Sunday, June 30, 2013

June 30: PM Offends King With Impromptu Speech

Lumumba (2000, France/Belgium/Germany/Haiti, Raoul Peck)

"The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and director Raoul Peck renders an emotional and tautly woven account of the mail clerk and beer salesman with a flair for oratory and an uncompromising belief in the capacity of his homeland to build a prosperous nation independent of its former Belgium overlords. Lumumba emerges here as the heroic sacrificial lamb dubiously portrayed by the international media and led to slaughter by commercial and political interests in Belgium, the United States, the international community, and Lumumba's own administration; a true story of political intrigue and murder where political entities, captains of commerce, and the military dovetail in their quest for economic and political hegemony." IMDb

Friday, June 28, 2013

June 29: Shark Trauma Impairs Memory

Jaws (Steven Spielberg, USA, 1975)

June 28: Due Date Confirmed

Rosemary's Baby (1968, USA, Roman Polanski)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27: Playwright Seeks Actress

Somewhere In Time (1980, USA, dir Jeannot Szwarc. Richard Matheson screenplay)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26: Johansson New Heavyweight Champ

My Life As A Dog ("Mitt liv som hund" 1985, Sweden, dir. Lasse Hallström)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June 25: Power Lines Needed

Trollhunter (2010, Norway, André Øvredal)

Monday, June 24, 2013

June 24: Ticket To Ride

Tabu (1931, USA, dir. F.W. Murnau)

Murnau's last film, filmed in Bora Bora with non-professional actors. He died March 11 1931, a week before the film's premiere. Academy Award: cinematography, Floyd Crosby. Added to Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.

Aged emissary Hitu announces that a maiden sacred to their gods has died, and Reri is named her replacement because of her royal blood and virtue. She is tabu: "man must not touch her or cast upon her the eye of desire" upon penalty of death. She escapes the island by outrigger canoe with her lover Matahi.

Eventually they reach a French colony, half dead. Matahi becomes a pearl diver. Unfamiliar with the concept of money, he does not understand the bills he signs for drinks for everyone during a celebration. Hitu arrives on the island and informs Reri that she has three days to give herself up or Matahi will be put to death. When Matahi goes to buy tickets on a schooner, the shopkeeper takes the money as partial payment of his debt.

That night, Hitu returns with a spear. While Matahi sleeps, Reri agrees to return to Bora Bora to save his life. When Matahi wakes, he decides to get money diving for a pearl from a tabu region of the lagoon, guarded by a shark. Discovering that Reri has gone with Hitu, Matahi swims after Hitu's boat.

Murnau's films include Nosferatu (1922), The Last Laugh (1924), Faust (1926), and Sunrise (1927).

Cribbed from wikipedia

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23: Scot Invents Caber Toss

Braveheart (1995, USA, Mel Gibson)

In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen. And won their freedom. 

A hugely popular film - IMDb #79, 5 Oscars including Best Picture and Director - that tells the story of Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace but"hasn't hasn't an iota of fact in it." Ewan J. Innes, MA (Hons Scot. Hist.)

Well, there are at least a couple of iotas. For example, The Battle of Bannockburn actually occurred, unlike many of the events in the film. And it occurred in 1314, as the narrator informs us - though it probably didn't begin with the flinging of a sword. The two-day battle began on June 23, led by Robert The Bruce.

Such an interesting middle name, "The." I wonder if that's common in Scotland.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June 20: DiMaggio Tops Hitler

Farewell, My Lovely (1975, dir. Dick Richards)

June 11: Klawitzky Children Missing

M (dir. Fritz Lang)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 18: Kefauver Obscenity Hearings Conclude

The Notorious Betty Page (2005, dir. Mary Herron)

Soul Food review

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 9: Watch Declared Missing

Fear (2007, India, dir. Vikram Bhatt)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

June 8: Robert Ford Slain

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Friday, June 7, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013