Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Staff Movie Picks

Before noting the staff picks, I'll mention the new title from Film Movement for the month, Jaffa.  In the Israeli city of Jaffa, Reuven is the owner of a garage which also employs his daughter, son, and a young Palestinian man, Toufik.  Toufik love Mali, the daughter, and they are making secret plans to get married, but Meir is openly prejudiced against Arabs.  This tense melodrama was an official selection at the Cannes and Toronto International Film Festivals.

And now, the picks!

Brian L picked the political comedy In the Loop.

Brian R selected John Woo's action-packed The Killer, starring Chow Yun-Fat.  FYI, this trailer is filled with explosions and shootings and other intense action, so maybe don't watch it if that's not your thing. 

Carol's pick is the nonfiction Busted: The Citizen's Guide To Surviving Police Encounters, which provides info on how to appropriately assert your constitutional rights should you need to do so in an interaction with the police. While I don't have a trailer for this film, you can check out some clips on Flex Your Rights's YouTube channel.

John G picked David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, starring Viggo Mortenson and Naomi Watts as handsome and beautiful people who wind up tangling with the Russian mob.

Finally, Pat has made Apollo 13 his choice for the month.  I was surprised to see it was sitting on the shelf, as those films that collect Academy Award nominations like bottle caps tend to check out soon after they've returned.

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