Teknolust is a 2002 film produced and directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson who, at the time of production, was working in the art department at University of California, Davis. It stars Jeremy Davies; the film is about the scientist Rosetta Stone who injects her DNA into three Self Replicating Automatons. These cyborg clones must habitually venture into the real world in order to obtain a supply of Y chromosome in the form of semen to keep them alive, their periodic treks into the outside world seem to leave the males they obtain the chromosome from with a strange virus that overtakes both their bodies and their computers. The lust carries over into the technology. Fantasporto 2004 Nominated: Best Film - International Fantasy Film Award - Lynn Hershman-Leeson Hamptons International Film Festival 2002 Won: Feature Film Prize in Science and Technology - Lynn Hershman-Leeson Official Site of the Movie Teknolust on IMDb Teknolust at AllMovie
Pig Goat Banana Cricket
Pig Goat Banana Cricket is an American animated television series created by Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan for Nickelodeon. The show follows the interwoven adventures of the titular quartet, it premiered on July 2015, after the 2015 Kids' Choice Sports Awards. On June 25, 2015, Nickelodeon renewed Pig Goat Banana Cricket for a second season ahead of the series premiere. Pig Goat Banana Cricket focuses on the titular quartet, a group of best friends and roommates: Pig, obsessed with pickles, who has musical dreams, who loves video games and Cricket, talented at mad science; the four embark on surreal journeys on their own, which are interwoven together. The streets are teeming with characters of intensely varied description, the sidewalks are crammed with animals, walking fruit, sea creatures, more; the four roommates live in a treehouse, which sits in the middle of the city, surrounded by the forest, the seas and anywhere else the friends could go. Pig – a dim-witted pig who has a large liking for pickles.
Pig causes most of their problems. Pig is hardly able to read by himself, he says his catchphrase "that's my favorite!" when he sees something or someone he likes. His name may be short for Pignatius. Pig is resistant to what would be life-threatening injuries. Goat – a sweet and cheerful goat woman, Pig's roommate for the past 29 years, she is the "artist" of the group having a penchant for acting. Goat can be easily irritated by others' antics and displays anger, causing her to babble, speak gibberish, puff up her chest when angry, her catchphrase is "Totally goatally". Goat has normal human-shaped ears obscured underneath the locks of hair on the sides of her head; the horns on top of her head have holes in them. Banana – a lazy, selfish banana who enjoys playing video games, he has boy scouts for henchmen. Banana is the "wise-guy" of the group who loves to pull pranks. Banana is afraid of primates of all species. Banana tends to cry when put into pressure but stops, he says his catchphrase "Sweet mama's monkeys" when he is surprised or shocked, "simpledy doo" after finishing a task.
Cricket – a cricket, a genius inventor and speaks with a lisp. Cricket is the "brains" of the group, he is the most responsible of the four and is forced to clean up their messes. Cricket has a crush on Goat, while she has hugged him and said she loves him, this can be behavior towards a pal, he sometimes says "Holy laser farts", when he is shocked. Burgerstein, Cricket's lab assistant, he is made up of machines and other things. As his name implies, he is based on Frankenstein's Monster, he is called a "burgerbrain" by Cricket and Burgerstein makes grunting or blabbles to express his intentions. In some episodes, Burgerstein temporarily becomes smart due to Cricket's inventions. Goat's reflection is see in many episodes as Goat looks in the mirror for self-admiration or grooming, she is revealed to be a distinct entity, she and Goat get into an argument when TJ gives the reflection the'Customer of the Day' award though it was Goat who got him a soufflé. Thomas Jefferson debuts in "The Chronicles of Cutesachusetts" where he emerges from a nickel to battle Goat, saves the day by battling Lady Primavera.
He runs a smoothie café in "Zombie Broheims" where he prevents Goat from being Customer of the Day because he swore to hate her forever. While discussing cookies she made, he calls Betsy Ross a hag. Sleazy Beave – a male beaver who debuted in "Fudge-pocalypse". Sleazy Beave is open to pretty much anything, he was willingly about to get married to Delooney Hamshank but was pranked by Pig, wearing the wedding outfit. He appears to have a secondary superhero personality named The Masked Maniac as well. Rasta Rat – Rasta Rat is a laid-back rat who has dreadlocks and speaks in a Jamaican accent, he wears a green and yellow beanie hat. A running gag is he gets slammed onto the fourth wall. President of the Planet – the dog who rules the entire planet, he can be a noble person when he wants to be, but can be quite brute and honest in his opinions, like when he told Goat that her superpower was complete garbage without a second thought in "Super Space Meatball". Junior Rangers – the Junior Rangers are the "boy scout" division of the Boopelite park rangers.
They are a group of children varying in species. They are watched over by Banana, who lazes on the job; some of the rangers do work for Banana that differs from normal activities, such as pranking the Hamshanks or rescuing Banana from Big Ballah Koala. Barton is a rat. Tom and Tabitha are crocodiles. An elephant. Ranger Rhino – a rhinoceros, in charge of the Junior Rangers, he tells off Banana for not doing his duty but still has a soft spot for him, such as in "Wheelbarrow Full of Nachos" he asks Banana to hang out with him
American Splendor (film)
American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is in part an adaptation of the comics, which dramatize Pekar's life; the film was directed by documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. The film stars Paul Giamatti as Hope Davis as Joyce Brabner, it features appearances from Pekar and Brabner themselves, who discuss their lives, the comic books, how it feels to be depicted onscreen by actors. It was filmed on location in Cleveland and Lakewood in Ohio. Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar Daniel Tay as young Harvey Donal Logue as stage actor Harvey Hope Davis as Joyce Brabner Molly Shannon as stage actor Joyce Judah Friedlander as Toby Radloff James Urbaniak as Robert Crumb Harvey Pekar as himself Joyce Brabner as herself Toby Radloff as himself Earl Billings as Mr. Boats Maggie Moore as Alice Quinn Gregory Budgett as The Extra, who asks Pekar for his autograph in the book-signing scene Eytan Mirsky as The Guitarist Josh Hutcherson as Kid dressed as Robin, his first feature film appearance Chris Ambrose as kid dressed as Superman Shari Springer Berman as Interviewer Robert Pulcini as Bob the director Though Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini had directed documentaries before, American Splendor was their first narrative feature.
Of the film's alternating of fictional portrayals with real-life appearances by Pekar and his friends and family, co-writer/co-director Pulcini recalled, "It was the only way that made sense to tell that story because we were handed this stack of comic strips where the main character never looks the same because he’s drawn by so many different artists. We wondered how to stay true to the material, that’s the concept we came up with; the structure came out of that naturally. It wasn’t something that we labored over." Berman added that upon meeting Pekar. "We got to know Harvey before we wrote the screenplay. We went to Cleveland and spent time with Harvey and Joyce, spoke to them on the phone a lot. Once we spent some time with both of them, we were like, “Oh my God, we have to put them in the movie!” That was a case where we were still using our documentary instincts and had to figure out a way to include him in it, a natural fit for the material."At one point, Pekar meta-references the structure of the film by doing a voice-over for a one-shot of Paul Giamatti playing him by saying "There's our guy.
Well, it's me. Or the guy playing me. Though he don't look nothing like me, but whatever." David Letterman refused to appear in the film, his old network of NBC did not allow the filmmakers to use footage of Pekar's disastrous final appearance on this show, so that final appearance was done using oblique camera angles and a voiced-over audio of the incident. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 94% approval rating, based on 185 reviews, with an average rating of 8.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Exhilarating both stylistically and for its entertaining, moving portrayal of an everyman, American Splendor is a portrait of a true underground original." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 90 out of 100, based on 42 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."American Splendor won the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, in addition to the award for Best Adapted Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. At the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, the film received the FIPRESCI critics award.
It was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2003 Academy Awards. Columnist Jaime Wolf wrote a laudatory review of the film in Slate drawing attention to formal parallels with Woody Allen's Annie Hall and other Allen films. Pekar wrote about the effects of the film in various stories published in American Splendor: Our Movie Year. WonBoston Society of Film Critics Best Screenplay Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Filmmaker Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Film Best Screenplay National Society of Film Critics Best Film Best Screenplay New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Best First FilmSundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Writers Guild of America Best Screenplay – Adapted NominatedAcademy Awards Best Screenplay – Adapted Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics Grand PrixChicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Best Actress Best Film Best Screenplay Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Satellite Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Best Director Best Film – Musical or Comedy Best Screenplay – Adapted New Line Cinema: American Splendor at the Wayback Machine American Splendor on IMDb American Splendor at AllMovie American Splendor at Box Office Mojo American Splendor at Rotten Tomatoes American Splendor at Metacritic Paul Giamatti interview for American Splendor
Richard Foreman is an American playwright and avant-garde theater pioneer. He is the founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Richard Foreman graduated from Brown University, received an MFA in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama in 1962; as an undergraduate, he was instrumental in the formation of Production Workshop, Brown University's student theatre group, while taking part in other student theatre, including set-designing Brownbrokers' 1958 production of Down to Earth. In 1993, Brown presented him with an honorary doctorate. Richard Foreman has written and designed over fifty of his own plays both in New York City and abroad, he has received three Obie Awards for Best Play of the Year, he has received four other Obies for directing and for "sustained achievement". He has received the annual Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a "Lifetime Achievement in the Theater" award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN American Center Master American Dramatist Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, in 2004 was elected an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.
His archives and work materials have been acquired by the Fales Library at New York University. His work has been produced by and performed at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York, though he has gained acclaim as director for such productions as Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera at Lincoln Center and the premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks's Venus at the Public Theater. Foreman's plays have been co-produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival, La Mama Theatre, The Wooster Group, the Festival d'Autumn in Paris and the Vienna Festival, he has collaborated with composer Stanley Silverman on 8 music theater pieces produced by The Music Theater Group & The New York City Opera. He directed the feature film Strong Medicine, he has directed and designed many classical productions with major theaters around the world including, The Threepenny Opera, The Golem and plays by Václav Havel, Botho Strauss, Suzan-Lori Parks for The New York Shakespeare Festival, Die Fledermaus at the Paris Opera, Don Giovanni at the Opera de Lille, Philip Glass's Fall of the House of Usher at the American Repertory Theater and The Maggio Musicale in Florence, Woyzeck at Hartford Stage Company, Molière's Don Juan at the Guthrie Theater and The New York Shakespeare Festival, Kathy Acker's Birth of the Poet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the RO theater in Rotterdam, Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights at the Autumn Festivals in Berlin and Paris.
Seven collections of his plays have been published, books studying his work have been published in English and German. In 2004, Foreman established the Bridge Project with Sophie Haviland to promote international art exchange between countries around the world through workshops, theater productions, visual art and multimedia events. From 2006 to 2008, Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric productions have incorporated the projection of video footage generated through Bridge workshops as a kind of "film-score" that the live performance is conducted in a relation to; these include Zomboid!, Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead! and Deep Trance Behavior in Potatoland. The Ontological-Hysteric Theater was founded by Foreman in 1968, with the mission to: Foreman’s trademark “total theater” unites elements of the performative and visual arts, philosophy and literature for a unique result. Foreman's style is not meant to be ‘cerebral', but rather, the density of his compositional theater is an attempt to viscerally reflect and process everything that he has inherited from his explorations in twentieth century thought and art.
Foreman engages in what the poet John Keats famously described as “negative capability” - i.e. "when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason." He seeks to make work that unsettles and disorients received ideas and opens the doors for alternative models of perception and understanding. Of course as times and experiences change, strategies must shift as well. In 2005 Foreman began a second chapter in his work with the introduction of the digital video and film media as dominating forces in his redefinition of ontologically hysteric theater; the theater company moved to its current come of 131 E 10th St. at St. Marks in Manhattan in 1992. Angelface, New York City Ida-Eyed, New York City Total Recall, New York City HcOhTiEnLa Hotel China, New York City Dream Tantras for Western Massachusetts, Massachusetts Evidence, New York City Sophia= Part 3: The Cliffs, New York City Particle Theory, New York City Classical Therapy or A Week under the Influence...
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The Girl from Monday
The Girl from Monday is a 2005 American film directed by Hal Hartley. The film deals with the consequences of business globalization. Filmed in New York City and Puerto Rico, the film was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival. After a limited run in New York, it was shown at various festivals in Europe; some time in the future United States, a being from another planet arrives on Earth and takes human form. In voiceover, Jack Bell, an advertising executive, explains how his ideas came to bring the "triple M" into power and reduce human beings to mere consumers, pawns of the corporation. Flash-forwards show his visit to a "gun boutique" to buy a pistol, a suicide attempt in his car; the innovative idea Jack contributes to Triple M is that, since sexually active people are the most active consumers, people will record each of their sexual encounters as an economic transaction. This will increase their desirability rating, their value as sexual commodities, therefore their credit rating; because of its direct relation to one's credit rating and buying power, insurance policies covering a person's sexual desirability are available.
To give himself an alibi during an action he planned for the counter-revolution, Jack attempts to hook up with his co-worker Cecile but loses heart, leading the insurance company to investigate why this happened. Jack claims; the insurance agent decides it's not Cecile's fault and her premium remains the same, while Jack's is raised. Meanwhile, the planned counter-revolutionary assault on Triple M headquarters is somehow thwarted, the counter-revolutionaries go on the run; the news broadcasts claim two people were killed, the police start a manhunt for the perpetrators. By chance Cecile meets up with William, teenage leader in the counter-revolution, who takes her to a place where people have sex because it feels good. Cecile is arrested and sentenced to "two years hard labor... teaching high school." The classes are taught through virtual reality helmets, the students are all armed and drugged daily with anti-anxiety medications. Coincidentally, William is one of Cecile's students. Cecile reads Thoreau's book Walden, passed secretly to her by William, is inspired to join the counter-revolution.
Meanwhile, Jack drives to the beach where his wife drowned. He loses consciousness before he can shoot himself. William finds him, thinks him dead, takes the pistol to continue his counter-revolutionary activities; when Jack regains consciousness he finds the girl from the planet Monday arising from the water. He teaches her how to fit into human society; the girl calls herself "Nobody. Several coincidences and adventures including a threesome between Jack and Nobody, a police raid on a dress boutique, Nobody prostituting herself to Cecile's high school principal to get Cecile released from jail, Nobody is convinced her mission is a failure and she decides to go home. Jack, it turns out, is an "immigrant" from that planet, has tried and failed to go home, they proceed to the ocean, where the girl disappears. Jack says. Stephen Holden, writing for The New York Times, opines that "Like so many science fiction fantasies, Hal Hartley's new film begins with a clever satirical premise stumbles all over itself trying to tell a coherent, original story."
Peter Hanson, writing for Film Threat, called it "A profoundly unnecessary movie." In comparison to Hartley's earlier work, this film and No Such Thing "may have lacked the impact of his first features, they demonstrate that Hartley is a director still unafraid to take apart and reassemble the medium." The region 1 DVD release came out on November 7, 2006 and was made available to Netflix customers to rent. Artificial Eye released the region 2 PAL-format DVD as part of their Hal Hartley Collection, available as a standalone edition or in a 3-disc set with Trust and Henry Fool. In 2012, the film's screenplay was released on Hal Hartley's website in a book that included the screenplays for The Book of Life and No Such Thing; the Girl from Monday on IMDb The Girl from Monday at AllMovie The Girl from Monday at Rotten Tomatoes The Girl from Monday at Metacritic
Death of a President (2006 film)
Death of a President is a 2006 British docudrama political thriller film about the fictional assassination of George W. Bush, the 43rd and at the time, incumbent U. S. President, on 19 October 2007 in Chicago, Illinois; the film is presented as a future history docudrama and uses actors, archival video footage as well as computer-generated special effects to present the hypothetical aftermath the event had on civil liberties, racial profiling, journalistic sensationalism and foreign policy. Broadcast in the year 2008, the film is presented in a TV documentary style format, combining talking head interviews, news coverage clips and video surveillance footage surrounding the assassination of U. S. President George W. Bush in Chicago around a year earlier on 19 October 2007; the president is fatally shot by a sniper after he addresses an economic forum at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel, before which an anti-war rally had taken place. News outlets begin reporting on the incident along with its political ramifications.
After authorities earlier arrest and interrogate war-protesting detainees, Jamal Abu Zikri, an IT professional of Syrian origin, becomes the prime suspect. Vice President Dick Cheney, now president, uses the possible al-Qaeda relationship in connection with the suspected assassin, Zikri, to push his own domestic political security agenda, he calls for the legislation of PATRIOT Act III, trying to increase the investigative powers of the FBI, the police, other government agencies over U. S. citizens and resident aliens as he contemplates attacking Syria. As his wife Zahra listens to the verdict with family attorney Dawn Norton in a packed courtroom, Zikri is convicted of killing the U. S. President and sentenced to death based upon dubious forensic evidence. Meanwhile, a new report which surfaces, substantiated by interviews with Marianne Claybon, indicates that the perpetrator is most her husband Al Claybon, a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, who lived in Rock Island and, the father of David Claybon, a U.
S. soldier killed in the Iraq War. The assassin, who blames President Bush for the death of his son, killed himself after Bush's assassination. Claybon's suicide note, addressed to a second son, Casey Claybon, an Iraq War veteran living in Chicago, considered as a suspect, reads: Everything I stood for and raised you to stand for has turned bad. There's no honor in dying for an immoral cause. For lies. I love my country, but I love God, the sons He gave me more. I must do the right thing by David. George Bush killed our David, I cannot forgive him for that. Ten months after President Bush's assassination, Zikri remains on death row at the Stateville Correctional Center, because government officials are deliberately delaying his legal appeal. Moreover, in his dead father's Rock Island house, Casey Claybon finds evidence of his father's planning of the shooting; the most incriminating piece of evidence is a copy of a top secret presidential itinerary outlining, to the minute, President Bush's Chicago whereabouts on 19 October 2007.
The news report ends while the U. S. Government continues investigating how presidential assassin Al Claybon obtained that top secret document; the final closing titles of the film inform the viewer that President Cheney's USA PATRIOT Act III was signed into permanent law in the U. S. stating the following: "It has granted investigators unprecedented powers of detention and surveillance, further expanded the powers of the executive branch". Hend Ayoub as Zahra Abu Zikri, the wife of convicted assassin Jamal Abu Zikri, she comes to believe her family has been targeted by authorities due to their Middle-Eastern heritage. Brian Boland as Larry Stafford, lead Secret Service agent assigned to the president, he failed in preventing the president from being assassinated, as he discusses the day's events and security precautions leading up to the tragedy. Becky Ann Baker as Eleanor Drake, personal advisor to the president, she dutifully assisted in preparing his speeches and was one of the first few people to learn of his death at the hospital.
Robert Mangiardi as Greg Turner, First Deputy of the Chicago police department, in charge of coordinating security arrangements for the war protest as well as handling the blocking off of city streets for the presidential motorcade. He expresses his displeasure with the violent tone of the protesting public. Jay Patterson as Sam McCarthy, White House correspondent for The Washington Post. From time to time, he expresses his disapproval with the government's basis for holding Zikri, he believes they have no definitive evidence linking him to the assassination other than the fact that he might have flirted with the thought of terrorism by visiting an enemy country. Jay Whittaker as Frank Molini, a war protester caught and arrested by police in the ensuing chaos after the initial shots were fired at the president. In his possession was a banner depicting a gun being fired at Bush. However, he was found not to be the assassin. Michael Reilly Burke as Robert H. Maguire, special agent in charge at the FBI, involved with reporting directly to new president Dick Cheney on his investigation surrounding evidence related to the assassination.
James Urbaniak as Dr. James Pearn, an FBI forensic examiner assigned to the case to collect and catalogue evidence against any possible suspects, he obtains a partial fingerprint of Jamal Abu Zikri from traces of gunshot residue at the crime scene, but notes that it is only associative evidence and not enough evidence for a conviction in a court of law. Neko Parham as Casey Claybon, son of possible suspected assassin Al Claybon. A war veteran who did not support Bush
Thanksgiving (2004 film)
Thanksgiving is a 2004 American short film directed by Tom Donahue and starring Yolonda Ross, William Mahoney and James Urbaniak. Yolonda is a young woman fleeing an unwanted commitment, she finds refuge in an isolated motel out of town, due for demolition in the morning, there confronts a mysterious man named Peck, the caretaker of the old motel with a strange past. Yolonda Ross - Yolonda William Mahoney - Peck James Urbaniak - Willy Seymour Cassel - Del Kat Foster - Nadine Jake Robards - Young Peck Thanksgiving on IMDb