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By Lee Pfeiffer
As Cinema Retro gets inundated with DVDs to review during the course of any given year, it's virtually impossible to keep up with all of them in a timely manner. Here are some notable titles you should be aware of:
Cabaret Blu-ray (Warner Home Video): Warner Home Video has inherited the rights to Bob Fosse's classic 1972 film adaptation of the stage production that, in turn, was based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories. The Blu-ray comes packaged in one of those irresistible hardback book formats that is loaded with wonderful photos from the movie. The movie itself holds up superbly even after 40 years. The decline of Germany's Weimar Republic amidst the rise of National Socialism in the 1930s is seen through the eyes of nightclub singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and her constant companions (Michael York, Helmut Griem) . Fosse's decision to emphasize the sleaze elements »
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Fifty years ago, Variety, in its own unique way, put a price tag on what the marathon television news coverage and abrupt shuttering of film, TV and legit productions cost showbiz in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination: $40 million.
But bottom-line considerations were superfluous to the shock in Hollywood on Nov. 22, 1963, when the entire industry, like the rest of the nation, virtually ground to a halt. The headline on the Nov. 25, 1963, edition of Daily Variety (the first edition to follow the Friday assassination) said it all: “All Showbiz Mourns Kennedy.”
The industry was much more divided between Democrats and Republicans then, but Kennedy, more than any of his predecessors up to that point, seemed to recognize the dynamic between entertainment and politics, giving showbiz figures the presidential spotlight in a way carried on by his successors. (Next week, President Obama is scheduled to visit DreamWorks.) On the calendar »
- Ted Johnson
Netflix is great but some times you dont want to have to wait so long to see the latest horror movie releases. Thats where Redbox comes in handy. Below we have listed horror movies that have just been released to Redbox. We have also listed a few recommendations that are better than average in our opinion. Horror Movies Just Released to Redbox Killer Holiday Psychotic killer Melvin Spider Holiday stalks eight unsuspecting teenage victims along old Route 66 driving them further and further from civilization. Anxiety starts to build as each stop along the way proves stranger then the last until the group is lured to an abandoned amusement park with a horrifying past. Soon they discover that the park comes complete with »
Hotch is down for the count. Haley and the Reaper make an appearance. And a father catches his daughter's would-be rapist and fulfills every father's sincere wish, right before attempting to whisk her away from Wichita.
What more could you want from such a brilliant episode of Criminal Minds?
"Route 66" gave us the story of a father who, after spending a number of years in prison, finally got re-acquainted with his daughter, mostly via text message. Fortunately for her, he showed up in person right as her date for the evening decided that the word "no" was unacceptable. After beating the man to within an inch of his life, he and his daughter decided to skip town and head for Mexico.
Cue the Amber Alert system.
Only this wasn't a case where the daughter went unwillingly: they had been talking about doing something like this for a while. At »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Douglas Wolfe)
In last week's episode, the team met their new Section Chief, Mateo Cruz, who has a complicated and as-yet-unexplored history with Jj. In tonight's episode, "Route 66", the agents investigate the disappearance of a young girl and an ailing Hotch has visions of his past. Read on to find out what the minds behind Criminal Minds have in-store for us this week. »
Ben Child: Pixar's rumoured to be developing Cars 3. It's time they put this franchise on the scrapheap
• Cars 2 - review
• Tom Lamont on The Great Big Pixar Conspiracy
Pixar may have changed the face of film-making in the 1990s and ushered in a brave new world of CGI animation, but it could do with a top-up of critical goodwill. The rumours that Cars 3 might be entering production soon are more likely to have fans – or at least anyone over the age of nine – spluttering in dismay.
Michael Wallis, an expert on America's iconic Route 66 and the voice of Sheriff in the previous two Cars movies, told Wgbz radio in Illinois that the next film in the series will return to Lightning McQueen's adopted hometown of Radiator Springs. That means a return to Route 66, which runs through the small isolated town, and a visit to another famous real-life road, »
- Ben Child
Remember how beloved the sequel to Pixar’s Cars was with critics? No? Well, remember how it made a whole bunch of money anyway? If not, you can be assured that it most definitely did, and since Pixar seems hellbent on destroying all the good will it had built among fans of quality animated films, they’re revving their engines and getting ready for a road trip back to their grove of money trees with Cars 3.
This news comes courtesy of loose-lipped “historical consultant” and voice actor Michael Wallis, who voiced the character of the Sheriff in the first two Cars movies and also wrote the book Route 66: The Mother Road, which is an accurate historical account of how the famous Route 66 literally gave birth to a docile, peace-loving race of talking cars who were then wiped out by the evil Henry Ford and his race of mute, »
- Jeremy Clymer
New Criminal Minds season 9,episode 5 interesting spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, CBS delivered the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Criminal Minds" episode 5 of season 9. The episode is entitled, "Route 66," and it appears to be very interesting and emotional as Aaron falls out and sees his old flame in the afterlife, and more. In the new "Route 66" episode, Hotch's injury related to his stabbing by the reaper, will end up, putting his life on the line, while the Bau searches for a missing teenager. As Hotch fights for his life due to complications from his stabbing at the hands of George Foyet, a.k.a. “The Reaper,” he is going to experience visions of his late wife, Haley, and his nemesis, Foyet. In the meantime, the Bau will end up, searching for a missing teenager and investigates her estranged father as a suspect in her disappearance. »
I had the best night’s sleep of my adult life at a Travel Lodge in Williams, Arizona, which is on East Route 66, exactly half-way from Telluride to Los Angeles. »
- Sasha Stone
Did you see Kon-tiki when it was in theaters earlier this year? It is an amazing adventure and the kind of film we avid movie goers haven’t seen in a long time.
Based on the amazing true adventure of Thor Heyderdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), Kon-tiki is the tale of a Norwegian explorer in 1947 who embarks on the voyage of a lifetime to prove a point. When the scientific community rejects his theory that South Americans were the first to settle in the Polynesian Islands, Heyerdahl resolves to prove its validity—and save his reputation—by embarking on the voyage himself. Recruiting a group of five men who are just bold enough to tackle the seemingly impossible trip, he builds a simple raft to original pre-Columbian specifications and sets off on the epic 101 day-long journey across the treacherous ocean to meet his fate, while the world watches.
In case you »
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate Films will distribute Marty Thomas' surreal horror thriller Killer Holiday. This film, from Ridiculous Pictures, will be released in November on home video formats. The film is set in an amusement park. And, a new trailer for Killer Holiday has been unleashed. In the clip, eight friends set off on Route 66 for fun and good times. Unknowingly, one in their group is a serial killer and he hopes to ensnare them in an isolated locale. Murder and mystery ensue in this second trailer for the film. Horror film fans can also preview the DVD cover art for the film (above). The villain is shown forefront and below it reads "Muerto Ride Land" or "Dead Ride Land." Los Muertos begin November 5th, 2013! Release Date: November 5th, 2013. Director: Marty Thomas. Writers: Marty Thomas and Jon Zuber. Cast: Michael Copon, Rachel Lara, Julia Beth Stern and Alex Mandel. The film's »
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Lionsgate’s “darkly violent”(The Hollywood Reporter) thriller Killer Holiday is set to unleash itself on DVD November 5th, but fright fiends wanting to see it earlier can check it out via digital download two weeks earlier starting October 22nd. More info below:
“Psychotic killer Melvin “Spider” Holiday stalks eight unsuspecting teenage victims along old Route 66, driving them further and further from civilization. Anxiety starts to build as each stop along the way proves stranger then the last until the group is lured to an abandoned amusement park with a horrifying past. Soon they discover that the park comes complete with broken down carnival rides, the smell of death and a killer ready to give them one ticket to hell.”
Killer Holiday hits DVD and VOD beginning November 5th via Lionsgate Entertainment. »
If culture is on your Us holiday agenda, Albuquerque has enough happening art, music, film and theatre venues to sate the hungriest of vultures
Tricklock Performance Laboratory
Tricklock Company, The Box, q-Staff and The Cell Theatre all make their homes downtown. Tricklock Company highlights artistic risk, physicality, absurdism and poetic work, and performances throughout the year feature strong new work by their prolific and talented ensemble. Come January, performers from around the globe converge for the Revolutions festival, a three-week extravaganza of surprising, intense and often hilarious live theatre. A recent Revolutions performance by Teatret Om from Denmark was created for a small audience to sit on the floor close to the performers in a cosy igloo, on which magical images were projected as part of their story.
• 110 Gold Avenue Sw, +1 505 254 8393, tricklock.com
The non-profit 516 Arts anchors a lively culture district with its modern, museum-style venue. For the 18th »
- Suzanne Sbarge
Directed by Monte Hellman
Written by Rudy Wurlitzer and Will Cory
Two-Lane Blacktop just might be the greatest car movie ever made. This quiet, anti-narrative, masterpiece, and bonafide cult classic is the best of the ‘existential road-trip’ movies, and one of the greatest American films made in the early 70′s. As the pinnacle of director Monte Hellman’s career, it ages better with time. As much as Monte Hellman’s 1971 road movie will forever be associated with Easy Rider, it also springs to mind Dirty Mary Crazy Larry and Vanishing Point. But unlike those two films, Hellman is less interested in allegory nor in the race itself. For a movie about a race, it moves incredibly slow. Two-Lane Blacktop instead explores how three men head out to nowhere in particular. Hellman is interested in the process whereby a passion is subtly transformed into an obsession – and as »
Ride to Hell: Route 666 will release this summer for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. A new action-packed announcement trailer has just been unleashed from the fiery pits of Hell to show some of the two-wheel action ahead on the way across Route 666 to face The Devil's Hand.
From the Press Release
Deep Silver today is putting the pedal to the metal with more details on the upcoming action game Ride to Hell: Route 666. In the world’s first real time tactics beat’em up, players will beef up their pack of road warriors, provide them with the right gear, and take them to the streets in a merciless battle for every mile of the legendary Route 66. The trip starts this summer, when the game is scheduled to hit the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Steam.
Tactics are »
- Amanda Dyar
Universal Pictures horror legend Boris Karloff rose to stardom as the lumbering giant with neck bolts Frankenstein. "The monster was the best friend I ever had," the English actor once remarked. After frightening fans in films like Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939), Karloff said good-bye to the monster in 1962 when he wore his costume for the last time in a Halloween episode of the TV series Route 66. By 1965, Game Gems Productions issued a board game honoring the actor called Boris Karloff's Monster Game. Website Boing Boing featured the horror-themed novelty, which takes players on a detour to haunted locations. Various incredibly cool "monster markers" (31 total, one of them resembling...
- Alison Nastasi
Announced all the way back in the grindhouse revival heyday of 2008, this multi-part action game is coming to current-gen consoles and the PC on June 25 from "Dead Island" publisher Deep Silver.
"Ride to Hell: Retribution" follows protagonist Jake Conway as he doles out revenge against the villainous bikers of The Devil's Hand. Everything about the game's presentation in this trailer speaks to that narrow window of time five years ago where some of us thought the 70's-style blood and guts movie aesthetic might be a thing (until "Grindhouse" died a quick death theatrically and every also-ran filmmaker tried to ape the effort).
"Retribution" is part of a multi-release strategy that would see a digital spinoff, "Ride to Hell: Route 666" come to Xbox Live, Psn, and Steam. That game would have players recruiting other bikers and attempting to seize control of swaths of Route 66. Meanwhile, the brawler "Ride to Hell: Beatdown" is coming to mobile. »
- Charles Webb
In the new indie, "Farah Goes Bang," making its world premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, "Circumstance" star Nikohl Boosheri plays the titular Farah, a woman trying to lose her virginity while on the road campaigning for John Kerry in 2004 with her friends. Farah and her friends K.J. and Roopa follow the campaign trail across historic Route 66 on their way to Ohio, the central battleground state of 2004, seizing control of this charged moment in their lives and the life of their country. According to its director Meera Menon, "'Farah' updates the American tradition of the Western, telling a new trail story, in a diverse, powerful and hilarious female way." Take a look at the trailer below, exclusive to Indiewire. »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
1973’s Badlands marked the first feature film from writer/director Terrence Malick and it squarely put him on the path to his current cinematic sainthood. Over a forty year career and a scant six feature films — three more are on the way — Malick has established a well deserved mystique as the closest thing America has produced to a true European style auteur. Frankly, no one else is even close. Ironically, one could make a case that the artistic influence of this Oklahoma farm boy has its deepest resonance far beyond America’s shores. Directors such as Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylon and Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas reverently evoke Malick’s pantheistic zen, while Thailand’s Apitchapong Weerasathakul’s slow, stately dolly shots of weeds and bushes make him perhaps Malick’s most direct artistic descendent.
Back in the U.S., the cult of Malick has grown to such glowing stature »
- David Anderson
Screenwriter for Don Siegel and writer/producer of classic TV series, he named many of his colleagues as communists
In 1951, when the screenwriter Richard Collins, who has died aged 98, testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (Huac), he named more than 20 colleagues and friends in the film industry as belonging to or sympathising with the Communist party. Although by so doing he saved his Hollywood career, it was an action that cast a shadow over the rest of his life, regardless of his success in film and television as a writer and producer.
According to many, it was a cowardly act, which Collins later tried to justify, as did directors Elia Kazan and Edward Dmytryk, by saying that it was his patriotic duty, and that Huac knew the names anyway. However, in an interview in Victor Navasky's book Naming Names (1980), Collins called himself "a son of a bitch, a miserable little bastard. »
- Ronald Bergan
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