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Jan 112021
 

CINEDIGM has announced the release date for its recently acquired film 100 DAYS TO LIVE, a taut psychological thriller set in the world of suicide prevention and mental health.

100 DAYS TO LIVE follows a woman who grapples with her inner demons by running a suicide support group in Chicago. But when her fiancé is kidnapped by a known murderer, she must race against the clock to discover the identity of the killer, and more importantly – his motive.

Owing to most theatres’ remaining closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the film will be released February 2, 2021 on transactional VOD, DVD and Blu Ray (BD). IVOD/EST platforms include: Apple TV/iTunes; Amazon; Google Play/YouTube; Vudu; FandangoNow; Playstation; Xbox; Redbox on Demand and more. Cable/Satellite platforms include: DirecTV; Dish; InDemand (aggregator for MSO’s including Comcast, Charter, Optimum, Cox, Spectrum, Xfinity, RCN, etc.); Vubiquity; Unobstructed View (CA); and more. The film is now available to preorder (EST) on two platforms:

Apple/iTunes: https://tv.apple.com/movie/100-days-to-live/umc.cmc.29w0jie5y3giuv9bnyi9rj041

FandangoNow: https://www.fandangonow.com/details/movie/100-days-to-live-2019/MMVAB700B6C42E0154D4DCCDF79F14B4A023

100 DAYS TO LIVE was written, produced, and directed by Ravin Gandhi, a nationally-known serial entrepreneur and commentator often featured on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox News. Gandhi, a lifelong film fan, shot the film over three weeks in Chicago while maintaining his job as CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, a company he founded and recently sold to SDK, a $10bn Japanese conglomerate.

100 DAYS TO LIVE premiered at the San Diego International Film Festival, where it was awarded Best World Premiere and Best First Time Director.

The film stars Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed, Rizzoli & Isles), Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf, Daredevil), Heidi Johanningmeier (Proven Innocent), Yancey Arias (Bosch, Queen of the South), and Chris Johnson (47 Meters Down).

“This is a movie that is going to shock people, and truly astonishing it was written and directed by a first-time filmmaker,” said Yolanda Macias, Executive Vice President, Cinedigm Entertainment Group. “We can’t wait for people to see it – it’s a great piece of filmmaking.”

According to Ravin Gandhi, “Being able to tell a good story has made me successful as an entrepreneur. Making a feature film was a bucket list goal, and it’s surreal 100 Days to Live is getting released. I’m thrilled to have Cinedigm as a partner.”

 

100 DAYS TO LIVE

Genre: Thriller Running Time: 87 Minutes Rating: NR Language: English

Audio: Dolby 5.1, AAC, Close-Captioned in English Aspect Ratio: 2.4:1

 

Director/Writer: Ravin Gandhi

Producers: Ravin Gandhi | Christopher Jennings | Rhyan LaMarr

Executive Producers:

John W. Bosher | Chris Charles | Ravin Gandhi |Christopher Jennings | Rhyan LaMarr | Marisa Ross

 

Principal Cast:

Colin Egglesfield; Gideon Emery ; Heidi Johanningmeier; Yancey Arias; Chris Johnson

 

Director of Photography: Nicholas M. Puetz

 

Social:

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IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10949778/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr1vXhlsqQo&feature=youtu.be

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Jan 112021
 

 

Synopsis
With unfettered access to the Zappa family trust and all archival footage, ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career of Frank Zappa, which never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Director and writer Alex Winter’s (Bill & Ted Face the Music) assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow, Gail Zappa, and several of Frank’s musical collaborators, including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and more.

Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital
Street Date: March 2, 2021
Run Time: 127 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
SRP: $29.98 (Blu-Ray), $26.98 (DVD)
Catalog: 11715 (Blu-Ray), 11711 (DVD)

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Jan 112021
 

From the Big Screen:

Ammonite

photo for Ammonite In 1840s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship. Vitals: Director: Francis Lee. Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu, Fiona Shaw. 2020, CC, MPAA rating: R, 120 min., Drama, Box office gross: $.160 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
Extras: “The Making of Ammonite.”

This Week’s Best Bets

In the rediscovered masterpiece of film noir “Sudden Fear” (1952), directed by David Miller (“Midnight Lace,” “Lonely Are the Brave” and” Executive Action”), Joan Crawford plays a successful playwright who marries a less than stellar actor (Jack Palance) with a troubling secret. She soon discovers that he not only married her for her money but that he plans to murder her with the help of his lover (Gloria Grahame). Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Crawford), Best Supporting Actor (Palance) and Best Black & White Cinematography (Charles Lang Jr.), this taut thriller also features a score by Elmer Bernstein that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. From Cohen Film Collection … photo for Minding the Gap “Minding the Gap” (2018) is the extraordinary debut from documentarian Bing Liu that weaves a story of skateboarding, friendship, and fathers and sons into a coming-of-age journey of courageous vulnerability. Over the course of several years and with his camera always at the ready, Liu records the rocky paths into adulthood of Keire and Zack, two friends from his own skateboarding community in Rockford, Illinois. As he does so, deeper parallels gradually emerge that ultimately draw the filmmaker into a heartrending confrontation with his own past. With an eye for images of exhilarating poetry and a keen emotional sensitivity, “Minding the Gap” is a powerfully cathartic portrait of fledgling lives forged in trauma and fighting to break free. On DVD, Blu-ray, from The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc

“Legacies: The Complete Second Season” (2019-20) contains all All 16 episodes. Last season, the supernatural students at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted and their beloved headmaster, Dr. Alaric Saltzman, came face-to-face with a stunning assortment of monsters and mythological creatures. A dragon. A gargoyle. The Headless Horseman. From Warner Archive … “Manifest: The Complete Second Season” (2020) is a three-disc set with all 13 episodes. In this supernatural drama, a commercial plane inexplicably disappears on a transoceanic flight and, more mysteriously, returns five years after being presumed lost photo for Twilight Zone: Season Two at sea. While only hours have passed for those on the flight, years have gone by for their loved ones at home who have learned to live with their losses. As the passengers and flight crew wrestle with their interrupted lives and relationships, the government continues to investigate the anomaly. From Warner Archive … “Twilight Zone: Season Two” (2020) is a four-disc set with all 10 episodes. This updated version of Rod Sterling’s 1959 classic series consists of tales revolving around science fiction, mystery, and horror. Each episode features its own mind-bending and insane journey into a different dimension filled with endless possibilities. The conscious storytelling consists of a standout cast that includes Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani, Seth Rogen, Tracy Morgan, John Cho, Zazie Beatz, and many others. This modern take is hosted by Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Jordan Peele.
From CBS/Paramount.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Beyond Hell” (2020), starring Kearsten Johansson, Gavin R. Downes, Sean Rey and Sebastian Deery, after trying a new version of the drug Changa, Maryssa (Johansson) finds herself transported to a dimension in hell where the demon, Belial (Gavin R. Downes, Still Me), latches onto her. Through Maryssa, Belial claws his way out from the depths of hell by slaughtering her friends, one-by-one. From Indican Pictures … In photo for Jungleland “Jungleland” (2019), starring Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell and Jonathan Majors, Stanley (Hunnam) and Lion (O’Connell) are two brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing. When Stanley fails to pay back a dangerous crime boss (Majors), they’re forced to deliver an unexpected traveler as they journey across the country for a high stakes fighting tournament. While Stanley trains Lion for the fight of his life, a series of events threaten to tear the brothers apart, but their love for one another and belief in a better life keep them going in this gripping drama that proves family pulls no punches. From Paramount … In “American Dream” (2021), starring Luke Bracey, Michiel Huisman, Nick Stahl and Agnieszka Grochowska, Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (“Saving Private Ryan”) directs an intense thriller about the brutal struggle for success. Desperate for cash, entrepreneurs Scott (Bracey) and Nicky (Huisman) turn to Russian mobster Yuri (Stahl). After they refuse the funding he offers, Yuri gets revenge by trying to take over their construction project. The partners are terrified, until Nicky’s tough Russian girlfriend, Ana, decides to take action herself. From Lionsgate … In “Average Joe” (2021), starring Camden Toy, Jason Sedillo, Caitlin Rose Williams, Akasha Villalobos, Taylor James Johnson and Roman Garcia, former superheroes must come out of retirement to fight evil once again. When Lord Menace returns from the dead to terrorize San Antonio, TX, the old superhero gang must reassemble to save the city. Unfortunately, the superheroes have sat comfortably in retirement since their last group adventure and normal day-to-day responsibilities have taken precedent. Now toting families, day jobs and excess weight gain, they have to learn how to come together and fight otherworldly evil again. From Indican Pictures … photo for Spell In “Spell” (2020), starring Omari Hardwick and Loretta Devine, while flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon. On DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, from Paramount … In “Lena & Snowball” (2021), starring Robert Knepper, Wade Williams and Melissa Collazo, Lena, bullied at school and lonely at home, keeps hoping she’ll have a true friend someday. One afternoon, her dreams come true — in the shape of a cuddly white lion cub! Lena tries to keep playful Snowball out of trouble, but the clumsy poachers who kidnapped the valuable cub, and the cruel trophy collector who paid for him, are desperate to get him back. As Lena races to rescue poor Snowball, her new friend Jake will do anything to help. From Lionsgate.

Foreign Films:

One of the greatest achievements in recent art-house cinema and a seminal work of “slow cinema,” director Béla Tarr’s “Sátántangó” (1994 — Hungary), based on the novel by László Krasznahorkai, follows the members of a humble agricultural community living in a bleak and punishing backwater after the fall of Communism. As a few of the villagers secretly conspire to take off with all of the community’s annual earnings for themselves, a mysterious messiah, long thought dead, returns to the village and alters the course of everyone’s lives forever. Shot in stunning black-and-white by Gábor Medvigy and filled with exquisitely composed long takes, “Sátántangó” unfolds in 12 distinct movements, alternating forwards and backward in time, echoing the structure of tango dance. Tarr’s vision, aided by long-time partner and collaborator Ágnes Hranitzky, is enthralling and his portrayal of rural Hungary beset by drunken revelry, treachery, and near-perpetual rainfall is both transfixing and uncompromising. 4K restoration from the original negative and sound materials. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from CAV Distributing.

For the Family:

“Lupin III: The First” (2019) introduces the beloved characters in CG animation for the first time. The iconic “gentleman thief” returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning photo for Lupin III: The First caper, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made “Lupin the 3rd” one of the most storied animation franchises in the world. This release will be presented in both the original Japanese version and a new English dubbed version. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Steelbook Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from GKIDS/Shout Factory.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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Jan 102021
 

There was definitely a paucity of new movie releases last year, with most of the studios holding back their films until the COVID pandemic is over. And the films that have gone straight-to-streaming have been pretty unremarkable. Herewith is out Best of 2020 list, albeit short. And since it was a year of stay-at-home viewing, we’ve put together a list of the Top Streaming series that we’ve enjoyed over the past several years. Stay safe.

Accident (1967) From Joseph Losey, the legendary director of  “The Servant,” “The Go-Between” and “The Assassination of Trotsky,” comes this classic melodrama with a screenplay by Harold Pinter. When one of his students is killed in a car accident, an Oxford professor (Dirk Bogarde) recounts the circumstances of their meeting. But as these turbulent memories unfold, they reveal a series of shocking relationships betrayed by adultery, obsession and self-destruction in which nothing is what it seems and everything has its cost. “Accident” was the second of three brilliant collaborations between filmmaker Losey and playwright Pinter; the first was the 1963 masterpiece “The Servant” and the third, the 1971 classic “The Go-Between.” Stanley Baker, Michael York, Vivien Merchant and Delphine Seyrig co-star.

Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection Deluxe box set includes the latest film by the great Chilean French artist/filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, “Psychomagic, A Healing Art,” as well as “Fando y Lis,” “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain” restored in 4K on Blu-ray, along with new bonus features and CD soundtracks of the latter two titles. At the age of 91, Jodorowsky is as relevant as he’s ever been. In addition to completing “Psychomagic, A Healing Art,” he supervised the color correction of the 4K restorations of his essential films using the original 35mm elements, with stunning and vibrant results.

Bad Education (2019) The fascinating true story of one of the largest public-school embezzlement scandals in America. Inspired by the true story that rocked the town of Roslyn, NY in 2004 and garnered attention nationwide, the film centers on the stunning impact and aftermath of a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme, and follows Frank Tassone (High Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney), who reign over a popular Long Island school district on the verge of the nation’s top spot, spurring record college admissions and soaring property values. Between them, they racked up over $11.2 million dollars in extravagant personal expenses. Jackman and Janney are superb as cheaters-in-arms; direction and supporting cast are top-notch. Originally aired on HBO.

Dodsworth (1936) Newly restored in 2019 by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive and The Film Foundation in association with the Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Family Trust. Restoration funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. William Wyler directs this superb adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis novel for master producer Samuel Goldwyn featuring an amazing ensemble of actors led by the great Walter Huston. A tale of middle-aged regret and recriminations and the rebirth of long dormant passions, Wyler cannily gets by the production code and delivers a decidedly adult drama that more comfortably sits alongside the pre-Codes than the post-Codes. Millionaire motor magnate Sam Dodsworth (Huston) sells the Dodsworth auto works in the small midwestern burg of Zenith to a large combine and embarks on a long-postponed honeymoon abroad. But long-time bride Fran (Ruth Chatterton) turns runaway when her head is turned by the swells of the continent (David Niven, Paul Lukas, Gregory Gaye). Bereft and adrift, Dodsworth furthers his friendship with young American widow Edith (Mary Astor) and the relationship uncorks long-buried desires in Dodsworth. But Fran is not done with Dodsworth, yet. Long unavailable, “Dodsworth” returns to print in a stunning restoration that properly gives new life to one of the greatest pictures of the 1930s – resplendent with glorious Black and White cinematography, fabulous art direction and superb mise-en-scene in service to a truly sophisticated cast.

First Cow (2019) John Magaro, Orion Lee,Toby Jones, Ewen Bremner, René Auberjonois, Alia Shawkat. Two travelers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, dream of striking it rich — but their tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontier comes to rely on the secret use of a wealthy businessman’s prized dairy cow. With their scheme landing somewhere between honest ingenuity and pure grift, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt finds a graceful and deeply moving origin story of America in their unlikely friendship and fragile life at the margins. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in August 2019 and screened to great acclaim at the New York Film Festival in September 2019 and the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020.

Five Graves to Cairo (1943) From Billy Wilder, the legendary director of “Double Indemnity,” “The Lost Weekend,” “Stalag 17,” “Some Like It Hot” and “The Apartment,” comes this wartime espionage thriller starring Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Erich von Stroheim and Peter van Eyck. John J. Bramble (Tone), the sole survivor of a British tank crew, makes his way to a desolate desert town where he is given refuge by a hotel owner (Tamiroff) and a French chambermaid (Baxter) who prepare to receive General Erwin Rommel (Stroheim) and his German staff. Posing as the hotel’s waiter, Bramble attempts to infiltrate Rommel’s inner circle and report the general’s plans to the Allies. Co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett

Ford v Ferrari (2019) by James Mangold; Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Tracy Letts, Remo Girone. Based on the remarkable true story about Ford Motor Company’s attempt to create the world’s fastest car. American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), together battled corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car (the Ford GT40) and take on Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. Good old-fashioned filmmaking.

Joker (2019) An original, standalone story that explores the psyche of Arthur Fleck (the Joker to come) — indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix — a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night … but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study. Co-stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen. An auspicious change-of-pace for director Todd Phillips (“The Hangover” franchise) and a tour-de-force for Phoenix.

Mephisto (1981 — Hungary) Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 1981, “Mephisto” is a malevolent masterwork from Hungarian director István Szabó. It concerns a passionate but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved. Brilliantly adapted from Klaus Mann’s 1936 novel, it is presented in a stunning 4K restoration by the Hungarian National Film Archive.

Parasite (2019 — South Korea) Directed by Bong Joon Ho (“The Host,” “Snowpiercer,” “Mother”). Kim Ki-taek and his family don’t put a lot of effort into steady jobs and hard work. They live in a dirty apartment in a basement and make a small amount of money, enough to survive, by completing low-paying side jobs and gigs. One day, Ki-taek’s son, Ki-woo, receives an offer that could help improve the family’s situation: Ki-woo’s friend, Min-hyuk, plans to study abroad and suggests that Ki-woo take over his English tutoring job with a wealthy family. Ki-woo is hired immediately, but uses his position, manipulation and lies, to get the family’s staff fired and replaced with the members of his family. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, “Parasite” showcases a modern master at the top of his game. “Parasite” is the first Asian film to win an Oscar for Best Film.

Yes, God, Yes (2020) An irreverent satire on religious principles and hormonal behavior, the film follows the sexual awakening of a Catholic High School teen girl; set in the early 2000s. Alice (Natalia Dyer), a strait-laced Catholic student, discovers more than she bargained for after an innocent AOL chat turns racy. Seeking redemption, she attends a mysterious religious retreat to try to suppress her urges, only to come face to face with everything she’s been trying so desperately to avoid. Original and charming script and direction by first-time director Karen Maine.

You Don’t Nomi (2019) In 1995, director Paul Verhoeven’s salacious “Showgirls” — a nasty, over-the-top sex-and-sadism filled exploration of the trials and tribulations of a young woman who hitchhikes to Las Vegas to make it as a chorus girl — opened with an NC-17 rating and alienated literally every film critic in the country. The film was trounced in reviews and died at the boxoffice. Verhoeven and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas had a falling out and star Elizabeth Berkley (who played the lead, Nomi Malone), fresh off the bland TV series “Saved by the Bell,” was dropped by her agent and was pretty much black-listed in Hollywood. Because of its notoriety, “Showgirls” was a success on home video; since its release it has amassed north of $100 million. In the intervening years, “Showgirls” has become a cult classic, and has been re-evaluated as more than just a sensational, trashy nudie exploitation film, transcending the “so-bad-it’s-good” category. The film has been defended by such critics as J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Even Jacques Rivette, founder of the French New Wave, piped in, calling it in 1998 “one of the great American films of the last few years” for its unflinching look at the dark side of entertainment celebrityhood. Even Berkley’s career picked up; she went on to star in dozens of Broadway productions — to critical raves — and carved out scores of roles on TV. In this documentary, a chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of the film, from its disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption. Director Jeffrey McHale intersperses clips from other Verhoeven movies to place “Showgirls” in the context of the director’s ouvre (most of his films have contained vibrant scenes of sex and violence (“Turkish Delight,” “Katie Tippel,” “RoboCop,” “Total Recall” and the notorious “Basic Instinct”) as well as centering it among other sex-oriented big screen productions (“Fatal Attraction” among them). And there’s plenty of footage from midnight showings. Unfortunately, there’s no modern interviews with Verhoeven, Eszterhas, Berkley or co-stars Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon (both of whose careers have flourished, thank you). All in all it’s a fun adventure.

And don’t forget the following Criterion releases:

Army of Shadows (1969 — France) The most personal film by the underworld poet Jean-Pierre Melville, who had participated in the French Resistance himself, this tragic masterpiece, based on a novel by Joseph Kessel, recounts the struggles and sacrifices of those who fought in the Resistance. Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret star as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime. Long underappreciated in France and unseen in the United States, the atmospheric and gripping thriller Army of Shadows is now widely recognized as the summit of Melville’s career, channeling the exquisite minimalism of his gangster films to create an unsparing tale of defiance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Crash (1996) For this icily erotic fusion of flesh and machine, David Cronenberg adapted J. G. Ballard’s future-shock novel of the 1970s into one of the most singular and provocative films of the 1990s. A traffic collision involving a disaffected commercial producer, James (James Spader), and an enigmatic doctor, Helen (Holly Hunter), brings them, along with James’s wife, Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger, in a sublimely detached performance), together in a crucible of blood and broken glass — and it’s not long before they are all initiated into a kinky, death-obsessed underworld of sadomasochistic car-crash fetishists for whom twisted metal and scar tissue are the ultimate turn-ons. Controversial from the moment it premiered at Cannes — where it won a Special Jury Prize “for originality, for daring, and for audacity” — “Crash” has since taken its place as a key text of late-20th-century cinema, a disturbingly seductive treatise on the relationships between humanity and technology, sex and violence, that is as unsettling as it is mesmerizing.

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975 — Germany) When a young woman spends the night with an alleged terrorist, her quiet, ordered life falls into ruins. “The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum” portrays an anxious era in West Germany amid a crumbling postwar political consensus. Katharina, though apparently innocent, suddenly becomes a suspect, falling prey to a vicious smear campaign by the police and a ruthless tabloid journalist that tests the limits of her dignity and her sanity. Crafting one of the most accessible and direct works of 1970s political filmmaking, Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta deliver a powerful adaptation of Heinrich Böll’s novel, a stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom, and media manipulation that is as relevant today as when it was released.

Le petit soldat (1963 — France) Before his convention-shattering debut, “Breathless,” had even premiered, Jean-Luc Godard leapt into the making of his second feature, a thriller that would tackle the most controversial subject in France: the use of torture in the Algerian War. Despite his lack of political convictions, photojournalist Bruno Forestier (Michel Subor) is roped into a paramilitary group waging a shadow war in Geneva against the Algerian independence movement. Anna Karina (in her first collaboration with Godard, whose camera is visibly besotted with her) is beguiling as the mysterious woman with whom Forestier becomes infatuated. Banned for two and a half years by French censors for its depiction of brutal tactics on the part of the French government and the Algerian fighters alike, “Le petit soldat” finds the young Godard already retooling cinema as a vehicle for existential inquiry, political argument, and ephemeral portraiture — in other words, as a medium for delivering “truth twenty-four times per second.”

Pierrot le fou (1965 — France) Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeois world behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: the 10th feature in six years by genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard is a stylish mash-up of anticonsumerist satire, au courant politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, “Pierrot le fou” is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.

The War of the Worlds (1953) A mysterious, meteorlike object has landed in a small California town. All clocks have stopped. A fleet of glowing green UFOs hovers menacingly over the entire globe. The Martian invasion of Earth has begun, and it seems that nothing — neither military might nor the scientific know-how of nuclear physicist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) — can stop it. In the expert hands of genre specialists George Pal and Byron Haskin, H. G. Wells’s end-of-civilization classic receives a chilling Cold War-era update, complete with hallucinatory Technicolor and visionary, Oscar-winning special effects. Emblazoned with iconographic images of 1950s science fiction, “The War of the Worlds” is both an influential triumph of visual imagination and a still-disquieting document of the wonder and terror of the atomic age.

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Jan 092021
 


A passionate and all-consuming love affair changes the lives of two 19th century women in AMMONITE, written and directed by Francis Lee (God’s Own Country), the extraordinary film arrives on Digital, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand January 12, 2021 from NEON and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Proclaimed as “captivating” (Clayton Davis, Variety), AMMONITE brings Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road, Titanic) and Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (Little Women, Ladybird) together in an “undeniable and electric” (David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly) love affair between two women from utterly different worlds where “Winslet and Ronan are beautifully matched” (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times). Hailed by critics as “one of the best performances of Kate Winslet’s career” (Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com), AMMONITE’s release on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD comes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast and crew taking audiences on a beautiful behind-the-scenes journey into the making of this remarkable film.

In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.

Alongside Winslet and Ronan, AMMONITE features incredible must-see performances from the entire cast including Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’ Diary franchise, Sense & Sensibility), James McArdle (, Mary Queen of Scots), Alec Secareanu (God’s Own Country, “Strike Back”) and Fiona Shaw (“Killing Eve,” Colette). The “exquisite” (BBC) film comes from Academy Award®-winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, the filmmakers behind The King’s Speech, Lion and Widows, and producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (Lady Macbeth).

With the purchase of AMMONITE on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards special rewards via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, signed collectables, box sets, win exclusive prizes and more! For FREE registration and details please visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.

BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:

  • The Making of AMMONITE: Stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan join filmmakers to discuss how they were able to convey the extraordinary depth of the film’s two main characters, Mary Anning and Charlotte Murchison.

AMMONITE will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

Website: www.neonrated.com/films/ammonite
UPHE Website: https://www.uphe.com/movies/ammonite
Trailer: https://uni.pictures/AmmoniteTrailer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ammonitemovie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ammonite_movie
#Ammonite

FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu and Fiona Shaw
Casting Director: Fiona Weir
Composers: Dustin O’Halloran, Volker Bertelmann
Sound Designer: Johnnie Burn
Hair and Make-Up Designer: Ivana Primorac
Costume Designer: Michael O’Connor
Production Designer: Sarah Finlay
Film Editor: Chris Wyatt
Directory of Photography: Stéphane Fontaine, AFC
Co-Producers: Rob How, Nicky Earnshaw
Executive Producers: Simon Gillis, Mary Burke, Rose Garnett, Zygi Kamasa
Produced By: Iain Canning p.g.a, Emile Sherman p.g.a, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly p.g.a
Written and Directed By: Francis Lee

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:
Street Date: January 12, 2021
Selection Number: 36214923 (US) / 32214781 (CDN)
Layers: BD-25
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: Rated R for graphic sexuality, some graphic nudity and brief language
Languages/Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Run Time: 1:57:40

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: January 12, 2021
Selection Number: 36214988 (US) / 32214780 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: Rated R for graphic sexuality, some graphic nudity and brief language
Languages/Sound: English Dolby Digital 5,1 Surround
Run Time: 1:57:40

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Jan 092021
 
PREMIERE ENTERTAINMENT and PANIC HOUSE
Present
A Film by Aaron Fjellman
CAGED
Starring Edi Gathegi, Melora Hardin, Angela Sarafyan,
Tony Amendola, Robert R. Shafer, and James Jagger
NEW INTENSE THRILLER PREMIERES AT HOME
ON-DEMAND AND DIGITAL
JANUARY 26, 2021
Brace yourself for one of the most stirring and searing psychological thrillers. On January 26, 2021, Shout! Studios will release the new thriller CAGED, directed by Aaron Fjellman on VOD and digital for watch-at-home. Critically acclaimed Kenyan-born actor Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class, The Blacklist) leads a talented cast of Melora Hardin (The Office, Transparent), Angela Sarafyan (Westworld, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile), Tony Amendola (Annabelle, Once Upon a Time), Robert R. Shafer (The Office, Psycho Cop), and James Jagger (The Outpost, Vinyl). Written by Aaron Fjellman and James “Doc” Mason, CAGED is produced by Peter Kirtley, Matthew Temple, Jessa Zarubica, and Aaron Fjellman. Executive producers are Edi Gathegi and Ryan Sage.

“The concept for Caged was born out of a simple sentence: I want to make a psychological thriller exploring the haunting effects of solitary confinement,” stated filmmaker Aaron Fjellman. “We build upon tried-and-true horror tropes as a way to visualize the insanity experienced by prisoners in solitary confinement. By toying with the literal and figurative definitions of haunting the possibilities of shooting and extremely contained thriller, mostly set in one man’s solitary cell, all of a sudden became huge! Edi Gathegi’s emotionally charged, powerhouse performance grounded the story’s genre elements, adding a special layer of authenticity to the film. Having the opportunity to shape a character with such a gifted actor was extremely gratifying.”

Movie Synopsis
An affluent African American psychiatrist (Gathegi), convicted of murdering his wife (Sarafyan), is sentenced to life in federal prison, then sent to solitary confinement. Struggling to file an appeal, he descends into madness, pushed to his breaking point by an abusive female guard (Hardin) hell-bent on her own form of justice and haunted by his dead wife, causing him to question his own innocence and sanity.
Shout! Studios | 80 minutes, Not Rated
CAGED Hits On-Demand and Digital for Watch-At-Home
January 26, 2021
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Jan 092021
 

ARROW Offers Classic and Cutting Edge Cult Cinema
January Lineup Includes Classics The Love Witch,
We Need to Talk About Kevin, Joint Security Area
& New Cult Shorts

January Seasons to Kick Off the New Year:
Loved to Death, Short on Time, Little Monsters, Pray for Forgiveness & Make-up Effects Masterclass

Arrow Video is excited to announce the January 2021 lineup of their new subscription-based ARROW platform, available now in the US and Canada, coming soon to the UK. Building on the success of the Arrow Video Channel and expanding its availability across multiple devices and countries, ARROW boasts a selection of cult classics, hidden gems and iconic horror films, all curated by the ARROW team.

The lineup begins with the exclusive ARROW launch of the inaugural ARROW Shorts Collection: a selection of entries from Arrow Video’s Horror Lockdown Shorts contest, judged by genre film veterans Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Synchronic, The Endless). A testament to resourcefulness and creativity amidst the uncertainty of the global pandemic, the collection features burning passion in UnTooned, the disturbing aftermath of The Wedding Ritual, bad bears in Toys, a break-in gone terribly wrong in Stagnant, a neon Giallo homage in A Date with Death, the paranoid and claustrophobic Insecticide, chills in The Drawing, obsessions in The Garden, the sleepless nightmare of first time parenthood in Night Feed, and the unseen dangers of online shopping in Silent & Deadly. The shorts are exclusively available to stream on ARROW.

The seasons kick off with Loved to Death, an assortment of titles that show the price of passion: murder, enchantments, mayhem, and gore. Featured titles include Anna Biller’s mesmerizing The Love Witch, punches for love in Tokyo Fist, dark and depraved passion in We Are the Flesh and Orgies of Edo and the quirky heated drama Toys are Not for Children.

Every second counts in Short on Time, ARROW’s collection of compelling shorts and features that grip audiences fast and furiously, with every feature under 75 minutes. Featured titles include Patrick Picard’s hauntingly atmospheric The Bloodhound, Herschell Gordon Lewis’s groundbreaking splatter films Blood Feast and The Gruesome Twosome, and Shinya Tsukamoto’s cyberpunk Tetsuo: The Iron Man. The shorts include Roadkill: The Last Days of John Martin and A Hot Night at the Go Go Lounge.

Streaming on ARROW, visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden) takes audiences to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea in Joint Security Area (JSA), the acclaimed thriller which swept awards and captivated audiences on its release in 2000.

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining bullets in the assassin’s magazine clip, amount to 16 bullets for a gun that should normally hold 15 bullets. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved – all of which points to some sort of cover up.

The highest-grossing film in Korean film history at the time, Joint Security Area took home a number of accolades, including Best Film at South Korea’s Blue Dragon Film Awards and Grand Bell Awards and launched Park Chan-wook on the world stage.

Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s riveting adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s bestseller is the controversial story of an ambivalent mother attempting to connect with her disturbing son, who has battled her since his birth. At 15, Kevin committed a heinous act, leaving his mother Eva to face her own guilt and grief, as well as scorn from their neighbors and former friends. Featuring a BAFTA nominated performance from Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, and a chilling breakthrough from Ezra Miller as Kevin, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a dark exploration of nature vs. nurture and a masterful blend of drama and horror.

Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder.

With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ’60s, The Love Witch explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism. The feature will be accompanied by a newly filmed, exclusive ARROW Originals Q&A with director Anna Biller, moderated by Heidi Honeycutt.

As the new year gets into full swing, ARROW invites you to own up to your sins as January 11th sees the arrival of Ban this Sick Filth Presents: Pray for Forgiveness with a sinful selection of films for you blasphemous heretics including Beyond the Door, Killer Nun, Children of the Corn and Mark of the Devil.

On January 18th, ARROW let loose a rabble of pintsized ruffians who are badly behaved and baying for blood with Little Monsters, featuring We Need to Talk About Kevin, Bloody Birthday, Blood Rage and Madhouse.

School is in session on January 22nd with Make-Up Effects Masterclass – stare in awe at the best examples of hand-made artery-gushing, flesh-peeling practical effects with Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator, Creepshow 2 and Island of Death.

ARROW is available in the US and Canada on the following Apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices , Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.
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Jan 092021
 
YUNG LEAN: IN MY HEAD
Directed by Henrik Burman
Featuring Jonatan Leandoer Håstad (Yung Lean)
Yung Lean: In My Head Opens on Digital Platforms
and VOD on January 18th
Synopsis
At the age of 15, Jonatan Leandoer spends most of his days in his bedroom in southern Stockholm drinking milkshakes, playing video games, and listening to rap music. He does not have many friends, but he has his computer and his alter ego: Yung Lean, an imaginary persona created to be everything that Jonatan is not; a terrifying, nasty and powerful rap star. When he puts a song on YouTube that quickly and unexpectedly reaches millions of views, it catapults him onto the radars of the biggest names in the industry, including Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, and Justin Bieber. As Jonatan begins to fade away, the imaginary character Yung Lean takes over, and his triumph turns into a nightmare.

A success story of magnitudes never before seen by a Swedish hip hop artist, Yung Lean: In My Head is a riveting generational tale portraying a young boy’s passage into adulthood, his journey with drugs, death, mental illness, and conquering adversity.
Director: Henrik Burman
Featuring: Jonatan Leandoer Håstad (Yung Lean), Axel Tufvesson,
Carl-Mikael Berlander, Benjamin Reichwald, Emilio Fagone, Oskar Ekman
Composers: Ted Krotkiewski & Martin Axelsson, (Sountrack by Year0001)
Editors: Kalle Lindberg, Orvar Anklew
Cinematographers: Björn Tjärnberg, Linn Marnfeldt
Producers: David Herdies & Michael Krotkiewski, Ludvig Andersson
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Jan 092021
 

“Elegantly executed horror and arresting excursions into the surreal…
Ahari’s impressive feature debut is sure to satisfy genre fans.”
Richard Kuipers, VARIETY

“Remarkable evocation of Kubrickian horror. Hotel Normandie… is spiritually linked
to [The Shining’s] Overlook Hotel.”
Matt Fagerholm, ROGER EBERT
Synopsis

The Night is a psychological thriller that follows an Iranian couple, Babak and Neda, and their one-year-old daughter, Shabnam. Returning home from a friend’s gathering, Babak drives drunkenly, too stubborn to let Neda drive with a suspended license. When Babak’s driving threatens the safety of the family, Neda insists they stay the night at a hotel. Once they check-in, Babak and Neda find themselves imprisoned, forced to face the secrets they’ve kept from each other. And though the clock moves forward, “the night” never ends.

About The Production

The Night went into production in the US in 2018, at the onset of Trump’s Iran sanctions imposition, employing a diverse cast and crew made up of predominantly Iranian immigrants or US-born Iranian-Americans. All department heads leading the production, from production through post, are Iranian or of Iranian descent. The Night employed Iranians in leadership roles in all key creative positions above and below the line, both lead acting roles, while being US-produced.

Iranians are so underrepresented, they are combined with a number of other ethnic backgrounds in both AMPAS’ classifications and the US Census as “Middle Eastern”, despite Iran’s cinema and cultural heritage being one of the most significant in global cinema’s history.

Shot on location in the US, The Night recently received a license for theatrical release in Iran, making it the first US-produced film to do so since the Iran revolution, which Deadline called “a historic benchmark”.

Directed by: Kourosh Ahari
Writtenby: Milad Jarmooz & Kourosh Ahar
Producedby: Alex Bretow, Kourosh Ahari, Jeffrey Allard, Cheryl Staurulakis, Armin Amir
Cinematographer: Maz Makhan
Editedby: Kourosh Ahari
Starring: Shahab Hosseini, Niousha Jafarian, Leah Oganyan, and George Maguire
Runtime: 106 mins
Language: Farsi

 

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Jan 092021
 

#LIKE will be available on TVOD January 26, 2021 on iTunes,
Amazon Prime, Vudu, FandangoNow, and Microsoft Store
Synopsis
Woodstock teen Rosie (Sarah Rich) is mourning the first anniversary of her younger sister Amelia’s death, when she discovers that the mysterious man (Marc Menchaca, ALONE, “The Outsider”) who sexploited and bullied her sister into committing suicide, is back online trolling for new victims. After the authorities refuse to get involved, Rosie discovers a darker side she never knew she had as she takes justice into her own hands.
Running Time: 95 min
Country: USA
Language: English

“Challenges the viewer to question whether, for all her target’s status as a pedophile and cyberbully, Rosie is doing the right thing, or even whether Rosie has the right man.”
Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
“Pirozek knows exactly what she is doing… this film will likely attract loud and
widespread cries of #NotAllMen.”
Jane Fae, Eye For Film
“A feminist horror masterpiece… unfolds twist after very unpredictable twist.”
Lorry Kikta, Film Threat
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