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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Legend Of Hell House (1973)

The haunted house has always been one of the elemental settings in horror – the materialization of externalized evil – and is enjoying considerable success today through the likes of The Conjuring multiverse. When horror entered the ‘70s, ghosts became passé as audiences clamored for more visceral thrills that reflected the current societal concerns; despair marbled with a bit of hope became the name of the game, as films like The Exorcist presented strong opinions regarding faith in the face of crises. Six months earlier however saw the release of The Legend of Hell House (1973), a somewhat traditional yet exceptional spookshow with just enough ‘70s pessimism to fit in nicely with the decade’s mores.

Released by 20th Century Fox in the U.S. mid June, Legend received mixed reviews from critics; some admired its somewhat restrained scares and performances, while others felt it didn’t lean enough into the lurid material
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The Black Windmill

Secret agent Michael Caine must take on both the kidnappers of his son and his own suspect Army Intelligence colleagues in Don Siegel’s efficiently filmed, curiously tame suspense thriller. Delphine Seyrig is enticing and Donald Pleasance an unlikeable security bureaucrat, while the capable Janet Suzman and John Vernon fill out a top-flight cast that performs well in thriller surprisingly lacking in dramatic impact.

The Black Windmill

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1974 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date December 4, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, Janet Suzman, Delphine Seyrig, John Vernon, Clive Revill, Joss Ackland, Catherine Schell, Joseph O’Conor, Hermoine Baddeley, John Rhys-Davies

Cinematography: Ousama Rawi

Film Editor: Antony Gibbs

Original Music: Roy Budd

Written by Leigh Vance, from the novel Five Days to a Killing by Clive Egleton

Produced and Directed by Don Siegel

Something seems wrong from the first with The Black Windmill: the
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Review: Batman: The Complete Animated Series

  • Comicmix
The second wave of Batmania was ignited in 1989 when Tim Burton finally got a big screen adaptation of the comic book hero into theaters. It was such a wild success in terms of merchandising that Warner Bros wanted more and quickly. Since features take two to three years, they needed something sooner and the success of their Tiny Tunes and Animaniacs encouraged them to bring the Dark Knight back to television.

Thankfully, the project was placed in the hands of Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, and Paul Dini who were not only fans of the character but the earliest cartoon fare. Taking a visual cue from Burton and a stylistic one from the Fleischer Brothers Studio, they produced a Batman cartoon unlike anything from the 1960s or 1970s. Batman the Animated Series was sampled on prime time in September 1992 before launching on Fox Kids and for three seasons, there was nothing quite like it.
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The Forgotten: Spies Like U.S.

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Luigi Comencini's oeuvre is just bulging with goodies, a cinematic Santa-sack encompassing multiple genres and tones, in a career running from the late forties to the early nineties. I recently sang the praises of his desperate gambling comedy The Scientific Card Player, but he also made films about Casanova's boyhood, virtual reality and, in Italian Secret Service (1968), the then-resurgent espionage genre, Italian and world politics, and the decline of Italian idealism since the war.Just as Pietro Germi's Divorce: Italian Style was about murder, and De Sica's Marriage: Italian Style took in adultery, betrayal and uncertain parentage, so Comencini's title contains a bitter joke: we know this intelligence service is going to be sordid, stupid and utterly lacking in the accustomed James Bond lifestyle.But we first meet our hero, dashing Nino Manfredi, in the happier times of WWII, saving an English commando (Clive Revill) from a fascist
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10 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Facts You Never Knew

10 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Facts You Never Knew
It's the darkest chapter in the original trilogy of the most famous sci-fi franchise and it has one of the biggest surprising reveals in movie history. The Empire Strikes Back, long celebrated as the best chapter in the massive Star Wars saga, has many secrets swirling around that have yet been discovered by sone of the franchise's biggest fans. Here we take a look at 10 facts you never knew about what some claim is the greatest Star Wars adventure of them all.

Buffy the Jedi Master.

In the decades since Star Wars changed the world in 1977, a wealth of material about the saga's developmental stages has come out, with some bits of old concept art and words like "Starkiller," the original last name for Luke, even getting repurposed in later chapters and the extended universe. The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, by J.W. Rinzler, is a
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Avanti!

Need a break from violence, misery, and injustice? Or maybe just the network TV news? Billy Wilder’s last great comic romance is an Italian vacation soaked in music, food, scenery and sunshine. It’s the best movie ever about Love and Funerals.

Avanti!

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Kl Studio Classics

1972 / Color/ 1:85 widescreen / 140 min. / Street Date October 10, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews, Harry Ray, Guidarino Guidi, Franco Acampora, Sergio Bruni, Ty Hardin.

Cinematography: Luigi Kuveiller

Film Editor: Ralph Winters

Art direction: Ferdinando Scarfiotti

Music Arranger: Carlo Rustichelli

Italian standards by Gino Paoli, Giuseppi Capaldo, Vittoriao Fassone, Don Backy, Detto Mariano, Sergio Brui, Salvatore Cardillo, Umberto Bertini, Paolo Marchetti.

Written by I.A.L Diamond and Billy Wilder from a play by Samuel L. Taylor

Produced and Directed by Billy Wilder

When Billy Wilder was reaching advanced old age, good friends rallied to make sure
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Hollywood royalty by Anne-Katrin Titze

Penélope Cruz as Macarena Granada in Fernando Trueba's The Queen Of Spain is presented an Oscar by Cary Grant

In my conversation with Fernando Trueba at the W Hotel Union Square in New York, he paid tribute to Emilio Ruiz del Río, who also worked with Stanley Kubrick (Spartacus), David Lean (Lawrence Of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago), Nicholas Ray (King Of Kings), John Milius (Conan The Barbarian), and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth). Fernando's latest, The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De España) stars Penélope Cruz who was also his The Girl Of Your Dreams (La Niña De Tus Ojos) with Antonio Resines, Santiago Segura, Rosa Maria Sardà, Jorge Sanz, Jesús Bonilla, and Loles León, who all return here.

Penélope Cruz as Queen Isabella of Castile with John Scott (Clive Revill): "He is not John Ford but he is inspired by him."

In The Queen Of Spain, Mandy Patinkin,
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Samuel Goldwyn Films picks up 'The Queen Of Spain'

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Samuel Goldwyn Films picks up 'The Queen Of Spain'
Myriad Pictures handles international sales on Penelope Cruz drama.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired Us rights to Fernando Trueba’s The Queen Of Spain starring Penelope Cruz.

The story centres as film star Macarena Granada who flees Hollywood in the 1950s and returns to her roots in Spain where she signs on to star in an epic film as Queen Isabella of Spain.

The Queen Of Spain premiered at the Berlinale as a special gala screening and also stars Chino Darín, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Clive Revill and Antonio Resines. Universal distributed theatrically in Spain.

Cristina Huete and Anne Deluz produced, while A3 Media, Mikel LeJarza, Mercedes Gamero, Rosa Perez, and Kirk D’Amico served as executive producers.

The film follows up on Trueba’s 1998 drama The Girl Of Your Dreams starring Cruz as a younger Granada.

Samuel Goldwyn Films president Peter Goldwyn brokered the deal with Kirk D’Amico, whose [link=co
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Revisiting Star Trek Tng: Qpid

James Hunt Sep 9, 2016

There are crazy Star Trek: Tng episodes, really crazy Star Trek: Tng episodes and then there's Qpid. (The revisiting series is back!)...

This review contains spoilers.

4.20 Qpid

The episode opens around Tagus III, where the Enterprise is preparing to hold an archaeology symposium with Picard as the keynote speaker. Archaeology nerd is one of Picard’s lesser-mined character traits, so it’s always fun to see it come up. All is going fine until Picard returns to his quarters to discover he’s got an unexpected visitor. He’s just about to pick up his phone and fire his Klingon security guard when he realises it’s Vash, his one-time love interest from the episode Captain’s Holiday. Cue much kissing.

But not too much! As the credits end, Picard has stopped serving her some T and started serving her some tea, when who should interrupt but Dr.
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Modesty Blaise

Joseph Losey doesn't normally make trendy, lighthearted genre films, and in this SuperSpy epic we find out why -- an impressive production and great music don't compensate for a lack of pace and dynamism, not to mention a narrow sense of humor. Yet it's a lounge classic, and a perverse favorite of spy movie fans. Modesty Blaise Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1966 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews, Michael Craig, Clive Revill, Alexander Knox, Rossella Falk, Scilla Gabel, Tina Marquand Cinematography Jack Hildyard Production Designer Richard MacDonald, Jack Shampan Film Editor Reginald Beck Original Music John Dankworth Written by Evan Jones from a novel by Peter O'Donnell and a comic strip by Jim Holdaway Produced by Joseph Janni Directed by Joseph Losey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When I first reviewed a DVD of Modesty Blaise fourteen years ago,
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DVD Review: "The Double Man" (1967) Starring Yul Brynner And Britt Ekland, Warner Archive Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

The Warner Archive has released a slew of worthwhile 60s spy movies and TV series lately. Among the under-rated gems is The Double Man, a 1967 Cold War thriller starring Yul Brynner, who gives a powerful performance as American intelligence agent Dan Slater. His teenaged son is killed while skiing in Switzerland and Slater suspects it was actually murder. He finds he's been lured to Alps as part of a complex plot to kill him and replace him with an enemy agent with his identical facial features and characteristics. The plot was covered with moss even at the time since it formed the basis of a two-part Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode, The Double Affair, that was released theatrically the previous year as The Spy With My Face.  Still, this is a highly intelligent, gritty film with Brynner as the most hard-ass hero imaginable. Devoid of any humor,
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Myriad acquires world rights to 'The Queen Of Spain'

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Myriad acquires world rights to 'The Queen Of Spain'
Kirk D’Amico and his team will introduce Cannes buyers to the upcoming drama from Fernando Trueba starring Penelope Cruz.

Myriad Pictures holds world rights excluding Spain and Andorra to the project, currently shooting in Spain and Budapest.

Trueba and Cruz unite after Belle Epoque and The Girl Of Your Dreams. Cruz plays a WWII-era Spanish actress who returns from Hollywood to her home country to play Isabella I of Castille.

On the set she encounters the main characters from The Girl Of Your Dreams, played by Antonio Resines, Jorge Sanz, Rosa Maria Sarda, and Santiago Segura.

The cast includes Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Clive Revill, and Chino Darin.

“We are delighted to be able to work with director Fernando Trueba, one of Spain’s best directors today, and with international star Penelope Cruz on this comedic and poignant film with a great cast and great international production team,” said Myriad president D’Amico.

Cristina Huete and [link
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J.A. Bayona, Arturo Ripstein join 'The Queen Of Spain'

J.A. Bayona, Arturo Ripstein join 'The Queen Of Spain'
The two directors have joined the cast of Fernando Trueba’s film, which is now shooting in Budapest.

Directors Arturo Ripstein (La Calle De La Amargura) and Juan Antonio Bayona [pictured] (The Impossible) will step in front of the camera for Fernando Trueba’s The Queen Of Spain, his Penelope Cruz-starring sequel to The Girl Of Your Dreams.

It’s an acting first for Bayona, having accepted a brief cameo in the shoot that is now taking place in Budapest. Veteran Mexican director Ripstein will play the more sizable role of a fictional film producer, Sam Spiegelman, who wants to shoot a film in 1950s Spain.

Given that The Queen Of Spain is a comedy, but also a love letter to film history, it’s only fitting that two auteurs as diverse as Bayona and Ripstein have joined Trueba’s cast.

The action is set in 1956, 18 years later in the life of Macarena Granada, the Spanish
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J.A Bayona, Arturo Ripstein join Fernando Trueba's 'The Queen Of Spain'

J.A Bayona, Arturo Ripstein join Fernando Trueba's 'The Queen Of Spain'
The two directors have joined the cast of Fernando Trueba’s film, which is now shooting in Budapest.

Directors Arturo Ripstein (La Calle De La Amargura) and Juan Antonio Bayona [pictured] (The Impossible) will step in front of the camera for Fernando Trueba’s The Queen Of Spain, his Penelope Cruz-starring sequel to The Girl Of Your Dreams.

It’s an acting first for Bayona, having accepted a brief cameo in the shoot that is now taking place in Budapest. Veteran Mexican director Ripstein will play the more sizable role of a fictional film producer, Sam Spiegelman, who wants to shoot a film in 1950s Spain.

Given that The Queen Of Spain is a comedy, but also a love letter to film history, it’s only fitting that two auteurs as diverse as Bayona and Ripstein have joined Trueba’s cast.

The action is set in 1956, 18 years later in the life of Macarena Granada, the Spanish
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Penelope Cruz, Fernando Trueba ready 'The Queen Of Spain'

Penelope Cruz, Fernando Trueba ready 'The Queen Of Spain'
Spain and Hungary shoot readied for sequel to The Girl Of Your Dreams; additional cast includes Clive Revill (Avanti!).

Director Fernando Trueba (Chico & Rita) is readying Spanish comedy-drama The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De España) for a February shoot.

Produced by Trueba’s Fernando Trueba PC and Atresmedia Cine, shoot is due to get underway in Hungary at the end of February and carry on in Spain in April. Post-production is due to be finalised late 2016 or early 2017.

The feature marks the third collaboration between Oscar-winning writer-director Trueba (Belle Époque) and Oscar-winner Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), following their work together on Belle Epoque and 1998 film The Girl Of Your Dreams, the latter serving as a prequel to The Queen Of Spain.

In The Girl Of Your Dreams Cruz played Macarena Granada, an imaginary Spanish actress of the 1930’s who goes to Nazi Germany to shoot a coproduction. At the end of the film she flees the country
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Star Wars VII: Negative Reviews Have Been Few But Pointed

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' with Daisy Ridley. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Negative reviews have been few, but pointed Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently enjoying a 91 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. The average rating of the latest movie in the George Lucas-founded Star Wars franchise is 8.3/10. That's quite a bit higher than the Rt top critics' rating for The Force Awakens' three predecessors, all directed by Lucas – his first (and, to date, last) films since Star Wars back in 1977: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: 67 percent approval and 7/10 average. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: 41 percent approval and 6.2/10 average. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: 41 percent approval and 5.5/10 average. Gushing reviews have poured forth from both little-known online outlets and major publications. They're everywhere. Of course, there
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From Nyong'o to Lucas: Newcomers and Veterans at the Premiere to End All Premieres

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Premiere: Lupita Nyong'o. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere in Hollywood: A few images The most anticipated event since Nostradamus prophesied World War I, World War II, Climate Change Calamity, and Reality TV, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – brought to you not by George Lucas, but by Walt Disney (not the man, but the marketing & merchandising team) – is having its Milky Way premiere this evening right in the heart of Hollywood. If only the Paris Climate Talks had received this much media scrutiny and at least half – one tenth? – as much interest from the stormtrooping masses. So, tell us, how many pounds did Carrie Fisher really have to lose to fit into Princess Leia's costumes? 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Premiere: Mark Hamill. Boycott? What boycott? Shocking, but it seems like Star Wars: The Force Awakens will actually manage to
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Star Wars: Why Emperor Palpatine Is the Saga's Most Entertaining Character

Ryan Lambie Apr 12, 2019

Emperor Palpatine is the most evil man in the galaxy and the most fun. Here's to his return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

John Williams’ soaring music does much to mask the reality that, for much of the Star Wars saga’s extensive cast of characters, life is suffering.

Luke Skywalker’s jaunt beyond the horizons of his Tatooine homestead results in knotty familial problems and a severed hand. Princess Leia has to deal with the psychological fall-out of her home planet’s destruction at the hands of Grand Moff Tarkin and the trauma of inadvertently snogging her own brother. Even Han Solo, so chipper in A New Hope, winds up frozen in carbonite and thrust in the boot of Boba Fett's ship by the end of The Empire Strikes Back.

Nor do the villains have all the fun. Darth Vader’s cool demeanor masks
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Emperor Palpatine: Star Wars' most entertaining character

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He’s the most evil man in the galaxy and the most fun. Ryan celebrates Emperor Palpatine and the actor who gave him life, Ian McDiarmid.

John Williams’ soaring music does much to mask the reality that, for much of the Star Wars saga’s extensive cast of characters, life is suffering.

Luke Skywalker’s jaunt beyond the horizons of his Tatooine homestead results in knotty familial problems and a severed hand. Princess Leia has to deal with psychological fall-out of her home planet’s destruction at the hands of Grand Moff Tarkin and the trauma of inadvertently snogging her own brother. Even Han Solo, so chipper in A New Hope, winds up frozen in carbonite and thrust in the boot of Boba Fett's ship by the end of The Empire Strikes Back.

Nor do the villains have all the fun; Darth Vader’s cool demeanour
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After Christopher Lee, Another Nonagenarian British Actor Has Died: Oscar Nominee Moody

Ron Moody in 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 (Note: This Ron Moody article is currently being revised.) Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title role in The Mummy to Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. 91-year-old Ron Moody (yesterday, June 11), among whose infrequent film appearances was the role of Fagin, the grotesque adult leader of a gang of boy petty thieves, in the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award-winning musical Oliver!, which also earned him a Best Actor nomination. Having been featured in nearly 200 movies and, most importantly, having had his mainstream appeal resurrected by way of the villainous Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (and various associated merchandising,
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