The death of American director Richard Rush has been announced - he died on April 8th, and leaves behind him a legacy of some of the most idiosyncratic films on a variety of resources of any filmmaker. He will be best known for the Oscar-nominated The Stunt Man, a highly eccentric musing about his profession and God, packed with action and weird humour, with a terrific performance by Peter O'Toole.
But while that was his favourite of his work, Rush had more than that in his filmography, starting out with a teen movie, Too Soon to Love, then a "daring" incest romance, Of Love and Desire, before finding his groove with counterculture flicks like the Jack Nicholson-starring Hell's Angels on Wheels and Psych-Out, biker effort The Savage Seven and studio student pic Getting Straight with Elliott Gould. Freebie and the Bean was an outrageously over the top cop comedy now reviled for its lack of taste (and embraced too, in some quarters), then The Stunt Man should have opened up new opportunities, but did not - his last was erotic thriller The Color of Night, which was generally considered ludicrous, but like most of his output became a cult movie. While Rush never had quite the career he deserved, we should be glad he was able to have any career at all, and treasure it.
[13 Apr 2021 at 10:44]
Last Action Hero on 4K UHD
It must have turned a profit by now
High-octane adventure movie LAST ACTION HERO, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator franchise, The Expendables), is available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD on May 17 courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Also starring Anthony Quinn (Zorba The Greek), Charles Dance (Gosford Park, TV's Game of Thrones), F. Murray Abraham (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Amadeus) and Tom Noonan (TV's The Leftovers), the LAST ACTION HERO follows young Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien), a lonely 11-year-old boy who escapes from his bleak reality by watching the action adventure movies of his favorite film character, Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). When his best friend, Nick the projectionist, gives him a special ticket to the new Slater film, Danny is magically transported into Jack's world, where the good guys always win. Danny becomes his helper as Jack battles a trio of nefarious bad guys, Benedict (Charles Dance), Vivaldi (Anthony Quinn) and The Ripper (Tom Noonan). But things get out of hand when Benedict steals Danny's magic ticket stub and transports himself into the real world, where crime can, and often does, pay. Jack and Danny must leave fictional Los Angeles for real-life New York and battle the villains without the aid of movie magic or stuntmen.
[12 Apr 2021 at 23:32]
Khalid: Free Spirit
Got the music in him
From multi-platinum recording artist Khalid and award-winning music video director Emil Nava comes the companion film to Khalid's platinum album of the same name, KHALID: FREE SPIRIT. The film is now available to Download & Keep and to Rent on Digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
A direct creative parallel to Khalid's platinum album FREE SPIRIT, Khalid and award-winning music video director Emil Nava expanded on Khalid's lyrics and artistry on the album to create a visual story of love, loss and the pain of growing up.
Starring Khalid Robinson, Dizzy Fae, Judah Lang, Jahking Guillory, Estefania Preciado, Bianca Leonor Quinones, Maverick McConnell, Diamond White and Ed Gathegi.
[12 Apr 2021 at 23:30]
We Still Say Grace
Amen to A-maniac
Say your prayers as bone chilling new horror We Still Say Grace is set to put the fear of god in you. From directors Brad Helmink and John Rauschelbach (The Lodge), this terrifying horror premieres in the UK on 3 May 2021 courtesy of 101 Films.
Hollywood mainstay Bruce Davison (X-Men, Those Who Kill) gives a deliciously dark turn as religious fanatic Harold, a god-fearing family man who lives with his down-trodden wife and teenage daughters in a remote farmhouse, as far away as possible from the sin filled world and civilisation, where he rules his household with an iron fist. The older she gets, the more daughter Maggie (Holly Taylor- The Americans, Manifest) begins to question her father's rules and rituals and is desperate to live a normal life.
When three young men break down near the house, they go in search of help... and their dream road trip soon becomes an unimaginable nightmare... as they stumble upon this seemingly happy family home that houses dark secrets. They are soon sucked into a wicked world of saints and sinners.
Intrigued by the guests, Maggie starts to develop a strong connection with one of the boys, could they be the opportunity to escape she so desperately wants? But as things start to spiral out of control, Harold isn't prepared to relinquish his powerful grip, and tensions build between the family and the new arrivals.
Lionsgate UK will release WILD MOUNTAIN THYME on all major UK digital retailers on April 30th, and in cinemas in the Republic of Ireland this Summer.
From Oscar-, Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and director John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), WILD MOUNTAIN THYME captures the romance, lyricism and transcendent beauty of the Irish countryside in an extraordinary love story between two lonely souls. Passionate, determined and smart, Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has been in love with her neighbour Anthony Reilly (Jamie Dornan) since they were 10 years old. It seems that everyone in their farming community knows they were meant for each other - except Anthony.
An eccentric introvert, Anthony has spent his entire life working on the family farm alongside his father Tony (Christopher Walken). The aging Tony blindsides Anthony with his plan to sell the farm to Adam (Jon Hamm), his wealthy American nephew, because he doubts his son has what it takes to run it. And when Adam comes to visit, his obvious interest in Rosemary complicates the situation further.
With everything that's important to him about to slip through his fingers, Anthony has to move quickly, but a series of losses and his own certainty that he is unlovable leaves his future - and Rosemary's - in doubt. Filled with Ireland's glorious vistas, poetic spirit and acerbic wit, WILD MOUNTAIN THYME draws on Shanley's Irish roots for a comedic and moving once-upon-a-time romance.
WILD MOUNTAIN THYME is written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck) based on his stage play Outside Mullingar. The film stars Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place, Mary Poppins Returns), Jamie Dornan (Anthropoid, The Fall), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Hairspray), Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver) and Dearbhla Molloy (Coronation Street, Uncle Vanya). Producers are Leslie Urdang (Beginners, Adam), Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Foxcatcher), Alex Witchel, Martina Niland (Sing Street, Once), Michael A. Helfant (The Call, Very Bad Things) and Bradley Gallo (Them That Follow, Mr. Right). Be amazed at the trailer above.
Something to look forward to - in Hammerscope or otherwise
There's something for everyone this May, with our diverse selection ranging from classic comedy The Playboy of the Western World, swashbuckling adventure starring Christopher Lee, The Devil-Ship Pirates, to tense drama Behind the Mask, which stars Vanessa Redgrave in her film debut, to the eighth volume in the Look at Life documentary series.
The Playboy of the Western World
Featuring stunning cinematography by multiple Oscar-winner Geoffrey Unsworth and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, this legendary comedy is out in May as a shiny Blu-ray transfer.
Behind the Mask
Michael Redgrave gives a striking performance as a distinguished surgeon in this engrossing medical drama from director Brian Desmond Hurst, remastered in brand-new HD.
Look at Life: Volume 8 People and Places
Back by popular demand, this eagerly awaited DVD release features over 100 archive editions of the landmark documentary series produced by the Rank Organisation for the cinemas.
The Devil-Ship Pirates
Sir Christopher Lee memorably stars as an evil Spanish pirate in this action-packed 60s adventure drama from Hammer Films, stylishly directed by Don Sharp and restored in its as-exhibited Hammerscope theatrical aspect ratio.
Elysian Film Group Distribution announces the new Studio Ghibli feature film animation EARWIG AND THE WITCH, directed by Goro Miyazaki (FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, TALES FROM EARTHSEA), will arrive in UK and Irish cinemas from 28 May 2021. The film is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones (HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE) and marks Studio Ghibli's first entirely 3DCG animated feature. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki with planning from Miyazaki's father, the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO), EARWIG AND THE WITCH is the third solo feature from Goro Miyazaki which tells the story of a courageous young orphan forced to live with a selfish witch. Watch the UK trailer now.
The English language dub version of the film will feature the voices of Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park, Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Kacey Musgraves ("Golden Hour", "Same Trailer Different Park") and Dan Stevens (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, FX's Legion), and introducing Taylor Paige Henderson as "Earwig". In addition to her debut voice acting role as "Earwig's Mother," six-time Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves will also record the English language version of the film's theme song, "Don't Disturb Me."
Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.
Young readers can also discover the magical story of EARWIG AND THE WITCH by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl's Moving Castle, Charmed Life). The book has been re-printed to tie in with the UK release of the film and it is available now in paperback via Harper Collins.
From the team behind the acclaimed series GOMMORAH, comes the must-watch drama ZEROZEROZERO available to buy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download from 12 April 2021.
Based on the investigative book by best-selling author Robert Saviano, Gabriel Byrne, Dane DeHaan and Andrea Riseborough star in this gripping eight-part crime drama about the international cocaine trade and its consequences.
The series follows the journey of a cocaine shipment from the narcos in Mexico to a powerful Italian cartel via an American shipping company. An epic power struggle begins, involving everyone from the corner dealers up to the heads of international organised crime, and as the dramatic conclusion approaches, their lives and livelihoods all hang in the balance.