Oscar-winning filmmaker William Friedkin gathered an all-star cast in his made-for-TV remake of 12 Angry Men, which marks 25 years. Twelve jurors gather in the jury room on one of the hottest days in New York to debate the fate of the accused. The judge informs them that a non-unanimous verdict will result in a mistrial while a guilty verdict means the accused will receive a death sentence. Leave it to Davis/Juror #8 (Jack Lemmon)…"12 Angry Men Marks 25th Anniversary"
They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way, written by and starring Tim Conway, makes its arrival on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Right off the bat, we need to discuss the film’s run time. Unlike the packaging, it is not 95 minutes long as the film runs closer to 108 minutes. When you look across IMDb, TCM, Rotten Tomatoes, AFI, Letterboxd, and Wikipedia, only AFI comes the closest at 106 minutes. To be fair, the longer…"They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way Arrives On Blu-ray"
Free Puppies!, a new documentary film about the grassroots network of dog rescuers, takes a closer look at the rescue dog crisis. I’m a dog lover and naturally, a film with this title is going to pique my interest. It’s a film about how a grassroots network across the rural South have been rescuing millions of rescue dogs. If not for their efforts, many dogs would have seen a tragic ending. Nobody wants that, certainly…"Free Puppies! Shows Importance Of Dog Rescuers"
13: The Musical is the newest Broadway musical adaptation and spotlights the Jewish coming-of-age ritual as it hits Netflix. The timing of this film could not be better. 13: The Musical arrives on Netflix at days after Jews marked Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. It’s the culmination of a mourning period known as the Three Weeks–Rosh Chodesh Av marks an increase in mourning with no music. Had it launched during the…"13: The Musical – Bar Mitzvah Musical Hits Netflix"
Back to the Drive-In explores the truth behind the Drive-In renaissance during the pandemic and their struggles to stay afloat. This is the sort of film where there are so many stories that April Wright features plenty more of them during the credits. It’s not a groundbreaking documentary but it’s a solid film as she continues capturing stories from theater owners and operators. In 2013, Wright released her first Drive-In documentary, Going Attractions: The Definitive…"Back to the Drive-In: The Renaissance"
Fall is in the same vein of 47 Meters Down and it’s 107 minutes of nerve-inducing anxiety from the time the camera rolls until the film ends. Imagine 47 Meters Down except we’re no longer under the water. Instead, the two leads are on top of an abandoned 2,000-ft B67 TV Tower in the California desert without any cell reception. The irony is that they did this to look fear in the face and now…"Fall: 107 Minutes of Nerve-Inducing Anxiety"
Secret Headquarters, the new superhero film starring Owen Wilson, skips its theatrical release for a Paramount+ debut. Please make sure to watch until the very end of the credits. Speaking of credits, this is another film where all of the musicians get listed in the credits. I can partly understand why the studio switched to a streaming release. The film is solid enough to be a winner at home. However, it’s not a proven IP…"Secret Headquarters Skips Theatrical for Paramount+"
The Campaign marks its 10th anniversary since the election satire starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis opened in theaters in 2012. “War has rules, mud wrestling has rules…Politics has no rules.” Ross Perot, Presidential Candidate 1988. The main problem with the film’s opening quote is that Perot didn’t run for president in 1988. This is something that should have been fixed for the home video release. Instead, it is still there ten years later! Cam…"The Campaign: Election Satire Brings The Laughs"
Next Time We Love makes its arrival on Blu-ray for the first time by way of Kino Lorber Studio Classics with a brand new 2K master. The film marks the first of four collaborations between Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart. Their next three team-ups were in The Shopworn Angel, The Shop Around The Corner, and The Mortal Storm. Sullavan only appeared in 16 films throughout her career with her final film role coming in 1950.…"Next Time We Love Arrives On Blu-ray"
On the Town is the third and final buddy comedy to pair both Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra together on the big screen. In many ways, this film is a spiritual sequel to the 1945 film, Anchors Aweigh. Both actors are playing U.S. Navy sailors on shore leave in each film. The first film sees them in Hollywood while the latter features New York City. In any event, the 1944 Broadway musical preceded their first…"On the Town – TCM Summer Under The Stars"