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Drive-In Dust Offs: 10 To Midnight (1983)

Horror was so prevalent and popular in the early ‘80s that even the action genre wanted in on the…uh, action. Chuck Norris haiyah’ed a Michael Myers wannabe in Silent Rage (1982), so next up it was granite faced Charles Bronson’s turn to take on slashers with 10 to Midnight (1983), a sleazy yet fascinating trip through the mind of a serial killer. While it’s never as deep as it thinks it is, it’s smarter than it has any right to be.

Released in March, this Cannon production, co-distributed by MGM, recouped its 4.5 million plus a few million more at the box office. Certainly not Death Wish numbers, but it’s not really a Death Wish type of film (until it is). As for the critics, Mr. Ebert called it “a scummy little sewer of a movie”. He’s not completely right, though; the misogynistic male gaze is upended
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‘The Fury’: Brian De Palma’s Formalist Playground

It is either my gift or my curse — maybe both; how you end up feeling about this piece will do a lot to decide — that I have been tasked with assessing one of the Brian De Palma films towards which few feel any need to express a strong, set opinion. (The director offered this ringing assessment in Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary: “You know, it wouldn’t necessarily be your first choice.”) “Be your own man!” you might say, which is just the thing: for as much as I enjoy his 1978 telekinesis-espionage actioner The Fury, and no matter the fact that I consider a handful of its sequences some of the very best in his oeuvre, the thing can take a bit of time to get there. But there exists a chance — a fine chance, in fact — that we may extract from its stop-start, hot-cold rhythm a further
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Fury (1978)

1978 cast a long shadow in the world of horror. From Dawn of the Dead to Halloween, the landscape was abundant with everything from the socially relevant to the singularly terrifying, from superior remakes (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to quirky haunted houses (The Evil). And then there’s the red headed stepchild that no one talks about: Brian DePalma’s The Fury. Frenetic, action packed, and gruesome, The Fury never gets the love from even most DePalma fanatics. What a shame – it’s never less than entertaining, and at its best showcases the director’s mesmerizing visual touch.

Released in March by Twentieth Century Fox, The Fury made $24 million against its $5.5 million budget. That’s good green, folks, and DePalma received favorable reviews, still basking in a critical glow left over from his previous effort, Carrie (’76). So why is it so easily dismissed, ranked along the lines of efforts like Wise Guys,
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Cinema's Hidden Pearls -- Part II

Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part II

By Alex Simon

One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.

Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.

Here are a few more of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:

1. Massacre at Central High (1976)

Dutch director, and former cameraman for the legendary Russ Meyer, Rene Daalder was hired by producers to direct an exploitation
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Several of Grant's Best Films Tonight on TCM

Cary Grant movies: 'An Affair to Remember' does justice to its title (photo: Cary Grant ca. late 1940s) Cary Grant excelled at playing Cary Grant. This evening, fans of the charming, sophisticated, debonair actor -- not to be confused with the Bristol-born Archibald Leach -- can rejoice, as no less than eight Cary Grant movies are being shown on Turner Classic Movies, including a handful of his most successful and best-remembered star vehicles from the late '30s to the late '50s. (See also: "Cary Grant Classic Movies" and "Cary Grant and Randolph Scott: Gay Lovers?") The evening begins with what may well be Cary Grant's best-known film, An Affair to Remember. This 1957 romantic comedy-melodrama is unusual in that it's an even more successful remake of a previous critical and box-office hit -- the Academy Award-nominated 1939 release Love Affair -- and that it was directed
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21 Movie Moments Made Better With A Bazinga

CBS

For the benefit of those of you who don’t already know, “bazinga” is a very catchy phrase that is used to accompany a clever prank or getting one over on somebody in some way, as popularised by Sheldon Cooper – the socially awkward character played by the brilliant Jim Parsons on hit U.S. sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

As Sheldon became more accustomed to social interactions, he began to develop something resembling a sense of humour and any time he duped his friends in to believing something or carried out a practical joke of some description he joyously shouted out “bazinga!”

Just pulled your friend’s chair from under them? Bazinga! Jumped out of a wardrobe to scare your sister? Bazinga! Replaced your Dad’s frothy beer with soapy water? Bazinga! Prank-called a bar and asked for “Hugh Janus”? Bazinga!

There are so many situations in which a
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The Dusty VHS Corner: Stock Footage Spectaculars

Tom Jolliffe delves into The Dusty VHS Corner for a trio of stock footage spectaculars in Strategic Command, Stormcatcher and Steel Sharks

In the mid to late 90’s, there was an almost epidemic boom of straight to video films that featured plot-lines involving submarines or fighter planes. Why? Well given the vast majority of these films were shot for about $3.00 each, the idea was to have plot-lines with these elements in order to use stock shots of F-16 fighter jets, stealth fighters, U-boats and other military based vehicles of air and sea in order to give the illusion that these films were more lavishly budgeted than they actually were, and indeed to further save time in the remainder of the shoot. If you go into a film knowing that you’ve already got 15 minutes of screen-time ready in a stock footage library, then you’ve only got to worry about
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De Palma’s ‘The Fury’ is dominated by one incredible set-piece after another

The Fury

Written by John Farris

Directed by Brian De Palma

USA, 1978

In this action-suspense picture packed with paranormal activity, Kirk Douglas plays government agent Peter Sandza, whose telepathic son (Andrew Stevens) has been kidnapped by his colleague Ben Childress (John Cassavetes), working for a CIA-like secret government agency that plans to exploit the boy’s psychic abilities for warfare. Sandza’s desperate search for his son brings him into contact with a teenage girl named Gillian (Amy Irving), who also has strong Esp powers. He gains her trust, and together, they join forces in the hope of saving his son Robin before it’s too late.

Brian De Palma’s immediate successor to Carrie was The Fury, a supernatural horror/espionage/occult/mindfuck of a movie, which, like Carrie, manages a similar variation on the theme of teenagers using telekinetic powers to exercise repressed feelings. And The Fury, not unlike Carrie,
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‘The Fury’ is Brian DePalma’s most-underrated movie

The Fury

Directed by Brian De Palma

Written by John Farris

USA, 1978

In this action-suspense picture packed with paranormal activity, Kirk Douglas plays government agent Peter Sandza, whose telepathic son (Andrew Stevens) has been kidnapped by his colleague Ben Childress (John Cassavetes), working for a CIA-like secret government agency that plans to exploit the boy’s psychic abilities for warfare. Sandza’s desperate search for his son brings him into contact with a teenage girl named Gillian (Amy Irving), who also has strong Esp powers. He gains her trust, and together, they join forces in the hope of saving his son Robin before it’s too late.

Brian De Palma’s immediate successor to Carrie was The Fury, a supernatural horror/espionage/occult/mindfuck of a movie, which, like Carrie, manages a similar variation on the theme of teenagers using telekinetic powers to exercise repressed feelings. And The Fury, not unlike Carrie,
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The Fury

(Brian De Palma, 1978; Arrow, 18)

Now 73, Brian De Palma was one of the bearded young, cinéliterate film-makers dubbed "the movie brats", who rose rapidly to dominate Hollywood in the 1970s. De Palma was Hitchcock's most assiduous disciple and The Fury, released in 1978, was part of his bid to establish himself as the Master's heir apparent. Like The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Fury yokes together a spy thriller and a domestic drama while also incorporating elements of Sf and horror.

It begins with an electric sequence on a sunny east Mediterranean beach where widowed CIA agent Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) narrowly escapes death when his teenage son Robin (Andrew Stevens) is abducted, apparently by Arab terrorists. It rapidly becomes clear that he's been kidnapped by Sandza's chillingly sinister colleague (John Cassavetes), who intends to exploit the boy's psychic gifts for nefarious cold war purposes. Douglas is at his most attractively
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The Starving Games Trailer Is Exactly The Lame Hunger Games Parody You Expected

This was inevitable, no? Spoof-meisters Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg have carved out their niche making fun of blockbusters (and broad blockbuster genres) in movies like Epic Movie, Disaster Movie and the Scary Movie series. The Starving Games targets, obviously, The Hunger Games right as Catching Fire ramps up its publicity campaign. The new trailer just arrived on YouTube, and it.s . well, as dated and immature as you might have expected. Hugh Janus? Really? That joke might have been funny 15 years ago, when Bart Simpson used it to prank Moe the bartender on The Simpsons. Then there was that time a weatherman fell for that prank on live television! Ok, I take it back. There probably is a huge audience out there for these types of jokes. The trailer actually give away what I assume is the entire movie. Then again, it.s basically just the original Hunger Games
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The Starving Games Hunger Games Spoof Trailer, poster and photos

Fans of The Hunger Games will be pretty pissed at this one, but I don't think filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (known for quite funny 300 spoof Meet the Spartans and Twilight spanker Vampires Suck, care much. The names of the characters in The Starving Games are quite funny, with Maiara Walsh of TV's Switched at Birth and Zombieland series playing Kantmiss Evershot as opposed to Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the super-successful Hunger Games franchise, the second film of which opens on November 22nd via Lionsgate. Hysterically, there's even Hugh Janus and...Jason Statham? I mean hell, there's even Iron Man and Nick Fury in this poster below. Also in the cast are Cody Allen Christian, Brant Daugherty, Ross Wyngaarden, Dean West and Diedrich Bader.
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The Starving Games Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

The Hunger Games, Avengers Assemble, Sherlock Holmes and the Harry Potter saga are just some of the celluloid targets of arch-spoofsters Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the team behind Meet The Spartans and Epic Movie. Also keep your eyes peeled for wicked parodies of The Expendables and Avatar while looking out for a character who rejoices in the name Hugh Janus. You have been warned.
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L.A. Weatherman Pranked on Live TV -- 'Happy Birthday Hugh Janus'

  • TMZ
Someone ripped a page outta the Bart Simpson playbook this week to prank an L.A. weatherman ... asking for a birthday shout-out for "Hugh Janus" ... and it went down Perfectly!!!Ya gotta see this ... Ktla weatherman Henry Dicarlo was giving his usual TV shout-outs for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. ... when he read the name of a supposed 10-year-old boy named "Hugh Janus."That's when the two anchors Lost It ... instantly realizing Dicarlo had been pranked and laughing their faces off.
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Girls With The Power! Eleven Alternatives To "Carrie"

When the current theatrical reboot (a sequel and toothless TV remake had already come and gone) of Carrie was announced, there was a lot of teeth gnashing and cries of "leave the classics alone!," mostly by me. But as details began to leak out, the prospect became more intriguing. Gay director Kimberly Pierce gave us the masterpiece Boys Don't Cry, and the fabulous Julianne Moore signed up to play Carrie's psychotic fanatical mother. Chloe Moretz doesn't look anything like Stephen King's Carrie, but then neither did Sissy Spacek, so I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Carrie was supposed to open in March, but the studio has pushed it back to October, which means they're either hoping for Halloween dollars ... or it's a sign of a troubled production.

But while we wait to rain judgment down on the new version of our favorite telekinetic teen, let's take
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Christine and The Fury Blu-ray Release Details

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We have updates on the limited edition Blu-ray releases of Christine and The Fury from Twilight Time. While it was previously announced that Twilight Time would be releasing a Blu-ray version of John Carpenter’s Christine in 2013, we didn’t have a release date. Now, they’re saying that the release is tentatively scheduled for March 12th.

“An eerie, twisted love story of a teenager and his obsessively jealous 1958 Plymouth Fury —- as only Stephen King can tell it! Christine is a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury who seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon). She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine’s horrifying wrath. Starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Harry Dean Stanton, Christine Belford.”

Next up, they have announced that they will be releasing The Fury on Blu-ray, with plans to begin taking pre-orders in February. There are no details on bonus features,
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Brian De Palma's The Fury the Latest Cult Favorite Going Blu-ray in 2013

We keep hearing about the fiscal cliff in the news, but for genre fans it’s looking more and more like 2013 will require major budget compromises to pay for all the classic/cult horror coming to Blu-ray. Add Brian De Palma’s The Fury to your Blu-ray budget-busting list next year.

Twilight Time has announced plans to release De Palma’s 1978 telekinetic thriller The Fury on Blu-ray March 12th. Featuring John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgrass, Charles Durning, Amy Irving, and Andrew Stevens, The Fury stars Kirk Douglas as an ex-cia agent out to rescue his son (Stevens) from an unscrupulous government agent (Cassavetes) who kidnaps people with psychic powers and trains them to be assassins.

There's no artwork, disc specs, or even a suggested retail price just yet, but we do know the film will be presented in its original 1.85:1 and the disc printing will be limited to just 3,000 copies.
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"Warehouse 13" Episode 408 Recap: Born Again

Previously, On Warehouse 13

It's been a long, strange trip for Steve Jinks. Murdered by Rusty Griswold, he was brought back to life by Claudia, only to have his new existence threatened at every turn by the artifact she used, Johann Maelzel's Metronome. If the inverted pendulum thingy on the metronome stops, so does Steve's heart (so it's probably a good thing that the pendulum is self-powered. I'd hate to have to frantically fumble around trying to find fresh double A batteries while Steve is gasping for air).

Not only that, but the downside of the artifact is that Claudia can feel Steve's pain (and not in a Counselor Troi way), so they're both in constant extreme danger, which really isn't conducive to being a Warehouse Agent.

Happily, that arc comes to an end with this episode, which also sees Artie triple-teamed by Helena, Mrs. Fredric and Leena. Pray for him.
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DVD Release: The Boys in Company C

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 18, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95

Studio: Hen’s Tooth

Criag Wasson (r.) gets drilled in The Boys in Company C.

The 1978 war drama film The Boys in Company C was one of Hollywood’s first major films to take on the recently-ended Vietnam War.

Set in 1967, The Boys in Company C follows the lives of five Marine inductees from their training in boot camp through a tour of duty in Vietnam that quickly devolves into a hellish nightmare. Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese allies, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men discover a possible way out of the war: They are told that if they can defeat a rival soccer team they may spend the rest of their tour playing exhibition games safely behind the lines. But, as might be expected, nothing in Vietnam
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Party Favors: The Monster In The Middle Of This Column

  • Quick Stop
Durham, N.C. - During lunch a filmmaker tells me that of all the festivals he’s attended with his movies, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is the only one he wants to attend as a spectator. He enjoys how the various screens and activities aren’t spread all over the city. There’s a relaxed atmosphere as the festival-goers aren’t hustling hard to get tickets to sold out screenings. It’s a sweet Southern festival in the middle of Tobacco Road. Even the world’s biggest superstar just hangs out with the festival goers inside of hiding behind a wall of security.

Who is the superstar? Elmo! And we have an exclusive chat with him at the end of this column.

The film selection was once more top notch. An ample number of documentaries received their world debut in Durham. There were a few films that had built a buzz at Sundance,
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