|Broken English 2007 PG-13, 96 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Zoe R. Cassavetes
Cast: Parker Posey, Drea de Matteo, Tim Guinee, Gena Rowlands, Peter Bogdanovich, Roy Thinnes, Michael Panes, Justin Theroux, Philip Pavel, Melvil Poupaud, Dana Ivey, Bill Wise, Josh Hamilton, Griffin Dunne, Lucy Gordon
Having forsaken the art world for her job as guest-coordinator at a Manhattan hotel and lacking a love life, overly cautious Nora Wilder (Parker Posey) is not living the "good life." It doesn't help that her mother (Gena Rowlands) never misses the chance to point out that Nora is now in her thirties and not in a solid relationship. Adding to her discontent is that her best friend Audrey (Drea de Matteo) just celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary with her adoring husband Mark (Tim Guinee)–but Audrey does question whether she is really in a "perfect marriage." Then Nora meets and falls for well-known French actor Julien (Melvil Poupaud) who asks her to go to France with him. Nora declines, but later, at Audrey's urging, Nora throws caution to the wind, and the two women fly to Paris in search of Julien. It turns out that Nora has lost Julien's phone number and he has a common name, which result in a search involving a more than a few humorous moments.
|The Californians 2005 PG, 87 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Jonathan Parker
Cast: Noah Wyle, Illeana Douglas, Kate Mara, Cloris Leachman, Joanne Whalley, Keith Carradine, Valerie Perrine, Jane Lynch, Michael Panes, Charles Martinet, Richard Gross, Erika Luckett
Real-estate developer Gavin Ransom (Noah Wyle) plans yet another gated community in California but runs into trouble when activist folksinger Zoe Tripp (Kate Mara) forms a bond with Gavin's sister, Olive (Illeana Douglas), and sings anthems protesting Gavin's real-estate plans.
|Fabled 2002 N/R, 84 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Director: Ari Kirschenbaum
Cast: Desmond Askew, Katheryn Winnick, J. Richey Nash, Michael Panes, Coleen Sexton, Deven May, Theo Hausen, Doug Wert, William Ryall, Tony Cucci, Della Askew, Adam LeFevre, R. Brandon Johnson, John O'Connor, Jim Ireland
Hard-drinking Joseph (Desmond Askew) suffers a multitude of anxieties based on real events in his life: his girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick) was cheating on him, his dog is missing, and he thinks his co-workers are plotting against him. Now he believes that someone is stalking him. Is he paranoid, or is there a basis for fact in Joseph's suspicions?
|Infamous 2006 R, 120 min.|
Director: Douglas McGrath
Cast: Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Sigourney Weaver, Hope Davis, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Daniels, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lee Pace, John Benjamin Hickey, Michael Panes, Juliet Stevenson
In 1959, after reading a newspaper article about the murders of a Kansas family of four, young writer Truman Capote (Toby Jones) and friend Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock) head for Kansas to investigate the case. After interviewing the killers–Dick Hickock (Lee Pace) and Perry Smith (Daniel Craig)–Capote forms a bond with Smith. Later, following the executions of Smith and Hickock, Capote is inspired to write "In Cold Blood."
|Surviving Eden 2004 N/R, 89 min.|
Director: Greg Pritikin
Cast: Michael Panes, Cheri Oteri, Savannah Haske, Jane Lynch, Sam Robards, Peter Dinklage, John Landis, Conchata Ferrel, Billy Nash, Jackie Katzman, Kentaro Abe, Gary Rosen, Illeana Douglas, Tim Lane
In this satirical look at "15 minutes of fame," overweight loser Dennis Flotchky (Michael Panes) enters a reality show for weight loss, "Surviving Eden," in which the winning contestant will take home one million dollars. Dennis loses 200 lbs., gains his own fan club, and wins the big prize. He has found fame, but it goes to his head. Soon, his money is stolen, he is into drugs, loses his self-respect, and pays the emotional price for his fame.
|1. Broken English (2007)|
2. The Californians (2005)
3. Fabled (2002)
4. Infamous (2006)
5. Surviving Eden (2004)
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