September 24, 2012
Rang de basanti (a generation awakens)
This is the story about the youth of India today. A young London based film-maker comes upon the diaries of her grandfather, who served in the British police force in India during the freedom struggle. She plans to shoot a film based on the diaries and casts a group of friends to play the roles of the revolutionaries described in the diaries. The friends cannot identify with the characters and would rather enjoy today's life than get involved in a project the seems like stuff of textbooks.
I have not seen this film for awhile but I know that I liked it a lot. I am adding it to the blog so I can remember it for recommendations. It is not your standard Indian film, it was made after the traditional films and somewhat before the mtv generation of Indian films. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 43053-D 171 minutes 2005
September 21, 2012
Patriot Guard Riders
Documents the work of the Patriot Guard Riders, a 200,000-member motorcycle group whose members act as honor guards at funerals for American soldiers killed in action and shield the families of the fallen from protests staged by the hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church.
One group full of contempt for its fellow citizens and country, another group trying to honor and respect the peace of families whose loved ones were killed in battle and a government that doesn't know how to respond. Westboro still has contempt, Patriot Guard still rides and the Government passed a no protest law within a certain distance of the funerals. It's up to you to decide how you feel about each side of the issue. This is an American tragedy. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 57044-D 73 minutes 2011
In Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede is one of the town's most beloved residents. He sings in the church choir and is always willing to lend a helping hand. He befriends an affluent widow, and she soon becomes dependent on Bernie. Later it is reported that Marjorie Nugent has been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede is charged with the murder.
Apparently based on a true story. A very surprising feature shot in a somewhat documentary style. Jack Black, in the title role, delivers a fine performance. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 57958-D 99 minutes 2012
Garbo the spy
The Allies called him Garbo. The Nazis dubbed him Alaric. Both sides in World War II were sure Juan Pujol Garcia was their man. In reality, Pujol was a double agent, and his final allegiance was to the Allies. From the comfort of Lisbon, Garbo fed false information to the Nazis and fabricated a network of phantom agents across Europe. Although he never fired a single shot, Garbo helped to save thousands of lives, most notably by misinforming the Germans about the timing and location of D-Day.
Special features: Interview with intelligence & espionage expert Nigel West; sonic deception: WWII training film; original theatrical trailer; filmmaker biography.
A person of mystery and dedicated to his craft. Garbo had access to the highest levels of the Nazi command. The documentary provides insight into some of his history but mostly his impact on the operations during World War II. The documentary uses extensive footage from films. Using clips from feature films may help provide visual support for the story but is it necessary? It is an important documentary for anyone who studies World War II. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 57902-D 93 minutes 2012
"Arriving in a sleepy Southern town on the eve of integration, slick charismatic Adam Cramer (WILLIAM SHATNER) ia an ominous influence, inciting its white citizens into a racial fervor, and plunging the once quiet community into a state of chaos."
This film was produced during a very racially charged time in America. The Intruder is an intense demonstration of one man who brings the townsfolk to the brink of murder. This is one of the best Corman films. ~Mike
Aswith Media Library 33132-D 1961 83 minutes