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Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (2003)
A chronicle which highlights the veteran indie rock group, They Might Be Giants, telling the story of the Brooklyn-based pair of musicians John Flansburgh and John Linnell. The documentary details the pair's twenty-year history through performance, animation, videos, and commentary.
Just An American Boy (2003)
A musical documentary film about singer/songwriter Steve Earle centering upon the period following Steve Earle's release of his controversial song "John Walker's Blues".
Slaughter Rule, The (2002)
Roy gets cut from his high school football team just days after his estranged father dies. For him, football is more than a proving ground; it is a promised escape from his lonely rural existence and salvation from the paralyzing passivity that dominates his life. Enter Gideon, a loner living on the
I am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002)
A chronicle which follows alternative-country-turned-rock-band Wilco's recording of their fouth album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" (the album was released to critical acclaim by Nonesuch Records). Initally intended to follow the collaborative process of this handful of very creative artists making a hig
Devils on the Doorstep (2002)
Set in an impoverished farming village in northern China near the Great Wall during the winter of 1944 and '45, a war drama about the villagers of an area that has been under Japanese occupation since the 1930's who have grown to tolerate the occupying "devils"--enforcerers who demand a percentage o
Kurosawa & Mifune (2002)
A series of films celebrating the working relationship between actor Toshiro Mifune, the John Wayne of Japan, and director Akira Kurosawa, the king of samurai epics. Films include: "Throne of Blood" (1957), "I Live in Fear" (1955), "Stray Dog" (1949), "Drunken Angel" (1948), "High and Low" (1963),
Heavy Metal Parking Lot (2002)
Filmed in a concert arena parking lot before a Judas Priest show in '86, an underground portrait of dirt-rockin', headbanging, booze guzzling, dope smokin', trailer trash America. The scene is made complete with the vast display of bare feet, muscle shirts, bare-chested guys, bleach blonde frizzy pe
Final (2001)
Life holds many mysteries for Bill: waking from a drug-induced stupor in an antiseptic hospital facility, he has recurring flashbacks of cracking up his truck in some kind of government installation and being found at the base of a cliff, hypothermic and unconscious. Bill's flashbacks are intermingl
La Ciénaga (2001)
A rundown country home is the site for drinking and teen sexual explorations.
Morvern Callar (2001)
A thriller, set in a remote Scotland port town, centering around Morvern Callar, an impoverished supermarket clerk. When her writer boyfriend commits suicide, Morvern, covers it up. Immediately following his death, Morvern--who's always struggled to make ends meet--steals his unpublished novel, sell
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
Yosuke is an unemployed man in his forties, whose wife has just left him. On the advice of an old tramp, he travels to a faraway village, to a certain house, from where one can see a red bridge. In this house there is a vase containing a golden Buddha, stolen from a temple in Kyoto by this old tramp
Harvard Man (2001)
A comedy which follows Alan, a Harvard student indulging in all of life's more interesting vices--illicit sex, drugs and high-stakes gambling, with a little Heidegger thrown in for good measure. Tempted by cheerleader-seductress-mob daughter Cindy Bandolini, Alan gets in too deep and finds himself
Home Movie (2001)
Spanning thousands of miles and five different states, documenting the many bizzare living arrangements and eccentricities of several extraordinary people. Ben Skora's "all-electronic" home in suburban Chicago, where even the most mundane household items take on a life of their own, becomes a minefi
Promises (2001)
Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995 and 1998. They all have a totally different background. These
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
Life isn't easy for a group of high school kids growing up in Japan's pervasive pop/cyber culture. As they negotiate teen badlands- school bullies, parents from another planet, lurid snapshots of sex and death- these everyday rebels without a cause seek sanctuary, even salvation, through pop star sa
Fat Girl (2001)
Elena is a gorgeous fifteen-year-old forced to drag along pudgy twelve-year-old Anais as she trolls for boys in the cafes of a seaside resort where their family is vacationing. Treating Anais with casual cruelty, Elena smooches a handsome young Italian as her sister gorges on a banana split and later, in their shared bedroom, commands her to sleep as the twentysomething Fernando climbs in through the window. As Elena is deflowered, Anais writhes in fascination, envy and her own budding desire. When Elena''s transgression is revealed to their parents, their furious mother breaks off the holiday and embarks on the long drive home with the girls in the back seat. The summer vacation is over but, as they discover on a tension-filled journey home, the family adventure is not.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
Life isn't easy for a group of high school kids growing up in Japan's pervasive pop/cyber culture. As they negotiate teen badlands- school bullies, parents from another planet, lurid snapshots of sex and death- these everyday rebels without a cause seek sanctuary, even salvation, through pop star sa
Promises (2001)
Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995 and 1998. They all have a totally different background. These
On Hostile Ground (2001)
A look at the daily battles of three ordinary medical professionals placed in extraordinary situations by their choice to provide abortions. The chronicle takes the controversial issue of abortion out of the political and ethical realm and delves into the matte-of-fact issues faced by these three in
Friendly Persuasion: Iranian Cinema After the Revolution (2001)
A look at the Iranian art films and directors who have flourished and gained an international audience in recent years. While Iranian filmmaking has been constrained by strict censorship guidelines, the national film industry has also grown, in part, due to a government blockade on most foreign film
Chain Camera (2001)
A candid portrait of 16 contemporary urban teens, shot using the form of a chain letter. Ten video cameras were handed out to 10 teenagers at a Los Angeles high school. They recorded their daily lives and then passed on their cameras to 10 other students. Among the students highlighted are: Rosemary
Rhythm 'n' Bayous (2000)
An overview of Louisiana's diverse musical traditions, which range from zydeco, funk, rockabilly and bluegrass through to gospel and blues. A number of performances are seen as well as interviews with musicians and academics.<P>Begun as an official of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bus tour through Ne
George Washington (2000)
The story of a group of kids growing up in a depressed rural town in North Carolina, as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Nasia. After breaking up with her show-off boyfriend Buddy, she withdraws from her delinquent friends and becomes romantically obsessed with a strange, introverted boy named George who is burdened by the fact that his skull never hardened after birth. Tragedy strikes when one of George''s friends is accidentally killed and the group, fearing punishment, decides to hide the body. In its aftermath, George is put in the unlikely role as town hero.
Benjamin Smoke (2000)
A memorial to the self-destructive, hipster musician "Benjamin" Robert Dickerson. Known locally as the "Mouth of the South," Robert Dickerson, was a hard-living country boy, occasional drag queen and singer for a punk-country-blues band called Smoke, popular in Atlanta's 1970s punk scene,
Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition, The (2000)
The story of the survival of British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of his vessel 'The Endurance', which shipwrecked in the ice floes and frigid open ocean of the Antarctic in 1914. After a difficult two years, the crew was finally rescued. Shackleton's historic story is recounted and r
Vengo (2000)
Caco is a proud, handsome man, head of a family, and very powerful in the local community. Yet he has been torn to pieces by the death of his beloved daughter. He constantly visits her grave, weeps silently at her photo and has transferred all his wildly protective love and attention onto his mental
Season of Men, The (2000)
Aicha married Said when she was 18. But Said, like his brothers, works in Tunis for 11 months of the year. His wife, like his brothers' wives, remains in Djerba, in a household run by his mother, as is the tradition. On her wedding night, Aicha speaks out of her desire to break with tradition and go
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000)
When fate places people in the wrong place at the wrong time, fear and suspicion can fuel injustice like a runaway train. This documentary offers a comprehensive study of the infamous 1931 Alabama legal case involving nine black men, ages thirteen to nineteen, who were unjustly accused of raping two
Guizi Lai Le (2000)
To the average Chinese peasant, foreigners were always 'devils'- potentially dangerous outsiders who arrived on Chinese soil with dubious motives and nefarious intent. That was especially true of the Japanese soldiers who invaded China in the 1930s, occupying large tracts of the mainland. In 1944, M
Kill by Inches (1999)
Thomas is a nervous young tailor who lives under the shadow of his domineering father, who was also a tailor and who prefers his daughter Vera to Thomas. He becomes gradually more paranoid. Finally he sinks into insanity and murder under the pressure of trying to take measurements only "by eye" and
Fever (1999)
A struggling young artist is suffering from a mental and physical breakdown. When a violent murder occurs in his apartment building, Nick begins to suspect that he may have committed the crime himself. From this event begins a downward spiral of paranoia and illness that can only end with the discov
Crane World (1999)
Rulo is a 50-year-old ex-bass player from a famous 1970's rock group who now works as a crane operator. When a new laborer arrives on the scene and takes his job, Rulo is forced to leave Buenos Aires as well as his new love, Adriana, and his son Claudio, who hopes to follow in his father's footstep
Lies (1999)
Y is an 18-year-old high school student intent on losing her virginity before graduation. J is a reputable married sculptor who Y calls one day behind the back of her best friend Woori, who is too shy to act on her crush on J. With their clandestine first meeting, where Y is willing to be deflowered
Mighty Peking Man (1999)
A shameless, campy re-make of "King Kong" complete with disco numbers, jungle babes, and cheap cinematic cliches. When the gigantic ape Mighty Peking Man emerges in the Himalayas after an earthquake, a party from Hong Kong go to capture him and bring him to back to Hong Kong as a show. In the jungle
Just One Time (1999)
Swarthy fireman Anthony has a simple yet fervent sexual fantasy: sex with his fiancee, Amy, and another woman. Amy is disinterested, until she asks Anthony to reciprocate in kind, meaning he'll participate in a three-way with her and Victor, their gay neighbor.
Finding North (1998)
Set in New York, a story revolving around a woebegone, bored bank teller, Rhonda Portelli who happens to pass by a jumper on the Brooklyn Bridge on the morning of her birthday. She is sure that her destiny is both to save Travis and to fall in love with him; the flaw in this plan is that he is suici
Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, The (1998)
Portrait of baseball's first Jewish star. Bronx-born Hank Greenberg's achievements during the "Golden Age of Baseball" in the 1930s and '40s rivaled those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. He also helped break down the barriers of discrimination in American sports and society. Greenberg was a beacon of h
April Story (1998)
A young woman, Nireno, travels from Hokkaido to Tokyo to begin college. Shy and naive, she lets herself be befriended by pushy Sano, who persuades her to join a fishing club. Conscious of the huge changes that come with new independence, Nireno nonetheless retains her innocent attitude. Even a perve
Hell's Kitchen (1998)
Gang member Johnny is involved in a heist that goes wrong: some of his crew are killed and he is caught and sent to jail. While inside he learns to box, and when released he looks for redemption and a new life in the ring. But the ex girlfriend of one of those who was killed in the heist is after re
In the Winter Dark (1998)
Four people, each scarred by love, reluctantly find their lives intertwined and their emotions laid bare when something or someone unknown enters their secluded country valley.
Better Living (1998)
The story of a family living in New York suburbs struggling to stay together in the absence of the father, Tom, who disappeared fifteen years earlier without a trace. The lives of Nora, Tom's wife, and their three very unique headstrong daughters are suddenly interrupted with Tom's reappearance, esp
West Beirut (1998)
Tarek, a class clown, is kicked out of school by his teacher on April 13, 1975, just in time to see the killing of 30 bus passengers that marked the start of civil war in Beirut. Hanging out with his buddy Omar, Tarek is picked up by his mother and father who enjoy a great relationship together with
W.I.S.O.R. (1997)
Filmmaker Michel Negroponte uses a robot that was created to repair the grid of steam pipes under New York City as the starting point for a philosophical review of subjects as diverse as God, fate, baseball and Richard Nixon.
Mirror, The (1997)
Finding that her mother is not around to pick her up after school, the fiesty, young Mina Mohammad Khani decides to strike out on her own and tries to make her way home. As she navigates through the thoroughfares and passageways of the legenadry city, Mina gets on a bus, only to find she has taken i
Cure (1997)
Takabe is a Tokyo detective who is investigating a series of brutal murders in which each victim is found with an "X" carved into their chest. Their killers are apprehended nearby in a trance-like state with no memory of their acts. Takabe enlists the help of a psychiatrist to establish a link between the murderers. After struggling with the evidence, they hit upon a young psychiatry student, Mamiya, who had a connection with one of the killers. They soon conclude that Mamiya had been working with hypnosis and planted the idea to kill into his subjects'' minds. However, Takabe''s attempts to interrogate Mamiya are thwarted by the suspect''s knowledge of Takabe''s personal problems.
Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier (1997)
Probing his phobias and neuroses, a documentary on this generation's noble scion of Scandinavian cinema--Lars von Trier who directed "Breaking the Waves" (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France/1996), "Zentropa" (Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany/1991), and "The Kingdom I & II (Demnak/1994;1997)." A child o
Dear Jesse (1997)
A gay New York filmmaker, Tim Kirkman, returns home to North Carolina to examine his relationship to the anti-gay Senator Jesse Helms: A series of coincidences marks the lives of Tim Kirkman and Jesse Helms. Both are from Monroe, NC, and were raised as Southern Baptists. Both attended Wingate Colleg
Love God (1997)
Larue is a nearsighted, epileptic schizophrenic with a history of suicide attempts and public masturbation. He's just been let out of an overcrowded psychiatric institution and relocated to a "hometel." Prostitutes, theives, drug addicts and one-legged transvestite pawnshop owner, Queen Bernie, are
Well, The (1997)
Hester is a repressed spinster who lives with her father in a listless, outback mansion. Free-spirited Katherine is her housekeeper and the only spark of life in Hester's heart. When Hester's father dies, she sells the house along with everything in it, buys a Toyota pickup truck and a cottage and s
Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997)
A 17-year-old country-and-western singer leaves the outback of New South Wales to seek fame and fortune in Sydney. En route he encounters an unscrupulous pair and becomes entangled in a crime that alters his destiny.
Stiff Upper Lips (1997)
A period comedy, set in the heart of the British countryside 1908, about the sexual awakenings of a group of young Edwardians and their withering Aunt. Romance is afoot. Aunt Agnes, a guardian, is desperate to marry off her neice, emily. Anyone will do... as long as he's from a respectable family, i
Hard Core Logo (1996)
Told like a slice-of-life music documentary, a satiristic chronicle of the seamier side of life as experienced by thirtysomething punk-rock musicians. The band Hard Core Logo once defined the punk rock scene in Vancouver. But mismanagement and petty bickering led to a bitter breakup that left a gene
New Life, A (1993)
In a shock after her mother's sudden death, warehouse forklift driver Tina seeks out the rich, enigmatic businessman father she has never known and discovers a half-sister, Lise. Hungry for self-knowledge and presenting herself for emotional exploitation, Tina infiltrates the smoothly controlled, se
The Beyond (1981)
A young woman inherits an old hotel and learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.
The Last Wave (1977)
A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized murder and in the process learns disquieting things about himself.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973)
A documentary which chronicles David Bowie's final live performance as gender-bending icon Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1973. The chronicle captures, on film, Bowie performing on stage, and preparing and hanging out backstage.
Il Posto (1961)
A young man finishes school and heads for Milan, takes his employment tests, and gets a job as a messenger in a large industrial firm, where the promise of stability gives him hope for a future.
The Seven Samurai (1956)
Japanese villagers hire a team of traveling samurai to defend them against a bandit attack.
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
An actress schemes to win back her married lover from his still virginal wife.
Ikiru (1952)
A dying man devotes his last months to building a children's playground.
Wages of Fear (1952)
A team of international outcasts risks their lives driving explosives through the South American mountains.
La belle et la bête (1946)
A mysterious monster forces a young innocent to share his life in an enchanted castle.

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