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Monday, March 18, 2019

Terror Films Brings the Horror to Online Streaming Service Popcornflix



Terror Films Brings the Horror to Online Streaming Service Popcornflix

Los Angeles, CA (Monday, March 18th, 2019): Terror Films continues to expand their digital footprint and their film library. Now, this genre distributor has teamed up with Popcornflix, to bring several of their premiere titles to this popular, ad-based streaming site.

The initial release will include a variety of films. The first wave of films involves top performers such as Hell House LLC, Dead Body and Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary.

Future titles will include the Terror Films’ original release The Chosen, the comic book-esque thriller The Dark Stranger, the award-winning Argentinian film What the Waters Left Behind, the zombie, comedy horror Night of Something Strange and the female-driven apocalyptic thriller The Tribe.


The Tribe stars Jessica Rothe of the recent Happy Death Day franchise. All of these titles are sure to entertain horror and thriller film fans, this Spring.

The new partnership will also include titles from Terror Films’ sister company Global Digital Releasing. Titles from GDR, on Popcornflix, include the critically-acclaimed drama Elizabeth Blue and the award-winning comedy Paperback from Sundance alum Adam Bowers. All of these film are tentatively set to debut on Popcornflix as early as April 1st!

To learn more on Popcornflix: https://www.popcornflix.com/pages/discover/d/movies

To learn more about Terror Films visit: https://www.terrorfilms.net/


About Popcornflix

Popcornflix is a top ad-supported VOD platform, reaching over 15M active users annually in 56 countries. The service, which offers free streaming of over 4,000 hours of movies and TV shows is available online and on iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire and YouTube.



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World Trade Center Blooper In "The Valachi Papers" (1972) (video)




Much of "The Valachi Papers" takes place in 1930s-era New York...

...where we can spot a 1960s-era car or two.

In one scene, Charles Bronson is pulling a robbery...

...with some modern-looking buildings in the background.

And although it wouldn't exist for another 40 years or so...

...there's the World Trade Center.


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


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Saturday, March 16, 2019

How To Improve The Breakfast Scene From "Pulp Fiction" (1994) (video)




In Pulp Fiction's breakfast scene, there's a visual callback to the opening scene...

...with Pumpkin and Honeybunny.

But I think Tarantino made a mistake actually cutting away to them.

He should've just let us hear the "Garcon!" so we could connect the dots ourselves.

We've redone the scene to play that way. See what you think.


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Kanta Gives Satsuki His Umbrella: "My Neighbor Totoro" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988) (video)



Kanta has a crush on his new neighbor Satsuki...

...but is too shy to even talk to her.

When he sees Satsuki and her little sister Mei caught in the rain...

...it's his chance to do something to show his feelings.

This is one of those beautiful scenes that makes Hayao Miyazaki's films so beloved.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

ISIBOSHWA -- DVD Review by Porfle




Another "Retro Afrika" release from IndiePix, ISIBOSHWA (1989) continues the effort to recover, restore, and re-release some of the neglected South African films produced for black audiences during apartheid which were on the verge of being lost. 

While some of these extremely low-budget, low-tech productions choose to imitate gun-blazing cop flicks or westerns, ISIBOSHWA is an extremely laidback and pleasingly pastoral tale of three teenage brothers on a lazy camping trip that's more like a chapter out of "Tom Sawyer" than anything else.


What gives it the kind of kick we're looking for is the fact that their chosen campsite is smack dab on top of some buried money, and the two bank robbers that stole it have been released from prison and are back to dig it up. 

The problem is, the three boys are a feisty bunch and have no intention of vacating their chosen campsite.

The first half of the film is about as leisurely-paced as any story that revolves around hiking, fishing, and swimming on a sunny summer day, as well as scaring the youngest brother, Keeper, with some spooky campfire tales at night.


Director Tonie van der Merwe (FISHY STONES, RICH GIRL) is much more in his competency zone here than in trying to emulate an episode of "Hawaii Five-O", and for those of us who remember childhood days like this, the nostalgia value itself allows us to enjoy it all right along with the three boys.

Eventually, however, there has to be a plot, and this kicks into gear when the bumbling bank robber played by Hector Mathanda (GONE CRAZY, FISHY STONES, UMBANGO, THE COMEDIANS) starts creeping around the campsite waiting for an opportunity to dig up the loot while his hotheaded partner Lucky (South African cinema's handsome leading man Innocent "Popo" Gumede) waits back at their camper truck getting more impatient by the minute.

Mathanda, who seems to be the most talented and ubiquitious actor in South African cinema, is as fascinating to watch as usual, hamming it up in a comical way even when he tries to intimidate the boys into packing up and getting out, which fails miserably when the boys prove difficult to sway. 


With this conflict fully under way, the second half of the film generates some dramatic tension that's suspenseful while still maintaining a lighthearted air.  While the two robbers try to terrorize the boys, they in turn derive inspiration from a mythical African warrior king as well as their own ingenuity in order to fight back.

Pleasantly diverting in the most low-key sort of way, ISIBOSHWA transcends its rock-bottom budget and production values by using its own simplicity as a virtue.  Mathanda and Gumede are watchable as always, and the three boys are likable and easy to identify with for anyone who loved a wilderness adventure as a kid.


Buy it at Amazon.com

TECH SPECS:
Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated:
Unrated
Not Rated
Studio: Indiepix Films
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2019
Run Time: 73 minutes
Bonus: Trailer





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17th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Closing Night Gala and More




17th ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES CLOSING NIGHT GALA AND MORE

World Premiere of Megha Ramaswamy’s THE ODDS will close the festival on April 14, with cast members in attendance for gala event

TV panel participants and screening of award winning documentary REASON also confirmed


LOS ANGELES, CA (March 12, 2019) – Following the recent announcement of their 2019 lineup including an April 11 opening night gala event honoring legendary Indian actress Tabu paired with a screening of her latest film ANDHADHUN, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) today announced that director Megha Ramaswamy’s THE ODDS would close out the festival on April 14.

THE ODDS is a coming-of-age tale about two teens who skip school on an important exam day and go on a fantastical journey through Mumbai. THE ODDS features supporting turns from Abhay Deol (Dev D) and Priyanka Bose (Lion), each of whom are expected to attend the Gala along with Ramaswamy, lead actress Yashaswini Dayama and co-star Monica Dogra.

Both the Opening and Closing Gala presentations will take place at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills with dinner receptions to follow hosted by Indian restaurant Spice Affair.

IFFLA has also confirmed veteran director Anand Patwardhan’s acclaimed documentary REASON, an urgent and thorough exploration of Indian society and the country’s slide away from secular democracy. REASON premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, won the grand jury prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and recently had its US premiere at the True/False Film Festival.

This year the festival will also host a moderated panel featuring successful South Asian professionals working across various fields in the television industry. The panel, to be held at the Regal L.A. Live theaters on Saturday, April 13, boasts a  lineup that includes actor/comedian Nik Dodani (Murphy Brown, Netflix’s Atypical), director Meera Menon (The Walking Dead, GLOW, The Magicians), writer Fawzia Mirza (CBS’ upcoming The Red Line), writer Chitra Sampath (Good Behavior, Southland), writer and co-creator of Fox’s The Resident Roshan Sethi, and actor Dhruv Uday Singh (Freeform’s Good Trouble, CBS pilot Pandas of New York).

Complete IFFLA 2019 details are available online at www.indianfilmfestival.org.

Tickets and Passes
Tickets and Passes are now on sale. For more information please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@iffla).

About IFFLA
Now in its 17th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

The four-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting-edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase nearly 25 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated Opening and Closing red carpet Galas, and the Closing Awards ceremony.


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The Three Stooges (with Ted Healy) in "Hollywood Party" (1934) (video)




"Hollywood Party" (1934) is a hodge-podge of loosely-linked comedy sketches.

Many comics of the time appear including an unbilled Three Stooges.

It would be their final screen appearance with top banana Ted Healy.


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Monday, March 11, 2019

RICH GIRL -- DVD Review by Porfle




Anyone who's read my other reviews of IndiePix's "Retro Afrika" series knows how much I enjoy these modestly-produced (to say the least), wildly amateurish attempts at filmmaking which, in their earnest but inept efforts to entertain, can't help but warm my heart with "so bad it's good" goodness.

Tonie van der Merwe's RICH GIRL (1990) is no exception.  The director who gave us ISIBOSHWA and FISHY STONES is back with another tale starring Innocent "Popo" Gumede (ISIBOSHWA, HOSTAGE, FISHY STONES, UMBANGO) as a bodyguard hired to protect a headstrong rich girl named Charlotte (Lungi Mdlala) and Hector Methanda (THE COMEDIANS, UMBANGO, FISHY STONES, GONE CRAZY) as the leader of a bumbling pair of kidnappers who want to abduct Charlotte and demand a hefty ransom from her money-bags papa.


As you'll recall, these films were produced for black audiences (in a South Africa where apartheid prevented them access to mainstream cinemas) and are now being rescued and restored.  "Popo" Gumede plays his usual handsome leading man type here as he does in several such films, while the undisputed clown prince of "Retro Afrika" cinema, Hector Methanda, continues to be the most entertaining thing about any film he's in whenever he's on the screen.

The production values are predictably rock-bottom as are the technical skills of all involved (save for a fairly good cast).  It's as though people who'd never seen a motion picture before were given filmmaking equipment and told to make movies. 

Adding to this is a score consisting mainly of a backdrop of generic disco/funk music plunking away during almost every scene. The results of all this are, for me, deliciously entertaining in their own uniquely special sort of way. 


Lungi Mdlala's Charlotte is the typical spoiled rich girl who chafes at the constant presence of her hired watchdog.  When she isn't lounging around a drab-looking pool (which seems to be filled with swamp water) in a frumpy robe, she's milling about in an art gallery in an interminable scene (which features one of the few white actors to appear in these movies) before deciding to purchase their entire stock.

During one of her tirades against him, Popo suddenly professes his love for her in an explosive, almost violent manner that's borderline hilarious. It's at this moment that Methanda enters the picture with gun drawn and abducts them both, taking them to a secluded cottage along with his accomplice.

Whatever stretches of boredom there might've been up till this point disappear when Hector Methanda hits the screen.  Whether wielding his gun with a gap-toothed grin, relishing his dominance over his captives, or browbeating his peabrained partner, Methanda always seems to be having a ball chewing the scenery and apparently ad-libbing much of his dialogue in order to make his character more interesting and funny. 


Once Popo escapes the room where he and Charlotte have been imprisoned and takes on his two captors, director Tonie van der Merwe actually manages to generate some suspense. 

An outdoor gunfight between Popo and Hector utilizes much slow-motion and, surprisingly, some actual squibs in a scene so archly done that it almost looks like something out of "Police Squad!"  Things get wrapped up in satisfactory fashion at the end, and the short-and-sweet action tale (less than 70 minutes) coasts to a pleasant halt.

As usual, I have to add a disclaimer to my review of this "Retro Afrika" title: if you don't love bad movies, and require a certain level of technical sophistication in your viewing fare that must be maintained, then this movie is not for you. But if you do love bad movies--and I mean "bad" in an entertaining, earnest, and ultimately endearing way--then RICH GIRL is heartily recommended. 


Buy it at Amazon.com

Buy it at IndiePix


TECH SPECS:
Format: Color, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Rated: Not Rated
Studio: Indiepix Films
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2019
Run Time: 70 minutes
Bonus: Trailer






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Bela Lugosi At His Most Unhinged! "The Raven" (1935) (video)




In this bizarre thriller, Bela plays Poe-obsessed Dr. Vollin…

...the only surgeon who can save the life of Jean Thatcher (Irene Ware).

He also operates on an escaped convict named Bateman (Boris Karloff).

But instead of giving him a handsome new face, Bela makes him hideous.

Bela relishes gaining an advantage over others...
...and then torturing them mercilessly.

Bela's performance becomes more and more unhinged as the film progresses.

He pulls out all the stops in this one, and the result is glorious.


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching!


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