Nick’s Picks – April 30

Houston Area Film Happenings

Lagniappe Film & Music Festival

May 08, 2014 – May 10, 2014

Jefferson Theatre

345 Fannin

Beaumont, TX 77701

409-422-3378

A lagniappe (LAN-yap) is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase (such as a 13th doughnut when buying a dozen), or more broadly, “something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure”.

The Lagniappe Film and Music Festival (LFMF) is the premiere yearly entertainment event in Southeast Texas. We provide more bands, more film and way more lagniappe than you have ever experienced. LFMF is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films and musicians from around the world.

Lagniappe hopes to provide our community with opportunities to experience films and musical events not typically shown in our area. We want to provide our attendees the chance to meet and discuss their projects with industry professionals. We hope to educate, entertain and to continue the growth of the Golden Triangle on an international level.

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DVD Reviews

FREE DVD GIVEAWAY

 

We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Frontline: Generation Like, Super Skyscrapers or Escape from Tomorrow, it is really easy!  All you have to do is send me an email at HoustonMovieGuy@gmail.com.  The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!

Escape from Tomorrow Generation Like Skyscrapers

FRONTLINE: Generation Like – PBS

Generation Like

Thanks to social media, today’s teens are able to directly interact with their culture – artists, celebrities, movies, brands, and even one another – in ways never before possible. But is that real empowerment? Or do marketers still hold the upper hand? In Generation Like, author and Frontline correspondent Douglas Rushkoff how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media – and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers. Do kids think they’re being used? Do they care? Or does the perceived chance to be the next big star make it all worth it? An examination of how marketers use social media to get teenagers to sell products to themselves–and collect valuable data in the process. Included: whether the division between marketing and authenticity still exists; the hidden alchemy that brands use to win over teens.

SUPER SKYSCRAPERS – PBS

Skyscrapers

A new generation of skyscrapers is rising above our cities – Superskyscrapers. With less space in urban areas we are building higher and faster than ever before. But for these skyscrapers it’s not just building big that counts- it’s thinking big. These skyscrapers are pushing the limits of engineering, technology and design to become greener, stronger, smarter and more luxurious than their predecessors. All are destined to become the celebrity giants of the future. Super Skyscrapers follows the creation of four extraordinary skyscrapers showcasing how they will revolutionize the way we live, work and how we protect ourselves from potential threats, both from the environment and terrorist attacks. Each episode follows the rise of an individual skyscraper and their pursuit to be the very pinnacle in security, design, opulence and height. Their ambitions are great, but the risks are even greater- girder sized nerves of steel are required to turn these dreams into reality and it’s the high stakes at play that set these giants apart from any other high-rise.

ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW – Sony

Escape from Tomorrow

The most provocative film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Escape From Tomorrow should not exist, and yet it does. Like nothing you’ve ever seen, Randy Moore’s directorial debut is a bold and ingenious trip into the happiest place on earth. An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, Escape From Tomorrow dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.

UP THE JUNCTION – Olive Films

Based on Nell Dunn’s iconic tale of life in London’s swinging sixties, Up the Junction is a memorable slice of British cinema starring Suzy Kendall as Polly and Dennis Waterman as her hard-up boyfriend, Pete. The tale is of a bored, young party girl who decides to cast off her affluent Chelsea lifestyle to move to the industrialized ghetto of Battersea. In search of realism, Polly takes a factory job where she befriends sisters Rube (Adrienne Posta) and Sylvie (Maureen Lipman) and moves into a rundown apartment in the area. She soon discovers the seedier side of life in an impoverished world of crime, desperation and questionable morality-a side of life that everyone but Polly is desperately trying to leave behind.

HILL STREET BLUES: Complete Series – Shout Factory

Hill Street

For the first time ever, the complete series of Steven Bochco’s landmark drama Hill Street Blues has arrived on DVD. Originally broadcast on NBC from 1981 to 1987, these 144 episodes represent compelling and groundbreaking television at its finest. ’Let s be careful out there, ’ advises Sgt. Esterhaus every morning at roll call. And as the officers and detectives at the Hill Street station house patrol their city’s streets, they must indeed maintain a careful balance between serving their citizens and inciting hostility from criminal elements. Yet as dangerous as their precinct is, the men and women of Hill Street often find that their biggest battles involve protecting themselves from the Public Defender’s office, self-serving bureaucrats and each other. An incredible ensemble cast (including Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Bruce Weitz, Dennis Franz and Betty Thomas) and sharp, layered writing helped make Hill Street Blues the most acclaimed and influential series of its day. The winner of 26 Emmy Awards (including four for Outstanding Drama Series) and a mainstay on any roll call of the greatest television shows of all time, Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series is unquestionably a must-have for any fan of engrossing and classic television.

GLORIA – Lionsgate

A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.

STAR TREK ENTERPRISE: Season 4 – CBS Paramount

In the final harrowing season of Star Trek: Enterprise, timelines collide as Captain Jonathan Archer and his crew rally with humans and other species to form the Federation and prevent intergalactic war. Starfleet and the crew of the Enterprise are put to the test as they fight to avoid a deadly virus on the ship, deal with an alternate “mirror” universe, battle radical alien factions, and prevent the alteration of history – including a Nazi-occupied America. If the Temporal Cold War is not brought to an end, history and life as they know it will be forever altered.

DYNASTY: Season Eight Volume 1 & 2 – CBS Paramount

Dynasty, the addictive, primetime soap opera that quickly became a 1980’s hit, returns to DVD with the eighth and final season. Explore the conflicts, passions, drives, and tensions of the Carringtons, a powerful, rich, and greedy oil family, as they struggle to maintain their position of wealth and power in the world.

BAD COUNTRY – Sony

When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter busts contract killer Jesse Weiland, he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. So when the syndicate orders Carter’s death and Weiland’s ID’d as a snitch, the two team up to take down the mob and the crime boss who ordered the hit.

GAMERA: Volume 1 & 2 – Mill Creek

Titanic Tortoise Action! Restored to their Original Japanese Cuts! The last 4 films of Daiei Studios monster series Gamera are unleashed and available on Blu-ray for the first time! Your favorite giant turtle returns to Earth leaving no fire-spitting scene behind. Beautifully captured to their lavish original cuts, viewers can experience four-times the thrills of this legend sci-fi classic like they have never seen before! Presented in Japanese with English subtitles!

Gamera vs. Guiron (1969) Gamera, the giant flying turtle, spins into action when two young boys board a spaceship and are hijacked to a strange planet on the other side of the sun. While the boys evade the clutches of two brain-hungry alien beauties, Gamera must deal with a knife-nosed monster named Guiron.


Gamera vs. Jiger (1970) The fire-breathing action continues as Gamera battles one of his greatest foes, Jiger, a horned monster reminiscent of the Triceratops. Drawn to the World Expo in Osaka by an ancient statue, the evil reptile injects Gamera with its parasitic offspring to eliminate the super turtle.


Gamera vs. Zigra (1971) The shark-like alien Zigra attacks Earth to enslave the human race as food. Aided by spacewoman X-1, Zigra s wicked plan goes swimmingly until the invaders are challenged by Gamera and confounded by two troublemaking kids.

Gamera: Super Monster (1980) The final entry of the Showa Gamera series plays as a highlight reel reviving all of the previous evil monsters. When the alien Zanon tries to conquer Earth with an army of monsters, three superwomen enlist the help of Gamera to foil the invader’s plans.

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