American History X: (DVD) Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton), the charismatic leader of a group of young white supremacists, lands in prison for a brutal, hate-driven murder. Upon his release, ashamed of his past and pledging to reform, Derek realizes that he must save his younger brother, Danny, from a similar fate. This is a groundbreaking, and controversial, film about the tragic consequences of racism in a family. Co-starring Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Elliott Gould, Stacy Keach, and Beverly D'Angelo.
Bamboozled: (DVD) A searing parody of American television, this film takes a humorous look at how race, ratings, and the pursuit of power lead to a network executive's stunning rise and tragic fall. Starring Damon Wayans (My wife and Kids), Savion Glover (Taps), Jada Pinkett Smith (Matrix: Revolutions), Tommy Davidson (Booty Call), and Michael Rapaport (Higher Learning).
Beautiful Thing: (DVD) A drama about young love triumphant against all odds. This story is a winning combination and has been widely hailed by critics as an old-fashioned love story with afresh and contemporary twist. This film is for anyone who has ever dared to risk everything for happiness and won.
Big Night: (VHS) The story of 2 brothers whose Italian restaurant is on the brink of bankruptcy. their only chance to save it is to risk everything they own on an extravagant feast for bandleader Louis Prima. However, their big night is complicated by a lovers' triangle, a sneaky restaurant rival, and the hilarious perfection of chef Primo. This film gives wonderful insight into the passion, artistry, and food that plays such a big part in Italian-American culture. Staring Stanley Tucci (The Terminal) , Isabella Rossellini (Death Becomes Her), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Minnie Driver (Sleepers).
Bread & Roses: (DVD) From acclaimed director Ken Loach comes the gripping story of a group of immigrant workers who take a stand against the million dollar corporations who employ them. Newly arrived illegal immigrant Maya (Pilar Padilla) has just joined her sister on the job as a janitor in a downtown LA office building. Appalled at the work conditions and unfair labor practices, she teams up with Sam (Adrien Brody), a labor organizer, to fight their ruthless employer.
The Broken Hearts Club: (DVD) Endearing and funny coming-of-age story about either homosexual friends and their relationship misadventures. Widely considered the first "mainstream gay movie", this film breaks new ground. Starring Dean Cain (Lois & Clark) and John Mahoney (Frasier) .
The Brothers: (DVD) The Brothers is an absolutely hilarious romantic comedy that centers around a closely knit group of four African American men and the challenges they face in their friendships, relationships, and sex lives. The things they fear the most are commitment and honesty. But when one member of the group--the playboy--decides to get engaged, the others start to reconsider their values and the way they treat the women they love. A sincere, romantic comedy, this film is the directorial debut of Gary Hardwick.
Brown Sugar: (DVD) A hot ensemble cast featuring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Queen Latifah and Mos Def shines in this romantic comedy about love and laughter in the world of Hip Hop. Sydney (Lathan) and Dre (Diggs) are childhood friends who share a passion for music and an unsung love for each other. But when Dre marries the wrong woman, Sydney must make her move or risk losing her soul mate forever.
Cosmic Slop: (VHS) Enter the Multicultural Twilight Zone! Beyond the reality you know is the reality you may not want to face. Only here could Aliens from outer space offer to fix all Americas problems in exchange for all its black people, a saintly statue come to life to force a young priest to come to terms with the mystery of his faith and couple be able to find release in the form of a gift wrapped loaded rifle.
The Count of Monte Cristo: (VHS) Unjustly imprisoned on the eve of his wedding by a rival suitor, Edmond Dantes boldly escapes after a 14 year exile. Upon his escape he quickly locates the treasure of Monte Cristo, which was described to him by a fellow prisoner, and then resurfaces in Paris as the mysterious count. Sworn to revenge, Dantes uses his endless riches to ruin the conspirators who betrayed him. With cool cunning and spirited elan he lays out his elaborate plan. Starring Richard Chamberlain (Shogun) and Tony Curtis (Spartacus).
Eat Drink Man Woman: (VHS) Trouble is cooking for widower and Master Chef Chu, who is about to discover that no matter how dazzling and delicious his culinary creations may be they are no match for sex- especially to his 3 beautiful and rebellious daughters. His youngest just learned the recipe for first love. His middle has something cooking with a very married co-worker. And his oldest is about to cut loose and blow the lid off of years of unrequited passion! What is a father to do? Try brewing up a secret romance of his own.
A Fish Called Wanda: (VHS) Culture clash between the English and Americans is demonstrated hilariously in this off-beat romantic caper. The "Yanks", Wanda and her lover/partner-in-crime Otto face-off against the Brits, barrister (lawyer) Archie Leach, burglar George, and stuttering animal rights activist/criminal Ken. A diamond heist brings them together as they all attempt to confiscate the hidden loot behind each others backs. Add a romantic quadrangle and you have a recipe for laughs. Starring Jamie-Lee Curtis (True Lies), John Cleese (Monty Python), and Kevin Kline (Wild Wild West).
Green Dragon: (DVD) In 1975, refugee camps were set up across the desserts of the US to house an exodus of over 100,000 Vietnamese immigrants before and immediately after the fall of Saigon. When Tai arrives at Camp Pendelton, he is confronted by a camp filled with despair. Jim Lance (Patrick Swayze) is the Marine in charge of housing the refugees until sponsors can be found to help them assimilate into American life. Lance quickly commissions Tai, who speaks English, to translate for him. Co-starring Don Duong and Forest Whitaker.
Guantanamera: (VHS) Yoyita has returned to the town of Guantanamera 50 years after leaving it, and her first love Candido, behind. She is welcomed by her niece Georgina and her bureaucratic husband Adolfo. Reunited, Candido's love for Yoyita remains as pure as it was 50 years ago. Yoyita is so happy that she quickly dies in Candido's arms, there-by sparking an absurd yet hilarious voyage across a country where human warmth flourishes despite government oppression.
Hedwig and the Angry Itch : (DVD) This is the story of Hedwig, an ambitious glam-rocker who comes to America determined to find fame, fortune, and his "other half." Based on the smash hit NY show, Hedwig and the Angry Itch is destined to become the greatest rock musical of our time. "In the irreverant tradition of Rocky Horror".
In & Out: (DVD) When a high-school teacher (Kevin Kline) )is "outed" on an Oscars telecast by a former student-turned-superstar actor everyone in his small Indiana town is shocked, but none more than HIM. Kline plays the scrambling Howard Brackett, a man struggling to fourth with his planned wedding while doing his best to assert his manliness. Co-starring Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Tom Selleck, Debbie Reynolds, and Bob Newhart.
In the Time of the Butterflies: (DVD) Salma Hayek (Traffic, Frida) gives a powerful performance as an idealistic young woman who wages a daring struggle for freedom a murderous dictator (Acamedy Award nominee Edward James Olmos) in this moving thriller that, "with brutal simplicity, dramatizes the personal toll of political tyranny." For generations, Rafael trujillo (Olmos) has ruled the Dominican Republic with a mixture of terror and savagery...until Minerva Mirabal (Hayek) dares to oppose him. Inspired by her love for a rebel leader (Marc Anthony- singer/song writer, The Substitute, Big Nite) Minerva and her sisters- known as Las Mariposas (The Butterflies)- endure unimaginable hardships in a battle for the very soul of a nation. As their acts of bravery gain notoriety, Trujillo's forces close in, determined to put an end to Minerva's heroics.
Jeffrey: (DVD) A hilarious boy-meets-boy romantic comedy that explores the politics of homosexual relationships in the age of AIDS. Disenchanted with the not-so-romantic side of safe sex, obsessive Jeffery vows to become completely celibate. No sooner has he sworn off sex when he meets hunky and sensitive Steve. As passions starts to ignite Steve reveals some earth-shattering news that leaves Jeffrey to choose between loosing the man of his dreams- or taking a risk on what might be true love. Starring Steven Weber (Wings), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), Nathan Lane (The Birdcage), and Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias).
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love: (DVD) Mira Nair combines the wisdom of an ancient Indian treatise on sexuality with caste relationships of 16th century pre-colonial India in this sensuality filled picture. --"...It has a mood of overripe sensuality -- a commingling of skin, sweat, lust, and love -- that hits you like opium..." - Entertainment Weekly 03/21/1997
Latter Days : (DVD) From C. Jay Cox, the writer of the hit comedy "Sweet Home Alabama", comes a heart warming and tender gay romantic drama that combines laughs, seduction, tears, and plenty of romance. The handsome Aaron (Steve Sandvoss), a Mormon missionary, travels door-to-door in L.A. spreading the word of his religeon. Christian (Wes Ramsey), a cute West Hollywood party boy, goes from man-to-man without much committment. Opposites attract when Aaron and Christian meet, and the sparks begin to fly. Featuring two star-making performance from Sandvoss and Ramsey, the film also features a terrific supporting cast including Mary Kay Place (Sweet Home Alabama), Joseph Gorden-Levitt ("Third Rock from the Sun"), and international screen legend Jacqueline Bisset.
A Lesson Before Dying: (DVD) Grant (Don Cheadle) has become resigned to racial injustice in the south. Returning to his home town from college he continues to teach in the same one-room school of his youth. Struggling to make a difference in an oppressive time and place, he is called on to visit the town prison, where he meets Jefferson, a simple young man convicted of a murder he did not commit, and sentenced to death. Jefferson is full of rage and resentment who must be taught to not die like an animal, but rather like a man. Co-starring Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer.
Like Water for Chocolate: (VHS) Tita and Pedro are passionately in love, but their love is forbidden by and ancient family tradition. To be near Tita, Pedro marries her sister, and as the family cook, Tita expresses her passion for Pedro through preparing delectable dishes. Now, in Tita's kitchen, ordinary spices become a recipe for passion which bring tears of longing, heated desire, and/or chronic pain- while the star-crossed lovers wait for the moment to fulfill their hidden desires.
The Mask of Zorro: (VHS) This swashbuckling adventure chronicles the story of the "Masked Man" throughout his many adventures. This film has breathtaking cinematography that vividly shows all of the tradition, pageantry, and brilliant color of old world Spain. Starring Antonio Banderas (Assassins), Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs), and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Entrapment).
Medicine Man: (VHS) Dr. Robert Campbell, a brilliant but unorthodox scientist, is in a race against time in his bold research to discover a cure against cancer, which he has already found. Set deep in the Amazon rain forest, this action-packed hit follows Campbell on the trail of his amazing discovery, through breathtaking scenery, captivating performances, and non-stop excitement. Starring Sean Connery (Untouchables) and Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos).
Mississippi Masala: (VHS) Passion, Tradition, Prejudice. Put it together and you've got the recipe for a sexy irreverent romance. From Mira Nair, comes this beautiful tale of a young Indian woman who falls in love with an African American man (Denzel Washington), but nothing has prepared them for the outrage their families will have.
Mixing Nia: (DVD) Nia, an ad exec in New York City, becomes incensed and disillusioned with both her job and her lifestyle when she is asked to come up with an ad campaign aimed toward black youths. Nia decides that she wants to write the "Great African-American" novel, only to realize that she has completely lost touch with that side of her heritage. So, she quits her job and attempts to get in touch with her African-American heritage, causing a culture clash that teaches her more than a few things about being black in America.
The Opposite of Sex: (DVD) Dedee Truitt is politically incorrect, outrageous, and abrasively honest. She descends on a small Indiana town to visit her half-brother Bill like a force of nature, and within a week she seduces his live-in boyfriend Matt, announces that he is the father of her unborn child, and escapes with him and $10,000 of Bill's money. Her actions inadvertently sets off an unpredictable chain of events that will lead 6 confused people to that which they really want: loving, committed relationships. Starring Christina Ricci (Addams Family), Lisa Kudrow (Friends), and Lyle Lovett.
The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: (DVD) They came, they conquered, and they looked fabulous. This inventive, visually stunning, and hysterically funny Australian import tell the story of 3 drag queens who leave the safety of Sydney to brave the vast, rugged Australian outback, each with their own reason at heart.
Real Women Have Curves : (DVD) Should she leave home, go to college and experience life? Or stay home, get married, and keep working in her sisters struggling garment factory? It may seem like an easy decision, but for 18 year-old Ana, every choice she makes this summer will change her life. At home she is bound to a mother who wants her to become someone she is not. But at school, she is encouraged by a teacher who sees her potential, and adored by a botfriend who loves her for who she is. Right now Ana may be making clothes for less shapely women. But she is about to discover that real women take chances, have flaws, embrace life, and above all, have curves!!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: (DVD) This classic American film has been described as an "erotic nightmare beyond any measure." This sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies, and rock music stars Tim Curry and Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon.
School Daze: (DVD) Spike Lee directs this off-beat comedy about black college life, focusing on issues between students vs. fraternities, haves vs. have-not's, and light-skinned Black-Americans vs. dark-skinned Black-Americans. This film successfully challenges viewpoints about self-identity and self esteem, and gives a revealing look into modern middle-class black life in America. The film stars Laurence Fishburn (Deep Cover), Tisha Campbell (Martin), Kadeem Hardison (It's a Different World), and Spike Lee.
Strawberry and Chocolate: (VHS) Meet David- a naive college kid who is out on his own for the first time. With the help of 2 extraordinary new friends, David soon learns everything that there is to know about the things that aren't taught in school. Diego, the writer, teaches him about the passion for life- and Nancy is the woman who teaches him about the passion of the heart. Directed by Robert Redford.
Tampopo: (VHS) A satire about food and sex. This film delightfully parodies American westerns and Japanese Samurai films. This "first Noodle Western" follows the life of a young widow who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo, and her quest for the perfect bowl of ramen. Helping her attain top ramen status is Goro, the truck driver, who at first criticizes Tampopo's cooking ability and then helps her to master it.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar: (DVD) Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo star as 3 "girls" who just wanna have fun in a hilarious comedy about repairing broken hearts, broken dreams, and broken nails. En route from New York City to Hollywood for a Drag Queen Beauty Pageant, Noxeema, Vida, and Chi-Chi are forced to take and unwelcomed detour when their 1967 Cadillac convertible breaks down. Stranded in a tiny midwestern town the 3 try to make the best of their circumstance. When the glitz and glamour wake up the sleepy locals the stage is set for an outrageously fun weekend.
Torch Song Trilogy: (DVD) Funny and poignant, this film chronicles a New Yorker's search for love, respect, and tradition in a world not especially made for him. Armed with a keen sense of humor and a piercing witt, Arnold (Harvey Fierstein) tests commonly accepted terms of endearment and confirms that happiness is well worth carrying the touch for. Co-starring Anne Bancroft and Matthew Broderick.
Whale Rider: (DVD) A small Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership of the Ngati Konohi dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai. Although disregarded by her grandfather and shunned by the village people, twelve-year-old Pai remains certain of her calling and trains herself in the ways and customs of her people. With remarkable grace, Pai finds the strength to challenge her family and embraces a thousand years of tradition in order to fulfill her destiny.
X: (DVD) Filmmaker Spike Lee and actor Denzel Washington vividly portray the life an times of legendary Civil Rights leader Malcolm X. It tells the story of a man who "rose up from the dregs of society, spent time in jail, reeducated himself and, through spiritual enlightenment, rose to the top."
Y Tu Mama Tambien : (DVD) From world-renowned director Alfonso Cuaron comes this "provocatively and unapologetically sexual" coming-of-age tale. Nominated for a Golden Globe, this sizzling box-office sensation is not only "raucously funny" but also "one of the most compellingly sexy movies ever made". Julio and Tenoch are two teens ruled by raging hormones and a mission to consume exotic substances. But one summer, the boys learn more about life than they bargin for when they set off on a wild cross-country trip with seductive , 28 year-old Luisa. Both boys taste forbidden fruit as Luisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her destroy thier friendship forever?