Too Late to Say Goodbye (2009) Norma Bailey, Rob Lowe, Lauren Holly, Michelle Hurd, Drama

Too Late to Say Goodbye (2009)
Bart Corbin’s wife Jenn dies in their home, apparently suicide, as the police believes. While he moves in with young sons Taylor and Trevor at brother Bobby’s, her sister Heather starts a relentless campaign, without any clue, to make the police believe Bart must have murdered her and have an affair with practice secretary Dara. However PC data show Jenn was the one who has an Internet affair with a Chris, who turned out to be a lesbian’s alias.

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The Screentest Girls (1969) Zoltan G. Spencer, Bonnie Cooper, Ron Dyer, Mary Jane Shippen, Drama, Sexploitation, Erotic

The Screentest Girls (1969)
Two naive young women, Sue and Linda, arrive in Hollywood seeking acting jobs and meet Mr. Zoltan, a producer of adult movies. They are required to strip for their interview, and afterwards Linda participates in a test lovemaking sequence with a young actor while Sue is made up by Barbara, Mr. Zoltan’s secretary. Sue and Linda then watch the filming of a gorilla rape sequence involving Honey, a starlet who is chained, naked, to the wall. Sue and Linda are next asked to play a lesbian love scene, and because they are so inexperienced, Mr. Zoltan sends Barbara to teach them erotic techniques. At the end of the day, they learn that there is no immediate work available but that their screen tests will be shown in neighborhood theaters.

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Goodbye, South, Goodbye / Nan guo zai jian, nan guo (1996) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Hsiang Hsi, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Crime, Drama

Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996)
Produced by the Japanese Shochiku Company, this Taiwanese drama follows the lives of two generations of Taipei residents. Kao is a gangster, while divorcee/single mother/bar hostess Ying is his girl friend. Kao’s closest friend is rock singer Flathead and his slightly ditzy girl friend Pretzel. The troubles begin when Kao and his long-time cohort Hsi and the others set up a temporary gambling den in the highlands. As the day progresses, Pretzel gets so deeply into debt that she attempts suicide. Later Kao and His get some bad news about a shady business venture in Shanghai. To make some quick money, His and Kao devise a new scam to get the government to condemn so land so the two can quickly buy up all the pigs upon it and then sell them to their fellow gangsters, to the government and to the local farmers. The plan works until Flathead decides to flex his muscles and get some of his relatives, who live in the are, to pay their debts.

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Just the Wind / Csak a szél (2012) Benedek Fliegauf, Katalin Toldi, Gyöngyi Lendvai, Lajos Sárkány, Drama

Just the Wind (2012)
News quickly spreads of the murder of a Romany family in a Hungarian village. The perpetrators have escaped and nobody claims to know who might have committed the crime. For another Romany family living close by, the murder only serves to confirm their latent, carefully repressed fears. Far away in Canada the head of the family decides that his wife, children and their grandfather must join him as soon as possible. Living in fear of the racist terror that surrounds them and feeling abandoned by the silent majority, the family tries to get through the day after the attack. By nightfall when darkness descends on the village the family pushes the beds closer together than usual. Yet their hope of escaping the madness proves illusory. Based on an actual series of killings in Hungary that claimed the lives of eight people in less than a year, Bence Fliegauf portrays the pogrom-like atmosphere which breeds such violence. The camera stays hot on the heels of the protagonists, making the breathless escalation of events physically palpable.

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Harakiri / Seppuku (1962) Masaki Kobayashi, Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Action, Drama, History

Harakiri (1962)
Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself – but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, Harakiri, directed by Masaki Kobayashi is a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system.

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