Best of the Net
looked over what's out there on the new Internet streaming media
sites, and what follows is a compilation of what we consider to
be some of the best. As far as we know, we're the first to do this.
Tramp - dir. Charlie Chaplin
Charlie is a tramp on the road. When a farmer's daughter is attacked
by 3 hobos, Charlie comes to her aid, and the Tramp becomes a hero.
- dir. Shannan Keenan
A dark comedy about love, a not so simple murder plot, and of course,
bread! A small Midwestern town has just been shaken by the bow &
arrow shooting of Ice Cream Bob. But the crime seems solved when
Eldon Puckett, a complex, compassionate, co-op employee confesses
to the accidental shooting. (73 minutes)
- dir. Amy Lyndon
King (Martin Luther King Jr's eldest daughter) is Odessa, a maid who
comes to work for the Spinelli family in upstate New York in 1969.
Odessa quickly bonds with the only child, Lisa (Brenda Grate), and
together they learn to deal with desegregation, family values and
forgiveness during a very turbulent time in history. (27 minutes)
- dir. Raymond Red
"Anino" balances the skin-and-bones rawness of cinema
verite with the polish of refined formalism. In depicting the widening
gap between socioeconomic classes in the Philippines, director Raymond
Red opted for a documentary style that called for his veteran Philippine
actors to improvise on location and interact with real people. The
result is a startling story about a down-and-out photographer who
is lured into the city's heart of darkness. (13 minutes)
Inside Tibet - dir. Tom Vendetti
Inside Tibet" is an extraordinary film documenting Paul Horn's and
Lama Tenzin's pilgrimage into Tibet. Paul Horn, the world renowned
flutest, became the first western musician to record inside the
Potala Palace as well as other sacred Tibetan temples. Lama Tenzin,
a Tibetan Buddhist monk now living on Maui, visited his family and
homeland for the first time after 40 years. "Journey Inside Tibet"
presents the viewer with this premier musical event and the touching
story of Lama Tenzin's reunion with his family. Tibetan folk music,
culture and fascinating scenery are part of this fabulous film.
Kris Kristofferson narrates the dynamic story which was written
by Gardner McKay and Nancy Vendetti. (57 minutes)
Blackbirds - dir. George Aguilar
From David Bengtson's published piece, conveyed in the third person,
this compares a family fighting at a funeral with the noise that
blackbirds make when they descend upon fields of sunflowers. (4
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