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The Greatest Heist Comedies of All-Time

There’s nothing revelatory or new about adding a dose of the comedic to a crime picture, but the heist comedy is just a small corner of a vast and beloved cinematic landscape, as of recently, dominated by one filmmaker: Steven Soderbergh.

Responsible for four acclaimed entries in the genre, including Out of Sight and the Ocean’s 11 trilogy, Soderbergh has thankfully ended his so-called retirement and returned to film and the world of heist comedies with his newest, Logan Lucky, now playing in theaters. The film’s plot follows Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) a family man who plans to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, only to find he and his crew (Adam Driver, Daniel Craig and Riley Keough) must do the job while a Nascar race is underway.

To celebrate Soderbergh’s return with Logan Lucky, we’ve decided to look back at the greatest heist comedies of all-time.
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"Hells Angels On Wheels' 50th Anniversary Screening, L.A. August 3

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Hells Angels On Wheels La Screening with Richard Rush and Sabrina Scharf in Person

By Todd Garbarini

Richard Rush’s 1967 film Hells Angels on Wheels celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special screening at the Noho 7 Theatre in Los Angeles. Starring Adam Roarke, Jack Nicholson, Sabrina Scharf, Jana Taylor and Jack Starrett, the film runs 95 minutes and is one of several films that Mr. Rush directed Mr. Nicholson in, the others being Too Soon to Love (1960) and Psycho-Out (1968). This is a rare opportunity to see this film on the big screen.

Please Note: Director Richard Rush and actress Sabrina Scharf are scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.

From the press release:

Hells Angels On Wheels (1967)

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:30 Pm

A bunch of hairy guys on Harleys are causing trouble again in this, one of the best-remembered examples of the biker flicks of the 1960's.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Race With The Devil

If you’re going to race with the Devil, you’ve got to be fast as hell!

Pull on up to the ’70s, when Satanic Panic fueled the nightmares of a horror-fed generation. Started by Rosemary’s Baby (1968), exploding with The Exorcist (1973), and culminating with The Omen (1976), hoofin’ with the Horned One was a popular dance at the box office. Race with the Devil (1975) is a much less grandiose ride than its esteemed colleagues, but remains a fun and interesting mesh of hot rods and Hell.

Released in June, Rwtd came off the assembly line for $1.7 million Us and returned $12 million, a sizable success for a modest B-flick. Car chase movies always turned a tidy profit on the circuit, exploitation filled with wheels and women perfectly suited for drive-ins across North America. By the time Rwtd was released, satanic horror had saturated the market. But by crossbreeding it with a
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Better than Fast and Furious: ‘Race with the Devil’ a spare, solid, sharply paced horror/road flick

Race with the Devil

Directed by Jack Starrett

Written by Lee Frost and Wes Bishop

1975, USA

A follow up to the 20th Century Fox surprise success of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (released a year earlier), this Peter Fonda-Warren Oates cult classic is a strange hybrid of genres. One might assume the film offers a car chase with Satan himself. This isn’ t that movie; that would instead be the Nicolas Cage 2011 vehicle, Drive Angry. The result here rests somewhere between Rosemary’s Baby and Vanishing Point, featuring requisite road chases and a Satanic cult. With the mash-up of what was then, two popular fads, it is no surprise Race with the Devil was a box office hit in 1975. Action filmmaker Jack Starrett (Nowhere to Hide, The Gravy Train, Cleopatra Jones) hits his career high directing this slickly executed genre-hopping cult favourite. Race with the Devil is an entertaining,
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Coolest of Crime Cinema: Essential Blaxploitation

After all the debates, controversies, and stereotype accusations have cleared, looking back on Blaxploitation cinema today it’s easy to see healthy portions of the crime and action genres. Using these genres and the struggles of the black community, these films were created for those that wanted to see African American characters on the big screen not taking shit from the man, “getting over”, and–above all else—being the heroes in movies. In the documentary Baad Asssss Cinema, Samuel L. Jackson gives his take on the heroes of Blaxploitation: “We were tired of seeing the righteous black man. And all of a sudden we had guys who were…us. Or guys who did the things we wanted those guys to do.”

The unsung supporting players in these films that backed Fred Williamson and Pam Grier and many other stars were people acting and making a living off of it.
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Ten Underrated Horror Movies for Halloween 2012

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For some strange reason the horror genre has more underrated and undervalued films than pretty much any other genre. The reason for this seems to be that despite films like The Exorcist, The Thing and An American Werewolf in London being considered classics, the genre still isn’t taken seriously. Roughly 75% of the straight to DVD market consists of horror films and with so much produced with critics ready and waiting to give it a kick, it’s no surprise that a great many titles go by without any attention or love.

So as it’s Halloween here are ten horror movies that didn’t get the attention they deserved and are well worth seeking out this Halloween if you aren’t really in the mood for another Paranormal Activity film.

10. Daybreakers (2009)

Despite having one of the greatest trailers in recent memory, The Spierig Brothers vampire film Daybreakers was a
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"There's That Guy" - The Person You Say Man, He's In Everything!

..."man, he's in everything." Do you ever catch yourself saying that when you see a familiar face on the screen? You watch a film and see a character played by someone who is a "regular" in the movies. These character actors catch our attention, they really stand out. Their voice, look, screen presence. My article today consists of 5 "guys" who fit that category. 1. Jack Starrett Who the hell is Jack Starrett? Well, his performance was so…
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The Walking Tall Trilogy Review

The Walking Tall Trilogy (DVD) Directed by: Phil Karlson / Earl Bellamy / Jack Starrett Starring: Joe Don Baker / Bo Svenson Advertised as the “original revenge film,” Walking Tall is a '70s classic that I’m not sure would appeal to today’s audience even though there seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of heroes in revenge films with films like Taken. The movie was popular enough to spawn two sequels in the '70s, a television movie, a television series (albeit short-lived) and eventually a remake with its own two direct-to-dvd sequels. This review covers the '70s theatrical films that have been released as a trilogy in a single package. When Walking Tall was originally released in 1973, I was only eleven years old, but for some reason, I have a strong memory of this film’s impact. The movie was R-rated, so neither I nor any of
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Supporting Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated (part 1 of 5)

With the Academy Awards for the 2011 film year in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take a look at one of the event’s most consistently fascinating categories: Best Supporting Actor. The most interesting story in the category this year isn’t who got nominated, it’s who didn’t. More specifically, Albert Brooks was completely robbed of a nomination for his performance as film producer turned lethal gangster Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.

As much as I’d like to say I was surprised by this, considering both the quality of performance and Brooks’ slew of nominations from other critical circles, in light of the Academy’s history of overlooking outstanding supporting performances, I simply can’t.

Following is a chronological look at a number of performances richly deserving of a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination.

In some cases, the performances are in films
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DVD Playhouse--February 2012

DVD Playhouse—February 2012

By Allen Gardner

To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Robert Mulligan’s film of Harper Lee’s landmark novel pits a liberal-minded lawyer (Gregory Peck) against a small Southern town’s racism when defending a black man (Brock Peters) on trumped-up rape charges. One of the 1960s’ first landmark films, a truly stirring human drama that hits all the right notes and isn’t dated a bit. Robert Duvall makes his screen debut (sans dialogue) as the enigmatic Boo Radley. DVD and Blu-ray double edition. Bonuses: Two feature-length documentaries: Fearful Symmetry and A Conversation with Gregory Peck; Featurettes; Excerpts and film clips from Gregory Peck’s Oscar acceptance speech and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; Commentary by Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 2.0 mono.

Outrage: Way Of The Yakuza (Magnolia) After a brief hiatus from his signature oeuvre of Japanese gangster flicks,
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Kill List – review

Suburban thriller meets The Wicker Man in Ben Wheatley's cleverly unsettling British horror movie

A year ago last month, Down Terrace, the first film for the cinema by the British director of TV series and commercials, Ben Wheatley, was given a limited distribution. Made on the thinnest of shoestrings for an alleged £6,000 (the same sum that in 1998 was said to be the notional budget of Christopher Nolan's Following), it was a highly entertaining black comedy largely set in the cosy suburban house of a Brighton gangster, his devoted wife and surly, grown-up son who has recently been acquitted of an unnamed crime.

A succession of low-life characters comes and goes, semi-improvised euphemistic small talk flows, and several people disappear to end up in graves on the South Downs. I described the film as "Brighton Rock reworked in the style of The Royle Family", and it made me eager to see his next film,
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Joshua Reviews Shout! Factory’s Dirty Mary Crazy Larry / Race With The Devil Double Feature [DVD Review]

Over the past few years, the world of the big screen genre film has seen a massive up swing.

Thanks to films like Hobo With A Shotgun, the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse double feature, and with regards to this new “Action-Packed Double Feature” collection from Shout! Factory, something like Drive Angry 3D, the B-movie has become big time business for A-grade studios.

However, it’s also become something of a renaissance on the home video front as well, primarily thanks to Shout! Factory and their collection of Roger Corman DVD sets. While not graced with the title of a “Roger Corman Cult Classic” like Death Race 2000 or Rock & Roll High School, Shout! has released two of the most iconic car chase cult pictures that the sub-genre has to offer, in a rather brilliant 2 disc DVD set.

First up, you have the iconic Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. Overtly referenced
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases for April 12, 2011

Here is your list of DVD and Blu-Ray Releases for April 12, 2011. This week, we have a great high-octane double pack of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry and Race With The Devil and some other flicks that may tickle your fancy, so click beyond the break to see the full list.

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2033: Future Apocalypse

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2033 Mexico City. In a corporation-controlled society where the population is controlled by a synthetic food called Pecti.
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Day of the Undead film showcase in Britain

British zombie fans can enjoy 12 hours of flesheating fun at the second annual Day of the Undead, taking place in Leicester on Saturday, November 1. Movies lined up include Jay Lee’s Zombie Strippers, starring Robert Englund and Jenna Jameson; Omar Ali Khan’s acclaimed Pakistani horror film Hell’S Ground; the UK premiere of New Zealand’s Last Of The Living, from filmmaker Logan McMillan (pictured; see the trailer below); and the original Night Of The Living Dead and Return Of The Living Dead.

There will also be zombie shorts, makeup artists on hand to turn audience members into ghouls and lots of giveaways and prizes.

Day of the Undead is the middle part of the annual three-day Far Out Festival of Fantastique Film. On Friday (which is, of course, Halloween), audiences can view the rarely screened British chiller Corruption, featuring Peter Cushing in an atypically nasty role, plus David Lynch’s uncategorizable Eraserhead,
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