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The Spotlight: Omage or Thievery

On Episode 235 is it an Omage or Thievery we will let you decided. 5/5/17

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Odd Stories
1. Austria’s Green Party to teach women how to urinate standing up http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/05/05/Austrias-Green-Party-to-teach-women-how-to-urinate-standing-up/5701494016577/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=1
2. Japanese app helps workers find open toilets — and employers track bathroom time http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/02/22/Japanese-app-helps-workers-find-open-toilets-and-employers-track-bathroom-time/6141487794295/?st_rec=5701494016577

Reel Discoveries: Swiss Army Man

Main Topic Omage or Thievery

New Movie releases
The Dinner (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP26KWVw5jE
3 Generations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MeFmXpkryw
The Lovers (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1stvXwxn_yE
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duGqrYw4usE

The Dinner (2017)

Two brothers (Richard Gere and Steve Coogan) and their wives (Rebecca Hall and Laura Linney) meet up at a haute-cuisine restaurant to discuss what to do about a horrific crime that their sons committed together. As the quartet debate their options, the conversation reopens old wounds between the siblings. Written and directed by Oren Moverman, who adapted the script from the best-selling novel by Dutch author Herman Koch. ~

3 Generations

When a transgender teen (Elle Fanning) decides to transition from female to male, his announcement is met with concern from his mother (Naomi Watts) and support from his lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Complicating matters, he must obtain the legal consent of his estranged father (Tate Donovan) in order to start hormone treatment. Directed by Gaby Dellal.

The Lovers (2017)
An unhappily married couple (Debra Winger and Tracy Letts) are both having affairs, and hope to end their marriage soon to be with their lovers. But when they rediscover their passion for one another, their plans for the future go up in smoke. Melora Walters and Aidan Gillen co-star in this comedy-drama, which was written and directed by Azazel Jacobs.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.

Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt Bradley Cooper Vin Diesel Zoe Saldana Dave Bautista Karen Gillan Kurt Russell Michael Rooker Elizabeth Debicki Pom Klementieff Sean Gunn Chris Sullivan Sylvester Stallone Tommy Flanagan Laura Haddock

Weekend Box Office
11The Fate of the Furious
2NHow to be a Latin Lover
3NBaahubali 2: The Conclusion
42The Boss Baby
5NThe Circle (2017)
63Beauty and the Beast (2017)
74Going in Style (2017)
85Smurfs: The Lost Village
98Gifted
107Unforgettable (2017)

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Reel Discoveries: Swiss Army Man

A young man is shipwrecked on a small deserted island. After a few weeks, with no rescue in sight, his loneliness drives him to commit suicide. At the last moment, his life is reprieved when a stranger is washed up on shore. Joyously running out to meet him, he is despondent to discover that his new-found friend is not only dead, but full of gases resulting in loud and obnoxious farts. Giving up, the young man returns to his suicide preparations when he discovers that the farts are propelling the dead body through the water. A few moments later the castaway is astride the corpse, excitedly jet-skiing his way back to the mainland. So begins the quirky comedy brought to us by the team known as DANIELS (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), Swiss Army Man.

Paul Dano (Looper, Prisoners) plays Hank, a lost soul whose life has been so mundane that he doesn’t even enjoy it passing before his eyes when he’s trying to kill himself. His new companion and lifeboat is a dead man named Manny, played by Daniel Radcliffe (and if I have to tell you what he’s known for, take your head out of your ass and go sit in the corner for an hour). Manny is a corpse with a unique skill set which constantly helps Hank to go on as he treks his way through a large forest trying to find civilization before he dies. Manny retains clean rain water and regurgitates it when needed for thirst. Put a small rock in Manny’s mouth and give him the Heimlich and he becames an effective rifle for small game. Raise Manny’s arm over his head and he can chop wood, which is easily ignited with one of Manny’s farts. Get him aroused, and Manny’s erection points the way to civilization (I won’t discuss the specifics of that one).

But this is more than just a raunchy comedy. Raunchy it is, but there is a deeper element here in that it is one of the most original and offbeat buddy films I’ve ever seen. Manny begins to talk, and though Hank occasionally questions his own sanity he is so lonely for human contact that he accepts this bizarre fact and starts trying to help Manny uncover those memories of what it is to be human: to laugh, to cry, to love. These scenes become the core of the movie, and rescue it from being just a raunchy 97-minute fart joke.

I’ve never particularly liked or disliked Paul Dano as an actor, but this is a film where he is up to the material and does it well. As for Daniel Radcliffe, it is easy to see why he calls Manny the “favorite part I’ve played so far”. Radcliffe turns in a phenomenal performance as Manny, proving once again that he is a far cry from the teenaged wizard we watched growing up.

This movie is not going to be to everyone’s liking. Personally, I loved this movie and give it 4.5 out of 5 positrons (a half positron is subtracted for some over-the-top raunchiness). If you don’t object to some humor that is decidedly in bad taste, then I think you — like me — will consider this film a rare gem.

Next time on Reel Discoveries — Kinte hurled the gauntlet and I took up the challenge. That reminds me, Kinte, I’ve already contracted the hit men so watch your back, dude. It’s Godzilla vs Megalon, and it is a prime example of why I so rarely take requests. You ‘ll see what I mean — next time on Reel Discoveries.

Directed by
  • Daniel Scheinert
  • Daniel Kwan
Produced by
  • Eval Rimmon
  • Lauren Mann
  • Lawrence Inglee
  • Jonathan Wang
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Amanda Marshall
Written by
  • Daniel Scheinert
  • Daniel Kwan
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Larkin Seiple
Edited by Matthew Hannam
Production
companies
  • Tadmor
  • Astrakan Films AB
  • Cold Iron Pictures
  • Blackbird Films
  • Prettybird
Distributed by A24
Release date
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million[2]
Box office $5.1 million[3]

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The Spotlight: PG – 13 / Rated R the battle for your dollar

On Episode 234 With the recent success of Deadpool & Logan (both rated R Movies) does this change the thinking that big box office hits cant be Rated R. 4/28/167

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Movie releases
How to Be a Latin Lover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tir_yK1kROg
Sleight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORL1d7GWoBc
Rupture (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmqEmhkKeaA
Buster’s Mal Heart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL4WSUwqhho
The Circle (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCOXARv6J9k

How to Be a Latin Lover
Synopsis

A past-his-prime Latin lover (Eugenio Derbez) moves in with his sister (Salma Hayek) and her son (Raphael Alejandro) after his wife leaves him for a younger man. As he teaches his nephew how to play the game of seduction, he vows to return to his lifestyle of being a kept man for an older, wealthy woman. Michael Cera, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Rob Corddry, and Rob Riggle co-star in this comedy directed by Ken Marino.

Sleight
Synopsis

A young street magician in Los Angeles (Jacob Latimore) becomes a drug dealer in order to provide for his younger sister (Storm Reid). But when he runs afoul of his boss (Dulé Hill), he is forced to use his talent for illusions to free himself from the criminal underworld. Directed by J.D. Dillard.

Rupture (2017)
Synopsis

A single mother (Noomi Rapace) with a paralyzing fear of spiders is kidnapped and forced to undergo a series of invasive experiments, which her abductors claim will reveal her true nature. In time, she plots her escape from this nightmare. Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishé, and Michael Chiklis co-star in this sci-fi thriller from director Steven Shainberg.

Buster’s Mal Heart
Synopsis

A mysterious fugitive (Rami Malek) hides out in empty vacation homes in rural Montana in order to evade local law enforcement. Meanwhile, flashbacks detail his past as a hotel concierge and family man who got sucked into apocalyptic conspiracy theories. Kate Lyn Sheil, D.J. Qualls, Toby Huss, and Lin Shaye co-star. Written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith.

The Circle (2017)
Synopsis

A young woman (Emma Watson) lands a job at a successful social-media company that preaches the value of complete transparency and inspires a cult-like devotion in its employees. However, she soon learns that the corporation and its messianic founder (Tom Hanks) are hiding a nefarious agenda. John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Ellen Wong, Bill Paxton, Patton Oswalt, and Glenne Headly co-star. James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) directed this adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel of the same name.

Weekend Box Office April 21-23, 2017

1 The Fate of the Furious
2 The Boss Baby
3 Beauty and the Beast (2017)
4 Going in Style (2017)
5 Smurfs: The Lost Village
6 Born in China
7 Unforgettable (2017)
8 Gifted
9 The Promise (2017)
10 The Lost City of Z

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Reel Discoveries: Spider Baby

by RPO

The dulcet tones of Lon Chaney Jr. performing the opening theme song lets you know you are in for a special treat. Whether it’s going to be especially good or especially bad remains to be seen. Hey, everybody, this is your old pal RPO talkin’ atcha for the premier of [my new and improved] Reel Discoveries. [What’s new? The restrictions of only reviewing older films. After all, the bizarre and the unusual are not restricted to black and white films (or films where the color is so washed out you wish they were in black and white). What’s improved? More clips, less looking at my ugly mug — which is a win-win situation for everybody. But enough about that.] Today, Jack Hill — the auteur who brought us such memorable classics as The Big Bird Cage, The Swinging Cheerleaders, and Switchblade Sisters — takes on the “Spooky Old House” genre and brings Lon Chaney along for the ride in his classic Spider Baby or The Maddest Story Ever Told.

Chaney plays Bruno the chauffer and all-around caretaker for the remaining three children in the Merrye family. The family is cursed by a strange affliction, possibly the result of inbreeding. It seems that when Merrye descendants reach a certain age, they begin to regress — and as they became adults they have the minds and attitudes of young children. [Aw, there they are. Aren’t they just adorable?] Eventually they lose any form of language and turn into cannibals. Ralph, played to perfection by the ever-lovable Sid Haig, is close to this final transformation and provides most of the scares without ever uttering a word. [Show ’em how you talk, Ralph. Ain’t he quaint?] Meanwhile the two sisters have their own peccadillos. [Elizabeth, the youngest and therefore most sane, is obsessed with hatred. Virginia on the other hand keeps spiders as pets and tries to emulate them whenever possible. Hey, take it easy with those knives girl!]

This charming Rockwellian family is faced with a crisis when two distant relatives of the Merrye family — Emily and Peter Howe — have decided to take a firm hand in the Merrye family fortune. Putting it bluntly, they want their cut — and if that means cutting the “children” out of the financial picture then so much the better. To this end, they have hired shyster lawyer Mr. Schlocker and his secretary Ann Morris. They are all determined to spend the night in the Merrye Manse despite Bruno’s misgivings and half-hearted warnings. Death, mayhem and madness ensue, but in a humorous vein in keeping with the “Spooky Old House” genre. [Here we see Mr. Schlocker meet his schlocking–er–shocking demise.]

This was one of Chaney’s last films, and it’s no great secret that this late in his life he was something of an alcoholic. He does seem to have laid off the sauce for the most part while filming this and turns in one of the best performances of his late career. [Okay, maybe he wasn’t all that sober. What was that, Lon? My God, man enunciate!] Also turning in truly memorable performances are Beverly Washburn and Jill Banner as the demented sisters. And comic actor Mantan Moreland has a small but memorable role as the messenger who delivers the bad news at the beginning of the film.

This movie is a must-see for fans of Lon Chaney Jr. if for no other reason than to see him turn in his last truly great performance. I give three and a half out of a possible five psychotrons for a decent script and outstanding performances by the leading characters. Alas, I have to take away one and a half psychotrons for the pedestrian performances of the rest of the cast. Except for Mantan Moreland, who turns in his usual but all too brief comedic performance. [Let’s watch some of that, shall we? Ah — pure comedy gold.]

Next time on Reel Discoveries, we’ll look at a brand-new movie — proving that it doesn’t have to be old to be psychotronic or a cult classic. Paul Dano is stranded on an island and Daniel Radcliff is the corpse who proves to have a number of unique talents in Swiss Army Man. A refreshingly new comedy or a Weekend at Bernie’s retread? You’ll find out next time on Reel Discoveries.

full movie

Directed by Jack Hill
Bart Patton (assistant)
Produced by Paul Monka
Gil Lasky
Written by Jack Hill
Starring Lon Chaney, Jr.
Carol Ohmart
Quinn Redeker
Beverly Washburn
Jill Banner
Sid Haig
Mary Mitchel
Karl Schanzer
Mantan Moreland
Music by Ronald Stein
Cinematography Alfred Taylor
Edited by Jack Hill
Distributed by American General Pictures
Release date
December 24, 1967
Running time
86 min.

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The Spotlight: What deserves a Cinematic Universe?

On Episode 233 What deserves a Cinematic Universe? it seems like that is the new trend we will break down what does and does not deserve one. 4/21/167

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Reel Discoveries “Spider Baby”

Movie Release this weekend
Phoenix Forgotten
The Promise
7 WITCHES
UNFORGETTABLE

Phoenix Forgotten https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJW1m1UgJjY

Synopsis
This found-footage horror movie purports to show what happened to a group of teenagers who vanished in Phoenix in 1997 while filming a UFO sighting. Phoenix Forgotten was directed by Justin Barber and produced by Ridley Scott.

The Promise (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtekphm2ipM
Synopsis
When Michael, a brilliant medical student, meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris, a photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth.

7 WITCHES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekbBiFb5ms
Synopsis
While attending her sister’s wedding in an isolated part of Washington state, Kate (Persephone Apostolou) learns that her new in-laws are secretly a coven of witches. Directed by Brady Hall.

UNFORGETTABLE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqJTRyhDNwc
Synopsis
In this female-centric thriller, a jilted ex-wife (Katherine Heigl) grows jealous of her former husband’s new bride (Rosario Dawson), and decides to destroy the latter’s reputation in an attempt to get her old life back. Unforgettable is the feature directorial debut of veteran producer Denise Di Novi (Edward Scissorhands, Crazy, Stupid, Love.).

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Movietime: What makes you like Movies?

we are talking about what make or breaks you to see a movie, show or art. We dive into what is the draw and what repels us. 2/10/17

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Movietime: The Oscars, Trump and the future of the Arts

We preview the 2017 Oscars plus talk about political acceptance speeches and dissucss how Trumps new adminstration might effect the Arts in this country. 2/3/17

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Guest: T.B.A.

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Movietime: 2017 Content

We start the new year by talking about the different content coming out in 2017 plus we talk about the rise of streaming content. 1/27/17

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