WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM (1971) - (The Criterion Collection - #389) [DVD9]
A Film by Duan Makavejev
Art-House | 1.33:1 | Color | German, Russian, English Dolby Digital 1.0 | English Subtitles | 85 min.
Full Original Dual-Layer DVD Image (.ISO) + HQ PDF Scans & Booklet = 7.95 GBs | 200MB RARs | RS
What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Duan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions). His surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: Mysteries of the Organism begins as an investigation into the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and then explodes into a free-form narrative of a beautiful young Slavic girl’s sexual liberation. Banned upon its release in the director’s homeland, the art-house smash WR is both whimsical and bold in its blending of politics and sexuality.
SWEET MOVIE (1974) - (The Criterion Collection - #390) [DVD9]
A Film by Duan Makavejev
Art-House | 1.66:1 | Color | Polish, English Dolby Digital 1.0 | English Subtitles | 98 min.
Full Original Dual-Layer DVD Image (.ISO) + HQ PDF Scans & Booklet = 7.37 GBs | 200MB RARs | RS
Pushing his themes of sexual liberation to their boiling point, Yugoslavian art-house provocateur Duan Makavejev followed his international sensation WR: Mysteries of the Organism with this full-throated shriek in the face of bourgeois complacency and movie watching. Sweet Movie tackles the limits of personal and political freedom with kaleidoscopic feverishness, shuttling viewers from a gynecological beauty pageant to a grotesque food orgy with scatological, taboo-shattering glee. With its lewd abandon and sketch-comedy perversity, Sweet Movie became both a cult staple and exemplar of the envelope pushing of 1970s cinema.
Ningen No Joken II (1959) The Human Condition Parts 3+4 - CRITERION Remaster
XviD/AVI | 720x304 | AC3 192kbps | Japanese | Subs: EN srt | 1:43 + 1:15 | 1.44GB x2 Art-House / Classic / War
Based in part on a six-volume novel by Junpei Gomikawa and, in part, on Kobayashi's own wartime experiences as a pacifist trying to survive in the Japanese army, The Human Condition is as grand in scale and scope as that other anti-war classic, Gone With the Wind. Like the South, Japan lost a war and can't stop talking about it. Every great Japanese director has a movie about the traumas of WWII under his belt, but none is as ambitious as The Human Condition.
CLEAN, SHAVEN (1993) - (The Criterion Collection - #354) [DVD9]
A Film by Lodge Kerrigan
Art-House | 1.66:1 | Color | English Dolby Digital 2.0 | English Subtitles | 79 min.
Full Original Dual-Layer DVD Image (.ISO) + HQ PDF Scans & Booklet = 7.27 GBs | 200MB RARs | RS
Lodge Kerrigan began his succession of utterly unique, visually and aurally dazzling character studies with the raw, ravaging Clean, Shaven. A compelling headfirst dive into the mindscape of a schizophrenic (played by the remarkable Peter Greene) as he tries to track down his daughter after he is released from an institution, Kerrigan’s film brilliantly uses sound and image to lead audiences into a terrifying subjectivity. No one is left unscathed.
HOUSE OF GAMES (1987) - (The Criterion Collection - #399) [DVD9]
A Film by David Mamet
Art-House | 1.78:1 | Color | English Dolby Digital 2.0 | English Subtitles | 102 min.
Full Original Dual-Layer DVD Image (.ISO) + HQ PDF Scans & Booklet = 7.81 GBs | 200MB RARs | RS
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet first sat in the director’s chair for this sly, merciless thriller. Mamet’s witty tale of a therapist and best-selling author (Lindsay Crouse) who must confront her own obsessions when she meets an attractive cardsharp (Joe Mantegna) is as psychologically acute as it is full of twists and turns, a rich character study told with the cold calculation of a career criminal.
Wie Man Sieht / As You See - by Harun Farocki (1986)
DVDRip | AVI | 640x480 25.00fps | German | Subs: Russian+English | DivX 1500 kbps | MP3 ~128.00 kbps | 790 MB Art - House, History, Documentary, Art
In As You See, Farocki searches for those instances and facts in the history of technology that have been overlooked or ignored, also exploring the ambivalent relationship between technologies developed for civil use and those designed for military purposes.
Thus the film for instance describes how in the 1970's workers at the British arms factory Lucas Aerospace attempted to develop socially useful products to replace the company's military output.
Rather than following a linear argument, this essay-film juxtaposes disparate images and weaves them into a mosaic-like structure which makes it possible for the viewers to make their own connections between the different images as well as between the images and the commentary.
"My film As You See is an action-filled feature film. It reflects upon girls in porn magazines to whom names are ascribed and about the nameless dead in mass graves, upon machines that are so ugly that coverings have to be used to protect the workers' eyes, upon engines that are too beautiful to be hidden under the hoods of cars, upon labor techniques that either cling to the notion of the hand and the brain working together or want to do away with it."
KICKING AND SCREAMING (1995) - (The Criterion Collection - #349) [DVD9]
A Film by Noah Baumbach
Art-House | 1.85:1 | Color | English Dolby Digital 5.1 | English Subtitles | 96 min.
Full Original Dual-Layer DVD Image (.ISO) + HQ PDF Scans & Booklet = 8.4 GBs | 200MB RARs | RS
Paralyzed by postgraduation ennui, a group of college friends remain on campus, patching together a community for themselves in order to deny the real-world futures awaiting them. Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Noah Baumbach’s hilarious and touching directorial debut was one of the highlights of the American independent film scene of the nineties, speaking directly to a generation of adults-to-be unable to reconcile their hermetic educational experience with workaday responsibility, and posing the eternal question, where do we go from here? Stingingly funny and incisive, Baumbach’s breakthrough features endlessly quotable dialogue, delivered by a stellar ensemble cast.
PADDLE TO THE SEA (1966) - (The Criterion Collection Presents) [DVD5]
A Film by William Mason
Art-House | 1.33:1 | Color | English Dolby Digital 5.1 | English Subtitles | 28 min.
Full Original Single-Layer DVD Image (.ISO) + HQ PDF Scans & Booklet = 1.93 GBs | 200MB RARs | RS
Based on Holling C. Holling’s beloved Caldecott-awarded children’s book, William Mason’s stunning film follows the adventures of a tiny, wood-carved canoe as it forges its own path from Lake Superior through the Great Lakes and down to the Atlantic Ocean. Buoyed by beautiful photography and a sense of true wonder about the sun, Earth, and water, the Academy Award–nominated Paddle to the Sea is an unforgettable tribute to the forces of the natural world, as well as a thrilling journey across the waves and rapids of North America.