How to Find New Movies

Visit Film Festivals
There are hundreds of film festivals that take place annually throughout the country offering new movies to audiences. Some film festival events offer free admission as well, eliminating expenses of visiting regular movie theaters. Top tier film festivals like Sundance even attract celebrities, making these events a fun way to find new movies. Search online and through printed film festival programs to read descriptions of new movies that may be of interest of you. These film festival listings usually provide information on when and where new movies will be showing at their event. They can be one of the most exciting resources when learning how to find new movies.

Read Newsletters from a Movie Club or DVD Rental Service
Many DVD rental stores and movie clubs for genre films have membership programs that include a free subscription to their newsletter. These clubs and DVD rental stores publish newsletters in print or email form to provide their members with information on new movies that are currently available and coming soon. Smaller DVD rental stores and movie clubs promote art films more than larger chains like Blockbuster, FYE and Tower. These newsletters provide a way to find new movies that go under the mainstream radar on a regular basis. Some DVD clubs even offer their newsletter for free to build a customer base, making them a cheap way to find new movies.

Join a Movie Subscription Service
Companies like Film Movement delivers DVDs based on selections by program curators. This is an adventurous way to find new movies, as you gain access to films that you may not be familiar with otherwise. Services like the one offered at Film Movement operates similar to those Columbia House movie club offers where members agree to pay monthly subscriptions to receive entertainment …

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9 Must See Movies

Are you and your friends planning to have a movie night? Are you having trouble deciding what to watch? If so, read on to get a list of the best movies that I’ve seen so far!

1. The Holiday

In the beginning, I was hesitant to watch this movie at all. I’m really glad I did though because I thought it was the cutest romantic comedy ever! Amanda and Iris find themselves facing guy problems. Both of them go on a home exchange website and decide to switch homes for the holiday. While Iris moves into Amanda’s house in California, Amanda flies to England to stay at Iris’ cozy countryside snow laden home. Although their initial goal is to get as far away from their troubled love lives, love proves to be less elusive than they had thought. Both Amanda and Iris mend their hearts with their newfound romance.

2. The Pursuit of Happyness

In this movie, inspired by a true story, Will Smith portrays a salesman named Chris Gardner. He struggles to make ends meet for his family. When he decides to pursue his dream of becoming a stockbroker, his wife leaves him. Though Gardner and his five year old son endure many hardships, he clings on to the glimmer of hope that one day, they will live a better life. This movie is truly inspirational and moving.

3. The Illusionist

This movie was adapted from Steven Millhauser’s short story “Eisenheim the Illusionist.” Eisenheim, a magician, uses his gift to secure the love of a woman named Sophie von Teschen, whose the Prince’s intended. As their romance is threatened to be exposed, Eisenheim performs one of the greatest illusions.

4. Little Miss Sunshine

This movie is about a little girl with big dreams. Olive wants to win the Little …

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Christian Music Rock Show

To start off, I’m going to say, having been to a show myself, this is the kind of experience everyone could enjoy. There is a good variety of local and distant bands, as well as a variety of music. Punk, pop-punk, hardcore, christian contemporary, and acoustic are just some of the genres you might find at Gethsemane Christan Shows.

Other than music, there are a few other things one could enjoy at a Gethsemane Christian Show. Food and drinks are sold to help support everything required to put a show together and the future shows to come. Dramatic plays done by some of the local youth are captivating enough to keep the attention of nearly anyone. Bands often sell merchandise and cds.

Overall, the Gethsemane Christian Shows are a good experience for people of all ages. Entrance prices vary, but are quite affordable for anyone. For more information on the next show, requests to play the show, or to find a way you can help, email Jenna at or at

Gethsemane Christian Shows

Next Show: May 02, 2009

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: Gethsemane United Methodist Church

PO BOX 185, Allport, Pennsylvania 16821


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Peep Show Series 6 on Channel 4: First Episode of the Long Running POV Sitcom

“No, I’ve started being a boss. What about my Danish sofa and my new keyboard?” says Mark (David Mitchell) after learning that he’s just lost his job at JLB in the first 10 minutes of the new series of Channel 4’s peerless award-winning comedy of errors. It’s been six years since Peep Show hit the screens and if this opener is anything to go by there’s no sign of it losing any momentum as it remains as pant-wettingly funny as ever. Suddenly staying on a Friday doesn’t seem so bad after all.

Peep Show Series 6

After the scene where all the staff, including Jeremy (Robert Webb) who has only been at the company for three hours yet pretends to be deeply affected, are told by Johnson (Paterson Joseph) of the office closure Mark sets up a JLB survivors group and performs a skit where he dresses up as the German boss of the company, complete with a permanent marker Hitler moustache, only for said boss to turn up and offer Mark a tidy redundancy package if he calls off the protest.

It’s hard not to laugh as his initial giddy thoughts of “I’ve single handily re-launched the satire boom” suddenly becomes the pop-culture referencing awareness of: “I’m Russell Brand and Steffan is probably Andrew Sachs”. There’s also something pleasantly schoolboy about seeing David Mitchell running around with a Hitler moustache for half of the episode.

Super Hans (Matt King), last seen joining a Scientology-like cult and destroying Mark’s precious new HD ready television set, is back to his typical useless druggie self and offers the boys a bit of cash-in-hand work as “men with ven”. There were better moments of course but some of the funnier quotable lines contain language unsuitable for a family website such as this one. …

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Jamie’s American Road Trip: New York – Channel 4: Jamie Oliver – Big Love In The Big Apple

At last, the real Jamie Oliver is back! After hanging in ‘da hood in week one, and playing cowboy in week two, the Naked Chef returns to what he does best – cook. He’s not trying to play out a childhood fantasy or live the life he’s seen on TV; he meets, he greets, he investigates new tastes and, most importantly, whips up some inspiring dishes.

And here in New York there’s finally a real sense of cultures coming together, adding twists to dishes brought from the old country, and coming up with proper American cooking. Real food that real Americans eat, just not from some ubiquitous chain restaurant.

Nothing Posh Except The Nosh

The Big Apple also provides genuinely new dining experiences, as opposed to Manhattan’s latest “in” restaurant, where who you’re seen with is more important than the food. After a quick taste of Egyptian fare, complete with a visit to a “live” butcher, Jamie heads to an underground restaurant, literally run from somebody’s house and surrounded by barbed wire.

This is nobody’s idea of a Michelin-starred eaterie, but the friendly atmosphere and home cooking leave a big impression on Jamie. “The last restaurant I fitted out cost a million quid – you know, nice bogs, nice floorboards, nice window, nice etching … this looks like Louisiana after a hurricane. The place is not smart, but all the value is on the plate.”

All Hail The Chicken And Rice Man

And where there are immigrants, unfortunately, there is also poverty. Another bit of New York most definitely not on the tourist trail is Jackson Heights, home to dozens of illegal Columbian immigrants, many of whom are homeless. Luckily help is at hand in the form of George, himself a former “illegal”, who makes the half hour drive each …

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Movies About the Civil War

Everyone loves a great war movie, but for an American history buff, nothing beats an epic Civil War film. Ball gowns, plantations, and plenty of cannon fire have made for American cinematic magic. Here’s a rundown of some of the best North v. South showdown flicks out there.

Gone With the Wind

No Civil War movie list would be complete without paying homage to the movie who pitted Scarlet’s fiddle-dee-dee against Rhett’s not giving a damn, my dear. While the movie itself doesn’t actually have any battle scenes, it does portray the burning of Atlanta, and deeply delves in the effects of the war on Southern life. Oh, not to mention, it’s one of the greatest romantic movies of all time. Don’t forget to pick up Margaret Mitchell’s classic book on which the novel is based as well.


This movie feature Denzel Washington as a free slave serving in the Union army. I was about 10 when I saw this movie for the first time, and I wept, well, like a little girl. The movie also features cutie pie Matthew Broderick, who volunteers to lead a company of black soldiers, and deals with racists of both the blue and grey persuasions. It’s a good show, but don’t blame me if it makes you cry.

Red Badge of Courage

This 1951 classic stars Audie Murphy as the cowardly young man struggling to find his — .courage on the Civil War battlefield. It’s main redeeming quality is that it has spared countless students from actually having to read the Stephen Crane novel.


This film is a must see for Jimmy Stewart fans. Jimmy plays a Virginia pacifist farmer who refuses to engage in the war, until his son is killed. It’s like The Patriot, only no Mel Gibson, about 100 …

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Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant (Channel 4): David Starkey’s Investigation into the Making of a Bloodstained King

Is there anybody who doesn’t know about Henry VIII? In the history of Britain he is the one of, if not the, most famous (and infamous) monarchs for his problems with the church, the unsubtle approach he took to marital crisis and his obese appearance. The story of him and his six wives is known by most school children and there are countless films, books and television programmes chronicling his legacy.

Surely there’s nothing else to learn about the man but not according to David Starkey, TV’s top Tudor expert, in this “search for the real Henry”. Starkey has written numerous books and presented other shows about the Tudor king but here he attempts to dive into the mind of the man behind the legend to mark the 500th anniversary since his accession to the throne.

The Young Prince Henry VIII

Most of this first episode of Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant, which focused on the young Prince Henry before he became the autocratic ruler, featured a lot about his family and the political structure at that time more than the boy himself perhaps as a way of setting the scene for what is to come in this series.

But there were some interesting conclusions made in this opener. After his thorough investigation of early letters and documents held in library archives Starkey’s theory is that the transformation from a joyful youth to the bloodstained tyrant came from conflicts in his own family, saying that in the 16th century “politics and family are the same thing”.

Starkey sees the turning point as the moment his mother – who was also his teacher – died at childbirth when he was only 13. It could be viewed as a dull hypothesis to simply blame the parents and his loneliness when …

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How to Watch a Movie!

The Matrix: A Different View

OK, you know how to watch a movie, it is simple, right? You sit down with your snacks and beverages and you watch it. Let me tell you there is more to the movie than you may realize. Movies are very influential on us as a society and it is mostly unnoticed. People feel pressure to act like movie stars or dress like them. Women are often left feeling unattractive in comparison to movie actresses. Men constantly mimic and repeat things they have seen done by that certain actor. This is all fact and it has been covered before I am sure. This is not what I am talking about. I am also not talking about the huge following of certain features such as Star Wars and Star Trek.

I am talking about the messages we are given from the movie that may not be so clear. I may look into movies more than the next person. Movies shape public opinion on certain subjects ranging from science, politics, fashion and relationships. I have always enjoyed watching movies but at a point in time I began to get bored in just watching them for mere entertainment. I started analyzing them and determining what if any message the creator was trying to send to me.

Let me give you an example: The Matrix was a very successful movie, entertaining, full of special effects and action. It was the story of a group of humans trying to free the rest of us from the matrix a computerized world that only existed in our minds. We were all connected to this matrix as a battery or power source for the matrix. If you remember the movie we were kept in these huge rooms in a pod with all these …

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Notable Music Featured in Fox’s Hit Show, House

Music is an important aspect of television and movies as it clues in the viewer to certain feelings and helps to character build. One of my favorite television shows, Fox’s House MD, features a variety of musical numbers. Multi-talented thespian, Hugh Laurie, plays the arrogant and antisocial but brilliant diagnostician Gregory House. Music can help tell a story and the producers of House MD wisely choose numbers that evoke emotion.

The most notable piece of music associated with the series is the opening credits theme. It is a lovely piece and melds well with the opening montage. Titled “Teardrop,” it is performed by Massive Attack. Interesting, considering that House’s disability was caused by an infarction in his leg muscle. To state it more plainly, a “massive attack.”

In the very first episode of the series, simply known as “Pilot”, Dean of Medicine and hospital administrator, Lisa Cuddy, struggles to persuade Dr. House to comply with the terms of his contract with the hospital. Feeling flustered, she says, “I want you to do your job!” The quick-witted House refers to ‘philosopher Jagger’ and quotes him as saying, “you can’t always get what you want.” Later, Cuddy, who often matches wits with House, thinks of a number of ways to motivate House to take responsibility. She explains to him that she has researched the great ‘philosopher Jagger’ and found that although it is true that “you can’t always get what you want, if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” Therefore, I find it fitting that the closing scenes of the pilot episode were accompanied by the song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones. This particular music is used often in the series, usually being played during the ending credits.

The episode entitled “Damned if You Do” …

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Man Shops Globe on Sundance Channel: Anthropologie’s Buyer Takes Viewers around the World

Recently, Sarah Barnett, EVP and General Manager of Sundance Channel and Man Shops Globe host Keith Johnson spoke to the Television Critics Association about the new reality show. Johnson has been with the Anthropologie stores since the beginning and has brought countless treasures home from around the world for their customers.

“Keith Johnson’s unique eye for the fresh and the new takes us around the globe as we join in his adventure to tap creativity,” said Barnett. The show is “part travelogue, part treasure hunt,


part artistic quest.” She added, “As we follow Johnson’s journey to bring home amazing objects to the novel space of the Anthropologie retail chain, we (the viewers) become fascinated by Johnson’s way of looking [for items], and it opens our own eyes to a novel way of looking at the visual world around us.”

This is a unique show in that it follows an actual buyer for a popular retail store that is famous for interesting and unique items.

Traveling Around the World to Find Interesting Products

“I think my job is fairly unique in that I’m buying for a creative team back in the States who are going to reinterpret lots of things that I buy, and designs, [and I am] also buying antiques just to have in our stores as props and as things for sale. So the particular mix of what I do is, I think, pretty unique. And it affords me an opportunity to go to places around the world for different things that, if I were just an antique dealer, it would be hard to justify. But I can do so many different things because my brief is so large,” explained Johnson, who obviously enjoys his job.

“A lot of who we are as a fashion company is driven …

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