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Monday, November 11, 2019

THE DEMONS -- DVD Review by Porfle




Very, very slow and very, very contemplative, THE DEMONS (2015) unfolds much like a day in the life of a ten-year-old boy such as its protagonist, Felix (Édouard Tremblay-Grenier), whose every waking moment seems like a crossroads of decision and discovery.

Everyday things such as struggling through lessons, gyrating in the gym, swimming at the public pool, and all the tentative social interactions that go along with them, while hazily familiar to us, are life-altering experiences for Felix and are often accompanied by intensely dramatic music which he no doubt hears in his mind as the soundtrack to his life.


Writer-director Philippe Lesage shows us Felix's mental and emotional development in near-plotless fashion, very matter-of-factly presenting him with a constant flow of unfamiliar things to deal with.

In some crucial instances, Felix must let his conscience decide how cruel or how caring he's willing to be to others. At other times, he fearfully explores a burgeoning obsession with sexuality that causes almost unbearable inner turmoil and uncertainty.

We can remember how it was to seem normal on the outside while all this was raging inside us. We see Felix in situations we recognize such as hanging out with his older brother and his friends, hearing their strange and thought-provoking conversation that he finds in many ways confusing.


We feel his pain when he suffers the pangs of unrequited love for a young teacher, and recall the casual contempt he inflicts upon a younger boy his mother forces him to play with. A blow-up between his parents becomes a major family drama, and he constantly frets about signs of infidelity that prey upon his mind.

Lesage allows all this to play itself out at such a placidly languid pace that the film is almost halfway through before we really start to be truly engaged in watching Felix develop as a person. (Some viewers will no doubt have dropped out by then.)

It's also about this time that a rumor told by one of older brother François' friends, about a mysterious serial killer said to be preying upon local children, starts to affect Felix in ways both harrowingly real and disturbingly imagined.


Here, the film's odd title comes into play when some of Felix's childhood fears and regrets become hauntingly overbearing, while his conscience suffers new pangs of spiritual unease.

We want him to come through it all as most people do with age and experience, but we fear the evil that has already turned its eyes upon him. 

THE DEMONS shows us a bland veneer, gradually reveals its many unquiet undercurrents, and makes us remember when growing up was like being lost in a dark forest and trying to follow the light.


Order it from Film Movement

Film Movement
2015
118 Minutes
Canada
French with English subtitles
Drama, Coming of Age
Not Rated

Extras: none




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Saban Films Boards Sci-Fi Thriller "BREACH" Starring Bruce Willis




SABAN FILMS BOARDS sci-fi thriller “BREACH” STARRING BRUCE WILLIS
 

LOS ANGELES (November 10, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to John Suits’ (Pandemic, The Scribbler) Breach starring Golden Globe Award® winner Bruce Willis (Glass, Die Hard franchise).  The sci-fi thriller also stars Cody Kearsley (“Riverdale,” Power Rangers), Callan Mulvey (Avengers: Endgame, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Kassandra Clementi (“UnREAL,” “Home and Away”), Timothy V. Murphy (The Lone Ranger, “Snowpiercer”) and Corey Large (In Like Flynn, The Ninth Passenger).  Danny Roth produced under his Almost Never Films banner along with Corey Large and Edward Drake.

Breach follows a young stowaway (Kearsley) aboard an interstellar ark to New Earth. With the help of a seasoned crewmate (Willis), he must outwit a malevolent cosmic terror intent on using the spaceship as a weapon.  The film was shot in Fitzgerald, GA.  Executive producers are Danny H. Chan for Almost Never Films, Mike Donovan, Ryan Charles Griffin, Mary Aloe and Roger Dorman for Aloe Entertainment, Carlos Velazquez, Benjamin Krause, Stephen Eads, Johnny Messner, Edward Drake, and Elizabeth Zavoyskiy and Andrew Kotliar from MEP Capital, who are also financing.

Bill Bromiley said, “Bruce Willis leads a fantastic cast fighting to survive in this highly suspenseful, action-packed thriller that will keep audiences captivated.”

Bill Bromiley negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Danny Roth on behalf of the filmmakers.  Screen Media is handling international rights at the upcoming AFM.

Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to two of the biggest Fathom events with horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 31 in 2016 and 3 From Hell earlier this month, as well as Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company partnered on after coming onboard at script stage.  Its upcoming slate includes: Steven C. Miller’s Line of Duty; Will Forbes’ John Henry starring Terry Crews and Ludacris and executive produced by Matthew Antoun.

About Saban Films
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.


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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Spewing Out Of His Ears" (video)




This familiar running gag finds someone...
...(usually a Stooge)...

...drinking too much liquor or other liquid...

...until it's literally spewing out of his ears!

(threestooges.net)

HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND DUMB (1938)
WE WANT OUR MUMMY (1939)
BOOBS IN ARMS (1940)
LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1950)
A MISSED FORTUNE (1952)


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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Porfle's Trivia Quiz #11: "EASY RIDER" (1969) (video)




This low-budget biker movie directed by Dennis Hopper revolutionized the late 60s film industry.

Question: who plays the buyer that Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) sell cocaine to?

A. Larry Bishop
B. Dick Cavett
C. Sammy Davis, Jr.
D. Phil Spector
E. Herb Alpert

Question #2: who plays the lawyer that Wyatt and Billy meet in jail?

A. Robert Blake
B. Jack Nicholson
C. Robert Duvall
D. Mark Rydell
E. Rip Torn

Question #3: What noted recording artist plays a New Orleans prostitute?

A. Cher Bono
B. Pat Benetar
C. Toni Basil
D. Diana Ross
E. Grace Slick

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


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Saturday, November 9, 2019

CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SERIES -- DVD Review by Porfle




I was never a fan of "China Beach", but after taking a long look at Time-Life's CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1988-1991), I can only conclude that those who are fans will have a field day with this lavish 19-disc collection of 62 episodes, including the original pilot movie and over five hours of bonus features.

The show's premise, of course, is the odyssey of U.S. Army Nurse Colleen McMurphy (Dana Delany, TOMBSTONE) serving a frantic tour of duty at a combination evac hospital and R&R facility set on a picturesque beach near Da Nang in Viet Nam.


Thus we observe the daily dramas of all the nurses, doctors, soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and various civilian personnel, most of which are based on the real-life experiences of actual people.  (Not the least of these being former nurse Lynda Van Devanter, whose book "Home Before Morning" was the inspiration for the McMurphy character and her story.)

The show's setting is richly authentic, managing to give those of us with no such experience whatsoever an idea of what life was like there. McMurphy's days and nights are filled with the blood, horror, and tragedy of war, yet she must try to keep herself grounded by maintaining some semblance of normality in her personal life and dealings with friends and coworkers.


We also meet a widely-diverse cast of characters including Dr. Dick Richards (Robert Picardo, "Star Trek: Voyager"), whose playboy lifestyle helps him deal with a deteriorating marriage; SP4 Samuel Beckett (Michael Boatman), who processes dead bodies and thus has a unique perspective on mortality; and Red Cross volunteer Cherry White (Nan Woods), a painfully naive young woman searching for her MIA brother, Rick.

Local prostitute K.C (a stunning Marg Helgenberger, "CSI") is basically there to leech off the servicemen but eventually forms a meaningful relationship with Corporal "Boonie" Boonwell (Brian Wimmer), China Beach's lifeguard and recreation manager.  We also get to know enigmatic recon operative Sgt. Evan "Dodger" Winslow (Jeff Kober, THE BABY DOLL MURDERS), trying to hold onto his humanity after having served in the jungle for too long.


Like "M*A*S*H" before it, everyday moments of happiness or strife are often interrupted by either a sudden influx of wounded G.I.s or harrowing enemy attacks, the worst being an intense episode which occurs during the TET offensive. 

For me, these segments represent "China Beach" at its most compelling. I find it least interesting when it lapses into soap opera, concentrates too much on characters such as USO singer Laurette Barber (Chloe Webb), whom I found obnoxious, or borders on the morally ambiguous, as when McMurphy allows a Viet Cong patient who blew up several G.I.s in a bar to go free and perhaps kill again simply because she feels sorry for her.


The show also tends, in my opinion, to come off as rather sanctimonious, as though basking in its own nobility for being so lavishly well-intentioned. Other viewers, I happily concede, may not get this impression at all.

Indeed, being quite aware of the immense and generally well-deserved popularity of the show, I can heartily recommend CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SERIES to those devoted fans who will fully appreciate having all 62 episodes (not to mention the wealth of featurettes, commentaries, interviews, and bonus booklets) in their DVD collection.


Buy it at Time-Life


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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Where's Your Emily Post?" (video)




When Larry or the third Stooge is in the middle of pigging out on a meal...

...Moe or somebody else asks "Where's your manners?!"

Larry or the third Stooge then kindly extends the pinky of both hands...

...and continues pigging out.

(threestooges.net)

HOI POLLOI (1935)
SAVED BY THE BELLE (1939)
THREE SAPPY PEOPLE (1939)
HALF-WITS HOLIDAY (1947)
PIES AND GUYS (1958)


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Friday, November 8, 2019

All the Crawling Eye Scenes From "THE CRAWLING EYE" (1958) (video)




Forrest Tucker ("F Troop") stars in the British sci-fi thriller "The Crawling Eye", aka "The Trollenberg Terror."

Also appearing are Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne, and Janet Munro.

A Swiss mountain's inhabitants are terrorized by giant eye monsters that move within radioactive clouds.

The story was based on a 1956 British TV serial.

It was released in the U.S. on a double bill with another British sci-fi film, "Cosmic Monsters."

The monster SPFX are somewhat low-grade, but a lot of fun.

This movie was a partial inspiration for John Carpenter's "The Fog" (1980).

Stephen King mentions the film in his 1986 horror novel "It."

It was the first movie spoofed on Mystery Science Theater 3000 after its move to Comedy Central in 1989.


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


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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Come In, Come In, Come In!" (video)




When the Stooges hear a knock on their door...

...they say, in musical harmony...

..."Come in...Come in...Come in!"

(threestooges.net)

HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND DUMB (1938)
I'LL NEVER HEIL AGAIN (1941)
BABY SITTERS JITTERS (1951)
A MISSED FORTUNE (1952)

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



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Cult TV Classic, Reality-Based "DEADLINE" (Not Seen Since 1961) Debuts on DVD Nov. 19




 Not Seen Since It’s Original Broadcast TV Run (1959-61), "DEADLINE" Makes Home Video Debut

A free, independent and professionally-trained press is irrefutably both the backbone of a democracy and the foundation upon which a free civil society is built; without which a democratic nation simply cannot exist.” - Sir Howard Ding


Lost and forgotten in a garage in New Jersey for over 50 years, the Deadline TV series (1959-61), which dramatized stories drawn from actual newspaper headlines of the 1950’s, has been rediscovered to remind us of a time when newspaper reporters were revered as heroes and the guardians of truth and justice.

Reporters are the first line of defense of the principles rooted in our Constitution and protected under the first amendment. They uphold everything that our civil society stands for.


At a time when print news media is rapidly disappearing and news reporters are being vilified as “enemies of the people,” Deadline has emerged from hibernation and is making its home video debut. Starring Peter Falk, Diane Ladd, George Maharis, Robert Lansing, and many more, this anthology series is available for the first time since it aired on prime-time TV nearly 60 years ago.

BONUS FEATURES
Episode Synopses • Photo Gallery • Trailer •
Trivia • Extended Synopsis: Journalism Past and
Present Overview • Interview with Broadcast
Journalism Professor Joe Alicastro


SKU: FC-647
UPC: 874757064796
SRP: $19.98
Street Date: 11/19/2019
Pre-Book: 11/5/2019
Discs: 3
Box Lot: 30
Production: Arnold Perl
Run Time: 1,006 Mins
Format: DVD
Color/B&W: B&W
Aspect ratio: 4x3
Year Prod: 1959 - 1961
Sound: Mono
Studio: Film Chest
Rating: Not rated
Genre: Television, Crime, Drama

Actor(s): Paul Stewart (narrator), Peter Falk,
Diane Ladd, George Maharis, Robert Lansing
and many more.               
Director(s): Various


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