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April 2017

 - Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Ivan’s Childhood: Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
A determined 12 year old boy named Ivan joins a Russian partisan regimen. He has an uncanny ability to slip quickly through enemy lines undetected, but as his missions become increasingly dangerous he is pulled from duty, something which he is quick to protest against because Ivan has an ulterior motive—to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the Nazis. Andrei Tarkovsky’s first feature film is regarded as one of the most accomplished cinematic debuts. (Region 2, $32.95)

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music ($29.95)
From the Beatles to Beck, Elton to Adele, Hendrix to The Beastie Boys, Rolling Stones to Run DMC, this 8 part series tells the definitive story of how music was transformed by the art of recording—chronicling the extraordinary impact of studio recording on the modern world & the stories behind some of the best music ever made. With rare archival studio footage & unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated music artists, producers & industry pioneers of our time including Sir George Martin, Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Brian Eno, Dave Grohl, Don Was, Jonie Mitchell, Debbie Harry, Quincy Jones & Mark Ronson.

The Five ($39.95)
When they were twelve years old, Mark, Pru, Danny & Slade were out together in the woods. Mark’s five year old brother Jesse was bothering them, so they told him to get lost. Jesse ran away. He was gone. Never seen again. 20 years later, Danny—now a detective—learns some shocking news. Jesse’s DNA has been found at a murder scene. He is alive and out there. Somewhere. A thrilling 10 part series based on Harlan Coben’s Tell No One.

The Party (Region 2, $19.95)
When accident-prone Indian actor Hreundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) manages to blow up an expensive Hollywood movie set—just seconds before it’s scheduled to be blown up on film - the director calls a studio executive to have the actor placed on the ‘exclusion list.’ A clerical error, however, places Bakshi on the ‘A List’ instead and earns him an invitation to the studio executive’s swanky party. Once there, he manages, with nothing but the best intentions, to create disaster! Birdy Num Nums anyone?

Francofonia: An Elegy for Europe (Region 2, $36.95)
Francofonia is the story of 2 remarkable men, Louvre director Jacques Jaujard & Nazi occupation officer Count Franziskus Wolff-
Metternich enemies then collaborators whose alliance would be the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. From the mast director of Faust & Russian Ark comes a fascinating exploration of the relationship between art & power.

March 2017

 - Monday, February 27, 2017

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ($29.95)
Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.

Hell or High Water $32.95, Region 2
Texas brothers—Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. Vengeance seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the old and new west murderously collide.

Girls: Season 5 ($29.95)
As Season 5 begins, Hannah’s put her writing ambitions aside and is teaching alongside Fran, her new boyfriend. Marnie realises that she needs more space after her honeymoon with Desi. While working towards becoming a therapist, Jessa also manages a budding relationship. And Shoshanna is thriving at her new job in Japan, flirting with her boss despite her long-distance relationship with Scott.

To Walk Invisible: The Lives of the Brontë Sisters
Written & directed by Sally Wainwright this TV drama follows the lives of the Brontë sisters. Set in 1840s Yorkshire, sisters Anne (Charlie Murphy), Charlotte (Finn Atkins) and Emily (Chloe Pirrie) must come together after their troubled brother Branwell (Adam Nagaitis) struggles to come to terms with a failed love affair and is consumed by alcohol & drug addictions. With their family situation worsening by the day, the sisters turn to writing as a way to escape the hardships of their family life. The cast also includes Jonathan Pryce and Rebecca Callard. ($32.95, Region 2)

The Bureau: Season 1 ($42.95, Region 2)
After returning to Paris following an extended undercover mission in Syria, French intelligence officer Guillaume Debailly (Kassovitz) must face up to the challenge of reconnecting with his estranged daughter and ex-wife as he attempts to adjust to life back at home. Now tasked with training new recruit Marina Loiseau (Giraudeau), Guillaume’s situation is further complicated by the arrival in Paris of Nadia (Zineb Triki), his love interest from his time in Syria, and the case of a fellow agent who mysteriously goes missing while undercover in Algeria.

February 2017

 - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stalker: Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky ($36.95, Region 2)
Deep within the Zone, a bleak and devastated forbidden landscape, lies a mysterious room with the power to grant the deepest wishes of those strong enough to make the hazardous journey there. Desperate to reach it, a scientist and a writer approach the Stalker, one of the few able to navigate the Zone’s menacing terrain, and begin a dangerous trek into the unknown. Andrei Tarkovsky’s second foray into science fiction after Solaris is a surreal and disturbing vision of the future. Hauntingly exploring man’s dreams and desires, and the consequences of realising them, Stalker, adapted from Arkady & Boris Sturgatsky’s novel Roadside Picnic, has been described as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.

Our Kind Of Traitor: Dir. Susanna White
Bored poetry lecturer Perry (Ewan McGregor) & his high-flying lawyer wife, Gail (Naomie Harris) are holidaying in Marrakesh in an attempt to breathe life into their failing relationship. Here they are persuaded to help Dima (Stellan Skjarsgard), a Russian mobster who wants to defect. In classic John le Carré narrative, they soon find themselves squeezed between the Russian Mafia, the British Secret Service & a maverick British spy, Hector (Damian Lewis), who is obsessed with exposing high-ranking UK politicians who are colluding with Russian criminals ($32.95, Region 2)

The Fall: Series 3 ($39.95, Region 2)
I must admit I wasn’t sure where The Fall was going to go after the bloody cliffhanger that ended season 2. But Metropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson is back, and still in pursuit of serial killer Paul Spector who survives the bullet from season 2 but is now claiming amnesia triggered by the trauma. Stella is not taken in, but there are others ready to fall under his spell. Some people find the pace of this show a problem—but I like the brooding silences, especially when Gillian Anderson’s Stella is doing the brooding. Viki

The Young Pope: Dir Paolo Sorrentino
Jude Law and Diane Keaton star in this drama that was created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Youth, The Great Beauty). Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election might seem the result of a simple & effective media strategy by the College of Cardinals. But, as we know, appearances can be deceptive. Especially in the Vatican, among the people who have chosen the great mystery of God as the guiding light of their existence. And the most mysterious and contradictory figure of all turns out to be Pius XIII himself, as he tries to walk the long path of human loneliness to find a God for mankind. And for himself. Something for those who enjoyed Robert Harris’ Conclave. ($59.95, Region 2)

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