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Posted 14 July 2012 - 06:35 AM

Well, let’s try this out!! :)

I’m new to this site, and being something of a film buff [as well as obsessive compulsive] I have an ever growing DVD collection. I like foreign films as well as [somewhat] obscure horror movies. As some of the DVD’s I’ve acquired don’t seem to be here, I’m excited to actually have something to offer.

What I’d like to do with this thread is to maybe spark a little interest in the movies that I’m posting the artwork for: To let members know a bit about them, beyond the artwork.

Here’s my first batch of movies for the artwork I’ve posted:

Banjo (1947) - An American film starring a cute girl named ‘Sharyn Moffett‘. “This sentimental children's yarn, a little girl is orphaned when her father, a Georgia plantation owner, is trampled by a frightened horse. Now the child and her beloved dog Banjo must reside with her cold, unfriendly aunt in Boston. The proper old woman will not allow the dog in her house and sends it back down South. The young girl, unable to bear life without the pooch, runs away to find him, causing the aunt to reconsider her position.”

Big City (2007) - This is a French film set in an old western town. “Kids play like adults in America's 19th century wild west, and they play it with a twist. There's romance, war, racism, corruption, torture and death, which, although mildly depicted in (in most cases) a humorous way, is not quite standard family flick material. Not even in France.”

Black and Blue (2005) - A low budget, independent American film about children being kidnapped for their organs. “After the loss of her daughter and her husband in a car accident, Geena Howard attempts to live a normal life again, with the help of her girlfriend Katherine. When Alain Dubois, a French journalist suffering from amnesia, informs Geena that her daughter Rebecca is being held captive by a mysterious organization, Geena regains hope and decides to work with the journalist to find her daughter. They discover that Rebecca is the object of a major deal in connection with a rich German businessman, Breitner, and his little girl, Marlene, who is seriously ill. But as the research intensifies, Geena starts to question Alain's true intentions and suspects him to be a part of the organization. Despite her suspicions, she continues to work with the only man capable of saving her daughter's life.”

Booky and the Secret Santa (2007) - A sweet, Canadian made-for-television film. “This family oriented movie takes place in Toronto during the Great Depression of the 1930's, following a girl named Booky, who is determined to help her family have the best Christmas ever, even though times are tough, and her dad is out of work.”

La casa de mi abuela (2005) - [AKA: My Grandmother’s House] A Spanish pseudo-documentary. “Six-year-old Marita comes to live with her grandmother, Marina, in a small house in the Spanish province of Alicante. Being six, and having to live with your grandmother who is 75 years and has very old fashioned ideas, is not easy to say the least. That the situation would lead to Marina rebelling and acting out, only seems logical.”

Ce que savait Maisie (1995) - A French film based on the Henry James novel ‘What Maisie Knew’. “Paris during the 1920s: Ever since her parents' separation, ten-year-old Maisie has been traveling to and fro between her father Beale Farange and her mother Ida. She spends half a year with each one alternately. But neither parent can provide Maisie with the warmth and affection she so desperately needs. Instead, the young girl is used by her parents as a kind of courier, in an enthusiastically waged little war. All Maisie wants is a proper family again..”

Cuore Di Mamma (1969) - [AKA: Mother’s Heart] - A very strange, controversial Italian film. “This film is a social commentary about the mindless violence that is perpetuated on impressionable youth by television. Lorenz has three young children who are victims of a media who wishes to turn out terrorists. She contends with her monstrous offspring and student revolts until she can't take it anymore..”

Demi-Tarif (2005) - Another somewhat controversial film, French this time. “Demi-Tarif follows the low-key adventures of three young siblings left on their own in a rundown Paris apartment. One of them narrates, wistfully explaining how their mother abandoned them and calls them once in a while to see how they are doing or tell them she loves them. The three kids do as they please, roaming the streets, running out of restaurants without paying for food, and shoplifting from the local grocery store. They eat whatever and whenever they want, gorging themselves on sweets. They beg for change on the Metro and show up late for school in tattered, dirty clothes. All the while, they try to keep the fact that they are alone a secret from the world of adults.”

The Eternal Kiss of the Mummy(1998) - [Originally titled ‘Trance’.] An American film set mostly in Europe. “An American couple travel to the UK with their son so he can meet his grandmother but they walk in on their crazed uncle who is in the midst of reviving a centuries-old Druid witch.”

The Favourite game (2003) - A Canadian film based on a novel by Leonard Cohen. “Leo is a free spirit with childlike eyes, who likes to write poems about his feelings in the Here and Now, and the intense moments that he shares with women. They feel attracted to him, fall in love with him, but as their relationship evolves, they can't help but asking Leo for more - a commitment, a future together.”

A High Wind in Jamaica (1965) - One of my favorite films based on a novel by Richard Hughes. “The parents of children living in Jamaica, afraid that the kids are growing up uncivilized, decide to send them to England. But during the voyage, the children’s ship is boarded by pirates and in the confusion the children wind up trapped on the pirate ship. The children view it as a lark, but the superstitious pirates can't wait to unload the kids at the first port..”
(The disk for this release was double sided with no artwork. If someone could come up with custom disk art for this film, it would be greatly appreciated! : ) )

Iris (2011) - Actually one of my newer acquisitions, a slow moving but ultimately satisfying Finnish film. “A hauntingly beautiful and unusual coming-of-age tale. Set in 1890, Iris's artist mother leaves Stockholm for the summer and sends her 9-year old daughter to stay with an uncle in the Finnish archipelago. The girl learns to play with other children and discovers the joys of friendship in the remote Åland Islands.”

Jørgen+ANNE=sant (2011) - [AKA: Totally True Love] A sometimes ’cringe-inducing’ Norwegian first-love movie. “A 10-year-old Norwegian girl falls in love for the first time. Her friends confront their own feelings as they witness her no-holds-barred battle with a rival student for the affections of a boy who moves into town.”

Løperjenten (1982) - [AKA: Kamilla] Not as slow moving as ‘Iris‘ but a beautiful character study-type film out of Norway. “This film is about a young girl growing up in Bergen, Norway just after the 2nd world war. Daily life and the difficulties of the working class of the area is seen through the eyes of this little girl of about 7 or 8 years. She is trying to deal with her fathers adultery and her mothers continuing depression, but finds the love and friendship she needs in the boy next door. This friendship, however, is also endangered by his problems at home.”

Mein Erstes Wúnder (2002) - [AKA: My First Miracle] A German film that I was able to follow pretty well even without subtitles. (It’s not really as ‘Lolita-esque’ as it sounds..) “When the strong friendship between a precocious eleven year old girl and a middle-aged family man is attacked for being unhealthy and immoral, the two run away together, but their care-free days are numbered.”

Sundown:The Vampire In Retreat (1990) - One of the more mainstream movies in my collection, though [up until a couple of years ago with it‘s DVD release] this WAS a fairly hard-to-find movie. “Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing arrives with hilarious consequences.” (Other than stating this film stars David Carradine and Bruce Campbell; ‘nuff said.. : ) )

Tulennielijä (1998) - This Finnish film to me was a wide, sweeping cinematic journey!! “Twin sisters Helena and Irene are born in Helsinki during World War II. A few months later their mother, Sirkka, leaves the girls in the care of their grandmother, an old communist, and runs away with a German soldier. When their grandmother dies, the girls are put in an orphanage. After a time their mother shows up in the company of Ramon, a Spanish trapeze artist. Now their lives can really begin..”

Where the Dead Go To Die (2012) - My momma would probably tan my hide if she ever found out I own this 'Sims'-esque movie.. I stumbled across this one while looking for other movies and was prompted to download and watch it because an old ‘scream queen’ favorite of mine, Linnea Quigley voiced one of the characters in this animated tour of hell… " 'Where the Dead Go To Die' revolves around a troubled group of children living on the same block. They are haunted by a talking dog named Labby who brings them on surreal hell-rides between different dimensions and time periods. On the night of a lunar eclipse he informs Tommy about the devil fetus living inside his mother. The same night he attempts to help Ralph court the girl across the street, who is an unwilling participant in her father's child porn tape trading ring. Add in a memory stealing junkie living inside an abandoned church and you have 90 minutes of pure mind melting insanity.” (You have to see this film to seriously believe it. Even then when the end credits roll you’ll probably be shaking your head saying, “I can’t believe they DID that.” Along with, “I can’t believe I actually WATCHED this movie…” The cover art actually doesn‘t do justice to the film [which is probably a GOOD thing..])

...That’s it: These are the DVD covers I’ve released to date.

Let me know if this type of post is informative to you, or waaayyy too long and boring. These are movies that have touched something in me and I’m excited about sharing them with you, so I might have droned on a bit..

Hopefully if there are some films here that you haven’t heard of, you’ve heard of them now. ..And maybe found something of interest..


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:35 PM


This idea hasn‘t seemed to catch fire, yet… :D

Let me go ahead and review ten more DVD releases:

Alas de mariposa (1991) - A heavy dramatic film set in Spain. ”Ami is a 6 year old girl, extremely sensitive. Her mother, Carmen, lives with the obsession of giving a son to her husband, Gabriel. When mom finally gets pregnant, the relation between mother and daughter becomes a tragic one, driving the family to an inevitable nightmare that stretches into Ami‘s adulthood.”

The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue (1996) - A made-for-TV Canadian production. ”When an unemployed Detroit man is arrested for a crime he didn't commit, his three children is determined to get him out of jail in time for Christmas and they decide to enlist the help of "the most powerful man in the world" - President Hoover. En route to the White House, they meet an array of colorful characters.”

Bye Bye Red Riding Hood (1989) - Another Canadian production from ‘Rock Demers‘. ”This is a weird and sometimes disturbing take-off on the beloved fairy tale. In this one, the main girl is far more whiny and petulant. She has a boyfriend (who is somehow able to come and go into the forest from the city with no visible means of transport) and she is able to communicate telepathically with the wolf.”

Corpo Celeste (2011) - A coming-of-age film out of Italy. “Set deep in the south of Italy, Corpo Celeste is the story of 13 year old Marta who is struggling to resettle after ten years growing up in Switzerland. Bright-eyed and restless, she observes the sights, sounds and smells of the city but feels very much an outsider. Marta is about to undergo the rite of confirmation. In the convention of the Catholic Church she takes catechism but confronts the morality of the local Catholic community. A series of subtle moments trace her journey as she connects and conflicts with her mother, sister and the Sunday school teacher named... Santa..”

Forbudt for børn (1998) - Out of Denmark this is an alternately sad, sweet, humorous collection of three stories, told from a child's point of view, that mix fantasy with a too-harsh reality. In ‘Buldermanden’ Klara and her brother visit their their grandmother‘s spooky house. Then in ‘Lykkefanten‘, “Klara, who hates Daddy because of his new girlfriend, has to be "mother" for a little brother, and wet-nurse to her mother. Klara hides her mother’s bottles and and then works as an all-night janitor when Mom is too drunk. Too much for a little kid to bear and her infrequent romps with friend "Ida," only emphasize the grimness of her existence..” Finally in ‘Ogginoggen’ Klara experiences first love..

Heart of the Beholder (2005) - This film, due to bad acting and didactic melodrama sort of slipped between the cracks.. :) ”Based on the true story of a family who opened the first videocassette rental stores in St. Louis in 1980. The family was ruined by a corrupt prosecutor who had been blackmailed by a religious group because the family refused to remove Martin Scorsese's controversial film, "The Last Temptation of Christ", from their stores.”

Janey Mary (2008) - A 20 min. dramatic short film set in Ireland. ”Janey Mary tells the story of a young five year old girl in post-World War II Dublin, who is sent out by her mother onto the cold and wet streets to beg for food. In her desperate search for food she misses school and remembers that she's also going to miss her old friend Fr. Benedict, the Augustinian priest…

Kick Like a Girl (2008) - A 25 min. documentary about a girls soccer team. ”The story of what happens when "The Mighty Cheetahs," an undefeated all-girls soccer team, competes in the boys division. With humor and candor this documentary gets at the heart of the boy-girl issues and explores what "Kick Like A Girl" really means on and off the playing field. Kick Like A Girl reminds us all of the lessons learned in competitive athletics and how sports has been one of the most effective instruments of social change in our lifetime.”

Too Much (1987) - This is one of those American movies that was released on video in Europe but STILL hasn‘t been released in the US. ”When Suzie and her parents visit Japan, her father's business partner, an inventor called Tetsuro decides to make Suzie a robot. The robot's name is 'Too Much' (or TM for short) and he and Suzie become the best of friends…" Pretty sickly sweet with bad acting and dialogue; but Bridgette Andersen is still endearing. :)

The Unloved (2009) - This film is out of the UK. ”Lucy is eleven years old. Having been neglected by her estranged mother and father, she is placed in a children's home. Through her eyes, we follow Lucy's struggle to cope with the system. Her saving grace is her self-belief and her certainty that she is being watched over and protected by the holy spirit. Hers is a heroic quest for love, beauty and transcendence.”

Hopefully these posts are informative to someone. :)


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:35 PM

A High Wind in Jamaica (1965) - One of my favorite films based on a novel by Richard Hughes. “The parents of children living in Jamaica, afraid that the kids are growing up uncivilized, decide to send them to England. But during the voyage, the children’s ship is boarded by pirates and in the confusion the children wind up trapped on the pirate ship. The children view it as a lark, but the superstitious pirates can't wait to unload the kids at the first port..”
(The disk for this release was double sided with no artwork. If someone could come up with custom disk art for this film, it would be greatly appreciated! : ) )


I created a custom label for this movie and it can be found on the main website HERE. :)
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