Issue 4 of this eclectic mix of shorts includes locally produced fare and works from France, Morocco, New Zealand, Russia and the U.K. "High Falls" stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard as a married couple. "Heavy Metal Jr." profiles a Scottish band of 9-year-olds who sing songs like "Satan Rocks." "Two Cars, One Night" is an Oscar-nominated short about finding love in unlikely places. Stories about FBI foibles and retired chimps also make the cut.
A band of humans -- known as Oms -- are kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue humanoid giants called Traags in director Rene La Loux's animated sci-fi classic, said to be based on the Soviet occupation of the Czech Republic. The story centers on an Om named Terr, who escapes his subjugation with a Traag learning device and eventually uses it to educate other Oms and incite them to revolt. The film nabbed the Grand Prix at Cannes.
Stanley Kubrick directed this epic saga based on ancient events, chronicling the birth of a vagabond slave-army led by an ex-gladiator named Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) that threatens the sovereignty of all-mighty Rome. This film has everything, including a wonderfully funny (and Oscar-winning) performance from Peter Ustinov as the cowardly owner of a gladiator school. Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Jean Simmons and Tony Curtis co-star.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese chronicles the incomparable career of the Rolling Stones with this one-of-a-kind documentary that features footage from the legendary band's "A Bigger Bang" tour. Backed by a stellar crew of cinematographers, Scorsese mixes revealing interviews, fascinating behind-the-scenes clips and live performances to capture the "world's greatest rock 'n' roll band" in all their glory.
Based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, this gorgeously painted tale yields a slow-moving portrait of a young Irishman (Ryan O'Neal) who moves up the social ladder through soldiering, spying and a marriage to a wealthy countess (Marisa Berenson). Although this Stanley Kubrick-directed film was a box office flop, it was eventually recognized as a masterpiece, winning four Academy Awards (including Best Cinematography).
Creative short films and documentaries comprise this volume of Wholphin, a showcase for a diverse group of directors. In the fictional tales, Juno's Michael Cera goes on a most unusual date; 1970s England is satirized; and a Roddy Doyle short story is adapted. The documentary subjects include tropical insects, Bigfoot and a group of Chinese-third graders who violate every tenet of democracy in an election for classroom monitor.
With the country's debt growing out of control, Americans by and large are unaware of the looming financial crisis. This documentary examines several of the ways America can get its economy back on the right track. In addition to looking at the federal deficit and trade deficit, the film also closely explores the challenges of funding national entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.