I’ve written in these pages on several occasions about how I’ve evolved in my opinions of comic-book movies several times over the years. You can track my feelings pretty well with each X-Men movie. When the first X-Men film came out in 2000, I knew hardly anything about the characters. I was not yet into comic books in any real way, nor interested in the movies based upon them. But there was a lot of fanboy excitement about it (and it's interesting to think about how fanboy excitement has changed in the last 17 years - now you get non-stop
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This week brings us a new Wolverine, a great wall, a socially conscious horror film, a weird French boxed set, werewolves, thugs, midwives, and more.
This is a good week for fans of war movies.
TCM presents their traditional Memorial Day Marathon, starting on Friday at 8 pm ET. Alec Baldwin and David Letterman fit in a military comedy on "The Essentials" on Saturday. Plus, more Dennis Miller hosting Creature Features, more from Star-of-the-Month Clark Gable, and a night of Grand Dame Guignol. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) - Monday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A crazed, aging star torments her sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion. Star of the Month: Clark Gable - Gone With the Wind (1939) Tuesday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Classic tale of Scarlett O'Hara's battle
The block also includes rare appearances and performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, Frankie Valli, Ray Charles, Simon & Garfunkel, and more.
Press release: Rock n’ roll rules on getTV, as the network celebrates the 30th Anniversary of LA BAMBA with a “Get Lost In TV” lineup featuring a special presentation of the 1987 classic, as well as rare appearances and performances by some of music’s most legendary artists on some of television’s most beloved variety shows, on Sunday, May 28, starting at 7:45 p.m. ET. LA BAMBA (1987)—7:45 p.m. ET Lou Diamond Phillips shines in his career-defining turn as rock n’ roll pioneer Ritchie Valens, in this critically acclaimed biopic that follows the teenage phenom from his humble beginnings in Pacoima,
New additions for your wishlist.
As summer winds down, the Criterion Collection is releasing five titles in August to give folks an excuse to go inside and beat the heat. New to the collection are are also releasing Michael Curtiz' The Breaking Point, Mike Leigh’s Meantime, and Sacha Guitry's La poison. High-def upgrades are being provided to Ronald Neame's Hopscotch and Alex Cox's Sid & Nancy. Read on to learn more about them. The Breaking Point (#889) out Aug 8 Michael Curtiz brings a master skipper’s hand to the helm of this thriller, Hollywood’s second crack at Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not. John
A pretty slow week brings us zombies, mummys, Martians, Ozu and the return of Xander Cage.
When I was a boy, I was what they would nowadays call a gamer. It started with a little Texas Instruments device my father bought when I was maybe six years old. It had a little keyboard and a place to insert cartridges to play some very rudimentary games. A year or two later, we got an Atari 2600 and I was completely hooked. In 1985, the first Nintendo Entertainment System came out and I played it nearly every waking hour. My brother used to taunt me about it calling me a “Nintendo Nerd” or “NN” for short. He was
A look at what's playing this week.
This week on TCM David Letterman continues his appearances on "The Essentials", Dennis Miller presents another night of Creature Features, and fans gets another night featuring Star-of-the-Month Clark Gable. There are also themed nights that focus on films made by brothers, starring Frances Dee, and more from the year 1967. Grey Gardens (1976) - Monday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Documentary of a reclusive mother and her daughter who created their own world in their mansion known as "Grey Gardens". Star of the Month: Clark Gable - China Seas (1935) Tuesday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A sea
Encore presentation will air on sister network TCM.
Press release: Following the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton on June 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Turner's TNT will televise the celebration as a one-hour special, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton, premiering Thursday, June 15, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). Sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will then encore the special on Monday, July 31, during a night of programming dedicated to Keaton's work. This marks the fifth year the Emmy-winning AFI special has aired on Turner networks. In addition to the encore presentations of the special, TCM's July 31 tribute
Time Life Will Release the Groundbreaking Variety Show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Series
A deluxe complete series collector's set available for the very first time for its landmark 50th anniversary.
Press release: Named by TV Guide as one of the "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time," Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, was also one of the most groundbreaking. A fast moving barrage of rapid-fire one-liners, on-going sketches, musical numbers and hilarious social and political satire, it was an instant hit following its NBC prime-time debut in 1968. Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, the unique variety series - a psychedelic take-off of a '60s-style happening - perfectly captured the spirit of an era, launched the careers of many a comic actor and writer and fed a new generation's conversations
This week brings us Michael Mann's heist classic, girls in prison, serial killers, mutants and much more.
Though they’ve both delved into self parody over the last decade or two, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro will go down in history as two of the greatest actors to ever be filmed. Surprisingly, they’ve only appeared together on screen once (The Godfather, Part II doesn’t count as they don’t share any screen time) in Michael Mann’s 1995 thriller Heat. It's a great film with great performances all around. De Niro plays the mastermind of a professional heist crew that stick to a strict moral code. Pacino is the cop chasing him down. Though it has some nice action
Returns to big screens nationwide for 40th Anniversary as part of TCM Big Screen Classics series.
Press release: The summer of 1977 might be best known for a certain intergalactic adventure, but across the country the other summertime smash combined three things America couldn’t get enough of: Burt Reynolds, CB radio, and Coors beer. Forty years later, Smokey and the Bandit makes its way back to movie screens nationwide for two days only on Sunday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time) as part of the year-long TCM Big Screen Classics series from Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events. This screening will also include specially-produced commentary from TCM host
For those planning their week.
This week on TCM David Letterman continues to talk with Alec Baldwin about "The Essentials", Dennis Miller returns to host another night of Creature Features, and fans gets another night featuring Star-of-the-Month Clark Gable. There are themed nights about cattle drives, models, the year 1967, and Mother's Day. The Far Country (1955) - Monday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Two cowboys on the road to Alaska help a wagon train in trouble. Star of the Month: Clark Gable - Possessed (1931) Tuesday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A factory girl rises to the top as mistress of a
Available in stores and online wherever games are sold October 2017.
Press release: Mondo and USAopoly are excited to announce the release and share a sneak peek at the design for The Thing Infection at Outpost 31, the first board game collaboration with USAopoly's designer games division, Project Raygun. The regular version of the game will be in stores and online nationwide this October, and a limited edition Mondo exclusive version will be available at MondoTees.com. An alien lifeform has infiltrated a bleak and desolate Antarctic research station assimilating other organisms and then imitating them. In the hidden identity game The Thing Infection at Outpost 31, you will relive John Carpenter's
This week's new releases include a Studio Ghibli-esque animated film, the director's cut of Gene Siskel's favorite movie, a big boxed set of some cult classics and much more.
I’ve been writing this column for almost three years now. That’s roughly 156 picks of the week. Yet, I’m still not entirely sure why I pick some films. Or rather what is it that makes me (or anyone) think I’ll like certain films over others? Some weeks include films that I’ve seen and love. Some weeks have films released in special packages. But I’d say the majority of my picks are films that I’ve not seen but are very much interested in. The question becomes what makes me want to see one film more than another? What makes me pick
NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records Announce Prince's Purple Rain Deluxe and Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded Edition)
Set for release on June 23, the pre-order offers instant grat track of the previously unreleased studio version of "Electric Intercourse".
Press release: NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records announce the 2017 release of Prince's Academy Award and GRAMMY Award-winning, RIAA diamond-certified masterpiece Purple Rain in new Deluxe and Deluxe - Expanded Edition formats on June 23, 2017. A special fan pre-order goes live on Friday, April 28 and unlocks an instant grat download of the previously unreleased "Electric Intercourse." Recorded in 1983 and heard only in its live incarnations, this marks the very first time fans will experience the studio version of this song. The two-CD Purple Rain Deluxe set includes the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original
Featuring a dose of David Letterman.
This week TCM gets a visit from David Letterman as Alec Baldwin takes the reins of "The Essentials" and Dennis Miller shines a spotlight on Creature Features. There is also a 100th Birthday Tribute to Danielle Darrieux, Clark Gable is the Star of the Month, and Noir Alley continues. 100th Birthday Tribute: Danielle Darrieux - The Rage of Paris (1938) - Monday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A penniless woman sets out to snare a rich husband. Star of the Month: Clark Gable - It Happened One Night (1934) Tuesday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A newspaperman tracks
This week brings us a new musical, an immortal monster, several Valerian Borowczyk films, a Japanese film about noodles, and more.
Every few years, it seems, Hollywood will make a new musical. It will catch on like gangbusters and a slew of think pieces will come out raving about how audiences are finally, once again, ready to enjoy musicals like they did in the old days. Then just as quickly it all dies down and we go back to watching another reboot, another sequel, another damn Transformers movie. La La Land is the latest musical in this feeble attempt to revive the genre. It stars Emma Stone as an aspiring actress and Ryan Gosling as a struggling jazz pianist. They fall
David Letterman, Tina Fey, and William Friedkin set to join as special guests, premiering May 6.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that Emmy-winner and Oscar-nominee Alec Baldwin will host The Essentials, TCM’s popular franchise showcasing “must see” classic films. Joining Baldwin each week throughout the season will be one of three special guests: late-night television icon David Letterman; acclaimed actress, writer, and comedian Tina Fey, and legendary filmmaker William Friedkin. Together, Baldwin and his guests will introduce a hand-picked classic and offer color commentary on its cultural significance, its influence on other films, behind-the-scenes stories and their own personal reflections. The new season of The Essentials, which airs every Saturday night, premieres May
This week brings us a film about McDonalds, a Studio Ghibli TV movie, James McAvoy playing a bunch of different characters in one film and much more.
It is not exactly controversial for me to say I hate McDonald's. I’d go as far to say I loathe them. Their burgers are small and unappetizing. Their chicken is bland; their fish is gross. Even their fries - supposedly the one thing they do really well - I find rather boring, and too salty. Yet, I still occasionally eat there. When I’m on the Interstate, and hungry, sometimes I’ll stop at a McDonald's if there is nothing else at the exit. Or if one of their restaurants sit next to the hotel I’m staying at, I’ll walk over rather
How many are you gonna pick up?
To help with summer-vacation budgets, the Criterion Collection is only releasing four titles in July. Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy (Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero) gets a high-def upgrade. In addition, they are also releasing Robert Bresson's L’argent, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, and Albert Brooks' Lost in America. Read on to learn more about them. Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy (#500) out July 11 Roberto Rossellini is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. And it was with his trilogy of films made during and after World War II—Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero—that he left
You can keep the prize pack or share with friends.
Cinema Sentries has teamed up with COMET TV to award one lucky reader a Mystery Science Theater 3000 prize pack. As seen above, the giveaway includes two limited Edition MST3K Pint Glasses (you can only get these glasses in this pack), a Moon stress ball, and a custom MST3K flyer. COMET TV is an American digital broadcast television network that focuses on science fiction and other genre fare. It is available over the air, on cable, streaming for free online and now on ROKU and APPLE TV! To find in your area, vist their website. Select programming for the rest
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This week TCM gets a visit from guest programmer William Daniel, and shines a spotlight on Claude Rains in the '30s. There are also themed nights of programming under the headings of "Post-War Melodrama", "U-Boats", and "Thinly Veiled Bios". 1776 (1972) - Monday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) The founding fathers struggle to draft the Declaration of Independence Gentleman Jim (1942) Tuesday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Fanciful biography of 19th-century boxing champion Jim Corbett. The Invisible Man (1933) Wednesday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) A scientist's experiments with invisibility turn him into a madman. On The
Featuring debut of Class and all-new bonus feature Becoming the Companion.
Press release: Tickets are now available for the Fathom Events presentation of BBC AMERICA’s “Doctor Who: Season 10 Premiere,” playing in movie theaters nationwide for two nights only on Monday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. local time both days, following BBC AMERICA’s television premiere on Saturday, April 15 at 9/8c. In addition to the feature content, audiences will enjoy the premiere episode of the Doctor Who spinoff series Class, featuring a guest appearance by the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, and the never-before-seen bonus feature Becoming the Companion, in which fans will travel with new companion
Some nutty gangsters thought they pulled off the crime of the century...but it’s going to cost them an arm and a leg!
Press release: After a daring jewel heist, a trio of thieves hold up in an old dark house inhabited by a motley bunch of restless ghosts that only want to dispatch their new guests in the most horrible manner possible - that is if they can get to them before the spirits of an unruly group of dismembered corpses from the nearby cemetery! Shot in Philadelphia in 1962, The Dismembered claws its way out of the grave of cinematic obscurity to debut on home video for the very first time courtesy of a new HD Blu-ray from Garagehouse Pictures. The
This week brings us NASA's untold history, a mad king, some nice-looking horror collections, and much more.
If you aren’t utterly amazed by space travel, then you aren’t paying attention - especially in the early days of NASA. They worked out ridiculously complicated math problems using a pencil and a slide rule. My phone has more computing power than their big mainframes did. Some of the people doing those calculations were young African American women. Hidden Figures tell their story. It stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae as the mathematicians. It's received some good review and has done well at the box office. I’m a sucker for heart-warming historical stories and this one looks
Including the 1968 Friars’ Club Roast of Johnny Carson, and the 1971 Friars’ Club Roast of Jerry Lewis.
Press release: getTV celebrates the life and legacy of comedy king Don Rickles with a Monday night variety block highlighting some of his most memorable Friars’ Club Roasts, on Monday, April 10 starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Charmingly known as “Mr. Warmth” for his devastating wit and sharp sense of humor, Rickles quickly rose through the comedy ranks as the quintessential “insult comic,” famously catching the eye of Frank Sinatra who encouraged other celebrities to see him during his early club acts, and frequently appearing as a guest on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON. Throughout his Emmy®-winning
During this special event, audiences will also get a sneak peek at Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Get your multipasses ready, The Fifth Element fans. Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are bringing Luc Besson’s cult classic back to the big screen for two days in May to celebrate its 20th anniversary. In addition to this special 4K restoration of the film, all attendees will get a pre-recorded introduction from Besson himself about the film’s anniversary, and there will also be an exclusive look at his next feature, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. That film, which stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne, is scheduled for release on July 21. The 20th anniversary rerelease
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Press release: The guys of RiffTrax (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, of MST3K fame) take the TARDIS back to 1983 to give the full RiffTrax treatment to this well-loved feature-length episode with “RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who - The Five Doctors” in cinemas nationwide. Someone is taking the Doctor's past selves out of time and space, placing them in a vast wilderness - a battle arena with a sinister tower at its center. As the various incarnations of the Doctor join forces, they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey, where they
The Master of Suspense returns to the big screen with one of his best cliff hangers ever.
Fathom Events and TCM have the best timing. I'm spending the year watching all of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Most people only ever get to enjoy these classics on their home screens or worse yet on an iPad or laptop screen. Movies like North By Northwest were filmed to be seen on the movie screen in the dark with a crowd. I've watched more than a handful of his films so far this year but watching them in theaters feels the way they were meant to be enjoyed. North By Northwest is the latest offering and it holds up
This week brings us the latest Star Wars, a new Jim Jarmusch film, and a raunchy comedy.
I first saw Star Wars…well, I don’t actually remember the first time I saw Star Wars. That’s A New Hope I’m talking about. I was only one when it hit theaters so it wasn’t until it started showing on cable or home video that I first saw it. I do remember watching Return of the Jedi in theaters on several occasions and playing with all the action figures so by 1983, I was certainly a fan. My mother says that A New Hope used to run all the time on HBO way back when and that me and my brother
The Top 7 films at what will be my seventh time attending the festival.
One of the things I look forward to most every year is the TCM Classic Film Festival. It is a special opportunity to see classic movies on the big screen. I always try to plan my schedule with a balance of movies I have never seen plus favorites that I have never seen on the big screen. The guest speakers always play a big part of my planning as well. This is list of films I am most excited to see although it is always subject to change based on hunger, distance between theaters, and level of tiredness. The recent