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Sunday, July 21, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #43: Cargo Dump, "High and the Mighty" (1954) (video)




Duke is co-captain on a crippled prop plane over the Pacific Ocean...

...trying to make it to the California coast.

But it looks like they may have to ditch in the ocean.

Either way, they must lose as much weight as possible...

...and that means tossing all the passengers' luggage to the fishes.


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Saturday, July 20, 2019

BLOOD PARADISE -- DVD Review by Porfle




Who'd have thunk it? It turns out Texas doesn't have a monopoly on clans of tightly-wound yokels suffering from too much isolation and a surfeit of plain old down-home "coo-coo."  Which is what novelist Robin Richards discovers when she travels to Sweden for a quiet, secluded farm getaway and ends up right in the middle of BLOOD PARADISE (Artsploitation Films, 2018).

And if you thought that sentence was tortured, just wait'll you see what's in store for Robin (co-writer and co-producer Andréa Winter) after her latest twisted-sex novels drive readers away and her agent suggests she head for the Swedish hills to get her head back together. 

It seems farmers are opening their doors to guests who want to escape the city for the pastoral experience and surround themselves with cows, chickens, and, in this particular case, some vaguely not-all-there people like farmer Rolf (Rolf Brunnström), his creepy mute sister, his surly son who likes to carry a sniper rifle around, and Rolf's dead wife who's buried in the garden...or is she?


Even the driver (Christer Cavallius) who picks Robin up at the train station and takes her to Rolf's farm is a weird fellow who's a big, big fan of Robin's books and has "stalker" written all over him.

His name is Hans Bubi (a "Die Hard" reference perhaps?) and he's my favorite character because he's just such a manic oddball (I love his frantic arguments with his jealous, plant-obsessed wife) who I hoped would turn out to be a good guy and not just another member of the creep crowd.

Anyway, with all of that established, BLOOD PARADISE is all set to start keeping us in a state of tense suspense for the rest of its running time. Director Patrick von Barkenberg takes his sweet time letting the story unfold just quickly enough for us to savor every moment of growing unease and mystery as Robin warily observes the actions of her hosts as they grow more suspicious and unsettling.


The film itself is a visual treat, each shot nicely composed with lots of little directorial touches that are oddly satisfying.  Performances never go over the top, and the film is refreshingly devoid of the usual jump scares and musical stings. It isn't even all that gory.

Indeed, what happens to Robin (and some other unfortunate people around her) might've been turned into the same tired old torture porn working itself into a lather trying to "scare" us, but instead we're drawn into an increasingly engrossing scenario that carries us along on a wave of pure, skin-crawling suspense.

The low-key, non-sensationalistic nature of BLOOD PARADISE is one of its most pleasing qualities, along with a bone-dry sense of humor.  We're able to identify with Robin and thus slowly get up inside the story and experience each and every disturbing little pastoral perversion along with her.  And the film itself is so finely-wrought that despite its potent capacity for horror, it's a pleasure to watch.



More info and where to buy


Product Details

    Format: DVD (also available in Blu-ray)
    Catalog: ART67
    UPC: 851597006773
    Country: Sweden
    Language: English (with optional subtitles)
    Rating: NR
    Year: 2018
    Length: 84 min.
    Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital, 2.0 Stereo
    Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
    Bonus material: Four deleted scenes, 2 Music Videos: "Dreamer" by Baby Yoga, "You and Me" by Baby Yoga




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Hideous Radiation Monster From "Day The World Ended" (Roger Corman, 1955) (video)




Roger Corman's low-budget sci-fi shocker begins with devastating nuclear war...

...and a group of survivors in a mountain hideaway owned by Paul Birch.

Unfortunately, the house is surrounded by radiation mutants...
...of varying degrees of horribleness...

...but the worst is this hideous Paul Blaisdell creation.

It naturally takes an interest in Lori Nelson and Adele Jergens.

While Richard Denning and Mike "Touch" Connors handle the "good guy/bad guy" stuff...
...the wretched beast makes off with lovely Miss Nelson.

Blaisdell wears his own distinctively designed monster suit.
It may not look that great, but it's definitely memorable.


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Friday, July 19, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Paint Me, Paint You" (video)




When the Stooges are painting something...

...one Stooge isn't paying attention...

...and accidentally paints on another Stooge's hand, head, behind, etc. (threestooges.net)

TASSELS IN THE AIR (1938)
BACK FROM THE FRONT (1943)
MUMMY'S DUMMIES (1948)
A SNITCH IN TIME (1950)


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Want To See Joe Bob Briggs? Here's Where He'll Be...




WANT TO SEE JOE BOB? HERE'S WHERE HE'LL BE:
 

▪     July 21: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Montreal
▪     August 2: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Williamsburg
▪     August 2-4: Scares that Care Weekend, Williamsburg
▪     August 29: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Raleigh
▪     August 30-September 1: Creature Feature Weekend, Gettysburg
▪     October 4: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Phoenixville
▪     October 9: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Cleveland
▪     October 11-13: Telluride Horror Show, Telluride
▪     October 15: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Winchester
▪     October 19: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Portland
▪     November 9: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Tulsa
▪     November 10: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Oklahoma City
▪     November 13: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Austin
▪     November 22: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs, Providence

Read Joe Bob's latest column: "Whatever Happened To Innocent Until Proven Guilty?"



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Raja Gosnell Signs On To Direct Live-Action "SANTA: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS" For Armory Films




RAJA GOSNELL SIGNS ON TO DIRECT LIVE-ACTION 

“SANTA: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS”

Armory Films to Produce Alongside DNF Pictures & K. JAM Media


Los Angeles, CA (July 18, 2019) – Raja Gosnell (The Smurfs franchise, Scooby Doo, Never Been Kissed) has signed on to direct the live-action family film Santa: The Adventure Begins from a script penned by Tamara Taillie in her feature film debut.  Armory Films’ Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros (The Peanut Butter Falcon, Arctic, Mudbound) have come on board to produce alongside DNF Pictures’ Dean Altit (Realms, The Misfits) and K. JAM Media’s Kia Jam. (Lucky Number Slevin, The Misfits) Academy Award winner Barrie Osborne(Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Mulan) is executive producing and K. JAM Media’s Carolina Vianna Leite will serve as co-producer.

Santa: The Adventure Begins will bring the world's most beloved and recognizable mythical persona to life in an exciting holiday epic. This legendary story of Santa Claus reveals his humble origins as an orphan and young would-be toymaker. In a quest to know his true identity, Santa embarks upon a journey to the forbidden North.  With a little help from his friends, Santa discovers the source of his extraordinary magic, and we learn how Santa finds his true love, his forever home and his destiny. Marisol Roncali and Chelsea Bloch (Deadpool 2, Fast &Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Jungle Cruise) are currently casting with principal photography set to begin late this year in Cologne, Germany, in cooperation with MMC Studios.

Producer Kia Jam commented: “My producing partners and I are thrilled to have Raja on board as our director for this film.  He has proven time and time again that he is the master of family films and is the perfect film maker for us and our origin story of Santa Claus.”

Armory Films’ Christopher Lemole added: “This is a fantastic Santa origin story and we can’t think of anyone better than Raja to direct. We are very much looking forward to the world he is about to create.”

Gosnell has directed such films as: Columbia Pictures’ The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2; Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua; Fox’s Never Been Kissed; and Warner Bros.’ Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.  Gosnell began his career as an editor working on classic films including: Academy Award® nominee Pretty Woman, Academy Award® nominee Home Alone and Academy Award® winner Mrs. Doubtfire. Gosnell is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency.

Armory Films’ slate includes: The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen, which received rave reviews and the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award out of its SXSW premiere and was acquired by Roadside Attractions which will release the film August 9th; Joe Penna’s Arctic, starring Mads Mikkelsen; Dee Rees’ lauded feature Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund; and Charlie Day’s directorial debut El Tonto starring Day, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, which is currently in post-production.


ABOUT ARMORY:
Founded in 2013 by Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros, Armory Films is a film finance and production company that creates, develops, produces, and finances high concept and commercially viable content. With the ability to finance projects from initial creative inception through production and release, Armory has amassed an impressive slate spanning numerous genres and styles, nurturing distinctive stories into groundbreaking films.

Armory recently wrapped production in Los Angeles on Charlie Day’s directorial debut El Tonto starring Day, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, John Malkovich, Edie Falco, Jillian Bell, Ken Jeong, Adrien Brody, Ray Liotta and Travis Fimmel, and produced The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring newcomer Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern, which received rave reviews and the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award out of its SXSW premiere. Roadside Attractions acquired the film for the US and will release August 9, 2019. Up next, they will be teaming with Don Handfield on the sci-fi comic book series The Dark Age.

They also produced Joe Penna’s Arctic, starring Mads Mikkelsen which made its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival where it was acquired by Bleeker Street for North American distribution and released earlier this year and produced and financed Dee Rees’ lauded feature Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund, which rose to critical success since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. After being acquired by Netflix, the film went on to receive a record breaking four Academy Award Nominations, making the film a milestone in Netflix’s history in the awards race.


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"The Giant Claw" (1957) Versus The Punk Teenagers! (video)




Jeff Morrow and Mara Corday are speeding to Washington...

...when they encounter a carload of punk teens out for a joyride.

Don't they know that The Giant Claw is on the loose?

But to these wild teens, it's just another "kick"!

And they've got salt for its tail.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

NEON Re-Releases Todd Douglas Miller's "APOLLO 11" In Theaters July 20th, In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing




IN HONOR OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDING NEON WILL

RE-RELEASE TODD DOUGLAS MILLER’S ‘APOLLO 11’ IN THEATERS ON JULY 20TH

THE STUNNING CINEMATIC EVENT PASSES $9MM AT THE BOX OFFICE AS THE TOP GROSSING DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

 

New York, NY (July 16, 2019) – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, NEON will re-release Todd Douglas Miller’s critically acclaimed film, APOLLO 11, in theaters on July 20th.  The run will include weeklong engagements and special one-off showings in over 100 theaters across top markets including New York, Los Angeles, DC, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Miami.

Todd Douglas Miller’s APOLLO 11 is a cinematic event fifty years in the making, crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings. The film takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission.

APOLLO 11 premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won the editing prize.  The film, which opened in theaters on March 1st, 2019, will cross $9 million after this weekend’s anniversary re-launch and remains the top grossing documentary of the year.  APOLLO 11 made a strong debut internationally this summer, being the top grossing documentary in the UK with over $1mm box office to date.


For a full list of theaters, and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.apollo11movie.com/



NEON recently premiered Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite at Cannes, where it went on to win the Palme d’Or.  At the festival, the company also acquired Celine Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which won the Best Screenplay Award.  Upcoming titles also include:  Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska’s documentary Honeyland; Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, starring Academy Award® Nominee Alfre Woodard; Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala's horror film The Lodge; Abe Forsythe’s Little Monsters; and Julius Onah’s Luce. Recent titles include:  Tom Harper’s critics’ darling Wild Rose starring Jessie Buckley; John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm; the electrifying documentary about Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace; and Border, Sweden‘s entry for best foreign language film which garnered an Academy Award® nomination.


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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "I'll Make A Note Of It!" (video)




After Moe threatens or scolds another Stooge...

...or says "Remind me to moider you later!"...

...the other Stooge responds with "I'll make a note of it!"

After which Moe usually decides to moider them now. (threestooges.net)


CASH AND CARRY (1937)
THREE SAPPY PEOPLE (1939)
DIZZY DETECTIVES (1943)
PARDON MY CLUTCH (1948)
THREE HAMS ON RYE (1950)


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