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Superman: The Movie – 2 Film Collection

I guess there are plenty of adults now too young to remember when Christopher Reeve made his debut as The Man of Steel. It was a massive hit across the full spectrum of moviegoers. Warners is taking good care of everyone’s favorite undocumented visitor from Planet Krypton, and has assembled two separate cuts of his big-screen premiere.

Superman: The Movie

Blu-ray

2-Film Collection

Warner Bros.

1978 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 188 min. Extended Cut + 151 min. Special Edition orig. 143 min. / Street Date October 10, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Jack O’Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East, Marc McClure, Sarah Douglas, Harry Andrews, Diane Sherry, Randy Jurgensen, Larry Hagman, John Ratzenberger, Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill.

Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth

Film Editors: Stuart Baird, Michael Ellis

Production Design: John Barry

Assistant Director: Vincent Winter
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Scott Reviews Ronald Neame’s Hopscotch [Criterion Blu-ray Review]

Hey, you might not be aware of this – and honestly, no worries if not, we’ve all got a lot going on – but Hopscotch is the greatest movie ever. This is an irrefutable fact, and I’m glad I was able to save you from all kinds of hand-wringing. If your hands are already getting pretty wrung, though, feel free to pop in Hopscotch just to check. I’ll wait.

Okay, so we’re all set then? I can come clean – in the pure, cleansing light of day, Hopscotch may not literally be the greatest movie ever made. But it feels that way every second whenever I watch it. Walter Matthau as a CIA agent outwitting the CIA and every other national intelligence agency? You couldn’t ask for a more pleasurable premise. Anytime you can get a protagonist the audience likes but doesn’t fully understand, you’re on the right track.
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Donald Trump’s Pop-Culture Presidency Enters Its Thriller Phase (Opinion)

Donald Trump’s Pop-Culture Presidency Enters Its Thriller Phase (Opinion)
Ever since Donald Trump appeared on the horizon of presidential politics, he has mirrored the pop culture of the past. That’s because Trump, in one way or another, has always been an actor — a man whose image precedes his reality. For 35 years, he has been a genius at one thing: stroking and manipulating the image machine of modern media. Trump went on the campaign trail as an insult-comedian/talk-radio-host/pompadoured-Elvis/reality-tv-mogul/badass-in-chief, and whenever I read now about how Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush blew it, I always think: None of those mere mortals ever stood a chance. They were fighting a superhero of populist sleaze who didn’t need facts and figures — he just needed the best lines. Trump remains one of the only people you could name who is not primarily in the entertainment business yet created himself as a character, a figment of larger-than-life fantasy. That’s what autocrats do: They don’t
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Hopscotch

A generic spy story becomes an inspired light comedy with the application of great talent led by the star-power of Walter Matthau. Matthau’s CIA spook hooks up with old flame Glenda Jackson to retaliate against his insufferable CIA boss (Ned Beatty) with a humiliating tell-all book about the agency’s dirty tricks history. Matthau’s sloppy, slouchy master agent is a comic delight; Ronald Neame’s stylishly assured direction makes a deadly spy chase into a wholly pleasant romp.

Hopscotch

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 163

1980 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 105 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 15, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, Herbert Lom, David Matthau, George Baker, Ivor Roberts, Lucy Saroyan, Severn Darden, George Pravda.

Cinematography: Arthur Ibbetson, Brian W. Roy

Production Designer: William J. Creber

Film Editor: Carl Kress

Original Music: Ian Fraser

Written by Bryan Forbes from a novel by Brian Garfield

Produced
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Top Ten Tuesday – Baby Driver Opens This Week, So Here Are the Best Car Chase Movies of the 1970’s

There’s nothing like a good car chase in a movie. Maybe it’s the daring-do of the stunt drivers that makes you feel you’re in danger even though you’re comfortably in your seat, or the high stakes of the moment in which the characters we’re rooting for will either get out of the situation or have a gruesome finale, but an impressive car-chase scene can make even a mediocre movie a beloved classic. What makes a car chase legendary, you ask? They’re the ones that keep you at the edge of your seat and actually fit in with the rest of the plot.

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opens Wednesday, June 28th. Baby (Ansel Elgort), is an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he
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Say Your Prayers! The Unholy (1988) Available on Blu-ray June 27th – Vestron Horror Classics

Say your prayers before the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the demonic horror classic The Unholy, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on June 27 from Lionsgate. Following the mysterious murders of his predecessors, a newly appointed pastor must battle a powerful demon to save his parish and the world. The Unholy is packed with all-new special features, including an audio commentary with director Camilo Vila, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, the original storyboard gallery and more! Plus, this special edition includes the film’s original ending with optional audio commentary from producer Mathew Hayden. Restored and remastered, The Unholy Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

Official Synopsis

In New Orleans, a city with a dark underside of black magic and satanic worship, 2 priests have been brutally murdered at St Agnes Church. Now The Unholy
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How we made Deliverance

John Boorman: ‘Wherever poor Ned Beatty went, people would say: Squeal like a pig! It went on for years’

Warner Bros had acquired the rights to James Dickey’s novel, and, after making Hell in the Pacific in very difficult circumstances, they felt I was the man to take it on. I’d never been to the south before, but the first thing I did was go to meet Dickey. We drafted the screenplay together. Always by correspondence, because whenever we met we never got much done. It was the drinking, really. On one occasion, he came to La to work, but locked himself in a hotel room with a ballerina called Amy Burke.

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Say Your Prayers! The Unholy (1988) Available on Blu-ray March 28th – Vestron Horror Classics

Say your prayers before the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the demonic horror classic The Unholy, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on June 27 from Lionsgate. Following the mysterious murders of his predecessors, a newly appointed pastor must battle a powerful demon to save his parish and the world. The Unholy is packed with all-new special features, including an audio commentary with director Camilo Vila, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, the original storyboard gallery and more! Plus, this special edition includes the film’s original ending with optional audio commentary from producer Mathew Hayden. Restored and remastered, The Unholy Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

Official Synopsis

In New Orleans, a city with a dark underside of black magic and satanic worship, 2 priests have been brutally murdered at St Agnes Church. Now The Unholy
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The Unholy Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Coming This June

  • DailyDead
Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series is looking to raise a little hell this summer, as The Unholy (1988) is coming to Blu-ray on June 27th with new bonus features.

Press Release: The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with The Unholy, coming to Blu-ray on June 27 with all new special features!

Street Date: 6/27/17

Blu-ray™ Srp: $39.97

Program Description

Say your prayers before the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the demonic horror classic The Unholy, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on June 27 from Lionsgate. Following the mysterious murders of his predecessors, a newly appointed pastor must battle a powerful demon to save his parish and the world. The Unholy is packed with all-new special features, including an audio commentary with director Camilo Vila, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, the original storyboard gallery and more! Plus, this special edition includes the film’s original ending
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Tower

A fateful day is re-examined by its survivors, whose stories are told via a brilliant narrative arrangement, and the use of animated recreations is only one aspect of it. The Texas tower shootings put our present, everyday reign of violent terror in a humanist context. It’s not exploitative — the killer’s name is barely mentioned. It works, it’s riveting, and its positive message is one of calm sanity. Highly recommended.

Tower

Blu-ray

Kino Lorber

2016 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 82 96 min. / Street Date March 21, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 34.95

Starring: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir, Chris Doubek, Reece Everett Ryan, Josephine McAdam, Aldo Ordoñez, Vicky Illk, John Fitch, Karen Davidson, Jeremy Brown.

Cinematography: Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson

Film Editor: Austin Reedy

Original Music: Osei Essed

Produced by Megan Gilbride, Keith Maitland

Directed by Keith Maitland

Advance publicity on Keith Maitland’s Tower set me against it from the start.
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A Medium With a Message: Inside TV’s Long History of Tackling Social Issues

A Medium With a Message: Inside TV’s Long History of Tackling Social Issues
Abortion. Alcoholism. Pedophilia. Slumlords. Assisted suicide. Civil rights. Criminal justice reform.

These are all timely topics for television drama in 2017. But they were also tackled, with gritty realism, more than a half century ago on two landmark CBS series: “The Defenders” (1961-65), starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as crusading father-and-son defense attorneys, and “East Side/West Side” (1963-64), featuring George C. Scott as a New York City social worker, with Cicely Tyson as his able secretary. Tyson’s series regular role, coupled with the fact that she appeared with her natural hair, was groundbreaking in a fraught period of civil rights struggles.

The New Frontier era ushered in by President John F. Kennedy’s election marked a moment when the networks made room for “prestige” narrative series that dealt with weighty social issues. The appetite for serious fare was stoked by the May 1961 declaration by Kennedy’s FCC chairman, Newton
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Oscars: What Should Have Won – Network over Rocky for Best Picture

Graeme Robertson on why Network should have won Best Picture at the 49th Academy Awards…

The Oscars celebrating the best of 1976 were a rarity, in that, almost all of the nominees for Best Picture are truly excellent and have gone on to become celebrated classics.

While Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky ultimately triumphed against its formidable competition, I feel, despite loving Rocky and the franchise it spawned, that it perhaps didn’t deserve to be named as Best Picture of 1976.

To me, the award should have gone to the brilliant razor sharp media satire that is Network.

Network follows the exploits of TV network Ubs and the complete and utter breakdown of its long-standing news anchor Howard Beale, who at has just been told he is to be fired in two weeks due to increasingly dwindling viewing figures.

Left on by his ratings-hungry bosses for his final broadcasts, Beale manages to
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Oscars 2017: Michelle Williams in ‘Manchester by the Sea’ — How Rare Is a Nom Or Win For Short Screen Times?

  • Scott Feinberg
Manchester by the Sea’ (Courtesy: Amazon Studios)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

A fourth chance at an Oscar is right around the corner for Michelle Williams — despite how little screen time the actress racked up in Manchester by the Sea. Should the stars align, Williams will score a best supporting actress nomination at the 2017 ceremony. After you hear just how little of the film featured the 36-year-old, it might shock you — but let us just assure you that this isn’t a new accomplishment.

This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, lists Williams as a frontrunner in the best supporting actress category this year alongside Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), and Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women). The Montana-born actress has already scored three Oscar nominations: in the best supporting actress category for 2005’s Brokeback Mountain as well as in the best actress category
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‘Network’ Turns 40: Here Are 3 Ways It Changed How We Understand News Media

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‘Network’ Turns 40: Here Are 3 Ways It Changed How We Understand News Media
Because 2016 cares not for subtlety, this month marks the 40th anniversary of “Network.” Since its release in November 1976 to wide praise and an eventual heap of Oscars, director Sidney Lumet and writer Paddy Chayefsky’s excoriation of the exponentially money-driven, bottom-feeding tendencies of television news has only grown in renown, as each angry pundit updates the film’s library of prophecies about The State of Television Today.

With the ascent of an actual reality TV star to the U.S. Presidency following a broadcast news cycle that worked for everything but a dedication to public interest, it would seem that this depressing political season has reached the logical end of the film’s apocalyptic forecast, landing on a reality too absurd for even “Network” to dramatize: Howard Beale as President. However, as we reflect on what’s gone wrong with contemporary news media and political culture, it’s important to
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Network

One of the most prescient and corrosive satires ever filmed, Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning screenplay is brilliantly realized by Lumet, with an exceptional cast at its collective best. Stunningly transgressive in 1976, today it plays like a documentary and the bizarre programming on the fictional Ubs Network looks positively classical compared to what we’re assaulted with now. Ned Beatty’s mid-film rant that “the world is a business” plays more chillingly than ever.
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Hal Philip Walker, Albuquerque, Nashville And Election 2016

From the first time I saw it until this moment, two days before what might just be the most important, potentially resonant (for good and ill) American presidential election since the days of the Civil War, no other movie has expanded in my view more meaningfully, more ambiguously, with more fascination than has Robert Altman’s Nashville. We often hear of movies which “transcend” their genres, or their initial ambitions or intentions, and often built into that alleged transcendence is a condescension to said genre, or those ambitions or intentions, as if the roots were somehow corrupt or unworthy, in need of reconstruction. If the form of Nashville transcends anything, it’s the shape and scope of the multi-character drama as we’d come to know it in 1975, which was dominated at the time by disaster movies and their jam-packed casts filled with old Hollywood veterans and Oscar winners. But
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16Mm Double Feature Night November 1st – The Entity and White Lightning

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday November 1st and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up is The Entity (1982)

The Entity is a very intense powerful supernatural thriller from 1982 about an invisible presence grabbing every opportunity to attack and sexually assault the main character played by Barbara Hershey, a single mom with a checkered sexual past. One night after coming home to her kids, she is attacked and raped by an invisible intruder she can’t see. Later that night the house starts vibrating, so Carla
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Film Review: ‘By Sidney Lumet’

Film Review: ‘By Sidney Lumet’
In “By Sidney Lumet,” a documentary portrait of the late director who was one of the defining filmmakers of the ’70s — but whose ability to charge a scene with dark moral turbulence and excitement was right there, from his first feature, “12 Angry Men,” in 1957 — Lumet tells an extraordinarily candid story about an event that shaped and changed his entire worldview. He was a young man in the military, in Calcutta, when he saw that a group of his fellow soldiers were inside a train compartment sexually abusing a young girl. “Do I do anything about this?” he thought. He knew the answer was yes, that he should try to stop this hideous crime, but he lacked the courage to do so. Instead of acting, he simply let it happen.

To any Lumet watcher, it’s obvious that the story fuses with themes that run through his work: the preoccupation with corruption,
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Space Between Us Trailer #2 Sends Earth's First Martian Back Home

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Space Between Us Trailer #2 Sends Earth's First Martian Back Home
Stx Entertainment has released the second trailer for their upcoming sci-fi adventure The Space Between Us. The movie stars Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson. And it will be in theaters this December just in time for the holidays.

This story of a boy (Asa Butterfield) born on Mars' first colony has an added element of timeliness with this week's real life Mars news! SpaceX Founder Elon Musk just delivered a keynote address on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress. As it turns out, he plans to colonize Mars!&#160Which is a subject explored with great depth in The Space Between Us.

Peter Chelsom directs The Space Between Us. He is an actor turned filmmaker who made his directorial debut with the 1991 comedy Hear My Song starring Ned Beatty. He went onto direct Sharon Stone in the 1998 comedic drama The Mighty, before finding true big screen success with
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 19 – ¡Alambrista!

My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1977 drama film ¡Alambrista!. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

This film was written and directed by Robert M. Young We discuss a certain unnamed presidential candidate at length, who has since gone on to become an unnamed presumptive nominee. I’m not going to do this candidate any favors by linking to them Loving Cheeseburgers, Rock and Roll, The Beatles, and Blue Jeans, is pretty damned American Ned Beatty is one of my all time favorite “that guy” actors He was nominated for an Academy Award for Network, and appeared in All the President’s Men, Deliverance, and both Superman and Superman II, among many other films Edward James Olmos has been in quite a few of Robert M. Young’s films He was
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