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