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In the center of a monotonous suburban existence, Sarah lives silently and in subservience to her icy husband Patrick. They have been together far too long, and Patrick's affections for his wife have all but vanished. Instead, his sexual urges are tempting him to lust after their own son. Realizing how far gone her husband is, Sarah undertakes drastic, shockingly sickening measures to salvage some sense of her life and purge her years of festering resentment.
The Internet is flooded with e-mails promising money-making business proposals, lottery win notifications, and fabulous inheritances. This is the story of how one man's involvement with such an Internet scam ruined his life.
2081 (2009)
A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which...
In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable woman. Their luck seems to turn when they find a wallet full of money, but are about to lose it to a thief when a passing policeman chases the thug off. The boys treat the officer to a meal, but when Stanley pulls out the wallet to pay, the cop recognizes it as his own. Rather than running them in as pickpockets, he pays his own tab and leaves Stanley and Oliver at the mercy of the gruff headwaiter.
The Moliere players are in their dressing room, getting ready to go on set. One actor mentions to another that his face reminds him of an opportunist turncoat he knew when he was in the Resistance. He then relates the adventure that he had in the Resistance, running an illegal radio station and dodging the Nazis...
Bon Voyage (1944)
The first of two French-language propaganda shorts that Alfred Hitchcock made in 1944 for the British Ministry of Information as morale-boosters for the French Resistance. A RAF officer tells the story of his daring escape from a Nazi POW camp, a thrilling tale of meticulous planning and split-second precision carried out to perfection. But how accurate is his version, and did he know what was really going on?
Crush (2005)
Rich is abducted in the middle of the night by Tommy. He's taken to a deserted scrap yard and locked in the boot of a car destined to be crushed...
Third part of a collection of short films created by The Edison Manufacturing Co. and Thomas A. Edison, Inc. from the years 1903-1922.
Second part of a collection of short films created by The Edison Manufacturing Co. and Thomas A. Edison, Inc. from the years 1899-1902.
Move On (1903)
Policeman encourages street vendors to move on at a market in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. (Preserved by the Library of Congress from a paper print.)
Meeting in the Middle: While talking about their recent break-up, Ellen Williams and Adam Barnes tell their respective therapists opposing sides of the story. Ellen starts from the beginning and tells how they both met while she was waitressing in a small café. Adam, on the other hand, tells his tale from the end with the account of the couple's final fight. Eventually, their separate stories meet somewhere in the middle and reveal the actual reason for their chaotic breakup. "Meeting in the Middle" brings the laughs hard and fast, painting a hilarious and true portrayal of relationships and the stupid things that can get in the way.
The Perfect Frame: While painting his apartment, a man discovers color for the first time. This prompts him to reveal a new outlook on life.
What's in the Box: A young couple move into their first house, when they find an old steamer trunk they imagine fantastic stories about its previous owners.
2 in the AM PM: A hillarious animated short about 2 store clerks.
The Real Miley Cyrus: No description
A Hip Hop Hustle The Making of 'Just Another Day': A behind the scenes look at the making of Hip Hop drama "Just Another Day" (2010). The story takes place in Miami; it shows the facets of two artists' lives. First, an aspiring Hip Hop singer called Young Eastie, who strives to make a name for himself in the music industry: he tirelessly attempts to obtain a record deal through his idol, A-Maze, an acclaimed rapper experimenting negative aspects of his notorious career who'll do whatever it takes to stay at the top.
Varmints (2009)
Varmints: The design and layout of this book immediately make the reader curious. Who is this creature staring straight at you on the cover? A dictionary definition of "var+mint" is on the opening page and then you turn to the first illustration of bees flying over rustling grass beneath a vast skyscape and a text which begins in the picture and then runs along the bottom of the page. “There was once only the sound of bees and the wind in the wiry grass, the low murmuring of moles in the cool dark earth…” But there are changes afoot and, as other inhabitants come, and “tall buildings scratched the sky where the birds once sang”, there is a loss of the quietness – peace is drowned out by noise. Helen Ward’s economy of language, together with the dramatic images of Mark Craste combine to make this a very imaginative and thought provoking story which will certainly stimulate children in key stage 2.
The Early Bird Dood It: The early worm barely escapes the bird, again. In search of a way to get rid of the bird, he enlists the help of a cat, but the bird is too smart for the cat.
Chadwick the Orphan: The tale of a lonely orphan, a fast talking conman, and a ageing billionaire.
Eternal Gaze: An exceptionally moving portrayal of the work of sculptor Alberto Giacometti, whose work with wire and clay figures in his Paris studio is shown at two different points in his life: once when his obsession with perfection leads to a terrible dream and later, when his chronic smoking causes his death and he receives a special benediction from his creations.
The Third and the Seventh: Alex Roman invites us into a surreal world of architecture and light with his stunning mastery of CG.
Doll Face (2006)
Doll Face: Dir: Andrew Huang. A robotic machine with the face of a doll mimics what it sees on a television.
The World of Stainboy: Stainboy visits his troubled past.
Kyvadlo jáma a nadeje: is a 1983 short Czech animated film directed by Jan Svankmajer, adpated from Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum.
Hra s kameny: Stones of different shapes and colors live and die together.
Awful Orphan: Once again, the pushy pooch Charlie Dog tries to get an unwilling Porky Pig to be his master, first by sneaking into the house in a bird cage. Later, Charlie's antics get Porky punched out by the upstairs neighbor.
Rocketeers (1932)
Rocketeers: Arguably the most consistently inventive of all the Tom and Jerry (the human versions, not the cat and mouse) cartoons, Rocketeers doesn't let up for a second, from a telescope that wants to rebel and an octopus band next to fishing skeletons.
Cheese Burglar: While cats and dogs are natural enemies, such is not the case in the house where Herman the mouse lives. They are very good friends indeed, and work together to make Herman's life a hard life. Herman tries to break up their friendship, and divert their attention from guarding the cheese in the refrigerator, and almost succeeds but they make up in time to prevent Herman getting the cheese. They give chase and Herman takes refuge in a jug of wine. The cat and the dog drink up the wine while trying to get to Herman and end up drunk, happy and blissful...and so is Herman.
The Daffy Duckaroo: Singing cowboy Daffy retires to the Painted Desert (still wet). He falls for an Indian maiden with a Brooklyn accent, but her very large boyfriend catches them. Daffy dresses in drag, which fools him for a while until Daffy's wig falls off. The boyfriend chases Daffy into the Petrified Forest (where Daffy freezes and breaks tomahawks). The Indian sends smoke signals from a phone booth and his tribe attacks Daffy, trapping him under his house trailer. They steal his tires, but return them because they don't fit.
Felix Turns the Tide: When rats declare war on cats, Felix dutifully joins the army, after securing a promise from his girlfriend that she'll wait for him. However, when he returns home a hero after defeating the rats in battle, he finds that the girlfriend he left behind is now married and has kitties of her own.
The Sunshine Makers: This is a story of happy gnomes who have the ability to distill sunshine and bottle it in the form of milk, which they deliver around the village. The scenes with the gnomes are in reddish-orange and white. The forest nearby is inhabited by goblins and they are sad. Their scenes are all in blue-and-white. The goblins can't stand sunshine, because it makes them happy. They attack the gnome village, but the gnomes fight back by bombarding the goblins with milk bottles. Soon the goblins are assimilated and everyone is happy
A Car-Tune Portrait: In this, the 18th of Fleischer's Color Classics series, cartoon characters attempt a symphonic performance. One gets the impression that this cartoon was, to some degree, an ancestor of Disney's Fantasia.
The Legend of David: No description
Hep Cat Symphony: a jazzbo cat is playing jazz in his home when he is disturbed by the mouse orchestra hidden within his wall.

Yes--an orchestra of mice in the wall.
Pencil Mania: This Tom and Jerry cartoon (the human versions, not the cat and mouse) is an opportunity for the animators to have fun with the medium. There is no specific plot. One of the boys uses a pencil to create a myriad number of animated illusions that could only work in a cartoon. For example, a short vertical line is drawn, which when held by both ends suddenly becomes a saxophone. When played, the notes pop out of the bell of the instrument to suddenly grow legs and transform into ducks. After the song, the saxophone itself quickly follows suit and becomes a goose. The entire short consists of these disjointed, though often creative and humorously unlikely events.
Little Swee' Pea: Popeye takes Swee' Pea to the zoo and spends most of his time rescuing the tot from the various animals.
The Fifth-Column Mouse: In this parable for the failure of appeasement before World War Two, house mice are targeted by a hungry cat, who intrudes upon their idyllic life. When all but one of the mice successfully take refuge in a wall hole, the cat promises to the one mouse who didn't manage to escape, that he won't hurt anyone, provided he's placated with pampering by every mouse in the pack. Acting as the cat's quisling, the mouse speaks to his rodent brothers, telling them to appease the cat, to give the cat all the comforts he wants, and in turn the cat will live in peace with them. The mice are wary of the cat but agree to his terms. Not surprisingly, the cat's appetite isn't assuaged, and he soon craves a mouse dinner. He chases the mice back into their hole, and the mice reject appeasement and decide to fight against the cat. They go through military prep and manufacture an ultimate weapon, a wooden dog with mechanical gears and biting teeth, to combat the cat.
Quack-a-Doodle Do: His Mama is the only one who love Baby Huey, an overgrown clumsy ugly duckling. The other Mamas and their broods shun him like the plague and make his little life miserable. But when a ferocious fox attacks the barnyard, Huey comes to the rescue of one and all. Huey is a hero basking in his new-found popularity. First of the series.
Bold King Cole: Felix the Cat is perched in a tree playing his guitar and serenading himself and a canary with a little ditty called "Nature and Me." It is a beautiful day in cartoon-land but Mother Nature, perhaps not a music lover, whips up a lightning-laden thunderstorm and Felix is soon seeking shelter. He finds it at the castle of King Cole, a boastful, fabricating blow-hard. The King's ancestors, tired of hearing the braggart, come out of their pictures as ghostly specters and take the King to the dungeon and pump the gassy hot-air out of him.
Felix Lends a Hand: Trudging through the snow in his hometown, Felix sees a billboard advertising sunny Egypt, and says that he'd give four of his nine lives to be there rather than freezing in the snow. He then hears crying coming from his friend Abdul's carpet shop, and it turns out that Abdul's girlfriend has been kidnapped by an Egyptian sheik. Felix promises to rescue her, and hops on a magic carpet Abdul has lying around the shop, says the magic word and flies off to Egypt to keep his promise.
Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat: Lazy black folks in Lazy Town (Pop. 123½) are napping and attracting flies. They are so lethargic they even fight in slow motion. Then a riverboat arrives with a red hot mama on board and she quickly has everyone moving to a Harlem boogie beat, dancing, scrubbing clothes, and eating watermelon. As the boogie-woogie comes to a close, Mammy hoists her skirt. Her big bottom reads "The End".
Felix in Hollywood: Felix decides to make his way to Hollywood, but has no money. The owner of a failing shoe store promises Felix $500 if he can help bring in new business, which Felix ingeniously manages to do, but the owner stiffs him out of the money. Felix finds a way to get to Hollywood, anyway, and while there meets up with the famous stars of the day, like Charlie Chaplin and Ben Turpin.
Bride and Gloom: Popeye is marrying Olive tomorrow; he's ecstatic. She has a dream of the future, including twin sons who prove to be a real handful. When Popeye comes by the next morning, he gets a frosty reception.
Poopdeck Pappy: Popeye's pappy, age 99, wants to go out at night; Popeye wants him to sleep. Popeye tries leg irons, but Pappy manages to put them on Popeye and sneak out to a sleazy bar. Pappy dances with other men's girlfriends, bumps into everyone, and throws his dancing partner into the band. Soon, the whole bar is lining up to get a piece of Pappy just as Popeye arrives. It takes a little help from some spinach, but Popeye gets everything sorted out, and he escorts Pappy back to the ship, where he hogties him into his hammock. To no avail; as soon as the light's out, Popeye discovers Pappy's snuck off again and tied a net around Popeye's bed.
Prest-O Change-O: On a dark and stormy night, the Two Curious Puppies wander into an old dark house, and fall victim to the tricks of a mischievous magician's rabbit.
Snow Foolin': Singalong about the first day of winter, when all the animals go ice skating. It is December 21, and the animals in the forest must contend with a literal.
Popeye for President: Popeye and Bluto are running for president; it's election day, the vote is tied, and Olive is the only remaining voter. But she won't vote until her chores are done, so Popeye and Bluto compete to cut her wood, plow her fields, and store her hay. And then it's just an old-fashioned fight.
The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg: Felix is handing out relief, thanks to a goose that lays golden eggs. The evil Captain Kidd sees the goose and breaks into Felix's house to get it. He brings the goose to his pirate ship. Felix arrives too late to catch the ship. Goldie won't lay for the pirates. Felix sees a cannon and turns himself into a human cannonball to catch teh ship. With help from Goldie and another cannon, he subdues the crew, wrapping them in the sail and depositing them in the hold. He and Kidd have a swordfight, but their swords melt together. Kidd chases Felix up the mast, then foolishly cuts off his own support. He falls into the hold. They sail for home, where Felix fires off cannonloads of gold coins.
Patriotic Popeye: Two of Popeye's nephews get caught playing with fireworks on the Fourth of July. Popeye takes them away, and they spend the rest of the picture trying to get them back (mostly by getting Popeye away from them).
The Arctic Giant: An expedition unearths a frozen Tyrannosaurus in the Siberian tundra and brings it back to the USA. Naturally, it accidentally thaws and runs amok. Can Superman handle it?
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