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Professor Henry Louis Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, continues his journey into the past to illuminate the familial histories of 29 of today's most recognizable names in sports, music, film, television, theatre, and literature. Each episode takes viewers on a journey through layers of ancestral history, uncovering familial secrets and sharing life-altering discoveries that ultimately reveal an intimate bond that links each individual's story together.
DVD Review THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)
Critics have raved about this foreign drama for a while now, and it's nice to see it as yet another acclaimed film being distributed on Blu-ray from the Cohen Media Group.
Set during a weekend-long computer chess tournament circa 1980, Bujalski's funny and observant comedy depicts a group of programmers engaged in a game of man vs. machine, and their chance collision with another subculture of aging New Agers in a touchy-feely encounter therapy workshop being held in the same hotel.
DVD Review THE LONELIEST PLANET
This film made it on numerous Best of 2012 lists, and deservedly so, as it is a quiet, thought-provoking masterpiece. The only crime is that it there are no plans for a U.S. Blu-ray release.
Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are young, in love and engaged to be married. While backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, they hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek. Venturing into the stunning wilderness, the trio's peaceful adventure takes a dark turn when they encounter an armed man and his two sons...
DVD Review DARK SHADOWS (BLU-RAY)
Despite a slew of bad reviews, I'm still excited to see what Tim Burton has in store for the great character of Barnabas Collins. At worst, it sure looks like Depp is having a blast with the role.
Cast and crew are hard at work in France on the set of Malavita with Luc Besson directing. Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and John D'Leo head a talented ensemble of actors in this darkly comedic action film.
The film explores the day-to-day dramas of an extended family of koalas, seen through the eyes of the scientists studying their every move and vocalization. Fascinating social dynamics include territorial displays, vicious fighting and the surprising life and loves of a 'traveling salesman,' a rogue male who truly plays the field. New science even 'cracks the koala communication code,' providing insights into their basic language and social structure.
When the evil Dark Helmet attempts to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined Druish Princess, a clueless rogue and a half-man/half-dog creature who's his own best friend set out to stop him. But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they'll need the help of a wise imp named Yogurt and the mystical power of 'The Schwartz' to bring peace and merchandising rights to the entire galaxy!
Evidence collected at crime scenes -everything from fingerprints to bite marks - is routinely called upon in the courtroom to prosecute the most difficult crimes and put the guilty behind bars. And though glamorized on commercial television, in the real world, it's not so cut-and-dried. A joint investigation by FRONTLINE, ProPublica and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley examines the reliability of the science behind forensics.
Stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, alongside actors Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nester Serrano, in a film like no other in Hollywood's history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operation features a riveting story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. Combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film-showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.
DVD Review SHOCK LABYRINTH 3D (BLU-RAY)
I'm more than willing to take a look at anything from the maker of The Grudge, director Takashi Shimizu. From the sounds of reviews for this, his latest flick, my stance on Shimizu could, unfortunately, change pretty fast.
DVD Review WORLD ON A WIRE (BLU-RAY)
This is one of those classics of foreign cinema that I've known about since I was a kid, but have never actually seen. What better way to experience all 3-plus hours of this masterpiece for the first time than via a Criterion Collection Blu-ray.
Based on a play by Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening, Pandora's Box), this erotic thriller follows four characters (a brothel owner, a reformer, a young prostitute, and a young student) engaged in a psychological game of cat-and-mouse in a turn-of-the-century brothel. comes packed with special features, including deleted scenes (14 minutes of footage, 9 different scenes); a behind-the-scenes documentary that includes interviews with the cast and crew; "The Other Half" (2008, 17 min.), a short film by Bret Wood; and a theatrical trailer.
This "riveting" (Leslie Felperin, Variety) documentary focuses on a popular Russian youth organization with direct ties to the Kremlin: Nashi. Officially committed to advancing "anti-fascist and anti-oligarchic-capitalist" ideals, Nashi members are often found promoting the country's main political party - United Russia - and measures sponsored by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
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