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Sleeping Dogs

Director Roger Donaldson has enjoyed a rewarding Hollywood career, but he began in New Zealand where this fantasy mini-epic about resistance to a political takeover became the first Kiwi picture to win an international release and launch a national film industry. The film’s young star didn’t do too badly either — the ‘ordinary guy’ who becomes rebel terrorist is played by none other than Sam Neill. Sold as an action thriller, the show is really a primer on how a democracy can be turned into a police state, with the public’s full approval.

Sleeping Dogs

Blu-ray

Arrow Academy USA

1977 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date April 17, 2018 / 39.95

Starring: Sam Neill, Nevan Rowe, Ian Mune, Warren Oates, Ian Watkin, Clyde Scott, Donna Akersten, Bill Johnson, Don Selwyn, Davina Whitehouse.

Cinematography: Michael Seresin

Film Editor: Ian John

Original Music: Mathew Brown, David Calder, Murray Grindlay

Written by Ian Mune, Arthur Baysting
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"Stripes" TV Series

Director Ivan Reitman's military comedy feature "Stripes" (1981) will be rebooted for Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV, with Reitman set to direct from a teleplay by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger:.

The original film starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy, with John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield and Bill Paxton:

"...'John Winger' is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car and his girlfriend. Realizing he has no prospects, he decides to join the Army. 

"Talking his best friend 'Russell Ziskey', a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.

"Upon arriving at 'Fort Arnold', they meet their fellow recruits,
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Action Figure: Lee Marvin

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There's something preternaturally destructive about Lee Marvin, something dangerous. “You’re a very bad man [...] a very destructive man,” spits a threatened Carroll O’Connor, with the sweaty haste of a hypochondriac, in John Boorman’s Point Blank (1967), a split-second after Marvin blasts a telephone into oblivion with his hand cannon. O’Connor could be describing any of Marvin’s roles, from the stoical hitman in Don Siegel’s The Killers (1964) to his gun-for-hire in Richards Brooks’s The Professionals (1966) to his Sergeant leading a gaggle of undisciplined men sentenced to die in Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen (1967). He exuded an odd kind of menace, a disciplined minatory authority. The six-foot-two actor possessed a weathered, world-weary malaise and uncalculated brutality that suggested internal turmoil, an indignation that manifested in abrupt bursts of violence. For all the pain he inflicted on screen, he seemed to be carrying his own, an ineffable kind,
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March 27th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special, Scanners Criterion Collection, The Outer Limits Season 1

The month of March is closing out with a busy week of home entertainment releases, with two of the highlights this week being Scream Factory's stunning Steelbook editions for Assault on Precinct 13 and Prince of Darkness. Scream Factory is also keeping busy with their Collector’s Edition release of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and their Blu-ray release of IFC Midnight's I Remember You.

David Cronenberg’s Scanners is also making its way into the Criterion Collection this week, and The City of the Dead is the recipient of another limited edition release as well. Other notable titles coming home on March 27th include The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special, The Outer Limits Season 1, Hell’s Kitty, Star Time, The Executioners, Mercy Christmas, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Assault on Precinct 13 Limited Edition Steelbook (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Isolated inside a soon-to-be-closed L.A. police station,
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Sleeping Dogs Starring Sam Neill and Warren Oates Available on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy April 17th

The 1977 New Zealand thriller Sleeping Dogs Starring Sam Neill and Warren Oates will be available on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy on April 17th

Adapted from C.K. Stead s novel Smith s Dream, Sleeping Dogs almost single-handedly kickstarted the New Zealand New Wave, demonstrating that homegrown feature films could resonate with both local and international audiences, and launching the big-screen careers of director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Species) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Possession).

Neill in his first lead role in a feature plays Smith, a man escaping the break-up of his marriage by finding isolation on an island off the Coromandel Peninsula. As he settles into his new life, the country is experiencing its own turmoil: an oil embargo has led to martial law and civil war, into which Smith reluctantly finds himself increasingly involved.

Co-starring Warren Oates (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) as the commander
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The Border

Tony Richardson’s look at corruption in the border patrol service is both sensational and insightful, and Jack Nicholson gives a committed performance as a downtrodden functionary who finds himself in a major moral and humanitarian catastrophe. The problem is still there today, with no consensus on the right diagnosis or solution. The action melodrama costars Harvey Keitel & Valerie Perrine, and introduces (to the U.S.) the impressive Elpidia Carrillo.

The Border (1982)

Region B Blu-ray

Indicator

1982 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date January 22, 2018 / available from Powerhouse Films UK / £14.99

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine, Warren Oates, Elpidia Carrillo, Shannon Wilcox, Manuel Viescas, Jeff Morris, Lonny Chapman, Alan Fudge.

Cinematography: Ric Waite, Vilmos Zsigmond

Film Editor: Robert K. Lambert

Original Music: Ry Cooder

Written by Deric Washburn, Walon Green, David Freeman

Produced by Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Directed by Tony Richardson

It’s no surprise that Tony Richardson’s 1982 The Border is indeed more relevant now,
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‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns

‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns
The Western is the quintessential American movie genre. Its iconography has been seared into our collective conscious: the solitary cowboy riding the endless frontier, towns struggling to survive in a lawless land, the quick-drawing gunfighter. Generations of filmmakers have engaged with those symbols, building an entire cinematic language on a genre that began with the simple premise of good “white hats” vs. bad “black hats.” In doing so, they have created mythologies, torn down legends and subverted what it means to be an American.

My exposure to the West began in the living room of my parents’ house. My father, a Sephardic Jew born and raised in Greece, shared with me the movies he loved as a child. Over the years my enthusiasm for the genre only grew as I became a history buff, a lover of myths, and eventually a filmmaker. In interviews, I’m often asked to name my favorite Western,
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CBS developing a Stripes TV series

It looks like the 1981 comedy Stripes could be the latest movie to find itself making the transition to the small screen, with Deadline reporting that CBS is developing a single camera comedy series based upon the film.

According to the site, the series will revolve around a rebellious outsider who finds his calling when he enlists in the U.S. military. Ivan Reitman, director of the original film, is on board to direct and executive produce alongside show creators Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger.

Stripes was a huge hit back in 1981, grossing over $85 million from a $10 million budget, and featured a cast that included Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young and John Candy.

The post CBS developing a Stripes TV series appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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"Stripes" TV Adaptation

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According to reports, director Ivan Reitman's 'buddy, military' comedy feature "Stripes" (1981) will be rebooted for Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV, with Reitman set to direct from a teleplay by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger:.

The original film starred Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy, with John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield and Bill Paxton:

"...'John Winger' is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car and his girlfriend. Realizing he has no prospects, he decides to join the Army. 

"Talking his best friend 'Russell Ziskey', a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.

"Upon arriving at 'Fort Arnold', they meet their fellow recruits,
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Guillermo Del Toro on Confronting Childhood Demons and Surviving a Real-Life Horror Story

Guillermo Del Toro on Confronting Childhood Demons and Surviving a Real-Life Horror Story
As a young child lying on a little mattress at the foot of his grandmother's bed in Guadalajara, Mexico — abandoned to her care as he so often was by his hardworking and hard-traveling parents — Guillermo del Toro experienced the first of what he calls his "lucid nightmares." He had just watched an episode of The Outer Limits, starring Warren Oates as a mutant with a bald head and giant eyes, and that image merged in his mind with the iconography of the Roman Catholic church, stamped on his soul by his deeply religious grandmother.

"I would wake up...
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Harry Dean Stanton: An Enigmatic Icon Whose Final Starring Role Might Be His Best

Harry Dean Stanton: An Enigmatic Icon Whose Final Starring Role Might Be His Best
As Ry Cooder’s slide guitar sounds melancholy echoes, the man suddenly appears in the desert, walking purposely toward some vague destination off in the distance. His sunbaked face covered with several days of beard, his pinstripe suit dusty and ill-matched with a red baseball cap, he is plainly driven by some inner demons. Just as plainly, he isn’t going to last much longer.

That’s how Harry Dean Stanton first appears in “Paris, Texas,” the classic 1984 drama directed by Wim Wenders from a screenplay credited to Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. And while taking stock of the much-respected actor on the occasion of his passing — Stanton died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 91 — I cannot help viewing that unforgettable image as metaphoric: After a long trudge through a wilderness of secondary roles, he finally broke through in this film to get the attention he so richly deserved.

Of course,
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Hollywood Mourns Death of ‘Legendary’ Harry Dean Stanton: ‘The Definition of Cool’

Hollywood Mourns Death of ‘Legendary’ Harry Dean Stanton: ‘The Definition of Cool’
Legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton died on Friday, and Hollywood was quick to mourn the “Big Love” actor.

Jon Cryer, who starred alongside Stanton in 1986’s “Pretty in Pink,” posted a photo of the two on set with the caption, “Was an honor, man. #RIPHarryDeanStanton”

Was an honor, man. #RIPHarryDeanStanton pic.twitter.com/6pPrQT9ClX

Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) September 15, 2017

Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright also shared a still of Stanton from “Repo Man” with the caption, “Rip to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here’s a few favs: ‘Alien,’ ‘Paris Texas,’ ‘Repo Man.'”

Rip to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here's a few favs: 'Alien', 'Paris Texas', 'Repo Man'. pic.twitter.com/tKglu0Bemv

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 15, 2017

Longtime Stanton collaborator David Lynch, who most recently worked with him on the “Twin Peaks” revival
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Hollywood Mourns Death of ‘Legendary’ Harry Dean Stanton: ‘The Definition of Cool’

Hollywood Mourns Death of ‘Legendary’ Harry Dean Stanton: ‘The Definition of Cool’
Legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton died on Friday, and Hollywood was quick to mourn the “Big Love” actor.

Jon Cryer, who starred alongside Stanton in 1986’s “Pretty in Pink,” posted a photo of the two on set with the caption, “Was an honor, man. #RIPHarryDeanStanton”

Was an honor, man. #RIPHarryDeanStanton pic.twitter.com/6pPrQT9ClX

Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) September 15, 2017

Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright also shared a still of Stanton from “Repo Man” with the caption, “Rip to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here’s a few favs: ‘Alien,’ ‘Paris Texas,’ ‘Repo Man.'”

Rip to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here's a few favs: 'Alien', 'Paris Texas', 'Repo Man'. pic.twitter.com/tKglu0Bemv

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 15, 2017

Longtime Stanton collaborator David Lynch, who most recently worked with him on the “Twin Peaks” revival
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Reboot For "The Rifleman"

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Thanks to the popularity of AMC airing the Wild West TV series "The Rifleman" (Four Star/ABC) (1958-63), starring Chuck Connors as 'Lucas McCain', a reboot of the series as a TV movie continues in development, focusing on adult 'Mark McCain', son of 'Lucas McCain', who reluctantly takes up his late father's proficiency with a gun:

In the original series, Civil War hero McCain, a sharpshooter and widower with a haunted past, moves to the territory of 'North Fork' to raise his son.. 

There, he joins forces with the fatherly 'Marshal Micah Torrance', to protect his new town and become its unofficial guardian.

Sam Peckinpah ("The Wild Bunch") creator of the series, wrote and directed episodes for the first season of "The Rifleman", starring his favorite actors Dennis Hopper and Warren Oates, usually letting the bad guys get away with a stern scolding, after
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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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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a
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The Rounders

The laid-back, plot challenged non-violent western gets a boost in this folksy comedy about two aging cowboys with less sense than the horses they tame. Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda star together for the first time, leaving behind their older images… they’re too tender-hearted for their own good. If the sex comedy wasn’t quite so dated, Burt Kennedy’s picture might be a classic.

The Rounders

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1965 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 84 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Sue Ane Langdon, Hope Holiday, Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan, Kathleen Freeman, Joan Freeman, Denver Pyle, Barton MacLane, Doodles Weaver, Peter Fonda, Peter Ford, Bill Hart, Warren Oates, Chuck Roberson.

Cinematography: Paul Vogel

Film Editor: John McSweeney

Original Music: Jeff Alexander

From the Novel by Max Evans

Produced by Richard E. Lyons

Written and Directed by Burt Kennedy

Producer Richard E. Lyons is
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Major Dundee

Cut from its over-4-hour length to 136 minutes, Sam Peckinpah’s beleaguered civil war epic was released in 1965 already showing the results of his own civil war with the studio – who then cut another 13 minutes after the film’s disastrous premiere. Over the years that footage and more as been reinstated burnishing the movie’s reputation and its place in Peckinpah’s canon. Other than Charlton Heston, it’s old-home week for the cantankerous director with a cast that includes James Coburn, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson and Slim Pickens.
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Ride the High Country

Before he became the flag bearer for cinema violence, Sam Peckinpah made his reputation with this unique western, a marvelous rumination on ethics, morality and personal responsibility. MGM all but threw it away in the summer of 1962 but it immediately became a critical favorite.

Ride the High Country

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1962 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan, R.G. Armstrong, Jenie Jackson, James Drury, L.Q. Jones, John Anderson, John Davis Chandler, Warren Oates.

Cinematography Lucien Ballard

Art Direction Leroy Coleman, George W. Davis

Film Editor Frank Santillo

Original Music George Bassman

Written by N.B. Stone Jr.

Produced by Richard E. Lyons

Directed by Sam Peckinpah

MGM’s western Ride the High Country put Sam Peckinpah on the map with critics and the foreign cinema literati — although it didn’t do big box office when new,
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Review: Sam Peckinpah's "Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia", Blu-ray Special Edition From Arrow

  • CinemaRetro
By Darren Allison

Attending a film festival in the mid-seventies, Sam Peckinpah was once questioned about how the studios regularly bastardised his vision, his intension and more specifically, if he would ever be able to make a ''pure Peckinpah'' picture. He replied, '’I did 'Alfredo Garcia' and I did it exactly the way I wanted to. Good or bad, like it or not, that was my film.''

The overall narrative for Alfredo Garcia is neither complicated nor convoluted. Warren Oates plays Bennie, a simple pianist residing in a squalid barroom in Mexico. He is approached by two no-nonsense Americans (Robert Webber and Gig Young) who are attempting to track down Alfredo Garcia. The womanising Garcia is the man responsible for the pregnancy of Theresa (Janine Maldonado) the teenage daughter of a powerful Mexican boss El Jefe (Emilio Fernández). In a display of power, El Jefe offers
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