In 2008 while rehearsing for a charity event, actor Joaquin Phoenix, with Casey Affleck’s camera watching, tells people he’s quitting to pursue a career in rap music. Over the next year, we watch the actor write, rehearse, and perform to an audience. He importunes Sean Combs in hopes he’ll produce the record. We see the actor in his home: he parties, smokes, bawls out his two-man entourage, talks philosophy with Affleck, and comments on celebrity.
New Faces of 1937 (1937) Leigh Jason, Joe Penner, Milton Berle, Harry Parke, Comedy, Musical, Romance
A crooked producer tries to link his backers by producing a flop and disapearing with the money. Patricia, one of the chorus girls has given her money, too and after the disapearing of the producer one of the backers is in charge of production, trying the same trick. But Patricia tries to convince him to give the show a chance.
Rendez-vous à Bray / Appointment in Bray (1971) André Delvaux, Anna Karina, Mathieu Carrière, Roger Van Hool, Drama, Music, War
In 1917, the First World War is raging. Julien is from Luxemburg, so instead of having to go to war he studies piano in Paris. One day his friend Jacques, also a musician and now a fighter pilot on the front, invites him to spend a few days in his family’s empty house in Bray. The housekeeper, a beautiful but mute woman lets Julien in, but his friend is late and he is obliged to wait. In the meantime, he starts reminiscing of the pre-war days spent with his friend and Jacques’ girlfriend Odile.
On the Town (1949) Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Three sailors -Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie- are very excited about getting a 24-hour leave and spending it in New York, New York – a wonderful town! They are especially concerned with the female inhabitants of the city, and each finds his own to cuddle up with. Chip tries but can’t resist the horny advances of a cab driver, Ozzie gladly fills the role of a lovely anthropologist’s “prehistoric man,” and after much desperate searching, Gabey finds the model who poses for the Miss Turnstiles advertisements, who isn’t quite the glamorous celebrity he envisioned but nevertheless will do.
Durval Discos / Durval Records (2002) Anna Muylaert, Ary França, Etty Fraser, Isabela Guasco, Comedy, Drama, Music
Durval and his mother Carmita live at the back of “Durval Discos”, a record store they own in São Paulo, specializing in vinyl records. They lead a boring and unattractive life, until the day Durval hires a maid, Celia, to help his mother with the housekeeping. However, on her second day, Celia goes away leaving a 5-year-old child behind, Kiki, and a note promising to be back in a couple of days. Durval and Celia are charmed by the child at first, but soon they see some sad news about Celia and Kiki on TV that will change the whole situation.
Hearts Divided (1936) Frank Borzage, Marion Davies, Dick Powell, Charles Ruggles, Drama, History, Musical
Napoleon needs money to fight his wars in Europe so he wants 20 million dollars for the Louisiana Territory in the United States. To help the negotiations, he sends his brother, Jerome, to the U.S. on a goodwill tour. At a Maryland Horse Track, Jerome shows up without notice and soon wins an afternoon tour with Betsy. He falls for her, but she will have little to do with him. She is currently being courted by Henry, John and Harry. The next day, Jerome gets a job teaching Betsy French and they soon fall in love. The family dissuades this as they believe that he is but a tutor. When they meet again at a reception in Washington, Betsy consents to marriage, but Napoleon wants Jerome to marry into European Royalty and demands that Jerome do what is in the best interests of France.
Dong / The Hole (1998) Ming-liang Tsai, Kuei-Mei Yang, Kang-sheng Lee, Tien Miao, Drama, Fantasy, Musical
A strange disease starts to affect people in Taiwan just before the year 2000. The authorities order everyone to evacuate, but some tenants of an apartment building stay put, including a shop owner who lives by himself. One day, a plumber goes to the shop owner’s apartment to check the pipes. The plumber drills a small hole in the floor, which comes down through the ceiling of another apartment. The hole never gets repaired, and this leads to some tension between the shop owner and the woman who lives below him.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982) Lou Adler, Peter Donat, Diane Lane, Marin Kanter, Comedy, Drama, Music
Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother’s death. So far that she gets them (she and two cousins) on a tour with a washed-out glam-rock group and a rising British punk band, radically changes her appearance, attracts a cult following and national media attention. With luck like this, what could go wrong?
The Pied Piper (1972) Jacques Demy, Keith Buckley, Patsy Puttnam, Arthur Hewlett, Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. Minstrels go to Hamelin for the Mayor’s daughter’s wedding to the Baron’s son. He wants her dowry to pay his army while his father taxes the people to build a cathedral he thinks will save his soul. A local apothecary who’s a Jew seeks a treatment for the plague; the priests charge him with witchcraft. One of the minstrels, who has soothed the Mayor’s daughter with his music, promises to rid the town of rats for the fee. The Mayor agrees, then reneges. In the morning, the plague, the Jew’s trial, and the Piper’s revenge come at once.
Claire (Patricia Morison), owner of an ice-show, faces bankruptcy because Belita (Belita), star of the show, is about to leave and marry her sweetheart Tom (Henry Wadsworth). Danny (Kenny Baker), singer with the show, and Claire are in love but Claire refuses to wed until she can get the show back on its feet. Katrina (Irene Dare), 10-year-old orphaned refugee from Holland, comes to the show looking for her uncle, now in the service. Claire wants to adopt the girl but has to be married, so she decides to accept Danny’s proposal. He, however, has been making a play for Belita, hoping to keep her with the show. Belita quarrels with her fiancee and Danny soon, and unintentionally, finds himself engaged to both Claire and Belita.