1997, dir. Tony Vitale. Kiss Me Guido tells the story of Frankie (Nick Scotti), a young Italian pizza-maker/would-be actor (his entire acting career consists of quoting lines from Scorsese movies). When Frankie discovers his wife-to-be cheating on him with his own brother, he packs up his stuff and moves out of his family home. Desperate and homeless on the streets of the Bronx, Frankie turns to the want ads. There, he finds a "GWM" looking for a roommate. Taking "GWM" to mean "Guy With Money," Frankie finds himself moving in with Warren (Anthony Barrile), a decidedly gay off-Broadway choreographer. Before you can say "The Odd Couple," our two protagonists are fighting, bonding and culture clashing all over the screen.
This handsome, well-made documentary drama on the short-lived but prolific writer of the Beat Generation stands as one of the best films of its kind. A beautifully photographed biography of an interesting man as well as an invaluable record of contemporary American writers. The dramatic recreations are intelligently handled. There's a zest to this film that matches the man.
1996, dir. Kris Isacsson. Winner of the Best Short Film at this year's Sundance Film Festival, MAN ABOUT TOWN follows the exploits of an alholic college student as he narrates his way through one last night of drinking.
Howard Brookner's phenomenal documentary is as edgy, galling and darkly comic as its subject .. . . It's a hipster 'This is Your Life.'"
1997, Dir. Mike Leigh. College roommates Annie (Lynda Steadman) and Hannah ((Katrin Cartlidge) are reunited 6 years after graduation on a train trip. In the mid-80's, Annie was a shy, introverted teenager who continuously broke out in a nervous rash. Hannah was bright, hilariously funny, and occasionally cruel. In time they learned from each other, and at their weekend reunion they re-evaluate their friendship, their old boyfriends, and their lives.
1955, dir. Robert Aldrich. While returning at night from a trip to Los Angeles, Mike Hammer picks up a barefooted hitchhiker who reveals that she is from a nearby asylum. Later, he is run off the road and the hitchhiker is tortured and killed. Hammer's investigation of her death reveals a conspiracy against a murdered scientist leading to a mysterious box containing radioactive material being sought by foreign agents. Speed and violence are the core of the film, typifying the frenetic, post-atomic-bomb Los Angeles of the 1950s with its malignant undercurrents.
1959, dir. Jean-Luc Godard. Michel is a young thug who romantically models himself on Humphrey Bogart. While driving a stolen car, Michel shoots a policeman who follows him onto a country road. Penniless and on the run from the police, he turns to his American girlfriend Patricia, a student and aspiring journalist. Patricia agrees to hide him and the two spend their time evading the police, making love and stealing cars to raise money for a trip to Italy. As the police net tightens, Michel's bravado and desperation grow.
1996, dir Mark Herman. In existence for a hundred years, Grimley Colliery Brass band is as old as the mine. But the miners are now deciding whether to fight to keep the pit open, and the future for town and band looks bleak. Although the arrival of flugelhorn player Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) injects some life into the players, and bandleader Danny continues to exhort them to continue in the national competition, frictions and pressures are all too evident. And who's side is Gloria actually on? In joining the band she puts her relationship with her childhood sweetheart Andy (Ewan McGregor) on the line.
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