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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
A repulsive, decaying figure with razor-sharp appendages suddenly appears in the dreams of some teenagers. It is the ghost of Freddy Krueger, a suspected child murderer killed long ago by the neighborhood parents. Now he's able to exact his bloody vengeance by killing the teens off, one by one, as they sleep. Finally just one remains. Desperately, she tries to stay awake by every means possible, but even pills and massive amounts of coffee wear off sometime -- and when they do, she'll have to battle Freddy for her very life. It's her worst nightmare ... and it's coming true.
I know what you're thinking - another freakin' remake. I feel the same way more often than not. Regurgitated stories that rehash the same old plot lines and...yep, I get it. Same thing, right? Not so fast my friends. This time around Freaky Freddy is back but he has some new twists and turns to his story and his methods that are sure to keep you and your guests on the edge of their seats. Jackie Earle Haley is exceptional channelling his energy into the role that Robert Englund made famous. Haley's Freddy sells it and will make you jump numerous times. The new Elm Street packs a punch and is actually somewhat refreshing - even if it will cause some insomnia amongst the masses. Kudos go to Platinum Dunes, the production company behind the remakes of Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror for another horror franchise reboot that actually offers some some originality.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley & Kyle Gallner
Director: Samuel Bayer
Company: New Line
Now Showing: in Local Theaters
MPAA Rating: R
FOLLOW THE PROPHET
Everything is bigger in Texas, right? More people, more space, more news - even bad news. It's a law of averages, really. Every state produces it's fair share of nut jobs, however our state of Texas, because of its size, seems to produce more than most. You may recall back in April of 2008, a raid took place on the polygamist community at Yearning for Zion Ranch, Texas. Seems there were a number of unethical things taking place (big surprise) and many of them had to do with the mistreatment of children (even bigger surprise). Hopefully you see the sarcasm here.
Numerous films have been made about the polygamist society and the things that often happen behind closed doors. I have never been a proponent of having multiple wives simply because it took me so damn long to find the one wife I have right now. That being said, we all have a responsibility to keep our minds open to what happens in our communities and our state so that we can correct the wrongs and bolster the rights. What we have here is new movie titled Follow the Prophet that is hitting theaters this week in Houston. In light of what hit the news back in 2008, this film couldn't come at a more sensitive time for both Texans and the folks all across the country.
Follow the Prophet gives us a look into the lives of young females that are forced into arranged marriages with the leaders of the cult. These kids suffer emotional damage due to the sexual molestation they experience - some even from their own fathers. This film introduces us to Avery, a young 15 year old girl who musters the courage to flee the cult in an effort to obtain her freedom. She meets Colonel Jude Marks, a military man who lost his own daughter recently. He is very sympathetic to Avery's situation and can't help but see his own late daughter in the young woman he is now assisting. They work together in an effort to expose the truth about what is happening in the commune and to save the lives, futures and freedoms of the other kids.
There are numerous aspects of this picture that I like. The selection of Robert Chimento as Colonel Marks and Diane Venora as the sheriff were commendable. Their chemistry is obvious and there timing is well done. However, the choice of Annie Burgstede as Avery is the glue that holds the picture together. She was outstandingly believable, particularly in the more uncomfortable aspects of the film. Director Drew Ann Rosenberg is to be congratulated keeping the pacing of the film moving forward consistently. When films like this tend to drag, they develop an uncomfortable 'Lifetime Movie' type of feel. Thankfully, that doesn't happen here. The climax of the film with the Prophet (Tom Noonan) makes you want to jump up and scream for joy.
Follow the Prophet isn't going to be for everyone. Some folks prefer to go through life with a blindfold on. You know, the proverbial "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." Sorry, but the out of sight out of mind excuse isn't going to cut it. Should you choose to watch the film, before dismissing the film as cliche, I encourage you to think of the hundreds of thousands of under age kids living in environments such as this. Once you make that comparison, I dare you to even suggest it isn't a big deal.
Follow the Prophet
Starring: Robert Chimento, Diane Venora & Annie Burgstede
Director: Drew Ann Rosenberg
Company: Red Road Productions
Now Showing: in Local Theaters
MPAA Rating: NR
Skepticism is defined as the philosophical doctrine that the truth must always be in question. For most of us, we hold that doctrine in high regard with everything we do except when it comes to education. From an educational perspective, folks have always clamored they support it by throwing money towards the administrative coffers and subsequently slamming their eyes closed as tightly as possible, clicking their heels together three times while emphatically stating 'there's no place like home.' Unfortunately that didn't work for Dorothy, nor does it work for the state of education across our nation. Thanks to Bob Bowden, we are now forced to collectively open our eyes and see the light. Trust me folks, what you'll see ain't pretty.
The Cartel isn't a rant against public education, although many closed minded individuals may think so. This film focuses on the national debate around No Child Left Behind, the skewed numbers surrounding public school test scores, graduation accolades of school districts as well as the race to spend more money per student than the Joneses in the district next door. Bowden, a graduate of Cy-Creek High School in Houston, is an investigative reporter in New Jersey who has uncovered the cesspool of misinformation, corruption and mismanagement of the public school system.
Teachers unions are, simply put, out of control and out of touch with what is best for teachers, students and parents alike. The unions are untouchable - as are the ineffective teachers that pepper school districts across the country. One of the most difficult things to do in the public school hierarchy is dismiss a teacher that fails to show progress in teaching their students. The problem isn't generally the teachers though, it is the unions that stand behind them. Bowden is quick to point out that there are countless examples of effective teachers that are a shining beacon of success. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. All teachers aren't bad; quite the contrary. However in any business or corporation, you have to be able to get rid of ineffective employees.
The problem goes much further up the chain than the teachers. The biggest problem lies within the administration. You know, the folks that don't teach but eat up over 83% of a school districts budget. Yes, that's right folks. Approximately 17% of a school district budget goes towards teacher salaries with the rest going for everything else. Nobody is going to fix this system by throwing more money in that direction. Some of the work is unbelievably touching, particularly the lottery that determines which kids are admitted into the charter school programs. Some kids are elated while others and their parents break down into hysterics because they deem their lives effectively over as they are subjugated into the public school system. Bowden ponies up numerous suggestions that are steps in the right direction towards the cleansing of this issue. His graphics are easy to read and understand and truly present the information in digestible pieces. Some may poo-poo his film project while screaming bias because he didn't interview any neutral national leader - but not me. What Bob Bowden has done is create a project that will force everyone to open their eyes, recognize there is room for improvement and begin taking steps towards doing what is best for our children rather than what is best for ourselves. Skepticism included.
Starring: Bob Bowden
Director: Bob Bowden
Company: Moving Picture Institute
Now Showing: in Local Theaters
MPAA Rating: NR
REVIEWS FROM WORLDFEST
An ordinary and meaningless existence can often change suddenly
between life and death. Bambara Walalla is actually a term from a Sri
Lankan dance. In this film, the audience is often left to ponder just
how desperate one man can become and subsequently just how far he
would go in unexpected circumstances. After having served his time in
jail for killing his step-father who raped his sister, Podi Eka, an
uneducated Sri Lankan man goes through many changes in a life of rags
to riches. Dramatic plots abound as they tell the story of one man as
he progresses from loincloth to jeans.
There are a number of positives surrounding Bambara Walalla. The film
captures your interest from the opening frames throughout as director
Athula Liyanage keeps the pacing moving forward at a good clip. The
cast does a remarkable job feeding off the energy of each other as the
film progresses. Of particular importance, the cinematography is
simply stunning in this picture. A brilliant film that tells a very
harrowing story, Bambara Walalla is a must see film that will
captivate you from the first frame to the last.
Starring: Athula Liyanage & Mehendra Perera
Director: Athula Liyanage
Company: Sri Lanka
Now Showing: WorldFest Houston
MPAA Rating: NR
Mr Shepherd (Dan Worley) is a struggling door to door freeze dried pet
salesman. He lives with his mother (Diane Hruska) who happens to be
addicted to televangelists and prescription drugs. When he loses his
job and his mother's condition worsens, Mr Shepherd, his mother and
their neighbors Phil (Danny Trejo) and Annamaria (Maria-Elena Laas)
hit the road to attend the End Times Tent Revival. After a dramatic
turn of events, Mr Shepherd is inspired by his mother's adoration of
televangelists and decides to turn over a new leaf and begin his new
Without a doubt, this comedy that premiered at the WorldFest Houston
International Film Festival is a cult classic in the making. In the
vein of wholesome entertainment that so often eludes us in our
cinematic spectacles today, Pastor Shepherd lacks profanity, sex,
nudity and all of the other idiosyncrasies that often clutter the
films will see. In other words, Pastor Shepherd is a film for
everyone that all are sure to love. Edwin L. Marshall has reached a
significant milestone with his directorial debut. This film is a home
run. The performance of Dan Worley as Pastor Shepherd playing against
the next door neighbor father (Danny Trejo) is simply priceless and
the banter of the two 'trying to understand each other' is enough to
cause cardiac arrest from the comments and zingers thrown back and
forth. (Whoever thought that Danny Trejo could play a loveable
character?) The beautiful and incredibly talented Maria-Elena Laas
plays the perfect straight-lady and love interest to the unflappable
Shepherd. I simply would be remiss if I also didn't point out the
tremendous job done by Josh Perry as Lord Dewey. His mannerisms and
presentation are priceless and he provides perhaps the biggest laugh
of the film when he finds a new use for white out. Watch carefully,
so you don't miss it! Pastor Shepherd is an excellent film that I
cannot recommend more highly.
Starring: Dan Worley, Maria-Elena Laas & Danny Trejo
Director: Edwin L. Marshall
Company: Harbor Light Entertainment
Now Showing: WorldFest Houston
MPAA Rating: NR
Maya (Trisha Ray) has not been able to forgive her businessman father,
Bodhisattva (Soumitra Chatterjee), for her mother's suicide. So when
she comes home from the United States after an extended visit, she
chooses to stay with an old classmate Anu (Miska Halim) and her
husband Avik (San Banerje) rather than stay with her father. What
begins as a fun filled visit soon turns into a psychological battle
between the trio and peaks to a shattering climax.
Never judge a picture by its cover - this film isn't your typical
Bollywood fare. There is nary a song and dance routine nearby. This
film is tells a story that is all too familiar in the dysfunctional
family hierarchy. The chemistry between Maya and the other characters
is absolutely palpable. Chatterjee and Ray are compelling and the
tension between the characters is played to the hilt. San Banerje,
the picture's director, is a self trained auteur that not only made a
tremendously well done film, but completed the shooting of the film in
a mere seven days. Banerje is a young up and coming director that
will no doubt be heard from more and more as the years progress.
Bodhisattva is must see film if ever there was one.
Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee & Biswajit Chakroborty
Director: San Banerje
Now Showing: WorldFest Houston
MPAA Rating: NR
FATHER VS SON
After a lifetime of soul-crushing, mind-numbing dates, Grant (Josh
Dean) is ready to give up on love. Enter Jerry (Paul Wolff), Gran'ts
over the top father, whose wife just ran off to Mexico with her Krav
Maga instructor. Jerry is heartbroken and ready to rock the singles
scene with his son in order to relive his youth. Grant wants nothing
to do with his father's pending mid-life crisis - until they meet
Darlene (Heather Stephens), a mysterious exotic dancer, ex-chicken
plucker, and office temp who is the ray of sunshine both of these men
need. But when Grant and Jerry both fail for Darlene, the sparks fly
and the bond between father and son is tested to the limit.
A quirky comedy that is oh so much more than that, Father vs Son shows
the perfect trifecta that so often eludes us in films these days. The
writing, directing and acting in this picture snap into place with
such ease, the performances all show the relaxed confidence that allow
the cast to truly explore their characters and push the proverbial
envelope to reach their full potential. Josh Dean portrays the
perfect 'sad sack' who is ready to throw in the towel when it comes to
his love life and Paul Wolff in the midst of his mid-life crisis
provides spice and a sense of urgency to the role. The performances
of the entire cast were tremendous and lively, yet the comedic timing
of Heather Stephens steals the film. Her innocence and wisdom was the
glue that kept this gem together. Director Joe Ballarini and Paul
Wolff co-wrote the screenplay that will tickle your funny bone and
keep your interest throughout. Also of note, Father vs Son was
selected by the Houston Film Critics Society as the Best World
Premiere Film at the 43rd WorldFest - Houston Independent
International Film Festival. This is just one of the many accolades
that are sure to come down the road for this brilliant picture.
Father vs Son
Starring: Josh Dean, Heather Stephens & Paul Wolff
Director: Joe Ballarini
Company: Hidden Staircase
Now Showing: WorldFest Houston
MPAA Rating: NR
FREE DVD GIVEAWAY
We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of It's Just a Game: Changing Youth Sports Forever on DVD, it is really easy. All you have to do is send me an email at Filmlords@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!
A VOYAGE ROUND MY FATHER - Acorn
Sir Laurence Olivier plays Clifford Mortimer a blind, cantankerous English Barrister who enjoys arguing and preening his garden. Alan Bates plays John Mortimer a loving, and devoted son who's close relationship with his father sometimes annoys his wife Elizabeth, played by Jane Asher. And Finally, Elizabeth Sellars plays the Mother, devoted wife, a very loving Mother, and friend. This is a charming made for TV movie, based on the REAL LIFE relationship between John Mortimer, and his father. It's a film you'll never forget.
MURPHY'S LAW: Series 2 - Acorn
You will find it hard to take your eyes away, even with all the blood & violence because of the intriguing stories and action. Murphy (James Nesbitt), the wild Irish copper, who sometimes reacts in a rather volatile fashion, yet experiences personal mental anguish over his daughter's murder and his own part in that past event. Now in London, he serves as an undercover investigator in all kinds of situations, playing whatever lowlife role is needed, and so convincingly, but not always by the books. This covert series is unrated but very adult, with violence, blood, earthy language, nudity, and the disturbing life you'd expect to see the undercover cops enter to find the lowest of criminals.
SIX CENTURIES OF VERSE - Acorn
Rediscover the beauty of the Britain's mother tongue as Sir John Gielgud conducts a grand tour of English-language poetry through the last six centuries. Compiled by poet and literary critic Anthony Thwaite, these works show the power of verse to stir the heart and fire the imagination. They include not only classics by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron, Whitman, and Yeats, but also surprising, often-overlooked gems. I liked again hearing the American poets. Especially Egar Allan Poe's "The City in the Sea" and Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death." And (British) Romantic Realist Rudyard Kipling's "The Windhover." There's a treasure trove of superb writing here, too long to list. It's amazing to me how careful consideration of spoken words can heighten emotion so much more than the mere reading of the same. These poems are clearly meant to be heard.
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR: Season Five - Warner
This season, Will (Will Smith) finds himself in all sorts of hysterical predicaments. He manages to land a part in a daytime soap. He’s put into a trance by a stage hypnotist, who gets him to behave like a four-year-old and even takes a bullet for Carlton. But a life-changing event awaits Will when he meets Lisa (Nia Long). Before we know it, he’s in love, engaged and standing before the minister. Will they go through with the wedding? As for the others in the Banks household, Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali) finds herself abandoning her private school education in exchange for public school. Hillary (Karyn Parsons) prepares to leave the nest. Vivian (Daphne Maxwell Reid) reminisces about Philip’s (James Avery) marriage proposal when they appeared on Soul Train 25 years earlier. Available in local stores on May 11th.
PROM WARS - E1 Entertainment
Two all-boy schools lock into a fierce competition to win the most elusive prize of them all: prom dates with the senior class of Aversham and Cronstall’s School for Girls – the hottest, most brilliant and sought-after high school girls in the country. Comedic elements about in this farce that will bring back elements of high school you really don't want to remember. Starring Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre and Alia Shawkat.
BLESSED IS THE MATCH - Docurama
To some people the name Hannah Senesh does not mean anything but after watching the incredible new documentary, "Blessed is the Match"; those who see it will become aware of a truly amazing woman. Senesh was a World War II paratrooper who volunteered to become a resistance fighter along the same lines as Joan of Arc. She was also a poet and diarist. Living safely in what was Palestine (now Israel) in 1944, she volunteer to paratroop into Hungary (her native country) to rescue Jews who were doomed to experience the Holocaust, What is so important about this is that it was the only rescue mission to save Jews during the War. Senesh successfully landed in Hungary and behind enemy lines but was captured and tortured and then executed by the Nazi regime. What many do not realize is what she left behind--a body of written work that went on to inspire readers all over the world and she was only 23 when she died.
THE OFFICIAL INAUGURAL CELEBRATION - HBO
The historical "We Are One" 2-disc collector's DVD set is the only inaugural release to be endorsed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. It features the opening ceremony for the 56th Presidential Inaugural-- a celebration to America in song and spoken word which was held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, January 18th 2009 as broad casted on HBO. In addition, the set includes the Invocation given by Pastor Rick Warren before the concert; Obama’s Inauguration Address and The Neighborhood Ball– which took place on the night of the inauguration. This event marks President Barack Obama’s first public celebration in Washington, D.C. and features some of the biggest acts in the world of entertainment to celebrate our common heritage and our new direction.
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO: Blu-ray - Warner
David Lean focused all his talent as an epic-maker on Boris Pasternak's sweeping novel about a doctor-poet in revolutionary Russia. The results may sometimes veer toward soap opera, especially with the screen frequently filled with adoring close-ups of Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, but Lean's gift for cramming the screen with spectacle is not to be denied. The streets of Moscow, the snowy steppes of Russia, the house in the country taken over by ice; these are re-created with Lean's unerring sense of grandness. The movie is so lush and so long that it becomes an irresistible wallow, even when logic suffers--like Gone with the Wind before it and Titanic after. Sharif, who achieved stardom in Lean's previous film, Lawrence of Arabia, mostly looks noble throughout.
THE JACKAL: Blu-ray - Universal
The best way to enjoy this 1997 thriller is to forget the much better film that inspired it (1973's The Day of the Jackal) and get whatever kicks you can from this heavy-metal remake. It's not bad as hokey thrillers go, but all of the original film's suspenseful finesse has been traded in (not traded up) for bigger, bolder action and nonsensical plotting. It's as if Hollywood had forgotten to create excitement without resorting to overblown action and heavy hardware, but there's ample compensation in the casting of Bruce Willis and Richard Gere. Willis is the elusive assassin known only as the Jackal, whose latest target (he uses a cannon-sized gun that's anything but inconspicuous) may be the first lady of the United States. Gere plays a former IRA terrorist who is recruited by the deputy head of the FBI (Sidney Poitier) to trace the Jackal's maneuvers, and Diane Venora offers some gutsy support as a Russian-born agent who assists Gere on his mission.
TRAFFIC: Blu-ray - Universal
It’s the high-stakes, high-risk world of the drug trade as seen through a well-blended mix of interrelated stories: a Mexican policeman (Benicio Del Toro) finds himself and his partner caught in an often deadly web of corruption; a pair of DEA agents (Don Cheadle and Luis Guzmán) work undercover in a sordid and dangerous part of San Diego; a wealthy drug baron living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) takes over his business; and the U.S. President’s new drug czar (Michael Douglas) must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter.
OUT OF AFRICA: Blu-ray - Universal
Sydney Pollack's 1985 multiple-Oscar winner is a sumptuous and emotionally satisfying film about the life of Danish writer Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep), better known as Isak Dinesen, who travels to Kenya to be with her German husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer) but falls for an English adventurer (Robert Redford). The film is slow in developing the relationship, but it is rich in beautiful images of Africa and in the romantic tone surrounding Blixen's gradual discovery of her life and voice.
THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER MAN: Volume 8 - Sony
Witness the original web-slinger's mythology from the beginning! Peter Parker is a not so typical high school junior, fresh off an exciting summer engaging common criminals with his new found powers. But now he must conceal his secret identity as "Spider-Man", while engaging a new level of terror: the multi-leveled pressures of teenage life at home/school with combating bigger, badder super villains in the real world!
SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS: 1980's - Warner
It's great to see the 1980s decade of cartoons getting it's own volume to shine, being that we've already seen two 1960s and two 1970s sets of the Saturday Morning collection already out. One can not stress enough that high sales of this 80s volume 1 would encourage WB to release more 80s sets in the future. It's been said the 60s volumes have not sold as well as the 70s sets and that's a shame because some of these cartoons released in volume form are about the the only way they'll get to be on DVD being they're not as popular to be sold on their own. So the more 80s volumes made the better chance we'll get the more niche' cartoons.
TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: Season Three - Paramount
This 30-minute horror/fantasy anthology series follows in the vein of The Twilight Zone. Each week presents another standalone story of horror fantasy, and/or science fiction. Some episodes are gruesome, a few are of a lighter comedic style. Like many such shows, Tales... adapted the work of famous genre authors of the period such as Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. Many episodes also featured veteran actors of the 40's and 50's that saw very little work in their later years.
AVATAR: Blu-ray - Fox
After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics. Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na'vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. Although he's supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who'd like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na'vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron's complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na'vi). The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron's crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. I would be remiss if I didn't alert you to the fact that there are no special features included in this set and, word on the street is that an expanded edition is going to come out in November with a full disc of special features as well as an additional 20 minutes of footage not included in the original film. Avatar is still worth picking up and adding to your library.
CRIMES OF FASHION - Image
Brooke (Kaley Cuoco) dreams about making it big as a designer, but at her fashion school, she's definitely in the bargain basement of cliques. Popular, polished fashion diva Candace (Megan Fox) takes every opportunity to needle her frumpy rival, but when Brooke inherits the family business from a grandfather she never knew, she hilariously skyrockets from nobody to mob boss. With the help of her two best friends and a sharply dressed mobster (Dominic Chianese), Brooke becomes the most popular girl at school and falls for a cute student who's actually an undercover FBI agent!
TETRO - Lionsgate
This film cannot in any way be summarized without destroying all possible pleasure in the spectator or viewer. It is a film that is full of various keys and enigmas, each one about what follows or what precedes, anaphora and cataphora melting into catatonia. Let's say that Coppola deals here with the eternal theme of the relation between the father and the son but he multiplies the relation like with a mirror and ends up with the impossibility to know who the father is and who the son is, who the fathers are and who their sons are. He then multiplies the rivalries and desires of all type, sexual, emotional, professional or whatever among and around these men. We don't know who made who and who is made by whom, and when these binary relations turn ternary, the trios are absolutely undecipherable. The father makes the son and the son makes the father, for sure, but in what order and in what direction. This brings us to a far more interesting aspect of the film.
CRAZY HEART: Blu-ray - Fox
In a career filled with unforced, naturalistic performances, Jeff Bridges gives one of his finest in Crazy Heart. His oft-married, booze-soaked troubadour Bad Blake has just rolled into Santa Fe when he meets Maggie Gyllenhaal's journalist Jean. Against Jean's better judgment, her fling with Blake blooms into a full-fledged relationship. Between gigs, Blake hangs out with the divorcée and her 4-year-old son, with whom he establishes an instant rapport, possibly because the musician is just an overgrown kid himself. While Blake plays juke joints, his protégé, Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell), plays stadiums, but just when director Scott Cooper's debut seems to be going down the same path as A Star Is Born, Sweet offers his mentor an opportunity that could revive his reputation--at the expense of his still-healthy ego.
TRANSYLMANIA - Sony
Stoked over the smokin’ Romanian hottie he’s met online, an über-randy college student talks his dimwitted friends into joining him for a semester of beer, babes and bongs at what they think is a prestigious Transylvanian university. What they discover instead is a creepy castle populated by a torture-loving mad scientist, an overcybersexed humpback, the nubile spirit of a decomposed sorceress and a bevy of horny vampire chicks that have finally found a student body they can really sink their fangs into. This film is what it is and simply doesn't apologize for it. The film is humorous and will give you some chuckles.
DIRTY JOBS: Season Four - Discovery
Mike Rowe has one of the most fascinating, if not filthiest jobs on the face of this earth - he gets dirty for a living! Mike's adventures take him to the smelliest, dirtiest and most disgusting environments to please his fans. Watching this program, you will gain a new appreciation for the multitude of blue collar jobs that exist around our country that many folks take for granted. Check this latest season out. Not only will you not be disappointed, but you won't get dirty either.
DISGRACE - Image
After having read J.M. Coetzee's complex, disturbing, shocking and controversial novel, one could not directly see how this story could be transformed into an appealing screenplay and still less into a convincing movie. It's heavily charged with all kind of sexual contacts, unforced and forced ones (by someone who is in a dominating position) and even with pure rape. It deals also with the eventual outcome of those contacts, like pregnancy and parental love. Moreover, the story unfolds against the violent background of open racism in a country known for its apartheid. Steve Jacobs did a formidable job in turning the harsh and sometimes bitter and terrible realities into a moving, emotional and ultimately sublime movie, which matches the book.
IT'S JUST A GAME: Changing Youth Sports Forever - DennCo
If you have ever attended a sporting event of any kind, then you have seen it. You know, folks in the crowd that get unruly because a kid wasn't performing appropriately, there coach took them out of the game or perhaps the official wasn't calling things the way they thought it should be. Make sense? Parents often live vicariously through their kids and that irritates many people, in particular former Oklahoma Sooner and NFL standout with the Miami Dolphins, Uwe Von Schamann. “This DVD is very timely,” Von Schamann said. “This project deals with increasing issues we have with parent’s behaving badly at games. Harassing refs and umpires. Getting into fights in stands and after games with referees. I think everybody has had an experience like that if they have a child that plays youth sports.” This program examines situation such as parents who attacked a baseball official with bats, a stabbing, a dislocated jaw and even a fight between two fathers at a hockey game, one man passed away. This DVD interviews numerous sports players and coaches as well as officials from different levels of sports. Just a game has received a great deal of acclaim since it was released last year. Von Schamann hopes the DVD can be used in a variety of ways, including as a tool for teaching proper perspective. “Just like the title says, It’s just a game,” Von Schamann. “Sports teaches us so many things growing up. Lessons that we learn that we can take with us and use in our work place. So many things we learn from just playing that helps us later on in life.” To get more information about the DVD go to http://itsjustagame.biz/