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When Eight Bells Toll

This forgotten Alistair MacLean action thriller packs a rare starring role for the young Anthony Hopkins -- he's really good as secret agent Philip Calvert, battling gold thieves in the Scottish Isles. He's got a James Bond attitude in a more down-to-Earth adventure. When Eight Bells Toll Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1971 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date March 8, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Anthony Hopkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Ferdy Mayne, Wendy Allnutt, Maurice Roëves, Derek Bond, Leon Collins, Peter Arne, Oliver MacGreevy, Tom Chatto, Del Henney. Cinematography Arthur Ibbetson Film Editor John Shirley Original Music Angela Morley Written by Alistair MacLean from his novel Produced by Elliott Kastner Directed by Etienne Périer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Producer Elliott Kastner stretched Alistair MacLean's brand of military action adventure to James Bond extremes in the expensive, very popular Where Eagles Dare of 1968. Several MacLean adaptations got underway,
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Top 7 Bully vs. Wimp Movie Moments

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

This week’s “Question of the Week” on Jeff Bayer’s “Movie B.S.” podcast is inspired by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, a film about bullies and wimps clashing within the American educational infrastructure (I’m just assuming – Jeff reviewed it, I didn’t).

Read Jeff Bayer’s review of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

In honor of the wimps and their bullies, it’s time to think about the best clashes between the two in all of cinematic history. Below is a list that covers the moments of “Bully vs. Wimp,” but it doesn’t necessarily mean victory for the little guy. Sometimes, the wimp wins, but in others, the bully just keeps on harassin’, sassin’, and obviously, bullyin’.

Here are the Top 7 Bully vs. Wimp Moments …

7. Porky’s (1982)

Bully: Porky Wallace (Chuck Mitchell)

Wimp: Young
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Straw Dogs: Savage Cinema Or Misunderstood Masterpiece?

With Friday’s release of Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs remake, Thn has taken a look back at legendary hell-raising director Sam Peckinpah’s original take on the Gordon Williams novel The Siege At Trenchers Farm. The film’s title change came from an ancient Chinese phrase Peckinpah believed hints that every man has a breaking point, and with it brings its own untamed animal.

The film featured a still ‘on the rise’ Dustin Hoffman, fresh from classics The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy and Little Big Man. His now iconic performance was almost swept under the carpet, in a film that on its initial release was treated like an abandoned child by audiences and critics alike.

Peckinpah, like so many others in his profession, cut his directing teeth working on television. His first big break in the movie business was with Major Dundee, starring Hollywood legends Charlton Heston and Richard Harris.
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Blu-ray Review: Straw Dogs

Straw Dogs

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, Del Henney, David Warner | Written by Sam Peckinpah, David Zelag Goodman | Directed by Sam Peckinpah

I have a confession to make. I had, until slotting the new Blu-ray from Studio Canal into my player, never seen Straw Dogs. I was always an Expose fan, and (unwisely it turns out) thought that Peckinpah’s film would pale in comparison. Plus I’m a stickler for seeing films uncut… And as you may know, the film hasn’t been available uncut in the UK until very recently.

For those that aren’t familiar with the film, it tells the story of quiet American mathematician David Sumner (Hoffman) and his British-born wife Amy (George) who relocate to Amy’s rural English hometown in an attempt to flee the violent social unrest brewing in the Us. However the social unrest of the Us is replaced
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Blu-ray Review: Straw Dogs Ultimate 40th Anniversary Edition

The Film

As is now custom on the heels of a remake, it’s time for a remastered Blu-ray release of a classic movie – in this case Straw Dogs, which has been remade to a poor critical reception by director Rod Lurie. The 1971 thriller – which deals with challenging themes of violence and repression - remains a difficult film from controversial director Sam Peckinpah.

Dustin Hoffman stars as David Sumner, a nebbish and aloof American teacher, who moves to rural England to live with his British wife Amy (Susan George). Despite longing to leave behind the violence and chaos of life in the states, it soon becomes clear that conflict exists even in a quiet corner of jolly old England, as the pair become targeted by a local group of roguish roustabouts – whom leer over Amy and play tricks on David for being an outsider.

As things become progressively worse, the
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[Review] 'Straw Dogs' an Interesting Variation, Almost Works

[Review] 'Straw Dogs' an Interesting Variation, Almost Works
In theaters tomorrow, September 16th is Straw Dogs, the Rod Lurie directed remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 classic. Replacing Dustin Hoffman and Susan George as David and Amy Sumner are James Marsden and Kate Bosworth. Replacing Del Henney as Charlie Venner is Alexander Skarsgard. Replacing Cornwall, England as the setting is Blackwater, Mississippi. And replacing a singular classic is... actually a decent movie that is simply done no favors by the comparisons it invites upon itself. " 'Straw Dogs' almost works. It's just that, by the very nature of its existence, it invites comparisons to something more iconic and singular and it doesn't always stack up...It has some interesting variations on the original, but in the end it's not as satisfying or filling..." Rounding out the cast are James Woods, Rhys Coiro, Walton Goggins, Willa Holland and Dominic Purcell.
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Straw Dogs Blu-ray Review

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1971's Straw Dogs reminds us that there's more than one kind of impotence that can make a man small and helpless.

Fear can render a man impotent. It isn't necessarily the fear of being hurt or the fear of failure that director Sam Peckinpah's film examines, however. Those are fears that can be overcome with action.

But the fear of acting at all is a more difficult one to grapple with. And it's that fear that the film forces us to confront.

Straw Dogs tells the story of David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman), an American mathematician who has moved with his wife, Amy (Susan George), to her home town in England. It's a town full of hard laborers and hard drinkers; David immediately sticks out like a sore thumb, highlighting from the onset one source of his many insecurities.

To make matters more emasculating for him, David hires Charlie (Del Henney
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DVD Playhouse--September 2011

DVD Playhouse—September 2011

By Allen Gardner

In A Better World (Sony) Winner of last year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, this Danish export looks at two fractured families and the effect that the adult world dysfunction has on their two sons, who form an immediate and potentially deadly bond. Director Susanne Bier delivers another powerful work that maintains its drive during the films’ first 2/3, then falters somewhat during the last act. Still, well-worth seeing, and beautifully made. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; Commentary by Bier and editor Pernille Bech Christensen; Interview with Bier. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

X-men First Class (20th Century Fox) “Origins” film set in the early 1960s, traces the beginnings of Magento and Professor X (played ably here by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy), and how the once-close friends and colleagues became bitter enemies. First half is slam-bang entertainment at its stylish best,
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The 15 Best Revenge Movies (Part 2)

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Tmp is back to wrap up the 15 best movie about revenge, courtesy of guest writer Arcee from NFamousGamers. We've got more blood, guts, and hatred than we know what to do with on this list, so come in and see if your favorite revenge flicks made it on the list.

[Much like last time, spoilers for these films will ensue. And if for some reason you missed the beginning, be sure to check out Part 1 to get caught up!]

The Last House on the Left (1972)

To be honest, I like the 2009 version of the film slightly more than the original but the original film’s acts of vengeance and the reasons for it are more compelling. Two friends Mari (Sandra Cassell) and Paige (Lucy Grantham) go to a concert to celebrate Mari’s 17th birthday. In search of some marijuana, they run into a vicious criminal (David Hess) and his gang who just escaped from prison. Brutally victimizing and raping both girls, Paige is murdered for attempting to escape. Mari is then shot in the back and left for dead in a nearby lake.
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Straw Dogs Review d: Sam Peckinpah

Straw Dogs (1971) Direction: Sam Peckinpah Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T. P. McKenna, Del Henney, Jim Norton, Donald Webster, Ken Hutchison, Len Jones, Sally Thomsett, Robert Keegan, Peter Arne Screenplay: David Zelag Goodman and Sam Peckinpah; from Gordon Williams' novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm Oscar Movies Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Straw Dogs By Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica: If there has ever been a more over-interpreted and misinterpreted film than director Sam Peckinpah's 1971 drama Straw Dogs, I've yet to encounter it. Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey have had more ink spilled over them, but most of the ideas tossed about are on the money and far less is read into them. Also, those two classics have one big thing going for them that Straw Dogs does not. They are great films. Co-written by Peckinpah and David Zelag Goodman from from Gordon Williams' novel
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Teaser One-Sheet Debut and Premiere News: Devil's Playground

The teaser art for the next zombie themed epic coming out of the UK, Black and Blue Films' Devil's Playground, has come our way; and it's void of floating heads, pensive looking teens, and all the rest of the cliché horseshit we're spoon-fed here in the States.

Devil's Playground stars Craig Fairbrass as Cole, a hardened killer searching for a cure to the illness causing a zombie apocalypse across the globe that is also slowly turning him into one. Danny Dyer, Colin Salmon, Sean Pertwee, Lisa McAllister, Alistair Petrie, Jaime Murray, Shane Taylor, Craig Conway, MyAnna Buring, and Del Henney, whom you may remember as one of the villains in Straw Dogs, all co-star. Mark McQueen is in the director's chair.

"One of the best things about Devil's Playground is the cast," says producer Jonathan Sothcott. "In Craig Fairbrass I have the best action guy in the country - Craig
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Exclusive First Stills: The Devil's Playground

It's the end of the world as we know it, and as long as the undead are involved, we'll feel fine! Just got our hands on some exclusive new stills from the latest release from Black and Blue Films, The Devil's Playground, and we're happy to say that this end of days opus will be sporting some good old fashioned zombie carnage laced in with the myriad of horrors awaiting our survivors at every turn.

Devil's Playground stars Craig Fairbrass as Cole, a hardened killer searching for a cure to the illness causing a zombie apocalypse across the globe that is also slowly turning him into one. Danny Dyer, Craig Fairbrass, Colin Salmon, Sean Pertwee, Lisa McAllister, Alistair Petrie, Jaime Murray, Shane Taylor, Craig Conway, MyAnna Buring, and Del Henney, whom you may remember as one of the villains in Straw Dogs, all star. Mark McQueen will be in the director's chair.
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Spend the Apocalypse in the Devil's Playground

And the prospect of the End of Days just keeps getting brighter and brighter! Another post-apocalyptic film is on the way courtesy of Black and Blue Films. But this one will be sporting some good old fashioned zombie carnage laced in with the myriad of burned out buildings.

Devil's Playground stars Craig Fairbrass as Cole, a hardened killer searching for a cure to the illness causing a zombie apocalypse across the globe that is also slowly turning him into one, Jaime Murray ("Dexter"), Janet Montgomery (The Hills Run Red, Wrong Turn 3), Danny Dyer, Shane Taylor, Craig Conway, Steven Berkoff, Lisa McAllister, Bart Ruspoli, Del Henney, and Jack Healy. Mark McQueen will be in the director's chair.

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Yet Another Apocalyptic Tale in 'Devil's Playground'

Black & Blue Films (Dead Cert) is currently in pre-production on yet another horror film, Devil's Playground, which stars Danny Dyer (hardened killer searches for a cure to the illness causing a zombie apocalypse across the globe, and that is slowly turning him into one.), Jaime Murray ("Dexter"), Janet Montgomery (The Hills Run Red, Wrong Turn 3), Craig Fairbrass, Shane Taylor, Craig Conway, Steven Berkoff, Lisa McAllister, Bart Ruspoli, Del Henney and Jack Healy. Directed by Mark McQueen, a hardened killer searches for a cure to the illness causing a zombie apocalypse across the globe, and that is slowly turning him into one.
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Update on Unique Zombie Film Devil's Playground

Black & Blue Films is amassing a number of horror productions on its growing resume and we've got the details on one film that's getting ready to shoot in just a matter of weeks. Presently, Black & Blue is in production on Dead Cert , a vampire film, however, they're lurching into zombie territory with Devil's Playground . But this isn't just any undead romp, it's got a touch of film noir to it. The cast includes Danny Dyer ( Severance ), Janet Montgomery ( The Hills Run Red ), Jaime Murray ( Dexter ), MyAnna Buring ( The Descent ), Del Henney ( Straw Dogs ) and Dead Cert 's Craig Fairbbrass. Bart Ruspoli wrote the script. Fairbrass plays a hardened killer named Cole who's searching for a cure to the illness causing a zombie apocalypse across the globe, and that...
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