The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida's narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit song "Against the Ninja," Mark (taekwondo master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world's smelliest underbelly. It'll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can't stop until they've completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the "stupid cocaine"...and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!
"Touring makes you crazy", Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this movie came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid.
The film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry and the challenges faced by artists in the digital age. Through interviews with various industry experts, including music managers and lawyers, the film explores the power dynamics between artists and record labels, as well as the impact of new technologies on the industry.
At the heart of the film is Thirty Seconds to Mars' fight against their record label. The band members, including frontman Jared Leto, are shown dealing with the stress and uncertainty of the legal battle, as well as the toll it takes on their personal and professional lives.
Throughout the film, the band's music is showcased through live performances and studio sessions, giving viewers a glimpse into the creative process behind their music. The film also features appearances from various celebrities and musicians, including Kanye West and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
"Artifact" is a compelling and thought-provoking documentary that offers a unique perspective on the music industry. The film's blend of personal drama and industry analysis makes it a standout in the genre, and its message about the importance of artistic freedom and control resonates with viewers. Overall, "Artifact" is a must-watch for music fans and anyone interested in the inner workings of the entertainment industry.
Cast: Joan Leslie, Mel Ferrer, Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan
Donna Foster, loyal assistant to publisher John Caine, has agreed that John's niece Christabel Caine can stay in her apartment while she attends business school in San Francisco. Donna will soon be leaving anyway; she and her wealthy philanthropist boyfriend Curtis Carey will imminently be married, thus grooming Christabel, who ultimately will be working at the publishing house, to assume Donna's position both at the apartment and at the office. In living with Donna, innocent Christabel befriends not only Donna and Curtis, but Donna's rather bohemian friends, specifically struggling artist Gabriel Broome--Gobby to his friends--always with a quip at the ready; and aspiring writer Nick Bradley, who lives next door; John is contemplating publishing his book. There is an immediate sexual attraction between Christabel and Nick. However, underneath Christabel's innocent façade lies a conniver who has a larger goal of wealth, meaning setting her sights on Curtis, who she doesn't much like beyond his money. To achieve her goal of marrying Curtis, Christabel must sow some seeds of doubt in Donna and Curtis' minds about their otherwise loving and loyal relationship. The other issue for Christabel is Nick in her want of eating her cake and having it.
Cast: Val Kilmer, Christian Slater, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeff Bridges
Against the backdrop of a nation on the brink of revolution, Uncle Sweetheart and Nina Veronica are slimy promoters planning a benefit concert. They desire the services of legendary singer Jack Fate, and soon Fate is sprung from jail. A rock journalist investigates the concert, attempting to determine just who will benefit. Revolution may be raging outside the arena, but Jack Fate and the benefit concert play on as planned.
Cast: Crystal Bernard, Jennifer Rhodes, Cindy Eilbacher
Courtney, the younger sister of the "new girl across the street" in the first film is all grown up now, but suffers from nightmares about the Big Wet Incident. She and the other members of her female rock group go to a condo for the weekend to play music and have fun with their boyfriends. Courtney's dreams are of her sister, who is in a mental institution, warning her of having sex, and the dreams begin to spill into real life, threatening Courtney and her friends as they begin experiencing an attrition problem.
Fond de l'Etang is a boarding school for troubled boys located in the French countryside. In the mid-twentieth century, it is run by the principal M. Rachin, an egotistical disciplinarian whose official unofficial mantra for the school is "action - reaction", meaning that there will be severe consequences for any boy out of line. This approach does not seem to be working as the boys as a collective are an unruly bunch. In turn, the teachers don't teach, but are always watching out for the next subversive act from the boys. January 15, 1949 marks the arrival to the school of the new supervisor, M. Clément Mathieu, a middle-aged man who is grasping at finding his place in life after a series of failed endeavors. Although he does find the boys an unruly lot, Mathieu does not believe in the "action - reaction" policy, and as such, butts heads with Rachin while secretly undermining the policy. Slowly, Mathieu's approach of trying to match the discipline to the crime does have a positive effect on a handful of students. With the reluctant approval of Rachin, Mathieu begins a grander experiment of trying to transform the overall atmosphere within the school, core within the experiment being to start a choir among his students. This move is a difficult one for him as a failed musician, as well as for the initially reluctant students. During this process, Mathieu focuses on two different students for two different reasons. Pépinot, a younger boy, seems to lack guidance and focus, and who always says he is waiting for Saturday when his father will pick him up, he who never does. And Pierre Morhange, an older student, is the anachronism: introverted, but prone to outbursts of individual subversiveness - the devil with the face of an angel as the other teachers describe him. Behind the reason for his subversiveness, which Mathieu slowly learns, Morhange hides a love of music and a true talent in it. Beyond overcoming the obvious obstacles of Rachin and the students' skepticism and Rachin's egotism, Mathieu has another challenge in newly arrived Pascal Mondain, a truly troubled older boy with pathological tendencies whose presence alone may wreak havoc throughout the school, and not just with Mathieu's project. Over fifty years later, Morhange and Pépinot, who have not seen each other since that time and who did not spend that much time together while at school, are reading through Mathieu's memoirs from his time at the school, which unmasks the reason why the two are privy to the memoir and the effect he had on their lives.
Cast: Martin Scorsese, Levon Helm, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr
"The Last Waltz" chronicles the final performance of The Band, a Canadian-American rock group known for their soulful music and captivating live shows. As their decade-long journey comes to an end, lead vocalist and songwriter Robbie Robertson decides to organize a grand farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day, 1976.
The film opens with interviews of the band members reflecting on their time together and the reasons behind their decision to retire from touring. Their heartfelt conversations set the stage for an emotional and nostalgic event that will mark the end of an era.
The Last Waltz brings together an extraordinary lineup of musical guests, each chosen for their unique contributions to The Band's career. From rock 'n' roll icons like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Neil Young to blues legends Muddy Waters and B.B. King, the stage is graced by an impressive array of talent. The concert becomes a celebration of not only The Band's remarkable journey but also the rich tapestry of musical genres they have influenced.
Throughout the film, Scorsese seamlessly blends electrifying live performances with intimate backstage moments, capturing the camaraderie and chemistry between the musicians. Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews provide glimpses into the band's history, creative process, and the challenges they faced along the way.
As the night progresses, the energy of the concert intensifies, culminating in a powerful rendition of The Band's signature song, "The Weight," with all the guests joining in on stage. The Last Waltz becomes a grand symphony of music, emotion, and farewell, as The Band bids farewell to their fans and the world of touring.
"The Last Waltz" is not just a concert film but a testament to the power of music and the enduring legacy of a band that left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll. With Scorsese's masterful direction and a cast of musical legends, the film stands as a timeless tribute to the magic of live performance and the bittersweet beauty of endings.
Cast: Samuel S. Hinds, Elisha Cook Jr., Jean Porter, Martha Raye
Ole and Chick are making a movie, but the director is not satisfied. So he brings them to a young writer, who outlines them an absurd story. They have to support Jeff and Kitty in setting up a musical revue in their garden and want to bring it up on Broadway. If Jeff is successful he can marry Kitty. But there is his rich friend Woody, who also loves Kitty, Chick's sister Betty, who's in love with a false Russian count, and detective Quimby. They all make the thing very complicated for Ole and Chick. After some mistakes they think that Kitty isn't the right girl for Jeff and they start sabotaging the show, but the Broadway producer is impressed and signs the contract. That's the story the writer tells them. For this he's sued by the director.
Cast: Fred Astaire, Reginald Gardiner, Joan Fontaine, Jack Carson
Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X". After Alyce goes to London to meet a beau (bumping into dancer Jerry Halliday, instead), she is restricted to the castle to curb her scandalous behavior. Albert then summons Jerry to Alyce's aid in order to "protect his investment".
Cast: Maureen Arthur, Anthony 'Scooter' Teague, Robert Morse, Michele Lee
Twenty-seven year old New York window washer, J. Pierrepont Finch, believes he can be a success in the corporate world after he impulsively picks up the book "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". The book promises its reader that he can climb the corporate ladder simply and quickly. The Worldwide Wicket Corporation, the business in the office building whose windows he washes is, according to the book, the perfect type of business. There he meets secretary Rosemary Pilkington, who sees in Ponty (as she calls him) an unassuming man who she believes the corporate world will eat alive. But Ponty, memorizing what the book tells him, does quickly climb the corporate ladder but not by doing any real work. Ponty has a few obstacles along the way such as: Bud Frump who sees Ponty as a rival and is the nephew by marriage of the company president J.B. Biggley; Hedy La Rue, a curvaceous but simple woman who has a secret or not-so-secret tie to someone important in the company; Mr. Ovington, an executive who Ponty can't figure out; and Ponty possibly making a fatal error by not reading far enough ahead in the book. Ponty ultimately has to decide if climbing to the top of the ladder is worth stepping on all those along the way and risk losing the love of Rosemary. In the end telling the truth may set him free.
Lisa suffers a motorcycle accident and loses her memory. Jota is a musician, desperate after separating from his girlfriend. When he meets Lisa he takes advantage of the situation and reinvents her life according to his desires.
Cast: Amber Heard, Christopher Walken, Oliver Platt, Hamish Linklater
Rattling around in his mansion in the Hamptons, faded Sinatraesque crooner and notorious ladies man Paul Lombard stews over the acclaim that eluded him in his career and the trail of romantic wreckage he left in his wake. Matters are complicated when his punk rocker daughter Jude arrives in need of a place to stay and burdened with problems of her own....including a rivalry with her overachieving sister, her own ruinous love life, and above all, a fraught relationship with her famous father.
Cast: Kat Dennings, Rita Wilson, Rebecca De Mornay, Davida Williams
This film is about a teenage girl who is very upset about her brother's death in a car crash. Terri has a love of singing and making up her own songs. Her brother (before his death) secretly submits a DVD of her singing to a musical summer camp down in L.A. Her father doesn't want her to go, but secretly her mom lets her go and everything goes fine, except she has stage fright. She gets through her stage fright with the help of her new friend Jay. At the end of the contest everyone at the musical school have to perform something. And if they win, they win a scholarship along with it. Her dad finds out, comes down to L.A. and threatens to take her home! Will he let her stay? and will she win the contest? Viewers are on the edges of their seats to find out what happens...