January 26, 2017

NEW BEVERLY CINEMA SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY 2017

It's no secret that I hit the New Beverly when ever I'm in L.A. You should too. This place is awesome!

NEW BEVERLY SCHEDULE FEBRUARY 2017

January 01, 2017

STUPID FILM TITLE TRENDS

Bathroom-toiletYou can tell by its title that David Frankel's "Collateral Beauty" sucks, just as you know in advance that Matthew Ornstein's "Accidental Courtesy" will be a dog.

This latest inane trend in insipid film titles will most surely include such headings as "Inconsequential Ambivalence," "Incidental Gratitude," "Insufferable Poetry," "Casual Emotion," "Improbable Noblesse Oblige," Off-Hand Persuasion," "Unnoticed Flatulence," "Pointless Determination," "Irreparable Respect," "Obligatory Chivalry," "Unintended Worship," and "Indolent Elegance."

My advice is to avoid any such movies like the plague. With any luck this trend will die the dog's death it so richly deserves before it sends us all barfing into our respective toilets. 

December 08, 2016

Martin Scorsese Interview on Trump and the Pope

December 04, 2016

IGGY POP

IGGY POP



December 02, 2016

MAN DOWN — POSTER

Man Down poster

TEENAGE DEVIATE — CLASSIC FILM POSTER

Teenage Deviate

December 01, 2016

Fox Searchlight Holiday Party 2016

One of the highlights of the New York holiday season is the annual Fox Searchlight party. "The Birth of a Nation" and "Jackie" are the two big films the studio featured. I had the pleasure of chatting with director Darren Aronofsky, and New York film critic institution Neil Rosen (see the picture below).  

A very pregnant Natalie Portman (looking lovely as ever) was also in attendance for the shindig.

Neil and Cole

Of course my pal Wilson Morales was there (with his date Nicole). Cheers to the kind folks at Fox Searchlight for another splendid holiday bash. 

Cole, Nicole and WIlson

Kino Lorber 2016 Home Video Highlights and Gift Guide

 

Pioneers of African-American Cinema
(5 Disc Blu-ray / DVD)

"This very special collection illuminates one of the most fascinating and unjustly neglected corners of American movie history. Every film included in Pioneers of African-American Cinema has been lovingly restored, and every one is essential viewing."
Martin Scorsese

This collection of the works of America's legendary first African-American filmmakers is the only one of its kind. Funded in part by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the packaged set includes no fewer than a dozen feature-length films and nearly twice as many shorts and rare fragments. Subject matter includes race issues that went unaddressed by Hollywood for decades. 
 
Blu-ray: $99.95
DVD: $79.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 
Moana With Sound
(Blu-ray & DVD)
 

New 2K Restoration
Produced by Bruce Posner

In 1924, documentary film pioneers Robert and Frances Flaherty and family traveled to the Samoan island of Savaii to record the native life and make a film that would try to match the success of Nanook of the North. Restored in 2K with native sounds and traditional songs that Flahertys daughter recorded over a half-century after they shot it, Monica Flaherty's Moana with Sound is a beautiful work of docufiction and an important piece of film history.

Special features include documentaries, interviews, and Robert Flaherty's 1925 "city symphony", 24 Dollar Island.

Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $24.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 
Fritz Lang's Destiny
(Blu-ray & DVD)  
 

New 2K Restoration from the
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung

A young woman (Lil Dagover) confronts the personification of Death (Bernhard Goetzke), in an effort to save the life of her fiance (Walter Janssen). Death weaves three romantic tragedies and offers to unite the girl with her lover, if she can prevent the death of the lovers in at least one of the episodes. Thus begin three exotic scenarios of ill-fated love, in which the woman must somehow reverse the course of destiny: Persia, Quattrocento Venice, and a fancifully rendered ancient China. 

Includes audio commentary with film historian Tim Lucas, Comparison of B&W/Color Footage, re-release trailer
 
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $24.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
Cosmos
(Blu-ray & DVD)
The late Andrzej Zulawski's final film, a literary adaptation suffused with his trademark freneticism, transforms Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz's novel of the same name into an ominous and manic exploration of desire. 

Special Features: Audio Commentary by historian Daniel Bird, Booklet Essay by Critic Glenn Kenny, Making-of Featurette, Video essay by filmmaker David Cairns, International Trailer, Theatrical Trailer, Introduction by producer Paulo Branco and director Andrzej Zulawski.
 
Blu-ray: $34.95
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 
The Bureau: Season One (3 Disc DVD)

Based on real-life accounts by former French spies, The Bureau tells the story of a man torn between love and loyalty, in a world where a single lie can kill. When French intelligence officer Guillaume "Malotru" Debailly (Mathieu Kassovitz) returns to Paris after six years as an undercover agent in Syria, he struggles to reconnect with his daughter, ex-wife, colleagues and even, his old self. But after learning that his lover in Syria (Nadia, played by Zineb Triki), is now in Paris, Guillaume breaks agency rules and approaches her as the man he was in Damascus: Paul Lefebvre. As Guillaume begins living a double life, he opens himself up (and DGSE) to new and unprecedented dangers.

DVD: $49.95
Street Date: December 6, 2016
 
 
Deutschland 83
(3 Disc DVD Set)  

2016 International Emmy Award-Winner: Best Drama

Notable as the first German-language TV series to air in the US, this groundbreaking show was a smash-hit when it aired on SundanceTV last summer. A coming-of-age story within a suspenseful thriller, set against the real events, culture wars and political realities of Germany in the 1980s, the series is told from the point of view of a 23-year-old East German soldier who goes undercover in West Germany and encounters a different way of life through his experiences.

This DVD includes all 8 episodes, plus interviews with the show's cast and creators.
 
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
Daisy Kenyon
(Blu-ray)
Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce), Dana Andrews (Boomerang) and Henry Fonda (The Ox-Bow Incident) deliver dazzling performances in this highly polished and slick love triangle directed by the great Otto Preminger (Laura). Daisy Kenyon (Crawford) is a lovelorn commercial artist caught in a romantic triangle with two men - one she loves but cannot have and one whose love she cannot return.

Featuring stunning black-and-white cinematography by legendary award-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy (Leave Her to Heaven, The King and I, Cleopatra)..

Blu-ray: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
 
 
Boomerang
(Blu-ray)
 
Iconic director Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront) garnered critical acclaim for this vividly portrayed, suspenseful 1947 true crime drama set in Connecticut, where the true events actually happened. When a beloved priest is gunned down, the local police chief (Lee J. Cobb, Man of the West) is under enormous pressure to find his murderer.

Also starring Dana Andrews (Daisy Kenyon), Arthur Kennedy (Elmer Gantry), Jane Wyatt (Pitfall), Sam Levene (The Killers) and Ed Begley (12 Angry Men) - Boomerang is gripping film noir entertainment from start to finish.

Blu-ray: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
 
 
The House on 92nd Street (Blu-ray)
The great Henry Hathaway (23 Paces to Baker Street) directed this classic film noir set in New York City during World War II - The House On 92nd Street is a riveting spy thriller. Reporting to FBI counterterrorist agent George Briggs (Lloyd Nolan, Somewhere in the Night), William Dietrich (William Eythe, Wing and a Prayer) becomes a double agent in order to infiltrate a cell of German spies gathering information about construction of the atom bomb. 

The great cast includes Signe Hasso (The Seventh Cross), Gene Lockhart (Meet John Doe) and Leo G. Carroll (Spellbound).
 
Blu-ray: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
 
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Blu-ray/ DVD)   

Screen legends Walter Matthau (The Laughing Policeman) and Robert Shaw (Figures in a Landscape) team up with Martin Balsam (After the Fox) and Hector Elizondo (Cuba) to deliver a sure-fire entertainment that's gripping and exciting from beginning to end and is guaranteed to give you the ride of your life. 

Special features include Interview with star Hector Elizondo | Interview with Composer David Shire | Interview with Editor Gerald B. Greenberg | Audio Commentary by Actor/Filmmaker Pat Healy and Film Programmer/Historian Jim Healy | "Trailers From Hell" with Josh Olson | Animated Montage of Stills and Posters

Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95

Street Date: Now Available
 
 
Canadian Pacific
(Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly restored in HD! Western legend Randolph Scott (Western Union, The Cariboo Trail) is Tom Andrews, a man desperately trying save the railroad with the help of demolitions expert, Dynamite Dawson (J. Carrol Naish, Sahara). Opposing them is a band of trappers headed by Dirk Rourke (Victor Jory, The Miracle Worker) who sabotages the railroad construction and incites the local Indians to rebel against the project.

Special features include a documentary on the film's restoration, excerpts from an original 16mm CineColor print, and a rare short feature for 8mm home screening of the film

Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
 
The Cariboo Trail
(Blu-ray & DVD)
Newly restored in HD! Western icon Randolph Scott (Western Union, Canadian Pacific) co-stars with Bill Williams (TV's The Adventures of Kit Carson) as cowboys leading a small herd of cattle from Montana to the Northwest Territories, one looking for rangeland the other for gold. While driving their cattle along The Caribou Trail, the two men encounter a toll bridge run by the local cattle king (Victor Jory, The Miracle Worker) and his henchmen. But when the men refuse to pay the toll, their cattle is stampeded and all hell breaks loose in this action-packed western that has it all.

Special features include restoration documentary and rare short feature for 8mm home screening of the film

 Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
 
Fastball
(Blu-ray & DVD) 
Narrated by Kevin Costner
 
While players, historians, and scientists might disagree on who was actually the fastest pitcher in history - and yes, the film does the physics and concludes with a clear verdict - Fastball tells the story of the game itself. FASTBALL dives headfirst into the history of America's pastime, dissecting the science and emotions behind the game's most infamous pitch. Featuring interviews with baseball greats including Hank Aaron and Derek Jeter, FASTBALL sets out to answer the questions, who threw the fastest pitch and how?
 
Exclusive bonus features include extended interviews, outtakes from Hall of Famers George Brett, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Al Kaline, and Tony Gwynn and the extended story of legend and myth, Steve Dalkowski.
          
Blu-ray: $34.95
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 


Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (DVD)  

The world knows Paul Newman as an Academy Award winning actor with a fifty-plus year career as one of the most prolific and revered actors in American Cinema. He was also well known for his philanthropy; Newman's Own has given more than four hundred and thirty million dollars to charities around the world. Yet few know the gasoline-fueled passion that became so important in this complex, multifaceted man's makeup. Newman's deep seeded passion for racing was so intense it nearly sidelined his acting career. His racing career spanned thirty-five years; Newman won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner. Not bad for a guy who didn't even start racing until he was forty-seven years old.
 
Special Features:
Adam Carolla interviews with Mario Andretti, Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno, Graham Rahal, and Bob Sharp

Adam Carolla restores Paul Newman's 1985 GT-1 Championship car
 
Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95

Street Date: Now Available
 
 
 
Awake: The Life of Yogananda (DVD)

Awake: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today (apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad). Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west, and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of Self-realization.

DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available

 
Sweet Bean
(DVD)
 

Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on

Bonus Feature: Lies (2015),
 a short film by Naomi Kawase
 
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
  On Meditation
(DVD)
On Meditation is a compilation of portraits that explore the deeply personal practice of meditation in all its myriad forms. Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is at once profound and simple: the focused attempt to move beyond conditioned thinking into a deeper state of awareness. Yet, what does that path, one of the inner journey, which is above all a private, interior one really look like? On Meditation conveys first-hand experiences of those who have developed meaningful practices and are willing to share their experiences. From teachers to everyday people to celebrities, the subjects of On Meditation offer a rare glimpse into the private insights and rituals of its subjects.

DVD extras include deleted scenes and guided meditations, trailer, Voucher for HD Digital Copy
 
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: December 6, 2016
 
 
Victoria
(Blu-ray & DVD)

Shot in a single, uninterrupted take, Victoria, a young woman from Madrid who meets four local guys outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends are real Berliners who promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these boys have got themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favour that needs repaying that evening. As Victoria's flirtation with Sonne begins developing into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night rolls on, what started out as a good time, quickly spirals out of control. As dawn approaches, Victoria and Sonne realize: it's all or nothing and they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping journey into the depths of the night.
 
Blu-ray: $34.95
DVD: $29.95
Street Date: Now available
 
Gog 3-D
(Blu-ray)
 

Newly restored in HD and 3-D! In a remote, underground research laboratory two scientists, engaged in space travel research, are frozen to death in a cold chamber when their instruments comes under the control of an unknown power. A security agent, Dr. David Sheppard (Richard Egan, The 300 Spartans) arrives at the secret space research base, home of two experimental robots to investigate the possible sabotage. Early in his investigation, Sheppard finds that the underground laboratory under the control of the Supercomputer NOVAC and experimental robots GOG and MAGOG. 

Blu-ray Extras Include Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek and David Schecter.
 
Blu-ray: $34.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 

Bernardo Bertolucci's Luna (Blu-ray & DVD)

Legendary filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor) directed this controversial drama starring the great Jill Clayburgh (Starting Over). Luna explores the troubled life of Joe Silveri, a teenager (Matthew Barry, The Wraith) and his troubling relationship with his parents, including an incestuous liaison with his mother. After witnessing his father's suicide, mother and son decide to move to Italy. Joe falls in with the wrong crowd and becomes addicted to heroin. Caterina, hoping to lure her son back to a healthier and safer lifestyle, tries to become closer to him, which leads to flirtation and incest.
 
Special Features: On-Camera Interview with Director Bernardo Bertolucci | Interview with Actor Matthew Barry | Audio Commentary by Star Matthew Barry and Filmmaker Elijah Drenner | Audio Commentary by Filmmaker/Writer Howard S. Berger and Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson | Original Theatrical Trailer

 Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
 
 
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
(2 Disc Blu-ray)
Mastered in 2k from the
35mm Restoration by the
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung

Inspired by the epic thrillers of Louis Feuillade (Les Vampires) and Joe May (The Indian Tomb), Fritz Lang crafted an epic drama revolving around a diabolical hypnotist, master of disguise, and criminal genius: Dr. Mabuse. Populated with henchmen, heroes, and femme fatales, punctuated with elaborate action sequences, and set against a backdrop of Weimar-era European decadence, DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER had an unmistakable influence on all the espionage thrillers that followed in its wake.

Includes a 3-part documentary on the making and restoration of the film
 
Blu-ray: $39.95
DVD: $29.95 
Street Date: Now available
 
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
(Blu-ray)
 

Leave it to legendary funnyman Gene Wilder (Blazing Saddles) to write, direct, and star in an uproarious Sherlock Holmes mystery film spoof that goes far beyond the scope of elementary comedies. After spending decades living in the shadow of his more famous and successful sibling, Consulting Detective Sigerson Holmes (Wilder) is called upon to help solve a crucial case that leads him on a hilarious trail of false identities, stolen documents, secret codes and exposed backsides. Featuring an outrageous ensemble cast that includes Madeline Kahn (High Anxiety) as the seductive singer, Marty Feldman (Young Frankenstein) as Holmes' bug-eyed assistant, and Dom DeLuise (History of the World: Part I) as an eccentric opera star turned blackmailer, this fun-filled caper packs a slew of clues and loads of laughs which The New York Times called "A Charming Slapstick Comedy". 

Includes Audio Commentary by Star/Writer/Director Gene Wilder
 
Blu-ray: $29.95
Street Date: Now Available
 
 

Haunted Honeymoon
 (Blu-ray & DVD)

 

 
Newly Re-mastered in HD! What do you get when you combine three of Hollywood's most hysterical talents with a creaky old castle and a werewolf legend? An amiable, kinky blend of hijinks and horror that'll leave you howling with laughter! Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein), Gilda Radner (Hanky Panky) and Dom DeLuise (Silent Movie) star in this ingenious, amusing horror comedy that'll put a smile on your face - and keep it there. At the mansion of his great aunt Kate (DeLuise), Larry (Wilder) is undergoing a psychological procedure designed to rid him of his irrational phobias... by frightening them right out of him! But the jolts and frights may turn out to be the least of his problems when Kate names him her sole heir. Suddenly, the entire family seems a little too vigorous in participating in his therapy - leading Larry to believe that one of his jealous kin may be murderous... and that another may be a werewolf. 
 
 Blu-ray: $29.95
DVD: $19.95
Street Date: Now available
 
 
The DePatie-Freleng Collection Vol. 1
(5 Disc Blu-ray or DVD Set)
The Inspector: The screen's most comically inept detective wreaks havoc on the boulevards of Paris as he, with the help of his sidekick Deux Deux, wages a single-minded (and narrow-sighted) battle for justice. (34 Cartoons/2 Discs) | Roland and Rattfink: The timeless melodramatic tradition of duelling polar opposites became the foundation of many an animated conflict, but never were Good and Evil so stylistically rendered as in the R&R cartoons. (17 Cartoons) | The Ant and the Aardvark: A&A revived the timeless cartoon conflict of predator and prey, and modernized it with an irreverent sense of humor and a splashy color palette emblematic of the late 1960s and early 70s. (17 Cartoons) | Tijuana Toads: Like an amphibian Laurel & Hardy, TT revives the thin guy/fat guy formula for comedy, and endows it with a distinctive south-of-the-border flavor. Toads Pancho and El Toro engage in madcap mischief while seeking to advance themselves within the biological food chain. (17 Cartoons)

Special Features include documentaries and selected audio commentaries
 
Blu-ray: $79.95
DVD: $49.95 
Street Date: Now available
 
 

 

November 30, 2016

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