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Certainly Brides contains one of the actors best portrayals. Returning to his role as Van Helsing from Horror of Dracula, Cushing shines in moments large confronting Baron Meinster [David Peel] in the lms breathless nale and small bringing life and veritas to a potentially dry, expository sequence by delivering it while packing a suitcase. Cushing, who worked mostly for Hammer during the Sixties, was one of the studios most valuable assets. His mere presence guaranteed the picture would contain something worth watching.
Since he so often performed on such a high level, its challenging to name Cushings best efforts, but he is remembered rst and. This is not only because Lee played the role so often but because he played it so well, bringing an almost animalistic menace and sensuality to the part that differentiated his characterization from prior screen Draculas like Bela Lugosi and John Carradine. Clearly, however, Lees abilities go far beyond a single character.
He delivered one of his most rousing performances as the cult-busting Duc de Richleau in Fishers The Devils Bride and has contributed memorable turns in scores of other lms both within and outside the horror genre. A dedicated craftsman and tireless worker, Lee has enjoyed one of the longest and most prolic careers in movie history, working steadily for more than 50 years, appearing in movies great and small made all over the world.
During the Sixties, Lees name on a marquee might not have offered the same sort of guarantee as Cushings, but it remained attractive enough to draw many moviegoers. Cushing and Lee appeared together in 22 lms and were originally slated to co-star in Brides. Following Brides, Hammers string of hits came to an abrupt end.
The companys fortunes, and the quality of its productions, would wax and wane through-. Despite some misres along the way, the studios place of honor in the history of horror cinema was well earned. African Americans struggle for civil rights faced renewed and sometimes violent opposition. But revolutionary events were not conned to the realm of politics. On April 12, , the Cold War went extraterrestrial when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the rst man into space, orbiting the earth in his Volstak 1 capsule and dealing a blow to the rival American space program. Three days later the U. Simmering tensions threatened to boil over in October during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The world breathed a sigh of relief when, after moving within an eyelash of nuclear war with the U.
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But few Americans had yet noticed the buildup of military advisors and support personnel now numbering more than 3, Kennedy had sent to embattled South Vietnam. Over the spring and summer of , student activists black and white known as Freedom Riders began taking bus tours through the South to test the strength of a recent Supreme Court decision Boynton v. Virginia that declared segregated bus and railway stations illegal. But Italy, which had produced only two fright lms since , suddenly emerged as a major exporter of horror fare. The Fascist government of Benito Mussolini prohibited Italian studios from making horror movies during its rule, from to After World War II, such lms were repressed by powerful, conservative Catholic censors at both the national and local levels in Italy.
As the censors grip nally began to loosen, director Riccardo Freda made two attempts to reboot the horror genre in Italy, rst with the tepid I Vampiri , released in the U. In both instances, but for different reasons, Freda abandoned those projects in mid-production, leaving his gifted cinematographer, Mario Bava, to nish the lms. Black Sunday marked Bavas credited directorial debut, and it remains one of the genres most auspicious. This gorgeously photographed yarn, about a vampire Barbara Steele who is brutally executed for witchcraft, then returns from the dead to wreak vengeance on the ancestors of her persecutors, would be widely imitated but seldom matched for pictorial beauty or spine-tingling power.
The Italian movie industry of the s like most movie industries of any era was extremely reactionary and imitative, as the tremendous numbers of sword-and-sandal peplum pictures and Spaghetti Westerns made there during the Sixties attests. So naturally the box ofce returns raked in by Bavas lm inspired a wave of Italian gothic chillers. Over the next few years, Italy produced several noteworthy gothics, including Fredas The Horrible Dr.
These Italian gothics were eerily atmospheric, featuring moments of hair-raising frisson, but placed greater value on striking visuals than coherent plots. Like the Spaghetti Westerns, these pictures maintained a distinct iden-. Freedom Riders were attacked and viciously beaten by angry mobs including members of the Ku Klux Klan in Anniston and Montgomery, Alabama, and many were illegally arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
Much of the violence was caught on lm and broadcast on the evening news, polarizing public opinion on both the institution of segregation and the tactics of the Civil Rights movement. In July , at New Yorks Stable Gallery, Andy Warhol premiered his Campbells Soup Cansminimalist, un-painterly reproductions of banal household items that were part of the burgeoning Pop Art movement, which forced audiences to ponder the meaning, role and signicance of art itself.
Warhol later adorned canvasses with reproductions of Coca Cola bottles, Brillo pad boxes and the likenesses of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. The book helped galvanize the growing ecological movement in the U. Robert Wises West Side Story and David Leans Lawrence of Arabia won the Oscar for Best Picture in and 62, respectively, but the highest prole movie news was the tragic demise of the year-old Monroe, found dead in her Los Angeles home in the wee hours of August 5, An autopsy revealed an overdose of sedatives and barbiturates in the actress system, and the coroner ruled the death a suicide.
Nevertheless, conspiracy theories some involving organized crime, others implicating President Kennedyswirled around the event. Horror cinema also witnessed groundbreaking developments throughout and For the past few years, a trickle of foreign-made chillers had dripped into U. Following director Mario Bavas international smash Black Sunday , however, the faucets opened wide, with shockers pouring in from all over the globe. Initially, British, Mexican. For Bava, Black Sunday was only the rst in a series of masterpieces. Although the director worked in a number of genres he made Spaghetti Westerns, pepla, sex farces and crime dramas, plus unclassiable one-offs like the campy fumetti adaptation Danger: Diabolik, , horror movies were Bavas forte.
Black Sunday demonstrated Bavas extraordinary acumen for black-and-white moviemaking, yet he soon abandoned the format and distinguished himself with his daring use of expressionist color. Most of Bavas later lms are awash with eerie blue, yellow, green or purple light, usually combined with thickly draped shadows. In addition to this immediately recognizable visual signature, many of the lmmakers pictures are linked by a common themethe folly of greed.
In movie after movie, characters that put personal gain ahead of compassion for other people are consumed and ultimately undone by their own selshness, often in spectacularly gruesome ways. One of the directors most impressive works was the atmospheric Kill, Baby Apart from Black Sunday, however, Bavas most signicant contribution to the genre was Blood and Black Lace, which we will consider later.
With her showy dual role in Black Sunday playing both the reanimated witch and her own great-great-great granddaughter , Barbara Steele broke into the boys club of horror su-. Although women such as Fay Wray had gained fame in the genre before, they had done so in one-dimensional shrieking violet parts. Steele was the rst actress to earn recognition for playing the villain, placing her on even footing with contemporaries such as Christopher Lee.
Steeles exotic looks raven hair, angular cheek bones and large, expressive eyes enabled her to portray monsters and heroines alike and never look less than radiant. Born in Cheshire, England, she came to Hollywood in the late s, where producers struggled to handle the talented but temperamental ingnue. Assigned to co-star in the Elvis Presley Western Flaming Star , Steele became frustrated with director Don Siegel, walked off the set and left the country. As the quality of her roles declined, Steele became disenchanted with horror movies.
In the s, Steele worked primarily for American television, but eventually returned to the horror genre at the behest of fans-turned-lmmakers like Joe Dante, who gave her a small role in Piranha She also appeared in the short-lived revival of the horror soap opera Dark Shadows in Steele remains active; her most recent screen appearance as of this writing was in The Buttery Room Steeles ascendance was part of a wider trend in horror cinema that mirrored events in the real world.
As the feminist movement surged forward and women aggressively pursued leadership roles outside the home, the genre began to develop better and more prominent parts for actresses. Both movies unfold from the perspective of a complex,. THE DECADE women are objectied in their youth and marginalized in old age but also dealt with the universal problem of aging itself, bringing viewers face to face with the inescapability of human mortality.
These lms also offered plum roles that helped extend the careers of many talented performers. In Hollywood, actresses careers usually begin to falter once they reach age 40 if not sooner , whereas their male co-stars can work into their 60s and beyond. Typical Hollywood movies simply arent written for older women, a problem that has, if anything, only worsened since Baby Jane. On the other end of the spectrum, horror fans of the early Sixties could revel in the outr delights offered by Mexican fright icks, many of the best of which were produced at this timeThe Curse of the Crying Woman, The Black Pit of Dr.
Filmgoers have two men to thank or curse, depending upon ones perspective for bringing Mexi-monster madness north of the border: Actor-producer Abel Salazar, whose Cinematograca A. Gordon Murray, who purchased the American rights to Salazars and numerous other movies, dubbed them into English and exhibited them in a series of Saturday matinees before sending them off to television via American International Pictures television arm.
Actor-turned-producer Salazar started the Mexican horror revival in when he both produced and starred in the watershed The Vampire featuring Germn Robles in the title role and Salazar as a substitute Van Helsing and its sequel, The Vampires Cofn also Salazars lms were classicist blackand-white gothics made in the style popularized by Universal in the s.
Produced just before Hammer Films Horror of Dracula, The Vampire provided further evidence that audiences were ready for the return to traditional horror stories. Kerr, as an English governess who comes to suspect the children in her care may be possessed by evil spirits, and Harris, playing a psychic medium on the verge of a nervous breakdown, handle their challenging roles with dexterity, subtlety and conviction. Although both pictures are superbly written, directed and photographed indeed, they rank among the most satisfying horror shows of the Sixties neither would succeed without the outstanding work of its stars.
These female-centric horrors would reach a creative high water mark with Rosemarys Baby , starring Mia Farrow as an expectant mother trapped in a Satanic conspiracy. In the title role, as a geriatric former child star, Davis delivered one of the greatest and most courageous performances of her career. Davis, always sensitive about her lack of classic movie star beauty, nevertheless appeared under harsh white light, either bare-faced or in grotesque makeup, playing a character whos both utterly sadistic and bizarrely infantile, with childlike speech patterns and immature gestures, such as covering her ears to avoid hearing something unpleasant.
Davis was rewarded with a Best Actress nomination from the Academy. Crawford, in a more sympathetic but less ashy role as Janes tormented sister, also performed admirably. Although conceived as a Psycho variant, the robust box ofce returns for Baby Jane helped the picture spawn its own legion of imitators, inaugurating the so-called horror hag sub-genre.
Crawford returned to the oeuvre for William Castles Straight-Jacket Baby Jane and its imitators addressed feminist themes demonstrating how. Salazars success, predictably, inspired many imitators, some of which reached the U. As the Mexican horror boom continued, aging Hollywood stars ventured south to extend their careers. Lon Chaney, Jr. While many of these productions were cut-rate, addle-brained dreck, the best of them pictures like Curse of the Crying Woman and World of the Vampires proved very effective, imbued with an otherworldly ambiance and macabre, sometimes startling, imagery.
Others, like The Brainiac, may not be good in any meaningful sense of the word but remain very entertaining action-packed and wildly imaginative where else can viewers watch the monster eat chilled brains with a spoon, like a bowl of corn akes? While only a handful of these south-of-the-border oddities made it to U. They now claim an ardent cult following. In addition to straight horror lms such as these, Mexico also produced a long-running series of wrestling movies, many of which crossed over into the horror genre by having real-life grapplers battle menaces like Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster.
This unique sub-genre began in the s and continued through the Seventies, but saw its heyday in the Sixties, when famous wrestlers Blue Demon real name: Alejandro Cruz , Neutron Wolf Rubinskis , Mil Mascaras, the Bat, the Blue Angel and the one-and-only El Santo dove off the top turnbuckle and into the hearts of movie audiences. In Mexico, professional wrestling was not considered a tongue-in-cheek guilty pleasure like in America. One of the countrys top sporting events, wrestling was taken very seriously, and the stars of the ring were elevated to near-superhero status.
So it was only natural that these masked marauders throw their hats. Literally hundreds of Mexican wrestling pictures were produced in the s, many of them featuring supernatural villains as well as the more standard criminal masterminds and dastardly wrasslin opponents. Unfortunately or fortunately, again depending on ones perspective , few made it north of the border. By far the most popular of the wrestling heroes was El Santo, the silver mask and cape-wearing Rodolfo Guzman Huerta at least to begin with since no one ever saw Santo without his mask, others are believed to have donned it later on, including Eric del Castillo.
In less than three decades, El Santo appeared in over 50 lms. Although only three Santo adventures reached English-speaking U. Some of the best of these include: The Diabolical Axe , Santo vs. These off beat epics certainly are not for everyone, but may appeal to those with a taste for the eccentric. Inevitably, conict arose between the adherents of these widely divergent ideologies. In February , Betty Friedan published her best-selling book The Feminine Mystique, which described the frustration many middle-. Director Sidney Lumets The Pawnbroker was granted a special exception and became the rst Code-approved lm to feature bare breasts.
The studios nancial problems stemming in part from stratospheric overhead costs associated with maintaining huge soundstages and back lots approached crisis levels. Inuential, forward-looking pictures like Hud, The Birds both , Goldnger and A Hard Days Night both not to mention watershed foreign movies like , The Leopard both and Woman in the Dunes werent considered Best Picture material, but bloated, self-important road show fodder like Cleopatra and How the West Was Won both nominated in were.
Goldnger, the third entry in the James Bond movie series, was a watershed hit that helped spur a craze for super-spies, which in this lms wake became ubiquitous both on the big screen with Bond imitators such as Matt Helm, Derek Flint and Jerry Cotton, etc. Super-villains such as Fu Manchu and Dr. Mabuse enjoyed a revival during the same era, with several foreign-produced pictures starring those characters nally earning a U. Occasionally, some of these lms brushed the borders of the horror genre.
Fear of progress was not a problem that vexed horror cinema, which continued to push boldly into previously uncharted terrain. Easily the best genre entry of this period was director Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds , although it was little appreciated at the time. In fact, the lm was widely considered a disappointment, although almost anything Hitch had issued as a successor to the cultural phenomenon that was Psycho would have seemed like a letdown.
In the years since, The Birds reputation has deservedly soared; it stands as one of the last great Hitchcock pictures and, arguably, the. An entire generation of Americans was stunned and horried when on November 22, , assassin Lee Harvey Oswald gunned down President Kennedy in Dallas. Even though a congressional investigation completed the following year would determine that Oswald acted alone, numerous conspiracy theories clung to the assassination and still do.
In June President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act, which prohibited discrimination of all kinds based on race, religion and national origin, and empowered the government to enforce desegregation. A month later, at the Republican National Convention, conservatives overthrew the ruling party moderates, nominating arch right-winger Barry Goldwater for president and publicly challenging the constitutionality of the recently passed Civil Rights Act.
Although Johnson defeated Goldwater in a landslide, these events shifted the formerly centrist G. While conservatives were changing the face of the Republican Party, the Beatles were changing the face of popular music. On February 7, , the Fab Four touched down in New York City and took America by storm, altering the course of music, fashion and pop culture over the course of the next six years. Later in February, poetry-spouting heavyweight Cassius Clay knocked out Sonny Liston to claim his rst world championship.
Clay, who shortly after defeating Liston converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali, would emerge as one of the most controversial public gures of the era, especially when he declared himself a conscientious objector to the rapidly escalating Vietnam War. At the movies, the. This off beat tale about a series of unexplained bird attacks certainly ranks among his most uncompromising and artistically sophisticated works.
The Birds features some of the most hair-raising moments of any Sixties shocker for instance, a scene in which terrorized grade-schoolers are attacked by demonic-looking crows. Federico Fellini, who admired the lm, called it an apocalyptic poem. On a less ethereal level, The Birds can be seen as the grand-daddy of all animal-attack thrillers, inspiring a subgenre that runs from the sublime Jaws, to the ridiculous Night of the Lepus, Its also worth noting the many similarities in dramatic structure between this lm and George Romeros Night of the Living Dead : Both feature protagonists conned to a remote, boarded-up farmhouse ghting off inhuman attackers.
Neither picture spends much time explaining why these attacks occur, and neither one has a happy ending. Both, however, are masterpieces. If The Birds failed to earn all due critical respect, however, it remained innitely more prestigious than most of the other historically signicant chillers from and Consider director Herschell Gordon Lewis notorious Blood Feast , which pushed far beyond all accepted boundaries for screen violence or good taste.
Lewis, an exploitation lmmaker who previously had specialized in no-budget softcore porn, keenly observed the box ofce receipts reaped by Hammers bloodspattered gothics and decided to shoot a picture that would trade one prurient interest for another with gratuitous gore replacing gratuitous nudity as the lms raison detre. While Blood Feasts murders are mostly suggested rather than shown usually lmed through subjective shots from the victims perspective, followed by a quick cutaway , Lewis camera lingers on scenes of dismemberment and cannibalism, showing the killer chopping off legs, tearing out his victims tongue, slicing out an eyeball, and, later, baking severed limbs in an oven and stirring a pot of grue stew.
All of this was far more graphic than anything unleashed on movie audiences before, and many viewers were left stunned and astonished. Lewis lm. As a result, nowadays Blood Feast is far more likely to inspire gales of derisive laughter than wholesale vomiting even though, as a promotional gimmick, barf bags were distributed to moviegoers at some cinemas during the lms initial theatrical run. Nevertheless, the movie proved astoundingly protable, leading Lewis to make another scandalous gore-fest, Two Thousand Maniacs!
By far the most ambitious and best realized entry in the directors lmography, Two Thousand Maniacs! The storys basic premise Confederate townsfolk wiped out by Union soldiers during the Civil War return from the dead to take revenge on Yankee interlopers is intriguing, and its gruesome set pieces display a sort of demented creativity sure to satisfy gore fans. The ghostrebels chop off a womans arm and then barbecue her; tie a mans arms and legs to four horses and set them bolting away in different directions; play a game that results in a giant boulder falling on another victim; and send a fourth victim rolling down a hill in a barrel full of spikes.
Although it took years for graphic bloodletting to become a mainstay of horror cinema, its emergence was inevitable after the success of Blood Feast and its kin. Think of what this picture spawned, said David Friedman, producer of Blood Feast. We basically invented the slasher lm, the bloodand-guts lm. The horror genre had taken a decisive turnwhether for better or worse may be debated. By the mids, another exploitation craze was winding down the fad for Italian swordand-sandal pictures, commonly referred to as peplum derived from the Greek word for tunic lms.
These low-budget, lowbrow ac-. Godzilla in , naturally wanted to pair Godzilla with another high-prole beastie. Mothra, which had jumpstarted the studios moribund kaiju cycle in , seemed like the logical choice at least to Toho. AIP may have disagreed, since it removed all images of Mothra from movie posters and retitled the lm known in Japan as Mothra vs.
Godzilla Mosura tai Gojira to Godzilla vs. The Thing for the pictures American release. Perhaps AIP hid Mothras identity because executives feared fans wouldnt pay to see Godzilla ght an oversized buttery. Yet, its just this oddball pairing that makes the lms monster battles work so well. Unlike King Kong vs. Godzilla, in which the creatures throw rocks at each other and grapple like professional wrestlers, in this lm the monsters use their unique abilities to combat their opponent: Mothra waylays Godzilla by releasing a cloud of dusty yellow poison; Godzilla res back with a burst of atomic breath.
In short, these scenes play out like a contest between two animals, not between two guys in rubber suits. Godzilla vs. Godzilla in every aspect. American audiences were fortunate that, unlike many kaiju eiga, Godzilla vs. The Thing reached U. The Thing also remains memorable as the nal lm in which Godzilla would appear as a villain until Toho re-launched the series in The success of Godzilla vs. Toho immediately rushed a new kaiju battle royale into production.
Taking a cue from vintage Universal horror shows like House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula , producers decided to throw together a whole gang of monsters Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and the newly created title menacefor Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster ,. Following the international triumph of Bavas directorial debut, the gothic chiller Black Sunday , Italian producers not only rushed similar gothics into production, but began to integrate prominent horror elements into their sword-and-sandal pictures. By and 64, some of the best of these peplum-horror hybrids reached U.
Imaginative, atmospheric and action-packed, with a sly, tonguein-cheek performance by Lee, Haunted World is one of the few pepla that may appeal to viewers not already enamored with the sword-andsandal oeuvre. If anything was less respected than the brawny, sandal-clad peplum heroes, it was the rubber suit-encased creatures of the Japanese kaiju eiga monster movies.
Still, in Toho Studios released a pair of lms that changed the course of this popular, albeit critically reviled at least in the U. The company, which had scored a surprising box-ofce tri-. Unfortunately, the haste with which Ghidrah was made is all too apparent in the nal product. Its visual effects are wildly inconsistent, its production values are below par and its screenplay is a disorganized mess, full of subplots left dangling and plot points that are never explained.
Hes the good guy here, teaming with his monster mates to defeat the evil three-headed space dragon Ghidrah and his extraterrestrial cronies. Although not as successful commercially or artistically as either of its immediate predecessors, Ghidrah set the template for the remainder of the long-running Godzilla series, with a heroic Godzilla ghting alongside other monsters, often to defeat malevolent extraterrestrials. Upon its arrival in the U. Orlof seemed like just another sleazy European import. But in retrospect, it can only be viewed as a landmark sleazy European import.
Not only did this movie announce the arrival of a signicant new horror lmmaker, but it gave Spanish horror a toehold in the American market. Franco would go on to write and direct nearly features, many of those horror movies. In the s he gained notoriety for pictures such as Vampiros Lesbos and A Virgin Among the Living Dead that combined eroticism and horror. Francos self-consciously stylized approach to this material full of heavy-handed symbolism, often with ash forwards, slow motion, tinted and distorted images, a hyperactive zoom lens and other ashy devices blurred the line between exploitation and art house fare.
Although off beat, even downright weird, the directors early lms are more stylistically restrained than his Seventies work. The Awful Dr. Orlof Howard Vernon stalks and kills young women, with the aid of his blind homi-. The picture boasts some evocative photography silhouetted shots of the two villains carrying a cofn towards a forbidding castle; a murder taking place in front of an upstairs window viewed solely from the street below and takes atmospheric advantage of authentic castle settings to add some muchneeded gothic mood and verisimilitude.
Of these early efforts, Dr. Z remains the most satisfying. It centers on the daughter of one Dr. Zimmer, who has developed a strange machine that combines acupuncture and hypnosis to transform people into obedient slaves. When her father is killed, the daughter uses the machine to exact vengeance, turning a gorgeous exotic dancer with two-inch ngernails that goes by the stage name of Miss Death into a remorseless assassin. This outr outing features some of the most bizarre imagery of the entire, extensive Franco lmography, as well as an undercurrent of Sadean sensuality. The success of Francos lms paved the way for Spains emergence as a major producer of horror lms.
However, the genre was slower to develop in Spain than in neighboring Italy, in part due to stringent censorship by the government of Geralisimo Francisco Franco no relation to the director , who seized power in Spain in and held it until his death in In the nal years of the dictators life, censorship began to loosen and important horror moviemakers began to emerge, including actor-writersometimes-director Paul Naschy real name: Jacinto Molina , best known for his long-running series of Waldemar Daninsky werewolf movies.
The rst entry in the Daninsky cycle, Frankensteins Bloody Terror, was produced in , although it didnt reach the U. Other notable Spanish horror lm specialists who followed in Francos footsteps include Amando De Ossorio, best remembered for his Blind Dead series featuring the mum-. But instead of comedy, Fail-Safe delivers white-knuckle suspense, as Lumet slowly, inexorably ratchets up the dramatic tension, climbing toward a shocking climax. While not as daring or historic as Dr. Strangelove, Fail-Safe remains a gripping experience.
Taken together, these lms vividly demonstrate the level of popular anxiety stemming from the looming specter of nuclear Armageddon. Tensions were high in the U. Party bosses suspicions may have began in , when Khrushchev became the rst Soviet premier to tour the U. While the merits of Francos own works may be debatable, he remains a formative inuence on the development of horror cinema in his homeland and, given the impact of those who followed him, a key gure in the history of the genre as a whole.
Just next door to the horror genre, in the world of apocalyptic science ction, Cold War paranoia crested with a pair of classics, Stanley Kubricks Dr. Possibly the funniest political satire ever committed to celluloid, and assuredly one of the signature lms of the s, Dr. Strangelove is also the best realized, most plausible movie apocalypse. A paranoid general Sterling Hayden launches an unauthorized air attack on the Soviet Union. The planes are successfully recalled or shot down except for one, plunging the U. Kubricks impeccably written and performed lm comically underscores the lunacy inherent in the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction, which held the Eastern and Western superpowers at bay during the hottest days of the Cold War.
The sheer audacity it took to make Dr. Strangelove and send it to movie theaters less than 15 months after the Cuban Missile Crisis remains inspiring. Fail-Safe features a scenario very similar to Dr. Strangeloves a. As black Americans began to lose faith in legislation as a means of improving their lives, more radical approaches were taken, as evidenced by subsequent race riots in other major cities and the formation of the Black Panther Party in October Also in , the rst American combat troops arrived in Vietnam, and Operation Rolling Thunderthe rst in a series of extensive bombing campaignswas undertaken.
The war escalated quickly, with troop levels rising from about , at the end of to approximately , by the close of During this period, China was seized by Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedongs Cultural Revolution, which called for young people to overthrow the elderly ruling elite as part of a permanent revolution.
Political, cultural and economic instability ensued, yet Mao became a leftist icon around the world, and his Little Red Book. In Greece right-wing elements of the Greek military seized power on April 21, This brutal junta, which tortured political opponents in various sadistic ways shoving high-pressure water hoses into victims anuses, ripping out ngernails and toenails, shoving urine-soaked rags down victims throats, etc.
As the Muslim nations massed forces, the Israelis launched a preemptive strike and gained control of the Sinai Peninsula, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, tripling the size of their tiny nation. The brief but decisive conict dramatically altered the balance of power in the region and continues to inuence global geopolitics. Popular culture proved nearly as incendiary. In , Bob Dylan began recording with electric instruments and played a controversial, plugged-in set at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival.
It was a severe blow to the American folk music revival, of which Dylan had been a leading light. In , the Beatles released their watershed album Sgt. Gene Roddenberrys Star Trek, which depicted a future in which people of all ethnic and national backgrounds lived together in peace, premiered in It honored a pair of usual suspects in the family-friendly musical The Sound of Music and the historical epic A Man for All Seasons , in the Academy begrudgingly began to reect the changing face of the wider culture, if not advances in cinematic technique, with its Best Picture winner, In the Heat of the.
Night, about a black detective from the North investigating a murder in the deep South. These years also saw the nal collapse of the Production Code. The lm version earned 13 Oscar nominations, and won Taylor a Best Actress statuette. For the next two years, Code enforcement was abandoned entirely. Films featuring nudity, graphic violence or other objectionable content were simply labeled as Suggested for Mature Audiences.
This free-wheeling policy was clearly inadequate, however, and was replaced by the MPPDAs lm rating system in At this time multinational corporate conglomerates began gobbling up the enfeebled American movie studios. The executives who authorized these deals knew nothing about moviemaking Transamerica, for example, was a life insurance company whose other investment properties included Budget Rent-a-Car , but they recognized that the studios were underperforming assets that might regain value over time.
For that to occur, however, Hollywood would have to recapture its knack for giving audiences the kind of entertainment they wanted. The major studios had become overly reliant on prestigious historical dramas and glossy musicals, which audiences were rapidly abandoning. The disastrous performance of pictures like Doctor Doolittle and Thoroughly Modern Millie both signaled the end of the road for road show spectacles. But that same year a pair of scrappy, modestly-budgeted pictures aimed at younger audiences pointed the way toward a solution. Director Arthur Penns Nouvelle. In the early s the gialli were nearly as plentiful as Italys earlier torrents of peplum sword-andsandal adventures and Spaghetti Westerns.
Friday, in turn, precipitated the rise of the slasher subgenreslasher lms being, essentially, dumbeddown, Americanized gialli lacking the artistic stylization of their progenitors. Given this extensive family tree, Blood and Black Lace stands as one of the most important horror pictures of the decade. Bavas career extended well into the s but as the Sixties drew to a close his star began to fade, at least in terms of commercial success. Two of the directors best pictures never saw release in his lifetime.
Lisa and the Devil enjoyed successful screenings at European lm festivals yet couldnt nd a theatrical distributor.
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Finally, a butchered version of the lm with new, nonBava footage inserted was issued in as House of Exorcism. Bavas nail-biting neo-noir thriller Rabid Dogs, shot in , was never completed, kicking around until , when it was nally assembled and exhibited. To the very end, however, Bavas work remained compelling and handsomely crafted. In authoring the giallo sub-genre, Bava was inuenced also by the krimi crime thrillers then originating from West Germanys Rialto studio. Like the gialli, these bloodsoaked mysteries were devoid of supernatural content, but featured deformed criminal masterminds, knife-wielding lunatics, sinister cabals and other macabre elements that pushed them to the borders of the horror genre.
Shot in a rough-hewn but energetic style, and pulsing with jazzy scores provided by such composers as Martin Bottcher and Peter Thomas, these pictures had a unique visual and aural sensibility and shared a common literary origin in the stories of the prolic Edgar Wallace. During his lengthy career, the London-born Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace wrote novels, 24 plays and numerous short stories, mostly.
Franois Truffaut was briey attached to the project but decided to make the futuristic Fahrenheit instead. In the wake of these successes, the studios turned to young lmmakers most of whom were deeply inuenced by European lms, and many of whom had understudied with producer-director Roger Corman because the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich and Dennis Hopper seemed to have a better grasp on the kind of stories that would appeal to young viewers.
The New Hollywood era was dawning. Within the realm of horror cinema, Mario Bava continued to break new ground with Blood and Black Lace Its rst and foremost a terric movie an engrossing, wellplotted whodunit, briskly paced, beautifully composed and lovingly photographed, with some stunning murder scenes. But today Blood and Black Lace is best remembered as the rst giallo thriller, the starting point for a particularly bloodthirsty brand of murder mysteries originating in Italy, with singular stylistic and thematic conventions, most of which originate with this lm.
In developing the giallo style, Bava was profoundly inuenced by Alfred Hitchcock especially Psycho and a series of lurid, pulpy Italian mystery novels with yellow covers giallo is Italian for yellow. Bavas approach would be widely. Although most famous today as the co-creator of King Kong , more than movies have been drawn from his work, and countless others misleadingly promoted as Wallace adaptations.
After his death, his son Bryan Edgar Wallace took over the family business, penning wild and woolly crime novels that were quickly adapted for the screen. Harald Reinl directed only ve Rialto krimis but helmed key entries, including The Fellowship of the Frog , which launched the cycle. Many of these lms took circuitous routes to the U. Many more were issued directed to television in America or failed to earn any release at all in the States.
Nevertheless, these pictures exerted a gravitational pull on the development of the horror genre, especially in Europe. As the krimi cycle began to wind down in the early s, due in part to competition from the more stylishly crafted and sexually charged gialli, Rialto began co-producing with Italian studios.
Although not as popular today as the gialli, the krimis retain a loyal cult fan base. The Nouvelle Vague had inspired New Cinema movements across Eastern Europe, but as the Cold War escalated, the Soviets began exerting pressure on their vassal states to reign in subversive Western inuences. Rather than knuckle under to governmental authorities, young lmmakers, such as Czechoslovakias. Milos Forman and Ivan Passer, departed for the West. One such director was Polish auteur Roman Polanski. His debut feature Knife in the Water had earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film and enthusiastic reviews from critics around the world, yet Polanskis work remained unpopular within the communist lm bureau, which Polish moviemakers relied upon for funding.
When exploitation producer Gene Gutowski asked the stymied director to travel to England and helm a Psycho clone, Polanski leapt at the chance. Rather than the simple Hitchcock rip-off Gutowski envisaged, however, Polanski made Repulsion, a deeply disturbing rumination on the corrosive power of loneliness that stands as not merely the nest of the many black-and-white Psycho imitators, but as a truly great lm in its own right.
In its uninching examination of isolation and urban paranoia, Repulsion seems ahead of its time, preguring pictures such as Martin Scorseses harrowing Taxi Driver Thanks to Polanskis masterful handling of its simplistic story a neurotic, sexually repressed young woman Catherine Deneuve suffers a homicidal mental breakdown when her sister and her married boyfriend leave for an Italian vacation Repulsion proved just as suspenseful as Psycho, but more naturalistic Polanski eschews bravura camera moves and ashy set pieces, such as the murders of Marion Crane and Arbogast and less playful Polanski replaces Hitchcocks dark humor with a sense of existential despair.
The picture clearly signaled the arrival of a major new talent, although Polanskis next couple of lmsCul de Sac and the Hammer-esque horror spoof The Fearless Vampire Killers , both also made in England were projects beneath the directors gifts. In , with his rst American picture, Polanski would discover a suitable vehicle and deliver his rst masterpiece. Around this same time, a rival emerged to challenge Hammer Films commanding position as Englands foremost producer of horror lms Amicus Productions, operating out of Shepperton Studios in Surrey.
Terrors and The Skull. He was one of cinemas great cinematographers, an Oscar winner for Sons and Lovers whose directorial career began with the romantic comedy Two and Two Make Six He wanted to continue to make comedies and explore other genres but quickly earned a reputation as an outstanding director of low-budget horror pictures and soon found himself pigeon-holed. For the rest of his career Francis led something of a double lifeas the director of disreputable genre lms and the cinematographer of prestigious mainstream movies, winning a second Academy Award for Glory in The sort of people Ive been mixed up with as a cameraman, that sort of circle of my friends, they obviously never see my horror lms, Francis told author Paul Jensen in I dont even discuss my lms with them, we dont talk about it.
Francis technique as a director, inuenced by Michael Powell and John Huston for whom he worked as a camera operator , involved a great deal of on-set improvisation. I do plan out shots ahead of time, but thats usually just to have something I can deviate from on the set, Francis explained. This nimble approach enabled Francis to overcome numerous obstacles created by his lms tightsted budgets. He made six features for Amicus including the anthologies Dr.
His nest directorial efforts include The Skull , an eerie yarn about a collector Peter Cushing of macabre artifacts whose personality changes when he comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade; Hammers Dracula Has Risen from the Grave , the most visually sumptuous entry in the studios long-running Dracula series; and The Creeping Flesh , a pseudo-remake of The Skull about a well-meaning scientist Cushing again who thinks hes made an archeological breakthrough with a rare skeleton, only to discover the bones contain an ancient evil.
Together, Francis and Hammers Terence Fisher directed most of the best horror lms made in England in the s. The middle and later Sixties were also a sort of Golden Age or perhaps Pyrite Age would be the more appropriate term for trash. In October the duo teamed under the banner Vulcan Productions to produce the witchcraft yarn Horror Hotel , one of the most atmospheric chillers of the decade.
After their next project, the trendy musical comedy Ringa-Ding Rhythm , Rosenberg and Subotsky launched the Amicus brand. The freshly minted studio found its mtier with Dr. In the pictures most effective episode, the disembodied hand of a dead artist [Gough] takes revenge on a pompous art critic [Lee]. While the quality of these entries varied, not only from lm to lm but often from segment to segment within each movie, Amicus remains best remembered for these portmanteau pictures, the best of which including The House That Dripped Blood and Tales from the Crypt rank among the nest examples of their type.
Who in the s and a series of Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations in the Seventies. Despite the ambitions of Rosenberg and Subotsky, however, Amicus never approached Hammer in terms of either quantity or at least on a consistent basis quality. The disparity in production values was glaring, with Hammers glossy, polished gothics far outshining Amicus scruffy horrors, which were usually set in cheaper modern settings. Throughout its history, Amicus struggled with funding, a problem that vexed its sci- lms in particular.
Subotsky and Rosenberg were never able to raise the proper amount of money for their lms, director Freddie Francis told the authors, adding with a laugh, but they were good guys and I liked the lms we made anyway. Francis helmed most of Amicus best movies,. Although their lms were never distributed through the MPPDA, the collapse of the Production Code seemed to embolden these lmmakers, who specialized in salacious, bloodsplattered, ultra-low-budget features.
Producerdirector Warren was the rst to enter the fray with The Incredible Petried World and Teenage Zombies in , wretched productions that nevertheless earned wide distribution and turned tidy prots. As the s wore on, Warren directed fewer lms, nding it easier and cheaper to simply purchase foreign movies, including Mexican cheapies like Face of the Screaming Werewolf and Attack of the Mayan Mummy both , which he dubbed into English, usually adding newly shot footage to further Americanize the product. Steckler, a former protg of producer-director Arch Hall, Sr.
Milligan began with softcore sex lms, often with horror undertones pictures like the now-lost Naked Witch and The Ghastly Ones Mikels and Adamson began their careers in the late Sixties when Mikels created The AstroZombies and Adamson made Blood of Draculas Castle but left a greater impression on the s, with notorious productions such as Adamsons Horror of the Blood Monsters and Dracula vs. Frankenstein , and Mikels The Corpse Grinders Both mens personal lives and deaths were more entertaining than their movies.
Mikels, an eccentric Croatian-American bodybuilding enthusiast, built a castle-shaped home in Glendale, California, complete with secret passageways and live-in strippers. Adamson, who cofounded Independent-International Pictures with producer Sam Sherman, was remodeling his bathroom when he was murdered by his contractor in , his body hidden beneath a newly installed whirlpool bath. Most of these super-cheap, semi-pro shockers were abysmal, but a few display a kind of. Steckler seems bent on making sure theres something entertaining happening onscreen every second of the lms 82 minutes even if any given scene has nothing to do with the preceding one, or with anything else.
Steckler and the other young schlock meisters werent the only ones churning out grindhouse ller, however. Dracula both , a loopy but strangely appealing bargain basement horrorWestern double feature. These outrageous, genre-bending lms may leave viewers shaking their heads like a cowpoke trying to clear his rattled brain after a barroom brawl, but they remain as irresistibly fascinating as a steamengine train wreck.
In one of its title roles care to guess which? Dracula starred John Carradine, who appeared in several of these awful, no-budget chillers and was a particular favorite of Adamson. Once, in s when he ranked among the most respected actors in Hollywood, Carradine had accepted Poverty Row horror parts to fund his ambitious theatrical productions. Now, in the s thanks to his boundless appetite for wine, women and whatever, Carradine was reduced to accepting such roles simply to pay the bills.
Although his reputation would later be rehabilitatedespecially once his sons, David, Keith and Robert, followed in their fathers footsteps to movie stardom John Carradines lm career never recovered. From the Sixties onward he was a giant talent laboring in Lilluputian pictures. The Sixties counterculture enjoyed its nest hours August 15 through 18 when upwards of half a million young people gathered for three days of peace and music at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in White Lake, New York. This utopian moment proved short-lived, however, when members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang murdered a concertgoer at a similar music festival in Altamont, California, in December.
Also in December, cult leader Charles Manson and his followers were arrested for a series of gruesome killings and mutilations, including the murder of actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski. Beginning in March and continuing throughout the balance of , the American public learned the details of an atrocity that occurred the year before, on March 16, , when U.
For many people, this was the nal straw; public sentiment turned decisively against the war in Vietnam. Yet controversy over lm content continued when Swedish director Vilgot Sjomans sexually explicit drama I Am Curious Yellow was declared obscene by authorities in Massachusetts, a ruling later overturned by the U.
Supreme Court. The nascent New Hollywood movement began to gather momentum. Easy Rider , a scruffy road picture about a pair of amiable, drug-dealing, hippie bikers Peter Fonda and actor-director Dennis Hopper , became a surprising box ofce hit. The picture was innovative not only for its subject matter but for its style, which employed ash forwards, Nouvelle Vaguetype editing and a pulsing rock music soundtrack. John Schlesingers Midnight Cowboy , an even more unlikely buddy lm about a nave Texan Jon Voight who comes to New York with aspirations of becoming a gigolo and is taken in by a sickly petty thief Dustin Hoffman , earned an X rating for its sexual content yet won the Oscar for Best Picture.
The nation seemed ready to tear itself apart in , rocked by a grinding war, tragic assassinations, race riots, student protests and other spasms of violence. On January 31 North Vietnamese guerrillas launched a frontal assault that caught U. For the Americans, was the bloodiest year of the war, with approximately 11, killed and another 45, wounded. While the Tet Offensive failed to topple the South Vietnamese government as the Vietcong had hoped, the high number of casualties and gory news footage shown on U.
Nevertheless, President Johnson stayed the course, raising troop levels to , by the end of the year. Just two months later, in Los Angeles, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy brother of the slain John F.
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Kennedy was murdered by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant and radical antiZionist. Kennedy was killed on June 5, a year to the day after the start of the Six Day War. In August thousands of anti-war protestors descended on the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. On August 28 violence broke out when a protestor at a demonstration in Grant Park lowered a U. Police attacked the young man with billy clubs, and the protestors responded by pelting the police with rocks, bricks and bags of urine.
The melee spilled out of the park and into the streets surrounding the convention, where it was lmed and broadcast on network TV. But just as Kenna is offered her first show, her cool and casual personal life turns hot and heavy! Suddenly, Kenna is being pursued by two very special? As Jeff and Martin wage a fierce and funny battle for Kenna s attentions, Kenna begins to wonder if she can t have both love and successby Bending All the Rules. However, before she became a Hollywood legend, Bergman was the star of a series of Swedish films in the s which are being rediscovered as a vital, if long-overlooked period in her singular career.
In Intermezzo, Ingrid Bergman plays Anita Hoffman, an aspiring classical pianist who falls in love with a famed - but married - concert violinist. Their passionate affair has deep and unanticipated consequences for them both, and for Anita, it also stirs a crisis of conscience.
Intermezzo brought the actress to the attention of producer David O. Selznick, who remade it in Hollywood, again starring Bergman. In one of the most challenging roles of her early career in Sweden, Bergman plays Anna Holm, whose bitterness over a facial disfigurement leads her to become a blackmailer. However, when one of her victims turns out to be married to a renowned plastic surgeon, Anna is given the opportunity to change her life. Romance, Comedy, Drama min. Beyond Recognition. Thrillers FF S 92min.
That is, until she receives a life-changing diagnosis. But instead of giving up, Cathy decides to live it up! Nothing and no one is safe, including her self-absorbed family, her cantankerous neighbor, and her smart-ass students. Brutally honest, unapologetically funny and perfectly profound, The Big C is a surprisingly different comedy that reminds us that life is always worth living on our own terms.
Comedy min. But he returns home after his grandson is kidnapped by a vicious outlaw gang. While the law gives chase in rickety automobiles, Jake saddles up with an Indian scout Bruce Cabot and a box of money even though paying a ransom isn t how Jake plans to exact good old frontier justice.
Spiced with humor and first-class gunfights, this is a vivid depiction of the last days of the wild frontier. Western DD min. After skirting the horrors of an unidentified war being waged in an anonymous countryside, a beautiful young woman Cathryn Harrison takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic odyssey of a mysterious family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist Cries and Whispers, Fanny and Alexander , Black Moon is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a postapocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals.
It is one of Malle s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other. But when a person wearing a bloody rat mask surprises them and begins a ferocious attack, the students realize that someone is out for revenge! Foreign, Horror Ltbx DD min. Action, Cops, Crime, Gangs min. Cops, Crime, Gangs, Action min. As a small time coke dealer always on the hustle and living in Hell s Kitchen, Bobby can always find his way to trouble - but he might not be able to find his way out. Thrillers FF S 82min. Ripley create sparks in the hit critics are calling the romance of the years!
Buddy Amaral Affleck is a smoothtalking, skirt-chasing ad exec who is enjoying his high powered career. Then, a sudden twist of fate changes everything and leads him into the life of Abby Janello Paltrow , with whom he eventually falls head-over-heels in love. Romance, Drama min. Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, it s an unforgettable motion picture experience powerful and moving beyond words Pete Hammond, Hollywood. Bored and restless in his new home, Bruno, an innocent and naive eight-year-old, ignores his mother and sets off on an adventure in the woods.
Soon he meets a young boy, and a surprising friendship develops. Set during World War II, this remarkable and inspiring story about the power of the human spirit will capture your heart and engage your mind. Shawn unexpectedly finds a new love, and in the final episode, Topanga rocks Cory s world with a proposal at graduation.
Successful sportswriter Joe Warr Owen finds himself completely unprepared to raise his rambunctious 6- year-old son Artie and juggle the challenges of a demanding job, running a household and the possibility of romance. Determined to bring joy back into their lives, he develops a revolutionary approach to parenting no rules, no chores. It s a home filled with love and chaos and then Joe s estranged teenage son comes for a visit. Inspired by a true story and filled with emotional honesty, this poignant film will touch your heart and lift your spirits.
But not too big for one man s vision and faith.. Today they grow up lawless and on the streets.
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Tomorrow they re on Death Row. Father Edward Flanagan vows to break the cycle, putting his life where his faith is and starting a boys home that becomes a model of hope. Spencer Tracy brings shinning inner strength to Flanagan in a performance that made him the first to win consecutive Best Actor Academy Awards Tom Hanks later matched that feat. There is no bad boy, Flanagan insists. But brash troublemaker Whitey Marsh Mickey Rooney puts the credo to the test. And the Oscar Tracy donated to Boys Town the Academy provided him with another remains on display there today.
Even though his cancer s in remission, chemistry teacher-turned-meth maker Walter White Cranston still can t catch a break. But with his family s future still at stake Walt cooks up a deal that will make him a fortune, a scheme with a terrible price. Executive produced by Vince Gilligan and Mark Johnson. Drama min. Bridget Zellweger , a busy career woman, decides to turn over a new page in her life by channeling her thoughts, opinions and insecurities into a journal that becomes a hilarious chronicle of her adventures.
Soon she becomes the center of attention between a guy who s too good to be true Grant and another who s so wrong for her, he could be just right Colin Firth - Love Actually! Romance, Comedy, Drama, Independent Women min. Cook, Criminal Minds , always the responsible sister the one with good grades and perfect boyfriends. Her younger sister Ashley Jennifer Morrison was the opposite known to be an unpredictable party girl who dated a number of bad boys from the wrong side of the tracks. When Ashley suddenly disappears without a trace, a distraught Libba and her mother, Michelle Patricia Richardson , pour all of their efforts into finding her.
After years of searching, the rest of Ashley s family is exhausted, but Libba increases her search, even quitting her job. Frustrated by the lack of resources available to locate missing adults, she creates an organization called Outpost for Hope. Amazingly, after five years and a nationwide search in the darkest parts of the country, Libba finds Ashley, homeless, eight-months pregnant and living on the streets - and once again she tries to help Ashley turn her life around.
TV Movies, Family Relationships min. Bronson portrays Mike Kovac, a New York City freelance photographer who specializes in getting difficult shots other lensmen cannot. Assisting law enforcement and insurance agencies, he invariably winds up acting as a private eye and gets himself into plenty of trouble! When the initiation ritual goes horribly wrong and everything starts falling apart, Adam is forced to choose between his new brothers or his ethics. Thrillers, Crime, Drama min. Crime, Drama, Thrillers min. Will and Jake Grimm Damon and Ledger dazzle small towns with their imaginative folklore and elaborate illusions.
But when the brothers journey into a real enchanted forest, they encounter many of the fantastic characters and thrilling situations found in their beloved fairy tales! From the awardwinning director of Twelve Monkeys, Brazil and Monty Python And The Holy Grail, this fabulous motion picture is sure to leave you living happily ever after! On his journey, he develops an unbreakable bond with the ranch s owner, Mrs.
Ainsley Lindsay Wagner , who inspires him to make a change in his life and make peace with his past. Troubled Youth, Western, Family min. The bizarre killer, once severely abused as a child, is now an adult with manifestations of intense rage and child-like taunting behavior. He dresses in a bunny suit as something of a security blanket for his fragile and dangerous psyche. The fun begins when a fatally curious professor unseals a mysterious crypt and a veritable army of shambling, rotting, flesh-hungry zombies rises, marching into the night in search of prey.
Nearby, a hapless group of socialites is enjoying a quiet weekend retreat. Unfortunately for them, their lavish rural villa is right in the monsters path! Horror Ltbx DD min. Masterspy Michael Westen is back, and this time, he s joined by Jesse Porter, a no-nonsense counter-intelligence expert who has been burned himself. Along with go-to guy Sam and the dangerously sexy Fiona, the team takes on a barrage of outlaw biker gangs, drug dealers and a worldwide terrorist threat.
As tension mounts, uneasy alliances are forged, friendships are tested, and a lethal game unfolds when Jesse vows to find and kill the one who burned him. Action, Adventure Ltbx DD min. Paul Newman and Robert Redford have never shined brighter in the roles that will forever identify them as the daring, debonair outlaws on the run - and head over-heels in love with the same beautiful woman Katharine Ross.
No more factory farms!. Beautiful Jennifer leads a privileged lifestyle supported by her wealthy father. His factory farms, while hugely profitable, reduce the lives of tens of thousands of animals to horrible squalor and misery. Animal rights activists kidnap Jennifer. Their ransom demand is that her father change his farms to eliminate animal suffering. The father hires a lethal private investigator Masayuki Imai with a worldwide reputation for recovering abducted women, to find, free and avenge his daughter. The activists subject Jennifer to the same treatment animals get on her father s farms and send him video clips of his daughter imprisoned in a small cage, being branded and far worse.
Despite the increasing severity of the treatment of his daughter, the father remains intractable, unwilling to make the connection between the treatment of one living being and the identical treatment of tens of thousands of living beings on his farms. Time is fast running out and this compelling surprising thriller keeps you riveted: will she be rescued and in what condition?
What state o Thrillers, Kidnapping min. Lujan Martina Gusman, Lion s Den is a young, idealistic doctor, susceptible to corruption. After Lujan and Sosa s paths repeatedly cross, the two form an unlikely romance that is threatened by Sosa s turbulent past. With brilliant performances and virtuosic action sequences, Carancho is a dark thrill ride that will leave you breathless.
But Pepe also shares some other information - most importantly that Martin didn t tell the whole truth. Pepe is now willing to reveal all secrets and break any loyalty agreements. Most of all, he shares that everything was a lie; now his worst enemies will be his greatest allies and his friends will be turned into his enemies.
Action min. He is put in charge of a gentlemen s pleasure house The Hobby Farm and trusted with the proceeds from illegal gambling, drugs and sex slavery. But the women he meets - and the secrets he carries - proves deadly When faced with the horrific treatment of one of the enslaved girls, newly brought to the farm, Julian must overcome the demons of his own past and turn against the only life he has ever known, to save the girls, and himself.
Action, Crime Ltbx 16x9 DD min. But when the boy disappears, he must infiltrate the drug ring himself. Thrillers, Action, Crime, Drama min. Arriving at the village, he encounters a bumbling police force who is working with a special detective to resolve some recent murders. As the bodies add up, it becomes clear that the gruesome deaths are attributed to a beast of an animal with a voracious appetite for human flesh.
A famous hunter and his team are called in to track and destroy the man-eater. During their tracking expedition, they are confronted by a boar of massive size and strength, which they discover may be a result of experimentation during wartimes. Unprepared and unarmed for taking down the mutant creature, the group must disband as the hunters become the hunted. Comedy, Horror min. Cheatin Hearts. Drama Ltbx 16x9 S 80min. The ravishing Lea Pfeiffer , famed courtesan to the rich and famous, is contemplating her retirement, when her archrival Bates asks her to teach her spoiled nineteen-year-old son Cheri about women.
It s an adventure that becomes a heated and passionate affair that results in power struggles over sex, money, age and society - and unexpectedly, love itself - as a boy who refuses to grow up collides with a women who realizes she cannot stay young forever. After committing crimes of passion, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both wind up on Chicago s famed Murderess Row. But with the help of slick defense lawyer Billy Flynn, these notoriously lethal ladies will soon become local legends. Get more than an eyeful of razzle dazzle in jaw-dropping p, and experience every sultry, musical nuance with khz, bit uncompressed audio.
Set your senses free with Blu-ray High Definition! At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly Zeta-Jones and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart Zellweger both find themselves sharing space on Chicago s famed Murderess Row! They also share Billy Flynn Gere , the town s slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago, there s only room for one legend! Also starring John C. Reilly Best Supporting Actor, Chicago - Chicago is a dazzling spectacle of unparalleled entertainment!
Nobody could have imagined the impact that the striking Vianne Binoche would make when she arrived in a tranquil, old-fashioned French town. In her very unusual chocolate shop, Vianne begins to create mouth-watering confections that almost magically inspire the straitlaced villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness! But it is not until another stranger, the handsome Roux Johnny Depp - Sleepy Hollow , arrives in town that Vianne is finally able to recognize her own desires!
Romance, Art House, Comedy, Drama min. Cloud s Orphanage in rural Maine. Though groomed by its proprietor, Dr. Larch Caine , to be his successor, Homer nonetheless feels the need to strike out on his own and experience the world outside. Then, while working at an apple orchard, Homer falls for the beautiful Candy Charlize Theron - Reindeer Games, The Devil s Advocate and learns some powerfully indelible lessons about life, love and home! Based on John Irving s best-selling American classic and featuring a sensational allstar cast including Delroy Lindo and newcomer Erykah Badu, this entertaining motion picture earned raves from critics and moviegoers everywhere!
A famous Italian filmmaker, haunted by the memories of his first love, returns to his hometown after an absence of 30 years. Upon his return, he reconnects with the community and remembers the highlights and tragedies that shaped his life and inspired him to follow his dream of becoming a filmmaker. For those who have never seen it Unable to outrun his guilt, he lost his family, his title, and his way. But when a crooked promoter lures him back into a fight against the current undefeated champ, Dalton must enlist the aid of an enigmatic trainer to turn him back into a warrior so he can stand tall and do battle once again.
The streets of the world s most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro s City of God, are a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of In the midst of the oppressive crime and violence, a frail and scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with a different eye: the eye of an artist. In the face of impossible odds, his brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out!
Growing up in a culture dictated by violence and run by street gangs, teenagers Acerola Douglas Silva and Laranjiha Darlan Cunha have become close as brothers. With their eighteenth birthdays fast approaching, Laranjinha sets out to find the father he never met, while Acerola struggles to raise his own young son. But when they suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of a gang war, the lifelong friends are forced to confront a shocking secret from their shared past. Featuring stunning cinematography and a fascinating behind-the-scenes bonus feature, City Of Men is an even greater experience on DVD.
A young nurse arrives at an isolated sanitarium where the lunatics are truly taking over the asylum! In this Gorenorgraphic twist on Oedipus Rex, a hook-handed deranged youth unleashes a blood-stained killing spree! On the night before Christmas, grisly murders occur around a former insane asylum, the site of a gruesome massacre 35 years earlier! After witnessing a brutal murder by an unknown assailant, a musician is pursued by the maniacal psycho hell-bent on protecting a deep, dark secret!
Also known as Deep Red. Trapped in a cave, six desperate geologists hack off the arm of one of their group for dinner. When they are rescued moments later, the one-armed man vows vengeance! Collections, Horror Ltbx 16x9 S min. Even more outrageous on Blu-ray - and complete with new bonus material - it s the most brilliant and uncompromising presentation yet. It s one wild day in the life of a pair of overworked counter jockeys whose razor-sharp wit and on-the-job antics give a whole new meaning to customer service!
Even while braving a nonstop parade of unpredictable shoppers, the clerks manage to play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home, and straighten out their offbeat love lives. The boss is nowhere in sight, so you can bet anything can and WILL happen when these guys are left to run the store! Miramax Home Entertainment is proud to present this amazing, three-disc collector s set that includes two versions of the original indie classic, a killer, brand-new, minute documentary - Snowball Effect: The Story of Clerks - and more neverbefore-seen bonus material than you can shake a salsa shark at!
Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who along with several other stunned bystanders experience a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his wife and family.
Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of the second kind - discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in unusual places. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind - contact.
He has ascended to the high country, wanting never to be heard from again. But someone is trying to find him, a longlost daughter, Elizabeth, whom Drayton thought had long since died. Meanwhile, banker turned robber baron Horace Scarsdale has mustered together an army of cutthroats and guns for hire to help him build his railroad empire. When Drayton returns to civilization with his daughter and friends, he decided to make a stand against Scarsdale, his former employer.
Against impossible odds his faces down the vicious band of raiders that Scarsdale calls The Company Men. Action, Adventure min. Ada Kidman has vowed to wait for Inman Law , but as the war drags on and letters go unanswered, she must find the will to survive. At war s end, hearts will be dashed, dreams fulfilled and the strength of the human spirit tested Determined to bring down a violent gang of gunrunners known as Comancheros, a fearless Texas Ranger Wayne forms an uneasy alliance with a notorious outlaw gambler Stuart Whitman , and the unlikely partners soon realize they must find common ground if they re going to stay alive!
Classics, Adventure, Western min. They were the laughing stock of the entire Spartan army. All they had to do was guard a lousy goat path. And they failed. Shamed into hiding, Claudius, Darryl, Demetrius the Blind, Shazaam and Testicleese must embark on a hero s journey to redeem themselves and become true warriors armed with only a sharpened carrot, a rolling pin and an incredible sense of guilt. Smartly funny and based entirely on historical fact allegedly , proves that even the biggest losers get lucky sometimes. Nothing is more relaxing then a trip to cottage country with a group of friends.
Enjoying the outdoors, beers by the lake, and a friendly orgy Hoping to broaden their horizons and save their relationships, see the mayhem that ensues when three couples mix sex, drugs and alcohol in a crazy weekend getaway to Cummings Farm. In this raunchy, wacky, comedy a ragtag group of misfit limo drivers find themselves embroiled in a plot Comedy min. Documentary filmmaker Donald Swan Hamill heads to the world s largest comic book convention where he encounters a culture of craziness that he s totally unprepared for!
When Joline Graham discovers that her husband has abruptly left her in an effort to find himself, she drops everything and drives out of New York City in search of her stray spouse! Then, after finally tracking him down in the west Texas desert, Joline demonstrates that she ll do anything to win him back! It s time to take them back.. Bobby Walker Affleck is living the American Dream, until he is stunned to find himself the latest casualty of corporate downsizing. Suddenly, Bobby is forced to re-evaluate his self-worth as a husband, a father and a man. For as long as he can remember, he s given his life to his job.
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But soon his life begins to spiral out of control-both of them! Directed by George Clooney and based on Chuck Barris cult-classic autobiography, this entertaining hit delivers comedy to keep you laughing Desperate to find his brother s killer, Eddie returns to the violent criminal underworld and begins and unforgettably powerful journey of revenge and redemption.
Action, Drama, Fighting min. This tense action-thriller explodes with nonstop excitement and riveting star performances! Sylvester Stallone stars as Freddy Heflin, the sheriff of a place everyone calls Cop Land - a small and seemingly harmless town populated by the big-city police officers he s long admired. And when Freddy uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy among these local residents, he is forced to take action- and make a dangerous choice between protecting his idols In , the legendary filmmaker received an honorary Academy Award for his extraordinary contributions to the state of motion picture arts.
Thieves set off a mine explosion at a remote ski resort as a diversion to their bank heist - but awaken a deadly cave creature! A rebellious hot-rodder Nicholson kidnaps his buddy s girlfriend and takes her on a dangerous, high-speed ride to evade capture! Two lovers on the run from the law use the cover of a road rally to cross the border to freedom. A courageous high school student joins a gang of juvenile delinquents to uncover his father s killer!
James Duval, Ellia English, Steve Guttenberg During their nightly poker game, a group of lowlifes are terrorized in their own convenience store by a masked killer as players begin to disappear one by one. Be warned and watch what you say The calculating Monique thinks she has found the perfect mystery to showcase her new crime initiative and Win has no choice but to follow her lead. With the help of his colleague Sykes Annabeth Gish, Brotherhood , Win follows the evidence as it leads him to a killer in Knoxville, and then all the way back to Boston and a crime that hits much closer to home.
Attempting to generate much needed publicity for her flagging political aspirations, Monique orders Win to re-open the investigation of the brutal, decades-old murder of a young blind woman named Janie Brolin. Janie s boyfriend was the main suspect in the original investigation, but Monique has another suspect in mind - the Boston Strangler. Win must work closely with a nononsense and combative female detective named Stump Ashley Williams, Good Morning, Miami to unpeel layer upon layer of the year-old crime.
Win and Stump s relationship evolves as they uncover the truth about Janie s death and track down a psychopath who is leaving their witnesses and colleagues dead in his wake. Cross and his crew of weapons experts to kick into high gear and take out the trash. Granted incredible power by his ancient Celtic cross, Callan must fight to stop an immortal Viking from destroying mankind with his doomsday device.
Vikings, Action, Fantasy min. Catch the explosive hit that thrilled moviegoers and critics everywhere! Exactly one year after his death, Eric returns - watched over by a hypnotic crow - to seek revenge, battling the evil crime lord and his band of thugs, who must answer for their crimes. But as the practices get more intense, so does their relationship off the ice - which may derail their championship dreams.
Inspired by actual events, a small independent news crew, made up of reporter Maria and her camera man Tom, investigates a series of unexplained disappearances in a small Midwestern county. The story leads them to the isolated town of Arkham Heights, where they find themselves interviewing Emmett, who possesses an all too intimate knowledge of the details of The County Line Cannibal - Cyrus.
As Emmett inter-weaves the macabre life tale of Cyrus with the story of his last three victims, Maria comes closer and closer to the greatest story of her life - or what s left of it. Filled with reenacted documentary footage of actual forensic experts, serial killers and police authorities. Thrillers, Horror min. A secret government lab run by Dr. Hess has been trying to create the ultimate killer using the DNA of infamous killers Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, but there s one big problem: they ve escaped!
Bloody mayhem stretches across the United States as they go on the ultimate killing spree! As the mourners and guests at a British country manor struggle valiantly to keep a stiff upper lip, a dignified ceremony devolves into a hilarious, no-holds-barred debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and shocking family secrets. Including audio commentaries and an uproarious gag reel, Death At A Funeral blows the lid off the proverbial coffin as the film s delicious comic flourishes - sight gags, slapstick, flawless timing - are served up by an outstanding cast O, The Oprah Magazine.
Comedy Ltbx DTS 91min. Sentenced to the world s most dangerous prison for a murder he did not commit, Jensen Ames Jason Statham has only one chance to get out alive - win the ultimate race to the death. Also starring Tyrese Gibson, Death Race is a supercharged, sick and satisfying Nathan Lee, The New York Times ride that will keep you pinned to your seat all the way to its insane, metal-crushing end. Death Race In the world s most dangerous prison, a new game is born: Death Race. The rules of this adrenalinefueled blood sport are simple, drive - or die.
When repentant convict Carl Lucas Luke Goss discovers there s a price on his head, his only hope is to survive a twisted race against an army of hardened criminals and tricked-out cars. Strap yourself in for an insane thrill-ride! They too, controlled by the underground cage, are fighting against their will to save the lives of their loved ones. While onlookers place online bets, one champion will rise to the top and uncover the identity of the mastermind behind the corrupt tournament.
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The ultimate showdown will prove that there can only be one true Death Warrior. While struggling to keep herself afloat, she meets a fascinating doctor Farley Granger who is also a would-be poet. However, Louisa doesn t really love him, and falls for another man.
When she gets involved in a murder, blackmail and violence ensue - until the shocking final revelation. Thrillers, Foreign, Italian min. Abandoned and locked in, images of Ghosts appear as they attempt to escape, only to find themselves connected to a past horrific death and made responsible for it with their lives. Originally intended to warn America s youth of the perils of drugs, sex, and alcohol, these outlandish and unintentionally hilarious tales have heartache, tragedy, crime, and even insanity, lurking around every corner!
Quinn and crew lead the way into a changing America in the fifth season of this landmark series. From a train robbery to a mysterious disease killing everyone in Mike s clinic to a dangerous hostage situation, these seven DVDs feature all 26 episodes from the fifth season of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. As their family grows, so does the town with the emergence of the railroad and the first bank, and the couple faces new challenges on the American Frontier.
From a frightening kidnapping to the birth of Michaela and Sully s daughter, these eight DVDs feature all 27 episodes from the fourth season of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Complete Season Six Repackage Jane Seymour, Joe Lando With Sully and a growing family to support her, each episode of the final season features a rich cast of characters and memorable storylines that bring the timeless themes of the Old West straight into the hearts of contemporary viewers. Rich with tales of courage, romance, and important family values, these six DVDs feature all 22 episodes from the sixth and final season of Dr.
The perfect place for Mel to take a leisurely swim, in fact. But when the TARDIS arrives, the Doctor and his companion discover that the futuristic tower block has fallen into ruin, and a series of unexplained disappearances have the tenants living in fear. As gangs of teenage girls run wild in the hallways, a squad of bureaucratic Caretakers struggle to regain control. To keep the citizens of Paradise Towers safe, the Doctor must confront the resident evil lurking in the basement. Meanwhile, Steven and Dodo decide to explore the town, and soon find themselves the replacement act at the Last Chance Saloon.
Tensions are running high in the feud between the Clanton family and Doc Holliday, while the local lawman, Wyatt Earp, struggles to keep the peace. When legendary gunman Johnny Ringo comes to town, events escalate further. Can the Doctor, Steven and Dodo do anything to diffuse the situation, or is a gunfight at the OK Corral a historical inevitability? Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Doubt is a mesmerizing, suspense-filled drama with four riveting performances from Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis that will have you pinned to the edge of your seat.
Sister Aloysius Beauvier Streep , the rigid and fear-inspiring principal of the Saint Nicholas Church School, suffers an extreme dislike for the progressive and popular parish priest Father Flynn Hoffman. Looking for wrongdoing in every corner, Sister Aloysius believes she s uncovered the ultimate sin when she hears Father Flynn has taken a special interest in a troubled boy.
But without proof, the only thing certain is doubt. Sister Aloysius Beauvier Streep , the rigid and fearinspiring principal of the Saint Nicholas Church School, suffers an extreme dislike for the progressive and popular parish priest Father Flynn Hoffman. And in Blu-ray High Definition, with a picture as clear as Sister s rules, and sound as sharp as her tongue, this film will stay with you long after the credits have ended.
An ambitious lumberjack Douglas has a change of heart after falling for a beautiful Quaker girl Miller , but must contend with the unscrupulous timber barons that are not so easily swayed. In this classic, a best-selling novelist Douglas with more interest in babes than books meets the ultimate blonde Day , who disrupts his playboy ways when she becomes his personal secretary.
Just released from prison, a professional thief decides to pull one last caper, which could either set him up for life or land him back behind bars! In Kirk Douglas film debut, a predatory female Stanwyck plots to rid herself of a meek husband Douglas and silence the former lover wh Collections Ltbx 16x9 S min. Joined by tough-asnails Piper Amber Heard , the two set off on a rampage of redemption, all while being pursued by an enigmatic killer William Fichtner who has been sent by the Devil to retrieve Milton and deliver him back to hell.
Complicated by a labyrinth of treason, hate, greed, and a dark secret, their love faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles as their families scheme to seize control of the richest silver mine in the region. Foreign FF S min. On the day of her birth, Ella is given a gift from her Fairy Godmother - the gift of obedience, which is also a curse. Under no circumstance can Ella refuse anything she is asked to do, no matter how wicked it may be.
Tired of being taken advantage of, Ella, with a talking book as her companion, leaves home to find her Fairy Godmother and return her unwanted gift. This simple errand soon turns into an amazing journey filled with ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, elves and the plotting of Prince Charmont s evil uncle, who wants to take over the crown and rule the kingdom. Bursting with colorful characters, music, wit and whimsy, Ella Enchanted is a truly enchanting and heartwarming tale that will captivate the entire family.
Comedy, Fairy Tales, Family min. Dazzling Gwyneth Paltrow shines as Emma a mischievous young beauty who sets up her single friends. Funny thing is So when Emma tries to find a man for Harriet, she makes a hilariously tangled mess of everyone s lives. You ll enjoy all the comic confusion When Will Shakespeare Joseph Fiennes needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer s block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola Paltrow starts the words flowing like never before! When the pair rent a magnificent villa for a month, they share expenses with two unlikely companions an austere widow and a bored socialite.
At first, personalities clash, but the hideaway holds a special magic that soon sparks friendships and reminds the women of ways to live and love that have long eluded them. Yet, as the mystery of his identity s revealed, an incredible tale of passion, intrigue and adventure unfolds. These medical professionals remain determined to save lives in a place where nothing is taken for granted and nothing is certain Drama, NBC min.
Using a film noir style infused with expressionism and a documentary- like point of view, this feature, the first produced in post-war Germany, follows a man and a woman returning to war-torn Berlin. This gritty, realistic film, based on director Konrad Wolf s actual experiences, follows a young Soviet soldier of German descent who returns to his homeland as part of the victorious Soviet Army. To justify invading Poland, the Nazi high command hatches a secret plan: six Polish men from an SS training camp are sent on a special mission to the town of Gleiwitz, to fake a Polish raid on Germany.
Starring Oscar Nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl and based on true events related by Buchenwald survivor Bruno Apitz, this was the first German film about life and death in a concentration camp. When Frank Goode s DeNiro grown children cancel a family reunion, the recent widower sets off on a cross-country journey to reconnect with each of them. Expecting to share in the joys of their happy, successful lives, his surprise visits reveal a picture that s far from perfect. A family separated by physical and emotional distance finds a way to come together in a story that will touch your heart.
Fifteen-year old Emma Sophie Vavasseur, Resident Evil: Apocalypse is going through the growing pains for teen life, believing her parents don t understand her and longing for the independence that s still a few years away. When Emma falls prey to a series of seizures that leave doctors and psychologists baffled, her parents summon a priest Doug Bradley to help the girl. But what lurks inside Emma is far more dangerous than they could have ever imagined. Exorcismus mounts to a pitch of horror from which you won t be able to turn away.
Thrillers, Art House, Horror min. Cobb, Jason Miller An innocent girl is evilly possessed and a doubting priest becomes her last hope. Simmons, David Koechner The creator of Office Space, writer-director Mike Judge Beavis And Butt-head , moves from cubicles to the assembly line with Extract - his outrageous return to workplace comedy, featuring a hilarious ensemble cast of quirky characters. About to sell his successful flavor extract company, life is almost sweet for Joel Jason Bateman until a freak on-the-job accident happens. Add to that his bored wife Kristen Wiig , his laid-back, stoner best friend Ben Affleck , a sexy con artist Mila Kunis who blows into town with dollar signs in her bedroom eyes, and a dumb gigolo - and life as he knows it turns sour.
Along the way, Roy discovers that he alone holds the key to unlocking the truth about his infamous great-uncle s death that will prove once and for all whether Butch Cassidy died a ruthless outlaw to the end. The real-life skateboarding sensations in their very first film. Nic and Tristan have to out-smart a mean babysitter, a wacky security guard, an angry punk mob and more in order to make it to the Mega Dega Skate Competition. In many ways, 11 year old Tim is the same as all boys his age. What makes his life different is that his father died before he was born and he s spent much of his time alone.
One day, Tim s life changes completely, as he discovers a photo of a researcher living in Scotland, who looks exactly like his dead father! Overcome with excitement, Tim is immediately compelled to find out the truth. He sneaks off and makes his way to Inverness, the renowned Scottish village on the banks of the legendary Loch Ness. What awaits Tim surpasses Family min.
Once there, Emily is plagued by horrifying visions and haunted by the ghosts inhabiting their isolated new home. When Nate s behavior undergoes a strange and fearful metamorphosis, Emily fears she might be the latest target in a murderous tradition. Well-known playwright James M. Barrie Depp finds his career at a crossroads when his latest play flops and doubters question his future.
Then by chance he meets a widow Winslet and her four adventurous boys. Together they form a friendship that ignites the imagination needed to produce Barrie s greatest work! An enchanting big-screen treat with an acclaimed cast of stars, Finding Neverland has been hailed as one of the year s best motion pictures! And so begins an exciting adventure across America to return the First Dog to the White House - Because it s the right thing to do!
Russell Three Kings, Spanking the Monkey , this hysterically original comedy was cheered by critics and audiences nationwide. Yet as he careens from one outrageous situation to another, Mel finds himself tempted by the seductive counselor - even as his wife starts a flirtation of her own! By the time they meet up with his freespirited birth parents, the whole situation is spinning hysterically out of control!
Bourne When love means letting go. Jeanne has cared for Mandy since the day she was born, growing closer every day to a child who is charmingly offbeat one moment and nearly impossible to manage the next. In the dog park, Jeanne encounters Tom Greg Germann, Ally McBeal, Friends With Money , an easygoing and accepting neighbor who sparks a romantic interest, but she finds juggling Mandy s care and her own career leaves little room for a new man.
As the pressures of work and her child s needs increase, she must decide whether or not to enroll Mandy in a therapeutic residential facility. Over the course of a few weeks, Jeanne is confronted with the most difficult decision a parent can make: to let go, allowing her child to grow, but also grow apart; or to hold on tight and fall together.
But when her friends start disappearing, Sandy discovers they have unwittingly awakened the vengeful spirit of a girl they wronged long ago. Fighting for her sanity and her life, Sandy must unlock a dark secret from her own past before it s too late. A product of humble beginnings, Frida Kahlo Hayek earns fame as a talented artist with a unique vision. And from her enduring friendship with her mentor and husband, Diego Rivera Alfred Molina-Chocolat , to her scandalous affairs, Frida uncomproming personality would inspire her greatest creation!
Thankfully, an aunt takes them under her wing but she lives on the other side of town. Laugh out loud as these princesses embark on the biggest adventure of their lives The middle-aged pair s skills have diminished in the 30 years they have waited for their master to return - but then a real estate agent accidentally awakens the comatose Law, just in time for the master to train all three in preparation for a martial-arts tournament that will decide everyone s fate!
But before long Amsterdam s personal vendetta becomes part of an erupting wave of full blown gang warfare. Feel you heart pound while weapons and culture clash in a chaotic symphony of life and death. Surrender to the tumultuous atmosphere of s New York as phenomenal sound and stunning visual clarity transport you back in time. Prepare to experience Scorsese s masterpiece as never before on Blu-ray High Definition. While on an extended honeymoon across Europe, a young American writer Jack Huston and his wife Mena Suvari become players in a tantalizing game of seduction that threatens to destroy their relationship and change their lives forever.
Drama, Erotica min. Since its first airing in , this low-budget gem has earned an enduring spot in the hearts of horror fans worldwide. The special effects were created by Milt Rice and George Peckham. This DVD collection surveys the work of some of its most influential filmmakers, including Emile Cohl the screen s first great animator , Jean Durand who specialized in madcap comedy and American-style Westerns , and Jacques Feyder, whose sophisticated comedies made him the French counterpart to Ernst Lubitsch and Cecil B.
Season Two finds Gavin and Stacey just returning from their honeymoon. The happy couple plans to live with Gavin s parents in Essex until they can get a place of their own. However, while Gavin won t even consider moving to Barry, Stacey feels bad for leaving her family and wants to be there to support her newly pregnant best friend Nessa. And Nessa has a bombshell of her own when Smithy is the last person to find out that he is the father of the child she is carrying.
Season Three finds Smithy feeling left out now that his best friend Gavin has moved to Wales with Stacey. Meanwhile, all seems to be happy with Nessa who has shacked up with her boyfriend Dave in a caravan on the Welsh coast. Despite the distance between Essex and Wales, however, there are still plenty of opportunities for the two families and their friends to get together. As with any extended family, though, there are always a few unwanted complications Written by and starring Ruth Jones Little Britain, Nighty Night and James Corden The History Boys , this series follows the trials and tribulations of two young lovers as they embark on a whirlwind romance that brings their nations, and their families, crashing together.
Gavin is an ordinary boy from England, Stacey is an ordinary girl from Wales, but when these two fall in love, the peculiar personalities of their families and friends make it a rocky road to happiness. The complete collection, including seasons one, two, and three, as well as the Christmas Special, follows the couple through their first encounter, wedding day, and hopes of having a baby, not to mention the hilarious antics of their families and best friends along the way.
For Gavin and Stacey, there will be no such thing as ordinary ever again. Thomas Howell, Kevin Conway, Maxwell Caulfield, James Lancaster Key battles of America s Civil War thunder across the screen in two richly scaled, rigorously authentic, powerfully compelling epics based on acclaimed historical novels by Michael Shaara. The tide of the war changes during three fierce days of combat at Gettysburg, the gripping saga of the tactics, command errors and sacrifices behind the bloodiest battle ever fought on U. Gods And Generals reveals the spirited allegiances and fierce combat of earlier Civil War struggles, framing its tale with the fateful clashes at Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.
These sprawling films remind us of the people, passions and heroism that fanned the flames of a country at war with itself. VII Black Ribbon. Sick and the Dead. Boxed Sets, Horror min. Nightmare Alley. Matt Passmore stars as Jim Longworth, a no-nonsense Chicago detective who relocates to Florida anticipating plenty of sunshine, golf and easy living. What he finds, however, is a caseload swamped with murder. As the investigator relies on experience, instinct and forensic science to crack baffling cases, he pursues the affections of a pretty, quick-witted medical student.
Join Jim and his investigative team in the sleepy resort town of Palm Glade, where the forecast is always sunny Featuring a solid cast that includes Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman, and Afflecks brother Casey in the lead role as a private detective, Gone Baby Gone centers on the disappearance of a young girl in the working class neighborhood of Dorchester in South Boston. With plenty of twists and turns, the movie works as a solid crime thriller, but its as a study of a place and ones ability to either accept and embrace or ultimately break free from it that the film flowers.
The most brilliant mind at America s top university isn t a student Will Hunting Damon is a headstrong, working-class genius who s failing the lessons of life. After one too many run-ins with the law, Will s last chance is a psychology professor Williams , who might be the only man who can reach him!
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In the epic tradition of Saving Private Ryan, The Great Raid is an inspirational true story of the most triumphant rescue mission in U. As World War Two rages, the elite 6th Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over American prisoners of war. Under the command of Lt. Henry Mucci Benjamin Bratt, Traffic , the men of the 6th will face the unthinkable by attempting the impossible!
As World War II rages, the elite 6th Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over American prisoners of war. Henry Mucci Benjamin Bratt - Traffic , the men of the 6th will face the unthinkable by attempting the impossible! Genuine fairy tales are rare; so is filmmaking that is thoroughly original in an unobtrusive way.
Jane Austen s masterwork is richly adapted in this lavish Academy Award winner. All she wanted was everything. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz play newlyweds who hit the honeymoon road with a foot house trailer in tow in this crowd-pleasing comedy directed by Vincente Minnelli. Heaven help them! Ball and Arnaz head for the great outdoors - and so does her guardian angel James Mason? Ball and Ann Miller join the Marx Brothers in a riotous romp about a cash-strapped theatrical troupe trying to nail down a backer for their new Broadway venture.
Musical, Road Trips, Comedy min. Erich Wolfgang Korngold adapts Felix Mendelssohn s music. Laurence Olivier s bravura portrayal of the proud general brought low remains a screen touchstone in this National Theatre of Great Britain staging. Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard are divided by family and united by love in director George Cukor s lavish retelling of the world s foremost romantic tale. With John Barrymore as a witty, swaggering Mercutio. Charlton Heston plays a vigorous Marc Antony and directs a thoughtful and colorful adaptation of the fatal attraction that ensnares the worldlywise Roman soldier and the alluring Egyptian ruler Hildegard Neil as Cleoptara.
Jim Lance Patrick Swayze is the Marine in charge of housing the refugees until sponsors can be found to help them assimilate into American life. Lance quickly commissions Tai, who speaks English, to translate for him. Prepare to embark on a remarkable journey as an unlikely bond of friendship is formed between two men from opposite sides of one of the world s most infamous and bloodiest wars. War, Drama, Friendships min. In , a breakthrough in Advanced Parasitic Development at the Kuttyhunk Island Research Facility led to a mysterious outbreak that killed most of the center s staff and the island s residents.
Twenty years later, a young woman who fled the original epidemic has returned with a group of friends to sell her family s property. But a new breed of parasite may have evolved and survived. They are fast moving. They can slither into - or out of - any orifice in the human body. Thrillers min. Ingame, it s Guildie vs. Guildie when Vork announces a fundraising competition for design rights to the new in-game Guild Hall. Comedy 96min. Brilliantly recreated by Oscar Winning director Milos Forman and screenwriter Michael Weller, this vibrant screen version of the Broadway phenomenon.
Befriended by the hippies pacifist leader, Berger and urged to crash a formal party in order to declare his love for Shelia, Claude begins an adventure that lands him in jail, Central Park Lake and finally, in the army. But Berger s final effort to save Claude from Vietnam sets in motion a bizarre twist of fate Comedy, Drama, Musical min. The president of the Denmark Corporation is dead Nobody is more troubled by this than her son, Hamlet Hawke.
Now, after this hostile takeover, vengeance is in the air! Romance, Shakespeare, Thrillers, Drama min. Free-spirited and effervescent, Poppy is a schoolteacher whose unstoppable optimism guides her life. Bubbling forth with giggles, laughter and jokes, life s a bowl of cherries - even when she comes across a few pits. Whether it s a cranky driving teacher or a fiery flamenco instructor, Poppy embraces life on the sunny side of the street.
It s a joyous, feel-good film you ll find irresistible. Josh Radnor CBS s How I Met Your Mother wrote, directed and stars in happythankyoumoreplease a sharp comedy centered on a group of something New Yorkers struggling to figure out themselves, their lives and their loves.
Featuring a brilliant young cast and music from breaking indie musicians, it deftly captures the uncertainty and angst of what it is to be young, vulnerable, and desperate to find out who you are - or perhaps more importantly, who you want to be. Comedy, Romance min. One is a promising amateur following in the footsteps of his legendary father, and the other a poverty-stricken kid from the wrong side of the tracks. What holds more weight, the pressure of success or the fear of failure?
One of them is destined to rise to the top Sports, Action, Kickboxing min. Determined to survive, he trains as a professional fighter, and struggles to stay out of the world of gangs, drugs and turf war. Crime, Drama min. When cutbacks close Richmond Trinity, Christina and several of her fellow doctors and nurses join the struggling James River Hospital. She defies enormous odds to rescue a heroinaddicted mother, confronts angry protestors to save a death row patient, and takes on the entire review board to keep the hospital open.
On the home front, Christina also fights to raise her rapidly maturing daughter, while deciding if Christina herself is ready for a closer relationship with the Chief of Surgery Dr. The thrills start the night he meets Heaven, an exotic stripper whose disturbing psychic visions begin raising the stakes and inextricably link their lives! Also starring Richard Schiff, this captivatingly unpredictable motion picture moves through a suspenseful string of twists and turns that you ll find endlessly entertaining!
Thrillers, Love Gone Bad min. Thrilling and provocative, Heavenly Creatures is the highly acclaimed, true life story of the shocking crime that stunned a nation! When circumstances brings together two bright and highly imaginative teenage schoolgirls - they quickly form an unwavering bond - creating a fantasy world that only they can share. But soon their parents, disturbed by the intensity of the friendship, threaten to keep them apart.
In retaliation, the girls vow to stay together, devising a secret plan that leads to shocking consequences! With captivating performances and startlingly original visual effects, Heavenly Creatures is gripping entertainment you won t soon forget! With supernatural skill Now, to achieve the justice he seeks, he must take on the empire s most ruthless assassins and reach the enemy he has sworn to defeat! Acclaimed by critics and honored with numerous awards, Hero was nominated for both an Oscar and Golden Globe!
The last incredible chapter of the thrilling action-adventure series, Highlander: The Final Dimension finds the immortal Connor MacLeod Christopher Lambert destined for a decisive battle with his ruthless eternal enemy, Kane Mario Van Peebles. Pursued across time by his arch rival, MacLeod must make a heroic last stand if he is to rid the earth of the seemingly unstoppable Kane! Swordfighting, Time Travel, Action, Fantasy min. But in the end there can be only one.. To combat the fearsome Highlander villain and his ruthless band of immortals, Connor Lambert and Duncan Paul join together in a power play for the ages!
But even though it will take the combined strength of two Immortals to win this fight, in the end there can be only one! Bold, exciting and tremendously entertaining you don t want to miss this epic struggle of good versus evil! Time Travel, Action, Fantasy min. Iconic blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe plays the secretary to a small-town newspaper editor who begins a campaign to prove that corrupt big business has taken over City Hall! At an English outpost in North Africa, two British officers Cabot, Sanders enlist a ravishing caravan trader Tierney to help thwart the Nazis from supplying arms to local rebels.
Glamorous film heroine Marie Windsor shines in this Foreign Legion extravaganza. An emir s vivacious daughter Windsor and a dashing captain Raft are caught in a web of forbidden love, intrigue, and high adventure! Jane Russell s notorious big-screen debut! The voluptuous star plays love interest to Billy the Kid in director Howard Hughes scandalous and originally banned version of the legendary outlaw s tale. Relive all your favorite moments with the Taylors in this premium set complete with all eight memorable seasons of the classic comedy about friends, tools, and the power of family.
This limited edition set comes in a collectible red toolbox with an exclusive Binford all-in-one tool, plus laugh-out-loud bonus features! Collections, Comedy min. Joining the Royal Navy at the outset of the bloody Napoleonic Wars, Horatio Hornblower rises quickly from raw recruit to seasoned sailor, and his exploits become the stuff of legend. Forester s classic novels charmed millions of viewers with their swashbuckling action, broadside battles, and below-decks intrigue.
The two desperate men are forced to follow a series of frighteningly bizarre clues that includes several terrifying tasks that will leave the sweltering Mojave Desert awash in blood. As part of a new rehabilitation program, eight unrepentant young adults must serve a week of community service in a remote California forest preserve known as Grizzly Park.
Under the supervision of stalwart, no-nonsense Ranger Bob Glenn Morshower , this group of rotten-to-thecore bad apples is offered an opportunity to seek redemption on their journey through the woods. As it happens, however, he s not the only lethal hunter on the loose. According to a popular magazine, the 58th spookiest place in the world is the Ashbrooke Barn in the small town known as Blood Creek. Local legend states that if you Horror min. When Jeff Talley Willis became Chief of Police in a sleepy town, he thought he d left behind the traumas of his career as a big city hostage negotiator.
But when a random crime escalates into a deadly stand-off, Talley find himself thrust into a situation far more volatile and terrifying than anything he could ever imagine! Action, Cops, Crime, Hostage Crisis min. They call it the House of Sin, the man in charge is known only as The Mage.
No one knows who he is or where he came from nor do they care. In the House of Sin, they are free to explore every desire, perversion and emotion, to be humiliated and dominated or to be the one cracking the whip, to become someone or something else, engaging in bizarre behavior that would not be at all acceptable in the real world. Prepare to be shocked and even disgusted by what goes on behind these closed doors and to wonder if your neighbors and people you see on the street everyday might be searching for the same thing, to pursue their wild fantasies unbridled by the rules of a sane society.
Featuring music videos by rap star, Dap C and rock band, No Redemption. House Of Sin is a strange and unique British film that you will never forget. Dare to enter the House of Sin and reveal your darkest desires. British, Foreign, Horror min. Eun-yi s presence attracts the amorous attentions of Hoon, the master of the house, and he begins an affair with her. Igniting the jealousy of an older maid who knows many family secrets.
Eun-yi quickly finds herself in the center of a familiar power struggle. With The Housemaid Im Soo-sang brings both a keen eye for the dynamics of sex and power and a lush, luxurious of style. Thrillers, Drama, Foreign, Korean min. Michael Crawford also stars.