Films From USA

It all starts around a maple tree in Connecti¬cut, moved to a Paris studio &ndash: to a rooftop in Zurich, to a palazzo in Venice &ndash: to a villa in the South of France &ndash: to a swimming pool in Stamford. Conn. &ndash: and back to tire big maple tree. A trip to round up a fairytale for adults which mixed equal parts of Freud and Lewis Carroll with Venice. Virgins, Vienna and Venus, Cocteau ... Read more
A cabby who wants to make movies! The result is an astonishing collage of miniature portraits of his customers, fellow cabbies and family. A quirky, often hilarious portrait of Califomian life reminiscent of Sherman's March. ... "This film belongs in a time capsule." T.R. Bergroth ... Read more
"Possesses energy, passion … cataloguing the financial crimes, police misconduct, economic disparity and constitutional crises of the past several years makes for an emotional experience." – Variety ... In the late summer of 2011, a social uprising started in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street, New York. The Occupy movement spread like wildfire across hundreds of cities throughout the world. It was a... Read more
"A timely, terrifically acted moral nail-biter." – The Telegraph ... In the midst of the US housing crisis, a single father is kicked out of his bungalow with only minutes to collect his belongings. Determined to buy his home back, he finds himself working for the same man who evicted him and begins to learn the tricks that were once used on him. ... The latest film from award-winning director Ram... Read more
"Short of putting Emmanuel Lubezki through astronaut training, it's difficult to imagine more rapturously beautiful images of the Earth from orbit than those supplied by A Beautiful Planet." – Variety ... Filmed by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – after a crash course in 4K digital photography from cinematographer James Neihouse before they left the ground – A Beautiful Plan... Read more
The odyssey of an incidental tourist on the way to becoming another accidental tourist. Concisely and freshly combines elements of the road movie, the home movie, the newsreel and the travelogue. ... Read more
Credited by George Miller as a key influence behind Mad Max 2’s post-apocalyptic vision, the Hugo Award-winning A Boy and His Dog, starring a very young Don Johnson, translates Harlan Ellison’s acclaimed novella to the big screen. ... Set in 2024, in the aftermath of World War IV, a young man named Vic travels the wasteland with his telepathic dog named Blood. Their scavenging for both food and wo... Read more
One Halloween night, Jank Rottweiller asks his old friend Fred to drive him to his father's house in the country. As miles pass, Jank leaves all reason behind him, dragging Fred along. By the time they reach his father's house, Jank has become an unweildly child, trapped in the body of an adult. ... From rather ordinary beginnings, this film develops into an idiosyncratic tale with arguably one of... Read more
Based on a short story by Flannery O'Connor, whose novel Wise Blood was recently filmed by John Huston, the film is set on a small dairy farm in South Georgia during the early 1 950s The farm is run with proud efficiency by Mrs Cope, a widow with a young daughter Mrs Cope is paid a surprise visit by three boys from Atlanta who leave the farm much changed from the way they found it. ... Read more
A fascinating, probing documentary that chronicles the decade that seminal architect Frank Gehry spent designing, planning and modelling a home for multi-millionaire Peter B. Lewis. The makers of A Constructive Madness were granted practically unlimited access to the staff, process, documentation, models and a gallery of architecture luminaries to dissect the folly, comment on all aspects of the p... Read more
A Hollywood veteran as subject for a documentary veteran makes for a superb film. This warm, intimate but unobtrusive, account of Gregory Peck's personal and professional life is a triumph of portraiture. Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple divides her film between a Peck biography that spans his entire film output, anecdotes recorded during theatre appearances and episodes from this bel... Read more
In 1954 a talented group of Hollywood blacklistees, among them director Herbert Biberman of the Hollywood Ten, Oscar-winning script-writer Michael Wilson and composer Sol Kaplan, made a feature drama called "Salt of the Earth" about a strike by Mexican-American miners in New Mexico. A co-operative effort with a tiny budget, the film dramatised twin aspects of the strike—the male workers' fight for... Read more
Adam Yauch's mockumentary of a normal day in the life of his Swiss alter ego. Stars David Cross as Hörnblowér and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rck) and Yauch as themselves. ... Screens with Gunnin' For That #1 Spot (USA, 90 mins). ... D Nathanial Hörnblowér P Nathanial Hörnblowér, Jon Doran Dist Hopscotch TD digibeta/2006 ... Read more
An 11-year-old film maker is seen at work with his associates, explaining his techniques and ideas- casting, influences, and so on. We are treated to short excerpts from the 20 ten-minute film he has completed in ten months, and to some very amusing insights into his self-assertive personality and the serious approach he takes. ... Read more
Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) is your average prudish suburban mother, until one day she suffers a wallop on the head. With this, she transmutes into a raunchy erotomaniac. It was tow-truck driver Ray-Ray Perkins (Johnny Knoxville) who liberated her libido; he's the sexual saviour of the concussed. In his Messiah role, he makes sexual sorties into the suburbs to release the repressed beast withi... Read more
A Hungarian emigree who has lived in many countries. including Australia, made this personal experimental documentary incorporating Hungarian folksongs a lullaby she used to sing to her children, and the recitation by her son of a story he wrote when he was in 6th grade. "I am a woman who enjoys making films about the feelings of women. I feel we express a more personal side of ourselves in films ... Read more
A delightful children's animation illustrating the traditional poem, "A Frog he would a wooing go, whether his mother would let him or no..." ... Read more
A wonderfully improbable little comedy-drama which of all Hawks' silent Elms has sustained more than marginal interest. ... It switches midway from a genial, hyperbolic comedy to muted drama; an exhilarating story about two sailors who love ... to fight changes to a precise study of a three cornered relationship, with the Hawksian heroine bringing a challenge to the original male bonding. ... The ... Read more
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