The Tree of Life (2011 Black Star From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Black star may refer to: In astronomy In astrology Saturn, referred to as "Black Star" in ancient Judaeic beliefs In entertainment In music In military Other See also Tribeca Film Festival Announces Film Selections for Spotlight and Cinemania Sections and Special Screenings « the diary of a film awards fanatic The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan. “This year’s Spotlight is a mixture of carefully selected festival favorites from around the globe, highly anticipated releases, a number of new works by high profile filmmakers and films with subjects of special note,” said Genna Terranova, Senior Programmer. “And in Cinemania we really kick it up a notch with boundary-pushing genre films packed with action, sexy thrills, and an extra helping of blood and guts for good measure.” The Assault (L’assaut), directed by Julien Leclerq, written by Simon Moutairou and Julien Leclerq. (France) – International Premiere, Narrative.
They Live They Live is a 1988 American satirical science fiction horror film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows an unnamed drifter (referred to as "John Nada" in the film's credits) who discovers the ruling class are in fact aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to spend money, breed, and accept the status quo with subliminal messages in mass media. At release it was number one in the box office, but sales soon suffered, though the film was nominated for two Saturn Awards. Plot Drifter "John Nada" (Roddy Piper) finds construction work in Los Angeles and befriends fellow construction worker Frank Armitage (Keith David), who leads him to a local shantytown soup kitchen. In a grocery store, Nada confronts an alien woman who then speaks into her wristwatch, notifying others about him. Now a fugitive, Nada returns to the alley where he finds the garbage can that held the other glasses is empty.
Tropic Thunder (2008 The Legend of William Tell The Legend of William Tell is a 16-part television fantasy/drama series produced in 1998 by Cloud 9 Productions in New Zealand. The basic premise of the series — a crossbow-wielding rebel defies a corrupt governor — and the name of the title character were adopted from the traditional story, but the series was set in a fantasy world and featured supernatural themes. Described by executive producer Raymond Thompson as "Star Wars on the planet Earth", this is a fantasy saga of bravery, magic, myth and romance. William Tell is the youthful leader of a band of young, ‘brat pack' outlaws, forever hunted by the forces of darkness, led by Xax and Kreel, who have usurped power in their homeland. The series of self-contained stories follows Will's quest to restore young Princess Vara to her rightful place on the royal throne and defeat Xax and Kreel's forces — and by doing so, bring back peace and order to the Kingdom of Kale. Cast Episodes Season 1 (1998–1999)
Video: Magnolia An Artist Considers Levels in Matter — Art by Myrrh Fig. 6. Reductionism ad Absurdum, scratchboard, 8 x 10-in, 1983 However, the notion that "events are nothing until they are observed" struck me as being similar to reductionist statements I had heard all my life. I laughed. Just as one might think about the expanding universe backward to arrive at the Big Bang, so I ran my strange loop structure in reverse with respect to this observation to see what would result. The structure that I devised (Fig. 6) is similar to Fig. 5, but it illustrates a paradox I had noticed; consequently, the categories are a little different. This loop assigns an order to several assumptions that have been fruitful for scientific inquiry. The reductionist assertions fit together in my loop as follows: Man is nothing but an animal; an animal is nothing but matter; matter is nothing but atoms; atoms are nothing but particles; particles are nothing but events. Conjecture is based on the hierarchy of the structure of matter. References and Notes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Sucker Punch Review: Don't Drink the Kool-Aid - TIME Sucker punch: In theaters where this movie is playing, it’s a beverage sold at the concession stand. Critics have descended upon the new film from director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole) like vultures on roadkill. They excoriate it for being a PG-13 version of fanboy porn: for creating a world of teen hotties in bordello bondage fighting dragons and Nazi zombies and then not delivering the lurid goods. “You’ve heard of films wanting their cake and eating it too?” So naturally, before I’ve even seen Sucker Punch, I’m interested. A quarter-century ago, at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, Snyder numbered among his classmates Michael Bay (Transformers) and Tarsem Singh (The Fall); his own movies, usually shot on bare stages with long takes, bodies twirling in slo-mo and lots of green-screen work, might be located at the midpoint between Bay’s pummeling soullessness and Singh’s epic surrealism. (See the top 10 movies of 2010.)
Werner Herzog Hypnotizes Chickens Girls on Film: Faux Feminism in 'Sucker Punch Welcome to Girls on Film -- a Monday-night Cinematical column full of female-centric musing, rants, love and aggravation. Empowerment is the act of giving power and authority -- the right to control, command and determine. In the realm of women's issues, empowerment is the persuasive force reminding women of their strength and potential. Empowered women exercise authority, and when they face a troubling, misogynistic world, empowered women fight back. The women of Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' are not empowered. Though they are given vicious snarls, swords and guns, the leading ladies of Snyder's latest are nothing more than cinematic figures of enslavement given only the most minimal fight. 'Sucker Punch' is the story of a twenty-year-old girl named Baby Doll (Emily Browning). Soon, however, the asylum melts away into an alternate world -- a fantastical PG-13 brothel. Luckily for Baby Doll, she is some sort of Salome pro. On paper, it seems like a potentially empowering story.
‘Birdman’ Ending Explained - Page 3 Birdman Ending Explained: What Really Matters Iñárritu has been reluctant to share his interpretation of the ending and, instead, has actually championed open-ended debate over Birdman‘s finale. Speaking to the Tampa Bay Times, the director made it clear: there is not one correct way to interpret the ending: “At the ending of the film, (it) can be interpreted as many ways as there are seats in the theater.” For that reason, any of the theories presented above could be true (as well as others that have not been mentioned). To that end, the story in Birdman successfully parallels the story that served as Riggan’s inspiration: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” (which you can read: HERE). One of the most telling scenes in Iñárritu’s film, that lays out Riggan’s aspirations (and the challenges to those aspirations) occurs mid-way through the movie when Sam lambasts her father for his delusions of grandeur and self-importance: Riggan: Listen to me. SEE ALSO: Birdman Review
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