food and automotive commercials ; Barbie's audition: Gibbons' darkly comic take on the Hollywood casting couch was rejected by Sundance lawyers ; Superstar: The Karen Carpenter story: portrays the life of Karen Carpenter and her battle with anorexia with Barbie dolls as the principal actors.

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Artwork in the age of its mechanical reproducibility (Keith Sanborn) -- State of the union (Brian Boyce, 2001) -- Puppy love (Michael Colton, 2002) -- Giant steps (Michal Levy, 2001) -- Gimme the mermaid (Tim Maloney with Negativland, 2002) -- Natural thing (Paul Harvey Oswald, 2000) -- Black thunder (Brian Spinks, Bill Wasik and Eugene Mirman, 2001) -- GI joe PSAs (Eric Fensler) -- Buy me (D. Jean Hester, 2002) -- Untitled (Eileen Maxson, 2002) -- Barbie's audition (Joe Gibbons, 1995) -- Superstar: The Karen Carpenter story (Todd Haynes, 1987)

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Journal of Japanese & Korean Cinema


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Video Watch Dog


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10 items or less

Once the center of Hollywood, an aging actor finds that his fear of failure has made his career dry up, and he is now forced to consider a role in an independent film. While researching the role, he meets Scarlett, a check-out clerk at a Latino community market. The two begin a trek through Los Angeles finding unexpected situations, chance encounters, and personal revelation that neither could ever have anticipated.

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Art Safari

In search of great contemporary art, Ben Lewis travels the world interacting with artists, dealers, collectors, and critics.

Maurizio Cattelan : how to get a head in the art world -- Gregor Schneider : house of horrors -- Matthew Barney : the church of Cremaster -- Relational art : is it an ism? -- Wim Delvoye : is this shit art? -- Santiago Sierra : art v. globalisation -- Sophie Calle : conceptual heart -- Takashi Murakami : toying with art.

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Jump Cut


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March 17, 2010

Putney Swope

A comical satire which charts the rise and fall of a Madison Avenue ad agency previously controlled by Whites and is taken over by Blacks who are dedicated to the downfall of the White Establishment. The picture is mostly a parade of vignettes, dealing with people and campaigns of the advertising world.

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Pray the devil back to hell

Documentary about a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a bloody civil war, violent warlords and a corrupt Charles Taylor regime. Includes interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country.

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Tells the story of the seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. Three years in the making, the film takes viewers not only to ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammed's story unfolds, but into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America's estimated seven million Muslims to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad's example.

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Fletcher Munson, a corporate drone and speechwriter for a New Age guru, discovers he has a doppelganger in the crazed dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. A deranged comedy of confused identity, doublespeack and intrigue. Starring director Steven Soderbergh.

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Lake invaders

This documentary tells the history of exotic species invasions in Lake Huron and describes other invaders looming on the horizon. Biologists from around the Great Lakes describe the invaders, the damage they have caused, and efforts to manage Lake Huron's ecosystem and multi-million dollar fisheries. The film crew also followed DNR biologists out on the lake for their annual survey of fish populations. The result is a mix of good news and bad news, but the main concern is preventing another wave of invasions through Great Lakes shipping channels. Cf. lakeinvaders.com/Lake_Invaders.html

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OSS 117

Secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117 who in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau somehow succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. After a fellow agent is murdered, Hubert is ordered to take his place.

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Sita sings the blues

An animated reinterpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana blends the stories of Sita, a goddess separated from her husband Rama, and Nina, an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh


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Lioness makes public, for the first time, the hidden history of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Told through intimate accounts and interviews with military commanders, the film follows five lioness women who served together for a year in Iraq. Together the women's narratives form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.

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Film Criticism at Allegheny


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