A Film Like Any Other (1968)
An analysis of the social upheaval of May 1968 made in the immediate wake of the workers' and students' protests. The picture consists of two parts, each with with identical image tracks, and differing narration.
British Sounds (1970)
An examination of the daily routine at a British auto factory assembly line, set against class-conflict and The Communist Manifesto.
On release from prison, John Kline finds the Birmingham underworld in turmoil - its leader is dead. Lawlessness spirals out of control as the White, Asian and West Indian gangs search for a new force to lead their criminality.
Acclaimed filmmaker Feng Xiaogang and superstar Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past) team up for this intriguing tale of a wronged womans fight for justice and revenge. When Li Xuelian (Bingbing) and her husband stage a fake divorce to secure a second apartment reserved for single citizens, everything seems to go to plan. However, when he then remarries, only to a different woman, Li is determined to seek retribution against both him and the bureaucracy that casts her out of society. Based on Liu Zheyuns subversive novel, this is a darkly comedic social satire that transcends all cultures in a uniquely stylish fashion.
The incredible true story of how an orphaned Jamaican baby became one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. Adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London, Cass Pennant was forced to endure racism on daily basis. When he joined West Ham’s notorious Inter City Firm he found a respect and sense of belonging that he never had before and rose through the ranks to become one of the leaders of the firm. His way of life finally caught up with him when an attempted assassination on his life, saw him shot three times ah point bland range. His inner strength somehow managed to keep him alive but he was left with a dilemma; whether to seek vengeance as the street had taught him, or renounce his violent past. This is the extraordinary story of his life.
As one of the richest men in the Netherlands, Alfred 'Freddy' Heineken was a prime target for kidnappers. Snatched one evening by a team of inexperienced, hot headed, young criminals and held for 21 gruelling days in a cold, cramped cell, Freddy finds himself rendered powerless for the first time in his life. The situation is exacerbated by the gang's youngest member, an individual who takes special pleasure in humiliating and frightening the business magnate at every opportunity. When the huge ransom is paid, Heineken devotes all of his energies to tracking down the perpetrators, whatever the ultimate cost.
Kathleen Martin (Carre Otis), a TV journalist is assigned on location to Vietnam to cover the reunion of Echo Company as they revisit old battlefields. Kathleen's documentary gets off to a rocky start when it is revealed that Captain Ramsey was accused of providing wrong bombing coordinates, causing the deaths of his own men. The drama unfolds as we learn of the men and their stories, culminating in the re-enactment of that fateful day.
Make yourself at home with the Carmichael family as they experience one very special summer in their Brooklyn neighborhood that they've affectionately nicknamed "Crooklyn". Renowned director Spike Lee fashions a bold, flavorful picture of family life that nominee Alfre Woodard stars as Carolyn, a loving, but fiercely independent mother who along with her musician husband Woody struggles to raise her family in difficult but often wonderful circumstances. Complemented by an energizing, vintage R & B soundtrack, this tender, colorful film is fitting tribute to an American family.
The American Ballet company is not the fainthearted. It's for the most gifted and beautiful dancers alive. Supremely talented, vibrant and dedicated, these students sacrifice the ordinary pleasures of life for their art, whilst struggling with the normal joys and sorrows of youth.
Jonathan Reeves (Peter Gallagher), the ballet's artistic director, is evaluating this young, tight-knit group of students as they face the growing pains of their seductive world of dance.
Against a fantastic soundtrack, the lives and loves of these talented and dynamic young people pan out. But they'll need more than mere physical prowess and determination to succeed. They'll need to deliver the goods centre stage...
Maggie Cheung stars as the conflicted and confused Emily Wang in writer/director Olivier Assayas' film. Her past riddled with drug use, crime and the recent death of her (once famous rock-star) partner, Emily begins a journey of self discovery to reconnect with the son she abandoned long ago. Co-starring Nick Nolte and Beatrice Dalle, Clean is an absorbing and haunting film about self discovery and redemption.
Screened in 1983, when the consequences of NHS spending cuts were becoming increasingly apparent and for-profit culture loomed large, 'The Nation's Health' detailed the dismaying experiences of a young, newly qualified female doctor; it also questioned what Newman sees as the inherently damaging doctor-patient relationship, and dramatised a disturbing loss of humanity within the medical profession. As well as spending several months as a trainee nurse, closely observing | procedure in wards and admin departments to gain insight into his subject, Newman cast qualified nurses and actors with first-hand experience in medicine. The result is an investigative drama filmed with documentary-style precision, which is impassioned and acute in its portrayal of what many saw as a closed, monolithic institution in terminal decline.
In 1961 Yuri Gagarin blasted off from Vostok to become the first man in space. It was a mission fraught with danger as he rocketed into unknown territory and an uncertain fate. Part of an elite squad of cosmonauts Gagarin rose through the ranks, his awe-inspiring bravery setting him apart as the best of the best. At last the untold story of this visionary pioneer is brought to the screen in 'Gagarin', an awe-inspiring story of what can happen when you reach for the stars.
Moon (Juliette Marquis) is intelligent, articulate, confident, beautiful, caring and an internet pornstar. Despite her unusual career, she manages to dutifully care for her father (James Woods) who suffers from Parkinson's disease. Moon has chosen her path rather than being forced into it and as such she represents a whole new breed of sexually empowered women of a guilt-free generation. She shares her feelings of life, love and loss with her best friend (Rosario Dawson), a potential boyfriend (Kip Pardue), her porn producer (Tomas Arana) and directly to the camera. As she tests moral and societal boundaries, Moon's world begins to unravel and she is forced to deal with the ramifications of the choices she's made.
Having lost his intelligence job at the end of the Cold War, former British secret agent Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) now travels East to find new outlets for his skills. Harry sets up a Private Investigation company in Russia, and soon finds himself charged with rescuing his young assistant Nikolai's girlfriend Tatiana, who has been kidnapped. The trail leads to St. Petersburg, which Harry finds to be a city held in the iron grip of the violent Russian Mafia. The mafia does its best to stop Harry in his tracks, but
An enigmatic and malign school teacher (Jeanne Moreau) torments the residents of a small French village with seemingly motiveless acts of violence and destruction. When her erotic obsession with an ostracised outsider causes her behaviour to become yet more extreme, tensions in the community reach boiling point - but will the villagers see beyond their prejudices? 'Mademoiselle' is a mesmerising psychological drama and an artistic, disturbing exploration of the darkest of carnal desires.