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Modern, neo-retro, film noir, comedy, classic Hollywood, early horror, experimental, navel gazing, New Wave, and art movies and shows. 1900 - 2020.


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Movie: Metropolis ( 1927 )
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
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Movie: Nebraska ( 2013 )
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
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Movie: Roma ( 2018 )
A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
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Movie: Eraserhead ( 1978 )
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
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Movie: Mank ( 2020 )
Follows screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz's tumultuous development of Orson Welles' iconic masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941).
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Movie: The Artist ( 2011 )
An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
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Movie: The Lighthouse ( 2019 )
The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
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Movie: Modern Times ( 1936 )
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
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Movie: Nosferatu ( 1922 )
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.
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Movie: Embrace of the Serpent ( 2015 )
The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
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Movie: Schindler's List ( 1993 )
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
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Movie: M ( 1931 )
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.
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Movie: The Hustler ( 1961 )
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.
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Movie: Wings of Desire ( 1987 )
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.
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Movie: Coffee and Cigarettes ( 2004 )
A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common.
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Movie: Pi ( 1998 )
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
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Movie: The Elephant Man ( 1980 )
When a prestigious doctor takes on the task of studying a deformed gentlemen known as "the Elephant Man", he finds that the man is quite personable and intelligent.
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Movie: Clerks ( 1994 )
A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
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Movie: The Seventh Seal ( 1957 )
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
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Movie: Sin City ( 2005 )
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
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Movie: Raging Bull ( 1980 )
The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, who's violence and temper that lead him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.
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Movie: Annie Hall ( 1977 )
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.
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TV Show: She's Gotta Have It ( 2017 )
She's Gotta Have It centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her Friends, her Job and her Three Lovers: The Cultured Model, Greer Childs, The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon.
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Movie: Blancanieves ( 2012 )
A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.
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Movie: Citizen Kane ( 1941 )
Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.
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Movie: Seven Samurai ( 1954 )
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
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Movie: The Third Man ( 1949 )
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
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Movie: Polytechnique ( 2017 )
-A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 (in Canada), where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.
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Movie: The Passion of Joan of Arc ( 1928 )
In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.
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Movie: The Night of the Hunter ( 1955 )
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
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Movie: The Man Who Wasn't There ( 2001 )
A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.
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Movie: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ( 1964 )
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
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Movie: Ordet ( 1955 )
How do we understand faith and prayer, and what of miracles? August 1925 on a Danish farm. Widowed Patriarch Borgen, who's rather prominent in his community, has three sons: Mikkel, a good-hearted agnostic whose wife Inger is pregnant, Johannes, who believes he is Jesus, and Anders, young, slight, in love with the tailor's daughter. The fundamentalist sect of the girl's father is anathema to Borgen's traditional Lutheranism; he opposes the marriage until the tailor forbids it, then Borgen's pride demands that it happen. Unexpectedly, Inger, who is the family's sweetness and light, has problems with her pregnancy. The rational doctor arrives, and a long night brings sharp focus to at least four views of faith.
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Movie: Control ( 2007 )
A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.
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Movie: Sunrise ( 1927 )
An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.
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Movie: Lumière! ( 2017 )
A collection of restored prints from the Lumière Brothers.
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Movie: 12 Angry Men ( 1957 )
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
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Movie: Sweet Smell of Success ( 1957 )
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.
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Movie: My Twentieth Century ( 1990 )
Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate families adopted the impoverished orphans. At the dawn of the 20th Century the double-blind experiment hits crescendo for Dora & Lili, born the evening Edison unveiled his incandescent bulb. In 1900, technology was accelerating, could women's rights and national self-determination keep pace?
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Movie: Hour of the Wolf ( 1968 )
While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires.
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Movie: The Turin Horse ( 2011 )
A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.
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Movie: Satantango ( 1994 )
On the eve of a large payment, residents of a collapsing collective farm see their plans turn into desolation when they discover that Irimiás, a former co-worker who they thought was dead, is returning to the village.
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Movie: Vampyr ( 1932 )
A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.
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Movie: Missing People ( 2015 )
Missing People is a nonfiction mystery about a enigmatic woman investigating her brother's long unsolved murder, while obsessively collecting and researching the violent work and life of an outsider artist. As these parallel narratives intertwine, shocking events unfold.
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Movie: The White Ribbon ( 2009 )
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?
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Movie: Battleship Potemkin ( 1925 )
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
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Movie: Un Chien Andalou ( 1929 )
Un chien andalou is a short starring Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, and Luis Buñuel. Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 21 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.
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Movie: A Photographic Contortion ( 1902 )
Here is a most novel picture. A prominent actor with wonderful talent for facial contortion is standing some distance from the camera. As the film is set in motion, he walks toward the lens until his head grows into enormous proportions. He then stands so close to the camera that every wrinkle in his face, and in fact, the pores of his skin are plainly shown and greatly magnified. As he comes closer to the lens he opens his mouth wide, and is biting at the instrument all the while. He is then seen to swallow the camera, operator and all. He is next seen backing away from the instrument, smacking lips and rubbing his stomach in great glee. Very funny and a great hit.
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Movie: A Fantasy ( 1908 )
The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.
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Movie: Much Ado About Nothing ( 2013 )
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.
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Movie: Winter Light ( 1963 )
A small-town priest struggles with his faith.
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Movie: Following ( 1999 )
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.
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Movie: The Train ( 1964 )
In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.
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Movie: Ida ( 2013 )
A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.
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Movie: A Page of Madness ( 1926 )
A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.
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Movie: The Innocents ( 1962 )
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
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Movie: Persepolis ( 2007 )
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.
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Movie: A Field in England ( 2013 )
Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.
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Movie: Strangers on a Train ( 1951 )
A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.
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Movie: Doodlebug ( 1997 )
In his squalid apartment, a man tries to squash with his shoe an insect of some kind that is moving around the room.
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Movie: ( 1963 )
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.
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Movie: Some Like It Hot ( 1959 )
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
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Movie: Tabu ( 2012 )
A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa.
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Movie: Jules and Jim ( 1962 )
Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.
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Movie: Killer of Sheep ( 1978 )
Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support.
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Movie: Cold War ( 2018 )
In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.
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Movie: Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary ( 2003 )
A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's gothic novel DRACULA, presented in a style reminiscent of the silent expressionistic cinema of the early 20th Century. This work employs the subtle and sometimes bold use of color to emphasize its themes, but mainly is presented in black-and-white, or tinted in monochrome. No spoken dialogue can be heard, and the story of a sinister but intriguing immigrant who preys upon young English women unfolds through dance, pantomime and subtitles.
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Movie: Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters ( 2008 )
Returned home to his long-estranged mother upon a request from her deathbed, a man raised by his parents in an orphanage has to confront the childhood memories that have long haunted him.
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Movie: My Winnipeg ( 2008 )
Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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Movie: Melancholia ( 2014 )
Three people engage in a strange therapy to get away from their agonies.
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Movie: From What Is Before ( 2015 )
The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and houses are burned. Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation No. 1081 putting the entire country under Martial Law.
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Movie: The Wild One ( 1954 )
Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.
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Movie: Pictures of the Old World ( 1972 )
Pictures of the Old World is an unquestioned masterpiece of European documentary cinema, with existential radicalism that offers a contrast to the shallowness of hundreds of other ...
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Movie: On the Waterfront ( 1954 )
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
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Movie: Devils on the Doorstep ( 2001 )
During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to interrogate the prisoners. The townspeople then struggle to accommodate the prisoners. One is a bellicose Japanese nationalist, the other a nervous translator. Will the townspeople manage to keep the prisoners until the New Year?
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Movie: Rumble Fish ( 1983 )
Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.
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Movie: Invasion of the Body Snatchers ( 1956 )
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.
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Movie: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid ( 1982 )
Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.
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Movie: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night ( 2015 )
In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.
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Movie: Dementia ( 1955 )
This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night.
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Movie: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ( 1920 )
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
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Movie: Casablanca ( 1942 )
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
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Movie: Last Year at Marienbad ( 1961 )
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.
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Movie: Good Night, and Good Luck. ( 2005 )
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.
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Movie: The Manchurian Candidate ( 1962 )
A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.
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Movie: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ( 1966 )
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.
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Movie: Häxan ( 1922 )
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.
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Movie: Zelig ( 1983 )
"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.
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Movie: Freaks ( 1932 )
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
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Movie: In the Soup ( 1992 )
A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty no-budget flick. His beautiful object is his next-door neighbor Angelica, who's understandably preoccupied with her own life, as an illegal immigrant and single mom. Aldolpho Rollo's writing his unending masterpiece screenplay from a walk-up NYC flat, in-between peering at debtors through his peephole. AR's hopes to win her love take wing via another angel, a shady high-roller who definitely has the self-confidence, and promises the cash Aldolpho craves, to produce the auteur's vision.
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Movie: Frances Ha ( 2013 )
A New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles.
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Movie: Sword of Vengeance ( 2015 )
Vengeance is the driving force behind a shadow walker's return to Norman conquered Saxon lands after the Battle of Hastings and a brutal repression of it's people by a cruel lord.
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Movie: Steamboat Willie ( 1929 )
Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck.
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Movie: The Golem ( 1921 )
In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.
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TV Show: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour ( 1962 )
Previously Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the series expanded to an hour. Master of the macabre Alfred Hitchcock introduces and concludes tales of suspense and crime. Hitchcock's speeches are filled with black humor and jabs at his network sponsors.
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Movie: Macbeth ( 2021 )
A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.
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Movie: Frankenweenie ( 2012 )
When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.
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Movie: Ed Wood ( 1994 )
Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.
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Movie: Pleasantville ( 1998 )
Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom, where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.
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Movie: The Last Picture Show ( 1971 )
In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.
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