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Film Review: ‘Wait for Your Laugh’

Film Review: ‘Wait for Your Laugh’
The recent death of fabled French star Danielle Darrieux at age 100 prompted speculation that she might have sustained the longest career in showbiz. However, still-alive-and-kicking Rose Marie has the edge — though retired (most reluctantly) at a mere 94 years, she started nine full decades earlier, racking up a career that encompassed practically every popular performance medium in the U.S. As lively and likable as its subject, Jason Wise’s documentary “Wait for Your Laugh” pays fond tribute to a tireless trooper whom generations have known mostly as a wisecracking second banana often funnier than the bigger stars she supported. It should draw out patrons “of a certain age” who likely haven’t journeyed to the multiplex for some while.

Wheelchair-bound now, Rose Marie’s mind remains sharp as a tack, and she happily walks us through one hell of a professional resume. Born Rose Marie Mazetta in 1923 Manhattan, she was taken to shows from an early age by
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You’re Invited: Women and Hollywood Talks Europe vs Hollywood with German Director Frauke Thielecke

Frauke Thielecke

Wondering how women fare in the European film and TV industry compared to Hollywood? You’re in luck. Award-winning German director Frauke Thielecke will speak about her experiences directing film and TV, challenges and opportunities for women in the business, and the steps she took to success at an upcoming event moderated by Melissa Silverstein, Women and Hollywood’s founder and publisher. A reception will follow the discussion.

The event, titled “I-House Presents: Women in Film: Europe vs. Hollywood, In Conversation with Frauke Thielecke,” is free and open to the public, and will take place Monday, March 27 from 7:00 Pm to 9:00 Pm at International House in New York. You can register and find further information here.

Thielecke’s career spans nearly 20 years, and her credits include episodes of “Kate Rosen,” “Partners in Justice,” and “The Country Doctor.” She’s currently preparing four episodes of “Soko Munich,” a TV crime series, and two features set in and around Boston. Thielecke is an instructor at the Medienakademie in Berlin and Hamburg and at several acting schools in Germany.

Germany submitted a woman-directed film for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Academy Awards. Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” scored a nomination, and while it didn’t win an Oscar, the dark comedy about an uptight daughter (Sandra Hüller) and carefree father (Peter Simonischek) racked up plenty of awards and honors, including Best Film and Best Director at the European Film Awards. “There are not enough women directing films. In Germany, we have this discussion now about a quota system as well, and I think we should try it, because concerning the public money, it should be equal,” Ade has said.

We’ll have to wait for the event to see if Thielecke agrees that a quota system is a good idea. In the meantime, check out one of her shorts, “Dark Red,” or “Dunkelrot,” below.

You’re Invited: Women and Hollywood Talks Europe vs Hollywood with German Director Frauke Thielecke was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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How ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’ Creator Mashed Up ‘Super Mario Bros.’ and the Olympics for Netflix’s First Reality Show

David Broome was stuck in traffic on the 101 freeway when idea for “Ultimate Beastmaster” first came to him.

“I thought, What if I could basically take ‘Mario Bros.’ and bring it to life?” Broome said. “That would be the ultimate obstacle course.”

The Beast is quite the obstacle course. Six-hundred feet long and 85 feet tall at its highest point, it is the centerpiece of “Ultimate Beastmaster,” which premieres Friday on Netflix. But the show’s ambitions are not limited to the scope and scale of the challenge it presents contestants — 108 athletes from six different countries competing to the best the Beast.

Executive produced by Broome and Sylvester Stallone, “Ultimate Beastmaster” is Netflix’s first big swing at a television-style reality competition series, and it is tailored to the streaming service’s business model. Broome and his company 25/7 productions have created six different versions of each of the first season’s 10 episodes geared toward six different territories — the
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Kandi Burruss Claims Porsha Williams Tried to Have Sex with Her in the Most Outrageous Rhoa Episode Yet

Kandi Burruss Claims Porsha Williams Tried to Have Sex with Her in the Most Outrageous Rhoa Episode Yet
Over the course of its 11 years on television, Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise has consistently raised the bar when it comes to outrageous moments. Whether they’re flipping tables, pulling wigs or throwing legs, the 97 Housewives across all nine U.S. shows haven’t been afraid to expose their over-the-top behavior for the camera.

But while viewers may have thought they’d seen everything, what happened between Kandi Burruss and Porsha Williams on Sunday’s all-new Real Housewives of Atlanta might take the cake.

In a heated argument between the two, Burruss, 40, and Williams, 35, threw out major accusations about each
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Gabrielle Union and Husband Dwyane Wade Announce His and Hers Pop-Up Shop

Gabrielle Union and Husband Dwyane Wade Announce His and Hers Pop-Up Shop
The couple that slays together…

When it comes to Hollywood’s most stylish pairs, actress Gabrielle Union and her NBA star husband Dwyane Wade are fixtures at the top of the list. (They also happen to have a shoe vault in their house.) Now, People has learned exclusively that the two will soon be giving fans a chance to shop just like they do.

The pair, who tied the knot in August of 2014 and have been lighting up red carpets together ever since, have teamed up with online retailer to launch “D&G: A His and Hers Pop-Up
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J’accuse (1938)

World War, a solemn vow, and a promise betrayed lead to a ‘night of the living war dead’ – all cooked up by the director of Napoleon, Abel Gance. The early, famed pacifist fantasy is back in near-perfect condition and restored to its full length. It’s a reworking, not a remake, of Gance’s 1919 silent classic.



Olive Films

1938 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 120 min. / That They May Live; J’accuse: Fresque tragique des temps modernes vue et Réalisée par Abel Gance / Street Date November 15, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring Victor Francen, Line Noro, Marie Lou, Jean-Max, Paul Amiot, Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcel Delaitre, Renée Devillers, Romuald Joubé, André Nox, Georges Rollin, Georges Saillard.

Cinematography Roger Hubert

Film Editor Madeleine Crétoile

Original Music Henri Verdun

Written by Abel Gance, Steve Passeur

Produced & Directed by Abel Gance

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Around 1973, UCLA film school professor Bob Epstein
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Designated Survivor: Does President Kiefer Sutherland Get Your Vote?

Designated Survivor: Does President Kiefer Sutherland Get Your Vote?
In the wake of calamity, “Designated Survivor” Tom Kirkman got sworn in as the unlikely President of the United States this Wednesday night. Does ABC’s new D.C.-set drama get your vote?

RelatedKiefer Sutherland’s New Designated Survivor Blends ‘West Wing, House of Cards, Homeland‘

Dez (as I am choosing to call it around the office) stars 24 alum Kiefer Sutherland as the aforementioned Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who was on the verge of being demoted to the Chairman of the International House of Pancakes (or the like) when the President and his entire Cabinet are
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Newswire: Godfather of Gore H.G. Lewis to host a marathon of his splatter classics

The godfather of gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis, will be hosting a marathon of his films at the International House Philadelphia on Sunday, August 21. “The H.G. Lewis Gore-a-Thon” will feature Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs, Color Me Blood Red, and The Gruesome Twosome, before closing out the night with 1967’s The Wizard Of Gore. All the films will be presented in glorious 35mm, the only way Exhumed Films knows how.

Blood Feast is generally credited as the first “gore film.” Lewis’s low-budget shlocker from 1963 was a response to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which Lewis felt cheated the audience by showing the aftermath of murder, but ton the action. The director shot Blood Feast over four days in Miami with a budget of $24,000 and utilized real gore like the a sheep’s tongue used in a scene where a woman gets her tongue ripped ...
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DVD Savant 2015 Favored Disc Roundup

or, Savant picks The Most Impressive Discs of 2015

This is the actual view from Savant Central, looking due North.

What a year! I was able to take one very nice trip back East too see Washington D.C. for the first time, or at least as much as two days' walking in the hot sun and then cool rain would allow. Back home in Los Angeles, we've had a year of extreme drought -- my lawn is looking patriotically ratty -- and we're expecting something called El Niño, that's supposed to be just shy of Old-Testament build-me-an-ark intensity. We withstood heat waves like those in Day the Earth Caught Fire, and now we'll get the storms part. This has been a wild year for DVD Savant, which is still a little unsettled. DVDtalk has been very patient and generous, and so have Stuart Galbraith & Joe Dante; so far everything
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W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection

He's back and he's funnier than ever. The mischievous, cagey entertainer William Claude Dukenfield starred in some of the best comedies ever. This five-disc DVD set contains eighteen of his best, all the way from Million Dollar Legs in 1932 to Never Give a Sucker an Even Break in 1941. And we get to see all sides of W.C's talent -- he was a top-rank juggler, of just about anything. W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection DVD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 1932-1941 / B&W / 1:37 Academy 1316 minutes (21 hours, 46 min) Street Date October 13, 2015 / 99.98 Starring Larson E. Whipsnade, T. Frothinghill Bellows, Egbert Sousé, Eustace P. McGargle, Harold Bissonette, Professor Quail, Augustus Winterbottom, Mr. Stubbins, Sam Bisbee, Ambrose Wolfinger, Cuthbert J. Twillie, Humpty-Dumpty. Written by Charles Bogle, Mahatma Kane Jeeves, Otis Criblecoblis

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In the late 1960s there were these things called Head Shops, see, where various hippie consumer goods were sold.
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Music and Sex #6: New Experiences

Music and Sex: Scenes from a life - A novel in progress by Roman AkLeff (first installment can be read here; second here; third here; fourth here; fifth here).

[Warning: the chapter below contains "adult situations." Seriously, this one's not for the faint-hearted.]

Walter’s new home, Carman Hall, was an utterly soulless pile of cinder blocks. No effort at all had been made, during its design and construction two decades earlier, to build in anything conveying the slightest sense of warmth. No carpeting in either the halls or in the suites, no wood anywhere except the doors, no decorative touches, nothing but bare straight lines. One imagined it had been designed so it could be hosed down with minimum effort between school years to as to be literally as well as aesthetically antiseptic. There was not even any accommodation made for cooking; not only were there no kitchen nooks, even hotplates were forbidden (though, given that they were horrific fire hazards, that made sense,
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Decompressing Exhumed Films’ 24 Hour Horror-Thon Part VIII

Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horror-Thon Part VIII – Design by Haunt Love

For years now, my good friend James Harris, proprietor of Doc Terror, has urged me to make the trip to Philly for Exhumed Films’ 24 Hour Horror-Thon. It sounded like an amazing time, but Philly is such a long drive for me that it never seemed reasonably possible. My wife and I discussed a way in which we could make it a trip for all of us. So, her and my son, along with her mother, came up and went on the Hershey tour, while I got my horror-thon on. With 4 people in the car, a ton of stops are going to be made. In total, it took us probably 13 and a half hours to make it to the hotel. I had only a few hours to sleep, before I would leave the hotel, en route to the Philly International House,
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It’s About the Notes You Don’t Play: Friday Evening at the 3rd Annual Blackstar Film Festival

At one point during Friday night’s conversation between directors Kahlil Joseph and Terence Nance, the latter said that seeing the former’s “Black Up,” which “portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces,” on a big screen, helped him to get a different read on the film than he’d had from watching on his laptop. This time, he noticed that the eyes of an actress, purportedly in a fugue state, were wide open. I too had a similar experience viewing “Until the Quiet Comes,” “The Model” Pts One and Two, “Wildcat,” and the aforementioned “Black Up” on the theatrical screen of the International House in Philadelphia, the Blackstar Film Festival’s screening venue....
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The Beatles: 'A Hard Day’s Night' 50th Anniversary Release

50th Anniversary Release of “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night”

Dir. Richard Lester • U.K. 1964 • Black & White • 1.75:1 • 87 minutes

New 4K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative

New 5.1 Surround Mix Produced by Giles Martin

Opening in theaters on July 4, 2014 in almost 100 cities

(Scroll to the end of the article for the locations and theaters).

Courtesy of Janus Films

This is a Cheeky, Raucous, Irreverent film that will make most warm-blooded mammals laugh from the first scene, until the last! It is brilliant for a summer night out!

If you are a film or music fan, you most likely have already seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, however, make a summertime date with the famous Fab Four, and see it again on the big screen, with the new restoration, at an art house cinema, and you really can’t go wrong.

It is necessary to give accolades to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, because, “if it weren’t for Elvis, there would never have been any Beatles.” John Lennon had admitted, that from the moment he first learned about Elvis and saw all the attention that he was receiving, he wanted to be just like him.

So although, there is no denying that the Beatles changed music forever, it was really Elvis who was the King of their inspiration.

For those who have not seen “A Hard Day’s Night” before, the Beatles had already been a popular recording act, with several Top 20 hits in the U.K., when they arrived in NYC to perform on the Ed Sullivan show on February 7, 1964. A record breaking 73 million viewers tuned in, and the British invasion began.

One month later, across the pond, the film was in the works. The music lover and film producer, Walter Shenson, was brought on by United Artists. Shenson, who had previously worked with Director, Richard Lester, on “The Mouse on the Moon,” mentioned the gist of the project, and Richard jumped at the opportunity.

However, to receive the final green light, the film had to be true to the way the Beatles actually lived, and scriptwriter, Alun Owen, who wrote the television play, “No Trams to Lime Street,” which depicted Liverpool, was chosen.

The film begins with the song “A Hard Day’s Night” playing while the Fab Four are running through town trying to make it to the train station on time before their train departs. Once on board, they start a conversation with an older gentleman, who Paul comments, is his grandfather. John is cheekily trying to snort a Coke (Coca-Cola) bottle up his nose in the background, and a business man wants the train car his way demanding that the windows be closed shut. The laughs just continue from there on out, when the boys are flirting with girls, and the grandfather cunningly tells the young women that the boys are really prisoners. An acoustic version of “I Should Have Known Better” is being played on the train.

Film director, Richard Lester, “relied on improvisation rather than rehearsal, creating a freshness that was clear on-screen.” “Before we started, we knew that it would be unlikely that they could (a) learn, (b) remember, or (c) deliver with any accuracy a long speech. So the structure of the script had to be a series of one-liners,” Lester later stated, “This enabled me, in many of the scenes, to turn a camera on them and say a line to them, and they would say it back to me.”

The result, the bandmates play brilliant, clever, crafty, and smart-alicky versions of themselves.

Lester’s visual style mixed techniques from narrative films, documentary, the French New Wave, and live television to create something that felt, and was, spontaneous. “I have seen directors who write down a list of scenes for the day, and then sit back in a chair while everything is filmed according to plan. I can’t do that. I know that good films can be made this way, but it’s not for me. I have to react on the spot. There was very little structure that was planned except that we knew that we had to punctuate the film with a certain number of songs.”

Recorded at Emi Studios in Abbey Road, London, they cut “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “And I Love Her,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Tell Me Why,” “If I Fell,” and “I’m Happy Just to Dance with You,” in only three days.

Must See!

Summer Screenings


Montgomery – Capri Theatre


Anchorage – Bear Tooth Cinema


Tucson – The Loft Cinema


Little Rock – Colonel Glenn 18

British Columbia

Vancouver – Pacific Cinematheque


Bakersfield – Valley Plaza

Berkeley – Rialto Elmwood

EurekaEureka Theater

La Mesa – Grossmont Center

Los Angeles – Cinefamily

Malibu – The Malibu Film Society

Modesto – State Theater

Monterey – Osio Cinemas

Mountain View – Century Cinemas 16

Murrieta – Reading Cinemas Cal Oaks

Oxnard – Century RiverPark

Palm Springs – Camelot Theatres

Pasadena – Laemmle Playhouse 7

Sacramento – Tower Theater

San Diego – Gaslamp

San Francisco – Castro Theatre

San Luis Obispo – Palm Theatre

San Rafael – Smith Rafael Film Center

Santa Cruz – Del Mar Theatre


Fort Collins – Lyric Cinema Cafe

Littleton – Alamo Drafthouse


Hartford – Cinestudio

Milford – Connecticut Post 14


Wilmington – Theatre N


Coral Gables – Coral Gables Art Cinema

Jacksonville – Sun-Ray Cinema

Key West – Tropic Cinema

Maitland – Enzian Theatre

Tallahassee – Tallahassee Film Festival


Athens – Ciné

Atlanta – Plaza Theater

Sandy Springs – LeFont Theaters


Honolulu – Kahala 8

Maui – Kaahumanu 6


Champaign – The Art Theater

Chicago – Music Box Theater

Downer’s Grove – Tivoli at Downer’s Grove

Normal – Normal Theater

Peoria – Landmark Cinemas


Fort Wayne – Cinema Center


Des Moines – Fleur Cinema

Iowa City – FilmScene


Lawrence – Liberty Hall


Lexington – Kentucky Theater

Louisville – Baxter 8


Baton Rouge – Cinemark Perkins Rowe

New Orleans – The Prytania Theatre


Waterville – Maine Film Festival


Baltimore – The Senator

Hanover – Cinemark Egyptian 24


Amherst – Amherst Cinema

Brookline – Coolidge Corner Theatre

Cape Cod – Cape Cinema

Danvers – Hollywood Hits

Gloucester – Cape Ann Community Cinema

Martha’s Vineyard – Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

Williamstown – Images Cinema


Ann Arbor – Michigan Theater

City of Detroit Outdoor Screenings

Detroit – Cinema Detroit

Kalamazoo – Alamo Drafthouse

Manistee – The Vogue Theatre

Traverse City – State Theatre


Duluth – Zinema 2

Minneapolis – St. Anthony Main Theatre


Columbia – Ragtag Cinema

Kansas City – Tivoli Cinemas

Springfield – Moxie Cinema

St. Louis – Chase Park Plaza


Missoula – The Roxy Theater


Kearney – The World Theatre

Lincoln – Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Omaha – Film Streams

Wayne – The Majestic


Sparks – Century Sparks

New Hampshire

Concord – Red River Theatre

Wilton – Town Hall Theatre

New Jersey

Asbury Park – The ShowRoom

Manville – Reading Cinemas Manville

New Mexico

Albuquerque – The Guild Cinema

New York

Amherst – Screening Room Cinemas

Binghamton – The Art Mission & Theater

New York City – Film Forum

Pelham – The Picture House

Pleasantville – Jacob Burns Film Center

Rochester – George Eastman House

Rosendale – Rosendale Theatre

West Hampton – Performing Arts Center

North Carolina

Asheville – Carolina Cinemas

Cornelius – Studio C Cinema

Raleigh – Raleigh Grande

Winston-Salem – A/perture Cinema


Akron – The Nightlight Cinema

Cleveland – Cleveland Museum of Art

Columbus – Wexner Center for the Arts

Dayton – The Neon

Toledo – Franklin Park 16


Oklahoma City – Museum of Art

Tulsa – Circle Cinema


Kingston – The Screening Room

Toronto – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge & Dundas

Waterloo – Princess Cinemas


Portland – Hollywood Theater


Bethlehem – ArtsQuest

Bryn Mawr – Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Erie – Film at the Erie Art Museum

Lewisburg – Campus Theatre

Milford – Black Bear Film Festival

Philadelphia – International House

Phoenixville – The Colonial Theatre

Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Filmmakers


Montreal – Cinema Cineplex Forum

Rhode Island

Newport – Jane Pickens

Providence – Cable Car Cinema

South Carolina

Charleston – Terrace Theater

South Dakota

Sioux Falls – Century East at Dawley Farm


Memphis – indieMemphis

Nashville – Belcourt Theatre


Austin – Alamo Drafthouse

Dallas – Angelika Film Center

El Paso – Plaza Classic Film Festival

Fort Worth – Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Houston – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

New Braunfels – Alamo Marketplace

Plano – Angelika Plano

San Antonio – Alamo Westlake


Salt Lake City – Tower Cinema


Ashburn – Alamo One Loudoun

Fairfax – Angelika Mosaic

Norfolk – Naro Cinema

Williamsburg – Kimball Theatre

Winchester – Alamo Drafthouse


Bellevue – Lincoln Square Cinemas

Bellingham – Pickford Film Center

Camas – Liberty Theater

Langley – The Clyde Theatre

Olympia – Capitol Theater

Port Townsend – Rose Theatre

Seattle – Siff Cinema

Tacoma – Grand Cinema

Spokane – Bing Crosby Cinema>

Vancouver – Kiggins Theatre

Washington, D.C.

West End Cinema
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‘God Loves Uganda’ Premieres On PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’ Monday May 19

Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams' powerful and disturbing documentary God Love Uganda makes its American television premiere on the PBS documentary series Independent Lens on Monday May 19th.As Tambay said in his review of the film almost a year and half ago, it “casts a critical eye on the presence and growing influence of evangelical Christianity on the African continent (and) focuses on Uganda in particular, where local religious leaders fueled by Kansas’s International House of Prayer tirelessly work towards promoting legislation that could threaten the lives of Lgbt Ugandans."And he also said that it is an “emotionally overwhelming film. Exploring the intersection...
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LatinoBuzz: The Third Annual Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival

This Friday April 25th The Filadelfia celebrates its third annual edition with an impressive line up of the best of Latino film from Mexico to Chile to Colombia, The Us and even a film made with the youth of Philly. Opening night film will be the super 1943 classic ‘Maria Candelaria’ starring Dolores Del Rio. For those near the city of brotherly amor we’ve done ya homework and listed their films below!

Opening Night: Maria Candelaria (Mexico)

Starring Dolores del Rio and Pedro Armendáriz, Maria Candelaria was the first Mexican film to be screened at the Cannes International Film Festival, and the first Latin American film awarded the Gran Prix. Gabriel Figueroa, the film’s cinematographer, was nominated for an Academy Award for The Night of the Iguana, and is often referred to as “the Fourth Muralist” of Mexico.

A young journalist presses an old artist (Alberto Galán ) to show a portrait of a naked indigenous woman that he has in his study. The body of the movie is a flashback to Xochimilco, Mexico, in 1909. The film is set right before the Mexican Revolution, and Xochimilco is an area with beautiful landscapes inhabited mostly by indigenous people.

The woman in the painting is María Candelaria (Dolores del Rio), a young Indian woman who is constantly rejected by her own people for being the daughter of a prostitute. She and her lover, Lorenzo Rafael (Pedro Armendariz), face constant struggles throughout the film. They are honest and hardworking, yet nothing ever goes right for them. Don Damian (Miguel Inclán), a jealous Mestizo store owner who wants María for himself, prevents them from getting married. He kills a piglet that María and Lorenzo plan to sell for profit and he refuses to buy vegetables from them. When María falls ill with malaria, Don Damian refuses to give the couple the quinine medicine necessary to fight the disease. Lorenzo breaks into his shop to steal the medicine, and he also takes a wedding dress for María. Lorenzo goes to prison for stealing, and María agrees to model for the painter to pay for his release. The artist begins painting a portrait of María, but when he asks her to pose nude she refuses.

The artist finishes the painting with the nude body of another woman. When the people of Xochimilco see the painting, they assume it is María Candelaria and stone her to death.Finally, Lorenzo escapes from prison )to carry María's lifeless body through Xochimilco's canal of the dead.

Bad Hair/Pelo Malo (Venezuela)

The third film from the filmmaker and plastic artist Mariana Rondón, Pelo Malo stars Junior, a 9 year-old with "bad hair". He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta. The more Junior tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him, until he is cornered, face to face with a painful decision.

To Kill A Man/Matar A Un Hombre (Chile)

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A thriller about a hardworking family man Jorge who is just barely making ends meet. When he gets mugged by Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, Jorge's son decides to confront Kalule, only to get himself shot in the process. Sentenced to a scant 2 years in prison for the offense, Kalule, released and now intent on revenge, goes on the warpath, terrorizing Jorge's family. With his wife, son and daughter at the mercy of a thug, Jorge has no choice but to take justice into his own hands, and live with the emotional and psychological consequences.

Lines of class and masculinity ignite friction in this rugged thriller, adeptly shot with a discerning eye. Director Alejandro Fernández Almendras elevates raw grit to a new level with a tone that is both elemental and prophetic. Rife with unnerving tension, To Kill a Man is ultimately a surprising exploration of the heavy burden of what it takes to do what the title suggests.

Anina (Colombia)

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Anina Yatay Salas is a ten-year-old girl. All her names form palindromes, making her the butt of her classmates’ jokes, and especially of Yisel’s, who Anina sees as an “elephant.” One day, fed up with all the taunting, Anina starts a fight with Yisel during recess. The incident ends with the principal penalizing the girls and calling their parents.Anina receives her punishment inside a sealed black envelope, which she is told not to open until she meets with the principal again a week later.She is also forbidden to tell anyone about the envelope. Her classmates pressure her to find out what the punishment will be, while they imagine cruel physical torture.

Anina, in her anxiousness to find out what horrible punishment awaits her in the mysterious black envelope, will get mixed up in a series of troubles, involving secret loves, confessed hatreds, close friendships, dreadful enemies, some loving teachers, and also some evil teachers.Without her realizing it, Anina’s efforts to understand the content of the envelope turn into an attempt to understand the world and her place in it.

The Devil’S Music (USA)

When the new sound of jazz first spread across America in the early twentieth-century, it left delight – and controversy – in its wake.As jazz's popularity grew, so did campaigns to censor "the devil's music." This documentary classic has been hailed by the New York Times as a documentary that "addressing the complex interaction of race and class… engages viewers in a conversation as vigorous as the art it chronicles,” featuring timeless performances by artists such as Louis Armstrong and vocalist Rachelle Ferrelle, plus interviews with giants of social and musical criticism such as Albert Murray, Marian MacPartland, Studs Terkel, and Michael Eric Dyson. The Devil's Music is Written, Produced and Directed by Maria Agui Carter and Calvin A. Lindsay Jr., and Narrated by Dion Graham.

I, Undocumented/Yo, Indocumentada (Venezuela)

Yo Indocumentada (I, Undocumented) , exposes the struggles of transgender people in Venezuela. The film, Andrea Baranenko’s first feature-length production, tells the story of three Venezuelan women fighting for their right to have an identity.

Tamara Adrián, 58, is a lawyer; Desirée Pérez, 46, is a hairdresser; and Victoria González, 27, has been a visual arts student since 2009. These women share more than their nationality: they all carry identifications with masculine names that do not correspond to their actual identities. They are transgender women, who long ago assumed their gender and now defend it in a homophobic and transphobic society.

The House That Jack Built (USA )

Jack Maldonado is an ambitious Latino man who fueled by misguided nostalgia, buys a small apartment building in the Bronx and moves his family into the apartments to live rent-free. His parents, Carlos and Martha, sister Nadia, brother Richie and his wife Rosa, Grandmother/Abuela and cousins Hector and Manny, all under one roof. Tension builds quickly as Jack imposes his views on everyone around him, including his fiancée, Lily. All the while, he hides the fact that his corner store is a front for selling marijuana but soon has to deal with new unwanted competitive forces. It's only a matter of time before Jack's family and 'business' lives collide in tragic fashion.

Aqui Y Alla Crossing Borders (USA)

The “Aquí y Allá’ transnational public art project explored the impact of immigration in the lives of Mexican immigrant youth in Philadelphia in connection with youth in Chihuahua, Mexico. The documentary highlights the testimonials of the youth on both sides of the border working towards the creation of a collaborative mural in South Philadelphia.

Cesar’S Last Fast (USA)

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In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his “Fast for Life,” a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities.

Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez’s life, vision, and legacy. A deeply religious man, Chavez’s moral clarity in organizing and standing with farm workers at risk of his own life humbled his family, friends, and the world. Cesar’s Last Fast is a moving and definitive portrait of the leader of a people who became an American icon of struggle and freedom.

La Camioneta (Guantemala)

Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. La Camioneta follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.

Forbidden Lovers Meant To Be (USA)

Working with talented high school students from North Philadelphia at Taller Puertorriqueño’s Youth Artist Program, filmmakers Joanna Siegel, Melissa Beatriz Skolnick, and Kate Zambon sought to capture the personal and artistic journeys of the youth through film. While facilitating collaborative film workshops with the students, themes of race/ethnicity, cultures, language, and identity emerged. Throughout this process of engaging in story development and visual representation, the students created a video of their own, while the filmmakers documented the process using metafilm techniques. The students' short film, Forbidden Lovers Meant to Be, highlights the talent and creativity of these youth. Forbidden Lovers Meant to Be was created by the spring 2012 Youth Artist Program participants: Amy Lee Flores, Ricardo Lopez, Michael Mendez, Zayris Rivera, Tashyra Suarez, Nestor Tamayo, Yoeni Torres, Karina Ureña Vargas, and Kara Williams. (Amy Lee Flores, Ricardo Lopez, Michael Mendez)

Tire Die (Argentina)

The first film of the first Latin American documentary film school (The Escuela Documental de Santa Fe), this documentary focuses on the children in the neighborhood known as Tire Dié in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina, who wait daily for the passing train to ask for money from the passengers, shouting “Tire dié!” (Toss me a dime!).

Dubbed as the father of the New Latin American Cinema, Fernando Birriwas one of the first filmmakers to document poverty and underdevelopment. Tire Dié was part of the exhibition, Latin American Visions, produced by International House, 1989-1991.

The Illiterates/Las Analfabetas (Chile)

Ximena, played by the incomparable Paulina García (Gloria) is an illiterate woman in her fifties, who has learned to live on her own to keep her illiteracy a secret. Jackeline, is a young unemployed elementary school teacher, who tries to convince Ximena to take reading classes. Persuading her proves to be an almost impossible task, till one day, Jackeline finds something Ximena has been keeping as her only treasure since she was a child: a letter Ximena’s father left when he abandoned her many years before. Thus, the two women embark on a learning journey where they discover that there are many ways of being illiterate, and that not knowing how to read is just one of them.

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30 Funniest Movie Bloopers

Everybody loves movie outtakes and bloopers. Maybe it’s because they humanize the stars we’ve chosen to exalt, painting them in a light where they’re really no different from us. On the other hand, maybe it’s just because they’re funny. Either way, “gag reels” are a staple of DVD and Blu-Ray releases, and are likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future.

Here we’ve scoured hours of footage online to find thirty of the absolute funniest blunders, jokes, and plain old crack-ups in filming history. Sure, they caused the director to yell for another take (or maybe even break from filming for the day), but they were still entertaining enough to commit to immortality. They’ll live on as long as the films we’ve loved and lamented.

As always, the “comments” space is there for you. Think we missed something, or gave a
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The Following season 2 episode 7 review: Sacrifice

Review Ron Hogan 5 Mar 2014 - 07:15

The Following's staggeringly weird universe welcomes more craziness and cults this week. Here's Ron's review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.7 Sacrifice

When you watch a lot of television like I've done, you get to know a lot of “that guy” actors and actresses who keep popping up on stuff to your surprise. They're people you kind of recognise from other stuff, but not enough to know who they are at first glance. This week's episode of The Following ends up being a who's who of the who's that set, with guest turns from a surprising amount of identifiable character actors playing a variety of horrible people who are popping up to make Ryan Hardy's life miserable.

Did you think that two separate cults were hard to follow? Lily on one hand, Joe on the other, Ryan Hardy on some mythical third hand, and lots
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Review: God Loves Uganda

Earlier this week, a law was signed by the president of Uganda that makes homosexuality an offense punishable with life imprisonment. While this legislation is being called reprehensible by human rights advocates around the world, many Ugandan politicians and citizens stand adamantly by it, holding fast to Christian-based beliefs that God-approved, male-female relationships are right and everything else is wrong.

How did such an anti-gay climate -- one that often results in acts of violence committed against both open and suspected homosexuals and their allies -- come about in this small East African nation in the first place? This is the complex and important question that God Loves Uganda attempts to answer.

Director Roger Ross Williams interviews several observers and activists from both sides of Uganda’s culture wars but largely focuses on the efforts and effects of missionary workers from Kansas City. Part of a megachurch operation known as
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The Following season 2 episode 6 review: Fly Away

Review Ron Hogan 26 Feb 2014 - 07:18

Is The Following currently the most violent, bloody show on television? This week's episode suggests so...

This review contains spoilers.

2.6 Fly Away

If I had to make a bet, I would say that on The Following there will not be an unperforated torso by the end of the season. Ryan is nursing a gunshot wound, and yet despite that, he still manages to gut someone with a fold-out tactical knife. Several of Lily's “International House of Psychos” family members get their torsos mangled this week, some courtesy of Joe, some courtesy of Ryan, and some courtesy of Mike (who was stabbed in the first season, checking him off the gut wound list). You've got so many knives and guns and surprisingly sharp fireplace pokers getting rammed into people or waved at people in a threatening manner that it's kind of difficult to keep track,
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