johnvigers: An enchanting film carried, in noble fashion, by Asa Butterfield, whose performance outshines that of most of the adult players. The scenes of bustle at the station are well done, however the two occasions where he is about to be mown down on the tracks didn`t work for me-a speeding train seems to be approaching the terminus at impossible velocity! The overall effect of the movie is excellent and the conclusion well done.
anyone77: ''Hail Hazana!,'' made in Spain in 1978, when the memory of the Franco dictatorship was still fresh, may be taken as a parable of the country's political transformation. We are in a Roman Catholic boys' school, where each day begins with the neatly turned-out lads, in orderly columns, singing their anthem: ''Beloved School, Second Home.'' No graffiti mar the walls, and the head of the school maintains surveillance through binoculars from an upstairs window.
But rebellion is afoot, incited by ideologically and sexually repressive measures. Discontent is expressed at first in small incidents - a broken window, a fire. The school director, a priest who fancies himself a master of adolescent psychology, quarrels with his prefect, a tough disciplinarian, over how to handle matters, and the boys take advantage of the disarray to mount a full-fledged rebellion. The revolutionary cry ''Arriba Hazana!'' refers to Manuel Azana, a president of the pre-Franco Republic, about whom the students know nothing except that ''he must be terrific, the way the priests hate him.''
The movie's director, Jose Maria Gutierrez, who also collaborated on the screenplay, builds convincingly to the rebellion, shrewdly exploring the divisions among the students as well as the faculty. Fernando Fernan Gomez as the prefect and Hector Alterio as the head of the school never become outright villains; however benighted their outlook and actions, they truly care for the souls of their charges and are distressed and confused by the uprising. The students are by turns mischievous, frightened, daring and slightly cracked, as they commit small nuisances that smack of sacrilege and work themselves up to demands for sex education and a role in running things. They build a mass movement against compulsory mass.
The movie is especially sharp in its recognition of how readily rebels may resort to demagogy; in a mild way, a couple of the student leaders come to resemble the tyrants they are combating. Unfortunately, Mr. Gutierrez's edifying anti-authoritarianism turns his movie soft. An up-to-date sort of priest (he wears mufti and smokes) takes over, makes reasonable concessions and gives the boys a say in their school's operations. The last fifteen minutes become a civics lesson in democracy - much too rosy, but perhaps just what was needed for the Spain of the time. HAIL HAZANA was based on the novel ''El Infierno y la Brisa'' by Jose Maria Vaz de Soto.
GwenKillerby: A perfectly standard youth film, yet, it's so well made and the cast is acting so well, it's evolves to something special. Nice to see it is not zu feige to address lesbian love with 15 year old actresses, their age at the time of shooting.
oliver_twist: a great movie, yes. it's somehow promoting the Ketogenic Diet which is worthy of promoting. This is about a simple, happy family who suddenly is challenged by fate. The youngest son is starting to have seizures and receives not-so-sure & painful anti-epileptic treatments. Well, we can't blame the doctors, just doing their job.
Silent But Deadly Year: 2012 Country: USA Genre: Comedy / Horror Review: Senior citizens are being offed by a masked killer who stalks the halls of the small retirement community in which they live. The story opens with a terrifying murder, creating space on the waiting list for Rose to move in. Upon Rose's arrival, she is taken on a tour of the grounds by the quirky, offbeat manager of the joint: Dale. The odd and brightly colored characters continue to pop up as Fanny, her Jewish gossiping neighbor, introduces Rose to "The gang." The routine of daily life is all stirred up at the moment. People are disappearing, there's talk of a ghost, and to top things off, there's an STD outbreak. As terror rises throughout the building, the fear of who's next and who the killer may be, continues to grow. We find ourselves in a game of "Who-done-it?" Is it Desperella, the ground's custodial manager? Is it Kitty, the sexy activities director? Or Zeke, her punk rock boyfriend? Maybe it's one of the elder folks suffering from dementia or seeking some sort of revenge. Full of laughs and full of scares, you'll be on the edge of your seats from the moment you enter the world of the Lake View Retirement Home: The place where people come to live... until they die! - IMDb
Non-Stop (TV) Year: 2013 Country: USA Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller Review: A woman, after being left at the altar, has a brief liaison with a handsome stranger on a plane which ultimately puts her and everyone else on the flight in terrible danger. - IMDb
I.E.P. Year: 2009 Country: USA Genre: Short / Drama Review: A short film based in South Los Angeles telling the fictional story of Xavier, an 8-year-old African-American boy and the struggles that he faces when he is misdiagnosed as a behavioral problem and placed in special education. - IMDb
Snow Year: 2011 Country: USA Genre: Short / Drama / History / Mystery Review: It is the summer of 1854 and a violent cholera outbreak has decimated the unseemly district of Soho, London. While the source of the outbreak remains unclear, the leading medical authorities blame the miasma, or poisonous air, which emanates from the filthy sewers and nearby bone boiling establishments. When an unlikely physician, Dr. John Snow, employs his newly developed disease mapping techniques, he uncovers an entirely different theory - that the outbreak is stemming from a public water source known as the Broad Street Pump. After his impulsive attempts to shut down the pump are thwarted by unknowing residents, he desperately seeks the aid of his medical colleagues. Snow's outlandish theory is then ridiculed by the politically motivated and devout miasmist, Dr. Paris, who is charged by the Queen to put an end to the crisis. Snow realizes that he must face the Board of Governors alone, the only body that can authorize the closing of a local public utility. With the clock ticking and residents dying, he must piece together a scientific puzzle that will culminate in one historic moment, anointing Dr. John Snow as "Father of Modern Epidemiology". - IMDb
Found Year: 2011 Country: USA Genre: Short / Drama / Family Review: Alex has always known he was adopted, and for all 26 years of his life that fact has never been more than a footnote. But after discovering new information about his background, he realizes he wants to know more. Finally gathering the courage to dig up his birth records, he starts down the uncertain path to find answers from the most important woman he's never met... his birth mother. - IMDb
Maker Shack Agency (TV series 2014–) Year: 2014 Country: USA Genre: Family Review: No invention is out of reach for makers Angus, Wolfie and Jo as they create gadgets to help other kids out at school. - IMDb
Legit (TV series 2013–) Year: 2013 Country: USA Genre: Comedy Review: Jim and his put upon friends try to learn what it means to be a good person. - IMDb
Feeding Mr. Baldwin Year: 2013 Country: USA Genre: Comedy / Crime / Thriller Review: A house sitter bites off more than he can chew when a dead body mysteriously shows up at the estate he's watching. - IMDb
Lone Year: 2014 Country: USA Genre: Mystery Review: A charred skeleton of a house. A largely abandoned world. A vortex. Lone: a Chelsea Wolfe memory. - IMDb
Playdate Year: 2013 Country: USA Review: New Mom, Amy, is not only new to the suburban life, (having left her high powered job in the city to focus her attention on raising her daughter) she's also new to the mommy politics that come with it. Lonely and struggling to navigate the dog eat dog world of pre-school, playdates and playgrounds Amy is thrilled to meet fellow mommy Grace- the new next-door neighbor - who seems to be the answer to her prayers. Falling into fast friendship the two women and their little girls are inseparable - doing everything together from carpool to baby yoga. When Grace suddenly starts avoiding Amy, ignoring her calls, excluding her in activities and shunning her publically - Amy she begins to lose her grip on the mommy balancing act and finds herself the center of the other mommy's scorn and ridicule. As more of her perfectly sculpted life starts to crumble around her she begins to suspect that Grace is behind her downfall. Now an outcast in the world of playdates Amy is determined to bring Grace down with her and uncover her to be the cruel manipulative woman she is. - IMDb