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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Dressed For Bath" (video)

After the Stooges accidentally fall in an already-filled bathtub...

...or get caught in some water sprinklers...

..they decide to make the best of it by taking a bath on the spot...

...with their clothes still on.



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


Friday, December 6, 2019

DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment's "1917" Opens in Theaters Nationwide on December 25, 2019 -- See Pics Here

Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre, and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917

Release date (limited): December 25, 2019

Release date (wide): January 10, 2020

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones' Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake's own brother among them.

1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime's Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan).

The film is produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures. Universal Pictures will release the film domestically in limited release on December 25, 2019 and wide on January 10, 2020. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the U.K.

Genre: Epic Drama
Cast: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Producers: Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall, Brian Oliver


Porfle's Trivia Quiz #22: "THE FLY" (1986) (video)

David Cronenberg's classic remake "The Fly" is one of the finest horror films ever made.

But how much do you remember about it?

Question: Seth tells Ronnie he suffers from...what?

A. Agoraphobia
B. Motion sickness
C. Social anxiety
D. Acid Reflux
E. Fear of the dark

Question: What song does Seth play for Ronnie on the piano?

A. Baby, It's Cold Outside
B. Moon River
C. Strangers In The Night
D. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing
E. We've Only Just Begun

Question: Seth tells Ronnie "I'd like to become the first insect ____." What?

A. Ambassador
B. Peacemaker
C. Politician
D. Theologian
E. Philosopher

Question: Seth asks Ronnie to "Help me be ____."

A. Normal
B. Myself
C. Brundle
D. Human
E. Free

Question: What does Seth accidentally merge with at the end?

A. Computer
B. Telepod
C. Baboon
D. Ronnie
E. Piano

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


Thursday, December 5, 2019

TRAIN TO ZAKOPANÉ -- Movie Review by Porfle

Polish nurse Katia Wampusyk (Tanna Frederick, HOLLYWOOD DREAMS, THE M WORD) claims that she can "smell a Jew a kilometer away." Unfortunately for her, this special sense fails her on the TRAIN TO ZAKOPANÉ (2018) when she meets, and falls in love with, a Russian Jew named Sioma Sapir. And unfortunately for him, he falls in love with her, too.

Adapted from writer-director Henry Jaglom's (CAN SHE BAKE A CHERRY PIE?, BABYFEVER) long-running stage play, which was based on true events that happened to his own father, the story takes place in 1928 Europe just as anti-Semitism is really beginning to heat up and those who practice it most oppressively are rising to power. 

Sharing the same compartment on board the train are Sioma, Katia, eccentric Mme. Nadia Selmeczy (Cathy Arden), and Father Alexandrov (Stephen Howard), who engage in all manner of lively and revealing conversation which, inevitably, gets around to the "Jewish problem."

It's here that Sioma (Mike Falkow, SMOKIN' ACES) learns of Katia's virulent hatred of Jews, which was passed down to her by her father and reinforced by her own experiences and perceptions.

Still, even as she is obviously taken with the handsome young businessman, he improbably finds himself falling for her as well, to the point where they actually leave the train together in the small village of Zakopané and have a torrid romantic fling.

Naturally the viewer will be in suspense throughout their time together, waiting for that other, very large shoe to drop when Katia discovers that her lover (her first, she will confide) is actually a Jew himself. 

But first we must suffer along with Sioma as he agonizes over whether or not to even tell her, weighing the consequences of either decision to the point of madness.

Performances are all quite good, retaining the flavor of Jaglom's play as does his rather stagey direction of the dialogue scenes. This is offset by very sharp editing and staging which often resembles that of an engrossing live television production done in long takes with multiple cameras.

Also helping to open things up considerably are some absolutely gorgeous shots of the train making its way through mountains and tunnels (the black-and-white photography is exquisite) against a backdrop of various wintry panoramas.

For awhile we wonder where the story is going as the lovers' improbable whirlwind romance continues to be overshadowed by Sioma's impending revelation. As for me, I was puzzled by his sudden irresistible attraction to such a flighty, borderline-unlikable character with a penchant for being a silly drunk.

All of this, however, suddenly comes to just the kind of intense dramatic peak we've been waiting for, from a direction that's totally unexpected. So shattering is this surprise development, in fact, that it makes Sioma's admission that he's Jewish seem almost anticlimactic. 

The juxtaposition of stagey dramatic scenes with breathtaking location photography makes TRAIN TO ZAKOPANÉ an intriguing cinematic experience. And I like that Jaglom gives us such a loaded premise, keeps us guessing where it's going, and then hits us with such a resounding payoff that it almost had my ears ringing.


Meet Joe Bob at Forbidden Planet NYC on 12/4/19!

Meet Joe Bob at Forbidden Planet NYC on 12/4/19!

Join Joe Bob and Last Drive-In musician John Brennan at Forbidden Planet NYC on December 4 from 6-8pm to celebrate the release of the newest LDI record and the upcoming JOE BOB'S RED CHRISTMAS special on Shudder!
Joe Bob will also have t-shirts, posters, and 8x10s available for all your holiday shopping needs.

Joe Bob Briggs and John Brennan
December 4, 6-8pm
Forbidden Planet NYC

832 Broadway
New York, NY


Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Shaved By A Hair" (video)

Right before shaving or cutting something with a knife...

...Curly pulls out one of his own or one of someone else's hair...

...and cuts it with the razor/knife.



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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Universal Pictures' "BLACK CHRISTMAS" Opens in Theaters Nationwide on December 13, 2019 -- Exclusive Pics HERE!

Universal Pictures' BLACK CHRISTMAS opens in theaters nationwide on December 13, 2019

Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.

Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW's Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW's Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O'Grady, Fox's Star)—prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one.

As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty's beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story), Riley's new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt, Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes).

Whoever the killer is, he's about to discover that this generation's young women aren't about to be anybody's victims.

This December, on Friday the 13th, ring in the holidays by dreaming of a Black Christmas.

From director Sophia Takal (Always Shine) from the script she wrote with April Wolfe (Widower), comes a bold new take on the 1974 slasher classic produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, Split) for his Blumhouse Productions, by Ben Cosgrove (The Good German, Rumor Has It) and by Adam Hendricks (Cam, Bloodline, Lucky) for Divide/Conquer and by Brigitte Berman (The River of My Dreams, Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got). Blumhouse's Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno will executive produce with Divide/Conquer's Greg Gilreath and Zac Locke.

Release Date: December 13, 2019

Genre: Horror

Cast: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O'Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead and Cary Elwes

Directed by: Sophia Takal

Written by: Sophia Takal & April Wolfe

Producers: Jason Blum, Ben Cosgrove, Adam Hendricks, Brigitte Berman

Executive Producers: Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno, Greg Gilreath, Zac Locke


"ON THE TRAIL OF UFOS" Lands First Trailer from Small Town Monsters -- See It HERE!

Small Town Monsters Looks To the Stars in New Miniseries

"On the Trail of UFOs" Debuts First Trailer

Series Set to Explore America's Complicated Relationship with UFOs
Episodes to Make First Contact Next Year

Wadsworth, OH -- Small Town Monsters has released the first look at their new miniseries "On the Trail of UFOs".  The latest production from Small Town Media founder and director Seth Breedlove, "On the Trail of UFOs" takes an in-depth look at the current state of unidentified flying objects, and America's constantly-evolving relationship with the subject.

With unidentified flying objects being written and talked about in major news outlets and behind closed doors in Washington D.C., Breedlove and series host Shannon Legro set out to document what is by far the most tumultuous point in the history of "flying saucers". 

Breedlove recently signed a deal with Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Guest) to begin developing concepts for new projects, with an eye towards production in 2020.  Breedlove's last foray into the episodic documentary arena was with 2019's On the Trail of Bigfoot, which became an Amazon best-seller and has been viewed over four million times. 

The new trailer for "On the Trail of UFOs" includes a look at the wide array of interview subjects and locations. 


"On the Trail of UFOs" takes viewers from the gates of Area 51 itself, to the snow-capped White Mountains of New Hampshire. Filming took place across the United States, including New York City, Phoenix, Sedona, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Las Vegas.

The team interviewed numerous witnesses and investigators of unknown aerial phenomena, including those who claim to have been abducted and experimented upon by real aliens. No stone was left unturned in putting together what Breedlove believes to be the most comprehensive look at the subject ever filmed.


Porfle's Trivia Quiz #21: "STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE" (1979) (video)

This was the first "Star Trek" movie, directed by Robert Wise.

How much do you remember about it?

Question: Who first meets Kirk upon his arrival at Starfleet HQ?

A. Spock
B. Scotty
C. Sonak
D. Sarek
E. Uhura

Question: When Kirk orders phasers while in the wormhole, Decker says ...?

A. "No! Phasers are inoperable!"
B. "No! Ignore phaser command!"
C. "No! Emergency photon override!"
D. "No! Belay that phaser order!"
E. "No! Fire full photon array!"

Question: When Spock first comes aboard, how many times does Kirk ask him to sit down?

A. One
B. Two
C. Three
D. Four
E. Five

Question: When Decker shows android Ilia a game, she says "This device ..."

A. ...intrigues me
B. ...contains encoded data
C. ...serves no purpose
D. ...will be placed in data storage
E. not relevant

Question: At the end, Kirk asks "Did we just see ...?"

A. ...the death of an infinite being
B. ...the beginning of a new lifeform
C. ...the genesis of an alternate timeline
D. ...the metamorphosis of pure thought
E. ...the ultimate transcendence

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FAN EXPO Dallas Announces John Cleese Will Join Biggest Comic Event of the Year

FAN EXPO Dallas Announces John Cleese Will Join Biggest Comic Event of the Year

DALLAS, TX— FAN EXPO DALLAS – the largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Texas has announced the addition of John Cleese to the growing celebrity line-up for March 27-29, 2020 event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas.

Cleese is famous for being a founding member of the famed Monty Python comedy troupe, the ensemble responsible for the surreal and groundbreaking sketch comedy series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” The group followed up on the show’s success with films such as “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Cleese is also known for roles in series such as “Fawlty Towers,” and for films like “A Fish Called Wanda” and “Fierce Creatures” (he wrote the screenplay for both movies), “Time Bandits,” “Silverado,” and appearances in famed British franchises as James Bond and Harry Potter. Cleese is the recipient of the coveted Ernie Kovacs Award by Dallas VideoFest on December 4, 2019.

In addition to John Cleese, a ticket to the most epic weekend of the year will allow fans the chance to meet more of the most iconic names in entertainment and pop culture.

In a previous announcement, fans were invited to join the Fellowship of the Ring at FAN EXPO Dallas to celebrate the exclusive reunion of the Four Hobbits featuring Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin with stars Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, and Billy Boyd.

Other highlights throughout the event include celebrity Q&As that give fans the opportunity to spend some time getting to know their favorite celebrities — these will be scheduled throughout the weekend along with throwback Q&A’s and other specially ticketed events. More attractions and celebrity guests will be announced at the beginning of the year.

Tickets are on sale now, early bird pricing is available until January 15, 2020. For the first time, FAN EXPO Dallas is introducing a new ‘fan focused’ ticket policy for the 2020 shows allowing admission ticket refunds. For hours and information visit,

FAN EXPO HQ is one of the largest entertainment convention groups in in the world. Collectively, it hosts more than 500,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO Boston, FAN EXPO Canada, FAN EXPO Dallas, FAN EXPO Vancouver, MEGACON Orlando, Toronto Comicon, Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and Dallas Fan Days.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Porfle's Trivia Quiz #20: "SUPERMAN" (1978) (video)

This is still considered by many to be the definitive film personification of Superman.

It's also one of the best superhero movies ever made.

Question: What is Martha Kent's full name?

A. Martha Clarkson Kent
B. Martha Langley Kent
C. Martha Clark Kent
D. Martha Dunclark Kent
E. Martha Sinclair Kent

Question: Who does Clark say will help his mother out on the farm?

A. Barney Mullins
B. Muley Graves
C. Rance Pringle
D. Ben Hubbard
E. Orson Green

Question: What are Superman's first words to Lois Lane?

A. "Fancy meeting you here"
B. "Don't worry miss, it's okay"
C. "Do you come here often?"
D. "Whoops, that was close"
E. "Easy miss, I've got you"

Question: Where does Miss Teschmacher's mother live?

A. Wheeling, West Virginia
B. Brooklyn, New York
C. Hackensack, New Jersey
D. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
E. Lawrence, Kansas

Question: What color is Lois Lane's car?

A. Blue
B. Red
C. Green
D. Brown
E. Tan

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


"DARK ENCOUNTER" Supernatural Sci-Fi Thriller Arrives on Digital and DVD January 7 -- Watch Trailer HERE!



Arriving On VOD And Digital HD On Leading Digital Platforms And DVD On January 7, 2020

A year after Maisie Anderson vanished, her family return home from her memorial service only to be terrorized by strange lights in the sky, which may hold the truth behind Maisie’s disturbing disappearance.


VOD: Available on Apple iTunes and other Leading Digital Providers
DVD: Available at Amazon and

Starring: Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Alice Lowe, Sid Phoenix, Grant Masters, Vincent Regan, Spike White

Directed/Written by: Carl Strathie
Produced by: Charlette Kilby, Alan Latham
Distribution: 4Digital Media
Run Time: 98 Minutes
Rating: NR
Genre: SciFi, Supernatural, Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 (2.39:1)
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Surround
Language: English

For more information about DARK ENCOUNTER:

OFFICIAL HASHTAG: #DarkEncounterMovie


Monday, December 2, 2019

Brendan Fraser In "LINE OF DESCENT" In Theaters and On Demand 12/13 From Gravitas Ventures -- See Trailer HERE!

Gravitas Ventures Presents

Brendan Fraser In



'Line of Descent' follows a dysfunctional mafia family of three brothers as they fight over their fathers estate, while a cop (Abhay Deol) carries them to their tragic ending.

Meanwhile, a boisterous arms dealer (Brendan Fraser) is thrust in the family war, though a mole in his criminal enterprise, and all worlds fuse into one.


DIRECTED BY: Rohit Karn Batra

WRITTEN BY:  Rohit Karn Batra

CAST:  Brendan Fraser, Abhay Deol, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Prem Chopra, Ali Haji, Max Beesley, Charlotte Poutrel, Shamata Anchan, Ekavali Khanna, Priyanka Sethia

GENRE: Drama, Independent

DISTRIBUTOR: Gravitas Ventures



Two Optical Printer Matte Zooms In "The Bells of St. Mary's" (1945) (video)

Among the technical achievements of "The Bells of St. Mary's" (RKO, 1945)...

...are some lovely matte shots which combine live action with paintings.

These are used to simulate much larger sets.

In two of these matte shots, an Acme-Dunn optical printer is used... create artificial camera zoom-ins.

The effects are beautifully done.  And yet, by design...

...they are not noticeable to the average viewer.

Optical printer developed by Linwood Dunn
Special effects by Vernon L. Walker

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


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Opening Date Announcement: Level 33's "ESCAPE AND EVASION" On Demand 12.10.19 -- Watch Trailer HERE!

ON DEMAND 12.10.19

WAR - ACTION - THRILLER - DRAMA - INDIE | English | 90 min. | NR TV-14

 After his men are killed in Burma. A lone soldier returns home in search of solace. Hiding a dark secret and confronted by an unrelenting journalist, he's forced to face the ghosts of his past one last time.

Written & Directed By STORM ASHWOOD


Josh McConville, Rena Owen, Bonnie Sveen, Hugh Sheridan, Steve Le Marquand, Firass Dirani,
Juwan Sykes, Natalie Rees, Sonny Le


SYNOPSIS:  After his men are killed in Burma, Seth returns home in search of solace in the arms of his dead comrade’s sister, Rebecca. She struggles her way through what she suspects is a military cover-up as Seth’s reality spirals into disarray and imaginary soldiers inhabit his waking nightmares. Confronted by an unrelenting journalist, he's forced to face the ghosts of his past one last time.

#EscapeandEvasion #War #Action #Drama #PTSD #JoshMcConville #RenaOwen #FirassDirani

JOSH McCONVILLE (TOP END WEDDING, OUTLAWS, Hallmark’s Home and Away, Netflix Series Cleverman)

RENA OWEN 28.1K+ Instagram, 35K+ Facebook, 5K+ Twitter Multiple Festival Award Winner - Best Actress (Freeform TV Series Siren, THE LAST WITCH HUNTER, STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH

BONNIE SVEEN 204K+ Instagram, 5K+ Facebook, Fan Page 13K+ Facebook, 3.5K+ Twitter (Hallmark’s Home and Away, Starz Series Spartacus: Blood and Sand)

HUGH SHERIDAN 88.8K+ Instagram, 95.5K+ Facebook, 37K+ Twitter Festival Award Winner - Most Popular Actor for Packed to the Rafters Series, (ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars)

FIRASS DIRANI  55.4K+ Instagram, 13K+ Facebook, 15.7K+ Twitter (HACKSAW RIDGE, KILLER ELITE, TV Series House Husbands)

STEVE LE MARQUAND (ABC’s Les Norton, RED DOG: TRUE BLUE, A FEW BEST MEN, VERTICAL LIMIT, Netflix Series Rake, Hallmark’s Home and Away)


Porfle's Trivia Quiz #19: "BLADE RUNNER" (1982)

Harrison Ford plays Rick Deckard, the reluctant replicant hunter... Ridley Scott's science fiction masterpiece.

Question: How many shrimps (with noodles) does Deckard order?

A. Two
B. Three
C. Four
D. Five
E. Six

Question: What are Pris' first words to J.F. Sebastian?

A. "I'm lost"
B. "I'm hungry"
C. "I'm cold"
D. "I'm scared"
E. "I'm lonely"

Question: What does Deckard claim to be searching for in Zhora's dressing room?

A. Drugs
B. Holes
C. Electronic bugs
D. Pinhole camera
E. Weapons

Question: Roy says that all his memories will be lost like "tears in ---"?

A. Heaven
B. The sea
C. A whirlwind
D. Rain
E. Space

Question: Deckard finds what kind of origami figure at the end?

A. Human
B. Chicken
C. Unicorn
D. Gryphon
E. Angel

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


Saturday, November 30, 2019

POWERBOMB -- Movie Review by Porfle

Just for the record, I don't care for wrestling and never have. Therefore, for a wrestling movie to be one of the most fun and impressive low-budget indy flicks I've seen in a long time, it would have to be a pretty darn kickass wrestling movie. Which is exactly what horror-thriller POWERBOMB is.

Directors R. Zachary Shildwachter and B.J. Colangelo got some actual wrestlers to act in this, including star Matt Cross as himself. He and the other wrestlers do a surprisingly good job of acting, not just in the wrestling scenes but later when they're reminiscing about old times and chiding Matt for playing the small venues and not going for the big time because he's got a wife and kid to take care of.

The opening wrestling scenes are the real thing too, setting the film's realistic tone which carries over into Matt's personal life and that of his wife, ex-wrestling star Amy (Roni Jonah) who also gave up the big time for momdom and is constantly nagged about it by her friend Kelsi Roxx (Britt Baker), also a former ring star who quit only because of a disabling injury.

It's these conversations between the real wrestlers about real wrestling issues and how the profession affects their personal lives in profound ways that give the movie an added dimension of authenticity to go along with the more fanciful events later on.

Speaking of which, what sets the plot into high gear is when Matt is kidnapped by his rotund and very fanatical #1 fan Paul (Wes Allen), who shackles Matt in the basement of his house where he tends his invalid mother and stews in his overwhelming lifelong obsession with wrestling in general and Matt in particular.

Paul, while serving his chained-up captive pizza and showing off his custom-made Matt Cross action figure, speaks at length about how he's going to prepare Matt for a return to stardom by forcing him to get his mind and body back on track. Like everyone else in this film, Wes Allen's performance as Paul just goes full-tilt and never slacks up.

Meanwhile, Josh Miller goes beyond the slime barrier as Matt's super-shady S.O.B. of a manager, Simon, a crooked cokehead who doesn't care how much he cheats and connives to get ahead (while secretly socking away most of Matt's moolah).

This includes sliming his way over to Matt's house and trying to intimidate Amy herself after Matt fails to show up for a match, which places him in an awkward position with some local underworld creeps.

For most of POWERBOMB, we see Matt and Amy pushed to the limit of their endurance and patience, placed into untenable situations and dealing with idiots who are beyond empathy or rational thought either due to inherent evil or a severe disconnect with reality.

So when at last the fickle foot of fate stomps right down on their last good nerve, we get to see what happens when two fed-up professional wrestling superstars go medieval on some well-deserving asses and push things into horror territory.

At about 77 minutes, POWERBOMB is short and sweet, drawing us in quick and getting the job done with no muss or fuss and giving both wrestling and horror fans an exceedingly entertaining time along the way. The finale is bloody and cathartic, and even if you don't love wrestling it's liable to have you cheering.


Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Moe Gets The Point!" (video)

While the Stooges are digging...

...Moe keeps getting hit in the head... the other two Stooges' digging tools.


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


Friday, November 29, 2019

Porfle's Trivia Quiz #18: "STAR WARS Cantina Scene" (1977) (video)

How much do you remember about this classic scene from the original "Star Wars"?

Question: Obi-Wan's first contact in the cantina is with...

A. Han Solo
B. Chewbacca
C. Greedo
D. Jar Jar Binks
E. Boba Fett

Question: When a thug threatens Luke, Obi-Wan does what?

A. Runs him through
B. Cuts off his arm
C. Beheads him
D. Talks him out of it
E. Pays him off

Question: The Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than ____ parsecs.

A. 14
B. 13
C. 12
D. 11
E. 10

Question: Who originally shot first...Han or Greedo?

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


Thursday, November 28, 2019

LORE -- Movie Review by Porfle

Way up in the craggy mountains of the vast Northwest, surrounded by deep dark forests through which skulk creepy, crawly things that howl in the night, estranged couple Ann and Rich are desperately searching for their missing son Eric in the supernatural horror-thriller LORE (2018).

The basic plot is just that simple, but it manages to generate a lot of suspense and eerie atmosphere, along with a few genuine scares.  I kept expecting Bigfoot to lumber out from behind a tree, although what the local indigenous population claim may be lurking there makes even the big guy seem not quite as threatening.

Ann and Rich's Native American guide John (Sean Wei Mah, IT WAITS) doesn't believe in all that mystical mumbo-jumbo...much.  But when weird things start to happen to them in and around their campsite, and what appear to be dark phantom figures flit around in their periphery, he begins to doubt his own doubts.

The grieving parents must push onward, however, obsessed with the hope that their missing son might still be alive. And with our nerves on edge, we're swept along with their (possibly) doomed quest, watching as these wilderness neophytes survive only through the tenuous presence of their forest-saavy guide and hope nothing happens to him, which, of course, it does.

Eventually the worst happens at every turn as LORE begins to resemble THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT without the "found footage" angle (the direction and photography, in fact, are quite good) and things get more and more hopeless. 

They get scarier, too, as bad things continue to happen to our intrepid trio until the mysterious presence in the woods--if it indeed exists--seems to draw them ever deeper into its sinister clutches.

As all this goes on, the human side of the story comes to the fore when Ann and Rich's shared fear and desperation to find their son bring them to the verge of a reconciliation. 

This adds to our empathy for them and raises the stakes ever higher as their search gradually becomes a struggle for survival and, ultimately, a confrontation with their worst fears.

Lyndsey Lantz (CICADA SONG) and Max Lesser (CYRUS) are totally convincing as Ann and Rich, while Sean Wei Mah (IT WAITS) plays John as a reliable, no-nonsense guide constantly warning against wandering blindly into the unknown.  (The great Eric Roberts shows up for a single scene as a sheriff early on.)

Is there really some supernatural evil lurking through the miles of dark, dense forest, luring them all to a horrible fate? That's the question that keeps us on the edge of our seats in LORE, a nifty chiller-thriller in which survival may mean more than just staying alive.


John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #51: Fiddle Concert, "THE FIGHTING KENTUCKIAN" (1949)

Duke (along with special friend Oliver Hardy)...

...finds himself on the concert stage with a fiddle.

Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to play it.

Still, he manages to strike the right note.

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


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

THE LURKER -- Movie Review by Porfle

Nice to see that current slasher movies are no longer required to possess a SCREAM-style self awareness and can just go back to being slasher movies.  A case in point is the low-budget, very 80s influenced THE LURKER (2019), which takes its story of a troubled high school senior  and her classmates being terrorized by a masked killer very seriously.

Not a stellar production by any means, this is a perfectly adequate and at times above-average effort that spends enough time focusing on Taylor (Scout Taylor-Compton), her personal problems, and her volatile interactions with various classmates to raise it above the usual "obnoxious teens get slaughtered one by one during a party" drivel.

Taylor, it turns out, yearns to be an actress and is currently playing Juliet in the senior play to a Romeo who's little more than an obnoxious horndog.  Meanwhile,  some mean girls have gotten Taylor at a disadvantage by learning her most dreaded secret and are using it to push all her buttons as often as possible.

As if that weren't enough, Taylor comes from a broken home (her father disappeared, leaving her with a caring mother and her current boyfriend) and, for some reason, the play's director has developed a raging hard-off for her, vowing with considerable contempt that she will fail in her acting aspirations.

The film concentrates so much on Taylor's personal problems, in fact, that the first couple of kill sequences seem tacked-on.  This will change later on, however, when a cast party at "Romeo's" house becomes a hunting ground for the deadly stalker in the black hoodie and bird-beak mask. 

Up until that point THE LURKER moves at a leisurely pace that's punctuated by the brutal murders of a school counsellor who suffers multiple stabbings with a sharp, jagged object, and a classmate whose head is pulverized by a cinder block behind the theater during a break in the play. 

Later, when the party's bloody festivities get under way, gore fans will be treated to several killings but may not be entirely satisfied with the rather run-of-the-mill throat slashings, chokings, blunt-object bludgeonings, and the like, some of which occur either off-camera or in very quick shots.

Still, things remain lively throughout the film's second half, during which everyone ends up back at the school (I missed exactly how that happened) for more bloody mayhem and a plot revelation or two.  The real shock ending comes later at the hospital, where the massacre's survivors discover that the carnage is yet to reach its final horrific peak.

As the story unfolds, we're treated to a few possible candidates for the title role.  These include a creepy long-haired janitor named Drew (Eddie Huchro) with an unhealthy interest in Taylor, as well as her co-star's even creepier dad who shows up at the party drunk and wielding a shotgun, and who has an even unhealthier interest in Taylor when she asks him where the bathroom is.

Technical aspects are nicely done--director Eric Liberacki (SPOILED FRUIT) does a solid job--and the performances are good. The doctor in the hospital scenes is played by none other than the original Jason in "Friday the 13th", Ari Lehman. Scout Taylor-Compton (THE LUMBER BARON, 247°F, CYNTHIA) will be familiar to many as Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie's "Halloween" films.

Slow spots and improbable story points are pretty much forgiven once the action gets going, which it does in fairly good style for such a modest, well-meaning shocker.  THE LURKER sets out to be a bloody 80s-style slasher movie that doesn't kid around, and it does so in entertaining fashion.

Runtime: 80 minutes
Format: 1:78 HD
Sound: Dolby Sr.
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: Pending - should be an R


THE FARE -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle

A checkered cab glides slowly over a long stretch of dark desert road, but it's going to be one bumpy ride for this harried hack before the night's over in the riveting new supernatural mystery thriller THE FARE (2019).

Make that about a hundred bumpy rides, because for Harry, the same night seems to be happening over and over again although he doesn't know it at first. He only has brief flashes of deja vu in which things seem familiar--the talk radio chatter, an exchange with a gruff dispatcher, a jarring bump in the road...

...and the lovely passenger Penny (producer and scripter Brinna Kelly, THE MIDNIGHT MAN), who gets into Harry's cab in the middle of nowhere and strikes up a friendly conversation with him until suddenly, without warning, she disappears into thin air.

This keeps happening with only minor differences each time, as Harry slowly realizes he's caught up in some kind of temporal loop and Penny, who seems to already be aware of this, encourages him to join her in that knowledge so that they can work out their shared existential crisis together and find a way out of the trap they seem to be stuck in.

That's all of the plot that I'm going to give away regarding THE FARE (not to be confused with the similarly-titled cab thriller FARE, which we covered HERE), because much of my enjoyment of this wonderfully intriguing tale was due to the fact that I knew nothing about it going in. 

I will say, though, that this is one strange story, full of surprises and revelatory moments upon which we hang with keen anticipation.

Gino Anthony Pesi (LOVELESS IN LOS ANGELES, 42) is instantly likable as the strong, easygoing Harry, a guy who chuckles along with the silly radio chatter about time-traveling aliens until gradually he begins to think he may have just come into contact with some.

Brinna Kelly, whose screenplay is just brimming with creativity and snappy dialogue, is effortlessly appealing as the mysterious Penny.

Much of the film resembles one of those single-setting, two-character plays, yet director D.C. Hamilton (THE MIDNIGHT MAN) keeps finding ways of making this cinematic and visually pleasing.  The dark desert setting is deeply eerie and atmospheric, with some great drone-camera shots of the cab making its way down that endless desert road.

Inside the cab, things grow warmly intimate between Harry and Penny (the film switches from black-and-white to color to reflect their moods) whose dialogue is sparked by humor and even some nerdy comic book talk (Penny loves Jack Kirby).

Then things get strange and scary when Harry suddenly finds himself alone in what resembles a scene out of "The Fog" or a Romero zombie flick.  One thing's for sure--I didn't see the final revelation coming at all.

The Blu-ray from Epic Pictures is in 2.35:1 widescreen with English subtitles.  Bonus features consist of an engaging commentary by Brinna Kelly, gag reel, alternate, deleted, and extended scenes, and the making-of featurettes "Secrets of The Fare" and "The Look of The Fare."

I was reminded a lot of "The X-Files" while watching this scintillating, absorbing tale of romance, the supernatural, and other creepy things.  But most of all, THE FARE is true-blue "Twilight Zone" stuff.


Saban Films Adopts "TWIST" Starring Michael Caine, Lena Headey & Rita Ora from Arclight Films


From Arclight Films

LOS ANGELES (November 25, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Martin Owen’s (Killers Anonymous, L.A. Slasher) Twist.  From a script penned by John Wrathall (Good, The Liability), the modern take on Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist stars Academy Award® Winner Michael Caine (The Quiet American, The Dark Knight series), Golden Globe® Award nominee Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones,” Fighting with My Family), Rita Ora (Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Fifty Shades of Grey franchise), Raff Law (Repo Men) and Sophie Simnett (“The Lodge,” “Daybreak”).  Twist is produced by Noel Clarke and Jason Maza for Unstoppable along with Pure Grass Films’ Ben Grass and Knuckle Sandwich’s Matt Williams.  The film is co-produced by Sky. Saban Films will release the film theatrically Q1 of 2021.

Set in contemporary London, Twist follows a gifted graffiti artist who is lured into a street gang headed by a father figure, Fagin, who plans a series of audacious art thefts.

Arclight Films’ Chairman Gary Hamilton states, “Twist boasts a really fantastic cast that crosses all generations so we are thrilled for new audiences young and old to enjoy this wonderful interpretation on Oliver Twist’s classic story. We are overjoyed to be working with our friends at Saban again – they are the perfect partner to bring this film to US audiences.”

Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley commented, “Martin Owens seamlessly transports Charles Dickens’ timeless characters into the present with this ensemble cast, who injects a new energy into the classic tale.”

Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with John Fremes from Arclight Films.  Arclight Films is handling worldwide rights.  Financiers include MEP Capital, Blue Rider, Arclight and Lipsync Productions.

This marks Saban Films’ fourth acquisition during the American Film Market with previous titles including: Nicol Paone’s Friendsgiving with Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Chelsea Peretti, Jane Seymour and Aisha Tyler; Jason Lei Howden’s Guns Akimbo starring Daniel Radcliffe; and John Suits’ Breach starring Bruce Willis.

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 successful 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; and Darren Lynn Bousman’s Death of Me starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth.

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.


Arclight Films is one of the world's leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home entertainment.  Arclight Films has sold over 300 motion pictures including the Best Picture Oscar® winner Crash, Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee Bobby and Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke and the recent Oscar® nominated feature First Reformed (for Best Original Screenplay).

Arclight Films’ slate includes the Australian the action thriller Long Gone Heroes starring Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, and Maggie Q, Twist currently in production and starring Michael Caine and Here are the Young Men starring Travis Fimmel, Dean Charles Chapman, Finn Cole and Anya Taylor-Joy, the true-life prison break story, Escape From Pretoria, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber, the sci-fi thriller Possessor starring Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, directed by Brandon Cronenberg, the 2019 Berlin Film Festival official selection Öndög from Berlin Golden Bear winning director Wang Quan'an, and the big budget Chinese co-production Killer 10 to be directed by Phillip Noyce.

The company’s recent films include the highly anticipated Hotel Mumbai starring Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, and Jason Isaacs, directed by Anthony Maras released in the US by Bleecker Street on March 22nd, the powerhouse actioner Triple Threat starring Chinese stars Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen, and the Vietnamese action thriller Furie both films released by Well Go USA in March 2019, and the successful biopic Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe released by eOne.

Arclight's past films include 2016 Official Cannes Directors' Fortnight selection Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, The Confirmation starring Clive Owen and Maria Bello, directed by Academy Award-winner Bob Nelson (Nebraska), 2016 Sundance Official Selection Frank & Lola starring Imogen Poots and Michael Shannon, Predestination starring Ethan Hawke released through Sony Pictures, Last Knights starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, Paper Planes starring Sam Worthington, and Shangri-La Suite starring Emily Browning and Luke Grimes.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hits Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2 and action thriller Bait 3D (the highest grossing Australian film in the history of Chinese cinema), and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non-Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 Blades starring Donnie Yen, and legendary auteur Chen Kaige's Sacrifice.

The latest additions to Easternlight includes Guardians Of The Tomb starring Kellen Lutz and Bingbing Li, Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal starring Bingbing Li, Wolf Warrior starring Wu Jing (which opened #1 at the Chinese Box Office, earning more than $32.5M in one weekend) Outcast starring Nicolas Cage, Special Id Starring Donnie Yen, and Badges Of Fury.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing and Toronto.

About Sky

With 24 million customers across seven countries, Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Our 31,000 employees help connect our customers with the very best of Sports, News, the arts and to our own local, original content. Following the success of Sky originals like Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose, Das Boot and Gomorrah we launched Sky Studios and now plan to more than double our investment in original drama and comedy over the next five years.

Our technology allows customers to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, and as we connect millions of families to content they love, it is our responsibility to do it safely – that’s why we offer services like Sky Broadband Buddy and the Sky Kids app. And our online streaming service, NOW TV, brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service.

We also believe that a company of our scale has a responsibility that goes beyond our business, and into the community. Our Sky Ocean Rescue campaign has reached millions across Europe, we’re on track to be free of single-use plastic by 2020, we’re investing £25million over five years in ocean-saving tech and we’re a proud employer – recognized by The Times and Stonewall for our approach to inclusivity.


Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Dressed For Bed" (video)

After the Stooges wake up in the morning...

...they take off their pajamas and reveal...

...that they already have their clothes on under them.



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


Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Sometimes legendary director Fritz Lang wanted his magnificent visuals to convey an important message (METROPOLIS, THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE, M) and sometimes he just wanted to offer audiences grand escapist entertainment.

The latter goal Lang achieved in spectacular style with the films THE TIGER OF ESCHANAPUR and THE INDIAN TOMB, known collectively as FRITZ LANG'S INDIAN EPIC (Film Movement Classics, 1959).

A forerunner of more recent two-film narratives such as KILL BILL and IT, this double feature tells the sprawling story of a catastrophic love triangle that develops when German engineer Harald Berger (Paul Hubschmid) is summoned to India by Prince Chandra (Walter Reyer) to oversee the construction of several buildings as well as shoring up some of the crumbling infrastructure of the palace itself.

As fate would have it, a beautiful temple dancer named Seetha (Debra Paget, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS) with whom the prince has fallen madly in love is being transported to the palace in the same caravan as Berger, and when the European valiantly saves her life from an attacking tiger during the trip, she becomes hopelessly smitten with him.  This soon develops into an all-consuming passion that will invoke the jealous prince's white-hot, vengeful wrath.

Amidst a backdrop of splendiferous Indian locations and incredibly opulent sets, photographed in sumptuous color with rich production values, this steamy melodrama is soap opera of the highest order mixed with scintillating political intrigue (the prince's brother and former brother-in-law are plotting against him) and irresistible "boys' adventure"-style action involving swordfights, man-eating tigers, mysterious underground passages, and other fun stuff.

While some have compared these films to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, viewers expecting non-stop thrills will be disappointed. Instead, we're allowed to settle in  for a stately paced parade of visual treats (I haven't seen such regal eye-candy since the "Sissi" films with Romy Schneider) charged with constant tension and suspense and punctuated here and there with action sequences that have a Rudyard Kipling flavor.

The tension increases as Prince Chandra's suspicions toward his intended bride Seetha and the European stranger are eventually made evident, bringing out the arrogant, petulant worst in him.  When Berger finds it necessary to escape Chandra's wrath, he finds himself lost in the catacombs beneath the palace where he encounters a colony of lepers banished to the underground.

We're also introduced to Chandra's compound of deadly caged tigers into which, at one point, Berger is tossed with nothing but a spear with which to defend himself. Here, Lang's attention to gilt-edged realism falters a bit when a lunging tiger is noticeably fake (as is a monster-sized cobra in the second film) but I found such shortcomings easily forgivable in view of the scene's entertainment value.

Performances are earnest, with Debra Paget a standout not only for her talent but also thanks to her incredible beauty and sex appeal. Her temple dance in this film is a highlight of sheer sensuality (to be surpassed in the sequel) while her acting adds depth to a very sympathetic character.  Reyer, on the other hand, ably conveys the prince's incredible arrogance, selfishness, and cruelty. (A young Luciana Paluzzi appears all-too-briefly as Seetha's loyal servant.)

Finally, the two forbidden lovers make a desperate escape attempt, with the prince's soldiers doggedly pursuing them from the steamy jungles to the parched, wind-seared desert.  It's there that the dashing European engineer and the beautiful Indian temple dancer meet their apparent doom as part one of Lang's Indian epic, THE TIGER OF ESCHANAPUR, ends in classic cliffhanger style.

The second installment in Fritz Lang's sprawling two-part saga of Indian intrigue and forbidden romance, THE INDIAN TOMB, picks up right where its predecessor THE TIGER OF ESCHANAPUR left off. This time German engineer Harald Berger's sister Irene (Sabine Bethmann) and her husband Walter (Claus Holm), who is also Harald's associate, have come searching for him.

They're told that Harald went missing during a tiger hunt, but become increasingly suspicious of the prince and his motives. This is especially true when Chandra orders Walter to design a tomb for his wife Seetha, in which she is to be imprisoned on their wedding day. When Walter balks at creating what is in essence an execution chamber, Chandra threatens him and his wife.

Political tensions grow to a boiling point as Chandra's brother Prince Ramigani (René Deltgen), passed over for the throne and eager to amend that oversight, plots against him with the help of the prince's former brother-in-law who also despises him. Even the temple priests grow angry toward Chandra when he persists in his desire to marry Seetha (and then execute her) after she is discovered still alive in the desert.

This second film's highlight comes when Seetha performs a cobra dance in the temple which is meant to decide whether the gods wish her to live or die.  In a costume that's the very definition of "less is more" (it makes a string bikini look like a parka) the incredibly gorgeous and physically fit Debra Paget's dance number is, to put it mildly, memorable, despite the very fake-looking cobra which menaces her character throughout.

Suspense builds as Berger's sister and her husband bravely plot to locate where he's being held prisoner beneath the palace and free him.  The story, which has been rather sedately paced up till now, really picks up steam with Irene's encounter with the frenzied band of lepers and Berger's desperate escape from bondage just as he's about to be executed in his cell.

There's swordplay and other violent clashes when Ramigani's armed rebellion against Chandra kicks into gear, and Lang finally shows us why we keep seeing all that dynamite stored in the passages underneath the palace, leading to a flood populated by hungry alligators.

The 2-disc Blu-ray from Film Movement Classics is an exquisite 4K digital restoration of both classic films with an aspect ratio of 1.37:1 and mono sound. Each film features a verbose commentary by film historian David Kalat. Bonuses also include the making-of documentary "The Indian Epic" and the video essay "Debra Paget, For Example" by Mark Rappaport, as well as trailers and an enclosed illustrated booklet with an in-depth essay by film scholar Tom Gunning.

One thing's for sure, when this story finally comes to a head, it pays off in all sorts of fun ways.  Viewers who stick it out through both installments of FRITZ LANG'S INDIAN EPIC not only get to enjoy some of the screen's most dazzling opulence and eye-pleasing production values, but also a romantic, exotic action-adventure ending on a satisfying note that makes it all wonderfully worthwhile.

Buy it at Film

Film Movement Classics
101 Minutes
Country: Germany, France, Italy
Language: German w/ English subtitles
Classics, Romance, Thriller
Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1   
Sound: Mono   

Film Movement Classics
102 Minutes
Country: Germany, France, Italy
Language: German w/ English subtitles
Romance, Thriller, Classics
Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1   
Sound: Mono

Here's the poster of the American theatrical release in which the two films were edited into one: