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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Underrated '78 - Scott Drebit

Scott Drebit writes about horror and other stuff (okay, just horror) over at dailydead.com and can be heard drooling on their weekly podcast, Corpse Club. Thanks as always to Brian for keeping the curtains open and the screen lit up.


Coma (Directed by Michael Crichton)
This was former doctor turned author turned screenwriter turned director Michael Crichton’s second feature, the first being the paranoid horror/sci-fi hybrid, Westworld (’73). Based on Robin Cook’s bestseller, Crichton takes on his former profession with as much distrust as he did technology in his first. Genevieve Bujold plays a doctor at a prominent hospital who starts to notice patients disappearing. Michael Douglas is her doubting boyfriend/fellow physician, and Richard Widmark plays the possibly insidious administrator. Crichton’s least idiosyncratic film, yet it packs a lot of suspense into an improbable story.
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The Manitou (Directed by William Girlder)
Speaking of improbable, William Girdler’s The Manitou tells that age old story of fake psychic boy (Tony Curtis) meets girl (Susan Strasberg), girl develops tumor on her back which just happens to be the reincarnation of an ancient and evil Native American spirit. Add in Burgess Meredith, Stella Stevens, an epic space battle between The Manitou and Strasberg naked on a hospital bed, stir vigorously, and you’ll see why Girdler was my favorite B director who died way too soon in an unfortunate helicopter accident. A category of one to be sure, but so was the man.
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Foul Play (Directed by Colin Higgins)
I watched the hell out of this on video when I was a kid; smitten at an early age with Goldie Hawn, this gave her the perfect role of a lonely librarian who gets caught up in international espionage through the (exotic to me) streets of San Francisco. Chevy Chase isn’t really given much funny business to attend to in his first major big screen role after leaving Saturday Night Live; which is fine because Dudley Moore (in his American debut) and Burgess Meredith (there he is again!) more than hold their own. Higgins would write and direct two more films before his untimely death in 1988, 9 to 5 (’80) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (’82), but this one holds a special place in my goofy heart.
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The Swarm (Directed by Irwin Allen)
As a director, Irwin Allen was a helluva producer. He was the King of the Disaster Flicks, thrilling audiences with The Poseidon Adventure (’72) and The Towering Inferno (’74); first rate entertainments that brought big budget spectacle and stars to decidedly B material. After directing the action sequences in TI, he got the itch to fully embrace the auteur spirit with a Nature Run Amok epic, The Swarm. Killer bees (and bee cinema) were all the rage in the ‘70s, and never one to miss a trend, Allen aimed to make an epic that no one would ever forget. Look at this cast: Michael Caine. Katherine Ross. Henry Fonda. Bradford Dillman. Richard Widmark (again!). Fred MacMurray. Olivia de Havilland. Richard Chamberlain. Lee Grant. Cameron Mitchell. And so many more; so many in fact that they fight each other for screen time as much as the bees do. Speaking of the bees, no expense is spared as puffed wheat is blown at the screen as the cast flails around like they’re in a money wind tunnel trying to get their share. Which is to say this: The Swarm is a genuine delight for those who think as big as Irwin Allen does about disaster films. Come for the attacks, stay for the bee hallucinations and Caine yelling every line.
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Damien: Omen II (Directed by Don Taylor)
He’s back, and look who’s got him: our little Antichrist is sent to live with his rich uncle (William Holden) and aunt (Lee Grant – again!) after the unfortunate deaths of his mom (okay, technically step mom) and pops in the first film. We pick up with an adolescent Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor) attending a military academy; under the watchful eye of Sergeant Neff (Lance Henricksen), Damien starts to realize his true power, and anyone who stands in the way of his ascension is dealt with in gruesome and creative ways, as per the mission statement of the filmmakers. Damien: Omen II works because it’s an actual continuation of the story, not a retread of the first, and Scott-Taylor brings genuine anguish to Damien’s growing pains. Horns do not sprout without regret.
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The End (Directed by Burt Reynolds)
I grew up in a time when the late Burt Reynolds was the biggest box office star in the world. Coming off the massive success of Smokey and the Bandit (’77), he could do pretty much anything he wanted, so he decided to dust off a Jerry Belson (Smile) script originally meant for Woody Allen and direct for the second time (after Gator in ’76). The result was The End, a dark comedy about a man who finds out he has a terminal disease and decides to end his life. Considering what the material is about, The End is ultimately a life affirming film, filled with stellar work from Dom DeLuise, Sally Field, Robby Benson, Norman Fell and several others. Mixing melancholy with laughter is near impossible, but Reynolds finds the balance in both roles as star and director. There is humility in his performance necessary for this to work; the warmth was always there. Right up until his real departure, he always faced the gallows with a twinkle in his eye that never dimmed. And as long as his films are shown, never will.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pure Cinema Joins Forces with the New Beverly!

So I had to just make a quick post to express how excited I am about this new partnership! My Podcast Pure Cinema that I do with my good pal Elric Kane has just joined up with The New Beverly Cinema and become the official podcast of the theater! What does this mean? Well, we hope it means greater reach for the show and that we will be doing our part to help promote one of the greatest repertory theaters in the whole world. The New Beverly is an institution here in Los Angeles and has been so since 1978. It was one of the first places I visited when I first moved out in 1999 and has remained one of my favorite theaters since then. For those that aren't aware, the New Beverly has been closed for nearly a year now and is just about to re-open it's doors after doing some renovations and upgrades. I cannot wait to see the place again when they relaunch on December 1st with a whole new line-up of amazing double features and other awesome programming. As for Pure Cinema, we will be doing some format changes from our previous seasons that we think will be exciting for listeners (and for us). We will now be putting out a monthly "Hangout" episode, which will be a much looser conversational thing wherein we discuss what we've been watching and perhaps some timely film topics having to do with that particular month. We will also be doing our regular "5 Films Because" type episodes once a month as well as we have been since we started, but we will also be adding one more new type of episode to the mix. We will call these our "Calendar Episodes", where we will go through the new month's New Beverly Schedule day by day right around the time it is announced. It will be just our reactions to the various films being featured there in a given month, but we hope it will be exciting to all Pure Cinema listeners as there are always some wonderful gems to be unearthed during any thirty day period at the New Bev. Here is a new post about it over at the New Beverly's Blog:
http://thenewbev.com/blog/2018/11/pure-cinema-podcast/

As always, check out Pure Cinema via our Itunes feed here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pure-cinema-podcast/id1204885502?mt=2
Or Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/show/4xbAl28Rnh9la3khRm09lv
Or Stitcher:
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/now-playing-network/pure-cinema-podcast
Or Libsyn:
https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/94068

Check out the New Beverly site for updates on their schedule: 
http://thenewbev.com/
and follow them on Twitter here:
https://twitter.com/newbeverly

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Just The Discs - Episode 80 - BAD RONALD TRILOGY OF TERROR

Brian digs himself out of the walls long enough to talk with Stephanie Crawford (The ScreamCast) about two seminal TV Movies from the 1970s: BAD RONALD (Warner Archive) and TRILOGY OF TERROR (Kino Lorber).

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BAD RONALD (Warner Archive)
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TRILOGY OF TERROR (Kino Lorber)
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Monday, November 12, 2018

New Release Roundup for the Week of November 13th, 2018

TARZAN'S GREATEST ADVENTURE on Blu-ray (Warner Archive)
https://amzn.to/2PGZQ2s
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THE LAST MOVIE on Blu-ray (Arbelos)
https://amzn.to/2DpZDe9
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THE JERK on Blu-ray (Shout Factory)
https://amzn.to/2qwdVBL
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SOME LIKE IT HOT on Blu-ray (Criterion)
https://amzn.to/2DrGoRH
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THE BLUE DAHLIA on Blu-ray (Shout Factory)
https://amzn.to/2QpF5oX
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SINGLE WHITE FEMALE on Blu-ray (Scream Factory)
https://amzn.to/2APZqyt
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THE ICE HARVEST on Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)
https://amzn.to/2QnCvA0
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THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA on Blu-ray (Warner Archive)
https://amzn.to/2DpFgxP
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TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE on Blu-ray (AGFA)
https://amzn.to/2Qo8Ne2
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PERVERSION STORY on Blu-ray (Mondo Macabro)
https://amzn.to/2AP26MY
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NAKED VENGEANCE/VENDETTA on Blu-ray (Scream Factory)
https://amzn.to/2Dr31p4
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THE BLOOD ISLAND COLLECTION on Blu-ray (Severin Films)
https://amzn.to/2qyfr6o
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THE FIFTH FLOOR on Blu-ray
https://amzn.to/2qwfgIN
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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY on Blu-ray (MVD)
https://amzn.to/2qzl3wV
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SCHOOL DAZE on Blu-ray (Sony)
https://amzn.to/2F4sYws
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BOGART AND BACALL: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray (Warner Bros)
https://amzn.to/2PHvEEh
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NOTHING SACRED on Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)
https://amzn.to/2PHXHU3
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MADE FOR EACH OTHER on Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)
https://amzn.to/2RHtWjT
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THE GINGERBREAD MAN on Blu-ray  (Kino Lorber)
https://amzn.to/2QpDAHl
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JULIET, NAKED on Blu-ray (Lionsgate)
https://amzn.to/2PQl7ad
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