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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

RIDGE RUNNERS -- Movie Review by Porfle



Low-budget and low-key, RIDGE RUNNERS (Indican Pictures, 2018) is a methodical police procedural that eschews big action moments and forced drama for a more realistic approach which highlights the personal lives of a female police detective and her male partner as they investigate the disappearance of a young girl.

Rachel Willow (Jennica Schwartzman) is single, lives with her widowed mother, and doesn't want to be a cop anymore.  She's having an affair with her partner Rob Shepherd (Austin Haley) which is a dead end since, in addition to being a decent guy, he happens to be married.

Still, they work well together, which comes in handy when they're charged with finding out what happened to 12-year-old Halley Dawn (Tatum Chandler), who has disappeared from the home where she lives with her ne'er-do-well mom Maddie (Charlee Graham). 


What they don't know, we do--the movie opens with a frightened Halley being forced to turn tricks at a truck stop, obviously having been kidnapped into the sex trade.  So we know what's at stake, how much danger the little girl is in, and how imperative it is that Rachel and Rob solve this case as quickly as possible.

Which, of course, happens at about the same speed as pouring molasses.  Their investigation is slow, painstaking, and by the book, as they question the usual suspects including Maddie, her neighbors, Halley's teacher Mr. Flynn (Jennica Schwartzman's husband Ryan), and, most importantly, the shady characters Maddie works for as an accountant at a race track owned by a lowlife named Clayton (Jason Thompson).

The secret of Halley's captor (or captors) is revealed surprisingly early, turning the story from a mystery into a race against time.  But we still get some shocking surprises here and there as we discover some of the other people involved in the crime and also witness the sad (but realistic) demise of a major character through the eyes of various world-weary loved ones. 


While some may find RIDGE RUNNERS too slow and unsensational for their tastes, I was gradually drawn into and captivated by this slice-of-life look at frustrating and often fruitless detective work as well as interpersonal concerns which are equally well-drawn and share the same fruitless frustration.

Jonesboro, Arkansas natives Hunter West and Austin Lott make their feature debuts here as director and writer, respectively, setting the film in their relatively quiet hometown which throws the sordid events into sharper relief.  

The performances are restrained and controlled, yet on the mark.  Jennica Schwartzman is especially good as Rachel, whose uncertainty about her job tends to fade when circumstances turn her into a smart, dogged, and finally almost vengeful agent of justice. 

RIDGE RUNNERS lets us settle into a story that's involving without having to be stoked up with empty action and melodrama.  When all the plot threads start winding together, it's exciting enough just to see what finally happens and how it affects the people inexorably caught up in it all.


Tech Specs
Runtime: 80 mins
Format: 2:35
Sound: Dolby SR
Country: USA
Language: English
Website: www.IndicanPictures.com
Genre: Thriller




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"AGENDA: PAYBACK" -- Level 33 Entertainment's Thriller in Select Theatres Feb 23rd and On Demand Feb 27th



Intense Action Thriller Starring Eric Balfour and Sean Patrick Flanery

"AGENDA: PAYBACK"

In Select Theaters – February 23rd, 2018
On Demand Everywhere – February 27th, 2018


Los Angeles (CA) – Level 33 Entertainment has announced today the upcoming release of the Action Thriller feature film AGENDA: PAYBACK from Smoke Hammer Media starring Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, Flashburn & Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), Eric Balfour (200 Degrees, Skyline & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Nick Stevenson (Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black”, The Son, & The Long Road Home), Cherilyn Wilson (AMC’s “MadMen”, The Social Network, & HBO’s “True Blood”), and Luke Massy (Thor, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, & Green Street Hooligans 2).

AGENDA: PAYBACK will screen in select theaters including the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles and will be available across all On Demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Comcast XFinity, DirecTV, AT&T, Sony, Microsoft, VUDU and many more.

AGENDA: PAYBACK was directed by multiple festival award winner, Giorgio Serafini (200 Degrees, Flashburn, & Johnny’s Gone), and written by Garry Charles (200 Degrees, Flashburn, & Welcome to Acapulco). The film was produced by Eric Balfour and Scott Dolezal (The Hot Chick, The Chosen One, & Flashburn) for Smoke Hammer Media.

In AGENDA: PAYBACK, Steve Walsh lives a life of luxury, built on the ruins of other people’s dreams. His targets never retaliate. But Peter Farrell is different — he's dangerous and has nothing to lose. Peter's life has been destroyed by Steve and he wants revenge. He will stop at nothing to get it and Steve’s previous life of wealth and opulence will disintegrate, never to return to normal again.

OFFICIAL TRAILER:



FACEBOOK:  @AgendaPayback
TWITTER:  @Level33_Ent
INSTAGRAM:  @level33entertainment

ABOUT Level 33 Entertainment
Los Angeles based Level 33 Entertainment is an entertainment company dedicated to redefining the landscape for independent film distribution.  Level 33 provides innovative sales, marketing and distribution services for feature films and entertainment content, delivering a flexible and transparent distribution solution for all platforms including Theatrical, Home Entertainment, Digital and Broadcast.  Current releases from Level 33 include, UNLEASHED with Kate Micucci, Sean Astin, Justin Chatwin, and Steve Howey, IMPERFECTIONS starring Zach McGowan and Marilu Henner, and 1 NIGHT with Anna Camp and Justin Chatwin.

www.level33entertainment.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Level33entertainment
Twitter:  @Level33_ent
Instagram:  @level33entertainment

SMOKEHAMMER MEDIA
Austin, Texas based Smokehammer Media, is a motion picture production company, producing the finest independent films.  The motion picture industry is morphing at an astronomical rate towards streaming and subscription based delivery.  Smokehammer is positioned to benefit from this shift in traditional delivery and distribution models.  Smokehammer collaborates and works with the finest actors, script writers, producers, and directors, to build a cohesive filmmaking team, keeping projects on time and on budget, delivering content at a furious rate to their legion of fans.  Projects set for current worldwide distribution include:  BURN (Eric Balfour), foreign distribution, 200 DEGREES (Eric Balfour) domestic distribution, UNHINGED (Sean Patrick Flanery, Eric Balfour, Cherilyn Wilson) foreign/domestic distribution, FLASHBURN (Sean Patrick Flanery, Cameron Richardson) foreign/domestic distribution.

www.smokehammer.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/smokehammermedia/
Twitter:@Theurbanedge
Instagram: Smokehammermedia



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Funny Kid Blooper in Hitchcock's "NORTH BY NORTHWEST" (1959)




In this tense scene between Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint, there's an interesting little extra.

The "little extra" is the kid in the background. He seems to be psychic.

After numerous noisy takes, he knows there's about to be a loud bang.

So he plugs his ears!


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

THE RED SQUIRREL -- DVD Review by Porfle



I'll be honest--an artsy-sounding Spanish film called THE RED SQUIRREL, aka "La ardilla roja" (Olive Films, 1993), with a creepy-looking DVD cover and a synopsis that reeked of askance-romance had me feeling 100% non-expectant. 

But then I started watching it, and that first post-titles shot of Nancho Novo as "Jota" standing at the rail of a bridge at night, debating over whether or not to jump, had me thinking "This looks like it was directed by someone who cares." 

Indeed, director Julio Medem, as it turns out, is one of those deliberate yet tasteful visual stylists who can make a movie look compelling from beginning to end. 


And then the story kicks in, when a beautiful young woman (Emma Suárez) on a motorcycle goes over the rail instead--accidentally--and Jota rushes to attend to and comfort her as she lay there in the sand before the ambulance arrives. 

We love him for doing so in such a gentle and encouraging way.  But then we feel a little creepy when, upon discovering that she now has amnesia, he claims to be her boyfriend and that they've been in love for years.

It turns out that Jota's former love Elise has left him, and now it's love-at-first-sight for her convenient new replacement, whom he also calls Elise.  She falls for the whole set-up, and together they go on a romantic vacation at a rustic campground by a lake, far from inquiring doctors and psychologists.


Here, their interactions with other campers--in particular, a family that gets a little too inquisitive and too involved in their odd business--lead to an increasingly dicey situation for the deceptive Jota and his fantasy girlfriend with the tentative memory.

Performances are fine, with Novo allowing us to empathize with Jota despite the actual creepiness of what he's up to, and Emma Suárez being just utterly captivating even when her character's seams begin to show (like him, she isn't quite what she appears to be). 

Director Medem brings his own sharply-written script to life in thoroughly engaging fashion, so that even the somewhat draggier parts have enough mystery and  visual interest to keep us involved.  This is augmented by a quirky, offbeat musical score that's darkly beautiful. 


The deliberate pace allows us to relish each twist and turn in the plot until finally the secrets all come forth like fireworks for a vividly enlightening finale. 

And when the smoke cleared, I found myself very glad indeed that I'd given an odd-looking movie called THE RED SQUIRREL a chance, because it has to be one of the most satisfying viewing experiences I've had in years.


Buy it from Olive Films

Rated:
nr (not rated)


subtitles:
english (optional)


Video:
1.66:1 aspect ratio; color


Runtime:
114 min


Year:
1993



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JAMES BOND: Breaking the Fourth Wall




Sure, he's always shooting at us through that gun barrel. 

But how often has James Bond really broken the 4th wall and acknowledged our presence? Or even talked to us?

I count three, and here they are...

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Monday, January 29, 2018

PREEXISTING CONDITIONS -- DVD Review by Porfle



If John Waters' "Pink Flamingos" is just too classy and highbrow for you, you might want to give writer/director/star Brian Dorton's PREEXISTING CONDITIONS (Olive Films/Slasher Video, 2015) a try. 

Actually, those who do like the John Waters anti-classic might tire of this film's dogged efforts to be as outrageous. The cast features male actors in bloated, big-haired drag interacting with various skid-row characters and engaging in shocking or just plain dumb activities while incessantly yakking away or screaming at each other.

When Waters did this kind of stuff there was a sort of jittery, renegade style to it as we could almost see him trying to glue cheaply-shot footage of sordid urban insanity together into a projectable film while avoiding Baltimore police and riding herd on some of the weirdest characters in cinema history.


Here, it's just some people goofing around playing dress-up with a digital camera. The script has its moments of mildly amusing, oddball humor but without any aura of the dangerous or subversive.  Still, those who prefer their off-kilter comedy a little more on the blander side may find this to be a plus. 

Not that PREEXISTING CONDITIONS is a Sunday afternoon cakewalk, however.  A full-figured black woman named Clitty Hyman (played by actual female Ayana Moore) suffers a drive-by bombardment of fried chicken by some cackling skinheads before picking it up off the street and eating it. 

She's on her way to see her gal friends, conservative Melissa (Douglas Conner) and wild-girl Katrina (Dorton), as they go about their white trash lives, dealing with both infidelity (Melissa's boyfriend of six months cheated on her just as she was about to cook them a lobster dinner, so she threw his TV set out the window) and the threat of being murdered by a gang of vengeful yokels over a past offense from the previous film, "Trashology." 

Amidst much running and driving around (it's pretty much a shaggy-dog story) Melissa and Katrina meet Ms. Green (Gerica Horn), an eye-patched old lady in a wheelchair who comes off as the film's most endearing eccentric, a guitar-playing nun (also Gerica Horn) who helps the girls fulfill Ms. Green's wish that they poop on the grave of the late pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, and various other wacky lowlifes. 


The best thing about PREEXISTING CONDITIONS is its gender-fluid and rather versatile cast--with several of them playing multiple characters of both sexes, you never know who's going to show up as who next.  This leads to some of the film's most revolting images, namely the softcore sex scenes with guys in drag pretending to be actual women getting pounded and some of the least appealing naked bodies since "Pink Flamingos." 

Things finally start to get moderately more interesting in the final act when stuff starts to happen that actually resembles a plot.  It still meanders to a bland conclusion, after which I didn't really feel as though I'd just spent the last 90 minutes or so as productively as possible. 

The DVD from Olive Films and Slasher Video is in 1.78:1 widescreen with stereo sound and optional English subtitles. Extras include the short film "A Handsome Dick", deleted and alternate scenes, bloopers and outtakes, Katrina's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a photo gallery, and a trailer.

PREEXISTING CONDITIONS is the very definition of a "time-waster."  How fondly you regard its scattershot efforts to cheerfully gross you out depends entirely upon your generosity as a viewer and your tolerance for fart, barf, poop, and gross sex jokes that might even make Shane Dawson queasy.


Order it from Olive Films



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Lon Chaney's Live TV Blunder on "Tales of Tomorrow: Frankenstein" (1952)




When the television series "Tales of Tomorrow" presented their 1952 live adaptation of "Frankenstein", Lon Chaney played the Monster.

Unfortunately, he thought the live show was a final rehearsal. So instead of smashing the prop furniture, he picks it up and gently sets it back down.

(Later, perhaps as punishment, John Newland shoots him well below the belt.)

After discovering his mistake, Chaney was mortified. But otherwise, it's a perfectly good performance.


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

EXTRAORDINARY MISSION -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle



One of the most suspenseful plots I can think of is the straight-arrow cop going undercover as a bad guy and having to live the lifestyle 24 hours a day, with imminent discovery and death always a hair's breadth away. 

It's what made "Donnie Brasco" (the non-fiction book and the movie) so harrowing, and it's what gives the Hong Kong action extravaganza EXTRAORDINARY MISSION (Cinedigm, 2017) such a visceral and emotional charge.

Directors Alan Mak and Anthony Pun and writer Felix Chong (THE DEPARTED, INFERNAL AFFAIRS) wring all the nerve-stretching tension they can from the concept before blasting the doors off with a final act that's pure rocket-fueled action. 


Huang Xuan (THE INTERPRETER) plays Lin Kai, the incorruptible cop whose (mis)fortune it is to be chosen for the task of entering the world of high-stakes drug trafficking with the goal of finding the biggest fish and the pond he swims in. 

Naturally, in order to gain the trust of his criminal cohorts he must engage in highly dangerous and often deadly exploits, with his life on the line at every turn.

This leads to some early action sequences that get us stoked for what's to come. But the main gist of the film's first two-thirds or so is to show Lin Kai using his wits, along with sheer guts, to climb the ladder toward the higher levels of the drug trade. 


The higher up the food chain he goes, the farther down the rabbit hole he descends.  And every time you think you've finally met the biggest, baddest bad guy, there's always someone worse who he must answer to. 

When our hero finally reaches the heart of darkness, we're treated to some stunning twists and revelations that give Lin Kai's mission and everything about it a whole new, shockingly different perspective.  The story keeps the now-familiar "undercover mole" concept fresh by adding intriguing angles to it which give it zing.

But that's nothing compared to what happens when Lin Kai, the ultra-ruthless drug kingpin, and one or two other surprise participants all engage in one of the most furious, action-packed shoot-em-up chase sequences ever filmed. 


Once it starts you might as well buckle up because this is non-stop blazing action that doesn't let up until we've gone back and forth through the wringer at least half a dozen times. 

It's dead serious (no wisecracks or one-liners) with an emotional core that gives the story heft, plenty of suspense, and enough frantic, mind-numbing action coming at us in the last 20-30 minutes for three movies.  EXTRAORDINARY MISSION is one super-charged thrill ride.


EXTRAORDINARY MISSION BLU-RAY™                   
Price:                  $19.97

Street Date:         February 6, 2018
Language:           Mandarin                 
Runtime:             120 minutes             
Rating:                Not Rated
Subtitles:            English

EXTRAORDINARY MISSION DVD BASICS                
Price:                  $14.93

Street Date:         February 6, 2018
Language:           Mandarin                 
Runtime:             120 minutes             
Rating:                Not Rated
Subtitles:            English

Extras: Making-of featurette, trailer








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VERY Visible Stagehand in "HORROR ISLAND" (Universal, 1941)




This long take is really quite nice...

...even when one of the lighting guys appears in the shot.

It's so obvious, he's practically a part of the cast!


Suggested by Friend of Daniel of the CHFB.  I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!




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Saturday, January 27, 2018

THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR -- DVD Review by Porfle





Riding in on a wave of nostalgia for those of us who first watched the show back in the 60s is Time-Life's new DVD  THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR, featuring 4 newly-remastered episodes of the classic variety series.

The expansively rotund Gleason, known as "The Great One", is a natural who obviously revels in the thrill of entertaining a big, appreciative audience.  He puts on a genuine live show, not just something that's being taped as a product for home viewing.  The result is a real audience/performer dynamic and actual, not canned, crowd responses.

Like Johnny Carson later on, he begins each monologue by joking about the flamboyant attire of his bandleader, Sammy Spear.  Then a celebrity guest appears and they trade one-liners. 


Topping things off in grand style, there's usually a segment of "The Honeymooners" with Gleason as bus driver Ralph Kramden, Art Carney as his sewer-worker pal Norton, Sheila MacRae as Alice Kramden, and Jane Kean as Norton's wife Trixie.

The disc features three screamingly funny "Honeymooners" segments that haven't been shown since first aired. In the first, Ralph intercepts a note from Alice's vet and thinks the dire news about her mother's dog is in regard to his own health.

The second is another delightful exercise in miscommunication as Ralph thinks that a birthday present Alice sent to herself on his behalf is from a secret admirer.  In the third, Ralph's plan to sue the bus company for an on-the-job injury backfires big-time.

Gleason and the comedy pros he hosts during each show are actually funny as they play expertly off each other instead of just reading tired lines churned out by hack writers on cue cards (something that would drag down Bob Hope's TV specials).


In three of these four episodes, Red Buttons comes cavorting onto the stage like a wisecracking firecracker, dancing around and rattling off his usual "never got a (dinner, plaque, etc.)" routine as well as other comedy bits which, surprisingly for those who don't usually care for him, are often hilariously funny.

Both Red and legendary top banana Phil Silvers yak it up with Jackie in episode one.  Then, Frankie Avalon, a teen idol with a winning personality who could actually sing, does a snappy number.

The second show's guests are Morey Amsterdam, who trades quips with Jackie and then regails the appreciative audience with a rapid-fire series of jokes in between playing the cello, and a young pre-"Brady Bunch" Florence  Henderson sings a number. 

Red Buttons returns for some ethnic humor that really brings back feelings of nostalgia for a time when people didn't automatically get offended over everything.


Show #3 features Nipsey Russell doing his act complete with trademark rhymes, and comedy veteran Jan Murray.  The final episode (which doesn't include a "Honeymooners" segment) offers up a young George Carlin doing his early "straight" stand-up, a wacky rendition of "Cabaret" by Edie Adams in which she imitates Zsa Zsa Gabor and Phyllis Diller, and an extended comedy duel between Jackie and "Mr. Television", Milton Berle.

Each show clocks in at somewhat less than the usual hour's entertainment for the era (minus time for commercials), so it's apparent that some material, most likely the song and dance stuff, has been excised.  Which is just as well, since I'd probably just fast-forward through the June Taylor Dancers anyway. 

Whether you still have hazy memories of seeing these shows first-run or just want to enjoy some good old-fashioned variety entertainment by a showbiz legend and his talented guests, THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR is a dose of pure fun. 


THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR (SINGLE DISC)
Type:  DVD/Single
Running Time: 165 mins.
Rating:  N/A
Genre:  TV DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (4:3)
Audio:  Stereo

https://timelife.com/



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Extreme Bloopers in "12 TO THE MOON" (Columbia, 1960)



These astronauts will be the first humans ever to set foot on the moon. 

Well, except for that guy who's already walking around on the moon.

Wait, WHAT?

"Hey, isn't that the top of the set up there in the upper left--?"

"I don't see anything, sir."


Suggested by kcor of the CHFB. I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


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Friday, January 26, 2018

"THE GIANT KILLER" Available on VOD on Feb. 20



XLRATOR MEDIA PRESENTS

"THE GIANT KILLER"

AVAILABLE ON VOD
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018


A film by David Yuzuk

Miami police officer David Yuzuk befriends a tiny homeless man and after 15 years of friendship the man, Richard J. Flaherty finally reveals who he really is. Yuzuk learns that this unassuming 69-year-old man was the smallest soldier to ever serve in the U.S. military. Flaherty’s military records reveal that he rose to the rank of a Special Forces Green Beret Captain and was awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, and 2 Purple Hearts for his actions in Vietnam.

Flaherty warns Yuzuk not to dig to deep into his life story and states, ͞because it would be bad for your career and dangerous to my health.͟ Despite the warnings Yuzuk locates and contacts a retired federal agent that worked undercover with Flaherty in the 1980’s. The agent advises Yuzuk that everything Flaherty told him is true. Six hours later Yuzuk is informed that Flaherty was just killed by a hit and run driver.

Yuzuk is now compelled to go on a quest to learn everything about his friend’s mysterious life and death. As Yuzuk goes deeper into the rabbit hole of Richard Flaherty’s life the truth starts becoming stranger than fiction. In one final twist to this already incredible story Yuzuk finds Flaherty’s passport and it reveals that in the time that he was living as a homeless man he was also secretly traveling to dangerous locations around the world; Amman Jordan, Iraq, Thailand, Vietnam, and Puerto La Cruz Venezuela.


ABOUT XLRATOR MEDIA, LLC
One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 25 films in 2017. Recent releases include Academy Award®-winner John Ridley’s Jimi: All is by My Side starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix, CBGB starring Alan Rickman, and SXSW hits Housebound and The Diabolical. XLrator Media is the home of four acclaimed releasing labels: MACABRE for horror/genre (American Mary, Banshee Chapter), TURBO for action/thrillers (The Machine, Ironclad: Battle For Blood), LIFEFRAME for documentaries (Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation, Storm Surfers 3D, Queen Mimi) and PACE for multicultural films (Five Star, Allegiance, We The Party). The company's first TV series “Superstition” aired on SYFY in the US October 2017-January 2018 and will premiere internationally on Netflix in March 2018.

RT: 79 minutes / Not Rated

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7291412/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smallestsoldier/

THE GIANT KILLER WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, AMAZON, AND ADDITIONAL VOD PLATFORMS.



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Phantom Ghost Face in "THE GODFATHER" (1972)




During the big funeral scene, Michael (Al Pacino) confers with Tessio (Abe Vigoda).

Michael rises, and briefly the screen is dark. For an instant, a phantom face appears on the right of the screen.

Ghost? Weird anomaly? Too much garlic?

Actually, it's Mama Corleone (Morgana King), who's sitting next to Michael, in a freak camera lens reflection. Simple explanation, but it still looks kinda creepy. 


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

"DINNER WITH THE ALCHEMIST" starring Dan Istrate, Dionne Audain, Megan Graves on VOD February 13th -- See Trailer Here!




"DINNER WITH THE ALCHEMIST"
On Demand February 13th!

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/168549828

99 minutes | HD | Color
 

AMAZON | iTUNES | GOOGLE PLAY | DISH | VOD and more

Director Kevin Good   
Writer|Producer Jenna St. John
Original Music Score by John Piscitello
Starring: Dan Istrate, Dionne Audain, Megan Graves, Tamara Johnson, Clayton Farrish,
Jenna St. John, Kristin Rogers, Joe Feldman-Barros, Sophia Medley, Regan Wilson….

SYNOPSIS

In the early 1900s, a wealthy alchemist, Jacques St. Germaine, travels to New Orleans to seek help from the legendary voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. When a spate of murders are uncovered, Jacques and the quarreling locals butt heads as they try to discover the identity of the killer. Featuring a cast of characters pulled from actual police reports, Dinner with the Alchemist weaves historical fact and imaginative storytelling into a mysterious supernatural drama.


ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

KEVIN GOOD - DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, EDITOR

Kevin Good grew up in a Washington, DC suburb and holds dual citizenship with the U.S. and Brazil. Kevin studied finance as an undergrad, but his creative passions led him to working on music and then film. He has worked on diverse projects, from creating television pilots for Fox Television Studios, to shooting interactive choose-your- own-adventure films for the U.S. Army. More recently he’s directed countless television commercials, building up his chops and learning how to work better, faster.

To the public, he’s best known for writing/hosting the web-series Weapons of Mass Production, which made learning about filmmaking irreverent and engaging. Dinner with the Alchemist is Kevin’s feature film-directorial debut.

JENNA ST. JOHN - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, WRITER, SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jenna was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She got her start in the performing arts as a child actor on a popular Korean kids TV show. She moved to the United States at age 16 and later graduated from Colorado State University and received her Master’s in Fiction Writing from George Mason University. Having studied ballet since early childhood, Jenna’s first job out of college to “pay the bills” was dancing with a professional ballet company.

Since childhood, Jenna has been a prolific writer. As a young actress, she grew tired of the one-dimensional roles she would play, so she decided to shift her focus from prose to screenwriting.

LINK TO TRAILER:
https://vimeo.com/168549828

LINK TO WEBSITE:
www.dinnerwiththealchemist.com

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DinnerWithTheAlchemist
Twitter: @dinnerwiththealchemist
IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3923750/





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A Painful Stunt: "BIG JAKE" (1971) John Wayne




John Wayne plays legendary cattleman "Big Jake" McCandles.

When outlaw Richard Boone leads an attack on his ranch, Jake's son (played by Bobby Vinton) goes into action.

Either that post was meant to break away...or Vinton's stuntman was supposed to miss it altogether. Instead, the unyielding post spears him right in the chest. That's gotta hurt.


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"PACIFIC RIM UPRISING" in Theaters March 23 -- See the New Trailer and Poster Here!



"PACIFIC RIM UPRISING"                
In Theaters: March 23, 2018


Genre:  3D Epic Adventure
Cast:  John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day 
 

The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.”  Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld.

But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war.  As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left.  Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

WATCH THE NEW TRAILER

Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day. 

#JoinTheUprising
#PacificRimUprising 
www.pacificrimmovie.com



Directed by:  Steven S. DeKnight
Screenplay by:  Emily Carmichael & Kira Snyder and
  Steven S. DeKnight and T.S. Nowlin
Story by:  Steven S. DeKnight and T.S. Nowlin
Based on the Characters
  Created by:  Travis Beacham
Produced by:  Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni,
Cale Boyter, Guillermo del Toro, John Boyega,
Femi Oguns
Executive Producer: Eric McLeod



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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Switcheroo Stunt in "DR. NO" (1962) James Bond




It's a common but fun trick when the star "becomes" the stunt person in one unbroken take.

My favorite example is in the first James Bond film, "Dr. No."  First, we see Sean Connery and Ursula Andress.

They run behind some scenery, and, without cutting away, the stunt people emerge to dazzle and amaze us. 


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The Trap is Set with "JIGSAW" - On 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital TODAY! See the Trailer Here



The Trap Is Set When "JIGSAW" Returns on Digital January 9 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on January 23 from Lionsgate

4K Ultra HD™ to include both Dolby Vision™ and Dolby Atmos®

SANTA MONICA, CA (December 12, 2017) –The Jigsaw Killer is back and taking his signature brand of twisted scenarios to the next level when Jigsaw arrives on Digital January 9 and on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 23 from Lionsgate.

Renowned genre directors Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers, Undead) and writers Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger reinvigorate one of the most successful horror franchises of all time with their latest installment starring Tobin Bell (Manson Family Vacation, The Firm, The SAW franchise), Laura Vandervoot (TV’s “Smallville” and “V”), Callum Keith Rennie (TV’s “The Man in the High Castle,” “Californication,” Memento), Brittany Allen (It Stains the Sands Red), Matt Passmore (TV’s “The Glades”), and Hannah Emily Anderson (TV’s “Lizzy Borden Took an Ax”).

In the latest terrifying installment of the legendary SAW series, law enforcement find itself chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade, embroiled in a diabolical new game that’s only just begun.  Has John Kramer, the infamous Jigsaw Killer, returned from the dead to commit a series of murders and remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life?  Or is this a trap set by a different killer with designs of their own?

Immerse yourself within Jigsaw’s world with the release’s extensive Special Features, including an all-new 7-Part Documentary, an Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block, and “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” featurette. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions feature Dolby Atmos audio mixed specifically for the home, to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), growing Lionsgate’s library of titles featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Together with the captivating sound of Dolby Atmos, consumers will experience both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technology for a fully immersive entertainment experience.

The must-see Jigsaw will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
⦁ Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
⦁ “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” 7-Part Documentary
⦁ “A New Game”
⦁ “You Know His Name”
⦁ “Survival of the Fittest”
⦁ “Death by Design”
⦁ “Blood Sacrifice”
⦁ “The Source of Fear”
⦁ “The Truth Will Set You Free”
⦁ “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette

DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
⦁ “I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw” 7-Part Documentary
⦁ “A New Game”
⦁ “You Know His Name”
⦁ “Survival of the Fittest”
⦁ “Death by Design”
⦁ “Blood Sacrifice”
⦁ “The Source of Fear”
⦁ “The Truth Will Set You Free”
⦁ “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
⦁ Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
⦁ “The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props” Featurette

WATCH THE TRAILER:

Facebook: @Saw
Instagram: @Saw
Twitter: @SawMovie
#JigsawMovie

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production:  2017
Title Copyright: Jigsaw © 2017, Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and for language
Genre: Horror
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 91 minutes
4K Ultra HD™ Format: Dolby Vision, 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
4K Ultra HD™ Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio 
BD Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio 
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 

ABOUT LIONSGATE
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base. 



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Monday, January 22, 2018

"WIZARD OF OZ" Blooper: Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Disappear (MGM, 1939)




Glinda the Good Witch warns Dorothy to never remove her magic ruby slippers.

But in the scene with the talking apple trees, there's a brief moment in which Dorothy is wearing...her regular black shoes.

Don't let the Wicked Witch catch you without those ruby slippers, Dorothy!


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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Yakima Canutt Chases Himself in "THE LUCKY TEXAN" (John Wayne, 1933)




Legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt acted and performed stunts in most of John Wayne's "Lone Star" westerns in the 30s.

After a fight between Duke and Eddie Parker in "The Lucky Texan", Yakima doubles both of them in the same scene.

First, Yak stands in for the fleeing Eddie Parker...and then for the pursuing John Wayne.

Thus getting paid to go chase himself! Nice work if you can get it.


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

"TAXI DRIVER" Shootout Set to Malcolm McLaren Song "Buffalo Gals"




(CAUTION: Spoilers and extreme violence!)

If you like this, please check out the entire movie, "Taxi Driver" (Columbia Pictures, 1976), as well as other music by Malcolm McLaren.


I neither own nor claim any rights to these materials--just having a little fun with them. Hope you enjoy it!


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Friday, January 19, 2018

Little Harry Shearer in "ABBOTT & COSTELLO GO TO MARS" (1953)




Harry Shearer does lots of voices on "The Simpsons."

He also played Derek Smalls in the 1984 rock mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap."

But before all that, he was a little kid -- making his film debut in a 1953 Abbott & Costello movie!



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

"THE DIRTY DOZEN" (1967): Worst Closeup Ever?




It's one of the best war movies ever, but there's a closeup in THE DIRTY DOZEN that's one of the worst.

Who in the heck ever thought this shot of Richard Jaeckel was a good idea?


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX" (1965): A George Kennedy Blooper




With a cast this large, it's hard to maintain perfect continuity.

Keep your eye on George Kennedy. First he's standing up, and then...and then...

BOING!  He's sitting in the doorway!


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Monday, January 15, 2018

Modern Vehicle Blooper in "THE SEARCHERS" (John Wayne, 1956)



As Ethan (John Wayne) and Martin (Jeffrey Hunter) watch the cavalry soldiers cross the river...

...a modern vehicle can be seen in the distance at upper right, traveling left-to-right. 

The driver stops to watch the cavalry cross the river--not something you see every day.


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

BLUE WORLD ORDER -- Movie Review by Porfle



I always enjoy watching filmmakers take really low budgets and do all they can with them, especially in the area of sci-fi.  This goes double for post-apocalyptic sci-fi in a world turned upside-down, which directors Ché Baker and Dallas Bland (with the help of their co-scripter Sarah Mason) have done a pretty nifty job of pulling off with BLUE WORLD ORDER (2017).

In this modest but effective Australian production, a nuclear war with strangely specific targets has left the northern hemisphere in ruins while a mystery virus creeps its way south and kills or mutates everything in its path. Jake Slater (Jake Ryan, THE GREAT GATSBY, "Wolf Creek") is somehow immune, as is his young daughter Molly (Billie Rutherford) although she's in a catatonic state.

As it turns out, all the children in the world have been killed by the virus, which makes Jake and Molly a top priority for the medical research wing of a group of paramilitary survivors led by Billy Zane. 


Father and daughter are captured, but make their escape with the help of portly comedy-relief guy Madcap (Stephen Hunter), who tells Jake of a ragtag group of resisters living in a remote camp in the woods. 

The trouble is, Zane's group has a tower that emits signals which control the minds of everyone exposed to the virus--which is, in effect, sort of a biological version of a computer virus, and Madcap can only fight its control by zapping himself with a taser-like device every few minutes.

He outlines his plan to Jake for getting into Zane's facility and blowing up the tower, a plan that's expedited by their subsequent capture, torture, and medical experimentation.

Naturally, all of this involves lots of running around, hand-to-hand combat (Jake's a tae-kwon-do master) against robot-like soldiers, and infiltrating this or that stronghold while trying to destroy that nasty mind-controlling tower. 


There's also a measure of surprise as we discover that some of Zane's drones are actually undercover allies of Madcap's group (making it a game of "who do you trust?") and that the bad group's motives go deeper and darker than anyone suspects.

The filmmakers handle it all well enough, giving BLUE WORLD ORDER the look and feel of a pilot movie for a nicely-mounted cable-TV series (which the open ending would indeed suggest).  The Australian exteriors are nice--that's a given--and the production design stretches its budget dollars into some passable underground sci-fi interiors. 

There's even a stab at pulling off a ROAD WARRIOR-type chase sequence near the end, which isn't entirely successful but is fun enough in its own modest way.  All of which is aided immeasurably by some good performances from the leads, including cameos by familiar Aussie stars Bruce Spence (the auto-gyro pilot from  ROAD WARRIOR) and Jack Thompson (MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE).


Zaniacs, of course, will bask in the presence of their man Billy (TITANIC, BLUE SEDUCTION, SCORNED, THE HESSEN CONSPIRACY, ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD), who gives his role as the sinister leader of the bad-guy group just enough of that indefinable Zane magic to tide us over until his next odd project.  

It all adds up to passably fun entertainment, not great but certainly worth investing some time in if you're into sci-fi of the dystopian kind.  As for that open ending, it certainly seems as if those of us who enjoyed BLUE WORLD ORDER may indeed have a sequel to look forward to. 


Available Nationwide on VOD and DVD from Random Media
Release date 1-16-18




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Sonny's Famous Phantom Punch in "THE GODFATHER" (1972)




Hotheaded Sonny Corleone (James Caan) makes a distressing discovery about his sister Connie (Talia Shire) and her no-good husband Carlo.

I wouldn't wanna be Carlo right now...especially when Sonny uses his patented "Phantom Punch"!

Just the wind from it snaps Carlo's head back!


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

"MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE" Blu-ray Combo Pack Now Available -- See Trailer Here!



"MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE"

NOW ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD, DIGITAL & ON DEMAND

The Mane 6 are Joined by Fun New Friends Voiced by an All-Star Cast in this Magical Adventure Arriving on Digital December 19 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on January 9 from Lionsgate
SANTA MONICA, CA (November 13, 2017) – Join the “truly magical adventure” (Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend) of the Mane 6 and their new friends when My Little Pony: The Movie comes home on Digital December 19 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 9 from Lionsgate. Best friends Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, and Rarity team up in their most epic adventure yet! 

This new installment of the global phenomenon features the Mane 6 voices of “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” accompanied by Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Into the Woods, 2015), Primetime Emmy® winner Kristin Chenoweth (Best Supporting Actress, “Pushing Daisies,” 2009), Golden Globe® nominee Liev Schreiber (Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama, “Ray Donovan,” 2017), Michael Peña (The Martian, Ant-Man franchise), Sia, Taye Diggs (Chicago, “Private Practice”), Golden Globe® nominee Uzo Aduba (Best Supporting Actress – Television, “Orange Is the New Black,” 2016), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise).


When a dark force threatens Ponyville, the Mane 6 go on a journey beyond Equestria to save their beloved home and they meet new friends and exciting challenges along the way.

Directed by “My Little Pony” veteran Jayson Thiessen (“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”) and including original music and songs performed by Sia, Taye Diggs, Zoe Saldana, Kristin Chenoweth, and Emily Blunt, My Little Pony: The Movie is full of music, fun, and laughter for the whole family. The My Little Pony: The Movie Blu-ray and DVD include all-new special features, including a deleted scene, a music video, three featurettes starring the Mane 6, an exclusive Equestria Girls Short and a Hanazuki short, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.95 and $39.99, respectively.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
⦁ Deleted Scene
⦁ Equestria Girls Short
⦁ “Baking with Pinkie Pie” Featurette
⦁ “Making Magic with the Mane 6 and Their New Friends” Featurette
⦁ “The Journey Beyond Equestria” Featurette
⦁ “I’m the Friend You Need” Music Video (Sung by Taye Diggs)
⦁ “Hanazuki: Full of Treasures” Featurette

WATCH THE TRAILER:


Website: OwnMyLittlePonyTheMovie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyLittlePonyMovie/
Instagram: @mylittleponymovie 
Twitter: @MLPMovie

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2017
Title Copyright: My Little Pony: The Movie © 2017 My Little Pony Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. MY LITTLE PONY and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG for mild action
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles:  Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 99 Minutes
BD Format: 1080p High Definition, 16X9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation
BD Audio: English DTS HD Master Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio

ABOUT LIONSGATE
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.



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