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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John Hughes Classic ‘Sixteen Candles’ Hits Blu-ray In April With New Interviews

John Hughes’ directing debut Sixteen Candles turned Molly Ringwald into a star and sent him on a path to a distinguished film career. Arrow Video will release Sixteen Candles on April 14 on Blu-ray with a plethora of special features.

Samantha Baker’s (Ringwald) 16th birthday may turn out nightmarish, as her crush Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) discovers a “sex quiz” filled out by Sam in which she claims she was saving her virginity for him. Scene stealer Anthony Michael Hall is the nerd who continues to pester her, and Gedde Watanabe is the eccentric foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong. The release comes with a new restoration by Arrow Films (from a 4K scan of the original negative).

Blu-ray special features include:

  1. High definition Blu-ray presentation of the Theatrical version as well as the Blu-ray Extended Version (94 minutes) with an additional and remastered cafetera scene.
  2. All new audio interview with Sixteen Candles casting director Jackie Burch.
  3. “When Gedde Met Deborah” is a new conversation between co-stars Gedde Watanabe and Deborah Pollack.
  4. New interviews with actor John Kapelos, camera operator Gary Kibbe, and composer Ira Newborn.
  5. Director Adam Rifkin reflects on working as an extra on the set.
  6. The first pressing of the Blu-ray contains an illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the movie by Nikki Baughan and Bryan Reesman.

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Director Cindy Meehl Spotlights A Veterinarian’s Holistic And Integrative Approach In ‘The Dog Doc’

Director Cindy Meehl was a novice filmmaker when she made Buck, the 2011 documentary which focuses on the life and work of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman. Meehl was passionate about telling the story of Buck after getting to know him, and sometimes a personal connection to a subject can serve as the motivation behind creative endeavor.

Meehl first came up with the idea for The Dog Doc during the making and release of Buck, and she spent over two and a half years bringing her latest documentary to life. The feature centers on Dr. Marty Goldstein’s attempts to bring a bigger spotlight on integrative veterinary medicine. Along with treating the disease, Goldstein also focuses on helping build an animal’s immune system in hopes to enhance their quality of life (and possibly add years to their existentence).

“Conventional medicine has a great place in our world,” said Meehl. “But people have gotten to quick to take a pill and to ignore the whole body that grew the tumor. We don’t want to look at the big picture at what is creating the issue, without being preachy! But you’re immune system is so important and I think right now more than any other time that should be really something to think about.”

Along with focusing on Goldstein’s approach, the documentary also givese viewers a look into how other doctors at Smith Ridge Veterinary Center (where Goldstein worked) apply this integrative approach to several dogs. Click on the media bar to hear Meehl discuss how Goldstein impacted the life of her own dog:

The Dog Doc is now available On Demand.

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Will Ferrell And Julia Louis-Dreyfus Explore The Darkly Comic Depths of ‘Downhill’

These days staying in and social distancing are the norm, and various films that were released earlier this year have made their way onto digital much earlier than anticipated.

Downhill, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, falls in that category, and it proved to be a more than worthy remake to the critically acclaimed feature Force Majeure.

The movie centers on Billie (Louis-Dreyfus) and Pete (Ferrell), a couple whose family skiing trip becomes a nightmare after Pete turns tail and leaves the family during an avalange. Pete’s act has repercussions throughout the vacation, leading one to question if this marriage will ever get back on track.

“I was blown away by the script,” said Ferrell. “Not having any knowledge of the original version, I thought it was such an interesting story and way to approach a relationship movie. To add this external event that becomes immediately to yourself. Like how would I react with my spouse? Would I do the right thing? And if didn’t, would I confess? Would I try to bury it deeper and hope that no one notices because everyone is okay? It just examines so many things in an interesting way while being funny but being dramatic at the same time.”

Click on the media bar to hear Julia Louis-Dreyfus talk about her character and the family dynamic behind the film:

Downhill, directed and penned by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, is now available on Digital.

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Morgan Saylor And Sophie Lowe Bond Over New England Noir ‘Blow The Man Down’

Blow The Man Down is a Maine set thriller that centers on Mary Beth (Morgan Saylor) and Priscilla (Sophie Lowe), sisters who have views on how to live a life without their recently deceased mother. Priscilla wants to stay in their small town and keep their house and fish shop alive (although they have mounting debts), and the more irresponsible Mary Beth simply wants to leave for greener pastures.

After Mary Beth kills someone in self defense, the sisters attempt to cover up the crime, only to get embroiled in the town’s political and social underbelly. Directed and penned by Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole, the feature is a first rate tale that, along with excellent lead performances, is blessed with a talented ensemble (which includes Margo Martindale and Annette O’Toole)

“I think (Blow The Man Down) stands out for a number of reasons,” said Lowe. “The way it’s shot kind of really grabs your eyes. It’s beautifully shot and the landscape is so different. And also it’s a mainly female cast and the characters are kind of relatable in their own different ways. I haven’t seen much like that so I think it’s refreshing to watch something . . .”

“It’s a New England noir,” interjects Saylor. “I think the setting is really, really fun. I’m a big Maine fan. And really the biggest thing was it being about women and being directed by two women. You don’t see that often.”

Click on the media bar to hear Morgan Saylor discuss how she, Lowe, and the filmmakers bonded during the pre-production of Blow The Man Down.

Blow The Man Down, which won Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival, is now streaming via Amazon Prime Video.

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Addison Riecke Lives In The Moment With First Rate Comedy ‘Banana Split’

Banana Split centers on April (Hannah Marks), a high school graduate who breaks up with her longtime boyfriend Nick (Dylan Sprouse) over summer. Nick’s new girlfriend is Clara (Liana Liberato), and in a surprise twist April and Clara become close friends. The obvious challenge is to keep jealousy over Nick out of the picture and make sure to keep their bond a secret.

Written by Marks and Joey Power, Banana Split is a cut above the average teen drama thanks to its whip smart screenplay and resonant approach to relationships. Addison Riecke (The Beguiled, A Girl Named Jo) co-stars as April’s surprisingly vulgar younger sister Agnes, and she actually has the film’s most hilarious lines (whether or not you love teens swearing like a sailor is an acquired taste -but I loved it!).

Now 16, Riecke has been able to look back on her roles in The Beguiled and Banana Split with fondness. “I was actually just thinking about this recently because with The Beguiled and with Banana Split, I was so young,” said Riecke.  “I did The Beguiled when I was 12 and I did this when I was 14. I wasn’t really thinking of it in terms of magnitude, I was living in the moment. I was thinking that it was so fun and I love doing this. But it’s crazy looking back (at going to) the Cannes Film Festival (for The Beguiled). In the moment it was just so fun and real.”

Addison Riecke has carved out a solid career as an actress, and under her new production company (LÁ cov) she has optioned the rights to book The Lions of Little Rock.

“Ever since I was really young, I’ve always been interested in creating,” added Riecke whose production company’s company moniker is inspired by Los Angeles and her birthplace of Covington, Louisiana. “Even when I first started acting – my whole life I have loved to read and write and that has always been something in the back of my mind that I’ve wanted to pursue. So acting luckily is such a great avenue where you can dip in and out of those things with writing, directing and producing. Especially being around the people in these projects who are so incredible and I’ve looked up to. They inspire me to pave my own path and come up with my own ideas to work behind the camera and create something that I love.”

Banana Split, directed by Benjamin Kasulke, is available On Digital and On Demand March 27.

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