Streaming Service Film Movement Plus Heads Into April With ‘Gregory’s Girl’

Film Movement Plus has a library of over 450 films, and with its spotlight on world cinema the selection is refershingly diverse. The strearming platform is now offering film buffs a 30 day free trial and 50% off the first month.

One of the reasons why I’m jumping on the Film Movement Plus bandwagon is this director Bill Forsyth’s revered feature Gregory’s Girl is part of the April offerings, along with the wuxia feature The Fate of Lee Khan and the Israeli drama Policeman. After thoroughly enjoying the Burt Lancaster/Susan Sarandon pairing in Atlantic City, I have been looking forward to checking out Gregory’s Girl (these two works are considered Forsyth’s best films).

Gregory’s Girl centers on Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair), a teenager who becomes infatuated with Dorothy, his new soccer teammate Dorothy (Dee Hepburn). Encouraged by his sarcastic 10-year-old sister Madeline (Allison Foster), Gregory embarks on a journey of love, only to find that there may be a few obstacles along the way!

For more on the service, check out Film Movement’s official site.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi

CinemAddicts Podcast Spotlights Acclaimed Brazilian Film ‘Bacurau’

On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we cover a slew of first rate features that are worth checking out (including Clover and The Platform), but the highlight of the past week was discovering the acclaimed feature Bacaiau.

A Grand Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, Bacurau centers on the members of a village who come together after the passing of its matriarch. Directed by Juliao Dornelles and Kleber Mendonca Filho, the 131 narrative gives us an up close and personal look at how these townspeople survive on a day to day basis.

With no direct access to water (thanks to a government corruption), the townsfolk continue to remain united while living in less than favorable conditions. When a group of trigger happy mercenaries (led by Udo Kier) are hired to eliminate Bacurau off the face of the earth, they refuse to bow down to this intimidating threat.

Kino Lorber is holding virtual screenings across the United States, and for more details on how you can support your local independent theater while also enjoying Bacurau, go KL’s official site.

Take a listen to Episode 114 of CinemAddicts and tell us what you think of Bacurau!!

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Two Tales Of ‘Fast Times’ From Sean Penn & Nicolas Cage

With so many of America’s schools closed right now, you can always go back to campus via the movies — and there haven’t been many high school movies that can rival 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High. With a cast that included several young stars-to-be, a witty script from then-newcomer Cameron Crowe, and an amazing soundtrack, Fast Times has attained the legendary status that few teen-oriented movies ever achieve. (In fact, it’s been preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.) With hindsight being 20/20, though, a couple of those young stars remember the filming process very differently: For Sean Penn, it was an amazing experience; for Nicolas Cage, it was one he’d rather forget. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sean Penn & Nicolas Cage)

 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is now streaming on the Starz app. It’s also available for purchase digitally and on those old-fashioned DVDs and Blu-Rays.

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Silence Was Golden: Emily Blunt Surprised By Success Of ‘A Quiet Place’

Evelyn (Emily Blunt) braves the unknown in “A Quiet Place Part II.”

A Quiet Place Part II was supposed to be playing in theaters right now. Rather than going the streaming route, its studio is betting it’s a movie you’ll want to see in theaters, so its release date has been pushed back instead. Emily Blunt is back for the sequel, as is her husband, writer/director/co-star John Krasinski, and she told us she still finds it hard to believe the first movie — which grossed over $340 million worldwide — was so incredibly successful. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emily Blunt)

 

A Quiet Place Part II is now scheduled to open during Labor Day weekend.

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Glenn Howerton Found Some Fun In ‘The Hunt’

Glen Howerton attends as Universal Pictures presents a special screening of THE HUNT at the ArcLight in Hollywood, CA on Monday, March 9, 2020.
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Glenn Howerton is, of course, best known for the show he helped create, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, now up to 14 seasons and counting. But with that show’s shorter seasons, it’s given him the opportunity to branch out into other TV and movie projects, including The Hunt. The action/horror film is definitely a change of pace for Howerton, who’s used to playing for laughs. But he does think “The Hunt,” even though it has a lot of gore, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it asks a lot of interesting questions about today’s society and the partisan divide. (Click on the media bar below to hear Glenn Howerton)

The Hunt is currently available for streaming rentals.

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This Shark Was No Baby: Richard Dreyfuss Recalls The ‘Special Quality’ Of ‘Jaws’

June will mark the 45th anniversary of the movie that became Hollywood’s first true blockbuster and put a young director named Steven Spielberg on the map. That film, of course, is Jaws. Adjusted for inflation, it still ranks in America’s Top 10 grossing films of all time, and new generations keep discovering it. Worldwide, Jaws made more than $470 million — not bad for a film that cost just $7 million to make! But while he was working on it, Richard Dreyfuss had no idea they were creating something that would soon become massively huge. (Click on the media bar below to hear Richard Dreyfuss)

 

Jaws is currently playing on Cinemax and streaming on the Cinemax app.

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