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Rosario + Vampire-Capu2, book jacket Rosario + Vampire-Capu2
by Takayuki Inagaki
ISBN: 1421022974
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Tsukune's a real slacker in the human world, but in the monster realm he scores an A] as a high school heartthrob. Keeping up with a hellacious bunch of hot demon girls has its perks, but Moka's bratty little sister could burst the love bubble. His pain is her pleasure - and if the tart has her way, Tsukune can kiss Moka's sweet side goodbye. Family values take new meaning when a MILF fight breaks out on campus, too. So forget what you know about home-economics class, because these ghouls gone wild always cook up trouble!

 

Bombay beach (DVD), book jacket Bombay beach (DVD)
Director, Alma Har'El
ISBN: 1417236515
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The rusting relic of a failed 1950s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren Californian landscape often seen as a symbol of the failure of the American Dream. A sea in the middle of the Colorado desert. True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Alma Har'el crafts an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film telling the story of of three protagonists: Benny Parrish, a young boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder whose troubled soul and vivid imagination create both suffering and joy for him and his complex and loving family. CeeJay Thompson, a black teenager and aspiring football player who has taken refuge in Bombay Beach hoping to avoid the same fate of his cousin who was murdered by a gang of youths in Los Angeles. And that of Red, an ancient survivor, once an oil field worker, living on the fumes of whiskey, cigarettes and an irrepressible love of life. Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea's land of thwarted opportunity.

 

Project Nim, DVD jacket

Project nim (DVD)
Director, James Marsh
Standard: 031398149538
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From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nims extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature and indeed our own is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

 

Thunder Soul, DVD jacket

Thunder Soul (DVD)
Lions Gate Home Entertainment, 2012
Standard: 031398148074
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Presented by Jamie Foxx, THUNDER SOUL follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old "Prof," their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school's struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.

 

Special Treatment, DVD jacket

Special treatment (DVD)
Director, Jeanne Labrune
Standard: 720229914956
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In this darkly erotic drama from cult filmmaker Jeanne Labrune, Isabelle Huppert stars as a high-class prostitute named Alice who serves up sexual fantasies for her clientele, from schoolgirl innocence to S&M. Fed up with the seamy underbelly of French masculinity, Alice crosses paths with Xavier, a neurotic psychoanalyst facing a marriage crisis. The two quickly realize their professions share a thing or two in common as they navigate the overlapping worlds of psychotherapy and sex therapy.

 

United Red Army, DVD jacket

United Red Army (DVD)
Director, Koji Wakamatsu
Standard: 738329077822
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Based on actual events, this tense Japanese docudrama details the formation of early-1970s leftist paramilitary group the United Red Army, the turmoil and strife within its ranks, and several members' perilous attempt to seize a mountainside lodge.

 

Tiny Furniture, DVD jacket

Tiny Furniture
The Criterion Collection, 2012
ISBN: 9781604655421
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Lena Dunham got her start making YouTube videos, but she emerged as a major talent thanks to the breakthrough success of this exceptionally sharp comedy, which garnered the twenty-four-year-old writer-director-actor comparisons to the likes of Woody Allen. The filmmaker herself plays Aura, a recent college graduate who returns to New York and moves back in with her mother and sister (played by their real-life counterparts). Though Aura is gripped by stasis and confusion about her future, Dunham locates endless sources of refreshing humor in her plight. As painfully confessional as it is endlessly amusing, TINY FURNITURE is an authentic, incisive portrait of a young woman at a crossroads.

 

Ratcatcher, videorecording jacket Ratcatcher [videorecording]
Janus Films
ISBN: 0780026047
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Lynne Ramsey creates a haunting evocation of troubled Glasgow childhood. Set during the garbage strike of the mid 1970s, "Ratcatcher" explores the experiences of a poor adolescent boy as he struggles to reconcile his dreams and his guilt with the abject that surrounds him.

 

Stranger on the Third Floor, DVD jacket

Stranger on the third floor (DVD)
Director, Boris Ingster
Standard: 883316270905
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A New York reporter and his fiancee think an odd little man in a scarf is a throat slasher.

 

The Underworld Story, DVD jacketThe Underworld Story
Director, Cy Endfield
Standard: 883316276594
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A newsman aims to prove a maid did not kill a New England publisher's daughter-in-law.

 

Youngblood Hawke, DVD jacket

Youngblood Hawke (DVD)
Director, Delmer Daves
Standard: 883316390078
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An unknown Kentucky writer comes to New York and pursues fame and women. From the Herman Wouk novel.