10 items from 2017
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The asylum-based film is a fairly interesting mini-genre to deconstruct. These movies almost always deal with perceptions of reality, questions of the self, and an innate fear of those in positions of power who operate in worlds of the ethereal. The question of the protagonist’s madness is almost always central, and the uncertainty over whether their paranoia is unfounded or justified is »
- The Film Stage
“Pimples are the Lord’s way of chastising you.”
Carrie (1976) screens Midnights this weekend (April 28th and 29th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series.
Over the past few decades, almost everything ever written by Stephen King has been filmed for either TV or the silver screen; however, very few of these adaptations have come close to matching the extremely high standard set by Carrie the first King novel to receive the movie treatment, way back in 1976 (which is when I first saw it at the old Webster Groves Cinema – double feature with Demon Seed!).
Directed by Brian De Palma, this superb supernatural horror stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy and awkward teenage girl who is mercilessly bullied at high-school and further tormented at home by her overbearing, religious zealot mother »
- Tom Stockman
Long live Michael Laughlin. Two years after he released one of my favorite early ‘80s oddities, Strange Behavior (I wrote about it here), he was back to unleash the next chapter in a proposed ‘Strange’ trilogy, Strange Invaders (1983). And while the former is a tribute to Mad Scientist films of the ‘50s via an updated Slasher take, the latter tips its fedora to the great Alien Invasion films of the same era. It may not reach the same dizzyingly weird heights, but Strange Invaders is an affectionate romp that captures the feel of those bygone drive-in classics and solidifies Laughlin’s unique voice.
A co-production between Emi Films and Lone Wolf McQuade Associates, Strange Invaders was released by Orion Pictures in mid September stateside to positive reviews and lackluster box office. Returning only a quarter of its $5 million plus budget, this was the Way of the Laughlin – everyone liked his movies, »
- Scott Drebit
Let me get this out of the way up front: I think Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi action classic, RoboCop, is a perfect film. With its mix of brilliant social satire, comic book action, dystopian sci-fi, and insane violence—a brilliant blend of ’80s aesthetics, Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner’s sharp script, a perfect cast, and Paul Verhoeven’s particular brand of genius/madness. It is the kind of movie that cannot really be reproduced… though two sequels and a 2014 remake certainly gave it a shot. That each came up short in different ways comes as no surprise. It only offers proof of the original movie’s magical alchemy.
Though they are disappointing in comparison to RoboCop, both of its initial sequels—1990’s RoboCop 2, directed by Irvin Kershner, and the Fred Dekker-helmed RoboCop 3 from 1993—attempt to replicate different aspects of the original and are not without some amount of charm, »
- Patrick Bromley
RoboCop 3: Collector’s Edition, 1993.
Directed by Fred Dekker.
Shout! Factory has released a Collector’s Edition of RoboCop 2, so it’s not a surprise that they did the same for the third installment, which ended the series with a whimper, rather than a bang. Fans, though, will appreciate the nice audio-visual presentation, as well as the included bonus features.
Sometimes a movie, no matter how successful it is, doesn’t really need a sequel. Or the filmmakers may end up exploring all their premise has to offer after two installments. Of course, such considerations bear just about zero weight in Hollywood, where every studio needs as many franchises as it can handle. And sometimes those movie franchise ends up like the fast food franchises that sell the same bland stuff to everyone. »
- Brad Cook
RoboCop 2: Collector’s Edition, 1990.
Directed by Irvin Kershner.
Shout! Factory continues its series of minor classics from the 70s through 90s with the release of Collector’s Editions of RoboCop 2. In the sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s hit 1987 film, RoboCop battles the corporate bad guys from the first film as well as a new criminal kingpin, but his biggest test is fighting a new RoboCop. Shout!’s Collector’s Edition features a new 2K scan, improved audio, and a nice batch of bonus features.
Fans of the original RoboCop were intrigued by the notion of Irvin Kershner directing the sequel, as well as the involvement of comic book legend Frank Miller in the screenplay. However, anyone expecting the film to attain the kind of status that The Empire Strikes Back has reached in »
- Brad Cook
It’s ugly, it’s violent, it’s graphic novelist Frank Miller’s nasty vision through and through. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition brings out the amazing backstory of the production of this stop-motion- intensive first sequel to RoboCop. Druglord Caine is a menace, but we’re just as appalled by the film’s vivid depiction of a greater terror: Predatory Privatization.
Shout! Factory / Scream Factory
1990 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Collector’s Edition / Street Date March 21, 2011 / 34.93
Cinematography: Mark Irwin
Production Design: Peter Jamison
Original Music: Leonard Rosenman
Produced by Jon Davison
Directed by Irvin Kershner
I wish I could say that 1990’s RoboCop 2 has been »
- Glenn Erickson
The NoHo 7 Theatre (“North Hollywood” for those not “in the know”) in Los Angeles will be presenting a 30th anniversary screening of the uncut director’s version of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film Robocop. The 103-minute film, which stars Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, and Miguel Ferrer, will be screened on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
Please Note: At press time, Actress Nancy Allen is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening.
From the press release:
RoboCop (Director's Uncut Version)
Part of our Throwback Thursday series in partnership with Eat|See|Hear.
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In a dystopian, crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. Part of our #Tbt series in partnership with Eat|See|Hear.
The NoHo 7 Theatre is located at 5240 Lankershim Blvd. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
There was never really a need to sequelize 1982’s Poltergeist. It told a complete story. It vanquished the evil spirit haunting the house by film’s end. Heck, it even vanquished the house itself. But because the original movie was a hit and it was the ’80s, the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg collaboration got not just one sequel but two, despite the fact that it does not lend itself to being a franchise. New villains and new mythology—and eventually even new family members—were introduced to keep the story going, albeit with mixed results. And while the sequels have their fans, they’re hardly among the most beloved horror films of the decade. Thanks to Scream Factory’s new Collector's Editions of both, horror fans now have the chance to reevaluate them in the best possible format.
Though released four years after the 1982 original, Poltergeist II: The Other Side »
- Patrick Bromley
Poltergeist III (1988) Director: Gary Sherman Stars: Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Heather O'Rourke This weekend, the curse of The Ring transitions from your VHS player to the Internet in Rings, so Awfully Good Movies is raising its glass to another horror franchise about killer ghosts coming out of your TV screen with Poltergeist III! After Tobe Hooper (or Steven Spielberg, depending on who you ask)... Read More »
- Jesse Shade
10 items from 2017
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