The world of movies never slows down dear friends and physical medi still kicks ass. This week we got some beauties coming your way so let’s take a look dear movie nerds…
New York jazz veteran whose music aches with beauty but whose personal life is ravaged by addiction while searching for a new start in Paris befriends a struggling single father & ardent jazz fan. François Cluzet, Dexter Gordon, Bertrand Tavernier, 1986.
A nice little four pack of cinema…
Lars Von Trier latest is a grotesque, psychological horror that travels deep into a dark world of sexuality, religious belief and bodily harm. Not for the faint of heart. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Willem Dafoe, 2009.
Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy. The year is 40,000.
Legendary Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis star as elderly Elvis and geriatric JFK, who end up in the same old age home, but the two must join forces to battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy and save the souls of their fellow residents. Don Coscarelli (2002)
America had Al Capone; England, the Kray brothers and Australia – proving once and for all its antipodean sense of humor – has Mark “Chopper” Read. “Chopper” is inspired by the books of Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read, arguably Australia’s most infamous former criminal. “Chopper” draws on police records, court transcripts, news coverage and interviews with people who knew Chopper Read.
A visually elegant thriller about a man with a violent past who’s quiet life as a garbage man comes to a halt when his past catches up with him. Adrien Brody, Glenn Fleshler, Richie Merritt, Paul Solet, 2020.
A werewolf loose in LA mauls 3 young adults who must kill it in order to avoid becoming werewolves. Written by Kevin Williamson. Portia de Rossi, Mya, Shannon Elizabeth, Jesse Eisenberg, Christina Ricci, Wes Craven, 2005.
The long-awaited sequel to the 1981 cult-movie that spawned the whole scarecrow genre! J.D. Feigelson, 2022.
Locked and loaded with over 6 hours of handgun-happy vigilantes & badass babes of Blaxploitation, ultra-hip heists, spaghetti shoot ’em ups and bitumen burning post-apocalyptic carquakes (not to mention alien close encounters of the horny kind). (2019)
Five college buddies from Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise. Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson, Sam Robards, 1985.
The Gecko brothers, two dangerous outlaws on a wild crime spree, kidnap a father and his two kids and head south to a seedy Mexican bar to hide out in safety. Soon they realize that they’re not in a typical bar, as the entire place begins to teem with vicious, blood-sucking vampires. With the odds stacked greatly against them, the Geckos are forced to team up with their hostages in order to make it out alive.
Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf. Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, 2000.
80s slasher about an axe-wielding presumed dead student returns to get revenge on his fellow students during a campus wide scavenger hunt. Hal Holbrook, Robert Deubel, 1982.
German horror. A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s. Fatih Akin (2019)
An ordinary evening in a small Texas town becomes a grisly nightmare when a horde of flesh-eating zombies goes on the prowl. Cherry (Rose McGowan), a go-go dancer, and Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), her ex-lover, band together with other survivors in a no-holds barred effort to escape the carnage. The odds become a bit more even when Cherry, who lost her leg to a hungry ghoul, gets a machine-gun appendage and lets the bullets fly.
4K restoration of the under rated & weird third sequel in the beloved franchise.
Lead singer Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon) decides to reunite his cult punk band, Hard Core Logo, for a Canadian tour. But guitarist Billy Tallent (Callum Keith Rennie) is waiting to hear back from Jenifur, a popular Los Angeles–based group considering bringing him on — which causes tension with Joe, for whom Hard Core Logo is everything. Along with erratic bassist John Oxenberger (John Pyper-Ferguson) and hard-partying drummer Pipefitter (Bernie Coulson), the contentious duo take to the road.
Swedish documentary. Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. Benjamin Christensen (1922)
This limited edition Steelbook includes Heavy Metal on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray and Heavy Metal 2000 on Blu-ray. Digital copies for both films are included.
A homicide detective and an FBI agent team up to find the human host of an alien life-form responsible for turning citizens into homicidal maniacs.
In this British / Spanish horror, firmly in the late period Hammer mold, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature in remote China and must transport it to Europe by train. Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, 1972.
After saving the life of his royal father’s usurper, Pelias (Douglas Wilmer), whom he fails to recognize, Jason (Todd Armstrong) is encouraged by the conniving murderer to begin a quest in search of the Golden Fleece. In doing so, Pelias hopes for Jason’s death to thwart the prophecy that he will reclaim the throne. Along the journey, Jason is protected by the goddess Hera (Honor Blackman), and his crew includes Hercules (Nigel Green) and Acastus (Gary Raymond), a saboteur planted by Pelias.
From the director of Squirm, an extremely eerie and beautifully shot camping slasher. George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon, Jeff Lieberman,1981.
“Memphis Belle” tells the story of the journey of several brave young Americans through an anthology of aviation movie cliches. Not a trick is missed – not even the faithful dog lifting its loyal head from the grass when a missing plane finds its way back to base.
A TV documentary crew searches the woods for a fabled creature in this low-budget horror starring A.J. Khan. Brett Piper, 2009.
Filmed In Edmonton and West Edmonton Mall…An illegal immigrant living in Hong Kong does humiliating things to survive.
Rumored to be Robert Redford’s final performance, a character driven story of a man in his 70s who robs banks armed only with his charm. Robert Redford, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, David Lowery, 2018.
Peggy Sue Bodell (Kathleen Turner) attends her 25-year high school reunion after separating from her cheating husband, Charlie (Nicolas Cage). She regrets the decisions she has made in her life, such as getting pregnant by Charlie in high school. When she faints at the reunion, she awakens in 1960. Given the chance to relive her life, she changes many things. However, some choices are more complicated, as she begins to see young Charlie’s charm and true feelings.
The incredible, untold story of the British artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to the creation of her masterpiece, the 1977 photo-romance, An Exorcism.
Living alone in the Oregon wilderness, a truffle hunter returns to Portland to find the person who stole his beloved pig.
A ruthless crook, Walker (Lee Marvin), is betrayed by his partner, Mal Reese (John Vernon), who leaves him for dead on Alcatraz Island. Having survived, Walker returns years later to get revenge. He gets his first lead when a mysterious man (Keenan Wynn) tells him that Reese is now part of a vast criminal organization and dating Walker’s wife’s sister, Chris (Angie Dickinson). But after contacting Chris, Walker discovers that in truth she loathes Reese and is willing to help him get justice.
They don’t come prescient or cheesier then this violent Arnie sci-fi thriller about a reality TV show where criminals fight for their lives. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Yaphet Kotto, Maria Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Jesse Ventura, 1987.
A group of American teenagers travel to Ireland to experience the trip of a lifetime, as promised by their Irish friend and hallucinogens expert Jake. As gruesome events unfold, the friends can’t distinguish between hallucination and reality.
Deep within the hallowed walls of Ivy League’s most prominent campus exists a secret society where power and elite are bred. Only a few are chosen to join where Presidents are groomed, wealthy bloodlines bond, and plots thickened. For Luke McNamara, an invitation to join the prestigious secret college organisation, The Skulls, is a dream come true, until murder befalls another student.
When sleazy Paul Snider (Eric Roberts) stumbles upon pretty high school beauty Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway), he knows she is star material. Paul becomes her manager and husband, and under his guidance Dorothy grows to fame as a Playboy Playmate. But when Dorothy begins pursuing an acting career, the jealous Paul finds himself elbowed out of the picture by more famous men. Dorothy’s career rises as Paul’s mental state declines, leading ultimately to tragedy.
When Mason (Ice-T), homeless and living on the streets of Seattle, hears about a job as a hunting guide for a group of wealthy clients, he gladly signs on and is taken to a cabin in the middle of a Pacific Northwest forest. There he meets psychiatrist Doc Hawkins (Gary Busey), oil baron John Griffin (John C. McGinley) and Wall Street investor Derek Wolfe (F. Murray Abraham). The next morning, however, Mason is awakened to learn that he’s the prey the men will be hunting.
John Carpenter’s fun satire of consumerism finds an unemployed Roddy Piper uncovering that the world’s ruling elite are aliens in disguise who’s aim is to keep humans in a state of mindless consumerism. Keith David, Meg Foster, 1988.
From Canadian director Allan Moyle, a story of 2 oddball teenage girls who form a punk band and take New York City by storm. Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson, 1980.
From 1926…After receiving a wolf blood transfusion, a man becomes convinced that he is becoming a wolf.
Documentary on the history of folk horror, exploring the phenomenon from its beginnings through its proliferation on British TV in the 70s & its culturally specific manifestations in international horror, to the genre’s revival over the last decade. 2021.
And there it is guys..this week’s movie goodness. Some fun stuff and some very interesting stuff. Either way the videostore loves ya and we’ll see soon back in the old dusty shop. Cheers!