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In the delightful farce Meeting Spencer, one of the great character actors of our time, Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested development), steps into a hilariously funny leading role. During one fateful night at Frankie and Johnnie's steakhouse in Manhattan, famed (but fading) director Harris Chappell (Tambor) plans to re-launch his Broadway career after suffering a humiliating series of flops in Hollywood.
2) The Aviator
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. --IMDB.
Imagination, fantasy, and the irreplaceable bonds of childhood friendship highlight this “comedy that’s full of heart” (Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News). Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is looking for an escape from his family’s stifling home life when he encounters Lee Carter (Will Poulter), the school bully. Armed with a video camera and a copy of Rambo: First Blood, Lee plans to make cinematic history by filming his own action-packed video epic....
Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth. Inspired by Steven Spielberg's own childhood.
5) King Kong
In the 1930s, a down-on-her-luck actress accompanies an over-ambitious filmmaker on an expedition to a remote island. There they encounter a terrifying giant ape who forms an attachment to the beautiful actress. Hoping to win fame and fortune, the filmmaker brings the ape back to New York City for public exhibition, with catastrophic results.
6) 8 1/2
A semi-autobiographical film of Fellini about a film director (Mastroianni) who finds himself creatively barren at the peak of his career. He fantasizes at a resort to get away from the pressures of wife and staff.
St. Vincent sets out to make a documentary about her music, but when she hires a close friend to direct, notions of reality, identity, and authenticity grow increasingly distorted and bizarre.
With only a week left before shooting begins on the filming of his latest movie, world famous film director Guido Contini is desperately searching for a way to overcome his creative block. Escaping to a seaside resort, he attempts to restore the equilibrium to his personal and professional existence by drawing inspiration from the women in his life.
Salam is an amateurish young Palestinian man who becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a fortuitous meeting with an Israeli soldier. His artistic career is on the rise until the soldier and the show's financial sponsors disagree about how the show should end, and Salam gets caught in the middle.
10) Cinema paradiso
Two-disc deluxe ed.
A filmmaker returns to his Sicilian hometown for the first time in 30 years and looks back on his life.
15th anniversary ed.
Chaplin's entire life is covered in the biographical film. From his upbringings in the slums of England to his Honorary Oscar in 1972.
In 1979 some young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast members find themselves in a fight for their lives.
Set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the film tells the story of director Mario Suarez's quest to make the ultimate tango film. Lonely after his wife (one of the film's stars) has left him, Mario must find the themes that will hold the film together, while simultaneously permitting his musicians and dancers the freedom of expression that is necessary to satisfy the tango-hungry Argentine audience. Things become complicated when Mario falls in love with...
It's about an indie movie called "Home for Purim," a somewhat inane drama about a dysfunctional Jewish family living in the South during World War II. But while the film is still in production, a reporter for an online entertainment site drops the word -- based on a brief visit to the set -- that one of the ensemble cast performers may be an Oscar contender. It goes on to chronicle how the Oscar buzz affects the director, additional cast members,...
15) Big fat liar
A high school student has to prove that a sleazy Hollywood producer stole his English class paper and turned it into a smash hit movie. With the help of his best friend, he travels to Los Angeles to squeeze the truth out of this big fat liar through a series of hilarious pranks and outrageous stunts.
Criterion collection volume 118
A successful Hollywood director disguises himself as a bum and sets off to see America from the bottom up. In the midst of the brutality and despair, he makes a valuable discovery-- that what the downtrodden need most is laughter.
17) Silent movie
A has-been movie director (Mel Brooks) intends to make a comeback by making a silent movie, and in the process, save his film studio from a takeover by a New York-based conglomerate.
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