Archive for June 6, 2008

To The Limit – June 13 2008

Posted in Movies with tags on June 6, 2008 by funofmovie

Anna Nicole Smith, Joey Travolta, John Aprea, David Proval, Branscombe Richmond, Michael Nouri, Lydie Denier, Gino Dentie, Jack Bannon, Kathy Shower director: Raymond Martino

Running Time: 93 mins. (V)
Country Of Origin: United States

Speed Rock Climbing is the latest wrinkle in the growing pantheon of extreme sports; high-speed climbers take the basic rudiments of mountain climbing and shift them into overdrive, climbing sheer cliffs in a matter of hours rather than days. Filmmaker Pepe Danquart offers a look at this exciting new sport and two of its best-known proponents in the documentary To The Limit. Alexander Huber and his brother Thomas Huber are profiled as demonstrate their skills in the mountains of Patagonia and set out to climb El Capitan, a mountain in Yosemite National Park over three thousand feet high, in a furious 150 minutes, a notion Alexander jokingly describes as “an assault against common sense.” While featuring dazzling footage of the Huber brothers in action, To The Limit also offers an insight on the rivalry between the siblings and their passionate need to confront fellow climbers as well as nature itself.

Red Roses and Petrol June 13 2008 (limited)

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Red Roses and Petrol

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Olivia Tracy, Heather Juergensen, Max Beesley, Susan Lynch, Greg Ellis, Catherine Farrell, Aubrey Morris, Robert Easton, Sean Lawlor

In theaters 6/27/2008

Director: Tamar Hoffs

Genres: Art/Foreign and Drama

Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.

Distributors: World Wide Motion Pictures

Produced by: Joshua Hoffs, Susanna Hoffs, Gail Wager Stayden

Amid a haze of cigarette smoke and uneaten food, the family of Enda Doyle gathers in Dublin for his wake. A university librarian, poet, and complicated man, he has left behind a trail of unresolved issues, a dysfunctional family, and a disturbing mystery. Enda’s dazed widow, Moya, anxiously prepares for the next day’s funeral with her still stuck-at-home, twenty-something daughter Medbh, lending a loving hand. Moya’s desperation to keep her family together and Medbh’s sharp tongue provide the backdrop for the arrival from New York of headstrong older sister Catherine, with her handsome but awkward boyfriend Tom in tow. They doubt that London-based Johnny, the angry black sheep brother of the family, will appear at all. Sorting through boxes of Enda’s books, the women discover a cache of self-recorded video diaries that might shed light on who Enda Doyle really was. At the funeral, the daughters see a distraught young woman from the university, Helen, rumored to be having an affair with Enda. They’re stunned that she would show up so brazenly at a family gathering for the deceased Enda. Returning home, they find Johnny emerging half-naked from the shower, after a quick tryst with a stewardess he met on his flight from London. A brilliant, wounded slacker, Johnny manages to irritate everyone with his biting and sarcastic recall of the family’s long buried memories. Johnny’s confrontational behavior and bitter assessment of life with father incite the clan into what can only be called unchecked family therapy. Throughout the ensuing arguments, which reach a fevered pitch as the family gets inebriated waiting for guests to arrive for the wake, much is learned about the powerful and ambiguous force that was Enda Doyle.