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December 18, 2012

Carnage

Two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, the evening becomes quite chaotic as the parents become increasingly childish.
Based on the play, Le dieu de carnage by Yasmina Reza.
Starring Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly.

This is a very good adaptation of the play. Every parent can relate to this topic. The all-star cast pulls it off masterfully. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58005-D 80 minutes 2012

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December 14, 2012

Miranda

"Paul Marton is a Harley Street doctor who announces to his wife that he intends to take a fishing holiday alone. He sets off for Cornwall and indulges in a spot of fishing until one day he catches a beautiful mermaid! Meanwhile, his wife receives a telegram saying that her husband will be returning accompanied by a patient. Expecting an aging invalid, she is shocked on their arrival to see a beautiful young woman with her legs wrapped in cloth. Will anyone discover Miranda's fishy secret?"

This is a quirky film and surprisingly easy to enjoy. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58057-D 77 minutes 1948

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The Gamers

A parody of fantasy films and the adventure gaming community, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a hilarious romp through the world of sword and sorcery -- in this case, a world of exploding peasants, giant house cats, and undead roast turkeys.

I approached this film with the "oh no" this might be another Scott Pilgrim movie. I didn't have high expectations. Within about 15 minutes I found myself really enjoying this movie. It's fun, funny and a parody of a gamers lifestyle. It's made by gamers with a sense of humor and not just for gamers. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58650-D 105 minutes 2011

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December 12, 2012

Touch the sound

Opens the door to a world where sight, sound, and touch magically converge to elevate our everyday sensory experiences. With Evelyn Glennie, Grammy winning percussionist who is also deaf.

Everything can be a musical, everything creates noise. We rarely appreciate the subtleties of sound, small noises, slight variations or large all-encompassing sound. This documentary invites you to be a part of the magic of sound. The music of noise. Evelyn Glennie is truly a wonder and an inspiration. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 43302-D 98 minutes 2004

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Calypso @ Dirty Jim's

Documentary on the history of calypso during the existence of Dirty Jim's Swizzle Club in Port of Spain, Trinidad, with performances and commentary by well-known calypso singers.
Bomber, Relator, Mighty Sparrow, Lord Superior, Mighty Terror, Calypso Rose, Holly Betaudier.

Wonderful and insightful: Calypso music is exceedingly danceable and always reminds me of summer. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56905-D 120 minutes 2005

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Notorious B.I.G

B.I.G. was respected and revered by his peers in the rap game. Everyone from Jay Z to Tupac became capitvated by his velvety flow and unparelleled rhyme. He left behind a legacy that reached mythic status. See raw, uncut footage of B.I.G. freestyling on the streets of New York, rare home video footage, a never-before-seen interview done with Biggie shortly before his death and undisclosed footage from the night of his murder.
Interviews with Diddy, Method Man, Easy Mo Bee, Matty C, E-40, Raekwon.

Rap and Hiphop offer many urban youths a way out of poverty. Notorious BIG was one of the few who not only pulled himself out but also bacame a legend. This is an excellent documentary on the amazing rise and tragic end of one of rap music's greatest artist. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58144-D 101 minutes 2007

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Beef

A look into the deep and harsh world of high-profile hip-hop battles and beefs, as told by the artists themselves.
Featuring: 50 Cent, DMX, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, Common, Cypress Hill, Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Mack 10, Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas and Russell Simmons as well as Krs-One, MC Shan, Kool Moe Dee and Busy Bee.

This is also a great historical film about rap and hip hop. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 576001-D 103 minutes 2003

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December 06, 2012

Hellstrom Chronicle

A tongue-in-cheek look at the insect world, ultimately portraying the insect as an indomitable menace and potential threat to nature and the human race.

Using close ups, the cinematography in this 1971 film is wonderful. I enjoyed this film and now have a greater appreciation that we are all doomed, not by 2012 prophecies, global warming, earth killing asteroids or nuclear annihilation but insects. The insects are not only eating plants and each other they are coming for us. Beyond scaring the cr*p out of me it's a enjoyable film. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58555-D 90 minutes 1971

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Beasts of the southern wild

Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a 'busted' universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day? Bonus features include the making of Beasts of the Southern Wild and the theatrical trailer.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a very well done film. It is one of those films that had to be shot outside of the clutches of the Hollywood Money Complex. "Hushpuppy" takes on a journey of growth and understanding. Most of the characters you don't want to sympathize with, however, you find yourself caring deeply for all of them, a sign of a well-developed script. This film is a flawless gem.
The actors are outstanding: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper.

~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58575-D 2011 (58573-B blu-ray)

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December 03, 2012

Objectified

"A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. In his second film, director Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) documents the creative processes of some of the world's most influential product designers, and looks at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets."

Askwith Media Library 49860-D 75 minutes 2009

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Urbanized

Documents the issues and strategies behind the design of cities. Hear from some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Discover the challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy that are fast becoming universal concerns. Explore a diverse range of urban design projects around the world which will frame a global discussion on the future of cities. "Creating a humane environment through design ... will be the challenge" in the twenty-first century.

Askwith Media Library 57957-D 82 minutes 2011

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The bro code

"Filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms, zeroing in on movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing, pornography that trades in the brutalization of women, comedians who make fun of sexual assault, and a groundswell of men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in old-school myths of American manhood. Even as epidemic levels of men's violence against women persist in the real world, the message Keith uncovers in virtually every corner of our entertainment culture is clear: It's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. Arguing that there's nothing normal, natural, or inevitable about this mentality, The Bro Code challenges young people, young men and women alike, to step up and fight back against the idea that being a real man means being sexist"--From publisher's website.

As viewers we are inundated with these visuals and information degrading women, and everyone else who doesn't fit the current target market. Fortunately as human beings we are able to distinguish between information pushed at us and reality. I do agree with the producer of this documentary, we all must be aware and not let the over saturation of abuse overwhelm that which we know as reality. I do believe that viewers are able to determine and understand that what is showing is a fiction. We can always employ selective viewing and boycotting. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55593-D 58 minutes 2011

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Get a Life

"Get a life" features the surreal and happily delusional character of Chris Peterson. As a 30-year old "professional paperboy", he lives with his perennially pajama-clad parents and involving himself in various bizarre exploits while continually ignoring life's realities.
disc 1. season one. Terrror on the Hell Loop 2000 ; The prettiest week of my life ; Dadicus ; A family affair ; Pile of death ; Paperboy 2000 -- disc 2. season one. Driver's license ; The sitting ; Bored straight ; Zoo animals on wheels ; Roots ; The counterfeit watch story ; Chris vs. Donald -- disc 3. season one. Chris wins a celebrity ; Houseboy 2000 ; Married ; Camping 2000 ; The construction worker show ; The big city ; Neptune 2000 -- disc 4. seasons one & two. The one where Chris and Larry switch lives ; Psychic 2000 ; Chris moves out ; Larry on the loose ; Meat Locker 2000 ; Health Inspector 2000 ; Chris gets his tonsils out -- disc 5. season two. Prisoner of love ; Chris becomes a male escort ; Girlfriend 2000 ; Chris' brain starts working ; Bad fish ; SPEWEY and me --disc 6. season two. 1977-2000 ; Clip show.

Chris Elliot is the master of the creepy (in a weird neighbor or strange family member sort of way), awkward and uncomfortable comedy. He could be considered to be the predecessor to comedians like Will Ferrell and Kevin Smith. The humor is uncomfortable and in the finest Chris Elliot vein everyone hates him and he is totally oblivious to it.
~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58548-D
The show ran from 1990- 1992
6 videodiscs 840 min

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