2008 Movies (By Date)

Pioneers of Television

    • Unrated
    • 55 min

    This four-part documentary looks at some of the programs and stars from the early days of U.S. television. The segment on late night focuses on the vaudevillian origins of the genre and the Tonight Show, with its three early stars: Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. The episode on sitcoms focuses on the contribution of several classics from the 1950s and 60s including The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show and the Dick van Dyke Show. The segment on variety shows focuses first on the Ed Sullivan Show and the hosts ability to book acts that the audience wanted to see. Others include Milton Berle's show, Sis Caesar's Your Show of Shows, Red Skelton, Arthur Godfrey and many others. In the final episode, game shows are the focus. Early game shows had their origins in radio but hit a road block during the game show scandals where it was revealed that contestants were being given the answers to questions. The genre eventually re-established itself and made stars of many of the emcees.

    - Written by

    garykmcd

    "Lost" There's No Place Like Home: Part 2

      • Unrated
      • 84 min

      Jack and Sawyer find Hurley outside the Orchid, and Locke asks Jack to stay on the island or lie if he leaves the place in order to protect the island. Meanwhile, Kate, Sayid and The Others rescue Ben from Keamy, killing his men, but Keamy escapes from the ambush. Ben agrees to leave Kate and Sayid go to the helicopter, where they meet Jack, Sawyer and Hurley, and they fly to the supply vessel with Frank. Meanwhile, Daniel brings the survivors to the vessel in the Zodiac, but Michael, Desmond and Jin try to disarm the powerful bomb, using nitrogen to hold the battery activation. When Keamy reaches the Orchid, he tells Ben that if he dies, the ship would explode, but Ben kills the killer of his daughter, arming the bomb on board. Then Ben provokes an explosion in the Orchid and opens an access to a refrigerated spot where he spins a device, moving the island. Three years in the future, Jack tries to convince Kate to return to the island to save the survivors. Walt visits Hurley in a mental institution and later Sayid asks Hurley to leave the asylum to go to a safer place with him. Sun has a meeting with Widmore in London. In the end, Jack meets Ben in a funeral home where the identity of the corpse in the coffin is finally disclosed.

      - Written by

      Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      Guns in the Afternoon: The Life and Times of Kidco and Tribel

        • Unrated
        • 53 min

        'Guns in the Afternoon' tells the story of Kieron Bernard, a.k.a. Kidco: gang leader, gangster rapper and street hustler, who went to public school. Born the eldest son of a poor single mother with nine children, he was brought up in the West London council estate of Emlyn Gardens. He lived for music and imbued himself in American gangster rap culture. Kieron was the leader and inspiration for his gang of rappers, who called themselves 'Tribel'. He loved his mother more than life itself and, through his music, tried to raise her out of poverty in order to make her happy. He had made numerous trips to the United States of America, working on his new album, and was due to sign a record contract the week he was killed. He died in a shootout in a Nandos chicken restaurant in Shepherds Bush on 30th January 2002 after an argument over his haircut. His music prophetically expressed the violent world and life he led until his untimely death. He was 25 years old. Using his rap music as soundtrack, the film depicts the two different ways his family and his gang members deal with the tragedy of his senseless death. It explores the underworld of the urban black youth and the nihilistic world they occupy.

        - Written by

        Greenway, Daniel

        The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan

          • Unrated
          • 45 min

          Piers Morgan interviews celebrities about the downside of their experiences with fame.

          - Written by

          thomaswake16

          "Green Porno" Spider

            • Unrated
            • 1 min

            An actor in a black leotard with tight-fitting cap demonstrates the sex life of the male spider, who has six eyes, eight legs, spinnerets to produce silk thread, but no penis. She shows us how the spider must press against his genital opening to collect sperm on his hand-like appendages. Then she demonstrates how he would approach the big, aggressive female carefully, without vibrating the web (she might think he was a fly and eat him). He sneaks up under her, places his hand in her vaginal pouch, and then runs off.

            - Written by

            <[email protected]>

            Synchronicity

              • Unrated
              • 105 min

              One morning John awoke to find that his brain was gone...literally. Covered in blood, in agony, with a letter jammed in his ear... his only clue to its whereabouts. John disturbed by the idea that this is an actuality after he witnesses his brain steal his car... enlists his only friend Julian to assist him in locating his lost mind. Julian is skeptical and secretive and tries to convince John that he is only imagining this and should go on with his life. John tries to follow Julian's advice, until his collective unconscious comes leaking in; as it is now the only reality he knows. Unable to distinguish his reality from hallucinations...John sets out on a comedic and tragic journey to find his mind...but in a world of nymphomaniac rabbits, demons, child apparitions, cannibalistic bears and corpse sex..how do you keep your bearings..and further how do you find your brain?

              - Written by

              Abortion Bin Productions

              Last Call

                • Unrated
                • 93 min

                Last Call is a snapshot of a night out in the big city. The eye of the camera moves through a collection of humorous and horrible moments between friends, lovers, relatives, colleagues, and total strangers, and then slows down to capture a moment that could alter the life of one of the characters forever. In a NYC dive bar over the course of one night, Last Call follows two different groups of people: A theatre director and his ensemble of young "nobody" actors, regulars at this bar, whose off-off-off-Broadway play closed tonight; and the owner of a small business, her brother, and her two employees, whose bankrupt business also closed tonight. All of them are at the bar to get drunk. Last Call opens at the end of what has clearly been an inebriated night. As Steven, the wheelchair-bound theatre director, rolls himself toward the door, his Life Chronometer, a "device" that indicates how much time he has left to live down to the second, comes out of his chest flashing. Time is running out for Steven. But just before his Chronometer hits zero, the scene fades, and we travel back to the beginning of the night. As the film pushes forward, its tempo set by a jukebox in the middle of the bar, we encounter relationships damaged beyond repair, people struggling to face their issues, and individuals trying to establish a connection. Mitch and Lali will stumble to come to terms with the end of their romance. Pete and Carrie will finally address the one issue that is driving them apart. Jay will work up the courage to talk to Lucy. And Holly will decide whether or not to give her ex-husband one more chance. Throughout the night, the Bartender-a single mom and former musician who was always one gig away from a record deal-treats the cast to double shots of Old Grand Dad and dispenses advice. As the place clears out, she volunteers to make sure the drunken director makes it home in one piece, bringing us back to where we began. To that moment when her seemingly random action may save his life... Last Call is about that sense of loneliness and vulnerability that one can feel even in a crowded bar in the most crowded city in the world. It is about people getting drunk and trying to escape issues in their lives. But reality chases them down, and inebriation only magnifies their struggle to connect.

                - Written by

                The Sullivan Project

                Bloom Mystery

                  • Unrated
                  • 26 min

                  Joyce's ghost moves through the small town of Szombathely, while we investigate the phenomena of Bloomsday, celebrated throughout the world, even in the small town in Hungary. Why is Ulysses the Bible of modernism and what is the spell that Joyce cast on us more than hundred years ago? What is Bloom's message to the man of the 21st Century, after all?

                  - Written by

                  Csilla Toldy

                  On the Assassination of the President

                    • Unrated
                    • 6 min

                    A top-secret government file, only to be viewed in the event of the President's death by assassination, gives specific instructions on what should be done, and presents dossiers on the three most likely suspects.

                    - Written by

                    Sundance Film Festival

                    Keith Parker's Shadow People

                      • Unrated
                      • 82 min
                      • Horror

                      Billionaire Clarence Martel has everything money can buy, but not everything he wants, namely immortality. Seeking to fulfill an ancient dark prophecy, Mr. Martel approaches Mikey, a gambler in way over his head, with a simple proposition. In exchange for a one night job, Mikey's debt will be wiped clean. Having no other way of clearing his debt, Mikey and his brother Paul agree to do the job. In an old abandoned house, they perform a ritual known as the "Drawing of the Shadows" and unwittingly unleash the demons of the darkness, the Shadow People. Forced off the road by a storm, four unsuspecting friends seek shelter in the house and fall into the deadly trap already set in motion. If they want to survive, they must play a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the house's murderous inhabitants. Written by Keith Parker