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.

The British Book of Railways by Michael Oldham

August 8, 2016

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The British Book of Railways by Michael Oldham. From the first railroad steam engine to diesel powered to 125 mile per hour at the time the world’s fastest engine. The book is filled with memorabilia and photos.

The Armstrong Lie

August 4, 2016

 

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Lance Armstrong’s true story of a decade of drugs and doping to win seven Tour de France titles to ultimately be stripped of those seven titles and endorsement contracts because of his drugs and doping deceptions, lies and cheating to face a $100 million law suit from the U.S. Postal Service, one of his sponsors.

Dangerous Life – A Life of Graham Greene

August 3, 2016

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This film is a portrait of a writer Graham Greene. It explores how Greene’s life both inspired great writing and drove him to attempt suicide. He was a British spy, a doubting Catholic, and a manic-depressive who wrote critically-acclaimed, best- selling novels, including The Quiet American, Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair and The Third Man. This documentary weaves Greene’s novels and movies into the story of his life: the struggle between good and evil… love and betrayal; it reveals an extraordinary man who traveled the globe to escape the boredom of ordinary existence and became a writer addicted to danger. The film is a journey in search of Greene’s most elusive character: himself. 

Storm Over Everest

August 2, 2016

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The true story of three teams of climbers in 1996 that got caught in a blizzard on Mount Everest. As darkness fell on May 10, 1996, a fast moving storm of unimaginable ferocity trapped three climbing teams high on the slopes of Mount Everest. The climbers, exhausted from their summit climb, were soon lost in darkness, in a fierce blizzard, far from the safety of High Camp at 26,000 feet. World-renowned climber and filmmaker David Breashears, who aided the rescue efforts back in 1996, now returns to Everest to tell the fuller story of what really happened on that legendary climb. Through remarkably intimate interviews with the climbers and Sherpas who survived the storm—many who have never spoken before on American television—Breashears sheds new light on the worst climbing tragedy in Mount Everest’s history.

 

Show Me A Hero

August 1, 2016

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The true story of a 28 year old mayor Nick Wasicsko  of Yonkers New York in 1987 where a Federal Judge issued a desegregation order to the city of Yonkers to add 200 low income housing units to their all white neighborhood.  

Thin Red Line

July 30, 2016

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Director Terrence Malick’s adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. It questions humanity, nature, good, evil and wars.

The Dark Horse

July 29, 2016

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The Dark Horse is based on the true story of Gen Potini , a past chess champion, that struggles with bipolar disorder, lithium medication & homelessness . Gen and his brother, Ariki, are at odds over Ariki’s teenage son, Mana’s future. Ariki wants to initiate Mana into his violent street gang and Gen wants to coach him to prepare for the New Zealand chess tournament along with members of the Eastern Knights chess club.

 


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