Tag Archives: 1990s

Johns (1996) Scott Silver, David Arquette, Lukas Haas, Tony Epper, Drama, Romance

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It’s the day before Christmas, the day before John’s 21st birthday. He’s a prostitute on Santa Monica Blvd in L.A., and he wants to spend that night and the next day at the posh Park Plaza Hotel. He’s ripped off a local drug dealer to pay the bill, but as he’s sleeping that morning, someone steals his shoes right off his feet, with the money in them. Meanwhile, Donner, a lad new to the streets, wants John to leave the city with him for Camelot, a theme park in Branson, MO, where they’ll work as lifeguards. John spends the day trying to hustle the money for the hotel, avoid Jimmy the Warlock, keep his girl friend placated, and figure out how to deal with Donner’s friendship.

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Ucieczka z kina ‘Wolnosc’ / Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema (1990) Wojciech Marczewski, Janusz Gajos, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Teresa Marczewska, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Ucieczka z kina 'Wolnosc' (1990)
The film is set just before Poland’s communist regime came to an end, and the central character is a provincial censor (Janusz Gajos), a tired, sloppy, lonely man, whose wife has long since left him. For him, censorship is both an art and a game, but he does not enjoy it. During a screening of a sentimental Polish melodrama called “Daybreak” at the Liberty cinema across the road from the censor’s office, the actors start to rebel and refuse to speak their lines.

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Mayis Sikintisi / Clouds of May (1999) Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Emin Ceylan, Muzaffer Özdemir, Fatma Ceylan, Comedy, Drama

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This is a movie within movie, which is almost recursive, i.e., the movie inside looks like director Ceylan’s previous movie, Kasaba. It is about the movie director, Muzaffer, going back to his hometown to make a movie using a cast of local people. While Muzaffer is around, his mother complains about simple health problems, his father is in a legal fight against the government for his land, his cousin gets out of his job to help Muzaffer who promises him to find a job in Istanbul, and his little cousin Ali tries to carry an egg in his pocket for 40 days so that he’ll get the watch of his dreams. In the meantime, they get to form the cast for Muzaffer’s movie as well.

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Clean, Shaven (1993) Lodge Kerrigan, Peter Greene, Alice Levitt, Megan Owen, Crime, Drama

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Peter Winter is a young schizophrenic who is desperately trying to get his daughter back from her adoptive family. He attempts to function in a world that, for him, is filled with strange voices, electrical noise, disconcerting images, and jarringly sudden emotional shifts. He clings to his humanity like a raft, barely afloat in a sea of terror. In a brief moment of congruence, he shatters his image reflected in a window, perhaps to more properly align it with his fragmented psyche. During his quest, he runs afoul of the law and an ongoing murder investigation.

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De trip van Teetje / Tate’s Voyage (1998) Paula van der Oest, Boris Abarov, Cynthia Abma, Abdenbi Azzaoui, Drama

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Tate, a young and crooked businessman, thinks he can get rich quick by buying a Russian freighter in the port of Rotterdam. This turns out to be a fiasco because the ship has been arrested, the freight has been sealed by the customs and the crew has been waiting for months for their wages. When his girlfriend falls in love with the ship’s mate, Tate makes a decision. He takes pity on the suffering crew and tries to save them from their helpless predicament.

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