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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

THE LAST BEYOND -- Movie Review by Porfle




Hazy nostalgia tinged with mysticism lends a warm glow to the leisurely-paced backwoods Prohibition drama THE LAST BEYOND (Indican Pictures, 2019), whose lyrical imagery gives it a simple yet exquisite beauty which is inevitably shattered by violence.

The deceptively simple story begins with young rancher Stratton Eiseley (Chris Snyder) losing his land to the bank after the death of his father and deciding to become a moonshiner with the help of Native American boy Joe Running Elk (Noah Watts) and his wise old grandfather Flying Bear (Stephen Small Salmon).

Along the way Stratton meets and falls in love with Gracie (Jolene Andersen), an aspiring writer from the city, while running afoul of a corrupt sheriff whose methods are shockingly brutal.


Writer-director Graham DuBose's screenplay is thoughtful and unhurried, giving us time to settle in and get to know these characters while reveling in the rustic atmosphere of their Montana surroundings. 

The lead performances are quietly convincing and subtle, even when old Flying Bear is weaving supernatural tales around the crackling campfire and Stratton and Gracie weave their charmingly underplayed romance amidst gently swaying fields of grass.

Scenes of violence, mostly involving the ruthless sheriff's efforts to track down and dispatch Stratton's modest moonshine operation hidden away in a secluded mountain clearing, are similarly played with a matter-of-fact realism.


In each case, DuBose knows just where to set up the camera and when to let it run without fancy moves or cutting, his keenly artistic eye more than compensating for a mostly no-frills budget.

The film sparkles with gorgeous photography of 1930s backwoods Americana, whether in its smalltown settings replete with antique props, automobiles, costumes, and other authentic touches (right down to the Lone Star Studios music that plays when they're watching an old western on Grace's projector), or the visual splendor of its breathtaking nature scenes.

The story itself is as much about people living off-the-grid in the wilderness and getting back to nature, spiritually as well as physically, as it is about moonshining.


Still, that aspect of THE LAST BEYOND gradually and inevitably comes to the fore--complicated by the appearance of Gracie's vindictive estranged husband--until the final act becomes a suspenseful life-and-death conflict of primitive proportions that has us rooting for the moonshiners against the bloodthirsty, shotgun-wielding lawmen.

As Quentin Tarantino once said of Howard Hawks' RIO BRAVO, THE LAST BEYOND is one of those movies whose characters the viewer can simply enjoy "hanging out" with, even as its plot moves inexorably toward a heartrending conclusion which, as deftly handled by writer-director DuBose, is achingly poignant.


More info at Indican Pictures

TECH SPECS

Runtime: 87 minutes
Format: 1:78 HD
Sound: Dolby Sr.
Country: USA
Language: English



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Vista Group Partners with ScreenPlus: Partnership Unlocks A Streaming Solution For Cinemas Worldwide Amidst Closures




 VISTA GROUP PARTNERS WITH SCREENPLUS

THE PARTNERSHIP UNLOCKS A STREAMING SOLUTION FOR CINEMAS WORLDWIDE AMIDST CLOSURES



7 April, 2020 – Los Angeles: ScreenPlus today announced an exclusive partnership with cinema software company, Vista Group, that will enable cinema exhibitors to launch their own personalized VOD platform and offer films directly to their customers for at-home streaming.  

The partnership will launch ScreenPlus’ VOD solution in every major territory from this week, promoted by Vista Group, and offers the potential to unlock a new revenue stream for exhibitors who will be able to activate and customize the platform via their cinema’s website.

It will also combine the world class studio grade piracy protection and digital rights management of ScreenPlus with Vista’s leading cinema operations, management, loyalty and marketing systems. With cinemas currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the solution offers exhibitors the opportunity to build new revenue streams and build a continuing relationship with new and existing customers.

A leading supplier of software and technology solutions to the cinema exhibition and distribution market, Vista Group currently services more than 50% of large cinema chains worldwide including: Regal Theatres (USA),  Bow Tie Cinemas (USA), Emagine Entertainment (USA), B&B Theater (USA), Landmark Theatres (USA), Cineplex (Canada), Lumiere Pavilions (China), Cineworld Cinemas (UK), Odeon Cinemas (UK), Curzon Cinemas (UK), Vue Entertainment (UK), Hoyts Cinemas (Australia, New Zealand), Event Cinemas (Australia, New Zealand), Reading Cinemas (Australia, New Zealand), Limelight Cinemas (Australia), Ster-Kinekor (South Africa) and Mars Cinema Group (Turkey).

ScreenPlus Director, John Barnett says: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce this partnership with Vista Group. ScreenPlus is a market-leading platform that connects people with their favorite local cinemas, enabling them to watch new releases through the portal of their cinema, but at home. The cinemas have lost out as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis, but this will potentially generate additional revenue and retain the relationships exhibitors have with their customers.”

Vista Group Founder and Chief Product Officer, Murray Holdaway says: “We have been working with [ScreenPlus developers] Shift72 to bring the ScreenPlus solution to our exhibition customers for some time. The outbreak of COVID-19 has seen us accelerate the release of the product to the exhibition market. The templated nature of the solution, which is SaaS based, enables us to stand up customized VOD sites for our customers in very short time frames. Shift72’s technology and delivery are world class, and we are excited to put exhibitors in the driving seat, creating new offerings they can provide to their customers.”

Developed by parent company Shift72 Ltd, ScreenPlus has created a reputation for delivering the platforms that host many of the world’s leading festivals and markets. The company most recently worked with SXSW, offering a secure platform for press and industry to view this year’s entries, as well as the CPH:DOX Festival which went virtual last month using the ScreenPlus technology. Shift72 has also powered top markets for several years including Cannes Marché du Film, SXSW Film Festival and the AFM.


About ScreenPlus:
Launched in 2019 and available worldwide, ScreenPlus is a premium video on demand (PVOD) solution that enables exhibitors to quickly deploy their own cinema or festival on demand service and begin selling new release films directly to consumers at home.  In an ever-evolving multiscreen world, ScreenPlus unlocks a new in-home revenue stream for cinema clients and future-proofs to ensure exhibitors are not cut out by other platforms and during disruptions to cinema-going.

ScreenPlus is an industry-controlled solution from which both the distributor and exhibitor benefit and content is secured with studio grade piracy protection. Developed for various clientele from exhibitors and entertainment brands to studios, production companies, film festivals, markets and award shows, the application can be individually customized to match each client’s needs.

ScreenPlus was developed by parent company Shift72 Ltd, who most recently worked with: SXSW Film Festival, Cannes Marché du Film, CPH:DOX, Lonely Planet and the AFM.

For more information on ScreenPlus, visit: https://www.screenplus.com/

About Vista Group:
Vista Group is the  leading supplier of software and technology solutions to the cinema exhibition and distribution market, Vista Group currently services more than 50% of large cinema chains worldwide. Through its subsidiary Movio, Vista Group is also a supplier of marketing software and data solutions to studios and distributors around the world.

For more information on Vista Group, visit: https://www.vistagroup.co/


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"THE JACK IN THE BOX" Horror Arrives on VOD, Digital and DVD May 5 -- Watch Trailer HERE!




4 DIGITAL MEDIA DELIVERS DEMONIC CLOWN HORROR DIRECTLY TO HOME AUDIENCES

"THE JACK IN THE BOX"

Arriving On VOD And Digital HD On Leading Digital Platforms And DVD On May 5, 2020



Disturbing events plague a small town museum after a vintage Jack-In-The-Box is mysteriously donated to the collection.

When a museum is donated a vintage Jack-In-The-Box, it s not long before staff member Casey starts to think that the creepy clown doll inside has a life of its own. As he discovers his colleagues are dying, one by one, Casey realizes it's up to him to find a way to end the nightmare or become another victim of the box's curse. Jack In The Box is a heart stopping horror that will fuel your fear of clowns.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:



PROGRAM INFORMATION
Release: May 5, 2020 (VOD & Digital HD On Leading Digital Platforms & DVD)
Directed By: Lawrence Fowler
Written By: Lawrence Fowler
Produced by: Geoff Fowler, Lawrence Fowler
Starring: Ethan Taylor, Robert Nairne, Lucy-Jane Quinlan
Distribution: 4Digital Media
Run Time: 88 Minutes 49
Rating: NR
Genre: Horror
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 (2.35:1)
Audio:  2.0 Stereo, 5.1 Surround 
Language: English

IMDB:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10645682/reference

OFFICIAL HASHTAG: #TheJackInTheBox


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TERROR FILMS Teams with WATCH MOVIES NOW to Release Four Free Horror Films in April!




Los Angeles, CA (Tuesday, April 7th, 2020): Genre Distributor Terror Films has teamed with the AVOD YouTube Channel, Watch Movies Now!

Terror Films has made its entire library available to Watch Movies Now. Watch Movies Now will kick off releases next week, starting with: The Bone Box (4/10), followed by Dead Body (4/17), After Dark (4/24) and The Chair (4/29). A Terror Film's movie will be released weekly on the Watch Movies Now channel and in most cases, the films will be available worldwide.

“This marks yet another strategic, AVOD partnership for our company and one more step toward our continued global expansion. It’s also very important we make our films available for FREE to as many people as possible during this difficult time. Watch Movies Now is a perfect partner to achieve this goal,” stated Terror Films president, Joe Dain. 


Watch Movies Now is a global movie channel. This channel has over 142,000 subscribers (and growing), with more than 12 Million views per month. Watch Movies Now is the leading drama and thriller channel on YouTube (in German speaking territories).

To learn more about Terror Films, visit: 


https://www.terrorfilms.net

https://www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC/

To learn more about Watch Movies Now, visit:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4ZqZ6V67OWNUxBHLLv7yAA/featured



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Monday, April 6, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Broken Door Policy" (video)




The glass to a door that the Stooges are about to run in or out of is broken.

The first two Stooges run through the hole in the door...

...but the last Stooge foolishly opens the door and walks inside.

(threestooges.net)


MEN IN BLACK (1934)
WHAT'S THE MATADOR? (1942)
IF A BODY MEETS A BODY (1945)


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Sight & Sound Theatres® ‘JESUS’ debuts on TBN April 10-12




EPIC STAGE PRODUCTION ‘JESUS’ AVAILABLE IN FREE EASTER WEEKEND BROADCAST AND STREAMING DEBUT ON TBN

Seen by more than one million people live on stage, Sight & Sound Theatres® brings their original stage production, JESUS, to living rooms worldwide in its first ever broadcast and digital debut – exclusively on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) for three days only: April 10-12.


JesusEvent.com



LANCASTER, Pa. – April, 6, 2020 – With movie theaters closed, the greatest rescue story of all time comes to life in a special Easter weekend television broadcast.

More than one million people have experienced the live performance of JESUS at Sight & Sound’s theater in Lancaster, Pa. Now, with a planned cinema event canceled due to theater closures from COVID-19, audiences from around the world will have the opportunity to witness this awe-inspiring spectacle – exclusively on TBN, or watch it on demand anytime through the TBN app, April 10-12 only.



“With people not being able to gather together to celebrate Easter, our hope is that by making this show available, we might all feel a sense of community and connection as we watch the greatest rescue story of all time come to life in this unique way,” said Sight & Sound Chief Creative Officer Josh Enck.

Synopsis
From the bustling streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee, JESUS is the musical stage adventure that has been seen by more than one million people.

Filmed in front of a live audience, Sight & Sound’s spectacular original production is now coming to television and streaming devices everywhere. Witness some of the most awe-inspiring, miraculous events as Jesus sets sail with fishermen, challenges the Pharisees and heals the hurting.

Experience JESUS in this free special Easter event, only available on TBN.

Where to watch JESUS:*                         

Saturday, April 11: 1pm ET/10am PT on TBN
Friday, April 10 - Sunday, April 12: Anytime on the TBN app or website:

https://watch.tbn.org/sight-sound-theatres-presents-jesus

*Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.

This premiere television broadcast and digital event follows other Sight & Sound productions that made the journey from stage to screen, including NOAH in 2019, MOSES in 2018 and JONAH in 2017.

About Sight & Sound Theatres
Sight & Sound Theatres began more than 40 years ago in rural Pennsylvania, where a dairy farmer went from producing milk to producing live entertainment with a purpose. Today that vision has expanded to two state-of-the art theaters in Lancaster, PA, and Branson, MO, where stories from the Bible come to life on stage. Each production features Sight & Sound’s signature massive sets, special effects and live animals. Still family-owned, Sight & Sound's 675 staff members write, produce, design and build the original shows, drawing nearly 1.5 million audience members from around the world each year.


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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Careful Where You Stretch" (video)




When the Stooges get out of the bed in the morning or are getting ready to go to bed...

...they stand next to each other. Then they stretch out their arms...

...and the Stooge on each end accidentally punches the Stooge in the middle...

...or they all accidentally punch each other.

(threestooges.net)

G. I. WANNA HOME (1946)
HOKUS POKUS (1949)
DUNKED IN THE DEEP (1949)

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




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"The Big Bang Theory" -- Never Before Seen Sheldon Cooper "That's My Spot" Meme!




Do you scour your TV and streaming services daily looking for something to watch? 

How about 279 original episodes of one of the world’s top-rated sitcoms?! 

 

Give yourself some much deserved “you time,” and relax and get comfy in your favorite spot on the couch – as now is the time to binge-watch The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series!

The only way to see The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series commercial free is to own it on Digital, Blu-ray & DVD. All individual seasons and compilation sets are available to purchase here:


http://www.ownwbtv.com/?bigbangtheory

 

All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Prime, and GooglePlay. DVD and Blu-ray (which include incredible extra features) can be purchased from all major retailers - including Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. So, if you need a laugh and want something to binge on – now is the time to own this hit series!


Speaking of spots on the couch, one of our favorite memories from The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper – is his infamous “spot on the couch!” If you have never seen the series – one thing you must know is that Sheldon’s spot, is Sheldon’s spot! According to Sheldon, no other spot in his apartment is as good as his spot on the couch. Remember that one time Penny tried to sit in it?!!!

If you didn’t catch that episode – don’t worry – you have plenty of time to catch up on it today!
 
And just remember – if someone takes your spot on the couch when you are ready to binge The Big Bang Theory – Sheldon gives you permission to say – “It’s Complicated. Just Move!”

Synopsis:
The Complete Series of this blockbuster comedy follows the hilarious trajectory of best friends Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper: geniuses in the lab and challenged in the real world. Yet both somehow manage to entangle themselves in wedded bliss: Leonard with his street-smart neighbor, Penny, and Sheldon, after a long courtship, with Amy, a successful neurobiologist.

Across 12 universally beloved seasons, they and their friends—fellow scientist Howard, his adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette, and astrophysicist bachelor Raj—attempt to solve quotidian conundrums posed by academia, family crises and video games while solving world-changing problems in physics.

Proving, ultimately, that what matters most in the universe is fun, friendship and a well-founded theory. Oh, and a Nobel Prize would be nice.

From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. Chuck Lorre, Steve Holland, Steven Molaro, Bill Prady, Dave Goetsch, Eric Kaplan and Maria Ferrari are executive producers of the series, which was created by Lorre & Prady.

Relive all of the hilarious and heartfelt memories, and own the complete series today!

Hashtag #BigBangTheory 



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Saturday, April 4, 2020

"EVIL ROY SLADE" Learns To Walk Without His Guns (John Astin, 1972)




Evil Roy Slade (John Astin) was the meanest outlaw in the West...

...until he fell in love with the fair Betsy (Pamela Austin)...

...and was forced to hang up his precious guns.

But would he be able to walk without them?


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


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Friday, April 3, 2020

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "A Spoonful of Sugar" (video)




A Stooge adds way too many spoons of sugar into his coffee or tea.

After tasting it afterwards, he grimaces in disgust.

However, after adding only a few more grains of sugar in the drink and tasting it again...

...the Stooge nods his head in satisfaction of the taste.

(threestooges.net)


THREE DARK HORSES (1952)
HORSING AROUND (1957)


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



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