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August 23, 2010

Taqwacore

Taqwacore chronicles the nascent Muslim punk rock movement in America. It was inspired by the work of Michael Knight, a convert to Islam who wrote the novel The Taqwacores (a term combining the Muslim concept of God consciousness with hardcore punk). The film follows Knight and a variety of young Muslim musicians on tour through the U.S. before bringing their music to Lahore, breaking taboos along the way-- from staging a lesbian thrash act at an Islamic convention to stomping on the American flag, or as Knight explains, giving the finger to both sides. Taqwacore charts their attempts to navigate the gap between their cultures and their countries, their religion and their individuality.

These kids are brave. ~Mike

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August 20, 2010

Max and Mona

"Young Max leaves his small farming vilalge to become a doctor in the big city. But things start to go wrong right away as Max is mistakenly sent on his journey with the sacred village goat, who he names Mona. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, he crosses paths with a sexy siren and becomes embroiled in a gangster face-off triggered by his crooked Uncle Norman."
Special features: Discussion guide which includes director's notes, production notes, Johannesburg slang glossary.

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Mr. Conservative

Producer, narrator, and granddaughter CC Goldwater, takes viewers on a cinematic journey into the life of Barry Goldwater in her first film revealing a man either glorified or vilified by the American public.
Release date: Jul. 31, 2007

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George Lopez

One of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry makes his HBO solo debut live in front of a packed house at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bonus features: Never-before-seen footage from the HBO Comedy Special; "A conversation with George Lopez."

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Streamliners

The Zephyr was powered by a revolutionary compact diesel engine, covering 1,015 miles in 13 hours. By the 1940s, fleets of streamliners crisscrossed the US, but within two decades, their era was over, routes discontinued, and the cars sold.
Originally broadcast on PBS television in 2001 as a segment of: American Experience.

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The blood of Yingzhou District

Documentary on the AIDS epidemic in rural China focusing on one year in the life of a young boy with AIDS whose parents have died of the disease. Looks at how people living with the disease are ostracized. Shows how economic realities force many of the population into selling their blood to make ends meet, a practice that can expose them to unsafe medical practices that can expose them to the virus.

Director of photography, Qu Jiang Tao ; editors, Ruby Yang, Ma Man Chung ; original music, Brian Keane.
Produced in 2006

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Titanic

Building the Titanic has been a huge financial effort, and White Star Line president Bruce Ismay wants her maiden voyage to hit the headlines. It is at Ismay's urging that Capt. Edward J. Smith pushes for a record speed in their voyage to New York, and that eventually sows the seeds for later disaster. This Titanic features a number of rich, decadent British passengers and a handful of noble German peasants. Ends with the court tribunal acquitting Ismay of any wrong-doing for the sinking of the great ship.
Special features: original 1912 newsreel; White Star Line promotional film, offering a tour of the Olympic, Titanic's sister ship; theatrical trailer; photo gallery; excerpts from the pressbook.

1943 release

The Germans warned the Captain but English greed did not allow the ship to stop. Pro-Nazi propaganda during World War II. The original director Herbert Selpin, after bad mouthing Nazi officials, was removed from the film and arrested. Shortly after his arrest he was found hanged in his jail cell. ~Mike

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August 18, 2010

Rumba

Fiona and Dom have only one other passion in their lives besides each other - dancing. When a car accident turns their lives upside down, they stop at nothing to continue their dreams of competitive dancing.

This is a very quirky comedy. The first 15 or 20 minutes there is really no dialog. The film is hysterical and at times perplexing. ~Mike

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Girls will be girls

Follow the hysterical triumphs and pitfalls of three women on different rungs of the Hollywood ladder as they try to claw their way into the spotlight-- even if it means clawing at each other!

Wonderfully funny movie. The wife enjoyed it. ~Mike

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Nat Turner

Evaluates the authenticity of the earliest source, "The Confessions of Nat Turner", assembled by a white Virginia lawyer from jailhouse interviews. It then follows the controvery over the Nat Turner story played out through history. Alvin Poussaint and Ossie Davis recall how Nat Turner became a hero in the Black community. Religious scholar Vincent Harding and legal scholar Martha Minow reflect on America's attitudes toward terrorism. One of the most bitter race battles of the 1960s is reexamined, when William Styron published his novel, The Confessions of Nat Turner.

A fantastic documentary about the early 19th century slaves in the United States and one man's revolt. Hero or villian it is up to you to decide. ~Mike

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August 17, 2010

Matinee

Movie promoter Lawrence Woolsey bring his unique brand of flashy showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida. Fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis can't wait for Woolsey's arrival, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk. His vision takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crisis places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast.

John Goodman is Lawrence Woolsey. Perfect part for Mr. Goodman.

This is a fun movie. The only problem is when the kids have a kissing scene. He looks 16 years old and she almost 9 years old. It is a pretty creepy and uncomfortable scene. ~Mike

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August 03, 2010

Memories of Matsuko

Father requests his son to clean out his aunt's apartment. The son finds his aunt had a life of broken dreams and abuse. This is a story of someone who cares for others and knows that good intentions can overcome only to be abused by those around her time and again. It is a sometimes funny, very stylized, sentimental, heartbreaking tale. ~Mike

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Police Beat

Based on actual police reports, this film follows "Z," a rookie bicycle cop in Seattle, as he investigates a series of unsettling crimes. A new West African immigrant separated from his girlfriend, Z views all his cases through the eyes of a heartbroken outsider. The city's many outrageous and offbeat crimes become a surreal reflection of Z's disorientation and pain.

Another great, unknown gem in the Askwith Media Library. ~Mike

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Betty Fisher et autres histoires (Alias Betty)

Betty is a best selling novelist who has invented her name to escape a troubled past made worse by her emotionally unstable and violent mother. When her young son is killed in an accident, her mother brings her a "replacement", a boy she kidnapped off the street.
Based on Un enfant par un autre (French translation of Tree of hands) by Ruth Rendell.

Excellent composition and intriguing storyline: Typical French film fashion the end has many twists. ~Mike

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