|Another Country 1984 PG, 90 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Marek Kanievska
Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenn, Robert Addie, Betsy Brantley, Rupert Wainwright, Tristan Oliver, Cary Elwes, Geoffrey Bateman, Philip Dupuy, Frederick Alexander, Adrian Ross Magenty, Tristram Jellinek, Anna Massey, Jeffrey Wickham
Set in a 1930s' English boarding school, this adaptation of Julian Mitchell's play is faithful in its delivery of exploring how his homosexuality leads Guy Bennett (Rupert Everett) to Marxist politics and then on to espionage.
|Dead Cert 1974 N/R, 99 min.|
Director: Tony Richardson
Cast: Scott Antony, Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Nina Thomas, Julian Glover, Mark Digham, John Bindon, Joseph Batchley, Ian Hogg, Sean Lynch, Geoffrey Bateman, Bill Fraser
After his friend Bill Davidson (Ian Hogg) dies from injuries suffered during a steeplechase accident, Alan York (Scott Antony) investigates the accident and, with the help of Bill's widow (Judi Dench), finds more than a little corruption going on behind the scenes.
|King Lear 1984 TV, 158 min.|
Director: Michael Elliott
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Diana Rigg, Anna Calder-Marshall, Dorothy Tutin, Colin Blakely, John Hurt, Leo McKem, Jeremy Kemp, Robert Lindsay, David Threlfall, Brian Cox, Edward Petherbridge, Robert Lang, Geoffrey Bateman, John Cording
King Lear (Laurence Olivier) is aging and wants to leave his kingdom to the daughter who can prove that she loves him the most. When daughter Cordelia (Anna Calder-Marshall) remains steadfast in refusing to play her father's game, Lear exiles her. The other two daughters–Regan and Goneril (Diana Rigg and Dorothy Tutin)–plot to deceive their father. Meanwhile, Gloucester (Leo McKem) and his sons Edgar and Edmund (David Threlfall and Robert Lindsay) experience their own family problems, which are based on honesty and also the lack of trust. Tragedies lie ahead for both families. This version of the Shakespeare tragedy was first aired on television and won the Emmy.
|Leon 1994 R, 110 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
aka: The Professional
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Gary Oldman, Jean Reno, Danny Aiello, Natalie Portman, Peter Appel, Michael Badalucco, Ellen Greene, Frank Senger, Geoffrey Bateman, Tommy Hollis, Elizabeth Regan, Carl J. Matusovich, Lucius Wyatt Cherokee, Luc Bernard, Kent Broadhurst
Twelve-year old Mathilda (Natalie Portman) lives with her family in a slum, and her father (Michael Badalucco) works for drug agents. One day, Mathilda returns home to find that most of her family has been killed in a botched drug deal. Corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration boss, Stansfield (Gary Oldman), ordered her family's murder. Mathilda takes refuge in the apartment of hit man Leon (Jean Reno) from whom she hopes to learn how to exact revenge on the killers. Leon becomes transfixed by Mathilda, and his life appears to be changing. Mathilda's intended victim is Stansfield, but her plans to avenge the murder of her family fail, and Mathilda is captured. Now, Leon must rescue Mathilda.
|Manderlay 2005 N/R, 139 min.|
Director: Lars von Trier
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Isaach De Bankole, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Michael Abiteboul, Lauren Bacall, Jeremy Davies, Chloe Sevigny, Udo Kier, Jean-Marc Barr, Geoffrey Bateman, Rik Launspach
In 1933, while traveling through Alabama with her father (Willem Dafoe) and his gangster cohorts, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) discovers the remains of the Manderlay plantation and finds a group of Black people who appear to be living as slaves from the past with White masters ruling them. The White matriarch (Lauren Bacall) dies, and, after arguing with her father, Grace stays behind to help with the transition from slavery to freedom.
|My Son the Fanatic 1998 R, 86 min.|
Director: Udayan Prasad
Cast: Om Puri, Rachel Griffiths, Stellan Skarsgard, Akbar Kurtha, Gopi Desai, Harish Patel, Sarah-Jane Potts, Judi Jones, Geoffrey Bateman, Bernard Wrigley
Set in Northern England, this story reveals how philosophical ideals can affect more than the person directly involved. The love affair between a Pakistani taxi driver, Parvez (Om Puri), and a local prostitute, Bettina (Rachel Griffiths), is threatened when Parvez's son, Farid (Akbar Kurtha), and his cohorts target the town's prostitutes as their effort to rid the town of corruption.
|Seventh Heaven 1997 N/R, 91 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama
Director: Benoit Jacquot
Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Vincent Lindon, Francois Berleand, Francine Berge, Pierre Cassignard, Leo Le Bevillon, Sylvie Loeillet, Florence Loiret Caille, Philippe Magnan, Anne Fassio, Eriq Ebouaney, Marc Rioufol, Pascale Mariani, Louis Lindon, Geoffrey Bateman
Mathilde (Sandrine Kiberlain) appears to have a nice life–attentive husband, one child, nice Paris apartment, good job–but she has been depressed recently. She even has been shoplifting toys, until she meets a man who turns out to by a hypnotherapist. He seems to cure her, and the emphasis shifts to her husband (Vincent Lindon) who has trouble communicating with her. A good job by the two stars.
|1. Another Country (1984)|
2. Dead Cert (1974)
3. King Lear (1984)
4. Leon (1994)
aka: The Professional
5. Manderlay (2005)
6. My Son the Fanatic (1998)
7. Seventh Heaven (1997)
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