Weekend Picks are coming at ya’.
An idyllic family skiing vacation takes a stunning turn when an avalanche threatens the ski lodge restaurant, sending people fleeing and demanding quick decisions that change the course of the family’s dynamics and trust.
Utilities around the world are racing to install ‘smart’ utility meters, which are emerging as anything but smart. This documentary uncovers shocking evidence of in-home privacy, increased utility bills, health risks such as cancer, environmental harm, fires, and unprecedented hacking vulnerability, while lighting the path toward solutions. With compelling insight from whistleblowers, researchers, government agents, lawyers, doctors, and environmentalists.
This week we feature two visionary films that offer us an experience like nothing before them. Only one of these cinematic visions came true. The other became lore in the geekdom of sci-fi and cult film.
The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s determined but ultimately ill-fated film adaptation of the influential science fiction novel. The film’s original cast included David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Orson Welles and would have featured a musical score composed by Pink Floyd, who had just released one of the greatest albums ever waxed in “Dark Side of the Moon”. One of the film’s most notable coup was landing Salvador Dali in a befitting role as everyone’s favorite mad emperor of the galaxy, Shadom Corrino IV.
A brother and sister are trapped in the hellish night world of Tokyo, where he deals drugs and she works as a stripper. A crime gone bad leads to shocking violence and then moments of transcendence in which the movie plunges viewers into death and rebirth like no film has ever done before. *CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT*
*Also available in Blu-Ray.
Are you lacking some intellectual babble tinged with acerbic humor in your life? Then check out these films and make them the filet of your weekend.
Jason Schwartzman, darling of all films independent, stars as a bottomless pit of narcissism and author, Philip Friedman. Philip feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, this independent film tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. The father, a patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but ultimately decided to settled into a teaching job. When his wife discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family. The two teenage sons are forced to forge new relationships with their parents.
Don’t miss Billy Baldwin cast as a denizen of nonchalance, and ah-hmm, “philistine” tennis pro.
An alien in the form of a voluptuous young woman combs the streets of Scotland in search of men. She lures a succession of lost souls into her otherworldly lair, where they are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.This is a chilling and seductive film; something to experience, as opposed to merely watch.
*DVD format also available, click here.
Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland. But to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. They are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over, but face unfortunate circumstances – an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment. Adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to survive. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
The Seniors Book Club will be meeting Wednesday, March 11th at 2:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
About the book:
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from a young age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The story follows their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years, as both strive for lives of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
Kidd’s novel is inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, an American feminist, suffragist and abolitionist. (source: http://www.penguin.com)
Visit the Author’s Website
A Conversation with Sue Monk Kidd
Review of the Book
About the Grimke Sisters