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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

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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.


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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)

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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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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

FAMILY -- DVD Review by Porfle




Here's a dysfunctional family for you--when we first meet Lily, she's arranging the other four members of her family on the living room couch so that she can sit between them for a selfie which she plans to enter in a family portrait contest, and there's no need to ask everyone to hold still since they're all dead. 

FAMILY (Indiepix, 2017) begins with this clearly insane (or, at the least, very very disturbed) young woman engaging in the most unimaginable things in a matter-of-fact way, telling us in voiceover that sometimes you just go ahead and do things you shouldn't because you refrained from them often enough as to have become numbed to the possible consequences.

And since Lily has obviously "gone ahead" and done whatever she's done, we're made to wonder what in the heck led up to all this, which writer-director Veronica Kedar's morbidly absorbing little nightmare narrative then reveals to us in its own sweet time.


Lily takes a nocturnal bike ride to her therapist's luxurious apartment for what she describes as an "emergency session" through the closed door to the shrink's bratty teenaged daughter Talia (Tommy Baremboem).

Finally allowed admittance, Lily must then contend with the abrasive and aggressively curious young girl's insistence on hearing what has led Lily to such a desperate state. Gradually, Lily is coaxed to reveal it all in dribs and drabs that draw us in right along with Talia, herself a troubled girl with Mommy issues.

What we discover is a fervidly Freudian spookhouse which serves as Lily's everyday world, twisting her already warped psyche a bit more with each passing day. Her bleak family home is a daily psycho drama populated by severely disturbed older sister Smadar (Hen Yanni), who must be kept locked in her bedroom, and a harried wreck of a mother who doesn't know whether to slap, comfort, or ignore them, finally doing all three while sinking slowly into her own mental morass.


Lily's abusive father (Eli Danker) has long since skipped out and washed his hands of the whole bunch, while her brother Adam (Arie Hassfari), whose creepily incestuous nature betrays his own mental maladjustments, seeks refuge in the military but is driven over the edge when he returns home to find that things have finally taken a turn for the worst.

Lily herself is an interesting study in quiet, passive madness, disaffected to the point of expressing little or no outward emotion during the most profoundly distressing events. Not quite a powderkeg waiting to explode, she's more like a mechanical device whose inner workings are wearing down to the eventual point of critical malfunction.

With all these elements in play, Kedar (who gives an absorbing performance as Lily) draws us down an ever-darkening path which will include murder and suicide, with Lily acting as both victim and instigator of the circumstances leading to her family's demise as well as her own deteriorating mental state.


FAMILY is a dark but beautifully-shot film whose formal directorial style contrasts with the madness and dizzying imagery we witness and makes it even more jarring, showing us both the dreadful tragedy and unspeakable horror which can emerge from the intimate interactions of such a way-wrong combination of disturbed individuals.



Buy it from Indiepix Films


RUNTIME - 101 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2017
FORMAT - DVD Region All
COUNTRY - Israel
LANGUAGE - Hebrew
SUBTITLES - English
ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Color, Stereo
BONUS - Trailer





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Ben Affleck Stars, Robert Rodriguez Directs Mind-Bending Action Thriller "HYPNOTIC"




BEN AFFLECK TO STAR IN HYPNOTIC, DIRECTED BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

First Green Lit Picture Under Studio 8 and Solstice Strategic Partnership

 

LOS ANGELES (November 6, 2019) Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck will star in Robert Rodriguez’s mind-bending action thriller Hypnotic. Production is scheduled to start in April. This is the first green lit film under the Studio 8 and Solstice Studios strategic partnership.

Hypnotic is an action thriller directed by Robert Rodriguez (Alita: Battle Angel, Sin City) and written by Rodriguez and Max Borenstein (Godzilla franchise, Kong: Skull Island). The film follows a detective (Affleck) who becomes entangled in a mystery involving his missing daughter and a secret government program--while investigating a string of impossible high-end heists. Rodriguez, Studio 8 CEO Jeff Robinov and his colleagues Guy Danella & John Graham will produce the film with Solstice, which will spearhead US distribution and international sales beginning at the AFM this week.

“Working with Ben on his award-winning projects, including Argo and The Town, I have seen how his versatility and creativity has made him one of the most talented filmmakers both in front of and behind the camera,” said Robinov. “It’s very meaningful to be collaborating with Ben again on this uniquely riveting suspense thriller, and I know he and Robert will make a terrific film together.”

Affleck is a multiple award-winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He has won two Academy Awards as well as multiple Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He’s best known for his work directing and starring in the Warner Bros. Best Picture Academy Award ® winner Argo and The Town in which he starred, directed and co-wrote. Previous leading roles include Justice League, The Accountant, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gone Girl and State of Play. He directed Gone Baby Gone and starred in and co-wrote Good Will Hunting. Affleck is represented by William Morris Endeavor (WME).


ABOUT STUDIO 8
STUDIO 8 is a filmmaker-driven company focused on building longstanding relationships with filmmakers in order to develop, produce and acquire both potential tentpoles and prestige pictures. STUDIO 8 partners with filmmakers and talent to make possible their unique creative vision and deliver that vision to audiences globally. STUDIO 8 founder and CEO, Jeff Robinov, previously served as an executive at Warner Bros., climbing the ranks to serve as President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

ABOUT SOLSTICE STUDIOS
Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles, founded in October 2018. The studio develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis.  Solstice plans to produce 3-5 movies per year for a global audience—generally in the $20-80M budget range.  It also plans to co-finance or acquire another 1-2 films per year for wide US distribution.  The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.  Solstice recently completed production of its first feature film, Unhinged starring Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius opening August 28, 2020.

The Solstice team has a $5 billion production track record and is expected to grow to 65 people. The company’s senior team includes President & CEO Mark Gill, Head of Production Lisa Ellzey, Co-Production Head Guy Botham, Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese, Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau, Business & Legal Affairs Head Karen Barna, Chief Financial Officer Shaun Williams and Head of US Distribution Shari Hardison.


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Porfle's Trivia Quiz #10: "PSYCHO" (1960) (video)





"The Numbers Game"

Question #1: How much does Marion (Janet Leigh) pay for a used car?

Question #2: How much does Marion steal from her employer?

Question #3: How many cabins are there at Bates Motel?


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



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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Porfle's Trivia Quiz #9: "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) (video)




This famous remake of "Seven Samurai" is one of the most popular westerns of all time.

Question: Complete the Steve McQueen quote, "We deal in ____, friend."

A. Bullets
B. Guns
C. Death
D. Lead
E. Vengeance
F. Justice

Bonus question: Who was the first member of the group to die? (SPOILER!)

A. Chris (Yul Brunner)
B. Harry (Brad Dexter)
C. Chico (Horst Buchholz)
D. Britt (James Coburn)
E. O'Reilley (Charles Bronson)
F. Vin (Steve McQueen)
G. Lee (Robert Vaughn)


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Monday, November 4, 2019

Dale Evans Sings "I Love The West" (From "Bells Of San Angelo", 1947)




Halloween, October 31 was Dale Evan's birthday. 

We missed it!

To make up for that oversight, here she is...

...with one of her best and most fun musical performances.


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Academy Award Winner Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo to Star in Joe Carnahan's "LEO FROM TOLEDO"




ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER MEL GIBSON AND FRANK GRILLO TO STAR IN JOE CARNAHAN’S “LEO FROM TOLEDO”

MadRiver International will Launch Foreign Sales at the AFM



LOS ANGELES, November 4, 2019 – MadRiver International announced today that Academy Award® Winner Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge, Braveheart) will star alongside Frank Grillo (Captain America, the Purge franchises, “Kingdom,” Fight World, Point Blank) in Leo from Toledo for writer/director Joe Carnahan (The Grey). The film is based on an original script from Dan Casey. Lawrence Grey is producing through his Grey Matter Productions banner, alongside Carnahan and Grillo under their WarParty Films banner. Noah Rosen will executive produce alongside Ben Everard of Grey Matter Productions. MadRiver International will launch international sales at the AFM this week and CAA Media Finance, which arranged financing for the film, represents domestic rights.

At a certain time in all our lives, our memory isn’t as sharp as it once was.  Leo, a former killer for the Kansas City mob, now hiding in witness protection, is having trouble remembering simple things. What he does remember he wants to forget. But what he has forgotten, has now made him a hunted man with precious little time to save the one thing he has left: his estranged daughter and granddaughter.  Principal photography is set to commence in Q1 2020.

                                          Grillo, Carnahan
 
Gibson, Grillo and Carnahan are in post-production on the much-anticipated Boss Level, an action sci-fi thriller starring Grillo and Gibson, which was directed by Joe Carnahan and produced by Grillo and Carnahan’s production company WarParty Films.

MadRiver International’s Kimberly Fox said: “This is one we can’t wait to bring to market; it is the perfect mix of comedy and action that is needed in the marketplace today and something we know will excite audiences worldwide.”

Director Joe Carnahan adds: “Leo is the kind of movie I love to make, it’s funny and heartfelt with a ton of great action. Being able to work with Mel, and Frank again is a real gift. It rarely happens that you get to make films with the people you love and respect, so I consider myself blessed. I feel like Leo is a ‘return to form’ of sorts for Mel. The script allows him to be both funny and dramatic at different turns and I can’t wait to see what he does with that character.”

Mel Gibson also commented: “I’ve seldom had more fun than sitting in a writer’s room with producer Lawrence Grey and writer-director Joe Carnahan, while we spit balled on this story. It’s a tight, fast thriller, but its quirky observations had me in stitches. I’ve wanted to work with Lawrence for quite a while; he has a nose for great material and an ability to deliver it in style. Joe and I refer to him as the arbiter of taste. He balances both of our inner 14-year old’s!  It’s a real treat to be able to work with Joe and Frank Grillo again after the great experience I had with them on Boss Level last year. Joe is one of the most efficient, whimsical action directors I’ve ever known, and Leo From Toledo is the perfect showcase for his talent. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this story and character with this phenomenal team.”

Carnahan is a director, screenwriter, producer and actor best known for films including Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane, Narc, Smokin' Aces, The A-Team, and The Grey. He also wrote and directed several episodes of NBC’s “The Blacklist.” Up next, Carnahan wrote the screenplay for Columbia Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life starring Will Smith, and directed Boss Level starring Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo, Michelle Yeoh and Annabelle Wallis.

Gibson is an Academy Award® winning actor and director; he directed the lauded feature, Hacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield, and is next set to direct The Wild Bunch for Warner Bros. Gibson recently starred in S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete, and is in post on Tim Kirkby’s Waldo.

Grillo is an acclaimed actor who has brought his brand of naturalism, intensity and depth of character to an incredible body of work that spans decades. Highlights include: Captain America and Purge franchises, the acclaimed television show “Kingdom,” the documentary Fight World, Wheelman, Wolf Warrior 2, The Grey, Warrior and Zero Dark Thirty. Grillo is fresh off the success of the brawl-thriller Donnybrook with Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley the Netflix action/thriller Point Blank opposite Anthony Mackie that drew massive numbers for the streaming giant in the first 48 hours of its launch and the indie Into the Ashes, which Grillo produced and starred alongside Robert Taylor and James Badge Dale. He is currently starring in Screen Gems’ Black and Blue with Naomie Harris, and will next be seen in the Lionsgate sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard alongside Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek, Body Brokers, a crime thriller opposite Melissa Leo and Michael K. Williams and Panama with Morgan Freeman.

Carnahan and Gibson are represented by CAA and Grillo is represented by CAA and Management 360.

At the AFM, MadRiver International will also be handling sales on the Gerard Butler starrer, The Plane; and Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s King of the Jungle starring Zac Efron.


About MadRiver

MadRiver International is a partnership between Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures and Vincent Maraval’s Wild Bunch International.  Kim Fox oversees the Company’s operations.   MadRiver International’s primary focus is serving as sales agent on English language, mid and larger budgeted films for the international theatrical and streaming marketplace.

The MadRiver slate includes: What Is Life Worth starring Michael Keaton and directed by Sara Colangelo which is currently in post-production; Tim Kirkby’s Waldo starring Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam, also in post-production; Scott Z. Burns The Report starring Adam Driver, which Amazon is releasing on November 15th; and Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen which will be distributed by STX on January 24th.

About Grey Matter Productions
Grey Matter Productions most recently produced the Steven Soderbergh directed “The Laundromat” starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. They are currently in pre-production on the family film Yes Day starring Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez with Miguel Arteta directing for Netflix. In 2016 Grey Matter produced the summer horror hit Lights Out. A $5m movie that grossed nearly $150m worldwide.



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"AUTONOMY" Documentary About Self-Driving Vehicles In Theaters and On-Demand Nov. 15 (Watch Trailer HERE!)




"AUTONOMY"  - Gravitas Ventures

IN THEATERS AND AVAILABLE ON VOD AND DIGITAL HD: November 15, 2019



SYNOPSIS: Acclaimed author, Malcolm Gladwell, leads this feature documentary about the emerging technology of self-driving vehicles and the big questions they raise: what is control and who do we become as we relinquish it to machines?

DIRECTED BY: Alex Horwitz

WATCH THE TRAILER:



CAST:  Malcolm Gladwell, Eddie Alterman, Ray Magliozzi, Ernst Dickmanns, Sadayuki Tsugawa, Tamara Warren

GENRE: Documentary, Independent

DISTRIBUTOR: Gravitas Ventures



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Porfle's Movie Trivia #9: "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925) (video)




Today we look at Lon Chaney's 1925 monster classic, "The Phantom of the Opera."

Question: When Mary Philbin removes Lon Chaney's mask, he exclaims, "Feast your eyes -- glut your soul, on my ____ "  On my what?

A. Infernal countenance
B. Accursed ugliness
C. Ungodly visage
D. Wretched existence
E. Eternal suffering

Bonus: What is the Phantom's first name?

A. Andre
B. Phillipe
C. Erik
D. Victor
E. Lenoir


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Level 33 Entertainment Presents "KIWI CHRISTMAS" - A Holiday Film For the Entire Family Available November 19th! (TRAILER)




LEVEL 33 ENTERTAINMENT
PRESENTS


THE FUTURE OF CHRISTMAS RELIES ON A KIWI FAMILY


"KIWI CHRISTMAS"


AVAILABLE ON DEMAND  11.19.19
 

This Christmas SANTA Is Coming Early...
AN INSPIRING HOLIDAY FILM FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

DOVE Approved!

★★★★ DELIGHT FOR ALL AGES — Stuff.co.nz

“I loved this film… the acting and cinematography was perfect not too mention the special effects. I’m giving it a massive 10 out of 10 and it’s perfect for all ages!”
— Andrew, What Now Extra YouTube Review

WINNER Bronze Award — New Zealand Cinematographers Society

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Directed By: TONY SIMPSON
Written By: TONY SIMPSON, ANDREW GUNN and DAVE ARMSTRONG
Produced By: TIM SANDERS

STARRING:
KARI VÄÄNÄNEN | SIA TROKENHEIM | XAVIER HORAN | SAMUEL CLARK | LUCA ANDREWS
LAURA DANIEL | WESLEY DOWDELL | TROY KINGI | WILL HALL

SYNOPSIS:
Disillusioned with the materialism of Christmas, Santa escapes as far from the North Pole as possible: to New Zealand! When his rocket sleigh crashes and sinks in the waters of an idyllic holiday beach, he is found washed up by Sam (8) and his sister Molly (12) and their newly separated parents. The family discovers who Santa really is and must unite to rescue him from the local authorities and convince Santa to return to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve.

KIWI CHRISTMAS | KIDS & FAMILY - COMEDY - ADVENTURE - HOLIDAY | English | 90 min. | NR TV-G





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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Lon Chaney Becomes The Wolf Man In A Jail Cell With Witnesses ("House of Dracula", 1945) (video)




It had to happen sooner or later.

In "House of Dracula" Larry Talbot turns into the Wolf Man...

...while being held captive in a jail cell...

...under the shocked gaze of three witnesses!

His ferocious nature unable to bear confinement...

...the beast rages for awhile before passing out.


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 2, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #48: Saloon Shootout, "Rio Lobo" (1970) (video)




Former Union officer Cord McNally (John Wayne) shows up looking for someone...

...but then some bad guys show up looking for Jennifer O'Neill.

This includes evil albino Whitey Carter (Robert Donner), a crooked lawman.

But "Shasta" (Jennifer) doesn't care to go with them, and...

...this results in a quick and dirty shootout that's pretty cool.

(Look for journalist George Plimpton as the bad guy who enters through the back door.)


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"13 MINUTES" -- Trace Adkins, Thora Birch, Peter Facinelli, Anne Heche, Will Peltz, and Pas Vega Board Natural Disaster Movie




TRACE ADKINS, THORA BIRCH, PETER FACINELLI, ANNE HECHE, WILL PELTZ AND PAZ VEGA BOARD NATURAL DISASTER MOVIE

“13 MINUTES”

Highland Film Group Will Launch International Sales at AFM, with Principal Photography commencing November 11th


LOS ANGELES (November 1, 2019) – Highland Film Group announced today that Trace Adkins (Deepwater Horizon, The Lincoln Lawyer), Golden Globe® nominated Thora Birch (‘The Walking Dead’, The Last Black Man in San Francisco), Peter Facinelli (Twilight saga, Countdown) Tony Award nominated and Emmy® award winner Anne Heche (The Best of Enemies, “Chicago PD”), Will Peltz (“Euphoria,” Unfriended), and Paz Vega (Rambo: Last Blood, “The OA”) have signed on to Lindsay Gossling’s feature directorial debut 13 Minutes. The story was developed by Travis Farncombe and Gossling with additional casting currently underway. Gossling will also produce under her production shingle Involving Pictures alongside Travis Farncombe and Karen Harnisch. Cassian Elwes and Jere Hausfater for Elevated Films will executive produce, in association with ImpactWX. Highland Film Group is handling international sales beginning at the AFM next week.  Cassian Elwes through Elevated Films is handling the US sale in collaboration with Highland Film Group.

In a small American town, residents begin a day as ordinary as the next. Mother Nature, however, has other plans for them. Inhabitants have just 13 Minutes to seek shelter before the largest tornado on record ravages the town, leaving them struggling to protect their loved ones and fighting for their lives. Principal photography will start November 11th on location in Tornado Alley.

Adkins is an actor and American country music singer with 11 million albums sold and multiple hit singles.  His film credits include: Screen Gems’ Academy Award® nominated Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw; Lionsgate’s The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey; Lionsgate’s Academy Award® nominated Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg; and Lionsgate’s I Can Only Imagine alongside Dennis Quaid.

Birch currently stars on season ten of AMC’s blockbuster series The Walking Dead. Birch recently appeared in Joe Talbot’s Sundance Award winning The Last Black Man in San Francisco. She was nominated for a Golden Globe® award for her role in Academy Award® nominated Ghost World starring alongside Scarlett Johansson.  Birch has also starred in Dreamworks’ Academy Award® winning American Beauty, New Line Cinema’s Now and Then, Paramount Pictures’ Academy Award® nominated Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games, as well as the Halloween classic, Disney’s Hocus Pocus.

Facinelli starred in Summit Entertainment’s Twilight saga alongside Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Showtime’s Golden Globe® nominated “Nurse Jackie” with Edie Falco.  Additional credits include: STX Entertainment’s Countdown, CBS’ “Supergirl,” Universal Pictures’ The Scorpion King and Columbia Pictures’ Riding in Cars with Boys.  Facinelli recently directed his first feature film, Breaking & Exiting starring Milo Gibson and Jordan Danger, and is currently in post-production on his sophomore feature film, Hour of Lead, which he stars in alongside Thomas Jane and Anne Heche.

Heche is an author, a Tony-nominated and Emmy-winning actress who recently starred in STX Entertainment’s The Best of Enemies with Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell and on NBC’s “Chicago P.D.”  Some of Heche’s most iconic films include Six Days & Seven Nights with Harrison Ford, Volcano with Tommy Lee Jones, Wag the Dog with Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, Donnie Brasco with Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, John Q with Denzel Washington, Catfight with Sandra Oh. Heche recently reprised her role in a performance of Twentieth Century with Alec Baldwin on Broadway.

Peltz starred in Universal Pictures’ Unfriended with Heather Sossaman and Matthew Bohrer, Paramount Pictures’ Men, Women & Children starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner, Relativity Media’s Paranoia with Liam Hemsworth and Gary Oldman, and Twentieth Century Fox’s In Time alongside Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde.  He is currently in post-production on Nick Everhart’s InstaFame and Jon Abrahams’ Exploited.

Vega can currently be seen in Rambo: Lost Blood starring opposite Sylvester Stallone. Some of her recent credits include: “The OA Part I” and “Part II” on Netflix, Acts of Vengeance starring opposite Antonio Banderas, American Nights starring opposite Emile Hirsch, All Roads Lead to Rome starring opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Emperor starring opposite Adrien Brody. Vega portrayed Maria Callas alongside Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, and Frank Langella in Grace of Monaco. She has also appeared in Frank Miller’s The Spirit, directed by Frank Miller with Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson; 10 Items or Less, with Morgan Freeman and Jonah Hill; Triage opposite Colin Farrell; Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited; Beautiful & Twisted opposite Rob Lowe; Kill the Messenger opposite Jeremy Renner for Focus Features; and Spanglish, with Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni. In Spain, Vega is well-known for starring in the series “7 Vidas”, billed as the Spanish “Friends” and one of the country’s best-loved sitcoms. She has starred in such Spanish films as Carmen, Talk to Her, and Sex and Lucia.

Adkins is represented by UTA and Greg Baker. Birch is repped by Buchwald and Luber Roklin Entertainment.  Facinelli is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Mainstay Entertainment.  Vega and Heche are represented by Paradigm Talent Agency with Vega also repped by Management Production Entertainment. Heche repped by Untitled Entertainment.  Peltz is repped by Innovative Artists and Management Production Entertainment.

Highland Film Group’s slate also includes: Ray Giarratana’s The Tiger Rising starring Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid; Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s Becky starring Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, and Joel McHale; Jiu Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage, Alain Moussi, Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, and Rick Yune; Open Source starring Bruce Willis; Persephone starring Brianna Hildebrand; John   Krokidas’   Tunnels   starring   Susan Sarandon and Joeden Martell; Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg; Marc Meyer’s thriller We Summon the Darkness starring Johnny Knoxville and Alexandra Daddario; David Stassen’s Happy Life starring Ike Barinholtz and Alexandra Daddario; Trauma Center starring Bruce Willis; Michael Polish’s Axis Sally starring Al Pacino; Southland starring Bella Thorne and Jake Manley; and Skylines, the third chapter of the successful franchise, starring Lindsey Morgan.


About Highland Film Group
Led by founding partners Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, Highland Film Group (HFG) is an independent worldwide sales, production and film financing company. Launched in 2010, HFG has had success across a wide range of film genres and platforms, building a reputation for handling high-octane films in the action/horror/thriller space, focusing on cast, director, film maker driven content.

HFG’s diversified production and sales slate includes: Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level starring Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson; Michael Cristofer’s The Night Clerk starring Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas and Helen Hunt; Shawn Ku’s A Score to Settle starring Nicolas Cage; Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna, and Jenna Dewan Tatum; Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa; Steven C. Miller’s action thriller Escape Plan 2: Hades starring Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista.

About Involving Pictures
Involving Pictures is the production company of writer/director/producer Lindsay Gossling. The company’s debut feature film, A Translator (written and produced by Gossling), premiered in Sundance in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition in 2018 and is Cuba’s official foreign film submission for the 2020 Academy Awards.

About Elevated Films
Elevated Films is an independent film and television production company founded and operated by Cassian Elwes. Elevated is currently in post-production on Nicholas Jarecki’s DREAMLAND, beginning production on Lina Roessler’s BEST SELLERS starring Michael Caine, and in active development on multiple projects. Cassian and Elevated are well known for producing Academy Award winning and nominated films such as Dee Rees’ MUDBOUND, Jean-Marc Vallée's DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER. The company has worked with many of the world’s best directors including Marc Forster, Werner Herzog, David Lowery, J.C. Chandor, Derek Cianfrance, John Hillcoat, and Eli Roth among many others.

About ImpactWX
ImpactWX is a Toronto-based social impact fund that supports innovation through strategic partnerships, direct investments and charitable donations. Its mission is to enable organizations who, through scientific understanding and public awareness, work to improve people’s response and safety during severe weather events.


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Friday, November 1, 2019

BYLETH (THE DEMON OF INCEST) -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




I like a rare restoration of a film on the teetering edge of obscurity, and Severin's Blu-ray release of the 1972 Italian sexploitation thriller BYLETH (THE DEMON OF INCEST) is taken from the only known negative element of the uncensored German version, "Trio Der Lust."

A pre-credits disclaimer asks us to overlook any unavoidable flaws in the otherwise pristine print, which consist of some scratches here and there and an occasional overlay of watercolor-like splotches that I found rather pleasing. As I've said before, I like a print that looks like it's been run through the projector more than a few times.

As for the film itself, spaghetti western veteran Leopoldo Savona (APOCALYPSE JOE, PISTOL PACKIN' PREACHER) has directed a steamy period piece that takes good advantage of old Italian settings, such as an opulent rural villa, to beef up his production values even as his artless hand-held camerawork consistently gives it that low-budget look.


But the real selling point here is the plot and its inherent potential for perverse sex, nudity, violence, and creepy supernatural goings-on.  The kicker is an incestuous relationship between darkly handsome Duke Lionello (Mark Damon, BLACK SABBATH, HOUSE OF USHER) and his beautiful sister, Duchess Barbara (the deliciously-named Claudia Gravy).

Barbara, it seems, has moved beyond her childhood dalliance with brother Lionello and, during a year in Venice, married the distinguished Giordano (Aldo Bufi Landi, who looks like a middle-aged Gilbert Roland). 

This simultaneously breaks lovelorn Lionello's heart and blows his mind, turning the trio's shared occupation of the family villa into what might be conservatively described as an awkward situation. (Which we, of course, enjoy to its fullest, especially when Lionello's erratic behavior totally drives Giordano to distraction.)


But that's not all--while this is going on, there's a series of messy murders in which the victims are sexually voracious women who've just had some very photogenic carnal trysts which have been voyeuristically observed by both Lionello and us. 

Much nudity and simulated intercourse are involved, which, after the male partner has taken his leave, is followed by a mildly gory but enthusiastically enacted murder with a strange tri-pronged stabbing instrument.

This leads to a police investigation that not only implicates the increasingly-strange Lionello (for whom one of the victims worked as a maid) but also brings up the possibility that he has come under the sinister control of an ancient evil spirit known as Byleth. 

This sword-wielding wraith pops up several times wearing a black cloak and riding a white horse, although we're never sure if he's real or just a figment of Lionello's fervid imagination until late in the story.


Till then, we're treated to what amounts to a twisted, extra-naughty romantic potboiler doused with madness, murder, and gratuitous sex amidst the scenic backdrop of 19th-century rural Italy. 

If it weren't so serious, I might think this weird foray into sexual depravity to be a lost work of sexploitation legend Joe Sarno (VAMPIRE ECSTASY) had he been given a decent budget and a trans-Atlantic plane ticket.

As it is, I found BYLETH (THE DEMON OF INCEST) to be not so much a supernatural shocker as a colorful, engaging study of some deeply disturbed individuals whose twisted sexual urges spin a sticky web of evil and death.  To top it off, the ending is almost hilariously abrupt--and, somehow, just right.


Buy it from Severin Films




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Porfle's Movie Trivia #8: "Mad Max" (1979) (video)




How much do you know about the 1979 Mel Gibson classic "Mad Max"?

Question: what's the name of the escaped maniac Max chases in the first scene?

A. Toe Cutter
B. Dr. Detour
C. Road Runner
D. Death Driver
E. Night Rider

Pause now or proceed to the answer.

Bonus question: the escaped maniac describes himself as "a fuel-injected"--what?

A. Metal Maniac
B. Nightmare Maker
C. Engine Of Destruction
D. Suicide Machine
E. Reject From Hell

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS' DORMITORY -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




I've always loved movies about werewolves (not today's hulking CGI beasts but good old-fashioned "actors in monster makeup" ones).  So it's a special treat to discover this vintage Italian thriller WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS' DORMITORY, aka "Lycanthropus" (1961) which, up till now, I've known only via tantalizing pics in monster magazines and books. 

For a first-time viewer who's also a longtime Monster Kid, this modestly budgeted but exquisitely photographed (in luscious black and white) horror tale is something to savor, especially thanks to Severin Films' new 2-disc Blu-ray release (including a bonus CD of the musical score) which is, in their words, "newly scanned in 2k from archival elements recently discovered in a Rome lab vault."

Most of the exteriors and interiors are shot in an actual Italian mansion surrounded by stone walls, deep within a dark forest.  This adds greatly to the film's production values and atmosphere, yet doesn't detract from its charm as a modest and at times slightly hokey thriller that's nonetheless sober and intelligent enough to easily transcend the "so bad it's good" label.


The story takes place in an upper-class reform school for troubled girls, where headmaster Mr. Swift (Curt Lowens) maintains order while the school's lecherous benefactor Sir Alfred Whiteman (Maurice Marsac) pays certain students to have sex with him. Creepy groundskeeper Walter (Luciano Pigozzi of CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD as "Alan Collins") acts as his procurer.

This not only prompts a jealous Mrs. Whiteman (Annie Steinert) to take drastic measures but also opens up her husband to blackmail by a saucy young blonde (Mary McNeeran) with incriminating letters.

When the blonde is found mauled to death in the forest, suspicion wavers between vicious wolves known to roam the vicinity and a new addition to the staff, handsome Dr. Julian Olcott (Carl Schell, THE BLUE MAX), whose outwardly benign demeanor hides a shady past.


The dead girl's plucky friend Priscilla (Barbara Lass) puts her life on the line to investigate, forming an uneasy alliance with Dr. Olcott while risking a nocturnal foray or two into the forest where the carnage occurred. 

This results in some tautly suspenseful encounters with the ferocious fiend, plus a few of the more menacing human characters inhabiting the reformatory.  There's also a laboratory scene where experiments in lycanthropy management yield unfortunate results.

The fact that we aren't told who the werewolf is until near the end (unlike your usual lycanthrope tale where we know from the start) makes this a nifty whodunnit as well as a classically cool werewolf tale in which the title character is featured to very good advantage.  This uncut version includes mild gore and brief semi-nudity you probably didn't see if you caught it on TV as a kid.


The wolf man's makeup is less hairy than usual but is well-designed and looks delightfully feral, with some very effective closeups.  In fact, this fanged terror easily joins the hallowed ranks of my favorite werewolves.

Performances are fine and the film is neatly directed by Paolo Heusch (THE DAY THE SKY EXPLODED), who fashions screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi's brisk, straightforward story into a low-key but involving tour through the same sort of territory Dario Argento would explore years later with much more artistic intent. 

For me, finally getting to see WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS' DORMITORY--especially such a lovely print as this--is a distinct pleasure that really satisfies my sweet tooth for classic old-school horror in a lycanthropic vein.  I'm happy to add it to my rotation of fun Monster Kid gems to revisit whenever the morbid mood strikes.


Buy it at Severin Films

Special Features:
   
    Commentary Track with David Del Valle and star Curt Lowens
    Bad Moon Rising: Interview with Screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
    Alternate Opening
    Italian Trailer
    US Trailer
    English Dub and Original Italian Soundtracks
    BONUS: CD Soundtrack and Special Booklet (w/rare photo-comic)




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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Hallelujah, Y'all!" (video)




The South is mentioned, and the Stooges respond...

...by imitating a southern accent...

...and saying things like "Hallelujah! Yeah, man!"


DANCING LADY (1933)
PLANE NUTS (1933)
UNCIVIL WARRIORS (1935)
PARDON MY SCOTCH (1935)
I'LL NEVER HEIL AGAIN (1941)
HULA-LA-LA (1951)
DON'T THROW THAT KNIFE (1951)

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

YESTERDAY WAS A LIE -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle




Any modern movie that's shot in moody, darkly expressive black and white is already after my own heart, and if it's a smoky noir liberally interwoven with elements of sci-fi, weird fantasy, mind-bending metaphysics, and melancholy romance, then it really stokes my desire to come up with lots of colorful adjectives to describe it.

Writer-director James Kerwin ("Star Trek Continues") has created just such a cinematic novelty piece in the languidly compelling YESTERDAY WAS A LIE (2009), now celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a digitally remastered Blu-ray release from Indiepix.

The film is beautiful from the moment we first see Hoyle (Kipleigh Brown), a young blonde woman dressed like a 40s private detective and making her way through a black and white cityscape of steamy alleyways, mystery men in trenchcoats, and bodies with hot lead slugs in their brains (one of them played by none other than Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew himself).


She seems anachronistic, as though snatched up from the modern era and sent back in time to replace someone else. We soon realize, though, that her entire life is a series of anachronisms that she can't fathom, as though she were unstuck in time (like Vonnegut's Billy Pilgrim), unable to find where she currently belongs within the storyline of her own life.

This is also reflected by the clashing elements of different eras which surround her, with characters right out of classic film noir looking up information on their laptops (with an antique typewriter two feet away) or using old-style rotary phones one minute and cell phones the next.

Changing from her trenchcoat and fedora into an evening dress, Hoyle hits the bar circuit and encounters a gorgeous torch singer (Chase Masterson, looking way sexier now than she did back on "Deep Space 9") who is known, fittingly enough, as "The Singer."


When not crooning slow jazz ballads for the customers--Masterson does her own vocals, and very well--she reveals herself to Hoyle to be a medium, a seer, a prognosticator. In other words, just the ideal person to help sort out the scattered jigsaw pieces of Hoyle's life from a spiritual perspective.  But is the solution to her existential angst mystical or scientific?

It all hinges on an elusive guy named Dudas (John Newton) who seems to hold the key to everything if she could just find him, along with a mystery notebook that also promises to illuminate. What, we wonder, was/is her relationship to this guy? Meanwhile, the Singer does what she can to guide Hoyle through it all while remaining maddeningly enigmatic.

Definitely not one of those time-wasters one watches passively while mentally composing a grocery list, YESTERDAY WAS A LIE keeps the viewer on his or her figurative toes trying to sort out what's real and what's not during Hoyle's encounters with scientists espousing incredible theories on time and space as each plunge into the surreal has her struggling through what seems like a print of "Groundhog Day" cut up and spliced back together wrong.


I won't try to explain any more of the plot (which, admittedly, I still haven't completely deciphered) because much of the fun comes from wading through it all yourself.  What matters most to me, in fact, is that Kerwin has created such a superbly atmospheric, richly artistic work of indy cinema that one can revel in like a sumptuous indulgence.

The Blu-ray from Indiepix is in HD 1080p 1.78:1 with English Dolby 5.1 sound (English SDH subtitles available). In addition to an audio commentary featuring Kipleigh Brown, Chase Masterson, and James Kerwin, there are several making-of featurettes and interviews, camera tests and outtakes, trailers, and a Wondercon panel with cast and crew.  (Look for an Easter egg, too.)

YESTERDAY WAS A LIE is painstakingly crafted, seemingly with the same loving care that David Lynch lavished on "Eraserhead" and with much the same stunning visual impact and cerebral engagement.  And although the knotty plot never quite untangles itself before the fadeout, we're left pleasantly pondering the mysteries of the universe while still buzzing on that beautiful black and white fever dream in which we've just been immersed.



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Gerard Butler to Star in Elevated Action Thriller "THE PLANE"



GERARD BUTLER TO STAR IN ELEVATED ACTION THRILLER ‘THE PLANE’

MadRiver International will Launch Sales at AFM


LOS ANGELES, October 30, 2019 – MadRiver Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures announced today that Gerard Butler (Angel Has Fallen) will star in the upcoming elevated action thriller The Plane. The script was written by Charles Cumming and JP Davis (Violence of Action), based on the book by Cumming. The film will be produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonvaventura and Mark Vahradian, MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan and Ara Keshishian, and Butler and Alan Siegel under their G-BASE banner.

The Plane is a real time action thriller that follows commercial pilot Ray Torrance (Butler) who after a heroic job of successfully landing his storm-damaged aircraft in a war zone, finds himself caught between the agendas of multiple militia who are planning to take the plane and its passengers’ hostage. As the world’s authorities and media search for the disappeared aircraft Ray must rise to the occasion and keep his passengers safe long enough for help to arrive.

MadRiver International will launch sales for The Plane at AFM next week and CAA Media Finance will handle the domestic rights to the film. The film is scheduled to shoot in 2Q 2020.

Butler is fresh off the box office hit, Angel Has Fallen, which is the final installment in the highly successful Fallen trilogy and recently wrapped production on Greenland for director Ric Roman Waugh. Butler is represented by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment. Davis is repped by Management 360 and Tara Kole at Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, Inc.

About MadRiver
MadRiver International is a partnership between Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures and Vincent Maraval’s Wild Bunch International.  Kim Fox oversees the Company’s operations.  MadRiver International’s primary focus is serving as sales agent on English language, mid and larger budgeted films for the international theatrical and streaming marketplace.

The MadRiver slate includes: What Is Life Worth starring Michael Keaton and directed by Sara Colangelo which is currently in post-production; Tim Kirkby’s Waldo starring Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam, also in post-production; Scott Z. Burns The Report starring Adam Driver, which Amazon is releasing on November 15th; and Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen which will be distributed by STX on January 24th.

About Di Bonaventura Pictures
Formed by Lorenzo di Bonaventura in January 2003, di Bonaventura Pictures has produced over 30 films including the Transformers, GI Joe and Red franchises; the global box-office hit The Meg for Warner Bros; the espionage thriller Salt starring Angelina Jolie; Deepwater Horizon based on the real-life disaster; American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton; Shooter and the critically acclaimed thriller Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Upcoming films include Infinite for Paramount Pictures directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg, Sophie Cookson and Chiwetel Ejofor and GI Joe spin-off, Snake Eyes directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Henry Golding.

In 2011, the company branched into television production with the formation of di Bonaventura Pictures Television, which has produced The Real O’Neals, Shooter and the forthcoming adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel, Jupiters Legacy for Netflix.

About G-BASE
G-BASE, the production shingle founded by Gerard Butler and Alan Siegel, has produced fifteen feature films since opening in 2008 including Law Abiding Citizen, Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, and the most recent film in the franchise Angel Has Fallen, which was number one at the box office for two weeks. Their latest films include The Vanishing and Hunter Killer starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, and Common. Most recently, their film Them That Follow premiered and sold at Sundance in US Dramatic Competition and stars Alice Englert and Olivia Colman. G-BASE’s heist film Den of Thieves is their latest hit in a string of box office successes. Greenland, their next production, completed filming in August and is directed by Ric Roman Waugh. In addition to film, the company continues to produce and develop a diverse slate of projects including television series, documentaries, and interactive media projects.


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Shout! Factory TV's "CULT-TASTIC" With Roger & Julie Corman -- See Official Trailer / Poster HERE!




SHOUT! FACTORY TV LAUNCHES FIRST ORIGINAL DOCUSERIES 

"CULT-TASTIC: TALES FROM THE TRENCHES WITH ROGER AND JULIE CORMAN" 

SERIES PREMIERES FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

New Digital Series Explores Cinematic History of the Renowned Trail-Blazing Indie Filmmakers, Revealing Insider Stories from the Most Memorable Corman Films



Los Angeles – October 29, 2019 – Shout! Factory TV, the digital entertainment streaming service, is set to launch its first original digital docuseries CULT-TASTIC: TALES FROM THE TRENCHES WITH ROGER AND JULIE CORMAN. Created, written and co-produced by Ashley Sidaway and Robert Sidaway, the 13-part series about the life and work of Roger and Julie Corman, provides viewers an extraordinary look inside the Cormans’ cinematic universe and features extensive in-depth interviews. The series will premiere November 15th on Shout! Factory TV’s Amazon Prime Video Channel and via Roku Channel’s Premium Subscription.

WATCH THE TRAILER



In the series, the Cormans draw upon their vast filmography and footage from over 130 films spanning seven decades. Within each episode, the legendary filmmakers share insightful stories and defining moments from their movies, recall talent and young filmmakers they fostered, as well as provide behind-the-scenes perspectives on how they produced some of the smallest budget films that went on to achieve box-office gold.

Known for their acute ability to recognize young talent, the Cormans’ lasting legacy will undoubtedly be the legion of producers, directors, writers, and actors they have cultivated.  Throughout the series, Roger and Julie recount working with iconic industry talent including Jack Nicholson, Bryan Cranston, Ron Howard, James Cameron, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Joe Dante, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tommy Lee Jones, Angie Dickenson, Francis Coppola, Will Ferrell, Sandra Bullock, among many others. 


One of the most prolific and successful film producers in the history of cinema, Roger Corman’s impact on modern American film is prodigious.  Referred to as “the King of the Cult film” and “The Pope of Pop Cinema,” Corman has produced more than 350 films and directed 60 others. Honored with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, Corman continues to reign supreme as one of Hollywood’s most masterful and influential filmmakers.

Julie Corman’s film career spans nearly five decades, first as a producer alongside Roger Corman at New World Productions and later as co-founder and Executive Vice President of their production banner New Horizons Pictures Corporation. With over 35 film credits to her name , she has worked with industry heavyweights Martin Scorsese,Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, Catherine Hardwicke, Robert King, Bill Pullman, Martin Sheen, Peter Billingsley, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Jason Priestley and Mario Van Peebles, among others.  Julie was previously Chair of the Graduate Film Department at NYU and is currently a member of Women in Film, where she advocates for the advancement of women in the screen industries, gender parity and inclusion, and to ultimately transform culture and policy for women in entertainment.


“It makes total sense to be Shout! Factory TV's first original streaming series,” said Roger and Julie Corman. "Over the course of seven decades, we have had the great fortune to work on incredible independent film productions with some of the most distinguished actors, writers, and filmmakers of our time. Shout! Factory TV is the perfect place to share our memories, allowing us to bring our stories to life and share them with a passionate audience. Shout! Factory TV’s focus on cult classic film and TV programming makes them the perfect home for this rich history of independent film.”

“After having worked with the Cormans for nearly a decade, we are thrilled to have Shout! Factory TV be the home for 'CULT-TASTIC.’ Roger and Julie’s influence in the independent film space is immeasurable, and the Shout! Factory TV digital streaming service was built on serving fans of cult films and television,” said Gene Pao, SVP, Digital Enterprises. “With a number of Corman films already available on our service, we pushed hard to secure the opportunity to complement existing content with a series featuring enthralling behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Roger and Julie. We see immense opportunity in developing more original programming inspired by the Cormans’ film archive.”


‘CULT-TASTIC’ joins an extensive collection of Corman cult classics available across Shout! Factory TV’s platforms. Films discussed in the series, from genre gems Battle Beyond the Stars, Suburbia and Caged Heat, to horror favorites The Slumber Party Massacre, The Wasp Woman and Forbidden World, are also available in their entirety on Shout! Factory TV.

Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company and parent company to Shout! Factory TV, alongside China-based Ace Film HK Company Limited (ACE) acquired the New Horizons Picture library in 2018. The acquisition encompassed 270 Corman films and an action sci-fi TV series. CULT-TASTIC: TALES FROM THE TRENCHES WITH ROGER AND JULIE CORMAN is the first series to be developed from the acquisition and is produced by Ace Film in association with Friendship Films.
 
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