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Noirvember Requests?

What are your three top noirs you'd love to see discussed this month? I mean besides the obvious choices like Gilda (a personal fav) and films we've discussed in the past few years already like Double Indemnity, Blood Simple, The Bigamist, and Woman in the Window.

Easy Access Fyi:

• Netflix has a paltry selection of Noir but they are offering Dressed to Kill, Don't Bother to Knock, Laura, and House on Telegraph Hill

• Amazon Prime is streaming The Killer is Loose, The Man in the Attic, The Hitchhiker, Shoot to Kill, Scarlett Street, Dark Passage, Strange Woman, Fear in the Night, The Stranger, Port of New York, Strange Illusion, Whistle Stop and Woman on the Run

• The new FilmStruck service has several foreign titles mostly from Japan and France
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The Magnetic Monster

Ivan Tors and Curt Siodmak 'borrow' nine minutes of dynamite special effects from an obscure-because-suppressed German sci-fi picture, write a new script, and come up with an eccentric thriller where atom scientists behave like G-Men crossed with Albert Einstein. The challenge? How to make a faceless unstable atomic isotope into a worthy science fiction 'monster.' The Magnetic Monster Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1953 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 76 min. / Street Date June 14, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Richard Carlson, King Donovan, Jean Byron, Leonard Mudie, Byron Foulger, Michael Fox, Frank Gerstle, Charles Williams, Kathleen Freeman, Strother Martin, Jarma Lewis. Cinematography Charles Van Enger Supervising Film Editor Herbert L. Strock Original Music Blaine Sanford Written by Curt Siodmak, Ivan Tors Produced by Ivan Tors Directed by Curt Siodmak

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

How did we ever survive without an "Office of Scientific Investigation?" In the early 1950s, producer Ivan Tors launched himself with a trio of science fiction movies based on that non-existent government entity, sort of an FBI for strange scientific phenomena. As of this writing, Kino has released a terrific 3-D Blu-ray of the third entry, 1954's Gog. The second Tors Osi mini-epic is the interesting, if scientifically scrambled Riders to the Stars, which shows up from time to time on TCM but has yet to find its way to home video in any format. The first of the series, 1953's The Magnetic Monster is considered the most scientifically interesting, although it mainly promotes its own laundry list of goofy notions about physics and chemistry. As it pretends that it is based on scientific ideas instead of rubber-suited monsters, Tors' abstract threat is more than just another 'thing' trying to abduct the leading lady. Exploiting the common fear of radiation, a force little understood by the general public, The Magnetic Monster invents a whole new secret government bureau dedicated to solving 'dangerous scientific problems' -- the inference being, of course, that there's always something threatening about science. Actually, producer Tors was probably inspired by his partner Curt Siodmak to take advantage of a fantastic special effects opportunity that a small show like Magnetic could normally never afford. More on that later. The script plays like an episode of Dragnet, substituting scientific detectives for L.A.P.D. gumshoes. Top-kick nuclear troubleshooter Dr. Jeff Stewart (Richard Carlson) can't afford to buy a tract home for his pregnant wife Connie (beautiful Jean Byron, later of The Patty Duke Show). He is one of just a few dauntless Osi operatives standing between us and scientific disaster. When local cops route a weird distress call to the Osi office, Jeff and his Phd. sidekick Dan Forbes (King Donovan) discover that someone has been tampering with an unstable isotope in a room above a housewares store on Lincoln Blvd.: every metallic object in the store has become magnetized. The agents trace the explosive element to one Dr. Serny (Michael Fox), whose "lone wolf" experiments have created a new monster element, a Unipolar watchamacallit sometimes referred to as Serranium. If not 'fed' huge amounts of energy this new element will implode, expand, and explode again on a predictable timetable. Local efforts to neutralize the element fail, and an entire lab building is destroyed. Dan and Jeff rush the now-larger isotope to a fantastic Canadian "Deltatron" constructed in a super-scientific complex deep under the ocean off Nova Scotia. The plan is to bombard the stuff with so much energy that it will disintegrate harmlessly. But does the Deltatron have enough juice to do the job? Its Canadian supervisor tries to halt the procedure just as the time limit to the next implosion is coming due! Sincere, likeable and quaint, The Magnetic Monster is nevertheless a prime candidate for chuckles, thanks to a screenplay with a high clunk factor. Big cheese scientist Jeff Stewart interrupts his experimental bombardment of metals in his atom smasher to go out on blind neighborhood calls, dispensing atom know-how like a pizza deliveryman. He takes time out to make fat jokes at the expense of the lab's switchboard operator, the charming Kathleen Freeman. The Osi's super-computer provides instant answers to various mysteries. Its name in this show is the acronym M.A.N.I.A.C.. Was naming differential analyzers some kind of a fetish with early computer men? Quick, which '50s Sci-fi gem has a computer named S.U.S.I.E.? The strange isotope harnesses a vague amalgam of nuclear and magnetic forces. It might seem logical to small kids just learning about the invisible wonder of magnetism -- and that understand none of it. All the silverware at the store sticks together. It is odd, but not enough to cause the sexy blonde saleswoman (Elizabeth Root) to scream and jump as if goosed by Our Friend the Atom. When a call comes in that a taxi's engine has become magnetized, our agents are slow to catch on. Gee, could that crazy event be related to our mystery element? When the culprit scientist is finally tracked down, and pulled off an airliner, he's already near death from overexposure to his own creation. We admire Dr. Serny, who after all managed to create a new element on his own, without benefit of a billion dollar physics lab. He also must be a prize dope for not realizing that the resulting radiation would kill him. The Osi troubleshooters deliver a stern lesson that all of us need to remember: "In nuclear research there is no place for lone wolves." If you think about it, the agency's function is to protect us from science itself, with blame leveled at individual, free-thinking, 'rogue' brainiacs. (Sarcasm alert.) The danger in nuclear research comes not from mad militarists trying to make bigger and more awful bombs; the villains are those crackpots cooking up end-of-the-world scenarios in their home workshops. Dr. Serny probably didn't even have a security clearance! The Magnetic Monster has a delightful gaffe in every scene. When a dangerous isotope is said to be 'on the loose,' a police radio order is broadcast to Shoot To Kill ... Shoot what exactly, they don't say. This line could very well have been invented in the film's audio mix, if producer Tors thought the scene needed an extra jolt. Despite the fact that writer-director Curt Siodmak cooked up the brilliant concept of Donovan's Brain and personally invented a bona fide classic monster mythology, his '50s sci-fi efforts strain credibility in all directions. As I explain in the Gold review, Siodmak may have been the one to come up with the idea of repurposing the climax of the old film. He was a refugee from Hitler's Germany, and had written a film with director Karl Hartl. Reading accounts in books by Tom Weaver and Bill Warren, we learn that the writer Siodmak had difficulty functioning as a director and that credited editor Herbert Strock stepped in to direct. Strock later claimed that the noted writer was indecisive on the set. The truly remarkable aspect of The Magnetic Monster comes in the last reel, when Jeff and Dan take an elevator ride way, way down to Canada's subterranean, sub-Atlantic Deltatron atom-smasher. They're suddenly wearing styles not worn in the early 'fifties -- big blocky coats and wide-brimmed hats. The answer comes when they step out into a wild mad-lab construction worthy of the visuals in Metropolis. A giant power station is outfitted with oversized white porcelain insulators -- even a set of stairs looks like an insulator. Atop the control booth is an array of (giant, what else) glass tubes with glowing neon lights inside. Cables and wires go every which-way. A crew of workers in wrinkled shop suits stands about like extras from The Three-Penny Opera. For quite some time, only readers of old issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland knew the secret of this bizarre footage, which is actually from the 1934 German sci-fi thriller Gold, directed by Karl Hartl and starring Hans Albers and Brigitte Helm. Tors and Siodmak do their best to integrate Richard Carlson and King Donovan into this spectacular twenty-year-old stock footage, even though the extravagant production values and the expressionist patina of the Ufa visuals are a gross mismatch for The Magnetic Monster's '50s semi-docu look. Jeff's wide hat and David Byrne coat are there to make him look more like Hans Albers in the 1934 film, which doesn't work because Albers must be four inches taller and forty pounds beefier than Richard Carlson. Jeff climbs around the Deltatron, enters a control booth and argues with the Canadian scientist/turnkey, who is a much better match for the villain of Gold. Jeff changes into a different costume, with a different cap -- so he can match Albers in the different scene in Gold. The exciting climax repurposes the extravagant special effects of Otto Hunte and Günther Rittau, changing the original film's attempted atomic alchemy into a desperate attempt to neutralize the nasty new element before it can explode again. The matching works rather well for Jeff's desperate struggle to close an enormous pair of bulkhead doors that have been sabotaged. And a matched cut on a whip pan from center stage to a high control room is very nicely integrated into the old footage. The bizarre scene doesn't quite come off... even kids must have known that older footage was being used. In the long shots, Richard Carlson doesn't look anything like Hans Albers. A fuel-rod plunger in the control room displays a German-style cross, even though the corresponding instrument in the original show wasn't so decorated. Some impressive close-up views of a blob of metal being bombarded by atomic particles are from the old movie, and others are new effects. Metallurgy is scary, man. The "Serranium" threat establishes a pattern touched upon by later Sci-fi movies with organic or abstract forces that grow from relative insignificance to world-threatening proportions. The Monolith Monsters proposes giant crystals that grow to the size of skyscrapers, threatening to cover the earth with a giant quartz-pile. The Sam Katzman quickie The Day the World Exploded makes The Magnetic Monster look like an expensive production. It invents a new mineral that explodes when exposed to air. The supporting cast of The Magnetic Monster gives us some pleasant, familiar faces. In addition to the beloved Kathleen Freeman is Strother Martin as a concerned airline pilot. Fussy Byron Foulger owns the housewares store and granite-jawed Frank Gerstle (Gristle?) is a gruff general. The gorgeous Jarma Lewis has a quick bit as a stewardess. The Kl Studio Classics Blu-ray of The Magnetic Monster is a fine transfer of this B&W gem from United Artists. Once hard to see, it was part of an expensive MGM-Image laserdisc set twenty years ago and then an Mod DVD in 2011. The disc comes with a socko original trailer that explains why it did reasonably well at the box office. Every exciting moment is edited into a coming attraction that really hypes the jeopardy factor. At that time, just the sight of a hero in a radiation suit promised something unusual. Nowadays, Hazardous Waste workers use suits like that to clean up common chemical spills. The commentary for The Magnetic Monster is by Fangoria writer Derek Botelho, whose name is misspelled as Botello on the disc package. I've heard Derek on a couple of David del Valle tracks for Vincent Price movies, where he functioned mainly as an Ed McMahon-like fan sidekick. His talk tends to drift into loosely related sidebar observations. Instead of discussing how the movie was made by cannibalizing another, he recounts for us the comedy stock footage discovery scene from Tim Burton's Ed Wood. Several pages recited from memoirs by Curt Siodmak and Herbert Strock do provide useful information on the film. Botelho appreciates actress Kathleen Freeman. You can't go wrong doing that. Viewers that obtain Kino's concurrent Blu-ray release of the original 1934 German thriller Gold will note that the repurposed scenes from that film look much better here, although they still bear some scratches. On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor, The Magnetic Monster Blu-ray rates: Movie: Good + Video: Very Good Sound: Excellent Supplements: Commentary with Derek Botelho, Theatrical trailer Deaf and Hearing Impaired Friendly? N0; Subtitles: None Packaging: Keep case Reviewed: June 8, 2016 (5138magn)

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Privatising Channel 4 would be a disaster for risk-taking programmes | Peter Kosminsky

I was making programmes for ITV when it was sold. Look what happened: short-term profits became the only goal and standards collapsed

As the year turns I, like most other programme makers in Britain, anxiously await the government’s plans for Channel 4. Despite earlier assurances, it seems privatisation is being actively considered. In the rush to the barricades on behalf of the BBC, this other reappraisal of our broadcasting landscape is taking place almost unnoticed. But there’s nothing to worry about, is there? Any change would require vice-like regulation to preserve the channel’s challenging remit. Everything’s fine. No need to start digging another last ditch.

Why, then, as 2016 begins with gales and floods, am I reminded of another stormy January a quarter of a century ago? Early 1990 found me at the old ITV franchise, Yorkshire Television, editing my first TV drama. Shoot to Kill told the
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Daniel Petrie Jr interview: Toy Soldiers, Dawn Patrol, Turner & Hooch

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From writing Beverly Hills Cop to directing Toy Soldiers and Dawn Patrol, we have a chat with writer/producer/director Daniel Petrie Jr.

Daniel Petrie Jr comes from a family with movies in its blood.

His father, Daniel Petrie Sr, directed films such as Resurrection, Cocoon: The Return and A Raisin In The Sun. His mother, Dorothea, produced movies, wrote novels and acted. And then his brother, Donald Petrie, directed Cocoon: The Return, Miss Congeniality and Grumpy Old Men.

Yet Daniel Petrie Jr is just as busy. His screenplays include Turner & Hooch and Beverly Hills Cop (for which he earned an Academy Award nomination), whilst his directorial debut was the much-loved (by us especially) Toy Soldiers.

As his new film as director, Dawn Patrol (starring Scott Eastwood) lands on DVD, he spared us some time for a chat about his career. Starting with what he's up to right now.
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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Is ‘The Call,” a new B-movie classic?

For the first hour or so of The Call, you’ll think you’re watching a new B-movie classic. The picture is staged as a typical ‘special location’ thriller. We get a solid prologue, a decent chunk of the movie set during the actual situation we paid to see, and then, as must always be a the case, a finale set away from the prime location. Speed had to eventually leave the bus, Shoot to Kill had to eventually get out of the mountains, and Red Eye couldn’t just end on that plane. It’s how a film like this handles the eventual disembarking that determines its overall success. Sadly, The Call blows the dismount by a considerable margin, trading plausible real-world tension for generic genre cliches. But up until that time, it is a superior thriller, and a successful return to the somewhat lost art of what Roger Ebert
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The Noteworthy: Lim Replaces Koehler, Bordwell's Sweet 16, Interviews with Ferrara, Karel & Klahr

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Above: Filmmaker Andrei Ujică in conversation with Dennis Lim.

Dennis Lim is the new year-round Cinematheque programmer for the Film Society at Lincoln Center. Not too long ago we reported Robert Koehler had taken the position, but due to family health issues, he has stepped down. We congratulate Dennis Lim and our thoughts are with Robert Koehler. He may not be a household name, but he meant a lot to those who knew him: Ric Menello passed away at the age of 60 last week. Menello is known for co-writing Two Lovers and Lowlife with James Gray, and for directing this. Take a look at the Ditmas Park Corner blog's remembrance of Menello.

Editor of The Chiseler and Notebook contributor Daniel Riccuito has a new book coming out, and it's a humdinger: The Depression Alphabet Primer, with illustrations by Tony Millionaire. You can find a sample of the delights
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The 15 Most Violent Movie Titles of All Time

There may be a slight possibility that standards for movie titles have become more lenient over the years, since we can't really fathom an action movie like this week's "Bullet to the Head" coming out in 1954 with a title like that. No sir.

The Sylvester Stallone vehicle does stick in your head for some reason, so we thought we'd dig in and find the most gruesome, lurid and downright threatening movie titles ever conceived. Remember, the criteria here ain't the violent content of the film itself, just its nastified handle.

15. '8 Million Ways to Die' (1986)

The unlikely combination of star Jeff Bridges, screenwriter Oliver Stone and director Hal Ashby ("Harold and Maude") came up with this neo-noir concoction, which failed to ignite at the box office and ultimately served as Ashby's swan song. The film itself has a pulpy, sub-"Miami Vice" plot about an alcoholic ex-detective drawn into a
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Third Annual PollyGrind Film Festival Announces Opening Night Film - Albert Pyun's Road to Hell!

Las Vegas area grindhouse fans, get ready! The third annual PollyGrind Film Festival is gearing up for another successful roll in the hay with the best in b-movie madness and to get you fiends ready for what looks to be the biggest year yet!

The madman behind it all - Chad Clinton Freeman- went ahead and announced the opening night flick earlier this week. It looks like PollyGrind is hellbound on October 17th as Albert Pyun's Road to Hell has been picked to kick-off the fest. For more details on Road to Hell and PollyGrind, read on for all the low-down from the official press release!

From the Press Release:

Known as the film festival of a different breed, PollyGrind of Las Vegas has announced it's set to ride the Road to Hell with legendary cult filmmaker Albert Pyun.

Festival founder and programmer Chad Clinton Freeman, dubbed the
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Mill Creek 50 Movie Packs Discount Code And Giveaway

If you’ve hunted around for movie bargains, you’ve probably seen some of Mill Creek Entertainment’s 50-Movie Packs on DVD. Apart from other great releases by Mill Creek, these packs are phenomenal boons to cinephiles looking to collect older titles.

There are three new packs available, and I want to not only let you in on a discount code, but I have one of the packs available for you to win.

I know a lot of people may be quick to overlook these packs, and not every movie included stands out as a major value, but there are some great titles in each of them, and fans of the genres will be pleasantly surprised by what they get out of the deal. I have to admit that there is something about seeing a 50-movie pack, especially when it doesn’t cost a couple of hundred dollars, or more,
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'Red or Black?' continues to struggle on ITV1

Red or Black? continued to struggle on Wednesday night, while an Osama Bin Laden documentary performed well for Channel 4, the latest audience data has revealed. Simon Cowell's gameshow Red or Black? averaged 4.65m (21%) for ITV1 in the 8pm hour, and 110k (0.5%) on timeshift. The programme returned from 9.30pm with 4.46m (18.7%) and 150k (1%) on +1, as account executive Andy Morton missed out on winning the £1 million prize. Bin Laden: Shoot To Kill, a documentary on the dramatic Us raid in Pakistan to kill the world's number one terrorist, enthralled 2.32m (10.1%) on Channel 4 from 9pm and 311k (2%) on +1. Celebrity Big Brother continued to perform for Channel 5, attracting 2.11m (11.2%) in the 10pm hour, and Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 186k (2%) on 5* from 11pm. National Treasures Live grabbed 3.06m (more)
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Michael Giacchino’s ‘Up’ Soundtrack released on CD

Intrada Records has announced the premiere CD release of the soundtrack for Pixar’s Oscar-winning animation Up. The film’s music is composed by Michael Giacchino who received his first Academy Award for his original score. The soundtrack was previously only released digitally by Walt Disney Records. Intrada’s new edition marks the first album in a new series of soundtracks on CD, co-branded with Walt Disney Records. To listen to audio clips and order the CD, visit Intrada’s online store. Up is directed by Pete Doctor and centers on an elderly widower (voiced by Ed Asner) and an earnest young wilderness explorer who fly to South America by floating in a house.

Here’s the album tracklisting:

01. Up With Titles (0:53)

02. We’re In The Club Now (0:43)

03. Married Life (4:11)

04. Carl Goes Up (3:33)

05. 52 Chachki Pickup (1:14)

06. Paradise Found (1:04)

07. Walkin’ The House (1:04)

08. Three Dog Dash
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They Call Him Mister Poitier!

On Monday evening, following a moving tribute at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Film Society of Lincoln Center bestowed its 38th annual Charlie Chaplin Award for Lifetime Achievement to one of the last great male stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age — a trailblazer unlike any other — Sidney Poitier. The actor, who is now 84 and retired from acting, rarely leaves the friendly confines of Beverly Hills, but made the trip across the country to New York to personally collect this high honor. (Previous recipients include Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep.)

Poitier, whose film career began in 1950 with a starring role in “No Way Out,” became the first black movie star by appearing in a number of critically and/or commercially acclaimed films in the 1950s and 1960s — among them
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Dwts New Cast Q&A and Schedule

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The new cast of Dancing with the Stars answer a few questions from the audience:

Full Dwts Cast list and Dancing with the Stars schedule below:

The 11 celebrities heading to the dance floor this season, as announced tonight by “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during “The Bachelor,” are as follows:

Kirstie AlleyKirstie Alley has emerged as one of the great actresses of her generation, proving time and again that she is capable of great depth and range, as well as possessing comedic timing second to none. Kirstie’s work in television has earned her seven Golden Globe and eight Emmy nominations, winning one Golden Globe, two Emmys and three People’s Choice Awards. She co-wrote and starred in Showtime’s critically acclaimed comedy “Fat Actress,” and played the title character, as well as serving as executive producer, on the NBC sitcom “Veronica’s Closet.
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Film Junk Podcast Episode #309: Drive Angry 3D

0:00 - Intro 3:50 - Review: Drive Angry 3D 18:55 - Feature: Oscar Special 55:25 - Other Stuff We Watched: Inside Job, Rabbit Hole, Lemmy, Broadcast News, X2: X-Men United, Shoot to Kill, Cabin Boy, The Thorn in the Heart, United 93, Alien, Superman II, Superman III, Robocop 1:30:05 - Oscar Predictions 1:40:40 - Chat Room Q&A 1:56:35 - This Week's DVD Releases 1:58:10 - Outro » Download the MP3 (55 Mb) [1] » View the show notes [2] » Vote for us on Podcast Alley! [3] » Rate us on iTunes! [4] Subscribe to the podcast feed: [5] [6] [7] Donate via Paypal: Recurring Donation $2/Month: [1] http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/filmjunk/filmjunk309.mp3 [2] http://www.filmjunk.com/podcast/#feb27_11 [3] http://www.podcastalley.com/podcast_details.php?pod_id=29441 [4] https://buy.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/addUserReview?type=Podcast&id=74257105 [5] http://www.filmjunk.com http://feeds.feedburner.com/filmjunk [6] http://phobos.
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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, soundtrack on CD

Film score fans have long sought a CD re-release of John Scott's music from 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Starring cult favorite Christopher Lambert and directed by Chariots of Fire's Hugh Hudson, the film also introduced screen beauty Andie MacDowell (whose voice in the film was dubbed by Glenn Close).Today, La-La Land Records announced a limited edition release of the soundtrack.From the press release:la-La Land Records presents the premiere CD release of composer John Scott's (The Final Countdown, Shoot To Kill, North Dallas Forty) magnificent...
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Poitier vs. grizzly bear

Following up on the trailer Tambay posted for Sidney Poitier’s 1988 film Little Nikita, here’s a short clip from his other and much better 1988 film Shoot to Kill. Originally titled Hall of the Mountain King, Disney Pictures, for some unknown reason, changed the title to its bland generic one just before release. However it’s a pretty good adventure film in which Poitier plays a FBI agent forced to track down vicious killer in Palin country. Here’s a clip (with Dutch subtitles) of Poitier face to face with one of nature’s savage beasts.
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New 'Iron Man 2' Preview Reveals Tony's Stark Expo Debut And Justin Hammer's Drones

We're less than a month away from the release of "Iron Man 2," Marvel Studios' hotly anticipated film directed by Jon Favreau. Not as if you didn't already know that, of course, what with the bevy of trailers, photos and viral marketing initiatives launched on behalf of the upcoming superhero sequel.

The excitement continues today in the form of a new two minute clip from "Iron Man 2" as well as four new production photographs, all of which combine together for one heck of an armored tour de force.

The video, set to the tune of AC/DC's "Shoot To Kill," features Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) plummeting down from the sky in all of his red-and-gold armored glory. His destination: front stage at the explosive premiere of Stark Expo 2010, the subject of the recently launched viral marketing campaign.

"Boy, is it good to be back," Stark announces to a
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El Guapo's Top Ten Movies Of 2009!

El Guapo's Top Ten Movies Of 2009! Now that the year has come to a close, let's take a look at what I thought were the best movies of 2009. And believe it or not, 2009 had a lot of great movies. There were dramas, comedies, science fiction films, pretty much anything and everything one could hope for came out this year. From giant robot movies to tender love stories to comedies that had you laughing until you got a hernia, 2009 was one of the better years in cinema.Granted, I have not seen every movie that came out this year. I missed Up in the Air, Anti-Christ, A Simple Man and the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel. So don't get all bent out of shape when you don't see those films on my list. Like last year's list I'm sure there will be some choices on here that will have you scratching
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