Vineyard owner marquis Philippe de Montfaucon is called back to his castle Bellenac because of another dry season. He asks his wife and children to remain in Paris, but they still come after him. His wife Catherine de Montfaucon soon discovers that her husband is acting mysteriously and that his employees are following old pagan rituals that call for the life of the marquis himself to save the crops.
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Rudyard Kipling’s exciting tale of adventure and intrigue in colonial India is brilliantly brought to the screen. Peter O’Toole stars as the Lama, a Tibetan holy man who befriends the mischievous, free-spirited orphan Kim and takes him on a mystical journey. When the British Secret Service’s Mahbub Ali (Bryan Brown, The Thorn Birds) recruits Kim as a spy, the boy must use all his cunning to foil a plot to overthrow the British regime. Torn between two cultures and two very different mentors, Kim embarks on the ultimate journey – to find himself.
Amazing Grace (2006) Michael Apted, Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Biography, Drama, History
In 1797, William Wilberforce, the great crusader for the British abolition of slavery, is taking a vacation for his health even while he is sicker at heart for his frustrated cause. However, meeting the charming Barbara Spooner, Wilberforce finds a soulmate to share the story of his struggle. With few allies such as his mentor, John Newton, a slave ship captain turned repentant priest who penned the great hymn, “Amazing Grace,” Prime William Pitt, and Olaudah Equiano, the erudite former slave turned author, Wilberforce fruitlessly fights both public indifference and moneyed opposition determined to keep their exploitation safe. Nevertheless, Wilberforce finds the inspiration in newfound love to rejuvenate the fight with new ideas that would lead to a great victory for social justice.
The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life. Rock legend David Bowie, in his acting debut, completely embodies the title role, while Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn turn in pitch-perfect supporting performances. The film’s hallucinatory vision was obscured in the American theatrical release, which deleted nearly twenty minutes of crucial scenes and details.
In nineteenth century middle-Europe, orphaned teenage twins Maria and Frieda go to live with their uncle Gustav Weil, who heads the Brotherhood, a vigilante group trying to stamp out vampirism. But their methods are random and misplaced and the only result is a terrorised populace. The real threat lies with Count Karnstein, and although the twins seem outwardly to be identical, Frieda finds herself much more drawn than her sister to the Count’s castle dominating the skyline.
The Raging Moon (1971) Bryan Forbes, Malcolm McDowell, Nanette Newman, Georgia Brown, Drama, Romance
Bruce Pritchard is paralysed in a soccer game and is confined to a wheelchair in a convalescence home. But this doesn’t slow his lust for life. Then he meets Jill and has to think about the effects of disability.
Verdict of the Sea (1932) Frank Miller, Sidney Webber Northcote, John Stuart, Moira Lynd, Cyril McLaglen, Adventure, Crime
The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) Mike Newell, Richard Chamberlain, Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jourdan, Adventure, Drama, History
Fed up with the the insufferably cruel behavior of Louis XIV (Richard Chamberlain), a group of musketeers plot to replace the king with his twin brother, Philippe (also Chamberlain). They kidnap Phillipe and temporarily lock him in the Bastille, where he is inevitably recognized as a dead ringer for Louis. Word gets back to the king and, fearing for his safety, he decides to have his brother locked in an iron mask and subsequently imprisoned for life.
Heaven (2002) Tom Tykwer, Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband’s death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer…
Attack the Block (2011) Joe Cornish, John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Joe Cornish writes and directs this British sci-fi comedy action adventure starring Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and Nick Frost. While being robbed by a gang of thugs outside the South London tower block where she lives, trainee nurse Sam (Whittaker)’s hooded attackers suddenly break off their assault when a meteorite hits a nearby carpark. As Sam flees the scene, the gang members fend off an attack from a small alien being that has emerged from the crash-site, killing it in the process, and carrying off their prize to their rooftop lair. But now, as Sam and the police search for the gang, a new wave of meteorites fall. With the gang emboldened by their latest victory, they prepare to face their new-found enemy, only to be confronted with an army of much larger, savagely vicious alien monsters, hellbent on finding their comrade.