Olive Films

Olive Films have announced their May lineup! First up: Two-time Academy Award® nominee Vincent Gardenia (Supporting Actor nods for Bang the Drum Slowly – 1974 and Moonstruck – 1988) is featured in the comic free-for-all Cold Turkey. Next: Robert Wise, two-time Academy Award® winner for directing (1962 – West Side Story, shared with Jerome Robbins; 1966 – The Sound of Music) and the renowned film editor of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, helms the twisted film noir Odds Against Tomorrow. Lastly! A career highlight, director Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood has much in common with his black-humor horror flick The Little Shop of Horrors and the post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi gem Gas-s-s-s. Let’s look at these films in more detail!



Olive Films presents their January lineup!

Preexisting ConditionsOlive Films has announced their January lineup, which includes Belle EpoqueJamon JamonThe Red Squirrel (La Ardilla Roja), Vacas, Tierra, and Preexisting Conditions (Trashology 2). Phew! What a great time to be alive!

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Jordan’s Favorite Films of 2017

I’ve received thousands of emails asking where my list is, and I’m happy to report that the time has come! Sure, this is late, but it’s worth it, trust me. There were too many to list, so I just went ahead and LISTED THEM ALL! Below are all the best, listed in order of release date.

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Catch Emma Stone and Steve Carell in BATTLE OF THE SEXES Available on Digital 12/19 and on Blu-ray & DVD 1/2

Battle of the SexesEmma Stone and Steve Carell bring their A game to this crowd-pleaser based on the electrifying true story of the 1973 tennis match between women’s champion Billie Jean King (Stone) and former men’s champ Bobby Riggs (Carell). Filled with heart, humor and biting wit, Battle of the Sexes is a triumphant celebration of the historic contest that changed the game!

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FLATLINERS Debuts on Digital December 12 and Blu-ray & DVD December 26

FlatlinersAcademy Award® nominee Ellen Page (Best Actress, Juno, 2007), Diego Luna (Rogue One) and Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”) star in the contemporary take on the 90’s fan favorite FLATLINERS, debuting on digital December 12 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The supernatural thriller follows five medical students obsessed with what lies beyond the confines of life. They embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. Also experiencing the chilling consequences of exploring the one line that should never be crossed are James Norton (“War & Peace”), Kiersey Clemons (Justice League) and Kiefer Sutherland (the original Flatliners).

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New LeafOlive Films announced that it will release Letter from an Unknown Woman and A New Leaf on their Signature Blu-ray editions. Letter from an Unknown Woman features Academy Award® winner Joan Fontaine (Best Actress, Suspicion, 1942) and is written for the screen by Academy Award® winner Howard Koch (Best Screenplay, Casablanca, 1944) and produced by Academy Award® winner John Houseman (Best Supporting Actor, The Paper Chase, 1974).  A New Leaf stars its writer and director, the two-time Academy Award® nominee Elaine May (Best Screenplay, Heaven Can Wait, 1979; Primary Colors, 1999) alongside Academy Award® winner Walter Matthau (Best Supporting Actor, The Fortune Cookie, 1967) and Academy Award nominee James Coco (Best Supporting Actor, Only When I Laugh, 1982). 

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The Vampire’s Ghost (Blu-ray Review)

The Vampire's GhostRepublic Pictures was the king of the Western, with John Wayne being their main star. Over time, studio executives realized that horror was quite profitable, so they enlisted director Lesley Selander to deliver them a supernatural picture unlike anything else he had made previously. Selander was reliable; someone who had turned in pictures on time with a small budget. The only drawback was his lack of experience with the horror genre, which unfortunately is evident within every frame of the film. The Vampire’s Ghost never rises above a cheap knockoff of the Val Lewton produced monster films of the age.

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The Hero (Movie Review)

The HeroAn appropriate tagline for “The Hero” might be: “Look how hard we’re working for an Oscar!” One can see the checklist being marked off as the film introduces itself: an aged Hollywood actor trying to redeem himself, a romance with a younger woman, cancer, dreamlike symbolism, and an estranged daughter.

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AMERICAN ASSASSIN arrives on Digital November 21 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD December 5

American Assassin 4KDylan O’Brien and Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton star in the action-packed thriller AMERICAN ASSASSIN, arriving on Digital November 21 and on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Digital) and DVD December 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling book series by Vince Flynn, Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner franchise, “Teen Wolf”) and Academy Award® nominee Michael Keaton (Best Actor, Birdman, 2014) lead a star-studded ensemble in American Assassin, arriving on Digital November 21 and on 4K Ultra HD™ (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus Digital) and DVD December 5 from Lionsgate.

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JUMANJI Returns to Blu-ray & Debuts on 4K Ultra HD December 5

JumanjiGet yer dice ready! On December 5, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment  brings the beloved family classic JUMANJI back to Blu-ray™ and on 4K Ultra HD™ for the first time, so fans can re-experience this classic adventure before diving into the all-new theatrical feature, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), JUMANJI stars Academy Award® winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1997), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man trilogy), Bradley Pierce (The Borrowers) and David Alan Grier (Stuart Little).  In addition to hours of legacy special features, all-new bonus materials include a sneak peek at Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, plus never-before-seen deleted scenes and a hilarious gag reel featuring Robin Williams and the cast.

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The Hatred (Blu-ray Review)

The HatredUnoriginality is the star of the show. “The Hatred” is a film with a hilariously insane premise but no idea where to go once the story is established. The prologue introduces us to Samuel Sears (Andrew Divoff), a former Nazi who escaped to the United States. With him is an amulet he stole from the French, which is apparently evil (of course) and feeds off fear and hate (of course). Through a series of events, he murders his daughter (of course) which results in his wife killing him (of course). Left in the house are evil spirits waiting for their next victim (OF COURSE!).

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The Hatred arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand September 12

The HatredExperience the bone-chilling tale of supernatural evil when The Hatred arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand September 12 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Starring fan favorites Andrew Divoff and David Naughton, the film centers on a group of young women who are tormented by a sinister force as they discover their house has a dark history. From a producer of Halloween, The Hatred Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively.

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Kino Lorber Opens Mohamed Diab’s CLASH

Kino Lorber is proud to announce the New York theatrical release of Mohamed Diab’s CLASH, a “breathtaking” and “ferociously well-made film” (Benjamin Lee, The Guardian) set entirely within the confines of a police van in Cairo, Egypt, two years after the Arab Spring. An official selection at Cannes, London, Cairo, and Palm Springs film festivals, among others, CLASH will open at New York’s Village East Cinema on Friday, August 25, 2017, before a national rollout during the fall.

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SDCC 2017: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom

Comic-Con 2017Nickelodeon Offers First Look at Halloween Stop-Motion Animation Special, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom.  The panel’s sneak peeks included: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom trailer and clip, highlighting the upcoming stop-motion special, premiering October 2017, and a first look at Boo-Kini Bottom’s spookiest citizen, the Flying Dutchman in stop-motion.

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SDCC 2017: Justice League

Comic-Con 2017Jason Momoa came crashing down from the back of Hall H down the aisles, high-fiving fans along the way. People went absolutely crazy for this. When he finally got on stage, moderator Chris Hardwick said, “makes sense that you’re Aquaman, because everyone is super wet right now.” It was a funny and exciting way to begin a really great Justice League panel.

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SDCC 2017: Blade Runner 2049

Comic-Con 2017The Hall H 180 screens continued today with Blade Runner 2049. After a run down of what happened with Deckard and what has happened to society since 2019 (I won’t spoil it), Jared Leto came onstage and began discussing the future and what Blade Runner means to him. After he was done, he disappeared, revealing that we had been watching a hologram the entire time. Pretty amazing.

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SDCC 2017: Ready Player One

Comic-Con 2017You’ll need to watch this trailer a couple times to notice every detail. Chris Hardwick was on hand to introduce the Warner Bros. panel, beginning with Ready Player One. Prior to bringing Spielberg out on stage, there was a montage of Warner Bros. films from the past ten years, obviously ending with a huge emphasis on Wonder Woman, which received a standing ovation from the crowd. Wonder Woman is quickly becoming the new face of DC and Warner Bros. I would bet good money that they include her in every poster collage, video clip, books, etc for years to come.

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Justice League banner shows some color, but someone is still missing…

Just ahead of the Justice League panel, Warner Bros. released a new poster for the film, and it is pretty amazing. Like most of you, I haven’t enjoyed the dull color palette of the DCCU films (with exception of Wonder Woman). This is making a statement, and it’s about to be shoved in all our faces. Forget the bleakness of old, and get ready for some optimism.

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