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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Teachers”

Feeling strangely movie academic this week leads us to a past picture selection that helps both educate and entertain…welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today we’re hitting the books and heading to class for a cinematic story about the ups, downs and student clowns that make up one ruckus high school.  It’s a dramatic yet comically caustic look at one wild inner city institution from both the scholar and pupil perspective.  Faculty fights over the copy machine (ink will fly!), student stab wounds, teachers getting bit by undergrads and hallway streaking all in the name of standing up for yourself – and the bell hasn’t even rung yet!  We learn it all from those marvelous mentors known as…Teachers!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles

Hitting local film fests and book reviews hard (that are all on the horizon!), there was only time for four little indie flick sneak peaks this week.  A sexy and sensual forbidden love story with serious heat, a harrowing kidnapping terror tale outing that has equal parts strange and sci-fi, a contained catastrophe where everyone in the room is packing and a fish out of water cop caper with a muscle bound man at the helm thrill the themes of the crop below.  Check out all four of the Encapsulated Movie Reviews that include Below Her Mouth, Rupture, Free Fire and Black Rose.

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Turk 182!”

Since anarchy for a good cause seems to be a popular past picture theme for us, we’re keeping the bucking the system cinema going with another lesser known hidden gem – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today we’re taking on big government all in the name of a little guy who is in need of some respect.  Seems a determined young man feels his injured on the job older brother is being ignored by the powers that be and decides to do something about it.  Painting, sand blasting, bridge light adjusting and a little graffiti are all part of the raise a little hell plan of the infamous…Turk 182!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles

Just a four pack of reviews ala the indie scene this week, but as usual the cinema spectrum covered runs a wide genre gamut for the film fan looking for more.  Deeply dramatic docs that shed light on life changing events, a culinary legend who accepts nothing less than the best, a kid who learns to wield the bible like a psychotic dons a murder weapon and a film inspired by the work of iconic Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan make up the subjects via the Encapsulated Movie Reviews below.  To get the critical skinny on Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, The Student and Somewhere Beautiful read on. Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles’

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Donnie Darko Limited Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?  Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template – and the high-water mark – with his debut feature, Donnie Darko.  Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium.  Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds.  During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.  Described by its director as “The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick”, Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast – pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katherine Ross, and television favorite Noah Wyle – and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran.  This brand-new 4K restoration, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group, allows a modern classic to finally receive the home video treatment it deserves.  Extras on the Donnie Darko Limited Edition Blu-ray include both the Theatrical Cut and the Director’s Cut, plus full-length Making of’s, Commentaries, Vintage Interviews and more.   Continue reading ‘Donnie Darko Limited Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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House: Two Stories Limited Edition (Blu-Ray Review)

Step inside – we’ve been expecting you!  At long-last, Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group is proud to present the first two installments of hit horror franchise House on Blu-ray for the first time!  In the original House, William Katt (Carrie, TV’s The Greatest American Hero) stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller.  When he inherits his aunt’s creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he’s found the ideal place in which to get some writing done.  Unfortunately, the house’s monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas…  Meanwhile, House II: The Second Story sees young Jesse (Arye Gross of Soul Man) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before.  Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse’s mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who’ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it!  From the team that brought you Friday the 13th, House and House II are era-defining horror classics – now newly restored and loaded with brand new extras including two commentary tracks and two full-length making of docs for both films and more.  Horror has found a new home – let’s see if the House: Two Stories Limited Edition Blu-ray worthy of your movie geek collection! Continue reading ‘House: Two Stories Limited Edition (Blu-Ray Review)’

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “The Park Is Mine”

Keeping the ‘gems you haven’t heard of’ theme going we’re heading into unknown territory for a tall tale filled with pure pulp pleasure – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  This week’s selection is surprisingly all about the forgotten, focusing on a former military man who goes to some drastic measures to remind people in power that selfless soldiers will not be ignored.  Featuring an iconic actor in his early days and one sensational score to boot, guns, grenades, tripwires and camouflage all work in tandem to prove that…The Park Is Mine!

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Audience Awards Film Festival 2017 – Horror Shorts Reviews, Shout Outs & Award Winners Announced

The Audience Awards Film Festival wrapped this past weekend in North Hollywood, CA and it was a real hoot.  Not only did yours truly get to represent the great WhySoBlu.com by hosting and moderating a Q&A for the Project Earth Doc Challenge, but I also got to meet the illustrious Effie T. Brown and take in a gaggle of horror shorts to boot!  (That’s an evening!)  In any case thought I would pay tribute to the new fest by taking an “Encapsulated” look at the six flicks that made up the Horror Shorts program, give a few shout outs and post the release of the winners to which the fantastic festival gave over $100,000 in cash and prizes – read on!

 

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

Eight times may be the charm for big budget flicks this week, but on the indie scene five seems to be the magic number.  (There’s more of course, but hey I’m only one man!)  Auteurs examined and explained, the great lengths some go to for their kids, dealing with death, organ donation from both sides of the story and animated disaster high school movie fun all bring us into the mindset of the smaller films reviewed via Encapsulated Movie Reviews this week.  David Lynch: The Art Life, Graduation, Truman, Heal the Living and My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea all get their critical due below!

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Life Is Cheap…But Toilet Paper Is Expensive”

Last week fellow WhySoBlu.com critic and a movie man I admire Aaron Neuwirth suggested that my inclusion of the iconic film Apocalypse Now might not be an outing that’s all that forgotten.  (In fairness I was basing the pick on that fact that my older son had never heard of the film and we had recently watched it together – gotta school the next generation!)  So this week I’m doing my colleague proud by digging deep and doubling down with a scarce savory cinematic selection that I’m willing to bet he and my fellow cohorts have not only not seen, but may never have even heard of – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today we’re dissecting a past picture that even the director of the film doesn’t want you to see.  A quirky and controversial little gem that not only got the ire of the MPAA ratings board at the time of its 1990 release, but is a movie that the filmmaker has tried to make disappear.  An English speaking Asian courier, a soothsaying street urchin, a mysterious dark dame and a briefcase with questionable contents are just a few of the odd elements used to prove that…Life Is Cheap…But Toilet Paper Is ExpensiveContinue reading ‘Forgotten Friday Flick – “Life Is Cheap…But Toilet Paper Is Expensive”’

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

Indie flicks all but dominate the amount of studio fare this week (and mostly every other week too!), so film fans have continual opportunity to get their film fix on.  Below is just a fraction of the myriad of releases out now that cover the gamut of subjects and genres for the ardent cinefile to seek out.  Two by the Herzog (way to go Werner!), more beautiful Dree Hemingway movies (I’m a fan!), monsters manned by woman, blind sights restored, dealing with loss and death and youth party docs (supposedly!) all make up the seven films dissected via this weeks Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the opinions on Salt and Fire, Live Cargo, Queen of the Desert, Colossal, The Ticket, Aftermath and All These Sleepless Nights below!

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Interview: Legendary Director Walter Hill Talks The Assignment, Ry Cooder and A Career Of Memorable Movies

In terms of iconic directors with a rich filmography to die for, nobody is more notable than the legendary Walter Hill.  A seasoned filmmaker with a long list of bold flicks (his first flick right out of the gate was Hard Times with the equally cool Charles Bronson!), huge hits (48 Hrs. introduced an already talented Eddie Murphy to big screen success!) and hidden gems (Johnny Handsome is a cinematic diamond in the rough!) that certainly solidify his standing as one of the all time greats, Hill is a multi-talented writer/producer/director who shows no signs of stopping. Continue reading ‘Interview: Legendary Director Walter Hill Talks The Assignment, Ry Cooder and A Career Of Memorable Movies’

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Apocalypse Now”

Been sharing some quality adult movie time with my ever-growing son (who is of course named after a movie character himself!) and decided to highlight one of our recently viewed selections here for the uninitiated…and those who need a firm film reminder – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today we delve right into “the horror” of war for a journey into movie madness.  An iconic flick about an empty man trying to fill his inner void with his job – and gets more than he bargained for.  Long boat trips, high-ranking gurus, hidden tigers, playboy playmates and napalm in the morning…it’s Apocalypse Now!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles

Yet another genre spanning hodgepodge of flicks this week satisfying the movie geek need for smaller film fare.  Romance and espionage in the midst of the Cold War, zombies in a strip club, docs on damned jazz trumpeters and terror tales with a demonic slant all make up the films in this weeks edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critic skinny on Despite The Falling Snow, Peelers, I Called Him Morgan and The Blackcoat’s Daughter below!

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Things Get Even Hotter When HEAT: DIRECTOR’S DEFINITIVE EDITION hits Blu-ray on May 9!

Lush visuals and great storytelling get a beautiful Blu-ray boost – and five-star film fans get an early Christmas gift – when Heat: Director’s Definitive Edition hits Blu-ray/Digital HD and DVD on May 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Oscar winners Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both drive one of the most powerful and complex crime dramas of all time directed by four-time Oscar nominee Michael Mann.  This new Director’s Definitive Edition includes a new restoration overseen by Michael Mann as well as new special features including a 2016 Academy Panel Reuniting Mann, Pacino, De Niro and all major cast moderated by Christopher Nolan and a Toronto International Film Festival Q&A with Mann.

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Starman”

With the 80’s and fine films ala John Carpenter going hand-in-hand, there’s more than enough past picture work to hail.  So let’s get to it – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  This week we’re getting a little more romantic and melancholy as we step to the side of the terror tales via the master of horror and visit a story with some surprisingly sweet sentiments in spades. It’s a fish out of water journey that fully explores what it is to be human…even if you’re an alien.  Loss, love and learning all rolled into one out of this world adventure about a few days on earth through the eyes of…Starman!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles

Only a few indie outings covered this week, but the months ahead promise to be fruitful for smaller films for sure.  But in the meantime tales of war woe, odd ghost stories, revenge plans and strong women with no affinity for the almighty all make up the subjects of the four flicks in this weeks edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on Frantz, Personal Shopper, Dig Two Graves and The Most Hated Woman In America below!

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Christine”

With a slight divine diversion last week, we’re back to the past picture prowess of all things 80’s – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today we’re heading down the road in one good-looking car from hell guaranteed to get your cinematic wheels turning.  It’s a tasty terror tale ala one of the movie masters of suspense John Carpenter (we’re gonna be paying tribute to his work the next few weeks – deal with it!) that features an unusual relationship between a man and his…Plymouth Fury?  Obsession, jealousy and plenty of car carnage awaits when you ride shotgun inside…Christine!

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