Nick’s Picks 06/27/12
FREE DVD GIVEAWAY
We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Sound of Noise, Wrath of the Titans, Oranges & Sunshine, Hunting the Elements, Deadliest Tornadoes, Titanic & Me or Craft in America: Threads, it is really easy! All you have to do is send me an email at HoustonMovieGuy@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!
SOUND OF NOISE – Magnolia
Police officer Amadeus Warnebring was born into a musical family with a long history of famous musicians. Ironically, he hates music. His life is thrown into chaos when a band of renegade musicians decide to perform a musical apocalypse using the city as their orchestra. Reluctantly, Warnebring embarks on his first musical investigation.
WRATH OF THE TITANS – Warner
Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson star once again as gods at war in “Wrath of the Titans”, under the direction of Johnathan Liebesman. A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kaken, Perseus (Worthington) the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson) is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramrez), switch loyalties and make a deal, with kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen gob Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
ORANGES & SUNSHINE – New Video
Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson, two-time Academy Award nominee for Breaking the Waves and Hilary and Jackie), a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and been sent to children’s homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine; they got hard labor and life in institutions. Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.
HUNTING THE ELEMENTS – PBS
Where do nature s building blocks, called the elements, come from? They re the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. Watch as David Pogue unlocks their secrets.
CRAFT IN AMERICA – PBS
The fourth season of Craft in America – a groundbreaking,
comprehensive visual exploration of the history, vitality, and cultural significance of America’s craft movement. Threads explores the needle arts, including storytelling through quilts and textiles that speak to the creativity of the human spirit. Through the stories of four special artists, we will experience the drama and revelations art can bring to our lives.
TITANIC AND ME – PBS
The sinking of the Titanic in 1912 affected thousands of families and this fascinating series explores how the impact of the Titanic disaster is still felt a century later. Perfect for the entire family and entertaining enough the kids won’t know they are learning!
DEADLIEST TORNADOES – PBS
Deadliest Tornado looks at the scientists striving to understand the forces at work behind last year’s tornado outbreak. Could their work improve tornado prediction in the future? NOVA also talks to people whose lives have been upended by these extreme weather events in an effort to learn how we all can protect ourselves and our communities for the future.
MIRROR MIRROR – Fox
One of the world’s most beloved fairy tales takes a hilarious turn in this fresh, exciting film starring Oscarr Winner Julia Roberts. After she spends all her money, an evil enchantress queen (Roberts) schemes to marry a handsome, wealthy prince (Armie Hammer). There’s just one problem – he’s in love with a beautiful princess, Snow White (Lily Collins). So, the sinister queen banishes Snow White from her own kingdom! Now, joined by seven rebellious dwarves, Snow White launches an epic battle of good vs. evil in this funny, magical movie that the whole family will love.
THE ARTIST – Sony
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies.
THE HANGMAN – Olive Films
A Federal Marshall (Robert Taylor) nicknamed “The Hangman” traces a robbery suspect (Jack Lord) to a small town, but the convict has turned his life around, he’s now married and he and his wife are expecting a child. Not only is he supported by his friends and neighbors, but also by the town’s sheriff (Fess Parker). The Marshall offers the convict’s ex-lover (Tina Louise) a new lease on life; all she has to do is to finger the man she still loves and walk away with the reward. For the first time in his career, the lawman is faced with a serious challenge to his method of justice as the citizens band together to stop their friend’s capture.
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