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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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Kinte: @KinteF https://twitter.com/KinteF
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Guest: Graycon Sonata

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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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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 2016 TMU Reunion Special

On episode 233 Ken White, Roger Burlong & themonk reunite for the TMU Reunion Special. 12/4/16

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Host: Kinte
Co-host: Olaf Barbosa
Guests: Ken White, Roger Strange-Burlong & themonk

Previous Episode: 232. Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy films of all time
Next Episode: Season 13 Episode 233 What deserves a Cinematic Universe?

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Reel Discoveries: Swamp Women

Episode 14 This is a review of The Wild Women of Wongo from
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swamp-womenThree escaped women and an undercover policewoman (Carole Mathews) need a geologist (Touch Connors) in the bayou.
Initial release: October 5, 1956

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Spotlight: Film makers Tirf Alexius & Remoh Romeo / Top 10 films from the 2000’s

On Episode 228 We interview film makers Tirf Alexius & Remoh Romeo and talk about their award-winning, edgy film, “Bastard Son of A Thousand Fathers”. What is your top ten film from the 2000’s? We assemble a panel to break down our top 10 films of 2000’s 9/22/16 Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/283401985349097/

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Tirf Alexius @TirfAlexius https://twitter.com/TirfAlexius & Remoh Romeo @remohromeo https://twitter.com/remohromeo
KingPengvin @Kingpengvin https://twitter.com/Kingpengvin

Tirf Alexius & Remoh Romeo

Here’s the trailer for the film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLyDqmnxAUYHD2L4lDKeePUmjbJaoyhgkL&v=6hnx2zW6Sy0

tirf_alexiusTirf Alexius is a Haitian-American Actor, Producer, Director, Writer, and Co-Founder of Chicago based feature film production and distribution companies, “4 Feature Film Company” and “Driven Entertainment”.

A graduate of Columbia College with a BA in acting, it didn’t take long for this business minded artist to find that he was able to bring a unique perspective to characters both in front of and behind the camera.

Having begun his career in commercial and film,Tirf directed and produced, music videos, television, radio, multi-media projects, three feature films, as well as commercials. Two of his commercials went on to win Telly Awards.

Tirf is best known for Award-winning Documentary, LAKAY, a film where he travels to Haiti after the devastating earthquake to make sure the family he left behind when he was five years old is safe.

Before LAKAY came thriller, CRITICAL NEXUS, a feature film where critics recognized Tirf’s ambition in film. Tirf’s third feature, BASTARD SON OF A THOUSAND FATHERS, is soon to be released.

Having been quoted saying that he is a “big action film genre guy,” he isn’t as serious as he is perceived and looks forward to exploring comedies in his filmmaking future.

A family man and father, Tirf believes in education for youths and works with non-profit organizations to help foster the minds of the future, both in the local areas surrounding Chicago, in communities in Haiti, as well as the world.

 

Remoh’s Bio:remoh_romeo

Remoh Romeo was an aspiring Olympic Gymnast. However, when the Chicago native’s acrobatic skills landed him the role of a sailor in the theatrical production, HMS Pinafore, he fell in love with acting. He received his acting training at Columbia College of Chicago and brings to any production real life experiences – with 11 years as a Police Officer, Weapons Handling, and Rapid Response Training.

Romeo is also a founding member of the Fabulous French Boys, an R&B/Hip­Hop group that was based in Chicago. Along with his brother, Tirf Alexius, a fellow actor, producer and director, they released several singles and EPs as the FFB and together built their dream studio now known as Driven Entertainment. Romeo has starred in several television commercials and films. Recent collaborations with 4 Features Film Company have resulted in three feature­ length films.

Notable achievements: Produced and co­starred in the feature film, ‘Bastard Son of A Thousand Fathers.’ Produced and a supporting role in indie Thriller, ‘Critical Nexus.’ Co-wrote and produced ‘Lakay,’ an award-winning documentary about two brothers who return to Haiti to search for family. Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers is the third feature he’s produced.

 

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Spotlight: Brian Sikoff / Top 10 films from the 90’s

On Episode 227 We talk to Brian Sikoff of Halloween Hotness benefiting American Cancer Society. What is your top ten film from the 90’s? We assemble a panel to break down our top 10 films of 90’s 9/15/16 Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/272629469785364/

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Brian Sikoff @BrianSikoff https://twitter.com/BrianSikoff

KingPengvin @Kingpengvin https://twitter.com/Kingpengvin

Brian Sikoff http://www.halloweenhotness.com/ https://www.instagram.com/cosplaynowandforever/

“I’ll be polite… Right up until I’m rude.” CEO Halloween Hotness, Bri Spy Agency. Love all things Hollywood and I’m a Cosplayer. Star Wars, Doctor Who, etc

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