7 Movies

Movies - Documentary

America for Me
Short - USA - 20 min
America for Me

Cast: Ellen Drew, John Archer, Meg Randall, Robert Nichols

Plot Summary:
A vacationing school teacher (Ellen Drew) and her friend (Meg Randall) meet a cowboy (John Archer) on his way to a rodeo. The teacher and the cowboy fall in love while the travelogue camera takes in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, San Francisco, New England, Lake Louise and Niagra Falls.

Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Documentary - USA - 62 min / USA:61 min
Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Steven Grandison
Cast: Pete Brewton, Bill Burkett, Barbara Bush, George Bush, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush

Plot Summary:
Greg Palast has been following the Bush family around for years as an investigative reporter for the BBC. This is some of the information he has found, as recorded in his book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy".

Joy Ride: An Auto Theft
Drama, Short - USA -
Joy Ride: An Auto Theft
William Crain
Cast: Kari Markussen, Victoria Paige Meyerink, Tim Palladino, Val Thorgusen

Plot Summary:
Val & Tim swipe Randall's car to enjoy a little harmless spin. Buoyed by their increased status and mobility, they convince their girlfriends to hop in. However, as the road takes a twist, the joy ride takes a similar turn...to DISASTER!

Planet Earth
Documentary - UK - 60 min
"Planet Earth"
Alastair Fothergill
Cast: David Attenborough

Episode 1: From Pole to Pole
Episode 2: Mountains
Episode 3: Freshwater
Episode 4: Caves
Episode 5: Deserts

User Comments:
This is a beautifully shot series looking at nature in all it's natural wonder, showcasing a breathtaking diversity of life from the poles to the deserts.

With the spectre of global warming rapidly looming I wonder just how much of these wonderful ecosystems are going to survive. I just hope that in 100 years time people will not watch 'Planet Earth' with the same curiosity that I have when look at etchings of the Dodo from old books.

TV like 'Planet Earth' has made me think a lot more about the natural world that surrounds me and the impact I am having on it. We can't sit back and let this disappear. It's for all future generations, not just this one.

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
Documentary, War On Terrorism - UK - 157 min / 180 min (3 parts) / 157 min (theatrical version)
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
Adam Curtis
Cast: Adam Curtis, Sayyid Qutb, John Calvert, Leo Strauss, Harvey Mansfield, Stanley Rosen...

Plot Summary:
A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Supernatural Science
Documentary - UK - 50 min (17 episodes)
[TV-Series 1999-2001]
"Supernatural Science"
Jonathan Dent
Cast: Jonathan Pryce

17 episodes:
Lake Monsters, Previous Lives, Spontaneus Human Combustion, Secrets of Levitation, Open to Suggestion, Physical Feats, ...

The Secret of Drawing
Documentary - UK - 60 min (4 episodes)
"The Secret of Drawing"
Diana Hill, Ian MacMillan
Cast: Andrew Graham-Dixon


Plot Summary: Andrew Graham-Dixon takes a look at the many ways in which drawing has connected us with the natural world and also how it has helped advance scientific enquiry, from the Italian Renaissance right through to today.

Episode 1: The Line of Enquiry

In this first edition, he meets a surgeon whose study of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of the heart has led him to develop a radical new form of cardiac operation, uncovers a remarkable 200 year-old series of drawings of the moon, and encounters some of the actual preserved birds drawn by the great American ornithologist John James Audubon.

Episode 2: Storylines

Drawing has always been an essential tool for the telling of stories. Andrew looks at the satire of Gillray, Goya and Hogarth and its influence on photojournalism, American comics, Japanese Manga and Hollywood storyboards today.

Episode 3: All in the Mind
Andrew investigates drawing as a primal human instinct and a learned discipline, looking at the earliest cave drawings and the work of David Hockney and Picasso. The programme uses the latest developments in cognitive science to examine why we draw the way we do.

Episode 4: Drawing by Design

Andrew explores the role drawing has played in technical design and architecture, studying complex structures such as the Guggenheim and Boeing 777. From Leonardo to Libeskind, he shows how drawing has been a crucial tool in the history of scientific and technological discovery.
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