Some Kind of Heaven

SYNOPSIS: With Some Kind of Heaven, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages …

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The Booksellers

The cinematic portrayal of an antiquarian bookseller is usually of a gray-haired old guy in a tweed jacket who grumbles whenever he is disturbed by a customer. The bookstore is musty and dim, and you can see dust fly out of a book when it slammed shut. The Booksellers doesn’t necessarily dispel this stereotype (like …

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Generation X

Let me start by saying, yes, I’m a member of Generation X, born smack in the middle of the generation described in the opening of this documentary series as being born between 1961 and 1981. Slacker. Spoiled. Lazy. Cynical. Outsiders. Whenever Gen X was labeled, we’d just respond (like the guy in the credits), “Gen …

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Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies Of Wrestling

There are those of us (myself included) that may doubt that mid-century American women had the smackdown skills of, say, modern WWE entertainers. But any doubts will be laid to rest with this film—Lipstick & Dynamite offers tons of awesome archival footage of “girl wrestler” bouts from the ’40s and ’50s, complete with the original …

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We’re all familiar with that “new” smell that accompanies Christmas morning, a birthday, or a big shopping trip. In some ways it evokes positive feelings of presents and shiny new things, but deep down, we all know that smell is chemicals. After his daughters receive some particularly stinky new pajamas from the tween chain store …

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The 11th Hour

The 11th Hour

Global warming isn’t funny. I’ve known this since elementary school, and have always been conscious about recycling, driving a fuel efficient car, etc. Even so, the trailer for The 11th Hour cracked me up. The flashing images of environmental disasters made me feel like I was watching a bad progressive rock video or some lame …

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