The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

At the beginning of this inspiring cosmic journey, Carl Sagan takes us to the limits of the universe aboard Spaceship Imagination. Thanks to the accurate and dazzling special effects, we see quasars, exploding galaxies, star clusters, supernovas and pulsars. Back in the solar system, enjoy the amazing recreation of the Library of Alexandria, the center of human knowledge 2000 years ago.

Fantastic Planet 1973

Slaves and masters dominate the narrative of the faraway world of Ygam. Set around the lifespan of Terr, a minute human shaped Om slave, and pet, of the giant blue alien Draags. Escaping into the wilderness and with a devise used for intellectual advancement of the Draags, Terr finds refuge and support from fellow Om's and using the learning tool, he finds that knowledge is power and then sets to use the new found knowledge to revolt against the Draag masters...

The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)

A testament to one man's commitment and passion to the film industry as it was shot, directed, written, starred, scored, effected and produced by one Michael Jittlov. The plot centers around his trying to break into the film industry and his dealings with the evil that lies within. Of particular interest in this film is Jittlov's use of classic film tricks and special effects that have largely been replaced by CGI and lazy directing.

Flicker 2008

This film offers a glimpse into the life of the artist Brion Gysin - and a fairly good illustration of his "Dream Machine" which is purported to allow a user to experience visual hallucinations by setting up a flashing pattern of light which affects the brains alpha-waves. It features some archival footage photos and audio as well as the narrators impressions of some of the people events and places described in the film (New York Paris Morocco)and video documentary footage of locations and interviews with various people who knew or admired (or in one case is rather dismissive) of Gysin. Your experience as a viewer will fall somewhere between entertainment and serious study of art history. ---- Featuring... Brion Gysin...Himself (archive footage) - Kenneth Anger- Marcus Boon - Udo Breger - Catherine Clement - Ira Cohen - Brett Despotovich - John Dunbar - Sophie Duplaix- Marianne Faithfull - John Geiger - John Giorno- Rhodri Hayward - Michael Innanen- Jean Jacques Lebel- Leila Hadley Luce - Richard Metzger - Bastiaan ter Meulen - Madame Odillard - Iggy Pop - Genesis P Orridge - Katherine Piro - Lee Ranaldo- Ira Silverberg - DJ Spooky- Psychic TV - Floria Sigismondi - The Stooges... Themselves.

The Whisperers (1967)

The Whisperers is one of my favourite rainy day films with a great score by the late John Barry.
This grim tale about the loneliness and vulnerability of old age, set in what must be the most rundown section of Manchester, manages to touch us in an unsentimental manner. Its chief quality is the crisply photographed slum in which it largely takes place, like the last remains of the 19th century surviving into the post-War 20th. The protagonist, Margaret Ross, played by the stately Edith Evans, lives in a cluttered ground floor flat in this urban wasteland of rain-slicked cobblestone streets without cars or pedestrians, but an abundance of crumbling brick walls, gutted buildings and stray cats. The opening credit sequence of grey rooftops under rainy skies is particularly striking.

Valerie and her week of wonders (1970)

A weird Czech movie that is both haunting and beautiful. The story concerns a girl's surreal journey into womanhood. Things aren't what they appear to be for Valerie. When she gets a magical pair of earrings, she discovers strange secrets. Her peaceful village is really a town of sex crazed vampires. Poor Valerie, of all of the times to get your period. To top it off, her grandmother is evil too. She's not even safe from the town priest.(surprise surprise) The film contains beautiful religious images, strange sexuality, incest, nudity and other crazy assorted weirdness. Sometimes it's hard to tell if the events are happening or if Valerie is dreaming. Director Jaromi Jires also used the story as symbolism for that political era in Czechoslovakia. One things for certain, they don't make fairy tales like this in the US. So if you enjoy films by Bergman, Fellini, Bunuel and Jodorowsky you'll enjoy "Valerie and her Week of Wonders".

What? (1972) aka Que? and Che?

A young American woman (Sydne Rome) traveling through Italy finds herself in a strange Mediterranean villa where nothing seems right. Her visit becomes an absurd, decadent, oversexed version of "Alice in Wonderland", with Marcello Mastroianni as the maddest of mad hatters and Roman Polanski a kinky March hare.

Black Moon (1975)

An apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland!

There is a war in the world between the men and the women. A young girl tries to escape this reality and comes to a hidden place where a strange unicorn lives with a family: Sister, Brother, many children and an old woman that never leaves her bed but stays in contact with the world through her radio. Since the content of this picture is not as important as the pictures and allegories, the simple plot can not be described further.