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Blue Iguana Review

  • HeyUGuys
Few actors are employed to draw a crowd since the reinvention of blockbuster filmmaking, which promotes the concept or the characters way above the people playing them. However, there remains a handful of actors who can still draw a crowd. Actors whose presence tells us, this is a movie worth taking a look at.

Sam Rockwell is one of those actors. Someone who consistently chooses interesting, low-to-mid budget movies. From Moon to The Way, Way Back to Three Billboards, Rockwell’s choices seem to align with what many of us want to see.

Sadly, even Rockwell is capable of a duff choice. Even still, to discover he’s involved with a movie like Blue Iguana is still a hell of a surprise.

Eddie (Rockwell) is working in a diner. A parolee trying to keep his nose clean along with his best mate Paul (Ben Schwartz). The pair are approached by
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‘Blue Iguana’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Ben Schwartz, Phoebe Fox, Peter Ferdinando, Peter Polycarpou, Simon Callow, Frances Barber, Amanda Donohoe, Al Weaver, Glenn Wrage, Robin Hellier, Pedro Lloyd Gardiner, Andre Flynn, Perry Jaques, Anton Saunders, Vic Waghorn, Paul Chan, Martin Muncaster, Jack Silver, Tom Tunney | Written and Directed by Hadi Hajaig

Opening a crime film, an indie crime film for that matter, in a diner only screams to remind audiences of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, setting a high bar for the film to come. Which, frankly, means your film better live up to that expectation… Thankfully Blue Iguana does.

Blue Iguana, a British-American crime film, tells the story of ex-jailbirds, Eddie (Sam Rockwell) and Paul (Ben Schwartz), who are on parole, working in a New York diner… Eddie is calm and confident, whereas, Paul is loud-mouthed and impulsive. They’re a team, but their lives are at a dead-end. That is, until
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Exclusive clip from heist comedy Blue Iguana starring Sam Rockwell, Ben Schwartz and Phoebe Fox

Ahead of its UK release this Friday, we’ve got an exclusive clip from Blue Iguana, the action-packed heist comedy starring Sam Rockwell, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) and Phoebe Fox (Eye in the Sky). Check it out below…

Ex-jailbirds Eddie (Sam Rockwell) and Paul (Ben Schwartz) are on parole and working as counter-hands in a New York diner. Eddie is quiet, calm, stoical and confident. Paul is loud-mouthed, impulsive, emotional and obsessed with movies. They’re best buddies and a team, but their lives are a dead end. That is, until bookworm English lawyer Katherine Rookwood (Phoebe Fox) walks into the diner with an offer they can’t refuse for a ‘simple’ job in London.

It seems a client of Katherine’s needs a package delivery interrupted, so Eddie and Paul recruit a pair of goons to help them create a distraction and hijack the package. But things go terribly wrong and Eddie,
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Film Review: ‘Blue Iguana’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Blue Iguana’
Everyone remembers the best among the scrappy 1980s films that started American “indie film” in earnest — particularly those over-stylized, wink-wink comedies by Jim Jarmusch, Susan Seidelman, Alexandre Rockwell, and so on that were among the movement’s most influential early successes. Similarly, few could forget how much fun “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” were, revitalizing the crime-caper genre with wit and outsized directorial personality.

What we’d prefer to forget is just how many labored comedy quirkfests and effortfully wiseass capers the above films “inspired” for years afterward — wannabe movies straining for the same qualities without any original inspiration, failing to find their own voice while deliberately or unconsciously mimicking somebody else’s. The majority of these pale imitations wound up a blip on the Sundance Festival radar — if they were lucky — then were forgotten ever after.

Unfortunately, those happily buried cinematic memories come rolling back with the arrival of “Blue Iguana,
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Class of 88: Drive-In Dust Offs: The Lair Of The White Worm (1988)

When one thinks of filmmaker Ken Russell, one thinks “excessive”, “lurid”, and “over the top”. But there’s an honest to God beauty in the profane as seen through his eyes. Simply put, you can choose to experience a Russell film or ignore it, but they will always live on as messy, indulgent, yet heartfelt works. Personally, these are a few of my favorite things; and when Russell directed his flights of ripened fancy towards a piece of horror, the results could be spectacular like The Lair of the White Worm (1988), a hilarious and ribald tribute to Hammer, Aip, and Amicus.

Released just in time for Halloween in the U.S. by Vestron Pictures, Lair brought in less than its $2.5 million budget at the box office and the reviews were mixed. This was really nothing new for Russell, who by this point in the game was either revered or reviled
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Fun Trailer For Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz's Crime Comedy Blue Iguana

Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz have teamed up for a new action crime comedy called Blue Iguana and today we have a trailer for you to check out. The two actors star as a couple of small-time crooks on parole and while working at a New York diner an English lawyer walks into their lives and offers them a "simple" job to steal a rare jewel in London. They see this as a way to change their lives but as you'd expect they find themselves in way over their head.

I'll watch anything that Sam Rockwell is in, and while this doesn't look like his best work, there's still a chance that maybe it could end up being a fun film. The movie was directed by British director Hadi Hajaig and this is the synopsis:

Small time New York crooks Eddie (Sam Rockwell) and Paul (Ben Schwartz) are in over
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Sam Rockwell & Ben Schwartz in Crime Comedy 'Blue Iguana' Trailer

"Steal it back, collect the reward." Screen Media Films has debuted the official trailer for a crime comedy titled Blue Iguana, the latest film from British director Hadi Hajaig. Blue Iguana stars Ben Schwartz and Sam Rockwell as small-time crooks on parole and working in a New York diner. Their dead-end lives are soon turned upside down when an English lawyer walks into the diner with an offer they can't refuse: a "simple" job to steal a rare jewel in London. Hijinks and chaos ensue, of course. The cast includes Phoebe Fox, Simon Callow, Amanda Donohoe, Peter Ferdinando, and Anton Saunders. This looks like a really bad, wannabe Snatch that will probably be a waste of time to sit through. Watch out. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Hadi Hajaig's Blue Iguana, direct from YouTube: Small time New York crooks Eddie (Sam Rockwell) and Paul (Ben Schwartz) are in
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Vestron Video: ‘The Lair of the White Worm’ Blu-ray Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, Catherine Oxenberg, Sammi Davis, Stratford Johns, Paul Brooke, Imogen Claire, Chris Pitt, Gina McKee | Written and Directed by Ken Russell

This very British monster movie from 1988 is based on the final, unfinished novel by Bram Stoker. The book was apparently written in a state of sweaty delirium, so it’s easy to see why enfant terrible Ken Russell was drawn to it.

Starring Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi (both remarkably fresh-faced) and some dodgy regional accents, the setting is rural Derbyshire, and the enemy is a mythical giant worm that lives in a cave. Scottish archaeology student Angus (Capaldi) comes to stay in a guest house owned by the Trent sisters, Mary (Sammi Davis) and Eve (Catherine Oxenberg). After digging up the skull of an oversized reptile, he discovers that the Trents’ parents went mysteriously missing a year ago. Could these events be related?
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‘The Lair of the White Worm’ Blu-ray Review (Vestron Video)

  • Nerdly
Stars: Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, Catherine Oxenberg, Sammi Davis, Stratford Johns, Paul Brooke, Imogen Claire, Chris Pitt, Gina McKee | Written and Directed by Ken Russell

Some of the most memorable cult horror films come from eccentrics of the genre. Ken Russell was a director who left his unforgettable mark on film history, with the likes of Tommy and The Devils. In The Lair of the White Worm he creates a truly cult experience that has stayed a truly unique piece of horror entertainment.

When Angus Flint (Peter Capaldi) a Scottish archaeologist discovers a strange skull on the site of an old convent, it seems he may have discovered the remains of the d’Ampton Worm. A legendary snake-like creature killed by local landowner James D’Amton’s (Hugh Grant) ancestor, it soon vanishes. With villagers disappearing it appears that an ancient evil has been awoken once again.

Watching
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Home Entertainment: Vestron Collector’s Series ‘The Gate’, ‘The Lair of the White Worm’ & ‘Wishmaster’ Review

At the tail end of last year, Lionsgate UK released a wave of restored horror films from the bowels of Vestron Video. Vestron Video was a pioneer in home entertainment and was one of the leaders in the VHS craze of the eighties. They released an abundance of cult horror classics during their time and, though once thought lost forever to tape, some of their key titles have now been resurrected for the blu-ray generation. The first wave of releases included fully restored blu-ray conversions of Blood Diner, C.H.U.D II: Bud the Chud, Return of the Living Dead 3 and Waxwork. Today sees the release of a whole new set of movies: The Gate, The Lair of the White Worm and Wishmaster.

Available for the first time ever on blu-ray, the discs contain not only the cult films themselves, but a plethora of special materials. These range from audio commentaries,
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Lionsgate announce next 3 UK releases in the ‘Vestron Collector’s Series’

  • Nerdly
Lionsgate UK have announced the next three classic horrors to join their ongoing Vestron Collector’s Series. The Gate, The Lair of the White Worm and Wishmaster come to Blu-ray in restored and remastered editions with stacks of great additional content; and all three are available to pre-order now ahead of their February 26th release.

The Gate

When best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen’s backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones. Instead, they unearth The Gate — an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The teenagers soon understand what evil they’ve released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences. With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it’s now up to the kids to discover the secret that can lock The Gate forever… if it’s not too late.

Special Features: Audio Commentary with Director Tibor Takacs,
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Twelve Unsinkable Facts for Titanic’s 20th Anniversary

  • Cineplex
Twelve Unsinkable Facts for Titanic’s 20th AnniversaryTwelve Unsinkable Facts for Titanic’s 20th AnniversaryKurt Anthony12/19/2017 10:00:00 Am

“It’s been 84 years….”

Actually, it’s been 20 years! James Cameron’s record-breaking blockbuster Titanic celebrates its 20th anniversary today and we know you’re frozen with excitement.

A chilling tale of romantic disaster, Titanic combines the fictitious love story of Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) with the untimely fate of the R.M.S. Titanic, one of history’s most famous ships.

Originally an elaborate plan to obtain funding for deep-sea filming expeditions, Cameron has stated that he made Titanic because he wanted to dive to the real wreck. As the writer, director, co-producer, and co-editor of the film, Cameron ended up spending more time with the ship than its actual passengers.

Filmed on a production budget of $200M, Titanic was the most expensive movie ever made at the time.
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The Madness of King George

It’s great when a fancy costume picture really has something to say — Alan Bennett’s crazy tale of a king’s episode of mental illness becomes a highly entertaining comedy of errors, but with serious personal and political ramifications. Nigel Hawthorne is exceptionally good as the sovereign whose brain has de-railed; Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett and Amanda Donohoe variously try to help him — or steal his crown.

The Madness of King George

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1994 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Amanda Donohoe, Rupert Everett, Julian Wadham, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Anthony Calf, John Wood, Robert Swann, Peter Woodthorpe.

Cinematography: Andrew Dunn

Film Editor: Tariq Anwar

Production Design: Ken Adam

Written by Alan Bennett from his play

Produced by Stephen Evans, David Parfitt

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Every few years the
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The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm

Blu-ray

Lionsgate / Vestron

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date January 31, 2017 / 34.97

Starring Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg, Peter Capaldi, Sammi Davis, Stratford Johns, Paul Brooke, Imogen Claire, Chris Pitt, Gina McKee, Christopher Gable, Lloyd Peters.

Cinematography: Dick Bush

Film Editor: Peter Davies

Special Effects makeup: Stuart Conran, Paul Jones

Original Music: Stanislaus Syerewicz

Written by: Ken Russell from the novel by Bram Stoker

Produced and Directed by Ken Russell

Wild man director Ken Russell struck back against commercial indifference with this alternately elegant and outrageous horror offering, that excepting a few hard- ‘R’ moments, comes off as a real (snake) charmer. Few horror movies have a real sense of wit, and fewer still can laugh at themselves without crumbling into sad parody. As if reclaiming horror as a British-made product, Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm shows us what a next-generation Hammer
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Ken Russel’s The Lair Of The White Worm Arrives on Blu-ray January 31st – A Vestron Horror Classic

“I change my cars as regularly as a snake sheds its skin.”

The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with The Lair Of The White Worm, coming to Blu-ray on January 31st with all new special features!

A terrifying English legend returns when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the British horror classic The Lair of the White Worm to limited-edition Blu-ray™ on January 31 from Lionsgate. In a remote corner of England’s Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and starring Hugh Grant, the restored and remastered The Lair of the White Worm Blu-ray has all-new special features, including an audio commentary with Director Ken Russell and Lisi Russell and an interview with actress Sammi Davis. The Lair of the White Worm limited-edition Blu-ray will be available
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Ken Russell's Lair Of The White Worm, Bob Balaban's Parents Coming Home In January From Vestron Video

Lionsgate's superb Vestron Video Collector's Series continues the upcoming January 2017 with classics from Ken Russell and Bob Balaban. We've previously reviewed their introductory titles, Blood Diner and Chopping Mall, and if those releases are anything like these new ones, we are in for a treat. January will see the Blu-ray premiere of Ken Russell's bonkers folk horror film Lair of the White Worm starring Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, and Catherine Oxenberg. This film was a VHS and cable staple throughout the '90s and along with Altered States was one of Russell's most culturally ubiquitous films in the Us thanks to Vestron Video. We will also see the Blu-ray premiere of Bob Balaban's classic cannibal spoof, Parents. This film features Randy Quaid and Mary Beth...

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Vestron Horror Classic The Lair Of The White Worm Arrives on Blu-ray January 31st

“I change my cars as regularly as a snake sheds its skin.”

The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with The Lair Of The White Worm, coming to Blu-ray on January 31st with all new special features!

A terrifying English legend returns when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the British horror classic The Lair of the White Worm to limited-edition Blu-ray™ on January 31 from Lionsgate. In a remote corner of England’s Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and starring Hugh Grant, the restored and remastered The Lair of the White Worm Blu-ray has all-new special features, including an audio commentary with Director Ken Russell and Lisi Russell and an interview with actress Sammi Davis. The Lair of the White Worm limited-edition Blu-ray will be available
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The Lair Of The White Worm Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

  • DailyDead
In January, The Lair of the White Worm will join the newly announced Parents limited edition Blu-ray in Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series, and we have a look at the special features and cover art for the vampiric Blu-ray release.

Press Release: The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with The Lair of the White Worm, coming to Blu-ray on January 31st with all new special features!

Street Date: 1/31/17

Blu-ray™ Srp: $34.97

Program Description

A terrifying English legend returns when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the British horror classic The Lair of the White Worm to limited-edition Blu-ray™ on January 31 from Lionsgate. In a remote corner of England’s Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and starring Hugh Grant, the restored and remastered The Lair of the White Worm
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Interview: Amanda Donohoe on Ken Russell’s The Lair Of The White Worm

Shock discusses Ken Russell’s kinky masterpiece The Lair Of The White Worm and chats with its star, Amanda Donohoe. Ken Russell -God rest him -was one of cinema history’s great eccentrics. And though his controversial 1971 cinematic freak-out The Devils still stands as one of the most important meditations on sin, lust and corruption, and…

The post Interview: Amanda Donohoe on Ken Russell’s The Lair Of The White Worm appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Pride in London 2014: 13 landmark Lgbt moments in UK and Us TV

London Lgbt+ Community Pride's annual Pride Festival kicked off on Sunday (June 22) and runs through til June 29.

To mark the festival and today's Pride in London Parade - travelling from Baker Street to Whitehall, between 1pm and 4pm - Digital Spy presents 13 landmark Lgbt moments in UK and Us television.

1. February 1971 - Us sitcom All in the Family breaks new ground, featuring Us television's first ever openly homosexual character in ex-pro football player Steve (Philip Carey).

2. January 1989 - BBC One's EastEnders becomes the first UK soap to screen a kiss between two gay men - middle-class yuppie Colin Russell (Michael Cashman) and Guido Smith (Nicholas Donovan).

3. February 1991 - A little over two years later, NBC becomes the first Us network to air a lesbian kiss in primetime on its Emmy-winning legal drama L.A. Law - Abby Perkins (Michele Greene) and Cj Lamb (Amanda Donohoe) shared an intimate moment in season
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