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Rocky

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Sports movies are quite special in that they are some of the most inspirational films ever made. Everyone loves a good underdog story and most, if not all, sports movies are about people who beat the odds.

When it comes to the greatest sports movie ever made, it’s quite difficult to make a pick. But this list will attempt to give a shout-out to five of the best.

Space Jam

Space Jam was a major hit and is still being watched all over simply because it presented never-before-seen access to the most famous man in the world at the time of its release. Michael Jordan remains an icon years after leaving the game of basketball and his shoe sales alone support the notion. The former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards superstar has captivated generations with his otherworldly feats on the court and is considered to be the greatest player of all time by many. He’s also named as one of the best athletes in the history of sports.

The movie, which was released in 1996, had Jordan team up with the Looney Tunes squad, leading the charge while the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, etc. help save their world from aliens.

Space Jam has since been remade, with LeBron James starring in the sequel but it isn’t considered to be nearly as good as the original.

“Because LeBron is a nice guy, I’m going to try to be a nice guy today and give his new movie a C,” sports analyst Skip Bayless said after watching. “To me, the new ‘Space Jam’ is no closer to the original than LeBron is to Michael Jordan the basketball player. … I think he lost badly once again to Michael Jordan in this movie.”

Rocky

Certainly the best boxing movie of all time, Rocky (1976) introduced the world to Sylvester Stallone and he has been a star ever since. It’s said that Stallone wrote the script for the movie while homeless and that in itself is as inspirational as it gets.

The New York native plays Rocky Balboa, a small-time Philadelphia boxer given the opportunity to fight the heavyweight champion. While it’s mainly a boxing movie, Rocky is more about the personal life and growth of one of the most legendary characters ever. That it has so many sequels is simply a testament to how good the movie was. The newer Creed series starring Michael B. Jordan is also a spinoff to this classic.

Bull Durham

Bull Durham (1988), starring Kevin Costner, is one of the most realistic baseball movies to ever hit the big screen, and its games could have probably snuck onto odds websites simply based on the realism. Costner plays Crash Davis, a minor league veteran appointed as the trainer of a promising rookie pitcher (Tim Robbins). The two become part of a love triangle with a baseball groupie played by Susan Sarandon.

The plot is understood to be based on the real-life minor league experiences of writer and director Ron Shelton, which is why it seemed as close to real as possible. Shelton got an Oscar nomination for the screenplay.

Bull Durham is considered to be the fifth-best sports movie and 97th funniest film by the American Film Institute.

Bull Durham is a treasure of a movie because it knows so much about baseball and so little about love,” renowned movie critic Roger Ebert writes. “The movie is a completely unrealistic romantic fantasy, and in the real world, the delicate little balancing act of these three people would crash into pieces. But this is a movie, and so we want to believe in love, and we want to believe that once in a while lovers can get a break from fate.”

Hoosiers

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Another basketball film, Hoosiers (1986) is based on the story of the 1954 Milan (Indiana) High School team and its coach, Norman Dale, a mysterious and combative character with a questionable past. Dale turned out to be one of Gene Hackman’s best movie roles.

Hoosiers, also known as Best Shot, is thought to be one of the greatest sports movies ever made and ranked fourth-best sports movie by the American Film Institute, which also rates it the 13th-most inspirational movie of all time. The story told is quite a feel-good one as it presents redemption, passion, and a never-say-die attitude.

Raging Bull

Martin Scorsese planned for Raging Bull (1980) to be his last big movie but that clearly did not turn out to be. He has directed several top movies since then, including The Irishman from 2019 but claims to have made the film as if it was the end of his life.

Had Raging Bull really been his final film, it would have been a great sendoff. The movie, considered to be a national treasure, tells the unfortunate story of world middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta. As he likes to do, Scorsese had Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci involved. The latter made his acting debut as the brother of Jake, played by De Niro, who does a typically fantastic job.

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Sep 212021
 

Buddy Guy

SYNOPSIS

“Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase The Blues Away” captures the story of George “Buddy” Guy, who transcended his early years as a sharecropper in Lettsworth, Louisiana in the 1940s to become one of the most influential guitarists of all time. After moving to the Midwest in the 1950s, Guy quickly rose to prominence as the go-to guitarist for Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf as part of the iconic Chicago blues scene, directly inspiring The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. Yet solo commercial success consistently eluded Buddy, until a late-career breakthrough in the 1990s. A tale of decades-long perseverance, Buddy’s journey reflects both the black experience in America in the twentieth century and the history of the blues. The documentary features both archival and new, never-before-seen performances by Buddy Guy—with the likes of President Obama and The Rolling Stones—and interviews with John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Gary Clark Jr, Kingfish, among others.

CAST AND CREW

Cast: Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Gary Clark Jr., Kingfish
Director: Devin Amar, Matt Mitchener, Charles Todd
Produced by: John Beug, Sheira Rees-Davies
Executive Producers: Camille Yorrick, Tom Mackay, Jim Tosney, Michael Kantor, Devin Amar, Sheira Rees-Davies
SPECS

Run Time: Approx. 90 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Documentary
Formats: Digital HD / SD
Audio: 5.1 & 2.0 Stereo

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Sep 202021
 

Fitness and Bodybuilding-Themed Crime/Thriller Debuts Theatrically in October in Both Los Angeles and Miami;

Premieres on Worldwide VOD Platforms November 2nd

 

 

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired worldwide VOD rights to the fitness and bodybuilding-themed crime/thriller IRON TEMPLE. Following a theatrical premiere in Los Angeles (October 8-14, 2021 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica) and in Miami (October 22-28, 2021 at the Silverspot Cinema Downtown Miami), IRON TEMPLE will be available to rent and own on DVD and on worldwide digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms on November 2, 2021 through Freestyle Digital Media.

IRON TEMPLE follows the journey of International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) pro Tony Torres, who as an eager adolescent growing up in the streets of New York became attracted to body building, idolized bodybuilders, and wanted to be one. Through his time becoming a bodybuilder, Tony ventured into the adult entertainment industry and built a lucrative lifestyle, right before it all came crashing down. After covering a murder for a friend and being chased by the FBI he was sent to prison for five years. After doing his time, he had to build back his life from the bottom. Tony started a small gym and trained IFBB professionals from coast to coast. Tony Torres is what you would call an overcomer. Every time he was dealt a bad hand, Tony would always power through and come out on top.

Written and directed by Aaron M. Abelto, IRON TEMPLE was produced by Rajesh D. Felix, Sarah E. Felix, Robert Jackson III, and iAsia Brown. David Escorcia served as Director of Photography.

The ensemble cast of IRON TEMPLE features Tony Torres (‘Self’), Woody Deant (‘Agent W’), Jamil Malik (‘Jorge’), Ruben E. A. Brown (‘Brown’), Aaron M. Abelto (‘Agent A’), Erick Szot (Lawyer Lee’), Kurt Dose (‘Officer Kurt’), Nathalie Cardona (‘Self’), Jesse Cardona (‘Jay’), Tatiana Solodka (‘Agent T’), Eduardo Cardona (‘Agent E’), Leondre Thomas (‘Will’), Victoria Sorrentino (‘Becca’), and Jay Carrera (‘Jimmy’).

 

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Sep 202021
 
Vertical Entertainment Unlocks The Secret of Sinchanee
Paranormal Thriller from Dallas Buyers Club Executive Producer Joe Newcomb
Available October 8th on Digital HD and On Demand
Following a string of awards on the international festival circuit, The Secret of Sinchanee will be available in select theaters and on all major digital and cable platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Comcast, Spectrum, Cox and more.
Director Steven Grayhm stars opposite Green Beret and former NFL player Nate Boyer (“Mayans M.C”) and Tamara Austin (“The Walking Dead”), who play Boston homicide detectives lured to a small-town after the disappearance of a single mother. The Secret of Sinchanee also stars breakout Netflix child star Laila Lockhart Kraner (“Gabby’s Dollhouse”), Jacob Schick (American Sniper, A Star Is Born), and Rudy Reyes (“Generation Kill”).
The Secret of Sinchanee was produced by Steven Grayhm and Nate Boyer under their Team House Studios banner and Grayhm directed from his own script. Joe Newcomb (Dallas Buyers Club) served as executive producer through Truth Entertainment.
An industrial tow truck driver suffering from insomnia returns to his childhood home after the untimely death of his father, to discover that a paranormal presence has been living in the house and haunting the sacred land it was built on.
 The Secret of Sinchanee: 115 minutes / USA / English.
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Sep 202021
 

MANDIBLES

Release Details: On Demand: October 19, 2021

Synopsis: From the twisted mind of director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber), Mandibles is an absurdist romp that follows simple-minded friends Jean-Gab (David Marsais, C’est la vie) and Manu (Grégoire Ludig, Bye Bye Morons) as they embark on the adventure of their friendship. After stealing a beat-up Mercedes in order to deliver a mysterious briefcase to an unknown recipient, the friends find more than they bargained for when they hear a buzzing, thumping noise coming from the trunk of the car. When they open it, they find a gigantic fly trapped inside. Manu and Jean-Gab then decide to forgo their original mission and instead focus on training the fly to carry out robberies for them in hopes of making a ton of cash. A hilarious mash-up of buddy comedy and a road movie with a sci-fi twist, Mandibles is a wild and surreal film about friendship, big dreams and bigger disasters.

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Sep 202021
 

Poster for Fear Pharm 2

A FRIGHTENING FAMILY TALE

FEAR PHARM 2

 

From the Creators of the Twisted Horror-Thriller Fear PHarm, the Nightmare-Induced Sequel Follows a Horrifying Family Business that Leads to “Out of Skin” Scares,

Arriving on DVD & On Demand on October 19 From Indican Pictures

 

“Twice the terror!” – ABC TV

“Twisted fun AF! A new horror classic series; this generation’s Texas Chainsaw!” – FOX TV 

Synopsis

Fear PHarm 2 picks up where Fear PHarm left off. After fighting for her life within a corn field maze and trying to outrun a number of murderous psychos, Melanie (Tiana Tuttle, Fear PHarm) has regained consciousness to discover that she is now being held hostage by the Walker family, so they can continue to harvest her skin for their breakthrough skin care cream. Business is booming for the Walkers and Melanie soon finds that she’s not alone. Dozens of others are being held captive for their skin, as the family has plans to grow the business internationally. With one failed escape attempt under her belt, Melanie must once again fight for the opportunity to survive.

From director and writer Dante Yore (Fear PHarm), and original producers Mark S. Allen and Howard Burd, the horror-thriller features recurring stars John Littlefield (616 Wilford Lane) and Aimee Stolte (Megalodon).

Release Details
DVD & On Demand: October 19, 2021
Digital Availability: Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play, FandangoNOW, DirecTV and more
SRP: $26.98
Run Time: 75 Minutes
Rating: Not Rated 

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Sep 202021
 

Poster forr Needle in a Timestack

IN THEATERS, ON DEMAND AND DIGITAL: October 15, 2021

ON DVD, BLU-RAY: October 19, 2021

DIRECTOR: John Ridley

WRITER: John Ridley (based on the short story of the same name by Robert Silverberg)

CAST: Leslie Odom Jr, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, Jadyn Wong

SYNOPSIS: If love is in the form of a circle, what lines would you cross to be with your soulmate? In this near-future love story directed by Oscar winner John Ridley, Nick and Janine (Oscar nominees Leslie Odom, Jr. and Cynthia Erivo) live in marital bliss, until Janine’s ex-husband (Orlando Bloom) warps time to try to tear them apart using Nick’s college girlfriend (Frieda Pinto). As Nick’s memories and reality disappear, he must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto — or let go of — everything he loves. Can love endure in a future where time is fluid, and all of life may be just an illusion? Based on a 1983 short story by the great sci-fi writer Robert Silverberg.

RUN TIME: 111 minutes

RATING: R

GENRE: Romance, Sci-fi

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Sep 202021
 

From the Big Screen:

F9: The Fast Saga

photo for F9: The Fast Saga (2021) The ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious Saga, which has endured for two decades and has earned more than $5 billion around the world. Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat forces Dom to confront the sins of his past to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob. Vitals: Director: Justin Lin. Stars: Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 143 min., Action, US box office gross: $171.034 million, worldwide $661.357 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Read more here. 3 stars

Cruella

photo for Cruella (2021) New live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinema’s most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute. But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. Vitals: Director: Craig Gillespie. Stars: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Joel Fry. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 134 min., Crime Comedy, US box office gross: $85.872 million, worldwide $221.972 million, Disney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Bloopers; two deleted scenes; “The Two Emmas” featurette about the two lead actresses and how they prepared for their roles; “The Sidekick Angle” featurette; “Cruella Couture” behind-the-scenes look at some of the most fashionable moments in the movie; “The World of Cruella” exploration of the city locations and elaborate sets of Cruella; “New Dogs … Old Tricks” look at the animal actors of the film; “Cruella 101” look at Easter eggs hidden in the film and connections to other movies. Read more here. 3 stars

This Week’s Best Bets:

“A Clockwork Orange” (1971) arrives this week in a new 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital edition. The film, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke and Adrienne Corri, created quite a controversy for its violence and sex when first released; it was banned in several British towns and even was photo for A Clockwork Orangecited as a factor in a several manslaughter cases and protests over the film began to spread — including outside Kubrick’s home. In early 1973 Kubrick asked Warners to pull the film from the British cinemas, and it was never to be seen in that country until after his death in 1999. In an England of the future, Alex (McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on “a little of the old ultraviolence,” while jauntily warbling “Singin’ in the Rain.” After he’s jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to a behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he’s conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims. Extras include commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Nick Redman, “Still Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange” [2000 Channel 4 Documentary], “Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange,” “Turning Like Clockwork,” “Malcolm McDowell Looks Back,” “O Lucky Malcolm!” Read more herephoto for Throw Down “Throw Down” (2004), one of the most personal films by the prolific Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To, is a thrilling love letter to both the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and the art and philosophy of judo. Amid the neon-drenched nightclubs and gambling dens of Hong Kong’s nocturnal underworld, the fates of three wandering souls — a former judo champion now barely scraping by as an alcoholic bar owner (Louis Koo), a young fighter (Aaron Kwok) intent on challenging him, and a singer (Cherrie Ying) chasing dreams of stardom -— collide in an operatic explosion of human pain, ambition, perseverance, and redemption. Paying offbeat homage to Kurosawa’s debut feature, “Sanshiro Sugata,” To scrambles wild comedy, flights of lyrical surrealism, and rousing martial-arts action into what is ultimately a disarmingly touching ode to the healing power of friendship. On DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … photo for Breakdown BLU-RAY DEBUT “Breakdown” (1997) makes its Blu-ray debut this week, featuring a remaster approved by director Jonathan Mostow, from a new 4K film scan, presented in a limited-edition with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. Kurt Russell is Jeff Taylor, headed toward a new life in California with his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan). When their car dies on a remote highway, a seemingly helpful trucker (J.T. Walsh) offers Amy a ride to the local diner while Jeff waits with the car. Then Jeff discovers his vehicle was deliberately tampered with, and by the time he gets to the next town, his worst fears are about to come true. From Paramount Presents … Sparks fly both on and off the court in “Love & Basketball” (2000), the groundbreaking feature debut by writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood, which elevated the coming-of-age romance by giving honest expression to the challenges female athletes face in a world that doesn’t see them as equal. photo for Love & BasketballSanaa Lathan and Omar Epps make for one of the most iconic screen couples of the 2000s as the basketball-obsessed next-door neighbors who find love over flirtatious pickup games, fall apart under the strain of high-pressure college hoops and families, and drift in and out of each other’s lives as they pursue their twin aspirations of playing professionally. Aided by stellar supporting performances and an eclectic R&B soundtrack, “Love & Basketball” captures the intoxicating passions, heartbreaking setbacks, and sky-high ambitions that mark a young woman’s journey to the top of her game and to lasting love. On DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Gina Prince-Bythewood, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

“Batwoman: The Complete Second Season” (2021) is a four-disc DVD set with all 18 episodes. At the end of the first season, Crows Commander Kane (Dougray Scott) has declared war on Batwoman, forcing everyone around them to choose sides. Season two kicks off with a major game-changer that alters Gotham City and The Bat Team forever. A new hero emerges from the shadows. Relatable, messy, loyal, and a little goofy, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) couldn’t be more different than the woman who wore the Batsuit before her, billionaire Kate Kane. But she discovers that it’s not the suit that makes Ryan Wilder powerful, it’s the woman inside of it who finds her destiny in changing Gotham City for good. Also available as a three-disc Blu-ray set + Digital Code. From Warner … “The Equalizer: Season One” (2021) is a single disc with all 10 episodes of this reimagining of the classic series that follows Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah), an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption. From CBS/Paramount.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

Past and present collide in the supernatural buddy comedy “Lady of the Manor” (2021), starring Melanie Lynskey, Judy Greer, Justin Long, Luis Guzmán and Ryan Phillippe, when stoner-slacker Hannah (Lynskey) is hired to portray Lady Wadsworth (Greer), a Southern belle who died in 1875, in a tour at Wadsworth Manor. Hannah, a hot mess, figures she can fake it —until the ghost of Lady Wadsworth appears. photo for Lady of the ManorLady Wadsworth tells Hannah it’s time to change her wild ways — and she’ll haunt her until she does. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate. Read more here … In “Boys From County Hell” (2021), starring Jack Rowan, Nigel O’Neill, Louisa Harland, Michael Hough, Fra Fee and John Lynch, strange events unfold in Six Mile Hill when construction on a new road disrupts the ancient burial ground of Abhartach, a legendary Irish vampire said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s famed “Dracula.” Deadly and sinister forces terrorize the construction crew, and they’re forced to fight to survive the night, while exposing the true horror that resides in the town’s local myth. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … photo for The Vigil The supernatural horror film set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, “The Vigil” (2019), starring Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, makes its Blu-ray debut this week. Low on funds and having recently left his insular religious community, Yakov (Davis) reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante to take on the responsibility of an overnight shomer — fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the departed’s dilapidated house to sit in vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong. Also on DVD, from IFC/Shout! Factory … When a mysterious virus causes the world to halt, an economist thinks he has found the answer in a link between animals, a renowned zookeeper and a secret cabal in “Coronavirus Conspiracy” (2021), starring Joseph D. Reitman, John Lehr, Kimberley Crossman and Larry Layfield. As he sets out to find answers alongside his crazy sidekicks, the economist kidnaps the retired zookeeper amidst the COVID-19 lockdown to try to unlock the grand mystery and discover who is truly at fault. From Indican Pictures … photo for The Evil Next Door In “The Evil Next Door” (2021 — Sweden), starring Dilan Gwyn, Linus Wahlgren and Eddie Eriksson Dominguez. Shirin, new to her stepmom role, moves into a duplex with her partner, Frederik, and his son, Lucas. The new home feels like the right place to start becoming a family. But, when Frederik leaves for work and Lucas begins talking to an imaginary friend next door, strange things are heard from the other, uninhabited side. From Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label … In “The Power” (2021 — UK), starring Rose Williams, Charlie Carrick, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Emma Rigby and Shakira Rahman, a young nurse is forced to work the night shift in a crumbling hospital in 1974 as striking miners switch off the power across Britain. But inside the walls lurks a terrifying presence that threatens to consume her and everyone around her. From RLJE Films … “Hardball” (2001), making its Blu-ray debut this week, stars Keanu Reeves, Diana Lane, John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney and Michael B. Jordan, an follows Conor O’Neill (Reeves), a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks. Desperate for photo for Hardball BLU-RAY DEBUTcash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team. The “team” turns out to be a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago’s inner city. Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet. But the stakes are higher than Conor imagined: the kids need someone to believe in. As Conor wrestles with his past, the kids start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future — that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places. From Paramount … In “Violation” (2020 — Canada), starring Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli and Jesse LaVercombe, a troubled woman on the edge of divorce returns home to her younger sister after years apart. But when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust, she embarks on a vicious crusade of revenge. From RLJE Films.

Foreign Films:

In “God of War II” (2020 — China), starring Charles Lin and Yuxi Liu, years after escaping, Lü Bu has no memory of his hellish early life as a test subject for a ruthless imperial sorceress. Now, he is feared across the land as the conquering general under warlord Dong Zhuo, for whom he has blazed a photo for God of War IItrail of victories on the battlefield. But when a woman arrives at the palace claiming to be his long-lost love, the facade begins to fade, and he begins to realize that his closest allies may yet be his most dangerous foes. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Well Go USA … “I Carry You With Me (Te Llevo Conmigo)” (2020 — Mexico), starring Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez, Michelle Rodríguez and Ángeles Cruz, is a love story spanning decades that is sparked by a chance encounter between two men in provincial Mexico. Based on a true story, ambition and societal pressure propel an aspiring chef to leave his soulmate and make the treacherous journey to New York, where life will never be the same. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Sony.

Special Interest:

From the late science writer Nigel Calder comes “Nuclear Nightmares” (1980), a visually frightening examination of the world’s Cold War era nuclear weapon infrastructure. Host Peter Ustinov utilizes his wit and charm to narrate for the viewer how the US command and control photo for Nuclear Nightmaressystem functions in both training and in the event of an actual retaliatory nuclear strike, and the chilling means by which airpower, nuclear submarines and underground ICBM launch pads are employed to ensure absolute vengeance on the aggressor. Throughout the film, Ustinov colorfully illustrates several scenarios of what might happen if the missiles are unleashed and so commences “the war that must never happen.” Although the world’s political climate has mellowed since the Cold War era, this documentary takes viewers back in time to gain a perspective on what it was like to live under a very real nuclear threat. From Corinth Films … The documentary “The Center: Gibbons and Guardians” (2021), is the charming and sometimes funny, sometimes startling story of The Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, California (just north of Los Angeles) and features interviews with a number of the leading women who tirelessly champion these charming apes globally including Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace and The Gibbon Conservation Center’s director Gabriella Skollar. The film is a riveting cinematic documentary that follows the unexpected dramas at a remote nonprofit wildlife center in the California desert, weaving together the lives of endangered gibbons alongside those who care for them. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Gravitas Ventures … photo for Black Mgic Live: Stripped Journey behind the scenes of Las Vegas’ only black male revue show in “Black Magic Live: Stripped” (2021) and uncover the often complicated lives of its male strippers with this no-holds-barred documentary. Through the eyes of owner Eurika Pratts and CEO Jean-Claude LaMarre, and its all-black staff and cast, explore the challenges, struggles and growing pains the show and its core group of dancers have overcome during their four successful years on the Strip. From Lightyear. Read more here … Lionsgate has two World Wrestling Entertainment compilations due this week, each on two-disc DVD sets: “Biography: WWE Legends, Volume 1” (2019-20), which offers the ultimate ringside seat to the men behind the most iconic characters in WWE history. The documentaries are helmed by some of the industry’s foremost directors and top storytellers, and feature WWE executives and superstars; and “Biography: WWE Legends, Volume 2” (2019-20) , which pulls back the curtain on the twists, turns, and triumphs on the paths to fame and icon status for WWE Legends, including Shawn Michaels, Ultimate Warrior, Mick Foley, and Bret “Hitman” Hart.

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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Sep 192021
 

Paul Newman – The Paul Newman Trilogy

Three early live TV performances starring Paul Newman as a college kid, a clothing manufacturer, and a cowardly soldier.

Produced by David Susskind for inclusion in various TV anthology series, these shows have not be seen since their original air dates in 1956-57. Featuring all star casts, headed by Paul Newman and starring Jack Lord, Nehemiah Persoff, Sydney Pollack, and Frank Campanella, each episode contains the original commercials and previews of future shows.

“Five In Judgment” has 2 hitch hiking college kids forced to seek shelter from a storm in a small town diner where they’re falsely accused of committing murder. The diner customers and owner terrorize the boys in the belief they committed the murder, only to discover the horrible truth. “The Rag Jungle” has Newman working for his father as a clothing manufacturer. They run up against racketeers demanding protection money, Newman refuses to pay and after his father is attacked, he organizes other manufacturers to stand up against the gangsters. “The Army Game” portrays Newman as a spoiled mama’s boy, a 9 letter man in college and a narcissist who doesn’t want to be in the Army. His efforts to get a discharge anger his friends and barrack mates and it’s not until he’s attacked in the barracks that he’s given his discharge.

 

The Power And The Glory (1961)

The Graham Greene novel that made the world gasp, about a priest who somehow stumbled onto the road to martyrdom

In the 1930s, a cynical Catholic priest is sent to Mexico to preach in post-revolution Mexico: a cleric who risks his life by continuing to conduct the Catholic Mass in secret after the totalitarian government has outlawed the Catholic Church. In order to confer the Christian sacraments, the priest must have wine but his attempts to obtain wine will call attention to his clandestine activities.

Featuring an all-star cast with multiple Oscar winners, the film was released theatrically in Europe and was nominated for an Emmy and DGA awards. The novel was recommended reading by Barack Obama in 2008.

 

Harvey (1958)

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six-foot rabbit for a best friend, a man is thought to be insane. The classic stage hit and remake of the 1950 movie starring James Stewart got “The DuPont Show of the Month” TV treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd, an endlessly pleasant and delightfully eccentric bachelor living in a small town that isn’t aware that its newest citizen is a invisible, 6’3″ white rabbit named “Harvey” that only he sees. After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for the family to heal.

Featuring an all-star cast (Art Carney, Larry Blyden, Fred Gwynne, Marion Lorne, Elizabeth Montgomery, Charlotte Rae, Jack Weston), the film master elements were provided by the Paley Center for Media. The Elwood P. Dowd character and imaginary rabbit are referenced in a variety of places: The Simpsons, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Field of Dreams, Shawshank Redemption, Farscape, Bob’s Burgers, and Scrubs. The novel won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize, instead of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.

 

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1958)

A friar is tried by the Inquisition for questioning God’s intentions when five die in the collapse of an Andean bridge. In early 18th century Peru (1714), an old Inca rope bridge over a gorge in the Andes collapses, plunging five travelers to their deaths. Brother Juniper, who was within minutes of being on the bridge himself, becomes obsessed with discovering how five people of differing class and circumstances came to be on the bridge at that moment. The Catholic friar wants to know if it was mere existential happenstance or part of God’s cosmic plan. After researching the lives of the victims for five years and publishing his findings in a book, he is accused of heresy by the worldly Archbishop of Lima and put on trial for his life by the Inquisition.

Starring Judith Anderson (who received an Emmy nomination for her role) and Theodore Bikel, Hume Cronyn, Rita Gam, Viveca Lindfors, and Kurt Kaznar, the film originally aired as part of Dupont Show Of the Month which was watched by 47% of the available audience. The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder’s second novel, won a Pulitzer Prize and is #37 on the American Modern Library’s list of “100 Best 20th Century Novels.”

 

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Synopsis:

A chance meeting between two morose lovers sends them on a journey of lost nights, bloody consequences, and down a surreal rabbit hole where time bends and their futures change forever. The two are challenged by their pasts, their futures and their perception of time as they attempt to survive a horrifying vampire death cult.

From director and writer Aaron Pagniano (We Got a Monkey’s Paw), the horror-thriller stars Phillip Andre Botello (As Real As You Make It), Jacqueline Jandrell (Transfer), Cory Vaughn (Chosen) and Avery Pohl (Sound of My Voice).

Release Details

On Demand: October 5, 2021

Digital Availability: Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play, FandangoNOW, DirecTV and more

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rating: Not Rated

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