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Best of 2007: Best Lady Films

By Erin Donovan

As with last year's list, this is a look at some of the best women-centered filmsbrokenenglish.jpg released - except, notably, for the first one - to theaters or DVD in 2007.

Eve and the Fire Horse - A Sundance darling that has yet secure a US distribution deal, though it's aired on the Sundance Channel on Demand. Julia Kwan makes a magnificent directorial debut with a light-hearted film about coming of age, religious education, immigrant assimilation and grief.

Broken English - A romantic tribute to the neuroses and glory of life New York City (the way it could only exist, in films) is a remarkable directorial debut from Zoe Cassavetes. Like Sex and the City with the brain cells added back in.

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Best of 2007: Best Documentaries

By Erin Donovan

These were the best documentaries I saw this year, new to theaters or new to DVD in '07.

51 Birch Street - Doug Block, so incensed by the betrayal of his father getting remarried just 3 months after the death of his mother, turns an investigative lens on the once romanticized memories of his childhood to discover (via decades of journals, interviews with friends and home-made movies) the starkly different inner life his mother was leading to the woman he'd grown up with. Through the discovery of sad and ordinary dysfunctions 51 Birch Street is as much a touching family portrait as it is a window into the generational contrast between expectations about marriage.

Girl 27 - A surprising documentary that played to quiet appreciation at Sundance this year. Girl 27 starts out as a true crime expose about a vicious assault and the cover up by the svengalis of 1930s Hollywood but becomes a touching (platonic) romance about how intertwined a documentary film-makers can become with their subjects.

kingcorn1.jpgKing Corn - Two affable food activists grow an acre of corn in Iowa and attempt to trace it into our food system only to learn that between starchy fast foods, artificial sweeteners and preservatives Americans eat so much corn that an acre (producing 10,000 pounds) is a mere drop in the bucket. In the vein of Super Size Me, co-stars/directors Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis create an oral history of a declining farm town as well as illuminate some of the absurdities of food production in America.

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Best of 2007: Best Gay DVDs

By James Van Maanen

The best gay films released on DVD in 2007 (along with some not quite so great), a diverse bunch...

Available Men: This series of gay-themed shorts is way better than most compilations (only one of the bunch sucks--it's in claymation and thankfully brief). The title short is terrific, and those that follow are each quite different as they explore various facets of "love"--in unique and clever ways. Give this one a try.

Broken Sky: A Mexican art film by JuliáHernáez that is indeed art, this is a long one (2 hours and 20 minutes) but if it manages to pull you in to its story of a young university man and his "lost" love, you'll be hooked. It's that beautiful, strange and hypnotic. There is little dialog but the visuals are so unusual that I think you'll pay attention.

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Appleseed Ex Machina REMIX Contest!

appleseed You've seen the official trailer. Now make it your own.

Warner Home Video proudly announces a cool new contest. Here's your chance to create your own film trailer for the upcoming Warner Brothers feature film Appleseed Ex Machina, produced by John Woo. [Japanese web site]

The Grand Prize Winner will receive roundtrip airfare, hotel, and tickets for two to Wonder Con to meet the key filmmakers of the movie. The trailer with the most views will win. Contest ends on 2/07/08, but the sooner your post your version, the better your chances to win!

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New and Coming Releases: December 4, 2007

There's at least enough good DVDs out this week for each of the eight days of Hanukkah, and then some. Titles for children, a few choice anime releases, and then a few that are more appropriate for adults only. This week is superbad, and we mean that in a good way.

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New and Coming Releases: November 27, 2007

This may be a relatively quiet week for releases in quantity, but there's plenty of quality to be found - including the terrific and trippy anime feature Paprika and other international delights. Oh, and Thanksgiving may be over, but why not have some more pie, too.

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A Conversation with Adrienne Shelly

By Sean Axmaker

Adrienne Shelly

Adrienne Shelly blossomed onto the indie film scene with her 1989 screen debut in Hal Hartley's debut feature The Unbelievable Truth. In the succeeding years, the diminutive, red-headed actress proved to be very picky about her screen roles, appearing largely in idiosyncratic indie films and guest-starring in East Coast-based TV shows like Homicide and Law and Order. She had come from the stage and continued writing, directing, and performing numerous stage productions in the independent theater scene in New York, and she was making a name for herself as a film director.

(Note: Her final film as director, Waitress, is now out on DVD.)

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In the Skies with Luc Besson and Rie Rasmussen

By John Esther

Considering the films he has written, directed and/or produced, it's not easy to see why Luc Besson and his film, Angela-A, were invited to this year's Sundance Film Festival. This is the festival, after all, that's supposed to be about finding great new voices outside of - and, ideally, who challenge - the mainstream entertainment apparatus.

Besson's newest feature, Angela-A, is now available on DVD.

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Joy Division joy! Control contest

Attention Joy Division fans and music history buffs in general: Control, the new film about Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23, is garnering terrific reviews and high praise for the star, Sam Riley, who gives a "knockout" performance, says Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. "[Director Anton] Corbijn, shooting with a poet's eye in a harshly stunning black-and-white, cuts to the soul of Ian's life and music. You don't watch this movie, you live it."

And now, thanks to the generosity of GreenCine itself and our staff full of 80s music freaks, 2 lucky winners of our Joy Division contest will receive a copy of the brand spanking new 2-disc collector's edition of the classic Joy Division set, "Closer." Entrants should send an email to contest@greencine.com, including your name, email address and, if you're a GreenCine member, your username in the email, and Joy Divisionin the subject header. Entries without all this information will not be considered. (You will not be added to a mailing list!)

Winners will be selected at random from all valid entries. The deadline is Friday, November 16. Winners will be notified by e-mail and announced in future editions of the GreenCine Dispatch newsletter.

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Karas: The Revelation contest! Win a copy of the new DVD!

Picking up right where the Karas: The Prophecy ends, in the new beautifully animated (using 2D/3D hybrid animation) film Karas: The Revelation [official site], Otaha seeks vengeance against the yakuza that murdered his brother and almost killed him. Meanwhile the old Karas, Eko, unleashes his wrath and contempt for the pitiful humans infesting the city. Yurine, Nue, and Otahajoin forces for the final epic battle to save the city and protect the will of the people...as Prophecy becomes Revelation! "Karas the Revelation not only lives up to the amazing first volume, but exceeds it in every way," raves Play Magazine. The sequel features the voices of Jay Hernamdez, Matthew Lillard and Cree Summer.

And now, thanks to the generosity of Manga Video, ten (10) lucky winners of our Karas: The Revelation contest will receive a copy of the new DVD. Entrants should send an email to contest@greencine.com, including your name, email address and, if you're a GreenCine member, your username in the email, and "Karas" in the subject header. Entries without all this information will not be considered. (You will not be added to a mailing list!)

Winners will be selected at random from all valid entries. The deadline is Monday, October 29. Winners will be notified by e-mail and announced in future editions of the GreenCine Dispatch newsletter.

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