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Monday, December 9, 2013
Anchor Bay Films gives you lots of laughs alongside the complete annihilation of planet Earth with the release of End of the World on DVD on March 11th
This Syfy Original Movie stars Neil Grayston (“Eureka”), Greg Grunberg (“Heroes”) and Academy Award® nominee Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings) as a group of goofy science fiction geeks who now hold the fate of the world in their hands – but can we trust their hands? The SRP is $19.98. The pre-book is February 12th.
Nothing can stop it! Massive earthquakes violently shake cities and mysterious plasma spheres pummel the earth’s surface. The end nears. Who can save the world from destruction? Two small town sci-fi fan boys, who work at a video store, dig deep into their vast knowledge of disaster films to find a plan that could rescue humanity from complete and total obliteration.
Also featuring Caroline Cave (“The L Word”) and Mark Hildreth (“V”), End of the World is part satire and part loving homage to the disaster genre. This is a hip and hysterical film that’s filled with sly references to many of the movies that nerds love. Who knew that death, destruction and the end of the world would also be so darn funny!
End of the World DVD
Street Date: March 11, 2014
Pre-Book: February 12, 2014
UPC #: 01313261259180
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Retail Price: $19.98
Run Time: 90 Minutes
Posted by porfle at 12:35 PM
Saturday, December 7, 2013
You pretty much know in advance that any documentary entitled GREEDY LYING BASTARDS (2012) is going to be pure propaganda, which this one is. Whether you object to this or pump your fists and cheer depends entirely upon which side of the global warming/climate change debate you happen to be on.
If it's the latter, then writer-director Craig Rosebraugh and executive producer Daryl Hannah have just the movie for you. Rosebraugh kicks things off with a terrifying montage of natural calamities worthy of Cecil B. De Mille, including tornados, wildfires, hurricanes, and floods, and blames them all on global warming. Tearful accounts of lost homes and possessions by sad families are accompanied by mournful music, and one kid finds his mom's scorched Nativity stable, a precious family heirloom, while rummaging through their home's charred ruins.
After a few minutes of this, of course, we tend to stop listening critically to what's being said since the music is already giving us the gist of how we're supposed to react. More effective in my opinion are the first-hand accounts of people living close to nature in Alaska and the tropics whose environments are being made uninhabitable by gradual changes that might or might not be caused by global warming. I'm still not sure what to think about the midwestern farmer demonstrating how dry his drought-ridden field is by squirting a garden hose at it for five minutes.
Rosebraugh's trod through familiar Michael Moore territory also includes his own world-weary regular-guy narration as he appears in the film as both sympathetic observer and muckraking crusader. He also includes old film footage in a funny-ironic way along with plenty of animated charts and diagrams, and offers various experts and other designated hitters who agree with him (and whom we are to believe without question) a platform to express their views and present their case at length. This includes several Democratic politicians and representatives of organizations such as Greenpeace.
The other side--that is, those who claim global warming is a hoax based on unreliable or fabricated scientific findings--is represented by "hired guns" and "career skeptics" working for such greedy, lying bastards as Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, and big tobacco. The usual suspects, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and, of course, Fox News, are demonized along the way, as are George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney, and Clarence Thomas. Anyone else espousing a negative view of climate change is dismissed as either a charlatan or a moron, or both.
Rosebraugh, a long-time political activist whom Wikipedia tells us was once dubbed "The Face of Eco-Terrorism" by The New York Times Magazine and is a former spokesperson for the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front, comes to the fore late in the film when he tries to "get ahold of" the CEO of ExxonMobil by phone. After failing to do so, his response is pure Michael Moore: "This was typical of trying to get interviews with big corporations. I guess he was busy with world domination that day."
Later, he purchases some stock in ExxonMobil so that he can gain admittance to a shareholders' meeting in which he can actually lob a few words across a crowded room at the man in question, briefly giving the film a bit of that old ROGER AND ME vibe. I kept hoping that he might also mention the irony of his getting from place to place by automobile, since there are several shots of him driving around including one in which he pulls up across a lake from an oil refinery and poses dramatically against it. One of the film's final images is a montage of fossil-fuel-hungry consumers gassing up their cars, but we never actually see Rosebraugh himself doing it.
The DVD from Shelter Island and One Earth Productions is in 1.78:1 widescreen with 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo sound. Closed-captions available. Included are 18 minutes of bonus material that didn't make it into the final cut.
The end credits song, "B.A.S.F. (Bastards and Swine Forever)" exclaims: "I want to kick and I want to punch...pain and suffering is never enough..." If you bear similar ill will toward the GREEDY LYING BASTARDS that Rosebraugh rails against then you'll probably enjoy being a member of the choir that he's preaching to here. But without the entertainment value which Michael Moore manages to instill in his own personal statements, this strident activist's message tends toward the dull side.
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Posted by porfle at 6:46 PM
Friday, December 6, 2013
Steven Seagal continues to keep one big foot planted firmly in the action sub-genre that he himself created--namely, the "Steven Seagal movie"--but in the case of the mildly entertaining FORCE OF EXECUTION (2013) his participation is noticeably limited to little more than "guest star" status.
Just as the titles of these movies are now mostly random combinations of the same group of words, the plot of this latest Seagal foot-fest is a simple mix of action and gangster movie tropes upon which to hang fight sequences like Christmas ornaments.
But let's face it--that's just what we want, as long as it's put together with skill and a little pizzazz, as this minor but watchable effort is. This time, Seagal plays his usual ex-military badass who now uses his training to advance himself to kingpin status in the world of crime. When he sends his most trusted man, Roman Hurst (Bren Foster, MAXIMUM CONVICTION, "Days of Our Lives") on an important hit, it's deliberately botched by Ice Man (Ving Rhames), an up-and-coming gang boss who wants to move up in Steve's crime family before taking it over himself. Roman gets the blame, is punished by having his hands broken, and is sent into exile as a street bum.
While drinking his way through his new life, Roman befriends an ex-con named Oso (Danny Trejo) who runs a diner along with Roman's heartthrob, the lovely Karen (Jenny Gabrielle, SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN). When Oso and Karen get drawn into the escalating war between Steve and Ice Man, Roman realizes he must knock himself back into some kind of fighting shape in order to protect both them and his former boss, to whom he is still loyal for some damn reason I couldn't quite figure out.
It's the same tired old plot about warring crime lords vying for top-dog spot in a particular hood, but you really don't have to worry too much about the details as long as you keep track of who the good bad guys are as opposed to the really bad, evil, nasty bad guys. The violence-enriched story by Richard Beattie (MAXIMUM CONVICTION) and first-timer Michael Black doesn't quite flow but instead jerks forward from one cliched situation to the next, coming to life when these trash-talking bastards threaten, torture, or physically attack each other.
Seagal, thank goodness, seems to have managed to keep his weight down lately and wears something that looks more like a regular suit than a muu-muu. In fact, he seems to be in the same relatively spry shape as in the recent MAXIMUM CONVICTION, another film by director Keoni Waxman (HUNT TO KILL, THE KEEPER) which really scored a home run while giving stars Seagal and Steve Austin plenty to do.
But even though he's more sedentary these days, Steve's strengths lie in how he uses his still considerable presence, talking trash and being the baddest mofo in whatever room he happens to saunter into. And by now, director Waxman knows how to work his movie magic in order to make it look as though the big guy is doing more than just flailing his arms and letting a stand-in do all the heavy lifting. Steve's fans are well aware that he does a minimum of the agile stuff himself these days, so just getting the illusion right is pretty much all we can ask.
Waxman does well with a decent script and knows how to put together a terse, coherent action scene in which quick cutting adds to the excitement rather than the confusion. In fact, you can almost sense his own cinematic excitement gearing up when the talking's done and it's time to get down to business.
With the young and athletic Bren Foster, whose character is actually FORCE OF EXECUTION's main attraction, Waxman has someone he can work with to create some wildly furious fight scenes in which guns and knives come into play as well as fists and feet. As an actor, Foster reminds me of a perpetually nonplussed Colin Farrell, which is either good or bad according to your own tastes. Action-wise, he's got the kind of moves (including a very good spin-kick) that make fans of this kind of flick happy.
Ving Rhames has some fun chomping on the scenery as a more jovial version of PULP FICTION's Marcellus Wallace, delivering lines like "It's lucky for you I promised my mama I wouldn't kill anybody today" and shooting off two guns at a time with both eyes shut tight. The ever-reliable Danny Trejo, who should be well on his way to "national treasure" status by now, also seems to be having a good time, especially when using his witch doctor skills to apply deadly scorpions to an unwilling patient in order to "heal" his wounds. As Karen, Jenny Gabrielle makes an appealing love interest/damsel-in-distress for Foster's hero to rescue from her dastardly captors.
The 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo from Anchor Bay is in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby 5.1 sound and subtitles in English and Spanish. The sole extra is a behind-the-scenes featurette.
By the final reel, Steven Seagal has geared up into commando mode to fight off Ving and his men in his own fortress of crime, which leads to a highly eventful (but seemingly rushed) finale. While nowhere near the rollicking success of MAXIMUM CONVICTION, and lacking anything resembling URBAN JUSTICE's cool-as-hell ending, FORCE OF EXECUTION still manages to provide more than the minimum requirement of entertainment that we've come to expect from the latter-day Seagal.
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Posted by porfle at 10:50 PM
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Producer Janet Carrus To Sponsor The Netherlands' Team
"Effervescent! Seidelman's feel for setting and character is truly spectacular." - Time Out New York
"Susan Seidelman still knows how to capture the chaotic magic of New York." - The Village Voice
"A terrific film full of life, heart, music and fantastic dancing. A movie that just makes you feel good. See it!" - Boxoffice
New York, NY - December 5, 2013 - The inspiring romantic film MUSICAL CHAIRS will be screened at the 2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships taking place in Tokyo, Japan at the Grand Pacific Le Daiba Hotel on the evening of Sunday, December 8th. Janet Carrus, the producer of MUSICAL CHAIRS, will be sponsoring The Netherlands Team at the championships, which will be held from December 7-8. For more details about the Tokyo Screening or for air-times on HBO Latino, HBO Signature and HBO Comedy please visit: www.musicalchairsthefilm.com
The 2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships willhost over 160 athletes from over 25 countries for the first competition in Tokyo since the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were awarded to the city.This year's championship will be organized locally by the Japanese Wheelchair Dance Sport Federation. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/Tokyo2013
A unique blend of dance, drama, and romance, MUSICAL CHAIRS stars newcomers Leah Pipes and E.J. Bonilla as a pair of unlikely lovers in contemporary New York who must face a number of challenges, both separately and together, before finding one another--and themselves. Also starring Tony-winner Priscilla Lopez, Jaime Tirelli, Laverne Cox, Morgan Spector, Auti Angel, Jerome Preston Bates, Nelson R. Landrieu, and Angelic Zambrana, MUSICAL CHAIRS was produced by Janet Carrus and Joey Dedio.
Active in charities benefitting the impaired and ardent ballroom dance enthusiast, co-producer Carrus initiated the idea of creating a film around wheelchair ballroom dancing. As an activity long popular in Europe and Asia, wheelchair ballroom dancing has only recently developed a wider following in the United States.
About the film, which features both impaired and able-bodied performers in its rousing dance scenes, Carrus says, "Susan has succeeded in conveying the struggles we all face, both able-bodied and disabled, making our way, whether through life or on the dance floor. She has a real talent for embracing people in all their diversity and making them real, believable, and acceptable."
Set against the exciting backdrop of competitive ballroom dancing, MUSICAL CHAIRS is about Armando (Bonilla) a Bronx-bred Latino who aspires to be a dancer but whose only way in is as a handyman at a Manhattan dance studio, and Mia (Pipes), an Upper East Side princess who is the studio's star performer. Though worlds apart, their shared passion for dance promises to bring them together until a tragic accident changes Mia's life forever, and she finds herself wheelchair-bound at a rehab facility, with her dreams of a dance career shattered. Fortunately, Armando has enough dreams for both of them and, when he hears about a wheelchair ballroom dance competition that will soon be held in NY, he sees a way to return something to Mia that she thinks is lost forever. At first she is reluctant--wheelchair dancing, though highly popular overseas, is something she never even knew existed. But, with the help of several other residents at the rehab center, Armando organizes an intense training program that will bring them all center stage and in the spotlight. The prize is irrelevant; what they really stand to win back is their zest for life.
WHAT: Musical Chairs Screening at the IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships
WHERE:Grand Pacific Le Daiba Hotel | 2-6-1 Daiba, Minato Tokyo 135-8701, Japan
WHEN: Sunday, December 8th | Evening
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Posted by porfle at 8:40 PM
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Mistaken-identity comedy from acclaimed director Kenji Uchida
Played Toronto Int'l Film Festival
"A chessboard of ingenious subplots!" -Maggie Lee, Variety
"Filled to brimming with heart, charm and sensibility!" -Iceberg Ink Blog
December 4, 2013 (NY, NY) – Film Movement, the distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, announces today that KEY OF LIFE, the black comedy crime caper with a case of mistaken identity, will be released on DVD January 7th in North America. Key of Life weaves together three unique storilines - a failing actor down on his luck, a corporate executive desperate to find a husband, and an assassin in trouble with crime bosses - to hilarious ends.
All Film Movement DVD releases include a short film - this month's release includes FINALE, a film by Balazs Simony. The film, from Hungary and 8 minutes in length, follows two well-dressed gentlemen who enjoy a few drinks at a bar only to head out to complete a mysterious job.
An official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Key of Life will be available on DVD at Film Movement, and also through major retailers such as Amazon.com. The film will be available to stream directly from Film Movement for just $3.99; online streaming begins January 7th and can be accessed here. Additionally, Amazon Instant will make the film available for rent and download beginning January 7th.
Synopsis of KEY OF LIFE:
A case of stolen identity and one determined bride-to-be intersect in this comedic escapade from famed Japanese filmmaker Kenji Uchida. Struggling actor Sakurai is out of work, out of luck and can't even succeed at taking his own life. When a mysterious man slips and falls at the bathhouse, Sakurai switches locker keys and identities with the man, who turns out to be a hit man named Kondo. His memory lost in the fall, Kondo begins piecing 'his' life as Sakurai back together with the help of Kanae, a young woman he meets in the hospital who is determined to find a husband. Meanwhile, Sakurai, posing as Kondo, incurs the wrath of ornery gangsters. As the truth about Kondo and Sakurai comes to light, they must scramble to resolve the chaos of this topsy-turvey chain of events.
KEY OF LIFE |2013 | Comedy | Japanese with English subtitles | 128 minutes I Unrated
About Film Movement:
Launched in 2003, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 250 feature films and shorts from 50 countries on six continents, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and other prestigious festivals. Film Movement releases its films through numerous distribution channels, including thousands of art-house cinemas, universities and libraries; home video (Netflix and Amazon); television outlets (Sundance Channel, HBO, IFC and Showtime); Cable Video on Demand (including its very own branded cable VOD platform—Film Festival on Demand—available in over 40 million US homes); In-flight Entertainment (Alaska Airlines, Air Canada and United/Continental,) and broadband outlets (iTunes, Hulu, Amazon and YouTube). For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com
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Posted by porfle at 6:10 PM