Blu Monday: June 28, 2011

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

BLACK MOON: The Criterion Collection (1975)
Directed by: Louis Malle
Starring: Cathryn Harrison, Therese Giehse Synopsis: Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young Lily (Cathryn Harrison) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic life of an extremely unconventional family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Black Moon is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a post-apocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals. It is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.

CAMILLE 2000: Extended Version (1969)
Directed by: Radley Metzger
Starring: Daniel Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo Synopsis: Marguerite, a beautiful woman of affairs, falls for the young and promising Armand, but sacrifices her love for him for the sake of his future and reputation.

COWBOY BEBOP: The Movie (2001)
Directed by: Shinichiro Watanabe
Starring: Steve Blum, Beau Billingslea Synopsis: Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the spaceship “Bebop,” Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters (Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and Ein) are bored and short of cash. But with the news of the reward everything changes.

IN BRUGES: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2008)
Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes Synopsis: Hit men Ray & Ken are ordered to cool their heels in the city of Bruges, Belgium, after botching a big job. But since hit men make the worst tourists, they soon find themselves in a life-and-death struggle of comic proportions against one very angry crime boss.

JUMANJI: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (1995)
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Starring: Robin Williams, Jonathan Hyde, Kirsten Dunst Synopsis: When two kids play an old magic board-game they found, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

LEBANON, PA (2010)
Directed by: Ben Hickernell
Starring: Josh Hopkins, Samantha Mathis, Mary Beth Hurt Synopsis: Will (Josh Hopkins), a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ (Rachel Kitson), his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ’s married teacher (Samantha Mathis) and CJ confronts her conflicted father, both struggle with formidable decisions about the path their lives will take. Can we vault our differences and meet in the middle? This bittersweet comic drama tenderly explores the cultural divide in America through the lives of one extended family.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Motion Picture Trilogy —
Extended Edition
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortenson, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee Synopsis: With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo Baggins embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring. Hunting Frodo are servants of the Dark Lord, Sauron, the Ring’s evil creator. If Sauron reclaims the Ring, Middle-Earth is doomed.

Directed by: Joachim Renning
Starring: Aksel Hennie, Agnes Kittelsen Synopsis: Follows the young adventurer Max Manus from the time he arrived in Nazi-occupied Norway in 1940 after having fought the Russians during the Winter War in Finland. Manus joined Norwegian resistance and became a member of the Oslo Gang, specializing in the sinking of ships, including the spectacular sabotage of the Donau troop ship in December, 1944.

PEOPLE ON SUNDAY: The Criterion Collection (1930)
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Starring: Erwin Splettstober, Brigitte Borchert Synopsis: Years before they became major players in Hollywood, a group of young German filmmakers’ including eventual noir masters Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer and future Oscar winners Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann worked together on the once-in-a-lifetime collaboration People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag). This effervescent, sunlit silent, about a handful of city dwellers (a charming cast of nonprofessionals) enjoying a weekend outing, offers a rare glimpse of Weimar-era Berlin. A unique hybrid of documentary and fictional storytelling, People on Sunday was both an experiment and a mainstream hit that would influence generations of film artists around the world.

SEASON OF THE WITCH: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2011)
Directed by: Dominic Sena
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron perlman Synopsis: 14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

Directed by: Joseph Ruben
Starring: Julia Roberts, Patrick bergen Synopsis: Roberts stars as Laura, a young woman who thinks she’s found the man of her dreams in Martin. But after they’re married, Laura discovers the “real” Martin: compulsive, controlling & dangerously violent. She escapes by faking her own death & relocating to a small Midwestern town. But even with a new identity, Laura lives in fear, stalked by the memory of Martin’s brutality, a memory that comes to life with a vengeance when he discovers that she is still alive!

STUART LITTLE: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (1999)
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie Synopsis: In E.B. White’s world, it’s hardly surprising that human parents would adopt “outside their species.” The smooth-talking mouse Stuart (voiced by Michael J. Fox) seems the perfect new child for parents Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie, especially with an adorable wardrobe of very small sweaters and pants. Harder is fitting in with the Little’s family cat, Snowbell (voiced by Nathan Lane, who also deftly voiced Timon in director Rob Minkoff’s last feature, The Lion King). The simple story deals with Stuart trying to fit in with his new life, including big brother George (Jerry Maguire’s scene-stealing Jonathan Lipnicki). And of course there’s an adventure when Snowbell’s schemes lead Stuart into true danger, in the form of the devious plans of an alley cat named Smokey (voiced by Chazz Palminteri).

STUART LITTLE 2: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2002)
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie Synopsis: The mouse Stuart Little and Snowbell set out across town to rescue a friend from a villainous Falcon.

SUCKER PUNCH: Extended Cut – Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (2011)
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish Synopsis: A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.

Directed by: Sngmoo Lee
Starring: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush Synopsis: An Asian warrior assassin struggles to finds peace, contentment and perhaps love in a forgotten western town on the edge of the desert.

Directed by: Dana Lustig
Starring: Rumer Willis, Tania Raymonde, Kristin Cavallari Synopsis: A high school senior decides to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, the football team’s kicker. But when she discovers that his only interest is getting her name in the team’s “bang book,” she and her friends plot revenge.

Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard Synopsis: In this heart-racing sci-fi adventure two squabbling brothers are propelled into deepest, darkest space while playing a mysterious game they discovered in the basement of theirold house. On their fantastic journey, they are joined by a stranded astronaut and must survive meteor showers, hostile lizard-like aliens, a rocket-propelled robot run amok and an intergalactic spaceship battle. Unless they finish the game and reach the planet Zathura, they could be trapped in outer space forever.

ZAZIE DANS LE METRO: The Criterion Collection (1960)
Directed by: Louis Malle
Starring: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps Synopsis: A brash & precocious 10-year-old (Catherine Demongeot) comes to Paris for a whirlwind weekend with her uncle (Philippe Noiret); he & the viewer get more than they bargained for, however, in this anarchic comedy, which rides roughshod over the City of Light. Based on a popular novel by Raymond Queneau that had been considered unadaptable, Malle’s audacious Zazie dans le metro, made with flair on the cusp of the French New Wave, is a bit of stream-of-consciousness slapstick, wall-to-wall with visual gags, editing tricks, and effects.

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