SALVATION BOULEVARD
2011, IFC Films, 95 min, USA, Dir: George Ratliff

From his mega-church pulpit, Pastor Dan Day (Pierce Brosnan) has captured the affection - and much of the real estate - of a small western American town. Among his loyal flock is recovering Deadhead Carl (Greg Kinnear), who is given cause to question Day’s spiritual leadership by an atheist professor (Ed Harris). Carl soon finds himself caught between his devout wife (Jennifer Connelly), a hippie-at-heart security guard (Marisa Tomei) and an entire congregation eager to ensure that their church isn’t toppled by scandal. This caustic comedy, based on Larry Beinhart’s novel, proves there’s no fury like an Evangelical scorned. Ratliff’s 2001 documentary on a “Hell House” staged annually by a Texas church provided ample preparation for the director, who’s filled SALVATION BOULEVARD with laughs and insight. With Isabelle Fuhrman and Jim Gaffigan.


THE GANG’S ALL HERE
1943, 20th Century Fox, 103 min, USA, Dir: Busby Berkeley

Alice Faye may get top billing, but this insane Technicolor Busby Berkeley musical is most famous for the chorines holding up giant bananas while Carmen Miranda sings "Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat." As a bonus, Edward Everett Horton, one of Hollywood’s greatest “sissies,” is featured. High camp! Featuring Benny Goodman and the Benny Goodman orchestra.

"By the time Berkeley's chorus girls wave huge phallic bananas in rhythmic waves, you'll swear you're lost in a giant fruit cocktail."
- TV Guide

Peyton Potter: [inspecting lipstick on his handkerchief] Hmm... ketchup?
Mrs. Peyton Potter: No doubt. And from a Brazilian tomato.


THE EASY LIFE
LA VITA FACILE
2011, 102 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Pellegrini

Luco (Pierfrancesco Favino) has abandoned his affluent life as a doctor in Rome, and now works in a ramshackle hospital in Kenya. When his life-long friend Mario surprises him by showing up in Africa to assist him with his new life and career, Luco welcomes the idea of someone familiar - but soon, it becomes apparent that Mario may have had ulterior criminal reasons for hastily leaving Italy. Things are not aided by the additional arrival of Ginevra, Mario's wife, whom Luca has long been in love with. In Italian with English subtitles.


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