The way men talk to each other


Gran Torino (2008)

Release Date: December 9, 2008
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 116 min
Original Title: Gran Torino
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Matten Productions, Double Nickel Entertainment, Gerber Pictures, Malpaso Productions, Village Roadshow Pictures, WV Films IV, Warner Bros. Pictures
Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.

Cast Gran Torino

  • Clint Eastwood
  • Role: Walt Kowalski
  • Christopher Carley
  • Role: Father Janovich
  • Bee Vang
  • Role: Tao Vang Lor
  • Ahney Her
  • Role: Sue Lor
  • Brian Haley
  • Role: Mitch Kowalski
  • Geraldine Hughes
  • Role: Karen Kowalski
  • Dreama Walker
  • Role: Ashley Kowalski
  • Brian Howe
  • Role: Steve Kowalski
  • John Carroll Lynch
  • Role: Barber Martin
  • William Hill
  • Role: Tim Kennedy
  • Brooke Chia Thao
  • Role: Vu
  • Chee Thao
  • Role: Grandma Vang Lor
  • Choua Kue
  • Role: Youa
  • Scott Eastwood
  • Role: Trey
  • Xia Soua Chang
  • Role: Kor Khue
  • Doua Moua
  • Role: Fong/Spider
  • Sarah Neubauer
  • Role: Paralegal
  • Lee Mong Vang
  • Role: Hmong Gang Banger 3
  • Nana Gbewonyo
  • Role: Monk
  • John Anton
  • Role: Family Friend
  • Austin Douglas Smith
  • Role: Daniel Kowalski
  • Ramon Camacho
  • Role: Latino #3
  • Rio Scafone
  • Role: Day Planner
  • Thomas D. Mahard
  • Role: Mel
  • Arthur Cartwright
  • Role: Prez
  • Julia Ho
  • Role: Dr. Chu
  • Elvis Thao
  • Role: Hmong Gangbanger
  • Clint Ward
  • Role: Officer
  • Shelagh Conley
  • Role: Extra (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Feingold
  • Role: Neighbor (uncredited)
  • William C Fox
  • Role: Family Friend (uncredited)
  • Tony Stef'Ano
  • Role: Man on Street (uncredited)
  • Carey Torrice
  • Role: Blonde (uncredited)
  • Sonny Vue
  • Role: Smokie
  • Greg Trzaskoma
  • Role: Bartender
  • John Johns
  • Role: Al
  • Davis Gloff
  • Role: Darrell
  • Conor Liam Callaghan
  • Role: David Kowalski
  • Michael E. Kurowski
  • Role: Josh Kowalski
  • Maykao K. Lytongpao
  • Role: Gee
  • Carlos Guadarrama
  • Role: Head Latino
  • Andrew Tamez-Hull
  • Role: Latino Gangbanger
  • Antonio Mireles
  • Role: Latino Gangbanger
  • Tru Hang
  • Role: Hmong Grandfather
  • Marty Bufalini
  • Role: Lawyer
  • My-Ishia Cason-Brown
  • Role: Muslim Receptionist
  • Rochelle Winter
  • Role: Waitress
  • Claudia Rodgers
  • Role: White Woman Neighbor
  • Darline Bucchare
  • Role: Church Member
  • Arnold Montey
  • Role: Family Friend
  • Jeffrey Scott Basham
  • Role: Man on Street

Trailer Gran Torino

Gran Torino is a fine film, but it’s as deeply flawed as some of its characters.  I can forgive its characters for their foibles, but not its filmmakers.

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Layer Cake


Layer Cake (2004)

Release Date: September 30, 2004
Starring: Daniel Craig, Tom Hardy, Colm Meaney, George Harris
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Runtime: 105 min
Original Title: Layer Cake
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Sony Pictures Classics, Marv Films
When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin...

Cast Layer Cake

  • Daniel Craig
  • Role: XXXX
  • Tom Hardy
  • Role: Clarkie
  • Colm Meaney
  • Role: Gene
  • George Harris
  • Role: Morty
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Role: Slasher
  • Kenneth Cranham
  • Role: Jimmy Price
  • Jamie Foreman
  • Role: Duke
  • Sienna Miller
  • Role: Tammy
  • Michael Gambon
  • Role: Eddie Temple
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Role: Sidney
  • Dragan Mićanović
  • Role: Dragan
  • Stephen Walters
  • Role: Shanks
  • Louis Emerick
  • Role: Trevor
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • Role: Cody
  • Tamer Hassan
  • Role: Terry
  • Jason Flemyng
  • Role: Larry - Crazy
  • Nathalie Lunghi
  • Role: Charlie
  • Rab Affleck
  • Role: Mickey
  • Burn Gorman
  • Role: Gazza
  • Steve John Shepherd
  • Role: Tiptoes
  • Daniel Moorehead
  • Role: Dizzy
  • Francis Magee
  • Role: Paul

Trailer Layer Cake

Part of the 2005 USA Film Festival
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Everybody was Kung Fu fighting


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Release Date: July 6, 2000
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Action, Romance
Runtime: 120 min
Original Title: 卧虎藏龙
Original Film Language: 普通话
Production Companies: Sony Pictures Classics, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, Good Machine, EDKO Film, Asia Union Film & Entertainment Ltd., United China Vision, Zoom Hunt International Productions Company Ltd.
Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

Cast Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Chow Yun-Fat
  • Role: Master Li Mu Bai
  • Michelle Yeoh
  • Role: Yu Shu Lien
  • Zhang Ziyi
  • Role: Jen Yu (Mandarin) / Jiao Long (English)
  • Chang Chen
  • Role: Lo 'Dark Cloud' / Luo Xiao Hu
  • Cheng Pei-Pei
  • Role: Jade Fox
  • Sihung Lung
  • Role: Sir Te
  • Fa Zeng Li
  • Role: Governor Yu
  • Su Ying Huang
  • Role: Auntie Wu
  • Xian Gao
  • Role: Bo
  • Yan Hai
  • Role: Madame Yu
  • De Ming Wang
  • Role: Police Inspector Tsai
  • Li Li
  • Role: May

Trailer Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Watching this film gave me that childish giddiness I haven’t felt since the original Star Wars.
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Playing Mona Lisa


Playing Mona Lisa (2000)

Release Date: May 1, 2000
Starring: Alicia Witt, Brooke Langton, Johnny Galecki, Ivan Sergei
Genres: Comedy
Runtime: 97 min
Original Title: Playing Mona Lisa
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies:
A young pianist is looking for love in all the wrong places once her fiancee drops her. Maybe her flame will be rekindled both for the piano and a new love?

Cast Playing Mona Lisa

  • Alicia Witt
  • Role: Claire Goldstein
  • Brooke Langton
  • Role: Sabrina
  • Johnny Galecki
  • Role: Arthur
  • Ivan Sergei
  • Role: Eddie, Carl, and Ben
  • Marlo Thomas
  • Role: Sheila Goldstein
  • Elliott Gould
  • Role: Bernie Goldstein
  • Harvey Fierstein
  • Role: Bennett
  • Molly Hagan
  • Role: Janine Goldstein

Trailer Playing Mona Lisa

Playing Mona Lisa, based on the play “Two Goldsteins on Acid,” is really a film about life’s meandering journey wrapped in a charming comic shell.
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