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16 items from 2014


3.10 to Yuma

1 April 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Lean, clock-watching western starring Van Heflin as a hard-up rancher hired to get notorious outlaw Glenn Ford on the titular train to jail. While maintaining the wryness and dryness of Elmore Leonard's story, genre specialist Delmer Daves keeps trigger fingers twitching all the way to the seat-edge finale. Remade in 2007 with Christian Bale as the good guy and Russell Crowe filling Ford's villainous boots. »

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3.10 to Yuma

1 April 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Lean, clock-watching western starring Van Heflin as a hard-up rancher hired to get notorious outlaw Glenn Ford on the titular train to jail. While maintaining the wryness and dryness of Elmore Leonard's story, genre specialist Delmer Daves keeps trigger fingers twitching all the way to the seat-edge finale. Remade in 2007 with Christian Bale as the good guy and Russell Crowe filling Ford's villainous boots. »

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3.10 to Yuma

1 April 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Lean, clock-watching western starring Van Heflin as a hard-up rancher hired to get notorious outlaw Glenn Ford on the titular train to jail. While maintaining the wryness and dryness of Elmore Leonard's story, genre specialist Delmer Daves keeps trigger fingers twitching all the way to the seat-edge finale. Remade in 2007 with Christian Bale as the good guy and Russell Crowe filling Ford's villainous boots. »

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What to Watch: Mar. 11-24, 2014

18 March 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

An Oscar winner, a major Oscar nominee, two more pieces of Oscar bait, and a few movies that never got anywhere near Oscar. Welcome to What to Watch. We don’t play favorites. Oh, wait, yes we do. You should definitely rent or buy the titles on this first page. The second page is more optional.

Frozen

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Frozen

The best Disney movie since “The Lion King” (Disney, not Pixar), “Frozen” gets the lavish Mouse House treatment. There’s no better studio for family releases and they’re not about to slack on one of the biggest moneymakers of their existence. We are Just getting started with “Frozen”. You know how “Beauty & The Beast” and “The Lion King” became industries unto themselves? Spawning Broadway musicals, theme park rides, new shows, straight-to-dvd sequels, etc.? “Frozen” will end up the same way. If you have a kid, you won’t »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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After 30 Years in Prison, Glenn Ford Walks Free From Death Row

12 March 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

When Glenn Ford entered prison, his sons were babies. Now, they have children of their own. Glenn was Louisiana's longest-serving death-row inmate until he was released this week. After an all-white jury convicted him in 1984, he spent three decades behind bars for a murder he did not commit and was eventually exonerated after new information came to light. When asked by CNN outside the prison if he felt resentful, he gave the only answer you could reasonably expect: "Yeah, because I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn't do." Watch him moments after he gained his freedom. As for compensation, under Louisiana law, he will get $25,000 per year up to $250,000 and $80,000 for loss of "life opportunities." »

- Annie Gabillet

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Exclusive: 4-Minute Clip From Restored 1979 Cult Sci-Fi/Horror 'The Visitor' Will Melt Your Mind

5 March 2014 8:25 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's the kind of thing that only the madcap movie world of the 1970s produced. Because what else could explain a sci-fi/horror movie that's led by John Huston—playing an intergalactic warrior!—and features Shelley Winters, Glenn FordLance Henriksen, Franco Nero and Sam Peckinpah? (Yes, that Sam Peckinpah). It's the stuff that cult movies are made of and that's just what happened, and now it's coming back to theaters thanks to the folks at Drafthouse Films. Giulio Paradisi's film is now hitting screens restored and presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S., bringing the story of a space warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. And yes, the film is as awesomely bonkers as that sounds, with lots of psychedelic imagery, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Best Blu-ray/DVDs of the Week: ‘The Visitor,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ and ‘The Grandmaster’

4 March 2014 10:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Visitor John Huston and Jesus Christ (Franco Nero) are in a never-ending war with Satan, and their latest battleground is Atlanta, Ga, where the soul of a child holds the key to saving the universe. Probably. Lance Henriksen, Glenn Ford, Shelley Winters, and Sam Peckinpah join in the fun as Huston struggles to stop the girl’s descent into evil and tendency towards causing bodily harm. It’s hardly news to say that this thirty four year old movie is a mental fingerbang that bends genres and somehow teases both brilliance and stupidity, but I’m saying it anyway. Both highly derivative and wholly original, the film cherry picks elements from The Omen, The Fury, Phantasm, and more, and then swirls them together in a psychedelic mélange of horror, sci-fi »

- Rob Hunter

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Score a Copy of The Visitor on Blu-ray

4 March 2014 10:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The strangeness that is The Visitor is now on Blu-ray, and we have your chance to score a copy on us! Believe us - you Need this film in your life. It's that damned wacky! Read on for details.

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 Am on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm, is bringing the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor to Blu-ray and DVD Today, March 4 .

Synopsis

Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. From writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Tentacles) and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi - Fellini's 8½), the film artfully fuses »

- Uncle Creepy

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Eric Bercovici, Emmy-Winning Writer-Producer of Miniseries Including ‘Shogun,’ Dies at 80

12 February 2014 5:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eric Bercovici, the writer-producer of TV movies and miniseries who shared an Emmy for the 1980 NBC epic “Shogun” with author James Clavell, died Sunday, February 9, at his home in Honolulu. He was 80.

Jerry London, director of “Shogun,” said of Bercovici after learning of his death, “He supported me and fought all the battles behind the scenes while I was making the film. There will never be another one like Eric.”

Bercovici also wrote with Clavell the 1988 NBC miniseries adaptation of the author’s “Noble House.” Separately he penned and produced the 1977 ABC miniseries “Washington: Behind Closed Doors.” For the bigscreen, Bercovici penned director John Boorman’s memorable 1968 film “Hell in the Pacific,” in which Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune played an American and Japanese soldier marooned on the same island during WWII.

Bercovici’s first screen credit was for co-writing, with his father Leonardo Bercovici, the 1961 film “Square of Violence, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Eric Bercovici, Emmy-Winning Writer-Producer of Miniseries Including ‘Shogun,’ Dies at 80

12 February 2014 5:46 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Eric Bercovici, the writer-producer of TV movies and miniseries who shared an Emmy for the 1980 NBC epic “Shogun” with author James Clavell, died Sunday, February 9, at his home in Honolulu. He was 80.

Jerry London, director of “Shogun,” said of Bercovici after learning of his death, “He supported me and fought all the battles behind the scenes while I was making the film. There will never be another one like Eric.”

Bercovici also wrote with Clavell the 1988 NBC miniseries adaptation of the author’s “Noble House.” Separately he penned and produced the 1977 ABC miniseries “Washington: Behind Closed Doors.” For the bigscreen, Bercovici penned director John Boorman’s memorable 1968 film “Hell in the Pacific,” in which Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune played an American and Japanese soldier marooned on the same island during WWII.

Bercovici’s first screen credit was for co-writing, with his father Leonardo Bercovici, the 1961 film “Square of Violence, »

- Carmel Dagan

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The Visitor and Ms. 45 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

7 February 2014 3:51 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Drafthouse Films has announced that they will be releasing both The Visitor and Ms. 45 to Blu-ray & DVD in March:

“Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm), will bring two of its recent theatrical success stories to Blu-ray and DVD in restored and remastered editions: the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor and Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara’s gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller. The films will arrive, respectively, on March 4 and on March 25, 2014, with SRPs of $29.95 for Blu-ray and $27.95 for DVD. They come packed with bonus material in both formats.

Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. From writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Tentacles) and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi – Fellini’s 8½),the film artfully fuses elements of some of »

- Jonathan James

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Drafthouse Films Bringing The Visitor and Ms. 45 to Home Video

7 February 2014 3:12 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The lovable loonies at Drafthouse Films are doing a great job of bringing some really obscure little titles to a new generation of viewers. Next up for them - the DVD and Blu-ray releases of The Visitor and Ms. 45. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm), will bring two of its recent theatrical success stories to Blu-ray and DVD in restored and remastered editions: the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor and Ms. 45, legendary director Abel Ferrara's gritty, gore-filled New York revenge thriller. The films will arrive, respectively, on March 4 and on March 25, 2014, with SRPs of $29.95 for Blu-ray and $27.95 for DVD. They come packed with bonus material in both formats.

Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Sordid Cinema Podcast #72: ‘The Fury’ and ‘The Visitor’

4 February 2014 7:37 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This week we review Brian De Palma’s mind-blowing follow-up to his 1976 horror hit Carrie, titled The Fury, which conducts a similar variation on the theme of teenagers using psychic powers to exert repressed feelings. This is the movie that Armond White said is impossible not to completely, wholly love if you have any shred of understanding of the film medium and how it works. In the second half of the podcast we review the Euro-American science fiction horror clusterfuck Stridulum, directed by Giulio Paradisi and starring Franco Nero, Sam Peckingpaw, John Huston, Shelley Winters, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Glenn Ford and many others. All this and more.

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The Visitor is Insane [Review]

28 January 2014 2:20 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

There's weird and then there's The Visitor (Stridulum).

A product of the late 70s when numerous European producers made their way to the Us to create cheap entertainment for the drive-in masses, director Giulio Paradisi didn't even put his name on the insanity that is The Visitor, choosing instead to be credited Michael J. Paradise, a name only slightly as ludicrous as the movie itself. The thing is that on paper, The Visitor sounds like the most amazing movie ever: it's not only a universe spanning tale of good and evil, it brings together an all star cast including John Huston and including Glenn Ford, Shelley Winters, Lance Henriksen, Franco Nero, Mel Ferrer, and Sam Peckinpah.

Huston stars as Jerzy (the titular visitor), an alien elder who travels to E [Continued ...] »

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‘Stridulum’ – a pretty curious specimen in its own right

19 January 2014 10:09 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Visitor (Stridulum)

Directed by Giulio Paradisi

Written by Luciano Comici

USA/Italy, 1979

This Euro-American science fiction horror clusterfuck was directed by professional body builder Giulio Paradisi (credited as Michael J. Paradise), who made four other films, but is best known for shooting second-unit footage on Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. It was the brain child of producer Ovidio G. Assonitis – known for his poor quality attempts at cashing in on box office gold by cloning Hollywood’s biggest hits. Assonitis was a hack, with a reputation for producing flagrant knock-offs like the 1977 Jaws rip-off Tentacles (starring John Huston and Shelley Winters) – and Beyond the Door, the most successful of numerous Italian horror films produced in the wake of The Exorcist. In the dawn of ’70s American blockbusters, European production companies emerged stateside, attempting to emulate the success of their American counterparts. Of the hundreds of these films produced, The Visitor is »

- Ricky da Conceição

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Notebook's 6th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2013

13 January 2014 11:53 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2013—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2013 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.

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- Notebook

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