Mark MacLennan

 
Fri
21
Sep
2018
 

During the Vietnam War, the young American Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is given the assignment to hunt down and kill one of his own: Colonel Kurtz (famously played by Marlon Brando), who has apparently gone insane, murdered hundreds of innocent people and constructed a strange kingdom for himself deep in the jungle. Willard and his crew embark on a surreal river journey to find Kurtz, meeting along the way a Lieutenant-Colonel who surfs during live combat, Playboy bunnies dropped in by helicopter to entertain rowdy troops, and the inhabitants of a French plantation trapped in colonial times. Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece was inspired by Joseph Conrad's famous novel Heart of Darkness. This film was plagued by an extraordinary script, shooting, budget an casting problems - nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. An acclaimed documentary of the making of the film - Hearts of Darkness - was released in 1991 and acclaimed by Gene Siskel as 'the best film of the year'. 

Sun
09
Sep
2018
 

Follow the yellow brick road! Young Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas where a large tornado picks her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the Land of Oz where things are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She's helped by the Good Fairy of the North, but she's also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. While searching her way home via the fabled Wizard of Oz, she meets a Scarecrow (who needs a brain), a Tin Man (who needs a heart), and a cowardly lion (who needs courage). Although it had a troubled and difficult gestation and subsequent shoot (it went through a number of directors) it remains one of the most beloved fantasy films of all time.

Sun
09
Sep
2018
 

William Friedkin's powerful film adaptation of William Peter Blatty's bestselling novel of a young girl who is possessed by a demon. The film quickly became a cultural phenomenon. 

One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd -- levitating, speaking in tongues -- her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

Sun
09
Sep
2018
 

Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), a ruthless Spanish conquistador, vies for power while part of an expedition in Peru to find El Dorado, the mythical seven cities of gold. Accompanied by his daughter, Flores (Cecilia Rivera), Aguirre faces off against his superior, Don Pedro de Ursua (Ruy Guerra), and grows increasingly volatile after seizing control of the group. As Aguirre presses deeper into the Amazonian jungle, he descends further into madness. 

From maverick acclaimed director Werner Herzog

 

Sun
09
Sep
2018
 

Vincent Ward's highly ambitious fifth feature follows an Irishwoman in 1860s New Zealand, as Māori tribes resist the occupation of their land by the British. Sarah (Samantha Morton) has had an affair with a Māori and borne his child. Years later the boy is kidnapped by his grandfather, a powerful tribal leader. Sarah embarks on a search for her child, aided by warrior Wiremu (Cliff Curtis). When she finds him, both mother and son must decide to which culture they belong.

Sat
01
Sep
2018
 

The Piano is a 1993 New Zealand drama film about a mute piano player (Played by Holly Hunter who won best actress Oscar) and her daughter, set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater town on the west coast of New Zealand. It revolves around the musician's passion for playing the piano and her efforts to regain her piano after it is sold. The Piano was written and directed by Jane Campion and stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin in her first acting role. Now re-released after 25 years, this literary work about a mute Scottish woman in 19th Century New Zealand remains full of extraordinary images and enigmas. Acknowledged as celebrated director Jane Campion's best film. 

Sat
11
Aug
2018
 

The Piano is a 1993 New Zealand drama film about a mute piano player (Played by Holly Hunter who won best actress Oscar) and her daughter, set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater town on the west coast of New Zealand. It revolves around the musician's passion for playing the piano and her efforts to regain her piano after it is sold. The Piano was written and directed by Jane Campion and stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin in her first acting role. Now re-released after 25 years, this literary work about a mute Scottish woman in 19th Century New Zealand remains full of extraordinary images and enigmas. Acknowledged as celebrated director Jane Campion's best film. 

 

Sat
11
Aug
2018
 

After a car accident in which his wife, Debra, was killed and he was injured, Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) develops psychic abilities allowing him to see, hear, and communicate with ghosts. He gives up his job as an architect, letting his unfinished "dream house" sit incomplete for years, and puts his new skills to use by befriending a few ghosts and getting them to haunt houses in the area to drum up work for his ghostbusting business; Then Frank proceeds to "exorcise" the houses for a fee. But when he discovers that an entity resembling the Grim Reaper is killing people, marking numbers on their forehead beforehand, Frank tries to help the people whom the Reaper is after...…..

 The Frighteners meanders from pitch black and morbid comedy, to straight horror, and back to normal situational comedy in the space of a few scenes, and features a host of brilliant supporting performances, as well as trading well on Michael J. Fox's easy charm.

Directed by Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures, King Kong and the legendary Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

 

Tue
03
Jul
2018
 

A surreal love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Howl's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl's fire demon, named Karishifâ. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Howl, then Karushifâ will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape. It has all of the classic stunning Miyazaki panoramas, rich settings, exciting and unusual machinery, and brilliantly conceived creatures that are often humorous and fanciful. 

Tue
03
Jul
2018
 

After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL-E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen. Joining WALL-E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future, is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.

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