In the Los Angeles Area? Check Out HDFEST LA-Remarkable Power Is Just One of Many Great Features Showing!

Remarkable Power is playing at HDFEST Los Angeles and we think its pretty awesome.  Remarkable power stars Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold, Evan Peters, Kip Pardue and Nora Zehetner.  You might remember Nora from Heroes Season One.  Remarkable Power is a Los Angeles Premiere and a High-Definition Premiere.  Check out the trailer right here.

Los Angeles. With the plug about to be pulled on his late night talk show after a fifteen year run, and his wife engaged in a steamy affair with a pro baseball star, host Jack West (Kevin Nealon) is desperate – to keep aflame his fading celebrity, and avenge the misdeeds of his adulterous spouse. With the clock ticking, Jack concocts the mother of all media stunts, killing two birds with one unforgettable stone on the road to redemption.

The scheme entangles an eclectic collection of colorful locals navigating their way through unpredictable twists and turns. A plump private eye (Tom Arnold) teams with a macabre web-mistress (Nora Zehetner) to investigate the strange disappearance of a dead body. A glassy-eyed cheddar head (Evan Peters) falls prey to a phony get-rich-quick guru (Christopher Titus). Imperiled actors (Kip Pardue & Dulé Hill) embark on a quest for a fresh corpse.

Cops in costume, a peculiar special effects make-up team, porn stars with dreams of stardom, a Jewish drug lord with very large brothers, Russian mobsters and others converge in this unique roller-coaster ride of comedy, mystery, murder and mayhem through the underbelly of modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.

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I AM FROM TITOV VELES-Movie Review by Gerald

Gerald’s latest movie review is a very powerful film called I AM FROM TITOV VELES (Jas sum od Titov Veles). Click here to read the entire review.

Macedonia’s entry to the Academy Award’s Best Foreign Language Film category is a story of three sisters from a town in the former Yukoslav Republic known today as Titov Veles, Macedonia. I Am From Titov Veles explores the collateral damage of fallen governments. In this film, sisters are left to face environmentally unsafe issues of polluted air by mining and poverty.



Movie Review of Strength and Honor

Directed by: Mark Mahon
Running time: 98 minutes
Release date: 2007 (Ireland), NYIIFVF Premiere September 21, 2008 (USA)
Genre: Drama, Foreign and Action

The tagline on this tough yet tender Irish movie is “the battle of good versus evil.” This is a story of a single father, who once was a professional boxer. He decides to break his dying wife’s last wish to not fight again after accidently killing his opponent in the ring. Only the love for his son could make him go back on his word. Read more of the review here

Movie review of Battle in Seattle Directed by Stuart Townsend

Directed by: Stuart Townsend
Running time: 1 hr. 39 mins.
Release date: September 19, 2008 (limited)
Genre: Drama and Politics, Action/Adventure and Religion
Distributor: Redwood Palms Pictures & THINKFilm
MPAA Rating: R

From November 29 to December 3, 1999, civil disorder plagued Seattle, Washington as the World Trade Organization (WTO) held its conference. WTO protesters campaigned for causes ranging from environmental issues to animal rights. Protests occurred each day by consumer advocates, labor unions, students, anarchists and pacifists- some became violent. Over 500 people were arrested. While there were no deaths, 89 people were hospitalized for injuries. On November 29, 2008, Mayor Paul Schell declared a state of emergency, resulting in a police action to enforce a limited curfew in part of downtown Seattle and mobilizing Washington State National Guard to keep the peace. The unrest delayed the WTO meeting by over 5 hours.  Read rest of review here

Preview of indie film Wendy and Lucy

Jenn had the opportunity last month to check out the cast and crew screening of Wendy and Lucy directed by Kelly Reichardt.  Check out her review here

Jenn also gets an interview with one of the film’s producers Neil Kopp

Read interview here

The Pool movie review, new independent film from Chris Smith

Gerald reviews The Pool directed by Chris Smith (director of American Movie, American Job, and The Yes Men)

The Pool is a cultural class portrait of a young man coming of age under adverse conditions. This film is based on Randy Russell’s short story by the same title dealing the everyday problems of working and getting ahead in life. As in movies that are written and directed by Chris Smith such as American Movie ( a 1999 comedic documentary about a Midwestern filmmaker’s effort to make an independent film) and The Yes Men (another spoof about anti-corporate activist pranksters setting up a website while impersonating and targeting the World Trade Organization) The Pool is a neorealistic tale. However, this time Chris Smith sets his movie in India. Read the rest of the review here

Coverage of The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Latinbeat series

This week Gerald is doing some fantastic coverage of the great 2008 line-up at this week’s Latinbeat film series.

Coverage of Kill Them All:

The film Kill Them All is based on real life events. In the film, a Uruguayan human rights prosecutor in post-junta Montevideo, Julia Gudari (Roxana Blanco) must investigate her own family’s involvement in the country’s military past after the covered-up kidnapping of a notorious Chilean biochemical engineer. Read more here

Coverage of The Sky, The Earth and The Rain (Le Ciel, La Terre et La Pluie)

The Sky, The Earth and The Rain is intentionally slow, however stunning. This eerily beautiful film is set in southern Chile, where the landscape of isolation, driving rain, waving grasses and deserted seashores is the setting for a story about four people. Read the rest of the review here