Archive for August, 2016

Born to be Blue

August 31, 2016

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The film is described as “semi-factual, semi-fictional”.[7] Variety’s reviewer, Andrew Barker, noted that the film is “about a character who happens to share a name and a significant number of biographical similarities with Chet Baker, taking the legendary West Coast jazz musician’s life as though it were merely a chord chart from which to launch an improvised set of new melodies”.[8] Set largely in 1966, Baker (portrayed by Ethan Hawke) is hired to play himself in a movie about his earlier years when he first tried heroin. He romances actress Jane Azuka (a fictional character, a composite of several of Baker’s women in real life, portrayed here by Carmen Ejogo) but on their first date, Baker is attacked by thugs and his front teeth smashed. As Baker recovers from his injury, his embouchure is ruined and he is unable to play trumpet any better than a novice. Meanwhile, he must answer to a probation officer, and ensure he is employed, while sticking to his regime of methadone treatment.

America

August 30, 2016

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America – Imagine the World Without Her. Dinesh D’Souza offers two opposing views of American history from a liberal and conservative perspective. Both have parts of the truth. Neither is completely unbiased. Thought provoking to consider the battle for America’s future being fought by design in America’s halls of learning, academia, media, politics, religion, society, spin doctors and the conquerors typically write history while glossing over it’s evils while trumpeting it’s good. 

Woodlawn

August 27, 2016

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This true story of Alabama Crimson Tide Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant who seeks out the African-American  “Touchdown” Tony Nathan of Woodlawn High School 10 years after the 50 racial bombings occurred in Birmingham, AL known as “Bombingham”. A story of how one player, one coach, one family & one sports counselor turned the tide of racial prejudice resulting in 42,000 fans attending a single high school football game in 1974.

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

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

 

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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:

  


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