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The Harder They Come Remastered

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers. 
Marking its 40th anniversary on September the fifth a digitally remastered edition of this groundbreaking movie will be in theaters for only that one night. Jamaica's first feature film, The Harder They Come, was released in 1972. The film introduced to the world, not only Jamaica, but also Reggae music. It propelled Jimmy Cliff to international stardom. The film was made by Jamaica's great filmmaker Perry Henzell who passed away in 2006.
Movie Specs:
The Harder They Come 1972. 103 min. Color.
Jamaica. English/Creole and Pidgins.
Genre: Crime/Drama/Music.
Director: Perry Henzell.

Cinema City On Biutiful
From the director of Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros 

Any one who viewed this movie would be tempted to correlate its name with the masterpiece by Sam Mendes American Beauty. Both movies talk about beauty but show us the opposite! And if we examine attentively this work of Mexican Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu we find that it penetrates beauty and looks deeply into its concept. As observed by Innaritu beauty does not describe what is seen. It is a fundamental thing that stems from the viewer him/herself! Beauty is the spiritual essence to the angle out of which the flower of humanity in human beings, is morphed. The angle that makes you look at the ugliest and most disgusting as having a different capacity that makes it part of what has been established as beauty.

Director A. G. Inarritu
Alejandro Gonzalez in Biutiful was able to generate comfort from fatigue; to evoke the humanity from the fangs of brutality; to sanctify beauty in the home of fret and filth. In short, Innaritu's work is aptly named. A beautiful film in search of human beauty.
Summary: This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. IMDb. 

Video: Innaritu interviewed by Jason Solomons of the Guardian (UK)

Technical Specs: Biutiful (2010) R; Color 148 min.
Mexico/Spain; Genre: Drama


Alejandro González Iñárritu


Alejandro González Iñárritu (screenplay), Nicolás Giacobone (screenplay), et al.Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla
Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto 


Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib. Source IMDb.



Toronto International Film Festival starts on the 5th of September.
According to Blake Williams of, ten major movies are cited as having more attention from viewers: 12 Years A Slave (British acclaimed director Steve McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender), August: Osage County (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, ..), Blue Is The Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche's winner of the Palme d'Or, Cannes 2013), Prisoners & Enemy (Canadian Denis Villeneuve's Oscar-nominated movies), Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, Labor Day, Story of My Death, Tom at The farm, Under The Skin and The Wind Rises.
Here is the trailer for 12 Years A slave:


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