EARTH DAY SHORT FILMS With an Oscar® Winner

FROM APRIL 16

IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY JAFFREY

A collection of environmental short films.

Beaver Valley 31:44 Disney True-life series classic 1950; 1951 Oscar® for best short subject. https://youtu.be/KgPkYCmdcx0

Home 7:58 memoir about Greenland; best environmental short, Scandinavian Film Fest 2019. https://youtu.be/Or1lJHtWBFs

How To Save Our Planet 8:27 Sir David Attenborough explains how humans can take charge of our future and save our planet. https://youtu.be/0Puv0Pss33M

A Nature Now​ message from Greta Thunberg 3:39 

https://youtu.be/P0B6AxeVNY8

Earth Day Begins 4:45 A history of Earth Day 1970 from EarthDay.org

https://youtu.be/uuWCFEzIrLw

WOMEN PIONEERS IN CINEMA MONTH - Ida Lupino

WEEK FOUR - FROM MARCH 26

IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Ida Lupino (1918-1995)

Lupino was the first credited female director since the retirement of Dorothy Arzner and second admitted to the Directors’ Guild.  She also acted and produced and started her own independent studio. Like female directors before her, she tackled controversial subjects.  She went on to a career in tv directing, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Fugitive, Gilligan’s Island and the Twilight Zone.

Bio and critique of 8 key works https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/ida-lupino-director 

Short bio documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoJmfjBCiAA 6:10

Longer bio documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q7AY8hH3rs 15:12

Never Fear AKA The Young Lovers 1949 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRjMjX2xwIg 1hr:20 --

first full movie she directed-- absorbing, moving drama of a young dancer battling polio.  

The story had personal meaning for Lupino, who had had polio herself.

The Hitch-Hiker 1953 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1BcMFyNw6s 1hr:10 -- first film noir 

directed  by a woman, selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

also available: The Bigamist 1953 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9SxWhURBYA 1hr:19

WOMEN PIONEERS IN CINEMA MONTH

 - Lotte Reiniger

WEEK TWO - FROM MARCH 12

IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981)

The unsung heroine of early animation, Lotte Reineger pioneered the multi-plane glass plate animation technique, later used by Disney in his early Mickey Mouse cartoons.   

Biography https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/lotte-reiniger/ 

Bio documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-TJvNBO1fw 16:54

 Shows technique of her animation

Animated bio documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gm9kZLP0uE 2:51 

Reiniger’s first films were short silhouette animations of stories from the Brothers Grimm, such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty (1922, Germany).  She went on to produce the first feature-length animation, the Arabian Nights’ tale of The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926, Germany).  The oldest surviving animated feature film, it was restored in the late 1990’s and released on DVD.  Fragments may be found on youtube and are worth watching, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Ifb4oslkU (4:52).  

Ornament of a Loving Heart 1919 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gtU4eXk6N8 4:48

 Her first animation – a balletic silhouette courtship to Grieg’s Morning Mood

Papageno 1935 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4uUchB429M 10:41

 Silhouette animation to music from Mozart’s Magic Flute

Cinderella 1922 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Hl7q-XN-c – 1:43

 One of several Grimm’ fairy tales she set to animation

I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS

(1979)

FROM FEB 18

IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH This film adaptation of Maya Angelou's autobiography focuses on the author's extremely difficult youth. Young Maya (Constance Good) lives at her grandmother's in Arkansas. Life is hard for the little girl, but a truly dark turning point comes when she is raped by her mother's boyfriend (Paul Benjamin). After she identifies her rapist, her uncles murder him. Overwhelmed with guilt and confusion, Maya becomes mute for years, struggling all the while to come to terms with her trauma. Dir. Fielder Cook - 1h 35m - NR

 

"Forceful telling of Angelou's coming-of-age book." Common Sense Media

BEHAVE YOURSELF (1951)

FROM JAN 28

Hapless young Bill Denny (Farley Granger) and his bride, Kate (Shelley Winters), stumble into big trouble when Bill takes in a cute little dog. The stray happens to be a courier for the mob, and the canine's presence in the Denny home brings underworld violence to the couple's front door. While Bill tries to figure out why dead mobsters are suddenly everywhere, the police are also investigating. Will the pooch's presence lead the police to think that Bill and Kate are criminals? (from RottenTomatoes.com) 81mins. USA. NR.

MODERN TIMES (1936)

FROM JAN 14

This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.. 89 mins. NR.

FOREIGN CORESSPONDENT (1940) Best Picture Nominee 1941

FROM APRIL 9

IN HONOR OF THE 93RD OSCARS®

Crime reporter John Jones (Joel McCrea) is turning in nothing but dull copy. His editor, unhappy with his work, hopes a change of scenery will be the thing Jones needs to get back on track. Re-assigned to Europe as a foreign correspondent, Jones is very much out of his element. When he stumbles on a spy ring, he feels ill-equipped to unravel the truth alone and he seeks help from a beautiful politician's daughter (Laraine Day) and an urbane English journalist (George Sanders).​

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Release Date: Aug 16, 1940 Runtime: 2hr​

WOMEN PIONEERS IN CINEMA MONTH - Dorothy Arzner

WEEK THREE - FROM MARCH 19

IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979)

Called the only successful female director 20’s to early ’40s, Arzner was the first and for a long time, the only woman admitted to the Screen Directors Guild.  She directed Paramount’s first talkie; created a forerunner to the boom mic by stringing a microphone at the end of a fishing rod; and is credited with launching the careers of Katherine Hepburn and Lucille Ball among other prominent actors.

Biography https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-dorothy-arzner/ 

Trailer for film fest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dI4_daY2VQ 3:35

Bio Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCcI25scFLs 15:51

Craig’s Wife 1936 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm-aKLL9nB4 1 hr:14 - drama starring Rosalind 

Russell (in 3rd yr of almost 40 of acting) based on Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play of the same name by George Kelly (uncle of Grace Kelly).

Merrily We Go To Hell 1932 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGh-j-Cvdn4 1 hr:23 - Fredric March, 

Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant

WOMEN PIONEERS IN CINEMA MONTH

 - Lois Weber

WEEK ONE - FROM MARCH 5

IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Lois Weber (1879-1939)

A leading director-screenwriter, Lois Weber wrote, directed and acted for Universal Studios and was routinely mentioned alongside D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille as the top talents.  Her movies often addressed controversial issues like capital punishment, drug abuse, contraception, and she used innovative techniques such as shooting on location, using unique angles, and the split-screen.  She opened her own studio and for a time was the highest-paid director in Hollywood.

Biography https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-lois-weber/ 

Biography documentary 16:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzTrpXPPeAo 

"Suspense" short film from 1913 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfgiUvBaosg 10:10

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON

(1957)

FROM FEB 12

French private investigator Claude Chavasse (Maurice Chevalier) discovers his client's wife has been having an affair with an American playboy, Frank Flannagan (Gary Cooper). When the client decides to kill Frank, Claude's sheltered daughter, Ariane (Audrey Hepburn), throws off the plan and saves his life. The two are instantly attracted to one another, but Ariane doesn't reveal her name. Frank then hires Claude to locate Ariane, unaware he has sent him on a mission to find his own daughter. Director: Billy Wilder - 1957 - Runtime: 2h 10m - NR

THE WILD ONE (1954)

FROM JAN 21

Johnny (Marlon Brando) and his motorcycle gang roll into Carbonville for a biker competition and raise enough hell to get kicked out of town. They repair to nearby Wrightsville and continue their reign of terror. The local sheriff (Robert Keith) is helpless to stop them, but when a rival gang arrives, he manages to arrest their leader, Chino (Lee Marvin). Meanwhile, Johnny finds himself attracted to the sheriff's daughter, Kathie (Mary Murphy), and decides to stick around. 74% by RottenTomatoes.com. Dir. Stanley Kramer.

79 mins. USA. NR.

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1936)

FROM JAN 7

Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is intrigued by a centuries-old legend in which every generation of the wealthy Baskerville family is eventually killed by a monstrous hound. Suspecting there is more to the story than meets the eye, he sends Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) to the estate to investigate. Sir Henry (Richard Greene), the only Baskerville left, is grateful for his help.80 mins. NR.

REBECCA

1941 Oscar® Best Picture

FROM APRIL 2

IN HONOR OF THE 93RD OSCARS®

REBECCA (1940)

Story of a young woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter (Laurence Olivier). She must also deal with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house.​ Director:

Alfred Hitchcock Release Date: Apr 12, 1940 Runtime: 2h 10m​

THE VAN

(1996)

FROM MARCH 17

IN HONOR OF THE JAFFREY ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

From Ireland: Given his experience working with food, it's hardly surprising that after losing his job at a bakery, Brendan "Bimbo" Reeves (Donal O'Kelly) becomes successful selling fried morsels from a van. He hires Larry (Colm Meaney), his best friend, to help, but having Bimbo for a boss doesn't improve their relationship. The van is eventually closed down by a health inspector -- which Bimbo thinks is because Larry ratted him out over questionable food prep techniques -- and their friendship is severed. Director: Stephen Frears Writer: Roddy Doyle Runtime: 1h 45m - Rated R

YOUNG MR. LINCOLN

(1939)

FROM FEB 25

IN HONOR OF PRESIDENTS' WEEK

In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) is born into a modest log cabin, where he is encouraged by his first love, Ann Rutledge (Pauline Moore), to pursue law. Following her tragic death, Lincoln establishes a law practice in Springfield, where he meets a young Mary Todd (Marjorie Weaver). Lincoln's law skills are put to the test when he takes on the difficult task of defending two brothers who have been accused of murder. (from RottenTomatoes with a 100% FRESH score). Directed by John Ford. Released: Jun 9, 1939 - 1h 40m. - NR

TIGER BAY

(1959)

FROM FEB 4

Rough-and-tumble street urchin Gillie (Hayley Mills) witnesses the brutal killing of a young woman at the hands of visiting Polish sailor Korchinsky (Horst Buchholz). Instead of reporting the crime to the authorities, Gillie merely pockets a prize for herself -- Korchinsky's shiny black revolver -- and flees the scene. When Welsh Detective Graham (John Mills) discovers that Gillie has the murder weapon, the fiery young girl weaves a web of lies to throw him off course. (from RottenTomatoes.com) 106 mins. UK. NR.

THE MARVA COLLINS STORY (1981)

IN HONOR OF

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

FROM JAN 18.

Marva Collins (Cicely Tyson) is a Chicago schoolteacher who strives to do her best to educate her students. Using her own funds, she creates the prep school for inner-city students that she feels they deserve. This moving biopic is based on a true story. Certified FRESH 100% by RottenTomatoes.com

100 mins. USA. NR.

BABES IN TOYLAND (1934)

November 26, 2020

MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS 

AKA BABES IN TOYLAND

Directed by Gus MeinsCharley Rogers

Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

1934 - Fantasy - USA -  73 mins - NR

Rated 100% FRESH on RottenTomatoes!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING... our first free Holiday movie for the season!

Stannie Dum (Stan Laurel) and Ollie Dee (Oliver Hardy) rent rooms in Mother Peep's shoe in Toyland. When Mother Peep can't make her mortgage payment to evil Silas Barnaby (Harry Kleinbach), he attempts to blackmail her into having Little Bo-Peep (Charlotte Henry) marry him, despite the girl's attachment to Tom-Tom Piper. Stannie and Ollie offer their assistance to Mother Peep, Bo-Peep and Piper, and later enlist an army of wooden soldiers to battle Barnaby's cave-dwelling bogeymen.

NO WAY OUT (1950)

November 19, 2020

NO WAY OUT

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell

1950 - Drama - USA - 106 mins - NR

Robbers Ray Biddle (Richard Widmark) and his brother are shot and taken to the local hospital. There, the two are treated by Dr. Brooks (Sidney Poitier), the hospital's only black doctor. The brothers assault Brooks with racist slurs. And, when his brother ends up dying on the operating table, Ray accuses the doctor of murdering him. Blind with rage, Ray works to turn the white community of the city against Brooks, who finds an unlikely ally in the dead man's widow, Edie (Linda Darnell).

(From Rotten Tomatoes) Note: A powerful & disturbing film about racial discrimination.

Receives a 90% FRESH rating on RottenTomatoes.

STALAG 17 (1953)

November 11, 2020

★★IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY★★

STALAG 17 (1953) 120 mins.
A classic. Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot ) directed this award-winning take on the complicated life inside a German POW camp during WWII. Stars William Holden (won the Oscar® for best actor), Otto Preminger, Peter Graves, and a who's who of Hollywood's best character actors. Based on the Broadway stage play. 

WHEN TRUMPETS FADE (1998)

November 11, 2020

★★IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY★★

WHEN TRUMPETS FADE (1998) 92 mins.
Private David Manning (Ron Eldard) is a soldier in the 28th Infantry Division, and as a result of the horrendous fighting in World War II's Battle of the Hürtgen Forest, he is the sole survivor of his platoon. Based on a true story of heroism, passion, and perseverance. Also stars Frank Whaley, Martin Donovan, and Bobby Cannavale. 

MIRAGE (1965)

November 05, 2020

MIRAGE

1965 - Thriller - USA - 109 mins - NR

Starring Gregory Peck, Diane Bakker, Walter Matthau, George Kennedy

After a blackout in his office building, accountant David Stillwell (Gregory Peck) finds he can't remember the past two years of his life. Discovering that a rich humanitarian died after falling from the same building and that there are shady gunmen out to get him, Stillwell must piece together the missing memories of his life. Enlisting the help of a rookie private eye (Walter Matthau) and a reluctant old flame (Diane Baker), Stillwell uncovers the mystery detail by unexpected detail.

Copy Of -MIRAGE (1965)

November 05, 2020

MIRAGE

1965 - Thriller - USA - 109 mins - NR

Starring Gregory Peck, Diane Bakker, Walter Matthau, George Kennedy

After a blackout in his office building, accountant David Stillwell (Gregory Peck) finds he can't remember the past two years of his life. Discovering that a rich humanitarian died after falling from the same building and that there are shady gunmen out to get him, Stillwell must piece together the missing memories of his life. Enlisting the help of a rookie private eye (Walter Matthau) and a reluctant old flame (Diane Baker), Stillwell uncovers the mystery detail by unexpected detail.

SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK (1991)

October 22, 2020

SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK
Directed by Tim McLoughlin

Starring Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, William Sanderson

Horror - USA - 97 mins - Rated R

Sometimes They Come Back is a 1991 horror film based on the short story of the same title by Stephen King.  High school teacher Jim Norman (Tim Matheson) reluctantly returns to his hometown with his wife (Brooke Adams) to pursue a job. Jim is haunted by the childhood memory of his brother being murdered by a group of teenagers. Now, the teenagers have returned to town as they appeared before they died.

 

"...follows the King formula, entertaining with thrills, murders, facing-up-to-fear philosophizing and snappy lines.." -Chicago Tribune

SCARECROWS (1988)

October 22, 2020

SCARECROWS
Directed by William Wesley
Starring Ted Vernon, Kristina Sanborn, B.J. Turner

1988 - Horror/Action - USA - Rated R

Criminals hijack a plane and force the pilot and his daughter to fly them to Mexico. However, an unexpected landing finds them in a cemetery inhabited by killer scarecrows. Nominated for the International Fantasy Film Award. Remastered for HD.

THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971)

October 15, 2020

THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES 

Directed by Robert Fuest
Starring Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Terry-Thomas, Susan Travers

1971 - Comedy/Horror - Great Britain - 93mins - NR

In a desperate attempt to reach his ill wife, organist Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) is horrifically disfigured in a car accident and presumed dead. When he learns that his wife died during an operation, Phibes blames her surgeons and plots an elaborate revenge to punish them for their incompetence. With the help of a mute assistant (Virginia North), Phibes creates a mask resembling his own face and murders the surgeons one by one using bizarre methods inspired by the biblical plagues.

(Rotten Tomatoes)

Receives an 85% FRESH rating on RottenTomatoes.

Carnival of Souls (1962)

October 08, 2020

CARNIVAL OF SOULS 

1962- Horror - USA - 77mins - NR

Director: Herk Harvey

Writer: John Clifford (written)

Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger 

Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) ends up the sole survivor of a fatal car accident through mysterious circumstances. Trying to put the incident behind her, she moves to Utah and takes a job as a church organist. But her fresh start is interrupted by visions of a fiendish man (Herk Harvey). As the visions begin to occur more frequently, Mary finds herself drawn to the deserted carnival on the outskirts of town. The strangely alluring carnival may hold the secret to her tragic past. (Rotten Tomatoes)

Receives an 86% FRESH rating on RottenTomatoes.

PUNK: attitude (2005)

October 01, 2020

PUNK: attitude

2005 - Documentary - USA - 89 mins 

Note: Contains mature language. Viewer discretion advised.

Directed by Don Lettes

Filmmaker Don Letts examines the history of punk rock and its impact on the music industry. The film covers the evolution of punk from MC5 and the Velvet Underground through to the Ramones, the Sex Pistols,The Dolls,  The Clash and many more. Includes interviews with Henry Rollins, David Johansen, Jim Jarmusch, Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde, and Captain Sensible.

ROCK-A-BYE BABY (1958)

September 17, 2020

ROCK-A-BYE BABY

1958 - Comedy - USA - 103 mins - NR

Directed by Frank Tashlin

Starring: Jerry Lewis, Connie Stevens, Hans Conreid

 

Clayton Poole (Jerry Lewis) is a TV repairman who still has feelings for his old high school girlfriend, Carla Naples (Marilyn Maxwell). Trouble is, Carla is now a glamorous movie star and the wife of a Mexican bullfighter. When her husband is tragically killed and she needs to keep the baby a secret, the star turns to Clayton for help. He is thrilled at the prospect of acting as a babysitter. But Carla neglects to tell him she actually had triplets.

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (1969)

September 03, 2020

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

1969 - Drama/Comedy/Romance - Great Britain - 116mins

Directed by Ronald Neame

Starring: Maggie Smith, Gordon Jackson, Pamela Franklin, Robert Stephens

 

It is the thirties and Jean Brodie, a teacher in her prime, takes in her new class at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland. She gathers her girls around, clearly picks her favorites and lets them know that they are the "crème de la crème." While she is ostensibly their teacher, tasked with teaching them history and literature, she instead teaches them of life, or so she thinks.

Maggie Smith won the 1970 Oscar® for Best Actress.

"Maggie Smith's tour-de-force performance as a school-teacher slipping into spinsterhood is one of several notable achievements in this sentimental and macabre personal tragedy." -Variety

THIS SPORTING LIFE (1963)

August 20, 2020

THIS SPORTING LIFE

1963 - 134 mins - Drama- UK

Directed by Lindsey Anderson

Starring Richard Harris, Alan Badel, Rachel Roberts, Colin Blakley

Adapted by David Storey from his own novel, this drama stars Richard Harris as an athletic coal miner who aspires to the greener pastures of professional rugby. Soon establishing himself as one of the most brutal and arrogant players in the business, Harris begins amassing a fortune.

Best Picture 1963 Intl Film Critics

Best Actor 1963 Cannes Film Festival

JACK AND SARAH (1995)

August 13, 2020

JACK AND SARAH

1995 - 110 mins - Comedy/Drama- UK

Directed by Tim Sullivan

Starring Richard E. Grant, Samantha Mathis, Judi Dench, Ian McKellan

In this quirky British comedy, nervous yuppie widower Jack finds himself saddled with the responsibility of raising his infant daughter. To keep his mother-in-law at bay, Jack hires a clumsy but vivacious American waitress as a baby-sitter. Mayhem ensues as she adjusts to the job, and Jack adjusts to fatherhood.

CUL-DE-SAC (1966)

August 06, 2020

CUL-DE-SAC

1966 - 111 mins - Comedy/Drama/Mystery - UK

Directed by Roman Polanski

Starring Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Donald Pleasance, Jacqueline Bisset

Roman Polanski and Gerard Brach wrote this memorable black comedy about an uptight recluse and his nymphomaniacal young wife, whose stormy existence in an isolated British castle is turned upside down when two wounded gangsters break into their home and take over their lives.

"BEST FILM" 1966 Berlin International Movie Fest

"CRITICS AWARD" 1966 Venice Film Festival

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS (1971)

July 30, 2020

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

1971 - 87 mins - Comedy/Drama - UK

Starring Geroge C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Jack Gilford

This whimsical comedy-drama centers on a retired judge, who comes to believe that he is Sherlock Holmes. When he is sent to a psychiatrist, he manages to charm the doctor, a woman by the name of Dr. Watson, who soon finds herself playing along with his fantasies.

THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN (1969)

July 23, 2020

THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN

1969 - 101 mins - Comedy - UK

This zany British comedy finds a homeless hobo (Ringo Starr) being adopted by the world's richest man, Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers). Setting sail on the luxury liner The Magic Christian, Sir Grand tests the limit of human avarice. With money to motivate the greedy, Laurence Harvey combines his Hamlet soliloquy with a striptease. A vile cesspool of excrement is seeded with cash and the money-hungry dive right in. Wilfred Hyde-White is the drunken captain, Yul Brynner is uncredited in his performance as a chanteuse transvestite, and John Cleese is the director of Sotheby's auction house. Roman Polanski, Richard Attenborough, and Raquel Welch also appear in this offbeat comedy. Paul McCartney wrote and produced "Come and Get It," the first international hit from the power-pop group Badfinger. John "Speedy" Keene wrote "Something In The Air" and performed the track with his group Thunderclap Newman. Sellers, Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Terry Southern co-authored the screenplay taken from Southern's novel. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (1976)

June 20, 2020

SHOUT AT THE DEVIL

1976 - 147 mins - Action adventure Drama - UK

Based on the novel by Wilbur Smith, this film follow the scheme of a proper English gentleman, Sebastian (Roger Moore), and a wild Irish-American, Flynn (Lee Marvin), as they set out to destroy a German battleship docked in East Africa before the outbreak of World War I.

THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1967)

June 19, 2020

THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1967)

81 minutes - United Kingdom

A British horror cult classic...

Set during the Victorian era, the film stars Peter Cushing as a Holmes-like detective on the trail of a serial killer. The mystery angle is minimal since we know virtually from the beginning that the killer is a gigantic....moth! It seems that Wanda Ventham, daughter of addled scientist Robert Flemyng, has spent too much time in her dad's lab, and can turn herself into a malevolent moth at will. Flemyng tries to mollify Ventham by creating a playmate for her-and the result is two murderous moths. Blood Beast Terror was also released as The Vampire-Beast Craves Blood.

ARIA (1988)

June 13, 2020

ARIA

Directed By:

Nicolas RoegJean-Luc GodardRobert AltmanKen RussellBruce BeresfordJulien TempleBill BrydenDerek JarmanFranc RoddamCharles Sturridge

Starring:

John Hurt , Theresa Russell, Jack Kyle, Buck Henry, Bridget Fonda, Beverly D'Angelo, Marion Peterson 
as Les Jeunes Filles

90 minutes - Multi country - Rated R

An international collection of well-known directors contributed to this compilation film, each fashioning a short film inspired by an aria from a famous opera. The approaches vary broadly, from the playful abstraction of Jean-Luc Godard's segment, which illustrates Armide with exercising body-builders, to the more literal approach of Franc Roddam, who transports Tristan und Isolde's story to modern-day Las Vegas. A particular stand-out is Julian Temple's take on Rigoletto, which recasts Verdi as the accompaniment to a contemporary Southern California sex farce.

LA STRADA (1954)

June 06, 2020

Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini drew on his own circus background for this classic film. Set in a seedy travelling carnival, this symbolism-laden drama revolves around brutish strongman Zampano, his simple and servile girlfriend Gelsomina, and clown/aerialist Matto.
Genre: Art House & International, Classics, Drama
Directed By: Federico Fellini
Written By: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano
Runtime: 115 minutes - English 
subtitles via YouTube player

"Signor Fellini has used his small cast, and, equally important, his camera, with the unmistakable touch of an artist. His vignettes fill his movie with beauty, sadness, humor and understanding." -NY Times

THE FIREMAN'S BALL (1967)

June 05, 2020

Director: Milos Forman

Actors: Jan Vostrcil, Josef Šebánek, Josef Valnoha

 

The fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday. The whole town is invited but things don't go as planned. Someone is stealing the prizes to the lottery and the candidates for the Miss Fire-Department beauty contest are neither willing nor particularly beautiful. 73 mins Czech with English subtitles.

 

"A delicious parody-fable of Slavic bureaucracy." -Time Magazine

ABSOLUTON (1978)

May 24, 2020

Two Catholic boarding school students (Dominic Guard and Dai Bradley) embark upon a carefully calculated campaign to drive their hated headmaster (Richard Burton) insane. The boys launch their scheme by cooking up the most bizarre and depraved of imaginary sins, then recite these infractions in the Confessional. This sadistic little game gets wildly out of hand, resulting in murder. It's a toss-up as to who is the most repulsive character; the headmaster or his two charges. One of a long line of 1970s stinkers barely redeemed by the presence of Richard Burton, Absolution was not released until 1988, long after Burton's death.  98 mins.

COLLEGE SWING (1938)

May 17, 2020

It's hard to go wrong with such stars as Bob Hope, Burns & Allen, Martha Raye and Edward Everett Horton, and College Swing doesn't-go wrong, that is. The film begins in 1738, when a pact is drawn up between the Alden family and a highly respected Colonial college: If any female member of the family can pass her college exams within a 200-year period, ownership of the institution will be turned over to her. Comes 1938, and the last of the Alden girls, giddy Gracie Alden (Gracie Allen, of course) hires glib-tongued tutor Bud Brady (Bob Hope) to help her pass her exams. She also tries to win over no-nonsense professor Hubert Dash (Edward Everett Horton), who has no intention of handing his college over to a blithering idiot like Gracie. Once she has inherited the place, however, Gracie turns it into a jumpin'-jivin' joint, complete with jitterbugging students, swing bands and remote radio broadcasts. Though George Burns' role is nearly nonexistent, he does get to indulge in his patented cross-talk with Allen. Others contributing to the fun are Ben Blue, Jerry Colonna, Betty Grable, and Grable's then-husband Jackie Coogan. Highlights include Allen's spirited Irish jig and her endearing song duet with Edward Everett Horton. College Swing is the sort of high-powered, all-star entertainment that is virtually impossible to reproduce today. 83 mins.

THE TAMARIND SEED (1974)

May 16, 2020

Blake Edwards's stylish direction bolsters this Cold War romance starring Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif. Andrews plays Judith Farrow, a British civil service functionary who meets dashing Russian agent Feodor Sverdlov (Omar Sharif) under the romantic skies of the Caribbean. The Caribbean breezes work their magic and soon Judith is head-over-heels in love with Feodor. Feodor then tries to enlist Judith to become an agent for the Soviet Union. But after Judith is warned by the British government to stay away from him, Feodor decides that he'd rather have her than the Soviet Union. However, a kink is thrown into their love affair when an undercover Russian secret agent, posing as a British agent, decides to eradicate the two lovers.en, including 17-year-old Billy Macfarlane who's enlisted in order to be with his older brother, Eddie. But Eddie's sent home after being wounded, leaving his innocent brother behind to face the slow, inevitable countdown to the bloodiest massacre in British military history. 130 mins

THE TRENCH (1999)

May 15, 2020

Starring Daniel Craig (James Bond) & Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders)

This dramatization of the 48 hours leading up to the Battle of the Somme in 1916 underscores the bitter loss of innocence of a group of idealistic young men, including 17-year-old Billy Macfarlane who's enlisted in order to be with his older brother, Eddie. But Eddie's sent home after being wounded, leaving his innocent brother behind to face the slow, inevitable countdown to the bloodiest massacre in British military history. 98mins

NEVER LET GO (1960)

May 11, 2020

Best known for his comic roles, Peter Sellers makes his debut as a dramatic actor in this crime drama. He plays the cold-blooded boss of a London car-stealing ring that is exposed by the determined investigation of a disgruntled car salesman. 88 mins. NR

BEST OF DAFFY DUCK LOONEY TUNES (1940s)

May 08, 2020

The best of the often overlooked cartoon star of the century... Mr. Daffy Duck.

A one-hour compilation of his best from the 40s and 50s.

Laugh with your children, parents, spouse and enjoy.

POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES (1961)

May 02, 2020

A Frank Capra classic.

In this film, Apple Annie is a besotted, rag-clad street vendor. Annie's daughter Louise is under the impression that Annie is a high-society dowager. When Louise proposes a visit, Annie enlists the help of her gangster friend to pass as a woman of means.

136 mins. NR

THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT (1953)

May 01, 2020

A classic western. Director John Ford, notoriously difficult to please, regarded The Sun Shines Bright as his favorite film. Laurence Stalllings' screenplay is based on several short stories by Kentucky humorist Irvin S. Cobb, some of which had previously been cinematized in Ford's 1934 Will Rogers vehicle Judge Priest. 92 mins.

Alfred Hitchcock Festival Weekend THE LODGER (1928)

April 25, 2020

While the silent The Lodger was not director Alfred Hitchcock's first film, it was the first to truly deserve the designation "A Hitchcock Picture". British matinee idol Ivor Novello plays Jonathan Drew, a quiet, secretive young man who rents a room in a London boarding house. Drew's arrival coincides with the reign of Terror orchestrated by Jack the Ripper. As the film progresses, circumstantial evidence begins to mount, pointing to Drew as the selfsame Ripper. In addition to Novello's 1932 remake, The Lodger was remade in 1944 with Laird Cregar, then again in 1953 as Man in the Attic, with Jack Palance as Jonathan Drew. (~ Hal Erickson, Rovi)

"Hitchcock's most underrated movie." -The London Times

"Hitchcock at his most 'innovative." -Chicago Reader

91 mins. Not rated.

Alfred Hitchcock Festival Weekend FAMILY PLOT (1976)

April 24, 2020

Alfred Hitchcock's final film was adapted from Victor Canning's novel The Rainbird Pattern by Ernest Lehman, who previously wrote the screenplay for Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Barbara Harris plays Blanche, a phony psychic, hired by wealthy Julia Rainbird (Cathleen Nesbitt) to trace the whereabouts of her nephew, who'd been given up for adoption years earlier and who is now heir to a fortune. Blanche's cohort is "investigator" Lumley (Bruce Dern), who is fully prepared to milk the last dollar out of Julia before locating the long-lost nephew. Meanwhile, we are introduced to elegant kidnappers Adamson and Fran (William Devane and Karen Black). The fates of the two couples are inextricably intertwined by the search for the missing heir. 121 mins. Rated PG.

SHERLOCK JR. (1924)

April 23, 2020

If you don't know Buster Keaton's work... you should.

 

Here is a silent gem from 1924 (with score), starring & directed by Keaton. Keaton was 29 years old when the film was made.

A film projectionist longs to be a detective and puts his meager skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.   45 mins.

★★★★★ "Magical"  -Empire Magazine

"...groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too."  -Chicago Reader

FELLINI'S AMARCORD (1973)

April 19, 2020

Federico Fellini's warmly nostalgic memory piece examines daily life in the Italian village of Rimini during the reign of Mussolini, and won the 1974 Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. The film's greatest asset is its ability to be sweet without being cloying, due in great part to Danilo Donati's surrealistic art direction and to the frequently bawdy injections of sex and politics by screenwriters Fellini and Tonino Guerra. Fellini clearly has deep affection for the people of this seaside village, warts and all, and communicates it through episodic visual anecdotes which are seen as if through the mists of a favorite dream, playfully scored by Nino Rota and lovingly photographed by Giuseppe Rotunno. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

125 mins. Rated R. In Italian with English subtitles.

KING OF JAZZ (1930)

April 13, 2020

A big band, singing, dancing and animation extravaganza! An early talkie that they even tinted. Includes some of the biggest tunes of the past century...  Gershwin and more

Intended as Universal Pictures' entry in the "all-star musical" cycle of the early talkie era, King of Jazz is certainly the most elaborate of the bunch, though far from the most successful financially. Staged by Broadway impresario John Murray Anderson, the film is held together by the charismatic personality of rotund bandleader Paul Whiteman. The show begins with a Walter Lantz cartoon wherein it is recalled how Whiteman earned the title of the King of Jazz (Lantz's animated star Oswald Rabbit makes a brief appearance). Then Whiteman appears in the flesh (and plenty of it), coaxing his miniaturized orchestra out of a small box. 

93 mins.

5 HOUR MR. BEAN MARATHON! (1990s)

April 12, 2020

Park Pix Flix presents...A Mr. Bean 5+ hour marathon for Easter Sunday afternoon...

The classic bumbling British TV comedy character created and played by the incomparable Rowan Atkinson.

We need some good laughs right now. Mr. Bean provides them. And all of the episodes are FREE!

5 hrs 50mins.

BEST OF SUPERMAN CARTOONS (1940s)

April 10, 2020

"Look! Up in the air... it's a bird, it's a plane..."

Incredible animation!

This is the biggest Superman compilation running over 2 hours from the critically-acclaimed Superman series produced by Mac & Dave Fleischer and Paramount's Famous Studios of the early-1940s. All episodes have been digitally remastered & restored. 

Fun for all ages!

2 hrs 26 mins.

NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950)

April 07, 2020

Film very noir.

Jules Dassin's Night and the City opens with cheap grifter Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) running for his life through the streets of London. Harry wants to be big-time, and he does not care how he raises cash for his schemes. Like a junkie, he uses and steals from his girlfriend Mary (Gene Tierney), a singer at the Silver Fox, a seedy nightclub owned by the physically grotesque Phil Nosseross Francis L. Sullivan. Harry, who also works for Phil steering unsuspecting customers to the club, comes up with a plan to wrest control of professional wrestling from promoter and underworld kingpin Kristo (Herbert Lom) by manipulating Kristo through his father, retired wrestling great Gregorius (Stanislaus Zbyszko). For financial backing, Harry turns to Phil and Phil's wife Helen Googie Withers, both of whom give him the money, but only to further their own ends. When Gregorius is accidentally killed by his protege's upcoming opponent, Strangler (Mike Mazurki), and Phil realizes that Helen is leaving him for Harry, the scheme quickly unravels. Truly a glimpse of hell, Night and the City's distorted visuals and dark symbolism depicts an underworld from which there is no escape and in which redemption comes at a very high price.

95 mins.