Marjoe Gortner was the first Evangelical preacher to blow the whistle on his profession. In this 1972 Academy Award winning documentary film, Majoe revealed age-old tricks of the trade and exposed some of the entertainment aspects of the popular movement that have made it big business.
"What Would Jesus Buy?"
Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping believe that Consumerism is overwhelming our lives. The corporations want us to have experiences only through their products. Our neighborhoods, "commons" places like stoops and parks and streets and libraries, are disappearing into the corporatized world of big boxes and chain stores. But if we "back away from the product" - even a little bit, well then we "Put The Odd Back In God!” The supermodels will fly away and we can all return to our senses.
"The Mindscape of Alan Moore"
A psychedelic journey with Alan Moore (Writer, Artist and Performer), the world’s most critically acclaimed and widely admired creator of comic books and graphic novels.
In "THE MINDSCAPE OF ALAN MOORE" we see a portrait of the artist as contemporary shaman, someone with the power to transform consciousness by means of manipulating language, symbols and images. The film leads the audience through Moore’s world with the writer himself as guide, beginning with his childhood background, following the evolution of his career as he transformed the comic book medium, through to his immersion in a magical worldview where science, spirituality and society are part of the same universe
Inherent inside every human soul is a savage evil side that remains repressed by society. Often this evil side breaks out during times of isolation from our culture, and whenever one culture confronts another. History is loaded with examples of atrocities that have occurred when one culture comes into contact with another. Whenever fundamentally different cultures meet, there is often a fear of contamination and loss of self that leads us to discover more about our true selves, often causing perceived madness by those who have yet to discover. Based loosely upon Joseph Conrad’s book, “The Heart of Darkness” and both are stories about Man’s journey into his self, and the discoveries to be made there. They are also about Man confronting his fears of failure, insanity, death, and cultural contamination.
"Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead"
Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" is the fabulously inventive tale of "Hamlet" as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two of the seemingly minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppard's best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of "Waiting for Godot" resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.
"Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey"
“Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey” is a documentary about former Major League Baseball player, Bill "The Spaceman" Lee. Lee was the ultimate gonzo player, a brilliant left handed pitcher who defied every manager or front office executive who tried to control him. The fans loved him and so did sportswriters who delighted in asking the usual baseball questions, only to get philosophical responses involving the relationship between existentialism and the curveball or the effects of karma on a pitcher's rotator cuff.
Exiled from professional baseball in 1983, Lee began to roam the world in search of opportunities to play the sport he loves. Harkening back to the days of barnstormers like Satchel Paige, Lee's adventures have taken him across the United States to China, Russia, South America, and every province in Canada . Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey follows Lee to Cuba, a bastion of amateur baseball and a place where the game is free of overpaid players, steroid scandals and outrageous ticket prices.
Even today, Lee is still a fierce competitor on the field. He relishes the competition and the opportunity to play with people from a culture as in love with the purity of the game as he is. His affection for the Cuban people and their appreciation for him shine throughout the film. Along for the ride, Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey captures the essence of Lee's vagabond lifestyle. During the journey, we see photos and footage from Lee's eccentric past and hear from former teammates, family members, sportswriters, fans, and Lee himself about the long, strange trip that has spawned the legend of the Spaceman.
"My Dinner With Andre"
One could easily argue that a film about two men having a meaningful conversation over dinner would make for a fairly dull affair, but this is not your usual movie. The normal rules of cinema do not apply here. Instead, if one takes the time to truly listen to their words and thoughts, one could easily use "My Dinner With André" to contemplate important questions in our own lives. Sometimes, on repeated viewings, “My Dinner With André” can be used as a springboard for introspective thought.
If you have any love for the theatre, you'll empathize with a writer and director in conversation trying to push for something deeper. And it becomes about more than just the isolated world of theatre, it's about living a life that has meaning -- be it as a theatre guru or simply waiting tables.
Without a doubt, this is not a movie for everyone. There's no roller coaster ride, nor is there a traditional plot, nor even a wide variety of locations. What “My Dinner With André” does offer is an adventure for the mind and imagination, and Wally and André make for wonderfully entertaining and fascinating guests for two hours. Think about the great lunches or dinners you've had with friends, or times when you've stayed up all night talking about your lives. That's one of the many charms of this deeply philosophical, humanistic treasure.
"My Name Is Nobody"
Aging gunfighter "Jack Beauregard", (Henry Fonda), is looking to retire, but a young man called “Nobody”, (Terence Hill), isn't making it easy.
Jack wants to slip quietly away; his name and reputation fading into obscurity, but Nobody has a different plan. A man like Jack can’t just quit, he has to go out with style; his name and legend written down in all the history books and Nobody knows exactly how to accomplish this...
“...an immense open plain, a hundred and fifty purebred sons-of-bitches on horseback and you facin' them...alone.”
Jack is less than enthusiastic about the idea, but Nobody sees it as clear as crystal and he knows this is how it must surely come to pass.
It's hard to make a movie mixing comedy with a western theme and do it successfully, but "My Name Is Nobody" succeeds beyond all expectations. It has all the excitement that you would expect of a classic western tale and with Terence Hill, it has a comic element that makes it as funny and poignant as it is dramatic. All of this, combined with incredible cinematography, a brilliant script and superb acting make this a truly memorable movie.
On a deeper level, this is the story of a man on a spiritual journey. While Jack is trying to run away from his fate, Nobody serves as his shamanic guide and guardian, moving him reluctantly down the road toward his destiny.
For those who are familiar with the Tarot, “Nobody” is a perfect portraiture of “The Fool”
In the words of T.S. Elliot, “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make our end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from”.