Die Hard Turns 30

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buy Lyrica online overnight Coming Attractions/News:

Tastylia France Mary Queen of Scots – Trailer
Neill Blomkamp to Direct Robocop Sequel
Timothee CHalamet in talks to star in Denis Villeneuve

New Movies

clopidogrel hexal 75 mg Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – While on a vacation with his family, Count Dracula makes a romantic connection.

Skyscraper – A father goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper.

Undisputed Classic

Die Hard – John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Top Five – Movie Fish

1988

Die Hard (Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman): John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

A Fish Called Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline): In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

The Dead Pool (Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Liam Neeson): Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target.

Track 29 (Theresa Russell, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd): A doctor’s wife tires of his obsession with model trains, and spends her days wondering about the son she gave up for adoption at birth. While eating at a roadside café, she encounters a British hitchhiker, who turns out to be her son. They spend time together trying to find a bond. The son begins to hate the husband, and the wife begins worrying about the safety of her husband and his train set.

It Takes Two (George Newbern, Leslie Hope): In Texas, the naive Travis Rogers quits his job to marry his beloved Stephanie “Stephi” Lawrence and work with his father-in-law.

Next Week: Equalizer 2, Mamma Mia 2, Unfriended 2. Our Classic is Children of Men and our top five is Male Action Hero’s you think you can beat up

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

Coming Attractions/News:

Inappropriate Incredibles 2 Review

New Movies

Ant-man and the Wasp – As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

The First Purge – After the rise of a third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, an experiment is conducted, no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one must stay during the experiment yet there is $5,000 for anyone who does.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.

Borg vs McEnroe – The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.

Undisputed Classic

Society – An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

Top Five – Fucked Up Deaths

1988

License To Drive (Corey Haim, Corey Feldman): A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver’s test.

Short Circuit 2 (Tim Blaney, Fisher Stevens): Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.

Arthur 2: On the Rocks (Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli): Arthur loses all his money, and his wife wants a baby.

Phantasm II (Angus Scrimm, James LeGros): Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work.

Next Week: Skyscraper, Hotel Transylvania 3. The Undisputed Classic: Die Hard, Top Five: Movie Fish

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We Fans of Star Wars…

Coming Attractions/News:

Beautiful Boy – Trailer
Mandy – Trailer
Star Wars Declaration

New Movies

Sicario 2 – The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.

Uncle Drew – After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one. After a successful five years as a fan-favorite digital episodic series, originally conceived by Pepsi, UNCLE DREW, will hit theaters June 29, 2018. UNCLE DREW is a Summit Entertainment release produced by Temple Hill in association with PepsiCo’s Creators League Studios.

Escape Plan 2 – Sequel to the 2013 film that featured a security expert named Ray Breslin, who used his skills to test out the reliability of maximum security prisons.

Undisputed Classic

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Top Five – Assassins or Hitmen

1988

Coming To America (Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, John Landis): An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.

A Handful of Dust (James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas): The wife’s affair and a death in the family hasten the demise of an upper-class English marriage.

Da (Martin Sheen, Barnard Hughes, William Hickey): A New York playwright is summoned to Ireland to bury his father (his “Da”). While at his boyhood home, he encounters his father’s spirit and relives memories both pleasant and not.

Next Week: The First Purge, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Undisputed Classic: Society Top Five Craziest Deaths

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Coming Attractions/News:

Creed 2 Trailer
The hate U Give – Trailer
Star Wars Movies Cancelled
Linda Hamilton is not going to save The Terminator

New Movies

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

The Catcher Was a Spy – A major league baseball player, Moe Berg, lives a double life working for the Office of Strategic Services.

Zen Dog – Trapped by daily routine, a man experiences complete freedom by dreaming himself across the country in a psychedelic Volkswagen with the guiding words of philosopher Alan Watts.

Undisputed Classic

Cujo – Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Top Five – Animated SuperHero Films

1988

Who Framed Roger Rabbit – A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit’s only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Next Week: Sicario, Uncle Drew. Undisputed Classic – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Top Five – Hitmen or Assassins.

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Incredibles 2

Coming Attractions/News:

First Look at Wonder Woman Part 2

New Movies

Incredibles 2 – Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

Tag – A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

SuperFly – With his sights set on retiring, a successful young drug dealer sets up one last big deal.
Undisputed Classic
SuperFly – The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

Top Five – Animated SuperHero Films

1988

Bull Durham (Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins): A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

The Great Outdoors (John Candy, Dan Aykroyd): A Chicago man’s hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Red Heat (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi, Walter Hill): A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.
Waxwork (Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, David Warner): A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.

Next Week: Jurassic World, Cujo, Top Five Animals that are Monsters.

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Hereditary – The Hype is Real Says 2 Out of 3 of Us

Coming Attractions/News:

A Star is Born – Trailer
Halloween – Trailer
Serenity – Trailer
Operation Finale – Trailer
Bad TImes at the El Royale – Trailer

New Movies

Ocean’s 8 – Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

Hereditary – When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

Hotel Artemis – Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, ‘Hotel Artemis’ follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

Undisputed Classic
Out of Sight – A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.

Top Five – Cast of Ocean’s 8

1988

Big Business – In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family just passing through. The dizzy nurse on duty accidentally mixes the twins unbeknown to the parents. Our story flashes forward to the 1980s where the mismatched sets of twins are about to cross paths following a big business deal to closedown the Jupiter Hollow factory.

Poltergeist III – Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a high-rise building, where the supernatural forces haunting her make their return.

The Presidio – A San Francisco civilian police detective is forced to work on a series of murders with his former enemy commanding officer while dating his daughter.

Stars and Bars – A British art expert travels across America in order to purchase a rare Renoir painting in the South but comes across some crazy characters in the process.

Next Week: Superfly, Tag and Incredibles 2. Top Five: Animated Superhero films. Undisputed Classic: Superfly

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Poltergeist III (or How I Learned to Start Worrying About Death)

 

One of the more infamous yet unremarkable film anniversaries took place this past weekend in the form of Poltergeist III.  Released in June of 1988, roughly four months after the death of its’ star Heather O’Rourke, the film itself contributes little to the pantheon of cinema history.  However, its mere existence and the fervor surrounding her death caused quite the stir in this guy’s life.  Combined with the feelings I had for this weekend’s new release Hereditary, I felt compelled to share another tale of how I’ve been shaped, in part, by movies throughout my life.

The original Poltergeist, one of my ten favorite films, introduced Carol Anne and the phrase “They’re here” to the world.  I’ve experienced that movie as a child, a teen, a young adult, a parent, and now as a forty-something.  Few films have the ability to get better over time, but that’s one that somehow improved without changing a thing.  Most notably, though, director Tobe Hooper and writer/producer Steven Spielberg did such an amazing job of showcasing the Reagan-era parents of the time as fallible and routinely clueless, yet still somehow devoted.  The film acts as a relic of recent history, and warned the Baby Boomers that if they didn’t pay attention, a literal (or figurative) hole would open up in the earth and swallow their possessions, their house, and their kids.  Spielberg and Hooper knew what they were saying.  My parents were much like Steve and Diane Freeling, and I was much like Robbie or Carol Anne- so when I saw the film at the ripe age of four (!!), I sensed the understanding that yes, my parents would also save me from the child-eating tree.  I had nothing to fear except, well, my closet opening up and sucking me in.

The sequel (Poltergeist II: The Other Side) is fine, and gave 7-year-old me a handful of scares, but it certainly doesn’t measure up to the original, and had little impact on my life (save for a hesitance to drink tequila worms).  This second sequel, though, lacks the cohesive story of the first, the campy gore of the second, and well, is missing most of the Freeling family.  For reasons I can only assume have to do with a dearth of ideas and/or contractual obligations demands, this film has no Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, or Oliver Robins.  Veteran actors Tom Skerritt and Nancy Allen play Carol Anne’s uncle and aunt, and their apartment is up in a Chicago high-rise.  For whatever reason, Steve and Diane feel it is now safe to let their daughter out of their site.  Obviously, that follows as a poor decision.  Kane, other-worldly villain behind the whole trilogy, has no problem following Carol Anne, and you can imagine what ensues.

Again, Poltergeist III as a film is completely forgettable.  What sticks with me is how I felt following the death of Heather O’Rourke.  In 2018, it would only be a matter of minutes before a good portion of the population knew of a celebrity’s death, but in June of 1988, shortly after the new film’s release, I knew nothing of O’Rourke’s passing.  I visited my grandmother one day, and upon her kitchen table I very clearly remember a People magazine cover with the headline “Heather O’Rourke’s Mom: My child didn’t have to die”, and a small photo of the 12-year old actress.  My heart sank to the floor.  9-year-old me, who had experienced the light pain of losing an unborn sister the year before (per my parents’ explanation), finally realized that even kids can die.

Oh sure, I should never have been so naive, and if I had just done some reading, I’d have been keen to mortality much earlier.  Child Me just felt there was something so wrong about “God letting Carol Anne die”, and even the need for the studio to proceed with the film’s release even though it was clear that cast and crew had been shaken.  I remember saying a little ‘prayer’ of sorts that night for Miss O’Rourke, probably along the lines of “I hope you stay safe up there” and “please look out for me”.  She was just an angel to me- that sister I never got to protect, and she was gone.

It was at that point in time when I started to wonder if what adults told me was actually true.  After all, as her mother Kathleen O’Rourke pointed out in that 1988 People article, if physicians can misdiagnose someone to the point where they died, how could I trust them?  The kid that was already mortified of needles?  I was surely a goner if I ever went back to the doctor.  Furthermore, if Carol Anne, the child whose parents risked their own lives to save, could actually die, how strong could that bond have been?  Would my parents give up on me if I was taken?  Were there real-life people like the Kane of this series?  For a good time thereafter, I no longer felt infallible.  I no longer felt that I could be anything I wanted to be.

As you can see, 9-year-old me was never quite clear where the line was to be drawn between story and reality.  One always informed the other.  On the other hand, her passing eventually provided a valuable, long-lasting lesson to me- to always hold close that which you find dear.  A standard, if not difficult illness like Crohn’s Disease (O’Rourke’s original diagnosis) could take a turn, and you could find a loved one, or yourself, in real danger.  This has all evened out, of course.  Maturity, time, and experience have helped draw the line between the anxiety of death and the acceptance of mortality.  It was the Poltergeist franchise, of all things, that provided the stark and visual definitions of safety and danger for me.  Most films simply mark time, never leaving an imprint.  As the third film in this franchise turns 30, as unmemorable as it may be, it does help serve as a precious reminder to value this life, and to never, ever give up on those that you love.

 

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Big Turns 30

Coming Attractions/News:

Peppermint – Trailer
Suspiria Remake – Trailer

New Movies

Adrift – Based on the true story of survival, a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Upgrade – Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.

Action Point – A daredevil designs and operates his own theme park with his friends.

The Rider – After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Undisputed Classic
The Poseidon Adventure – A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

Top Five – Jackass characters

1988

1) Big (Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Penny Marshall): After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

2) Funny Farm (Chevy Chase): A couple swap city life for the country, but their picturesque new hometown turns out to be overrun with a gauntlet of crazy inhabitants.

3) American Gothic (Yvonne De Carlo, Rod Steiger): On a lonely island in the Pacific Northwest, a group of travelers find themselves targeted by a crazed, homicidal family.

4) My Best Friend Is a Vampire (Robert Sean Leonard): After a sexual encounter with a beautiful client, a teenage delivery boy finds himself being turned into a vampire.

5) Shy People (Jil Clayburgh, Barbara Hershey): New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist’s wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families’ cultures.

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Solo: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes of Sodom

Coming Attractions/News:

Various Trailers

New Movies

Solo: A Star Wars Story – During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Fahrenheit 451 – In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young girl…and begins to rebel against society.

Best F(r)iends Volume 2 – As Sestero’s drifter makes a run for it, he finds himself on a desert expedition, where wild characters and dark foibles intersect. As his misadventure teaches him about friendship and loyalty, Wiseau’s mortician surfaces a surprise or two.

Undisputed Classic
Salo: 120 Days of Sodom – In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Top Five – Shitty Movies

1988

Rambo 3 – Rambo mounts a one man mission to rescue his friend Colonel Trautman from the clutches of the formidable invading Soviet forces in Afghanistan.

Crocodile Dundee 2 – Australian outback expert protects his New York love from gangsters who’ve followed her down under.

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Deadpool 2: Lord of the Fitbit

Coming Attractions/News:

The Happytime Murders – Red Band Trailer
Bohemian Rhapsody – Trailer
Lars Von Trier – Irresponsible Filmmaking

New Movies

Deadpool 2 – Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.

Book Club – Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.

Show Dogs – Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.

Undisputed Classic
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Top Five – Movie Props

1988

1) Willow (Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Ron Howard): A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.
2) Call Me (Patricia Charbonneau, Stephen McHattie): A journalist agrees to meet an obscene caller at a bar, and ends up witnessing a murder.

Next Week: Solo: A Star Wars Story, Top Five Shittiest Movies of all time (Figuratively or Literally) and our Undisputed Classic is Salo.

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