Here you are, in a world that is ruled by Rock & Roll. AC/DC, Aerosmith, Guns & Roses, Zeppelin, Free, & the Rolling Stones are all being blasted out of every window of every home & then suddenly you are awake… “Strong & Lean, one Bad machine, you know what I mean. This is a Rock n Roll Dream”. Sex & Patriotism is a Kick-ass band from Lansing, MI that came on the scene in 2004.
The quote I used earlier are lyrics from the song “Rock n Roll Dream” off of Sex & Patriotism’s debut album ‘To Die For’ & this CD is “to die for” as from start to finish you are sure to get your ass kicked. The songs are heavily influenced by the aforementioned bands listed & are twisted into their own anthems that will have you throwing your fist in the air.
Simon is a successful businessman with a loving family and a large circle of friends whose world falls apart when he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of motor neurone disease and given two years to live. Within weeks of the diagnosis, the disease causes Simon to lose the use of his voice. Faced with the prospect of a rapid physical decline, Simon tells his family that he is considering ending his life at a Swiss suicide clinic. Filmed and directed by award-winning filmmaker Rowan Deacon, and made in partnership with the Open University, this intimate and deeply moving film follows Simon and his family and friends as they grapple with the huge moral, emotional and legal dilemmas around Simon's choice.
During the hot summer of 1943 in the devoutly Catholic Moravian village of Lakotice (Czech for "stingy"), it falls to the new stranger, Protestant blacksmith Baran (the word for "ram"), to rid the town of Nazi collaborator and unrepentent bastard Sekal (which means "he was cutting"). Following his lauded 1996 drama Forgotten Light, director Vladimir Michalek continues his symbolic yet restrained probing of religion, complicity and betrayal in a rural setting, with the unexpected but triumphant addition of formal genre elements (gorgeous vistas, calibrated performances) straight out of Shane or early Clint Eastwood. "Evil has no weak spots," says the town's conflicted priest before the ritualized and inevitable finale, and neither does this provocative, masterful exploration of faith under stress – the Czech Republic's official Oscar submission – from one of the country's most accomplished contemporary filmmakers.
The notorious Japanese writer; Yukio Mishima; who committed suicide in 1970; stars in Yasuko Masumura's cult yakuza film; AFRAID TO DIE. Mishima plays Takeo; a youthful yakuza who turns back to his criminal ways after leaving prison. Embroiled in the business of assassinations; revenge; and violence; Takeo finds struggling to keep alive for the love of his family and girlfriend Yoshie. One of the great films of the Japanese New Wave; AFRAID TO DIE is a frenetic; visually stunning satire.