„Revolution on a pacific island. Woman anointed herself an empress!”
With just nine inhabitants — including a bitter German doctor, a haughty French baroness and a family of social exiles — the island of Floreana becomes a Clue-worthy backdrop for conflict and murder in “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden.” Sarce.
Apparently all it takes for Trouble in Paradise is two groups — there’s a Nietzschean couple vs. a more homely family unit — but when the bizarre menage-a-trois of a self-styled Baroness and her two boy toys move in, all hell breaks lose, ending in mysterious disappearances, apparent murder and death by misadventure.
The Velero III droped anchor off the northern end of Marchena at midday on Sunday 2nd December 1934. On the following day, a party from the ship found the bodies on the beach, just as they had been described by the captian of the Santa Amaro. There was the tiny skiff and beside it the mummified body of Nuggerud. A short distance away lay the body of Lorenz, weighing only twenty pounds.
A 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos’ “Adam and Eve,” others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Things would never be the same.
Then on March 27, 1934, the Baroness and Philippson disappeared. According to Margret Wittmer, the Baroness appeared at the Wittmer home and said that some friends had arrived on a yacht and were taking them to Tahiti. She said she left everything they weren’t taking with them to Lorenz. The Baroness and Philippson departed that very day and were never heard from again.
Marilyn Manson, Steve Little, Eric Wareheim, Mark Burnham, Arden Myrin
Wrong Cops chronicles a group of cops behaving badly in a not too-distant future where crime has been all but eradicated. They spend their days harrassing drug dealers, messing with teenagers, extorting each other and disposing of inconvenient evidence, like dead bodies. This hilarious ensemble comedy features an amazing cast that includes Marilyn Manson, Steve Little, Eric Wareheim, Jon Lajoie, and many more.
The 12 O’Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore—popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. In Lotfy Nathan’s wild, dynamic documentary (three years in the making), their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug, a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. Premiering to critical acclaim at the SXSW and Hot Docs Film Festivals (where Nathan won the HBO Emerging Artist Award), 12 O’CLOCK BOYS provides a compelling and intimate personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream.
Filmed almost entirely in Disney World, without permission by Disney itself, edited in South Korea.
It is not possible that this film exists. It is not possible that they shot long scripted sequences on the actual rides. It is not possible that I just saw a film in which it is suggested and then shown that the various Disney princesses all work as high-priced hookers who sell their wares to wealthy Asian businessmen. It simply cannot be true.
I grew up in Florida, and I have been going to Walt Disney World my entire life. I worked at that park. I’ve been there as a child, as a teenager, as an employee, and as a parent. I’ve done Disney sitting on my father’s shoulders, and I’ve done the Disney parks with my kids sitting on my shoulders. It is a huge part of my DNA, and I can tell you that there is no way Randy Moore pulled off what I saw tonight. It is a film that should not exist by any rational definition.
SALINGER features interviews with 150 subjects including Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger’s influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture. The film is the first work to get beyond the Catcher in the Rye author’s meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.
What really knocks me out is a book that,
when you’re all done reading it,
you wish the author that wrote it was
a terrific friend of yours and you could call him
up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
That doesn’t happen much, though.
James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold in Michael McGowan’s “Still Mine”.
In his first lead role after decades of playing supporting characters, James Cromwell gives a tour de force performance in “Still Mine”, an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years. Based on true events and laced with wry humor, STILL MINE tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison (Academy Award® nominee Cromwell), who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene (Academy Award® nominee Geneviève Bujold). Although Morrison uses the same methods his father, an accomplished shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. He quickly gets blindsided by local building codes and bureaucratic officials. As Irene becomes increasingly ill – and amidst a series of stop-work orders – Craig races to finish the house. Hauled into court and facing jail, Craig takes a final stance against all odds in a truly inspirational story.
Screening in NYC, beginning tomorrow night – Friday June 28th at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza
Acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen’s new feature, Museum Hours, is a mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the halls of the museum and the streets of the city. The exquisitely photographed Museum Hours is an ode to the bonds of friendship, an exploration of an unseen Vienna, and the power of art to both mirror and alter our lives.
Tomorrow at IFC Center and Lincoln
Coming this fall
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