Grave of the Fireflies

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In September 21, 1945, Seita (voiced by Robert Spencer), a Japanese adolescent begins remembering from the afterlife how he and his little sister Setsuko (Corinne Orr) tried to survive, both the bombing of their town by American planes and its aftermath. After the Empire of Japan surrendered, the protagonists faced hunger, illness, and the cold … Continue reading Grave of the Fireflies

Thanks for Sharing

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Here's a story about addiction and the fragile process of recovery. Most people would relate those words with drugs and alcohol. In this case, it's about sexual addiction. Although questioned and doubted to be a "real" addiction, sexual compulsion has become a common, stigmatized, and unconventional behavior. Director Stuart Blumberg takes us through the routines … Continue reading Thanks for Sharing

Before Night Falls

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Based on poet Reinaldo Arenas' autobiography, this 2000 film by director Julian Schnabel exposes what it was like for a homosexual dissident writer to live under political persecution in Cuba two decades after Fidel Castro took power. His most known phrase referred to the fact that under Communism "they kick your ass and expect you … Continue reading Before Night Falls

The Inner Circle

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Filmed entirely in the now defunct Soviet Union in 1991, now Russia again, and based on real events, this film shows how life was for Ivan Saushin (Tom Hulce) and his dear wife Anastasia (Lolita Davidovich) more than twenty years after the Communist Revolution inspired their whole nation. It's 1939. The young loving couple live … Continue reading The Inner Circle

Young Frankenstein

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Silly, juvenile, and funny, extremely funny is director Mel Brook's 1974 parody of 1931 classic film Frankenstein. Here's a comedy that has endured the test of time. Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frankenstein, grandson of Victor, the mad scientist who was able to bring life to a corpse many years before. Back at his grandfather's original … Continue reading Young Frankenstein

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

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Director Spike Lee presents to us a simple but impacting story of a very complex and tragic event in this 2006 four-part documentary series: the gut-wrenching aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Through Lee's skillful presentation of news clips, interviews, and an informative history of past hurricanes hitting this once festive city, we witness … Continue reading When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

Born On The Fourth Of July

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Ron Kovic' story (played by Tom Cruise) is brought to life with heartbreaking and compelling force and is accompanied with great cinematography and music in this film directed by Oliver Stone in 1989. The movie shows how Ron's life changes dramatically after enrolling in the Marines and eventually going to the Vietnam war. He had … Continue reading Born On The Fourth Of July

Top 5 Relevant Documentaries -Summer 2019

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THE FOG OF WAR (2003) You've probably have heard about "fake news", but have you heard about "fake wars?" In this film by director Errol Morris, former secretary of state Robert McNamara explains in details the intricacies of the Vietnam War, including how it was provoked and almost manufactured. Why America has always got be … Continue reading Top 5 Relevant Documentaries -Summer 2019

The Rolling Stones: Ole, Ole, Ole! A Trip Across Latin America

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I was video hunting for something to watch that could keep me awake after a hard day at work on Friday night. After a few bad choices that didn't do the trick, half-asleep, I stumbled upon this music documentary from 2016. Wow! This was better than 3 cups of Cuban coffee! From the first scenes … Continue reading The Rolling Stones: Ole, Ole, Ole! A Trip Across Latin America

The Beatles Anthology

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This 1995 documentary miniseries is the definitive historical account of the most influential rock band of the twentieth century. John, George, Paul, Ringo, and their producer George Martin among others, take us step by step to the birth of The Beatles, passing through the good and the bad, and arriving at their last collaboration: Free … Continue reading The Beatles Anthology