Get ready to place your Holds! Along with our usual selection of blockbusters and other popular franchise films, such as: Annabelle, The Equilizer, Fury, Horns, Before I Go To Sleep, The Two Faces of January, Dracula Untold, The Skeleton Twins, The Good Lie, The Color of Time, and Alien Rising, we have some very interesting foreign and independent films coming to Oakland Public Library in January 2015.
From Rotten Tomatoes: Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety's annual "10 Directors to Watch."
From Rotten Tomatoes: Shep Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. Though he isn't a household name, Gordon has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Shep is known for managing the careers of Alice Cooper as well as stints with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others - a career that began with a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. He even found time to invent the "Celebrity Chef." Though the chef as star is part of the culture now, it took Shep's imagination, and his moral outrage at how the chefs were being treated, to monetize the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Personal friends with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund and the guardian of four children, Gordon's unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more.
From DVD back cover: This TV history of the Sex Pistols follows their truly outrageous exploits from 1976 to the present day - including the death of Sid Vicious, the split and then reforming of the band - with rare and forgotten archive film.
From DVD back cover: This romantic road movie co-stars Sinha Gierke (It s Not Over) as aspiring law student Lucca, and the stunning Verena Wustkamp as her new friend Valerie. Irresistible chemistry blossoms between them as the two women embark on a wild adventure to deliver the ashes of recently deceased friend Herma to her final resting place against the wishes of Herma s family. Invigorated by Valerie's free spirit, Lucca rebels from her father's conservative plans as her dreams for the future evolve. Their lives will never be the same again.
From IMDB: Reinette and Mirabelle are two young girls. Reinette lives in the countryside, Mirabelle in Paris. They meet during a holiday of Mirabelle in the country, when Reinette helps her to repair the tube of her bicycle and shows her the beauties of nature and in particular the 'blue hour'. They like each other and decide to take a flat together in Paris, where they'll attend at the University. But isn't so easy to live together when the characters are so different: as Reinette is simple and enthusiastic, as Mirabelle is obscure and lazy.
From DVD back cover: Brothers Robert and Julian plan on selling the family's multi-million dollar technology business, without the approval of partner Isaac. While all may seem well in business, their personal lives are full of betrayal and deceit. As a wicked tale of lies and backstabbing unfolds, the players fight for money and love. But who will end up rich, and who will end up dead? Fredro Starr, Dorian Gregory, Steven "Layzie Bone" Howse, and Jackie Christie star.
From Rotten Tomatoes: Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. This sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, conversations, all manner of doings, each movement leading to the next, one word following another. It is a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and sentences. And in between, silent gazes and anecdotes about experiences. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, the film assembles seemingly unspectacular details and snippets into an exciting choreography of everyday life.
From DVD back cover: An unapologetically sexy and subversive comedy based on the best-selling novel by Charlotte Roche. When a bizarre shaving accident lands rebellious teen Helen (Carla Juri) in the hospital, she develops an unlikely bond with her male nurse (Christoph Letkowski) whom she seduces with stories of her sexual adventures while using her illness to try and reunite her divorced parents. Both shocking and hysterically funny, WETLANDS is a unique roller coaster of erotic thrills.
From The Criterion Collection: The release of Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema. With a radical and disturbing take on narrative, beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on- and offscreen sound, Martel turns her tale of a dissolute bourgeois extended family, whiling away the hours of one sweaty, sticky summer, into a cinematic marvel. This visceral take on class, nature, sexuality, and the ways that political turmoil and social stagnation can manifest in human relationships is a drama of extraordinary tactility, and one of the great contemporary film debuts.