Tag Archives: 2000s

Imprint (2006) Takashi Miike, Billy Drago, Shihô Harumi, Michié, Horror

Imprint (Takashi Miike, 2006)
In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the American journalist Christopher is traveling through the country searching Komomo, the missing love of his life that he had abandoned years ago promising to come back to her later. He arrives in a shadowy island inhabited by whores and caftans, where he has an encounter with a deformed prostitute that tells that his beloved Komomo had passed away. He drinks sake with her and later he asks the woman to tell the story of her life. The prostitute discloses a dark and cruel story about her life and the sad fate of Komomo.

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Hollywood Ending (2002) Woody Allen, Téa Leoni, Bob Dorian, Comedy, Romance

Hollywood Ending (Woody Allen, 2002)
Val Waxman is a film director who was once big in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film. But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind.

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I cento passi / One Hundred Steps (2000) Marco Tullio Giordana, Luigi Lo Cascio, Luigi Maria Burruano, Lucia Sardo, Biography, Crime, Drama

I cento passi (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2000)
“I cento passi” (one hundred steps) was the distance between the Impastatos’ house and the house of Tano Badalamenti, an important Mafia boss, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi. The movie is the story of Peppino Impastato, a young left-wing activist that in the late seventies (when almost nobody dared to speak about Mafia, and several politicians maintained that Mafia did not even exist) repeatedly denounced Badalamenti crimes and the whole Mafia system using a small local radio station, with the arm of irony. In 1978 Peppino (30 years old) was killed by an explosion. The police archived the case as an accident or a suicide, but his friends never accepted this thesis. Note: This is a true story. More than wenty years after Peppino’s death, the case has been re-opened. Tano Badalamenti, meanwhile, has been convicted in USA for drug traffic.

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Duze zwierze / Big Animal (2000) Jerzy Stuhr, Anna Dymna, Dominika Bednarczyk, Comedy, Drama

Duze zwierze (2000)
Left behind by a circus, a camel wanders to the house of a simple middle-aged couple. Although the wife is initially bewildered by the strange and unexpected animal, her husband immediately adopts it as a pet. As the man and his new companion take their daily walks in the village, neighbors are drawn to the odd sight and approach him about riding the camel or using it for any number of purposes. He declines to exploit or capitalize on the friendly animal, and is met with barely veiled hostility. In time, the camel becomes a burden on both the town and the man, who’s edged out of community affairs and lives on shaky ground with his wife.

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Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008) Frank H. Woodward, Robin Atkin Downes, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Documentary

Lovecraft Fear of the Unknown (2008)
Journey into the life and work of the weird fiction author who gave us the Cthulu mythos and inspired such notable horror authors as Stephen King, Robert Bloch, and Neil Gaiman. Though initially overshadowed by the masterfully morbid prose of author Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft’s writings have proven very influential, and can be seen in everything from movies (Re-Animator, Hellboy) to music (Metallica’s “Call of Cthulu) to video games Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth). Discover how an Old World xenophobe crafted one of literature’s greatest mythologies, and why his works continue to fascinate readers long after his untimely death as John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Straub, and others reflect on Lovecraft’s crucial role in the history of horror fiction.

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House of Sand and Fog (2003) Vadim Perelman, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Drama

House of Sand and Fog (2003)
An emotionally broken woman, Kathy, suddenly finds herself homeless after her house is wrongly repossessed and auctioned. Seeking respite from his marriage, Lester, a sympathetic sheriff’s deputy comes to the aid of Kathy and becomes intimately involved in her situation. Soon, Behrani, a proud emigrant Iranian and his family move into the house only to find their new lives burdened by harassment from Lester and Kathy as they attempt to reclaim her former home. The once prosperous colonel denies Kathy’s pleas for he knows his recent purchase promises a profitable return and a better future for his adolescent son and his wife. But latent consequences lie beneath Behrani’s well intentioned plan as Kathy’s emotions spiral out of control and her actions spark a tragic chain of events that will leave no resident unscathed in the House of Sand and Fog.

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