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Parasite is the Pick of the Week

Bong Joon-ho's modern masterpiece headlines a new week of stellar releases.
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Everything you've heard about director Bong Joon-ho's rightly acclaimed and celebrated 2019 modern classic, Parasite, is definitely true. It's a remarkable and truly original depiction of greed and class discrimination that remains the best and most timely film of last year. When it won the Oscar for Best Picture, I was happy but not really that surprised. It's rare now that the Best Picutre Oscar goes to an actual Best Picture. It's a film in which I think is going to age incredibly well for years to come, if we should still exist then. Joon-ho's darkly comedic vision portrays the

Titan Comics Reveals Blade Runner Origins #1

Upcoming prequel comic reveals the genesis of the Blade Runner division.
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Press release: Titan Comics and Alcon Media Group are excited to announce the February 2021 debut of BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS. Set ten years before Titan’s current bestselling and award-winning Blade Runner 2019, the year-long comic book series will follow the events leading up to the creation of the Blade Runner division, reflecting the world, characters and events first seen in the genre-defining films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. A senior bioengineer for the Tyrell Corp is found hanging in her sealed laboratory, the victim of an apparent suicide. LAPD Detective Cal Moreaux—a war-scarred veteran of the bloody Off-world conflict

Back to the Future Trilogy 4K is the Pick of the Week

One of the greatest trilogies in film history gets another upgrade and headlines a new week of releases.
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What else can one say about the Back to the Future trilogy that hasn't been said already? It is still one of the most wildly inventive and popular trilogies in the history of film, inspiring so many filmmakers, imitations, and some realistic depictions of the future. There is spirit, humor, and just the right amount of danger to fully win over even the most unimpressed film lover, or people who aren't into these types of movies. The original classic stars Michael J. Fox as iconic character Marty McFly, who gets sent back in time to 30 years earlier to 1955

Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You Premieres 10/23 on Apple TV+

Go behind the music as Springsteen and the E Street Band record together live for the first time since Born In The U.S.A.
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Press release: “Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You” captures Bruce Springsteen recording his new album “Letter To You” live with the full E Street Band, and includes final take performances of 10 originals from the new record. The feature-length vérité documentary features full performances from the E Street Band, in-studio footage, never-before-seen archival material, and a deeper look into “Letter To You” from Springsteen himself. Written by Springsteen and directed by his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, the film is a tribute to the E Street Band, to rock music itself, and to the role it has played in Springsteen's life. Apple

Criterion Announces January 2021 Releases

Something to look forward to next year.
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The Criterion Collection will be releasing four--er, make that six titles to welcome in the new year. New titles are Larisa Shepitko’s The Ascent, Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap, and Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. Blu-ray upgrades are being given to the three final films by Luis Buñuel collected in a box set: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Phantom of Liberty, and That Obscure Object of Desire. Read on to learn more about them. Three Films by Luis Buñuel (#102 / #290 / #143) out Jan 5 More than four decades after he

Saturday Night Live: The Early Years, A 12-disc Time Life DVD Set, Is Available Now

Includes 33 complete episodes, rare behind-the-scenes footage, a 28-page collector's book, a bonus DVD and more!
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Press release: On October 11, 1975, Saturday Night Live, a topical comedy sketch show, made its debut on NBC. Created by Canadian-born comedy writer Lorne Michaels, it would go on to become a renowned launch pad for generational talent and unforgettable characters and become the longest-running, highest-rated show on late-night television. The first five years of Saturday Night Live featured some of the most beloved cast members of all time, including Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, and Laraine Newman and they set the stage for some of the most hilarious live

The Friday the 13th Collection is the Pick of the Week

Scream Factory's deluxe edition of one of horror history's most iconic franchises tops a new week of solid releases.
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Halloween (1978), when it was released, set the standard for the slasher genre, which would go on to have an extreme boom throughtout the 1980s. However, as fantastic as it was and still is, it was tense and suspenseful, but not gory nor bloody. The original Friday the 13th (1980) took it even further by adding blood and gore, which was a big hit when it was released. But unlike Halloween, Friday was reviled by critics for its lack of originality and excessive violent content. When you see it now, it's not the gorefest that many people said it was.

Pierrot le Fou is the Pick of the Week

Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 stylish masterpiece starts off a new week of releases.
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I know that legendary director Jean-Luc Godard, by many, should be taken with a grain of salt (or ten), but for me, he is one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time. He marches to be beat of his own drum, and he makes films the way he wants to. Obviously, he always includes politics in his movies, whether subtle or outrageous, and his characters (at least some of them) feel as if they're from another planet. However, that is what's so unique about them. There are so many references in his work to history, relationships, religion, and of course, the

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones Premieres Oct. 7/8 on BBC America

The animated special features original audio from 1967, with the Doctor played by Patrick Troughton.
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Press release: The first three episodes of Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones premieres back-to-back on Wednesday, October 7 at 8pm ET/7c, with the last three episodes premiering back-to-back on Thursday, October 8 at 8pm ET/7c, as a part of BBC AMERICA’s Comic-Couch programming block. The Faceless Ones is the mostly missing eighth serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from April to May 1967, starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. Only two of the six episodes are held in the BBC film archives with snippets of footage and still images existing

Steven Universe: The Complete Collection Arrives on DVD 12/8

Featuring every episode of Steven Universe; Steven Universe Future; the smash hit TV movie, Steven Universe The Movie plus hours of all-new bonus content.
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Press release: Grab your popcorn and get ready to sing your hearts out as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings Cartoon Network’s award-winning series into your homes with the release of Steven Universe: The Complete Collection on DVD December 8, 2020. This ultimate 15-Disc Collector’s Edition Storybook features custom-made pieces of art on every page by Chromosphere. Inside, it is filled with every episode of Steven Universe, Steven Universe Future, as well as the smash hit TV movie, Steven Universe The Movie. Enhance the magic with hours of all-new bonus content including: Animatics, Minisodes, Commentary, Steven Universe The Movie: Sing-A-Long, and

The Elephant Man is Pick of the Week

David Lynch's most conventional but beautifully humanistic 1980 masterpiece tops a new week of releases.
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Obviously, the great David Lynch is isn't exactly known for depicting humanity and subtlety, even in some of his greatest films (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mullholland Dr., etc), but when he actually does, he does do it well. This is the case with his strange and savagely humanistic 1980 biopic The Elephant Man, which touches upon themes that he wouldn't explore again until The Straight Story (1999). Based on a true story, the film centers on John Merrick, a deformed Briton who was discovered at a circus as the sideshow attraction by a compassionate doctor, Frederick Treves, during the 19th century.

Time Life Unveils Dolly: The Ultimate Collection, a Deluxe 19-Disc DVD Set

Highlighting the spectacular career of the Queen of Country.
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Press release: You can call her The Queen of Country, an Award-Winning Songwriter, Actress, Television Star, Philanthropist, Business Mogul, Icon and American Treasure - but to her millions of fans, she's known simply as Dolly. From her start out of Nashville in the '60s to her Hollywood debut and beyond Dolly has done it all...and in 6 inch heels! Now, for the first time ever, the incredible highlights of Dolly's remarkable career are together in a one-of-a-kind 19-DVD set - Dolly: The Ultimate Collection. From her early appearances in the '60s through her own star-studded variety shows in the '70s

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Live-streams at New York Comic Con 2020

Their panels will be Batman: Death in the Family; The Flintstones: The Complete Series; and Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo.
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Press release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) presents three engaging panels - spotlighting the landmark interactive animated short Batman: Death in the Family, The Flintstones: The Complete Series remastered for Blu-ray, and the all-new Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! - to New York Comic Con for the annual event’s new virtual streaming edition October 8-11, 2020. The Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! presentation will be the first-ever Con appearance featuring all four core voices of Mystery Inc. together on the same panel: Frank Welker (Fred & Scooby-Doo), Grey Griffin (Daphne), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Kate Micucci (Velma). WBHE panels will spotlight never-before-seen footage, discussions

Full Metal Jacket 4K is is the Pick of Week

Kubrick's harrowing 1987 anti-War masterpiece headlines a new week of releases.
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Stanley Kubrick remains one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. He didn't make a lot of films, but when he did, he really made them. He had a severely keen visual sense of detail, but he could also be a brute, a perfectionist, cold, and a madman behind the camera. Whether showcasing cowardice during wartime (Paths of Glory), doomsday black comedy (Dr. Strangelove), the complex journey of mankind (2001: A Space Odyssey), or modern ultra-violence (A Clockwork Orange), he always brought his own savage style to any genre. And with his supremely brutal 1987 masterpiece, Full Metal

AFI FEST 2020 Announces Special Presentations

The festival will close with Errol Morris' My Psychedelic Love Story, which explores the dark side of the Timothy Leary saga, and how his doomed relationship with Joanna Harcourt-Smith put the final nail in the coffin of the 1960s counterculture.
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Press release: Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the 34th edition of AFI FEST presented by Audi will close with the World Premiere of SHOWTIME Documentary Films’ MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY. The film is directed by Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris and explores the dark side of the Timothy Leary saga, and how his doomed relationship with Joanna Harcourt-Smith put the final nail in the coffin of the 1960s counterculture. The World Premieres of PINK SKIES AHEAD (DIR Kelly Oxford), THE REAGANS (DIR Matt Tyrnauer) and REALLY LOVE (DIR Angel Kristi Williams), in addition to THE FATHER (DIR

[Updated] The Soul of The Midnight Special, a 5-Disc Time Life Set, Arriving on 10/13

The '70s was a special time for soul music and The Midnight Special truly had an affinity for the genre.
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Press release: Like never before The Soul of The Midnight Special brings home audiences and music lovers everywhere an unforgettable collection of legendary soul artists performing their hits in the prime of their careers -- uncut performances, just straight-from-the-heart soul singing with live musicians in front of a live audience. Now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon for the first time on October 13, 2020. In the period between American Bandstand and MTV, there were sev­eral shows that tried to bring new music to television, but it wasn't until The Midnight Special, premiered on August 19, 1972, that live

Criterion Announces December 2020 Releases

Two pairs to close out the year. Something old, something new.
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The Criterion Collection will be releasing these memorable titles to close out a year worth forgetting. New titles are David Cronenberg's Crash and Alejandro Iñárritu's Amores perros. Blu-ray upgrades are being given to Robert Bresson's Mouchette and Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves. Read on to learn more about them. Crash (#1059) out Dec 1 For this icily erotic fusion of flesh and machine, David Cronenberg adapted J. G. Ballard’s future-shock novel of the 1970s into one of the most singular and provocative films of the 1990s. A traffic collision involving a disaffected commercial producer, James (James Spader), and an

Shivers is the Pick of the Week

David Cronenberg's highly underrated directorial debut top a new week of interesting releases.
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If you ask any true film buff who's the master of "Body Horror", and they tell you it's the legendary David Cronenberg, then I'll will 100% agree with you. I think that Cronenberg, more any director, has successfully showcased how we've fully lost control of our bodies, and how they can turn on you in an instant. Many will say that their favorite films by the icon include Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers, and The Dead Zone. As much as I love those films, my pick would have to be his 1975 disturbing (and disgusting) shocker SHIVERS (aka They Came

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Announces 'V for Vendetta' Arriving on 4K UHD November 3

An electrifying story of an everyday woman in futuristic Britain who becomes the unlikely accomplice of a mysterious freedom fighter in his radical effort to rid the country of oppression.
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Press release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that DC’s V for Vendetta, 2005’s thought-provoking action thriller from the creators of The Matrix trilogy, will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD on November 3rd, 2020. From producer Joel Silver, V for Vendetta was written and produced by the Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy), and stars Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving. The film was directed by James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin). V for Vendetta is an electrifying story of an everyday woman in futuristic Britain who becomes the unlikely accomplice of a mysterious freedom fighter in his

Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder Comes to Theaters on October 19th and 20th

NEON will partner with Fathom Events to bring remastered Memories of Murder to the big screen.
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Press release: NEON is excited to announce they will be releasing Memories of Murder, from Academy Award winning director, Bong Joon Ho. The digitally remastered film will be in theaters nationwide October 19th and October 20th for a two night limited theatrical engagement in partnership with Fathom Events. The special presentation of the film will include exclusive content plus a post-screening conversation with Bong Joon Ho and celebrated filmmaker Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Hot Fuzz). Memories of Murder tells the harrowing true story of the hunt for a sadistic serial rapist and murderer terrorizing a

The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection is the Pick of the Week

A new 4K collection of four Hitchcock classics headlines a new week of solid releases.
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What else can be mentioned about the legendary Alfred Hitchcock that hasn't already been so? There are so many reasons why he remains the Master of Suspense. His immense attention to detail; the way he set up scenes and their payoff; how he treated his actors; how he storyboarded every film he ever made; how he was able to craft tensions and suspense; and how he influenced a generation of filmmakers that are still asking themselves, "What would Hitchcock do?" This week, Universal Home Entertainment brings four of his greatest thrillers/films to 4K UHD for the first time ever in

Announcing the 36th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival - September 24 to October 31

Highlights include: World Premiere of THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME and U.S. Premiere of THE PAPER TIGERS.
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Press release: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), presented annually by Visual Communications (VC), announced that the 36th edition of the Festival will take place online from September 24 to October 31, 2020. Originally slated to take place in May 2020, the Festival postponed its in-person spring presentation due to COVID-19, and shifted to present the first Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Virtual Showcase. The organization felt it was important to showcase Asian American and Pacific Islander stories during that time, due to the rise in anti-Asian American sentiment and violence. VC continues to move forward, and

Beetlejuice 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

Tim Burton's 1988 horror comedy classic makes its 4K UHD debut, among other releases this week.
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Usually, most films about dead people are serious, bleak, and grim as all get out. However, there are those that make fun of the deceased, while not taking themselves too seriously. There's Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and Return of the Living Dead, among others, that have become classics in their own right. But I think my favorite has to be Beetlejuice, Tim Burton's deliciously morbid comedy classic that both celebrates the dead and also mocks them in a loving way. Obviously, everyone by the now knows the plot of the film, but I do have to mention it a

'Ronnie Wood: Somebody Up There Likes Me' Virtual Cinema Starts September 18, 2020

A film tracing his 50-year journey.
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Press release: Eagle Rock Entertainment proudly presents the first in-depth film biography of iconic musician Ronnie Wood with the release of Somebody Up There Likes Me. An official selection at both the Tribeca Film Festival 2020 and the BFI London Film Festival 2019, the film (by acclaimed director Mike Figgis) will be available in North America as a Virtual Cinema release starting September 18 at www.ronniewoodmovie.com, running through October. This will be followed by a DVD, Blu-ray and deluxe hardback book release on October 9. Pre-orders are available now. Those who purchase a ticket ($11) will also be treated to

5-Movie Collection from the Written Works of Stephen King Blu-ray Set Arrives September 15

These five films offer perfect entertainment for Halloween
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Press release: Prepare for terrifying suspense and bone-chilling thrills with this new 5-Movie Collection arriving on Blu-ray September 15, 2020. Based on the written works of Stephen King, these five films offer perfect entertainment for Halloween: Pet Sematary (1989), Pet Sematary (2019), Stephen King’s The Stand, The Dead Zone, and Stephen King’s Silver Bullet. Pet Sematary (1989) Written for the screen by Stephen King and based on his iconic bestseller, director Mary Lambert’s thrilling Pet Sematary electrified audiences upon its release. When tragedy strikes, a grief-stricken father sets off a perilous chain of events that unleashes unfathomable evil in this

Chris Stapleton Returns with New Album 'Starting Over' out November 13

Across its fourteen tracks are songs that examine life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles.
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Press release: Starting Over, the highly anticipated new studio album from Chris Stapleton, is out November 13 on Mercury Records Nashville and is now available for pre-order. Written by Stapleton and Mike Henderson, “Starting Over” begins an album of startling prescience—completed in late February only days before the shutdown began. Across its fourteen tracks are songs that examine life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles. Alongside eleven written by Stapleton with both longtime friends and new collaborators are three carefully chosen covers: John Fogerty’s “Joy Of My Life” and Guy Clark’s “Worry B Gone” and “Old Friends.” The resulting album—both

'Icons of Darkness', An Exhibition from the Largest Private Collection of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Memorabilia, at The Montalbán Starting in September

Screen-used artifacts, life-like replicas, and never-before-seen props amassed by Rich Correll create immersive public experience with COVID-19 precautions.
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Press release: This fall, beheaded beasts, blood-gushing villains, 14-foot aliens, and the world’s most beloved blockbuster heroes will converge on Los Angeles for an immersive entertainment experience. Icons of Darkness (IOD) will premiere at The Montalbán in partnership with TV actor, writer, producer, and director Richard “Rich” Correll. One of the most extensive, privately owned collections of its kind, IOD will offer cinematic buffs, sci-fi fans, cosplay enthusiasts, and horror aficionados a walking tour of props, artifacts, and memorabilia from movies spanning almost 100 years of Hollywood history. Hundreds of films will be represented, including Frankenstein, The Exorcist, Star Wars,

Toni is the Pick of the Week

An offbeat, underrated character drama from one of the all-time greatest directors starts off a new week of releases.
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When discussing the legendary Jean Renoir, you're talking about one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. His films were noted for their humanity and strong romanticism that continues to be renowned by famous directors such as Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, Wes Anderson, and Paul Thomas Anderson, among others. He was brilliant at making films about different subject matter, whether it was critiquing the French class (The Rules of the Game), war (Grand Illusion), or film noir (La bete Humaine), he proved that he could really do anything. And with his 1935 portrait of everyday French society,

Time Life Releases The Best of Cher on September 15, 2020

From the sequined '70s to the rockin' '90s, Cher's story unfolds across nine sparkling discs packed with music, classic comedy and fabulous outfits.
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Press release: From Hollywood to Vegas and all around the world, no one has continued to delight us, surprise us, and entertain us like Cher. And she's not done yet! For the first time ever, all the spectacular highlights of Cher's remarkable career are together in one electrifying collection: THE BEST OF CHER, available on September 15 from the classic TV DVD experts at Time Life. Cher initially rose to stardom as part of a singing act with then husband Sonny Bono in the 1960s, hitting No. 1 with the single "I Got You Babe" before they starred together on

Criterion Announces November 2020 Releases

Cinephiles will be giving thanks this November.
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This November, film fans can stuff themselves with these new Criterion Collection offerings. They are Claudia Weill's Girlfriends, Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck, Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, and Essential Fellini, a massive 14-disc Blu-ray set. Read on to learn more about them. Girlfriends (#1055) out Nov 10 When her best friend and roommate abruptly moves out to get married, Susan (Melanie Mayron), trying to become a gallery artist while making ends meet as a bar mitzvah photographer on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, finds herself adrift in both life and love. Could a

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