Phase IV was the celebrated graphic designer Saul Bass’ lone film as a director, a cerebral and visually assured science fiction exercise depicting an ordinary ant colony unnervingly transformed into a genuinely alien intelligence.
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The love of jazz is woven through Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The story of a Japanese girl and a Chinese boy’s secret friendship during Seattle’s WWII Japanese relocation process is told from a modern, older man’s perspective as well as through his memories.
In a high-energy recording that doesn’t shy away from frank emotion, the three sisters of BarlowGirl challenge anyone who equates songs of faith with weak mediocrity. Love & War offers driving rock, soaring ballad, and buoyant pop, all with unwavering conviction. Uplifting? Absolutely. Boring? Not a chance.
Confirmed cynic Orson Welles reportedly said of Make Way for Tomorrow, “It could make a stone cry”—and this bittersweet, sharply observed, utterly heartbreaking 1937 picture will almost certainly move you as well.
Sam and Hadley West are recovering from the death of their son – Sam by an Alaskan adventure and Hadley by painting. The Letters by Luanne Rice is the story of their separation and how, through intimate letters, the couple saves their marriage from divorce.