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Great Balls of Fire!

Director Jim McBride puts retro magic into a rock ‘n’ roll bio about a big talent who was probably more fun on stage than in person. Dennis Quaid hits the right note of insanity for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis’s rise to fame and fortune. Winona Ryder’s hilarious, almost scary bobby-sox Lolita becomes Jerry’s girl bride. Everything’s ducky until the real-life story goes sour, leaving the comic characterizations high and dry.

Great Balls of Fire!

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1989 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date February 27, 2018 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe, Stephen Tobolowsky, Trey Wilson, Alec Baldwin, Steve Allen, Jimmie Vaughan, Lisa Blount, Lisa Jane Persky, Peter Cook, Joe Bob Briggs.

Cinematography: Affonso Beato

Film Editor: Lisa Day, Pembroke Herring, Bert Lovitt

Production Design: David Nichols

Written by Jim McBride & Jack Baran, from a book by Myra Lewis
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Blythe Danner, Lisa Jane Persky and Lewis John Carlino Reporting for Duty at The Great Santini’s 35th Anniversary Screening

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Lewis John Carlino’s 1979 film The Great Santini, which stars Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, and Michael O’Keefe, will be screened at the The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles. Based upon the novel by Pat Conroy (The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides), the 115-minute film will be screened on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Actresses Blythe Danner and Lisa Jane Persky and director Lewis John Carlino are scheduled to appear at the screening and are due to partake in a post-screening Q & A for a discussion on the making of the film. Please be sure the check back with the website in regards to personal appearances/changing schedules.

From the press release:

Ben Meechum (Michael O’Keefe) struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father (Robert Duvall), an aggressively competitive marine pilot.

The Great Santini
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Revisiting When Harry Met Sally With the Actress Who Played Alice

  • Vulture
Revisiting When Harry Met Sally With the Actress Who Played Alice
Actress and writer Lisa Jane Persky played Alice, the married redhead who counsels Sally (Meg Ryan) and Marie (Carrie Fisher), in When Harry Met Sally. On the occasion of the film's 25th anniversary, she agreed to share some thoughts with Vulture. I just watched When Harry Met Sally for the first time since the premiere. I’m very excited about it, as much as I was when it opened. I tend not to watch things I’m in again for a loooong time. It’s always easier to be objective about and more forgiving of myself after at least a decade — but in this case, only a few months before shooting the film, my best friend (a man, no less) had shuffled off this mortal coil quite unexpectedly. It was my first time in New York without him, and it was a big adjustment; I assumed that revisiting the film
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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 3)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the third of a five-part feature... read parts one and two.

“The success of The Godfather [1972] went to my head like a rush of perfume. I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong,” admitted Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola who decided to produce a $23 million romantic fantasy. “One from the Heart [1982] suffered from the perception of me as some wild, egomaniac Donald Trump type of guy, and once they think about you that way, it’s just so many months before you’re brought down.” A middle class couple (Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr) split up and head off to Las Vegas where they encounter fanciful lovers. “I wanted to take a fable-like story and treat it almost the way [Walt] Disney would approach a story in his animated films,” explained the filmmaker. “If we had made the movie in Las Vegas,
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The Dogwalker

The Dogwalker
A young woman flees her physically abusive mate, taking the first flight out of Buffalo to Los Angeles, where she lands with a thud and luckily is befriended by a one-of-a-kind handler of pooches that belong to rich folk living in the hills. A promising debut by writer-director Jacques Thelemaque, "The Dogwalker" is one of those rare outsider-comes-to-L.A. films that captures the city's smoggy human atmosphere of promise and abandon -- and isolation -- without being preachy.

Not to be confused with a 1999 indie comedy of the same name directed by Paul Duran, "Dogwalker" benefits greatly from the lead performances by Diane Galdry and Pamela Gordon ("Chuck & Buck"). As bashed and stoned Ellie, Galdry says a lot without actually having much memorable dialogue. Her character's unreliableness, particularly after Gordon's Betsy -- angrily distrustful but physically deteriorating -- gives her a chance to work and live almost normally, is not the stuff saints are made of. But this is a tale of women who don't fit into the mold of model wives and girlfriends.

Indeed, Ellie and Betsy share the unfortunate experience of men who are physically violent. The latter, it is revealed, has a reputation as a wife who killed her husband. While Ellie does not learn kickboxing or train for the big showdown, it does eventually happen, without straining credibility too much, and she gets the satisfaction of giving her rabid nemesis (Alan Gelfant) a righteous pummeling.

Other characters in the canine-centric milieu include a pet "channeler" (Lyn Vaus), a dog psychic Lisa Jane Persky) and a starlet (Kerry Bishop) whose four-legged baby is lost by -- as Betsy calls her -- Ellie the "useless pothead punching bag." But even cynical, fading demigods like Betsy have hearts, and Ellie starts to see the benefits of stability and an improving sense of self-worth.

Founders of the producing Filmmakers Alliance, Thelemaque and Gaidry are married in real life, and she's a bona fide dogwalker. Rather than being self-indulgent or pretentious, however, the film comes up with many believable details and changes in direction that enrich the bittersweet central relationship of the two leads. It doesn't hurt having an irresistible pack of furry supporting characters who try, and manage a few times, to steal their scenes.

THE DOGWALKER

Filmmakers Alliance

Credits:

Screenwriter-director: Jacques Thelemaque

Producers: Linda L. Miller, Hilary Six, Jacques Thelemaque

Executive producers: David Diaan, Thoms Gaidry

Director of photography: Marco Fargnoli

Production designers: Joe Warson, Robert Lalibertere

Editor: Jeff Orgill

Costume designer: Claudia Coleman

Music: Joel Diamond

Cast:

Ellie: Diane Galdry

Betsy: Pamela Gordon

Walter: Lyn Vaus

Alyson: Lisa Jane Persky

Glen: Alan Gelfant

Dave: John Nielsen

Amanda Singer: Kerry Bishop

Running time -- 99 minutes

No MPAA rating

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