The Lady in the Van

August 25, 2016

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The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett‘s strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years. As the story develops Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild, a former gifted pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin in apromenade concert, tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for which she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.

The Lady in the Van is a 2015 British [5] comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner, written by Alan Bennett, and starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. It tells the true story of Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman who lived in a dilapidated van on Bennett’s driveway in London for 15 years.[6] Smith previously portrayed Shepherd twice: in the original 1999 theatrical production, which earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 2000 Olivier Awards;[7]and in the 2009 BBC Radio 4 adaptation.

Hytner directed the original stage production at the Queen’s Theatre in London, while Bennett adapted the screenplay from his 1999 West End play of the same name, which was nominated at the 2000 Olivier Awards forPlay of the Year. The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival[8] and received largely positive reviews from critics.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_in_the_Van

 

Trumbo

August 23, 2016

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Based upon the true story of Dalton Trumbo, black listed  from Hollywood for being a member of the Communist Party. Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, John Wayne & Kirk Douglas directly influenced Trumbo’s life.

Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) is a screenwriter whose talent places him among the elite of Hollywood. However, his active membership in the Communist Party of the USA draws the contempt of staunchly anti-Soviet entertainment-industry figures such as columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and actor John Wayne (David James Elliott).

Trumbo is one of 10 screenwriters subpoenaed to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities(HUAC) regarding alleged Communist propaganda in Hollywood films. They refuse to directly answer questions, confident that a liberal majority on the Supreme Court will overturn the convictions for contempt of Congress. Trumbo’s friend Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg), who supports the cause, sells the Portrait of Père Tanguy to raise money for their legal defense fund.

The unexpected death of Justice Wiley Rutledge ruins Trumbo’s plan to appeal to the Supreme Court. In 1950, Trumbo serves 11 months in Texarkana prison, where he meets former HUAC chairman J. Parnell Thomas, who was convicted of tax evasion.[11]

As the Hollywood Blacklist expands to exclude more communists and communist sympathizers from working in the industry, Trumbo and his comrades are abandoned by Robinson and producer Buddy Ross (Roger Bart), who disavow them to protect their careers. Trumbo is released from prison, but he remains blacklisted and his finances – and family life – become increasingly strained. He resorts to giving the screenplay for Roman Holiday to his friend Ian McLellan Hunter (Alan Tudyk), to take credit and a share of the money, and eventually the Academy Award for Best Story. Selling his idyllic lakeside home and moving to a house in the city, he goes to work as a pseudonymous screenwriter for the low-budget King Brothers Productions, also farming out the writing of B-movie screenplays to fellow blacklisted writers. He puts his wife Cleo (Diane Lane) and teenage children to work as his support staff, adding to domestic conflict. King Brothers’ film The Brave One, an original story by Trumbo under a pseudonym, receives an Academy Award he cannot claim. His blacklisted friend Arlen Hird (Louis C.K.) dies, destitute, but an attempt by Hopper’s allies to intimidate the head of King Brothers to fire Trumbo fails completely.

Over time, industry suspicion of Trumbo’s ghostwriting develops, but he is careful not to confirm it. In 1960, actor Kirk Douglas (Dean O’Gorman) recruits him to write the screenplay for his epic film Spartacus, and director Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel) recruits him to scriptExodus for him; both publicly credit Trumbo as the screenwriter despite Hopper’s futile efforts to intimidate Douglas into dropping Trumbo. By 1960, the effectiveness of the Blacklist has been broken to the point where newly elected US President John F. Kennedy publicly endorses Spartacus and Trumbo and others are able to begin rebuilding their careers. Ten years later, finally receiving his due accolades from Hollywood, Trumbo speaks about how the Blacklist victimized them all: those who stood by their principles and lost their jobs, and also those who compromised their principles to keep them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumbo_(2015_film)

 

The 33 – Discover the Miraculous True Story

August 18, 2016

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From Alcon Entertainment and Phoenix Pictures comes the unforgettable true story of “The 33.”

In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.

A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up.

Based on the gripping true story of survival—and filmed with the cooperation of the miners, their families and their rescuers—“The 33” reveals the never-before-seen actual events that unfolded, above and below ground, which became nothing less than a worldwide phenomenon.

August 17, 2016

 

john and abigail adams american experience the original power couple

Relying heavily on the extraordinary correspondence between the second president and his wife, this joint biography sheds light not only on the characters of two remarkable people, but also on the tumultuous times through which they lived.

John and Abigail Adams played a critical role in many of the pivotal events of their era: he was a vociferous participant at the Continental Congress; she was an important eyewitness reporter during the Siege of Boston; he was an importantwartime emissary to France. In the post-war era, first as vice president, then as president, Adams was caught up in the increasing political divisiveness that characterized the 1790s when rifts in the country almost pulled the fledgling nation apart.

Opening a window onto the revolutionary era, John and Abigail’s story provides a strikingly intimate look inside a marriage of true companions, for whom life included not just the great events of history, but also laughter, loneliness, affection, and family tragedy.

The Founding Fathers — and Mothers — were not men and women of marble following a script that made independence and American national success a pre-ordained conclusion, but real, flawed, multi-dimensional people, who had no idea how things would turn out.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/adams/

 

Inheritance – SS Nazi Amon Goeth’s Daughter

August 16, 2016

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Amon Goeth was featured in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.

Monika Hertwig is a woman struggling with a profound legacy left by her Nazi father, Amon Goeth. Feeling an aching need to come to terms with her ancestry, Monika reaches out to Helen Jonas, who lived enslaved under Goeth’s roof serving as both his maid and prey for nearly two years. Watch this movie and more free you subscribe to Docurama: http://www.youtube.com/docurama

In INHERITANCE, sixty years after Amon Goeth’s execution, Monika and Helen meet for the first time at what was once Goeth’s luxurious villa overlooking the Plaszow concentration camp. It’s a brutally honest, gut-wrenching, and emotional journey that brings both closure and new questions.

Walt Before Mickey

August 12, 2016

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Walt Disney. The true story of a boy who built a kingdom. Based on the book “Walt Before Mickey” covers the early years of Walt Disney’s career.  I was once told that you are not a true entrepreneur if you haven’t gone bankrupt at least once! Well Walt Disney shows us how its done, he was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.

Steve Jobs – Apple Mac

August 10, 2016

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The true story of the maestro behind the orchestra known as the Apple Macintosh brand. At one month old his first adopted parents returned him to be readopted by another set of parents. In his early career he fathered a daughter, Lisa, out of wedlock and had a lifelong roller coaster relationship with her. He was a stubborn task master that pushed people to their limits. He also produced the 1984 NFL super bowl commercial based upon George Orwell’s 1984:

  

Platoon

August 9, 2016

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The first causality of war is innocence. Oliver Stone fought in the Vietnam War. Ten years later he directed the movie Midnight Express, a true story. Platoon was written and directed by Oliver Stone revealing the dark side of the war and rogue soldiers. 

Noble – Christina Noble

August 8, 2016

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The true story of Christina Noble from Ireland who was raised in a Catholic orphanage after her mother died and the state took her away from her drunk father. At 17 years old, after graduating from the orphanage, she is raped by 3 Irish men and ends up in the care of the Catholic church. Nine months later she discovers the Catholic church adopts away her new born son, Thomas, she will never see again. She marries has 3 children and has a dream about Vietnam. Against all odds, 26 years later she finds her self in Vietnam where she and her own 3 children have established 100 health clinics that have assisted 700,000 needy in Vietnam and Mongolia so far. 

The Way – Martin Sheen

August 8, 2016

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You don’t choose a life, you live one. Martin Sheen and his real life son, Emilio Estevez co-star and produced this movie.

The film was inspired by Emilio Estevez’s own son, Taylor.[3] It started in 2003 as a project when Taylor, at the time 19 years old, and Sheen, whose TV series The West Wing was in hiatus, traveled the pilgrimage route. Taylor, who served as an associate producer on the film, had driven the length of the Camino with his grandfather. On the way, he met the woman who would become his wife; thus, the Camino held special meaning for him. After the trip, a series of discussions started between Sheen and his son for a movie about the Camino de Santiago.[4][5][6] Sheen originally suggested it be a low-budget documentary, but Estevez was not interested in such a small project, wanting instead a bigger experience.[6]

Estevez also found inspiration in his vineyard, Casa Dumetz, where he wrote much of the dialogue for the film.[7]

Exploring the universal themes of loss, community, and faith, he saw parallels with the characters of the film The Wizard of Oz (1939).[6] The script took six months to get a first draft.[1]

According to the opening credits, the story is also based on selected stories from Jack Hitt‘s book Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain (1994).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Way_(film)

Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his son better, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his “California bubble life” behind. Armed with his son’s backpack and guidebook, Tom navigates the 800 km pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela in the north west of Spain, but soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. While walking The Camino, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen) a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt) who is suffering from a bout of “writer’s block.” From the hardship experienced along “The Way” this unlikely quartet of misfits create an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again, and discovers the difference between “The life we live and the life we choose”. THE WAY was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago.


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