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Thursday, April 25, 2019

"350 DAYS", The Most Star-Studded Documentary Ever Made On The Legends Of Professional Wrestling -- See Trailer HERE




"350 Days", The Most Star-Studded Documentary Ever Made On The Legends Of Professional Wrestling, Now Available for Purchase

Legends include Bret "Hitman" Hart, "Superstar" Billy Graham, "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, JJ Dillon, Lanny Poffo and more



Hollywood, Calif. - In "350 Days," pro wrestling legends Bret Hart, Superstar Billy Graham and dozens more peel back the curtain on the severe toll working on the road 350 days a year took on their bodies, families, marriages and psyches.

"350 Days" is now available on iTunes (https://apple.co/2IkUzLn), as well as on BluRay and DVD at Walmart.com, Amazon.com and other online streaming and retail sites.

This compelling documentary chronicles their struggles to survive the chaos of 1980s era wrestling. Living a rock and roll lifestyle, they faced nightly temptations, battled their vices, and were absentee parents and spouses while chasing dreams of fame and fortune.


In their own words, with the cutting insight and sharp wit one would expect from such legendary icons including Bret "Hitman" Hart, "Superstar" Billy Graham, "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, JJ Dillon, Tito Santana, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, George "The Animal" Steele, Abdullah The Butcher, Wendi Richter, Lex Luger, Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff, Marty Jannetty, Lanny Poffo, "The Masked Superstar" Bill Eadie and Ox Baker, these gentle giants tell their harrowing (yet often darkly humorous) tales as marriages dissolve and relationships with their children are strained, sometimes permanently.

Such is the life of the professional wrestler; such is life itself.

About The Filmmakers:

Producer Darren Antola is a noted boxing cut man who has worked with such champions as Kendall Holt & Yuri Foreman and acted as an agent for Riddick Bowe. Antola has moved into the wrestling world as a promoter and now filmmaker.

Director/Producer Fulvio Cecere has worked both as an actor and director. His acting resume includes over 200 film and television credits, most notably "Cinderella Man," "Watchmen," "Resident Evil: Afterlife," and "Assault on Precinct 13," as well as 17 recurring television roles and numerous guest-starring roles in shows including "Blue Bloods," "Supernatural," "iZombie," "Elementary" and "Criminal Intent." Cecere also directed "The Regular Guy", an award winning short film. "350 Days" is his first full length feature film. Cecere savors the epic challenge of telling innumerable amazing stories in the future.

Editor Michael Burlingame is a highly respected pro whose credits include "Dave Matthews Band: Listener Supported," "Neil Diamond: The Making of 'The Movie Album', "Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration" "Sting at the Hollywood Bowl."

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"350 Days" Associate Producer Evan Ginzburg was also Associate Producer and appeared as himself in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler." He is host of "The Evan Ginzburg Show" on Village Connection Radio as well as acting as a professional wrestling agent and working in virtually every aspect of the wrestling business.

Producer David Wilkins works behind the scenes in a variety of capacities at Rivalry Championship Wrestling and has been instrumental in getting "350 Days" off the ground.

"350 Days" Official Website: www.350daysthemovie.com

Social Media:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/350daysthemovie/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/350daysthemovie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/350daysthemovie/


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The Three Undead Brides Of "Dracula" (Bela Lugosi, 1931) (video)




One of the eeriest aspects of the 1931 "Dracula"...

...is the sight of his three ghostly, cadaverous brides.

Dorothy Tree
Geraldine Dvorak
Cornelia Thaw 

And with the Spanish version of the film...

...comes yet another ghostly trio.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cast Lines Up for Bryan Bertino's "THE DARK & THE WICKED" for Unbroken Pictures and The Traveling Picture Show Company




CAST LINES UP FOR BRYAN BERTINO’S “THE DARK & THE WICKED” FOR UNBROKEN PICTURES AND THE TRAVELING PICTURE SHOW COMPANY

Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr. and Xander Berkeley to Star


LOS ANGELES (April 23, 2019) - Marin Ireland (Hell or High Water, “Sneaky Pete”), Michael Abbott Jr. (The Death of Dick Long, Loving) and Xander Berkeley (“The Walking Dead,” Air Force One) will star in the upcoming horror film The Dark & The Wicked from writer and director Bryan Bertino (The Strangers, The Monster). 

Adrienne Biddle and Bertino are producing for Unbroken Pictures with Sonny Mallhi (Anguish, The Strangers), and Kevin Matusow for The Traveling Picture Show Company (Josie, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, A Walk Among the Tombstones). Executive Producers are Mike Scannell, TPSC’s Carissa Buffel and Steven Chester Prince, Inwood Road Films’ John Short and James Short (Plus One, Confessional), Brian Dalton, and Milan Chakraborty (My Friend Dahmer, Assassination Nation).

The film co-stars Lynne Andrews, Julie Oliver-Touchstone (Mulberry Stains, “Preacher”), Tom Nowicki (The Punisher, Remember the Titans) and Ella Ballentine (The Monster, The Captive) and is being shot on location in Texas.  The Dark & The Wicked follows two siblings who are summoned back to the family farm to await the inevitability of their father’s death. What initially appears to be a timeless ritual of loss and remembrance turns out to be something very different.

Bertino's feature debut The Strangers, a chilling home invasion film starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, was a major hit and went on to gross more than $80 million domestically.  Bertino followed that up with The Monster, starring Zoe Kazan, which was released by A24 last year.

Tony Award® nominated Ireland recently starred alongside Jim Gaffigan in Light from Light which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  She appeared in the 2018 Sundance Film Festival award winner The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Academy Award® nominated Hell or High Water.  Ireland currently stars alongside Giovanni Ribisi in Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” from Bryan Cranston and David Shore and the FX series “Y: The Last Man”.

Abbott stars in A24’s The Death of Dick Long directed by Daniel Scheinert which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. He also starred in the indie drama In the Radiant City, for which Paste Magazine named him one of the “Top 12 Performances of TIFF 2016”.  Abbott made his film debut in Jeff Nichols’ Shotgun Stories starring Michael Shannon and then appeared in Academy Award® nominated Loving starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton and Lionsgate’s Mud starring Matthew McConaughey.

Known for his recurring roles on Fox’s “24” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Berkeley most recently appeared in The Wall of Mexico which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.  He has appeared in films such as City of Lies starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, Proud Mary starring Taraji P. Henson, Lionsgate’s Allegiant starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James and Warner Bros.’ Transcendence starring Johnny Depp.

Bertino is represented by UTA and Grandview. Ireland is represented by ICM Partners and Untitled Entertainment who also represents Berkeley and Abbott.

ABOUT UNBROKEN PICTURES
Unbroken Pictures, formed in 2009, most recently produced He’s Out There, written by Mike Scannell and starring Yvonne Strahovski for Screen Gems; The Blackcoat’s Daughter, written and directed by Osgood Perkins, starring Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton  and Kiernan Shipka released by A24; Stephanie, written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, directed by Akiva Goldsman, starring Frank Grillo and Ana Torv for Blumhouse and Universal Pictures; The Monster, written and directed by Bertino, starring Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine for A24.

ABOUT THE TRAVELING PICTURE SHOW COMPANY
The Traveling Picture Show Company is headed by CEO’s Kevin Matusow and Carissa Buffel and President Steven Chester Prince.  Formed in 2012, the company has produced and financed multiple feature films, all of which have been acquired by top level domestic distributors.  TPSC’s experienced team specializes in taking a hands-on approach in the production, film finance, and creative development arenas.  Select Company credits include Lionsgate’s The Quiet Ones starring Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke and Jared Harris, A24’s The Blackcoat's Daughter starring Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton and Kiernan Shipka, A Walk Among the Tombstones starring Liam Neeson, and the recently released thriller Joise starring Sophie Turner and Dylan McDermott, from the 2014 blacklist script written by Anthony Ragnone.

For more information, please visit: www.thetpsc.com


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Jerry Lewis Goes To The Gym! ("The Nutty Professor", 1963) (video)




Prof. Julius Kelp (Jerry Lewis) is a 98-pound weakling...

...hoping to muscle up as a defense against campus bullies.

But will he survive the training?


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



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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

BELOVED BEAST -- Movie Review by Porfle




An impressive, often brilliant horror-thriller that's miles above much of what's coming out of the genre these days, BELOVED BEAST (Indican Pictures, 2018) excells on almost all levels and comes off like something Quentin Tarantino might do if he really got serious about making a grim, mind-bending horror movie.

Nina (Sanae Loutsis) is the injured survivor of a car crash that kills her parents and puts her in the home of a surly, irresponsible aunt, Erma Ritz (Joy Yaholkovsky), who doesn't want her.  Erma's a dopehead who is friends with the lowest elements in town including its worst criminal, Ash (Earl Gray), who deals not only in drugs but human trafficking as well, and will soon set his sights on Nina.

Meanwhile, the biggest, craziest, scariest psycho ever (Jonathan Holbrook as "Milton Treadwell") has just turned the asylum into a corpse-strewn charnel house and escaped into the wild.  A horribly disfigured behemoth with the mind of a ten-year-old, Milton will eventually murder his way to Nina, who will mistake him for the Rabbit King in her favorite fantasy story that her parents used to read to her.


There's a lot of story contriving going on here, but it all works so well that we don't really care. Milton ends up wearing the big rabbit-head mask that belonged to Nina's father and protecting her from all potential harm, mainly by slinging a hefty wooden mallet that smashes skulls with one blow. 

Milton smashes a lot of skulls in this movie--sometimes those belonging to people who deserve a good skull smashing, and sometimes to nice people in the wrong place, wrong time.

But lest you think BELOVED BEAST is just some slasher/smasher flick, writer-director Jonathan Holbrook (TALL MEN, CUSTOMER 152) has crafted this thing like a true artiste, loading it to the gills with fascinating characters exchanging sharp, smart dialogue and situations that are either tongue-in-cheek funny (I love the scenes between the jaded police chief and his constantly appalled rookie deputy) or blood-chillingly grim (as when Ash meets "The Belgian", a bad guy so vile and inhuman that even he is taken aback). 


Direction and photography are top-notch, as is a cast of excellent actors making the most of their fully-rounded, often eccentric characters, each of whom contributes added delight to the story.  The narrative often lapses into a sort of fever dream quality, as when Erma's drug-fueled house party turns surreal or Nina's head injury has her imagining rabbit-headed, hammer-wielding Milton as her fairytale savior.

Switching easily between horror film and ultra-gritty crime thriller that's occasionally dipped in delirium, BELOVED BEAST is one of the most heady, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining movies I've seen in the last ten years. It's only flaw is its length--at almost three hours, the ending is stretched out way longer than necessary--but its overall awesomeness more than makes up for being a bit too much of a good thing. 




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Dr. Smith At His Grooviest! ("Lost In Space: The Promised Planet", 1968) (video)




Dr. Smith is captured by teenage aliens called "Youngers"...

...who turn him into a Space Hippy!

He really gets into the groove! It's a freak-out!


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Monday, April 22, 2019

THE GLIKSMANS -- Movie Review by Porfle




Sometimes one of these low-budget indy films will turn out to be something really unexpected. And if you're lucky, as in the case of THE GLIKSMANS (2018), it's an unexpected pleasure.

Not that this story of an elderly, middle-class Jewish couple living on the wrong end of Beverly Hills is some kind of twisty, plot-driven nailbiter or anything. And when they get out of bed at 4:30 one morning to drive into the valley to straighten out some credit card trouble at a small bank, this bickering couple's entire day turns into one long, drawn-out senior moment.

Jon Jacobs is put-upon husband Barry Gliksman, who just wants to stay home, and Bryna Weiss is marvelous as his eternally kvetching wife Barbara, who must drive because Barry's license is suspended.


She badgers him to get out of bed and hurry up in the shower, then scolds him for having eaten all the eggs so that she must have oatmeal for breakfast, and he looks on in disgust at the way she eats the oatmeal.  Then they choke down their morning pills and eventually manage to get on the road.

That's just the beginning of what one might call the slice-of-life story of their day, which abruptly escalates into a terrifying nightmare when a pickup starts following them and they imagine the absolute worst.  It almost turns into a old folks version of the car chase from BULLITT, only with lots more screaming and yelling and kvetching.

One thing leads to another and the couple get separated, with Barry wandering around the streets on foot and Barbara driving around frantically trying to find him.  Director and co-writer (with Eden Stelmach) Michael Skolnick lets the story get good and nutty, surreal in fact, when Barbara goes off on a mental  tangent (that looks something like a Mike Judge cartoon) in which she discovers Barry being held prisoner in a prison-like nursing home and forced to play Bingo.


Barry, meanwhile, seeks comfort in a Jewish temple but gets lassoed into being the tenth man in a minyan from which there is no escape.  We see flashbacks of other minyans during the past 2,000 years from which people have tried to escape without success, driving Barry to an act of desperation in which he ends up the target of a flying tackle from an overzealous rabbi. 

But there's no attempt to make any of this look like your standard comedy with mugging and slapstick and funny music. One of the joys of THE GLIKSMANS is that all of this crazy stuff just happens, like it's part of their day and nothing more, and their over-the-top reactions to this distressing chain of events are frequently hilarious. 

The cast is dotted with surprise cameos (which I'm about to ruin so skip this sentence if you don't want me to) including Cloris Leachman and Richard Portnow as the Neumans (Barbara and Barry duck into their house to escape the mysterious pickup truck), Ed Asner as their senile friend Moshe, and Ron Jeremy as a grocery story clerk.


One heart-touching aspect of the story is how, whenever one of the older characters suddenly starts coughing and can't stop, usually from swallowing something the wrong way, everyone freezes and waits to see whether it's going to be (a) nothing, or (b) the end.  Life for these elderly characters is tenuous, and in those moments of uncertain fate they're suddenly forced to face their feelings. 

Barely over 70 minutes long, THE GLIKSMANS is short and sweet, but not too sweet. In fact, it's often a pretty caustic look at what everyday life is like when you get (way) past a certain age, showing us the pros and cons of long-term married life (and long-term life itself) in ways that are frankly revealing, startling, surprising, and wonderfully amusing.


Watch the trailer



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The Lone Ranger Vs. Forrest Gump (video)




The Lone Ranger Vs. Forrest Gump


"HI YO, SILVER!"

"RUN, FORREST, RUN!"


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




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Sunday, April 21, 2019

KILLER UNICORN -- Movie Review by Porfle




KILLER UNICORN (Indican Pictures, 2018) is kind of like I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, except instead of a bunch of teens being stalked by the Gorton's fisherman after they run over him a year earlier and leave him for dead, it's a bunch of extremely flamboyant drag queens being stalked by a buff stud in a unicorn mask because they kicked the crap out of him for raping their friend Danny a year earlier and left him for dead. 

Except he wasn't dead, and now Killer Unicorn is haunting the LGBTQ club scene and picking off members of that particular clique one by one in horrible ways while working his way back to his original victim, Danny. 

When Danny (Alejandro La Rosa) realizes what's going on (the severed head in his closet is a big tip-off), he notifies everyone else that they're all on the hit list.  Then they decide to get together at the big "Brooklyn Annual Enema Party" that night and use Danny as bait to bring Killer Unicorn into the open, and kill him.


It's sort of a comedy, except instead of gags we're just supposed to laugh at the ultra-camp, over-the-top drag queens like Jess J*zz, C*nt Stanley, Madame Mortimer, et al, as they exchange ribald dialogue and sexual innuendos in as stereotypical a fashion as they can muster. 

The "regular" gay guys like Danny seem positively normal by comparison, although it's Danny and his new friend "Puppy Pup" (José D. Álvarez) who get to have the big romantic softcore gay sex scene.  As a whole, the cast performs in a pleasingly uninhibited and, dare I say, natural fashion.

The murder scenes are violent, gory, and rather ugly in contrast to all of this, and are played more for ironic than comedic effect.  Again, however, the personalities of the drag queens are so outlandish that even here they can't help but lend a kind of curdled humor to their own violent death scenes.


Early scenes of the first victim's memorial party in the bar where Danny works focus on the group's decadent party lifestyles, an atmosphere that will reoccur in the film's second half during the raucous "enema party" in a crowded, dimly-lit club.

Here, first-time director Drew Bolton will manage some interesting low-budget visuals while building a fair amount of suspense amidst the chaos, especially in the scene where all the lights in the club are flashing on and off as the killer keeps popping up unexpectedly.  Through it all, the film tries its best to shock us with its outrageousness although we're already seen much of this kind of stuff before.

KILLER UNICORN wasn't clicking for me at all on first viewing, so a second one really helped.  While I first took it as an unsuccessful attempt to create a synthesis of "Liquid Sky" and John Waters, I came to realize that it's simply its own silly, mostly harmless, sometimes shockingly violent little horror/slasher comedy that you may find mildly entertaining.




Preorder on DVD or VOD at Indican Pictures

TECH SPECS
Runtime: 74 Minutes
Format: 2:35:1
Sound: Dolby DIGITAL 5.1
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Horror




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The Pillory Scene From "Hunchback Of Notre Dame" (Lon Chaney, 1923) (video)




Quasimodo (Lon Chaney), the deaf bell-ringer at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris...

...has been convicted of a crime for which he is innocent.

His sentence is to be tied to the public pillory and whipped.

Will no one take pity on him?



Quasimodo: Lon Chaney
Esmeralda: Patsy Ruth Miller

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

 
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