In 1971, a group of friends sail from Vancouver into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. The Greenpeace story is vividly and dramatically told in Jerry Rothwell’s riveting documentary, a movie that reminds us of the central role Vancouver played in the foundation of the modern environmental movement, as well as the often difficult path that movement has followed over the years. Featuring candid interviews with Paul Watson, Patrick Moore and Rex Wyler, never-before-seen archival footage, and the music of Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Jodi Mitchell, Brigitte Bardot, Country Joe Mcdonald & The Fish and Can.
Young urchin Almitra becomes fascinated with the political prisoner, a poet named Mustafa, who has been kept in house arrest for nearly a decade, and for whom her mother Kamila cleans and cooks. Mustafa spins wonderful stories which make his confinement seem like privilege, at least to the mute Almitra. But when freedom seems closest she gains knowledge of just how precious, and fragile, it really is… A passion project from producer Salma Hayek, this is surely one of the most ambitious and visually stunning animated features targeted at an all-ages family audience, calling on the talents of some of the greatest animators working in film today.
“One of the year’s best films. An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is the best filmed account of how that happened you could ever expect to see.”
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Join noted curator and Prelinger Archives content editor Bill Taylor as we take a trip through the heyday of industrial films, with a special emphasis on music! The novel idea of phone colors is introduced in "Once Upon A Honeymoon", "In My Merry Oldsmobile" is a Fleischer Studios animated salute to the car, featuring many ribald ideas you couldn’t get away with today; The 1956 Motorama, Models, and Music gleefully collide in the loopy “Design For Dreaming”, The Swingin’ 6 sings about the groovy new thing called the “Zip Code”, and this salute concludes with one of the beautiful industrial short films ever made, the Jam Handy Studios salute to the American Automobile worker, “Master Hands”.
"Like Breaking Bad in real life," (Newsweek), Cartel Land plunges us into the heart of darkness, the front lines of Mexico’s narco wars, where the Knights Templar wreak havoc on anyone who opposes them, and into Arizona’s "Cocaine Alley", where paramilitaries vainly attempt to bolster the border patrols.
Universally acclaimed as one of the greatest concert films ever made, Stop Making Sense documents the groundbreaking Talking Heads at their peak.
"A dose of happiness from beginning to end. Stop Making Sense is close to perfection." - Pauline Kael, New Yorker
Steve Jobs went from computer nerd to entrepreneur, rock star, genius, and guru, and reshaped the world we live in while he was about it. But for all his accomplishments, does he really merit his near-universal acclaim and adulation? Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie; Going Clear) reveals the dark side of the Apple founder: his ego, ruthlessness (even when dealing with friends and loved ones), and dubious business ethics.
It’s the hottest day of a long, hot summer, and tensions in Bed-Stuy New York are ready to boil over. Spike Lee’s second feature is still his best. From the bristling credit sequence (Public Enemys’ Fight the Power, over Rosie Perez’s punchy, sexy dance moves) through to its combustible climax, the movie is incredibly dynamic and exuberant, while its portrait of police brutality and endemic racism remains all too relevant.
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi play identically dressed hip musicians (roles they created on the TV show Saturday Night Live) who cut a destructive swath across Chicago as they bring black musicians together for a benefit concert to keep open the Catholic orphanage where they were raised. Cab Calloway, James Brown and Aretha Franklin head the supporting cast.
In arguably his finest comic performance, Robert De Niro stars as Jack Walsh, a hard-bitten bounty hunter offered $100,000 to bring in embezzler Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin). Handcuffed to the wimpy Mardukas, Walsh assumes that the extradition trip from New York to Los Angeles will be uneventful. He doesn’t know the prisoner has been targeted for a mob hit…
Relive the outrageous escapades of Studio 54 in this new, unrated Director’s Cut. Seventeen years after its original theatrical release, director Mark Christopher has finally managed to complete the version of 54 that everyone signed up to make in the first place: the story of three friends – a busboy, a bartender and a coat-check girl – and the sordid love triangle that nearly tore them apart, set against the glittery excess of New York’s Studio 54 dance club. Featuring more than 30 minutes of unseen footage (and excising unwarranted studio reshoots), the director’s cut restores this "lost gay classic" to its full disco-era glory.
Scorsese’s hallucinatory nightmare of New York at its seediest, sleaziest 70s nadir is a potent, even toxic work, but a cinematic classic all the way. In an iconic role, De Niro is Travis Bickle, a neo-noir Viet-vet trying to rise up above the scum lapping up on the streets by any means necessary.
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” So begins Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, based on the biography of real-life mobster Henry Hill and his brutal but seductive life of organized crime. Starting at full throttle and speeding towards a life of flashy cars, gold watches, women, cash and crime, Goodfellas gives us the best performances of every actor in the cast with an unforgettable sound track. Introduced by Melanie Friesen. Guest presenter: saxophonist Cory Weeds.
It’s the night before Christmas, and Sin-Dee is back turning tricks on the street after a month in stir. But it’s her pimp boyfriend who should be worried: Sin-Dee has heard he’s been cheating on her, and she means to get to the bottom of the rumours…
Shot entirely on iphones, this Sundance sensation from Starlet director Sean Baker is about as "now" as movies get, but also a surprisingly sweet, warm and forgiving yuletide tale.
"An exuberantly raw and up-close portrait of one of Los Angeles’ more distinctive sex-trade subcultures… Writer-director Sean Baker’s sun-scorched, street-level snapshot is a work of rueful, matter-of-fact insight and unapologetically wild humor that draws a motley collection of funny, sad and desperate individuals into its protagonists’ orbit. […] A generous and surprisingly hopeful vision of humanity." Justin Chang, Variety
"Gorgeous… A perfectly cast, beautifully directed movie." Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Flaubert’s famous (anti-)heroine finds her perfect interpreter in Mia Wasikowska, whose brittle intelligence layers Emma’s naivete and impulsive nature, and whose sparks of passion stand in stark contrast to the suffocatingly sterile and mannered provincial society into which she has been bred and wed. Visually exquisite, the movie is a fine showcase for one of our very best actors.
"It has a gem of a performance at the center… Wasikowska portrays her as a woman driven at all times by a recognizable sadness, one attempting with every purchase, lie, and assignation to correct the way life doesn’t always match up to our expectations. " Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
During the 60’s and early 70’s, as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head – creating a sound like no other. Likened to Searching for Sugar Man and 20 Feet from Stardom, John Pirozzi’s film excavates a vibrant nightclub social scene and an exciting fusion of East and West, an era that was extinguished by the Khmer Rouge.