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  • “The Rifleman” Is One Of The Best-Remembered Shows In Television History

    “The Rifleman” Is One Of The Best-Remembered Shows In Television History

    June 28, 2017 — The Rifleman is one of the most beloved television series of its time.Chuck Connors stars as Lucas McCain, a homesteader in 1880s New Mexico, who brings his son Mark (Johnny Crawford) to live with him. His attempts to teach the son a sense of justice and understanding are mixed with his incredible ability with his .44 Winchester.The territory he has chosen to inhabit and tame is filed with difficult and unsavory characters, which gives McCain many […]

  • Anyone Who Is A Hunter…

    Anyone Who Is A Hunter…

    June 27, 2017 — Blooded works on one basic premise — if you hunt, you become fair game.This mockumentary strands five young hunters in the Scottish Highlands, and has them try to escape an extreme animals rights group that thinks of them as prey.They are stripped, hunted and tortured by an armed militia-type animal rights group.The video for the film was so shocking that it was pulled down from YouTube after a large number of complaints about the graphic nature of […]

  • For More Than Five Decades, Jackie Mason Has Been Making People Laugh

    For More Than Five Decades, Jackie Mason Has Been Making People Laugh

    June 26, 2017 — Jackie Mason can boast that his career, making people laugh, has lasted more than 50 years.Comedy Central has ranked him at #63 on their list of the 100 Greatest Stand-up Comedians. He has the record for the longest-running one man show of both Broadway and London’s West End.What has been so funny, that It has lasted this long?Find out what makes this comedian so unique with a collection of 5 of his greatest stand-up performances:The World According to […]

  • The BBC Drama “The Ambassador” Stars Award-Winning Actress Pauline Collins

    The BBC Drama “The Ambassador” Stars Award-Winning Actress Pauline Collins

    June 26, 2017 —  This may be more timely than ever.Academy Award®-nominee Pauline Collins stars as Harriet Smith, the new British Ambassador to Ireland in this 12-part series first shown on British television.Her job is difficult, time consuming and unnerving. It takes a toll on her personal life, it is demanding, occasionally threatening (for herself and those she cares about) and pits ethics against politics.The issues it brings up are often those we are dealing with today.Pauline Collins — who […]

  • FilmRise Acquires Zosia Mamet’s “The Boy Downstairs”

    FilmRise Acquires Zosia Mamet’s “The Boy Downstairs”

    June 26, 2017 — FilmRise has acquired the North American distribution rights to Zosia Mamet’s The Boy Downstairs.The film concerns Mamet, as Diana, who returns to Brooklyn after 4 years and finds the perfect apartment only to discover that Ben (Matthew Shear) the man she had broken up with, lives downstairs.He is currently involved with a realtor, who is aware of the sparks that still exist between Ben and Diana and does her best to make sure that the two […]

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  • Do We Ever Really Know Which Universe Is The Real One?

    Do We Ever Really Know Which Universe Is The Real One?

    June 23, 2017 — Only Sion Sono does horror this way.A young girl named Mitsuko finds that her universe is a constantly changing one — and one that always ends in horror and dismay.She is on her usual school bus when a strong wind cuts it in half, chases and kills all of her acquaintances. She walks onto a new campus where she is greeted as an old friend by Aki and Taeko, girls she has never seen before.After spending […]

  • FilmRise Acquires The Nicholas Cage Vehicle, “Vengeance: A Love Story”

    FilmRise Acquires The Nicholas Cage Vehicle, “Vengeance: A Love Story”

    June 23, 2017 — FilmRise has announced the acquisition of the Nicolas Cage star vehicle Vengeance: A Love Story, based on the 2003 Joyce Carol Oates novel Rape: A Love Story.The screenplay for the movie was written by John Mankiewicz.Teena (Anna Hutchison) is brutally raped on her way home on the Fourth of July. Her 12-year old daughter, Bethie (Talitha Bateman) has witnessed the entire thing, but when a high-priced lawyer, Jay Kirkpatrick (Don Johnson) gets ahold of the evidence, he […]

  • At “Black Books,” Selling Something Might Get You Fired

    At “Black Books,” Selling Something Might Get You Fired

    June 22, 2017 — The average shopkeeper hopes that whatever he is selling is popular with the public so that the shop is always bustling, always trafficked, always commercially viable.Not Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), the owner of a bookshop. He hopes no one enters his bookstore. Why? Because he really doesn’t like people. He doesn’t like them coming into his shop at all. He would rather be reading, smoking and drinking. His only real friend, Fran (Tamsin Greig) used to own a shop […]

  • Acclaimed Documentary “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” Questions Racism In The Shooting Death Of Jordan Davis

    Acclaimed Documentary “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” Questions Racism In The Shooting Death Of Jordan Davis

    June 22, 2017 — On November 23, 2012, 4 black teenagers (Jordan Davis, Tommie Stornes, Leland Brunson and Tevin Thompson) drove into a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida to get gum and cigarettes. They were playing rap music, which annoyed 45-year-old Michael Dunn, a white man who was parked next to them.Jordan Davis, 17 years old, refused to turn down the music when asked, and he and Dunn got into an argument.Dunn then opened fire on the unarmed teenagers, shooting into […]

  • “Prom Night” Is When The Killing Starts

    “Prom Night” Is When The Killing Starts

    June 21, 2017 — All kids should have on their minds during Prom Night is staying out of trouble. Graduation, dresses, boys, girls, dancing and more advanced forms of having fun, these are what prom night is all about.Unless someone starts killing your friends.This revenge slasher sets up its premise early. A young girl falls to her death after being taunted by her friends. 6 years later, on prom night, 3 of the four friends, none of whom has ever admitted […]

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  • “Enlighten Us” Asks: Who Is Ultimately  Responsible For The Deaths At James Arthur Ray’s Retreat?

    “Enlighten Us” Asks: Who Is Ultimately Responsible For The Deaths At James Arthur Ray’s Retreat?

    June 21, 2017 — By 2009, James Arthur Ray was worth several million dollars. His self-help empire had attracted both scorn and adulation. He had appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, touting his harmonic wealth and spiritual warriors’ interpretation of the way that the world attracts wealth and all good things to those who know how to use it.His culture and retreats used to challenge all comfort zones and was considered risky by some, but commanded more than $10,000 day. His […]

  • A Famous Murder And An Acclaimed Cast Bring The Claustrophobic “Sister My Sister” To Its Inevitable Conclusion

    A Famous Murder And An Acclaimed Cast Bring The Claustrophobic “Sister My Sister” To Its Inevitable Conclusion

    June 20, 2017 — Sister My Sister takes place in 1932, in provincial France. The housemaids barely spoke a word to anyone outside of the house.The two maids, sisters, were terrorized by their silly, self-absorbed employer, Madame Danzard (Julie Walters), who saw no reason why the two young women should have any life beyond the one of servitude she was giving them. They slept in the same room, in the same bed, and had no outside contact.Christine (Joely Richardson) takes […]

  • “Seoul Station,” The Animated Prequel To The Blockbuster “Train To Busan” Provides A Horrifyingly Realistic Look At A Zombie Outbreak

    “Seoul Station,” The Animated Prequel To The Blockbuster “Train To Busan” Provides A Horrifyingly Realistic Look At A Zombie Outbreak

    June 20, 2017 — In 2016, the South Korean zombie movie Train to Busan broke records and won awards. Its plot — a zombie epidemic breaks out in South Korea and passengers on a train from Seoul to Busan are making an effort to survive — was both terrifying and involving.Now, Seoul Station, also by director Sang-ho Yeon, is an accomplished animated prequel to the blockbuster movie, one which stands alone as a frightening and horrifying film. It’s a movie with […]

  • “The High Schooler’s Guide To College Parties,” Seems Like Such A Good Idea

    “The High Schooler’s Guide To College Parties,” Seems Like Such A Good Idea

    June 19, 2017 — Shaquille (Nate Rubin) thinks his high school years were a waste.Having spent four years as one of the school geeks, he decides that his college years will be different, even if it involves cozying up to his cousin Brett, who happens to be a world-class jerk. But that jerk is on the scholarship committee of the school Shaquille wants to go to, and he belongs to all the right social groups. Shaquille decides to make up for all […]

  • “Hank And Asha” Is The Perfect Date Movie

    “Hank And Asha” Is The Perfect Date Movie

    June 19, 2017 — They seem so connected it is difficult to remember that they have never actually met. Hank and Asha, a charmingly unexpected rom-com, is described by  The New York Times as “… a movie by people who honor the pleasures of waiting, wondering and longing in an instantaneous world.” The review continues, saying that the romance “…shimmers along with the charming urge to connect and reveal yourself that links its two correspondents.” After the film won Best Narrative Film at the Brooklyn […]

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  • Tom Selleck And Jerry Reed Star In This Country Western Comedy-Action Movie

    Tom Selleck And Jerry Reed Star In This Country Western Comedy-Action Movie

    June 16, 2017 — Will Eubanks (Tom Selleck) and J.D. Reed (Jerry Reed) figure they have to head out of town quick — very quick. So they get aboard a train from Montana which leaves them off in Nashville, Tennessee.Once there, they crash at a friend’s house and deliver a mysterious package — which gets them mistaken for a pair of P.I.’sAnd then their trouble really begins.On the trail of a missing country singer (Morgan Fairchild), they meet up with […]

  • Like Most Urban Legends, The Story Of The Death Of Kitty Genovese Is Not Really True

    Like Most Urban Legends, The Story Of The Death Of Kitty Genovese Is Not Really True

    June 16, 2017 — It has been more than 50 years since her death, but the name Kitty Genovese still represents urban apathy at its most incomprehensible.Genovese was raped and murdered outside of her apartment in Kew Gardens Queens. According to The New York Times story that would make her a household name, Genovese was attacked three times and called for help during her struggle. Her neighbors turned away.They didn’t help, they didn’t call the police, they didn’t try to stop […]

  • Children And Puppies Are The Ultimate Combination

    Children And Puppies Are The Ultimate Combination

    June 15, 2017 — Children and puppies are a pretty perfect pairing.They want to solve problems, they like to be comfortable, happy and well-fed, and they are loyal to the people who love them.Plus, they are cute. Granted, dogs have four legs and are usually much fuzzier, but both have an adorable factor.That’s why stories about children and dogs tend to be family-favorites. Even Mom and Dad can get into children’s stories when the protagonists are adorable.Our picks for family movie night:My […]

  • Some Think Wagner Was A Musical Genius, Others Think He Was A Shallow Racist — Decide For Yourself, Watch The Epic Mini-Series “Wagner”

    Some Think Wagner Was A Musical Genius, Others Think He Was A Shallow Racist — Decide For Yourself, Watch The Epic Mini-Series “Wagner”

    June 15, 2017 — Willhelm Richard Wagner was a master of complexity, difficulty and confusion.He was one of the grandmasters of the romantic movement, and yet he was truly a revolutionary; he was a German in all things, who spent 12 years in exile and disliked Jews as less than German. He wrote operas which he refrained from calling operas. He repudiated much of his own work. Some of his most beautiful operas were considered impossible to sing. He was frequently in […]

  • “The Road To Livinston” Ends With Either Death Or Freedom

    “The Road To Livinston” Ends With Either Death Or Freedom

    June 14,2017 — Delia Perez Meyer is part of a group most of us hope we never belong to — she is one of the people who are connected, somehow, to someone on Death Row.In her case, her brother is on Death Row. She has been fighting for more than a decade to free him.This js not how she imagined her life.In September, 1998, two women and a small child were killed in Austin, Texas. Angel Maturino Resendiz confessed to killing […]

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  • He Was The Youngest Artistic Director Of The Paris Opera Ballet, But His Career There Lasted Only 1 1/2 Years

    He Was The Youngest Artistic Director Of The Paris Opera Ballet, But His Career There Lasted Only 1 1/2 Years

    June 14, 2017 — Benjamin Millepied is one of the most acclaimed choreographers and dancers alive. He studied at the famed School of American Ballet; he was mentored by legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins. He has choreographed for the City Ballet, the ABT, the Metropolitan Opera, among many others. He was given a commission to from the L.A. Dance Project; he was choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov arts Center.His choreography for Darren Aronofsky’s movie Black Swan was highly praised; it was during the filming of the […]

  • The Works Of Lewis Carroll Are Classics Throughout The World

    The Works Of Lewis Carroll Are Classics Throughout The World

    June 12, 2017 — Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, wrote some of the most influential and best-known children’s books of all time.The two most famous, of course, are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. The two stories are nonsensical fantasies that have enthralled children (and adults) since their publication in 1865 and 1871, respectively. Their madcap plot lines and glorious imagery — enhanced by the exquisite and wild drawings by illustrator John Tenniel […]

  • Arthur Kane, Of “The New York Dolls,” Moved From Glam Rock To Mormonism, And Back Again

    Arthur Kane, Of “The New York Dolls,” Moved From Glam Rock To Mormonism, And Back Again

    June 13, 2017 — Arthur “Killer” Kane, one of the original New York Dolls,  did not have a normal lifeIn the  early 1970s, The New York Dolls were one of the seminal punk rock bands. They were flashy glam metal rock icons and their influence was widespread — The Sex Pistols, Kiss, Guns and Roses and The Ramones all claimed the New York Dolls’ influence on their music. Their heavy hard rock sound was copied endlessly,Johnny Thunders, Sylvain Sylvain, Jerry Nolan, […]

  • The Documentary “Bigfootville” Was Shot In An Area Where Bigfoot Is Accepted As A Real Creature

    The Documentary “Bigfootville” Was Shot In An Area Where Bigfoot Is Accepted As A Real Creature

    June 12, 2017 — There is an area in eastern Oklahoma where many of the people believe in Bigfoot.Not only that he exists, but that he exists there.Numerous people claim to have seen a 9-foot tall creature within an 800-square mile area; they also assure everyone that some seriously strange happenings keep occurring.Bigfootville is a documentary account of the reality/lack of reality of Bigfoot sightings. Witness accounts, anthropologists, hunters, believers, skeptics, local Native Americans and wildlife commentators all give their personal impressions of […]

  • “White Girl,” Is Sexy, Provocative And Explosive

    “White Girl,” Is Sexy, Provocative And Explosive

    June 12, 2017 — Leah (Morgan Saylor, Homeland), is  a college sophomore whose summer in New York becomes a search for thrills in the forms of sex, drugs and partying with a thoughtlessness that shows no concern for consequences. As a pretty young white girl with cherubic blonde hair, she is used to things going her way, and she has no understanding that life doesn’t work that way for everyone. Consequences are for someone else.Her internship at a hot magazine […]

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  • “Perfect Obedience” Shows That Absolute Authority Is Dangerous

    “Perfect Obedience” Shows That Absolute Authority Is Dangerous

    June 9, 2017 — When Mexican audiences first saw the movie Perfect Obedience, written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Luis Urquiza, they were shocked by it, despite the fact that the story was well known to most of them.It was based on a true story, that of Catholic priest Marcial Maciel. Maciel was a revered member of the clergy, well-loved in Rome for having raised massive amounts of money for the Church. In addition, he had started the Legion of Christ and […]

  • “The Chicken Ranch” Documentary Shows Life Inside A Legal Brothel

    “The Chicken Ranch” Documentary Shows Life Inside A Legal Brothel

    June 8, 2017 — The Chicken Ranch is a legalized brothel in Pahrump, Nevada.It is the most famous brothel in the area, due to its legal status. It has its own airstrip so that people from Las Vegas can fly in to make use of it services.Documentarian Nick Broomfield focuses on two of the women who work at the Ranch, Mandy and Connie. Mandy is successful and fine with what she does for a living; Connie is less so. Both […]

  • “The F.B.I Files” Show Real Crimes, Solved By Real Crime Fighters

    “The F.B.I Files” Show Real Crimes, Solved By Real Crime Fighters

    June 8, 2017 — After watching police procedurals on television, it feels as if any crime can be wrapped up in an hour.With time out for commercials, of course.In fact, many crimes require weeks and months — and sometimes years — of evidence-collection, detail work, research and inspiration.The F.B.I, which serves as  the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, is at the forefront of criminal investigations for crimes committed on American soil. They have instituted techniques and methodologies that have changed […]

  • These “Sing-Along Songs” Amuse And Educate At The Same Time

    These “Sing-Along Songs” Amuse And Educate At The Same Time

    June 7, 2017 — These adorable children’s videos feature music, songs and animation for your children to sing to.All of your favorites are here: Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Pat-a-Cake, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Old King Cole, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, and many more of your childhood favorites. Modern classics, English nursery rhymes, Mother Goose, and all of your childhood songs are included in this wonderful collection.These colorful and entertaining videos will teach children while they […]

  • Snowman Accomplished Everything He Set Out To Do — Because It Never Occurred To Him That He Couldn’t

    Snowman Accomplished Everything He Set Out To Do — Because It Never Occurred To Him That He Couldn’t

    June 7, 2017 — It’s a story that’s so charming it feels like someone made it up. Harry deLeyer is a Dutch immigrant who grew up on a farm in Holland and came to America after World War II, with a family and practically no money. He got a job teaching little girls how to ride and raised a large family.In 1956 he had planned to go to an auction to buy a horse. However, a flat tire caused him to miss the auction. By […]

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  • The “Animation All-Stars Television Collection” Includes All Of Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

    The “Animation All-Stars Television Collection” Includes All Of Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

    June 6, 2017 — You know you love them all.Hagar the Horrible, Blondie and Dagwood, Betty Boop and Beetle Bailey — they are household names, and they have all been entertaining us for generations.1. Betty Boop’s Hollywood Mystery: Betty Boop is the ultimate flapper, driving everyone wild with her short skirts, short curled hair and her baby voice saying “boop boop a doop.” Here she takes on 1930s  Hollywood, which never stands a chance against her.2. Blondie & Dagwood: They are […]

  • Acclaimed Revenge Story “Let Me Make You A Martyr” Is Available On DVD And Blu-ray

    Acclaimed Revenge Story “Let Me Make You A Martyr” Is Available On DVD And Blu-ray

    June 6, 2017 — Drew Glass (Niko Nicotera) returns to his hometown for two purposes: to take revenge on his abusive father, crime boss Larry Glass (Mark Boone Junior), and to run away with his adoptive sister, June (Sam Quartin). But Larry Glass gets wind of Drew’s plans, and hires a professional hitman, Pope (Marilyn Manson), to deal with Drew.Let Me Make You a Martyr is a violent and terrifying Southern Gothic-style revenge story, set in an impoverished and exploited area, filled […]

  • “The Back-Up Bride” Delivers Rom-Com Fun

    “The Back-Up Bride” Delivers Rom-Com Fun

    June 5, 2017 — She’s the one that got away.Joe and Amy expected to get married and move to Los Angeles from their hometown in Texas. But things fall apart, there are misunderstandings, and Amy flies off alone, believing Joe has changed his mind.Seven years go by. It is Christmas Eve and Joe is on the verge of marrying Daisy. She is cute, wealthy, and the daughter of Joe’s boss. But she is also controlling, possessive and, without question, a […]

  • This Basketball Institution Has A Special Place In The Life Of Its Community

    This Basketball Institution Has A Special Place In The Life Of Its Community

    June 5, 2017 — The Drew is about more than just basketball. It’s about community, perseverance, honor and belonging.It goes beyond its initial purpose — giving the youths of a tough area a place to go, allowing them to choose sports rather than a less healthy life-style. But it grew to something bigger.Something special.People who love basketball know about The Drew.The Drew is a competitive basketball league that meets at Charles Drew Junior High School in South Central Los Angeles. It started […]

  • The Life Of Chopin Combines Artistry, Genius And Tragedy

    The Life Of Chopin Combines Artistry, Genius And Tragedy

    June 2, 2017 — He was unquestionably one of the greatest composers who ever lived.Frédéric Chopin, the brilliant Polish composer and pianist, was the epitome of the romantic artist. He is recognized as one of the most important composers of all time for the influence that his works have had on music, yet he never wrote a symphony and rarely wrote music that was not for a solo piano. He left his Polish homeland as a young man in order to […]

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  • “Dayveon” Is A Timely And Important Story

    “Dayveon” Is A Timely And Important Story

    June 2, 2017 — The story of Dayveon (Devin Blackmon) is familiar to many young men growing up in depressed areas, with too little to do and no future hope for.Dayveon, which premiered at Sundance, is a coming-of-age story about a 13-year old growing up in rural Arkansas. His older brother has died of a gunshot wound — probably a gang-related death — and Dayveon is coping with grief, loneliness and anger. He hates the “stupid” town he has grown up in, and feels rootless […]

  • Sometimes Murder Is Easier Than Paying Alimony

    Sometimes Murder Is Easier Than Paying Alimony

    June 1, 2017 — He is the typical lady-killer. Except that in Murder So Sweet, the term is used literally.Steve Caitlin (Harry Hamlin) likes women. He has a roving eye and a tendency to marry. And when his eye wanders during his marriages, his wives divorce him. Charm will only take you so far.This all means that he has been divorced several times, which amounts to quite a bit of alimony.So, when two of  his ex-wives die, a third ex […]

  • Most People Enjoy The Movie “Ghostbusters,” But The Fandom Of The “Ghostheads” Goes Beyond Mere Love

    Most People Enjoy The Movie “Ghostbusters,” But The Fandom Of The “Ghostheads” Goes Beyond Mere Love

    June 1, 2017 — There are hit movies and there are movies that become cultural phenomena.The 1984 movie Ghostbusters  is one of the latter. It is enshrined in the public consciousness as one of the most beloved comedies ever.Recently, when a remake of the movie with an all-female cast was announced — and eventually arrived, to decent, if not rapturous reviews — internet trolls began to wail about the trashing of their beloved film. Some of the comments (largely aimed […]

  • An Attempt At Extortion Put Britain’s Largest Supermarket Chain In The Middle Of A Police Investigation

    An Attempt At Extortion Put Britain’s Largest Supermarket Chain In The Middle Of A Police Investigation

    May 31, 2017 — For months Tesco, Britain’s largest supermarket chain, got messages from a secret source that claimed that the company’s customers would come under threat if certain demands were not met.The demands included the production of modified club cards that could be turned in for money.Threats came in by mail, and it required an actual explosion before the police could be certain how serious the threat actually was. Once the threat was deemed severe — after a letter bomb […]

  • FilmRise Announces The Acquisition Of “Motherland,” The World Cinema Special Jury Award-Winner At Sundance

    FilmRise Announces The Acquisition Of “Motherland,” The World Cinema Special Jury Award-Winner At Sundance

    June 1, 2017 — Variety has announced that FilmRise has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights to Ramona S. Diaz’s documentary Motherland.The setting for the film is the Dr. Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manilla, one of the largest and busiest maternity hospitals in the Philippines. The country, which has one of the highest birth rates in the world, has just announced the arrival of the 100 millionth Fillipino.The audience connects with three women who must navigate their way through […]

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  • Nick Broomfield Made Two Documentaries From Interviews That Aileen Wuornos Gave To Him From Death Row

    Nick Broomfield Made Two Documentaries From Interviews That Aileen Wuornos Gave To Him From Death Row

    May 30, 2017 — In recent history, there has been a reluctance to put women to death. Seen as the weaker, kinder sex, women were rarely sentenced to be executed.Aileen Wuornos was only the 10th woman to be executed in the United States after the 1976 Supreme Court decision which restored capital punishment.The crime for which she was sentenced was the serial killing of 7 men. Because one of the bodies was never found, she received six death penalties.Originally she would […]

  • “1st & Ten” Puts The Lighter Side Of Football On Display

    “1st & Ten” Puts The Lighter Side Of Football On Display

    May 30, 2017 – 1st & Ten describes the stories, antics, rumors and playing records of the fictional California Bulls. The Bulls are a football team that makes it to the championship every year — even if the results aren’t what they and their owners hope for.Diane Barrow’s (Delta Burke, Designing Women) divorce from a wealthy man leaves her in charge of the team, even though that’s the last thing she needed. She has to learn everything about the game and takes the […]

  • Do You Believe In Urban Legends?

    Do You Believe In Urban Legends?

    May 26, 2017 — Urban Legends blur the line between truth and fiction — did that story really happen? Is it possible? Why does everyone know this story?Each generation develops its own stories, but, somehow, the older stories remain, too.The Kentucky Fried Rat; the attacker with a hook for a hand; the exploding toilet; the bug that crawled inside someone’s ear and ate their brain. Each of these is told by generations, with minor variations.  Each story plays into our […]

  • “Steve McQueen: The Man And Le Mans” Tells The Story Of One Man’s Obsession

    “Steve McQueen: The Man And Le Mans” Tells The Story Of One Man’s Obsession

    May 26, 2017 — Steve McQueen was obsessed with racing, with cars and bikes, with speed, But most of all, he became obsessed with the 24 Hours of Le Mans car race.Most car races are only about speed; Le Mans is about speed, certainly, but also reliability, efficiency, maneuverability. For 24 hours, racers — and their cars — are subjected to real roads and almost real driving conditions. It is an unforgiving race.That may have been why Steve McQueen loved it […]

  • For Illegal Immigrants, Every Day Is Frightening

    For Illegal Immigrants, Every Day Is Frightening

    May 25, 2017 — High school is tough. You are  surrounded by peers who are eager to see you fail and yet you are your own toughest critic.There are so many stresses, concerns, grades teachers, personal issues. Nothing is easy.Now add another to that combination of pressures — you are an illegal immigrant. Though your parents have brought you to America, the only country you have ever known, from a country you do not remember, you are still an outsider. You […]

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  • Matthew Shepard Should Not Be Forgotten

    Matthew Shepard Should Not Be Forgotten

    May 25, 2017 — The death of Matthew Shepard brought consciousness of LGBT hate crimes to the entire world.Shepard was a student at Wyoming University when he was given a ride by two men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. Shepard thought he was being driven home from a bar; instead, the two men took him to remote area where they tied him up, tortured him, pistol-whipped him, fractured his skull and left him while they drove off.The two killers would […]

  • A Cast Of Stars — Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Charles Durning and Robert Loggia — Star In The Mob Comedy “Forget About It”

    A Cast Of Stars — Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Charles Durning and Robert Loggia — Star In The Mob Comedy “Forget About It”

    May 24, 2017 — Nitti (Michael Saquella) is a mob enforcer turned informant who is planted in  a desert retirement community by the Witness Protection Act.Of course, he has smuggled more than $4,000,000 from his ex-boss, so lying low for a little while is probably a good idea.Unfortunately, his neighbors, Sam, Carl and Eddie (Burt Reynolds, Robert Loggia, and Charles Durning) don’t foresee anything exciting coming down the track of their lives. Or at least they didn’t until Christine DeLee […]

  • “Dead Awake,” By One Of The Creators Of “Final Destination,” Is Available For Streaming

    “Dead Awake,” By One Of The Creators Of “Final Destination,” Is Available For Streaming

    May 24, 2017 — Sleep paralysis is a deeply frightening phenomenon.Neither completely asleep nor awake, sufferers of sleep paralysis find their minds alert, but their bodies cannot respond — paralysis leaves them locked in and defenseless. No matter how powerful the stimulus — and fear is extraordinarily strong — The sufferer lies in a paralyzed state, unable to move.In Dead Awake, an ancient evil force preys on those in this locked-in state, and one of the victims must find a way […]

  • Sometimes You Just Luck Into The Right Job

    Sometimes You Just Luck Into The Right Job

    May 23, 2017 — Sometimes, when  you are really desperate, you make decisions that are totally wrong. And yet, sometimes they turn out to be the right choice.Bob Tree (Tom Green) is a hapless kind of guy, the sort who never can hold down a job, a woman, or anything else important.He attempts employment by using the yellow pages and trying out whatever starts with A. Once he gets fired by all of those opportunities, he starts at B.Hitting on being […]

  • “Bad Rap” Looks At The World Of Asian-American Rappers

    “Bad Rap” Looks At The World Of Asian-American Rappers

    May 23, 2017 — Hip hop music has taken over the world. Audiences around the globe respond to it; its style can be seen everywhere, and its big names are universal stars. But, despite its universal appeal, the face of hip hop is largely unchanged from its origins in the 1970’s. Rap stars are mostly black and Hispanic, with white faces trailing; men outnumber women.Bad Rap follows a group of unapologetic Asian-American rap artists who are trying to break through. These four — […]

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  • Christian Slater Is Accustomed To Catching His Prey In “Pursued”

    Christian Slater Is Accustomed To Catching His Prey In “Pursued”

    May 22, 2017 — Gil Bellows stars as Ben Keats, the brilliant techie who has invented a tracking device that should help establish his new company — one he has been working on with his cohorts.His only problem — he is being pursued by Vincent Palmer (Christian Slater), a corporate head hunter who is accustomed to getting his way. In other words, he is accustomed to getting anyone in his sights.When his usual bag of tricks — outrageous offers, blandishments, essential […]

  • Lois Smith’s Brilliant Performance In “Marjorie Prime” Anchors This Fascinating Science Fiction Consideration Of Memory

    Lois Smith’s Brilliant Performance In “Marjorie Prime” Anchors This Fascinating Science Fiction Consideration Of Memory

    May 22, 2017 — Memory is so difficult.Intangible, it is often difficult to remember what is real and what isn’t. And what you want to remember or would prefer to forget.Marjorie Prime (Lois Smith) is an older woman who, in the near future, has Alzheimers’s. As she loses her ability to remember but maintains a sense of bereavement over the loss of her husband, her family buys her a hologram — an image of her late husband (Jon Hamm) as […]

  • In “The Acid House,” Irvine Welsh’s World Is Once Again On View

    In “The Acid House,” Irvine Welsh’s World Is Once Again On View

    May 19, 2017 — Irvine Welsh understands the world he writes about. Born in Edinburgh, familiar with working class poverty and the punk scene. He is concerned with Scottish identity, hooliganism and class divides.The Acid House is a triptych of films based on short stories by Welsh (Trainspotting) which takes you back into the world of young men from the slums of North Edinburgh — men who are not at good places in their lives.In the first story, The Granton Star […]

  • “My Friend Dahmer” Asks How A Quirky Teenager Transforms Into One Of The Most Notorious Criminals Of All Time

    “My Friend Dahmer” Asks How A Quirky Teenager Transforms Into One Of The Most Notorious Criminals Of All Time

    May 19, 2017 — FilmRise has acquired My Friend Dahmer, the biography based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by Derf Backderf, an actual classmate of Dahmer’s.Jeffrey Dahmer (Ross Lynch) would become a serial killer and rapist whose crimes would eventually include necrophilia and cannibalism. He would be convicted for 16 life terms, which he was serving when he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate.My Friend Dahmer tells the story of Dahmer as a young man — […]

  • Twins Find Their Psychic Connection Gets Them Through Decades Of Difficulties In “On The Black Hill”

    Twins Find Their Psychic Connection Gets Them Through Decades Of Difficulties In “On The Black Hill”

    May 18, 2017 — Based on an award-winning novel by Bruce Chatwin (Patagonia), On The Black Hill tells the story of a family living near the Welsh/English border, thrown together on their remote sheep farm.Their lives take place in an insular world. The father and the mother, who fell in love when they were young and hopeful, no longer have any real relationship and yet they stay together. The father is self-destructive but he also has an unfortunate tendency to […]

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  • Post A Video And Win A Chance To Have A Family — That Is The Surprising World Of “Vegas Baby”

    Post A Video And Win A Chance To Have A Family — That Is The Surprising World Of “Vegas Baby”

    May 18, 2017 — Starting a family is generally an intensely private decision. But when the normal fertility routes fail,  some families feel that In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is their only hope for a family of their own.The second difficulty is that IVF is also extremely expensive. Therefore, a wealthy but infertile family has many more options.For poor hopeful parents, the choices are limited. IVF is not covered by most insurance. The only way for some of these families to pay […]

  • “Lexx” Is A Centuries-Long Science Fiction Epic

    “Lexx” Is A Centuries-Long Science Fiction Epic

    May 17, 2017 –A group of mismatched misfits travels through two separate universes aboard the Lexx — an organic spaceship that happens to be the most powerful destructive weapon ever produced.They have stolen the Lexx, and it enables them to travel between both the insect and human universes that have been at war for centuriesThe crew of the Lexx is looking throughout the universe for a new planet on which to make a home, but they must find a way […]

  • “24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters” Is Now Available

    “24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters” Is Now Available

    May 17, 2017 — In the Golden Age of Hollywood, the movie poster was part of every movie release.Small movies, huge releases, they all got the poster treatment. In many cases, the poster was the best part of the movie. Some significant artists created iconic images for movie posters.But as the studios folded, one after the other, the movie poster stopped being an inevitable part of each film’s release. The age of the movie poster ended, and with it, the […]

  • In “Who Murdered Joy Morgan?,” The Suspects Are All Part Of A Remarkable Cast

    In “Who Murdered Joy Morgan?,” The Suspects Are All Part Of A Remarkable Cast

    May 16, 2017 — An impressive cast acts out a plot that’s sure to intrigue…Academy Award®-winning Kim Basinger (at her gorgeous best) plays Laury Medford, the beautiful daughter of the chairman of the board of the hospital where both Dr. Paul Trenton (Paul Rubinstein) and Dr. Max Heller (Stephen Macht) both work. Both men want to marry the well-born beauty, but when Dr. Heller, the mediocre playboy doctor, become engaged to her, Dr.Trenton makes sure that Laury receives a letter […]

  • People Still Mourn The Passing Of Tower Records

    People Still Mourn The Passing Of Tower Records

    May 16, 2017 — All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, describes the arc of Tower’s fall: worth $1 billion in 1999, Tower was bankrupt by 2007.This acclaimed documentary about the iconic record chain — directed by actor Colin Hanks — gives the viewer these basic facts immediately. People of a certain age remember Tower Records as a kind of an agora — it was a compelling marketplace to which people who enjoyed music and collecting records, tapes and CDs […]

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  • “Dishonored Lady” Stars Hedy Lamarr, Often Called “The Most Beautiful Woman In Hollywood”

    “Dishonored Lady” Stars Hedy Lamarr, Often Called “The Most Beautiful Woman In Hollywood”

    May 15, 2017 — She was easily one of the most beautiful women in the world — but that was only one side of Hedy Lamarr.An A-list star, Lamarr’s film career was just part of her thoroughly remarkable life.She first rose to fame in a film entitled Ecstasy. The film, shot in 1933 in Czechoslovakia, showed a few brief scenes of Lamarr swimming and running through a forest naked. That alone would have made it scandalous (and a hit); but it also had […]

  • Popeye Is One Of The Most Popular Characters In The History Of Cartoons

    Popeye Is One Of The Most Popular Characters In The History Of Cartoons

    May 15, 2017 — He is Popeye the Sailor Man, and he been amusing us for approximately 90 years.He’s rugged and funny-looking, he’s hard to understand, never changes his clothes and, without his spinach, he’s an ordinary guy. But once he eats his spinach, watch out.As an animated character, Popeye has existed since the 1930s. Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Bluto and Swee’Pea are all there to make Popeye’s shenanigans complete. Watch the early cartoons and see why Popeye remains one of the most […]

  • Flash Gordon And The “Defenders Of The Earth” Take On Ming The Merciless In One Of The Greatest Science Fiction Cartoon Series Of All Time

    Flash Gordon And The “Defenders Of The Earth” Take On Ming The Merciless In One Of The Greatest Science Fiction Cartoon Series Of All Time

    May 12, 2017 — The world has loved Flash Gordon since he first appeared as one of the earliest intergalactic space heroes.In one of his later incarnations, he, the Phantom, his trusted bodyguard Lothar, Mandrake and their children — forming the newest generation of space heroes — rally their talents and defenses to fight the villains of the universe, including Ming the Merciless and his henchmen.Ming’s collections of bad guys, villains and rapscallions is so vast that Flash and his […]

  • Eagerly Anticipated Horror Film “Dead Awake” Opens Today

    Eagerly Anticipated Horror Film “Dead Awake” Opens Today

    May 12, 2017 — The worst thing about sleep paralysis is that it’s real.The phenomenon results in a half-awake state in which the sufferer’s mind is clear and active, but their body is paralyzed so that they cannot respond physically to any stimulus.No matter how frightening.Written by Jeffrey Reddick, one of the creators of the Final Destination franchise, Dead Awake is a horror/thriller about a young woman whose nightmares are accompanied by bouts of sleep paralysis — during which she […]

  • Anna Friel Stars As A Woman Whose Life Is Completely Altered By A War Half A World Away

    Anna Friel Stars As A Woman Whose Life Is Completely Altered By A War Half A World Away

    May 11, 2017 — War affects everyone involved, not just those who fight. The pain of those left behind is undeniable. The War Bride is a beautifully acted drama about a young woman who finds herself alone with a newborn child when her husband goes off to fight in World War II. She knew that fighting in the war would be painful for her husband, but was, perhaps, unprepared for the ways it would change her own life.To her relief, her […]

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  • “Dead Awake” Opens Tomorrow

    “Dead Awake” Opens Tomorrow

    May 11, 2017 — Watch the clip for the eagerly awaited horror film Dead Awake, called “He Hasn’t Slept In Over A Year.” From one of the creators of Final Destination, advanced word on this film is that it is one of the most frightening films to hit theaters in years. “Dead Awake is a no-nonsense, sleep-disturbing film… If you can bite on a solid science fiction film with heavy sprinkles of pure horror, you can certainly chew on the chills of Dead […]

  • “The First World War” Helped Create The World As We Know It

    “The First World War” Helped Create The World As We Know It

    May 10, 2017 — World War I was the “War to End All Wars;” yet the peace treaty that ended it was one of the causes of World War II, just 20 years later.It re-shaped the world, upset dynasties that had ruled the world for hundreds of years, broke down established social orders. It changed social norms, altered people’s view of the social order, and led to the Russian revolution.On some levels, it was the beginning of the modern world. […]

  • “Manifesto,” Starring Cate Blanchett In 13 Different Roles, Opens Today

    “Manifesto,” Starring Cate Blanchett In 13 Different Roles, Opens Today

    April 26, 2017 — The brilliant Cate Blanchett stars in Manifesto, which opens theatrically today.The two-time Academy-Award®-winning Blanchett plays 13 separate roles, each based on a monologue about art.Her vignettes include statements by a homeless man, a mourner, a school teacher, a housewife, a reporter and newscaster, each talking about a different movement in art that has been important to the modern world.What could have been scholarly and dry turns into a fascinating, no holds barred performance — actually 13 performances […]

  • In The Delightful Comedy “Delivering Milo,” An All-Star Cast Explains Where Babies Come From

    In The Delightful Comedy “Delivering Milo,” An All-Star Cast Explains Where Babies Come From

    May 9, 2017 — Elizabeth (Bridget Fonda, Single White Female) and Kevin (Campbell Scott, The Amazing Spider Man) are happily expectant parents, eagerly waiting for their son Milo, to be born. Unfortunately, Milo (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek) has other plans. He has developed a fear of life on Earth and has decided to stay put. No amount of coaxing convinces Milo that he wants to be part of the world he is expected to inhabit.This is not just an issue for Milo’s […]

  • “The Greasy Strangler” Is Available On DVD Today

    “The Greasy Strangler” Is Available On DVD Today

    May 9, 2017 —  The Greasy Strangler is an almost indescribable film. The Playlist included it in its list of “The 50 Most Anticipated Films of the Fall Season,” calling it the “…future cult classic “The Greasy Strangler.” Boom Howdy says “Flush your expectations down the toilet, because you have never seen a slasher film or a father-son comedy like this before. Writer/Director Jim Hosking has made an outrageously off-kilter feature film debut that is equal parts disgusting, offensive, and manically entertaining.”Birth. Movie. […]

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  • Tom Sawyer And Huck Finn Are Part Of The American Consciousness

    Tom Sawyer And Huck Finn Are Part Of The American Consciousness

    May 8, 2017 — Did you really think that Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn would grow up to be lawyers?Band of Robbers takes two of the most iconic characters in American literature and continues their stories. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, now grown up, are the leads in this modern-day sequel to Mark Twain’s two most famous books — The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).Growing up hasn’t been particularly kind to either of […]

  • “Manifesto,” With Cate Blanchett In 13 Roles, Opens This Week

    “Manifesto,” With Cate Blanchett In 13 Roles, Opens This Week

    May 8, 2017 — Cate Blanchett is always fascinating.She has played Elizabeth I of England, The Lady of the Wood in The Lord of the Rings, a righteous and straight-laced Victorian wife (An Ideal Husband), a python (The Jungle Book) an evil fairytale stepmother (Cinderella), a resistance-worker in World war II France (Veronica Guérin); and the list continues.But rarely has this chameleon-like actor had the opportunity to play so many roles in a single movie.In Manifesto, Blanchett has 13 widely […]

  • There Is Significant Evidence That Marilyn Monroe Was Murdered

    There Is Significant Evidence That Marilyn Monroe Was Murdered

    May 5, 2017 — Marilyn Monroe was a top movie star for just over 10 years. That is difficult to believe, considering the impact she has had on movies, our culture, our way of looking at women, our understanding of the term “cultural icon”She was, after all,  the ultimate blonde bombshell and the reigning sex symbol of the 1950s. Despite her short career — she would really only be a star in 12 movies  — Marilyn Monroe is listed as the 6th greatest female […]

  • “Dayveon,” The Acclaimed Feature By First-Time Director Amman Abbasi, Is Acquired By FilmRise

    “Dayveon,” The Acclaimed Feature By First-Time Director Amman Abbasi, Is Acquired By FilmRise

    May 5, 2017  —The North American rights to Dayveon have been acquired by FilmRise.The film, which premiered at Sundance, is a coming-of-age story about Dayveon (Devin Blackmon), a 13-year old growing up in rural Arkansas. His older brother has died of a gunshot wound and Dayveon is sad and alone. He hates the “stupid” town he has grown up in, and feels rootless there.He is attracted to the local gangs — their violence and their camaraderie.In his mind they  come to […]

  • They Left Us Too Soon

    They Left Us Too Soon

    May 4, 2017 — Sometimes the best, brightest and most talented people die early, before their work is finished.In the case of these particular artists, the world wanted so much more from them – more films, more recordings, more performances.They were people we loved to watch or listen to, and then, too soon, they were gone.Often their deaths were preventable, which makes the pain of losing them even greater. There are just too many “What ifs?” Not one of them reached […]

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  • It’s Every Parent’s Fear — The Disappearance Of A Child

    It’s Every Parent’s Fear — The Disappearance Of A Child

    May 2, 2017 — When 14-year old Amber disappears from her Dublin home, her family is thrown into a kind of petrified turmoil. Her parents have to cope with having their worst fears come true.The uncertainty is overwhelming. They have no idea what has happened or even where to start looking. Amber’s parents, Sarah and Ben, will try anything, explore any avenue, to try to find their daughter. But their attempts always seem to lead nowhere, and it is difficult for the two, […]

  • “Dead Awake” Is Like The Ultimate Nightmare — Except You Are Still Awake

    “Dead Awake” Is Like The Ultimate Nightmare — Except You Are Still Awake

    May 3, 2017 — The worst thing about sleep paralysis is that it’s real.The real phenomenon results in a half-awake state in which the sufferer’s mind is clear and active, but their body is paralyzed, so that they cannot respond physically to any stimulus.No matter how frightening.Written by Jeffrey Reddick, one of the creators of the Final Destination franchise, Dead Awake  is a horror/thriller about a young woman whose nightmares are accompanied by bouts of sleep paralysis during which she […]

  • Three Friends Fought Together In Vietnam; Only One Returned

    Three Friends Fought Together In Vietnam; Only One Returned

    May 2, 2017 — When Soren Sorensen was ten years old, his father, Peter, took him to Washington, D.C., where he saw his father trace the names of two men off of Maya Lin’s Vietnam War Memorial. Then he watched in astonishment as the usually stoic Peter’s eyes filled with tears.Peter Sorensen had served in Vietnam. The names he traced belonged to two men he had served with, neither of whom survived the war.Soren Sorensen set out to try to understand […]

  • “The Snowman…Is A Horse That Melts The Heart”… “The New York Times”

    “The Snowman…Is A Horse That Melts The Heart”… “The New York Times”

    May 2, 2017 — Someone forgot to let Snowman know that he was just a plow horse.Harry deLeyer grew up on a farm  in Holland and came to America after World War II, with a family and practically no money. He got a job teaching little girls at a fancy school how to ride and raised a large family.In 1956 he had planned to go to an auction to buy a horse. However, a flat tire caused him to miss the auction. […]

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    “Villa Des Roses” Is The Story Of Love, War And The Loss Of Innocence

    May 1, 2017 — Villa des Roses tells a story of consuming heartache, the kind that often comes with war.Just prior to the First World War, Louise Créteur (Julie Delpy, An American Werewolf in Paris, Lolo,), recently widowed, must leave her son behind and move to Paris in order to find work. She ends up as the chambermaid at a run-down hotel called Villa des Roses, where a somewhat derelict group of inhabitants has taken up lodging.Grieving and lonely, Louise falls hard […]

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  • In “Fursonas,” The Furry Community Explains That It Is All About Acceptance

    In “Fursonas,” The Furry Community Explains That It Is All About Acceptance

    May 1, 2017 — Most people have trouble understanding the popularity of furry fandom. Creating fictional human-like personas for furry (already fictional) characters does not appeal to the majority of people.Neither does designing, assembling and dressing up in furry costumes.But for some, it is an important element of their lives. For them, choosing to dress up as animals — usually one particular animal whose features and personality have been created with care — is a form of self-expression which gives pleasure and […]

  • In The Mockumentary “Mail Order Wife,” No One Gets What They Expect

    In The Mockumentary “Mail Order Wife,” No One Gets What They Expect

    Mail Order Wife is a mockumentary in which real filmmakers play fictional filmmakers to tell a compelling story — that of men who use an “international matchmaking service.” In other words, men who prefer to buy a wife from a country where the poverty rate is so high and the future so grim that women will sell themselves in order to escape. This method of getting married is generally used by men who are not able to or do not choose to […]

  • White Girl Has Created Controversy Wherever It Was Shown

    White Girl Has Created Controversy Wherever It Was Shown

    April 28, 2017 — People love it or hate it. You have to see White Girl for yourself, and make up your own mind.It is the story of a young woman’s summer in New York while she waits to go back to college. She plans to have all of the fun she can, and it never occurs to her that her intentional wildness could be doing damage to others.Reviewers have strong opinions:Esquire:“Elizabeth Wood’s party-monster rager of a film made much […]

  • Do Not Watch “The Blackout Experiments” Alone

    Do Not Watch “The Blackout Experiments” Alone

    April 27, 2017 –This is definitely not for the faint of heart.Blackout is an all-encompassing experiment that some people undertake as a psycho-sexual means of dealing with fear.Blackout experiments permit the participants to be tortured in both physical and emotional ways, as a means of breaking down a person’s boundaries and freeing their fears. Those who choose to take part (participants must sign waivers in case of trouble), accept having no privacy — they agree that their homes can be […]

  • “Silicon Cowboys” Tells The Story Of A World Totally Different From Our Own  — One In Which Most People Had Never Worked On A Computer

    “Silicon Cowboys” Tells The Story Of A World Totally Different From Our Own — One In Which Most People Had Never Worked On A Computer

    April 27, 2017 — It was a different time. Most people in the world had never used a computer. And it wasn’t that long ago.In those days, computers were usually large, clunky contraptions; the personal computer was a small enough business that one company could pretty much own the market.That company was IBM.Of course, that was until Compaq Computers, the upstart computing company that would eventually take on IBM for control of the personal computer market, came up with one of […]

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  • “How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town” Is Part Romp, Part Farce And All Hilarious

    “How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town” Is Part Romp, Part Farce And All Hilarious

    April 26, 2017 — How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town is the funniest sex-farce to come along in years.Cassie (Jewel Staite, Stargate: Atlantis, Firefly) is a sex columnist with a non-existent sex life. She needs material for a book deal she has accepted; since she has already spent the advance, she has to come through with the book. But she has so little material to work from.When her distant and disapproving mother dies, Cassie is forced to return […]

  • “Manifesto,” With Cate Blanchett In 13 Different Roles, Opens At The Tribeca Film Festival

    “Manifesto,” With Cate Blanchett In 13 Different Roles, Opens At The Tribeca Film Festival

    April 26, 2017 —  Manifesto opens at the Tribeca Film Festival today.The two-time Academy-Award®-winning Cate Blanchett takes on 13 separate roles, each a virtual monologue, in which her character discusses one of the movements in art that has affected our times.Her vignettes include statements by a homeless man, a mourner, a school teacher, a housewife, a reporter and newscaster, each talking about a different movement in art.What could have been scholarly and dry turns into a fascinating, no holds barred performance […]

  • “Peace Officer” Looks At The Dangers Of Our Militarized Police, Through The Eyes Of An Ex-Law Officer

    “Peace Officer” Looks At The Dangers Of Our Militarized Police, Through The Eyes Of An Ex-Law Officer

    April 25, 2017 — William J. “Dub” Lawrence’s background is impressive. He was a Marine and the youngest sheriff ever elected in Davis County, Utah.In 1975 he also founded his state’s first SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) program. 30 years later, that same SWAT team would shoot his son-in-law to death after an 8-hour stand-off. This controversial killing set Lawrence on a new path. He began investigating the incident — and several other SWAT actions as well.Peace Officer, the award-winning documentary, follows Lawrence as he […]

  • From Glam Rock To Mormonism And Back Again: “New York Doll” Tells The Unique Story Of Arthur Kane

    From Glam Rock To Mormonism And Back Again: “New York Doll” Tells The Unique Story Of Arthur Kane

    April 25, 2017 — The New York Dolls were one of the seminal punk rock bands of the early 1970’s. They were flashy glam metal rock icons and their influence was widespread — The Sex Pistols, Kiss, Guns and Roses and The Ramones all claimed the New York Dolls’ influence on their music.Johnny Thunders, Sylvain Sylvain, Jerry Nolan, David Johansen and Arthur “Killer” Kane were the original Dolls, but the band did not stay together. Arthur Kane was forced out […]

  • In “Young Dracula,” The Vampires Have The Same Problems As Every One Else — Well, Maybe A Few More

    In “Young Dracula,” The Vampires Have The Same Problems As Every One Else — Well, Maybe A Few More

    April 24, 2017 — Young Dracula is far more fun than vampires are supposed to be.The award-winning series, which originally aired on CBBC, is a humorous horror/drama television show that is based loosely on a children’s book called Young Dracula and Young Monsters by Michael Lawrence. It won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Children’s Drama, and the Welsh BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama.It stars Gerran Howell, Keith Lee Castle, Simon Ludders and Clare Thomas.The series follows the Dracula family of vampires. They […]

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  • “Let Me Make You A Martyr” Is A Darkly Violent Southern Gothic Revenge Story

    “Let Me Make You A Martyr” Is A Darkly Violent Southern Gothic Revenge Story

    April 24, 2017 — Two adoptive siblings, Drew (Niko Nicotera) and June (Sam Quartin), decide to take revenge on their abusive adopted father, crime boss Larry Glass.What they don’t know is that he has hired a professional hitman named Pope (Marilyn Manson) to take them out, too.Let Me Make You a Martyr is an acclaimed Southern Gothic revenge story that has made made its mark on the festival circuit. Set in an impoverished and exploited area, filled with drugs and hopelessness […]

  • These Children Used To Pick Through Trash To Help Feed Their Families; Now They Have Played Music For The Pope

    These Children Used To Pick Through Trash To Help Feed Their Families; Now They Have Played Music For The Pope

    April 26, 2017 — The garbage landfill of Cateura, Paraguay has been a minor source of income for the truly impoverished people of the area — adults and children sift through the mountains of garbage, hoping to find something — anything — to sell.The poverty is stifling. Children rarely get more than a few years of schooling; they are needed at very young ages to help support their families. Education was never highly regarded — it did not change the […]

  • The Acclaimed Film “From Nowhere” Is Timely And Important

    The Acclaimed Film “From Nowhere” Is Timely And Important

    April 20, 2017 — This movie could not be more timely.From Nowhere tells the story of three high school students who are struggling with all of the same issues that trouble all teenagers, but, in addition, these three have another issue which causes them constant concern.The are illegal aliens. They know that at any time, should someone require documentation of them, they could end up deported back to countries they don’t know and have never spent any time in. These children […]

  • “Babymother” Pounds To An Explosive Jamaican Dance Hall Beat

    “Babymother” Pounds To An Explosive Jamaican Dance Hall Beat

    April 20, 2017 — In Harlesden, a West Indian working class section of London, Anita (Anjela Lauren Smith) is mother to two young children she is raising alone in a small apartment she shares with her older sister and strict mother.But at night, Anita trades in her everyday life and becomes a flamboyant diva, dressed in flashy finery, performing Jamaican dancehall, reggae and pop songs with her 2-girl crew called Neeta, Sweeta, & Nastie.Hard-fought success comes at a price and eventually the women […]

  • Naomi Kutin, The Orthodox Jewish Teenager Who Holds Many Powerlifting World Records, Really Is A “Supergirl”

    Naomi Kutin, The Orthodox Jewish Teenager Who Holds Many Powerlifting World Records, Really Is A “Supergirl”

    April 20, 2017 — When she was 10 years old and 92.8 pounds, powerlifter Naomi Kutin broke a personal record: she deadlifted 209 pounds. That was 225 percent of her body weight.Now 14, the New Jersey native holds numerous world records and competes in a sport traditionally regarded as a male undertaking.However, Naomi does not lift on Shabbos. She is an observant Orthodox Jew.Supergirl is an acclaimed documentary that examines the life of a young girl as she balances the many […]

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