'Pause It: Armored Attack'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A mass of faces, mostly women and children, looking out. Theirs are the expressions of the downtrodden and aggrieved. In Armored Attack! (A.K.A., The North Star, 1943), director Lewis Milestone positions his camera amid the throng, staging the action in deep space. Raising the camera to slightly above eye … Continue reading Pause It: Armored Attack

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May 15, 2018

'Pause It: Ruthless'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A harrowing scene. Concerned faces huddle in the background as they look upon the shocking conclusion of a man’s life. The foregrounded figure, a down on his luck banker, has tragically met his end. The image is made all the more unsettling by the striking way it is composed. … Continue reading Pause It: Ruthless

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May 8, 2018

'Olive Films announces May 2018 Titles!'

This May, Olive Films has a great batch of titles for you to take home! We have the zany satire Cold Turkey from television-producing icon Norman Lear starring Dick Van Dyke and Bob Newhart, the charged heist flick Odds Against Tomorrow from Robert Wise with Robert Ryan, Harry Belafonte, and Shelley Winters, and the wacky horror-comedy A Bucket of … Continue reading Olive Films announces May 2018 Titles!

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April 27, 2018

'Pause It: The Weapon'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? In The Weapon (1957), a young boy (Jon Whiteley), stands in the moonlight examining a gun. The boy has found the weapon in a bombed-out ruin and when the inexperienced child wields the firearm for the first time he accidentally shoots and wounds a playmate of his. Thinking his … Continue reading Pause It: The Weapon

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April 19, 2018

'Pause It: Irreconcilable Differences'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? An awkward family dinner. In Charles Shyer’s Hollywood dramedy, Irreconcilable Differences (1984), a screenwriting couple, Albert (Ryan O’Neal) and Lucy (Shelley Long), struggle to achieve industry success while failing to raise their often neglected daughter Casey, played here by the precocious Drew Barrymore. When Albert brings home a beautiful … Continue reading Pause It: Irreconcilable Differences

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April 9, 2018

'Pause It: Lord of the Flies'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A pack of young schoolboys watches in awe as an island tree burns to the ground in director Harry Hook’s retelling of author William Golding’s masterwork, Lord of The Flies (1990). When their plane crashes into the ocean, a group of schoolboys is forced to evacuate to an uninhabited … Continue reading Pause It: Lord of the Flies

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March 26, 2018

'Pause It: Hair'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A montage of four shots introduces a tribe of hippie protagonists in director Miloš Forman’s counterculture classic, Hair (1979). Character introductions play a key role in shaping our expectations and foreshadowing the themes, style, and direction of the story to come. In this particular case, how do these four … Continue reading Pause It: Hair

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March 21, 2018

'Olive Films announces April 2018 Titles!'

Hooray, spring is here! This April Olive Films showers you with three beloved titles from the ‘70s, ’80’s and ‘90s. In Joe, Peter Boyle delivers a chilling and darkly comic performance as a reactionary who takes justice into his own hands; director John Boorman’s autobiographical Hope and Glory looks back on an English childhood amid … Continue reading Olive Films announces April 2018 Titles!

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March 16, 2018

'Color Palette: Lord of the Flies'

Olive Films’ theme of the month, “Tradition,” continues with Lord of the Flies (1990). Plane crash survivors, young military school cadets on an overseas trip, make their way on a life raft to a remote, tropical island. At their backs is a particularly vibrant pink and purple sky at sunset. While sunsets are ordinarily serene, there’s something … Continue reading Color Palette: Lord of the Flies

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March 13, 2018

'February 2018 New Releases: Best Deals'

February offers an exciting mix of biopics, comedies, and a celebration of the age of Aquarius. We’ve compiled this guide to help you find where to buy them at the best prices. Just click the links in the prices below to order yours!   BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1962) Birdman of Alcatraz Blu-ray: $16.45 Birdman of Alcatraz DVD: $13.75 … Continue reading February 2018 New Releases: Best Deals

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February 27, 2018

'With All Due Credit: Champion'

The credits for Mark Robson’s Champion do a lot to establish Midge Kelly (Kirk Douglas) as a cold and ruthless fighter. Editor Harry W. Gerstad would go on to win an Oscar for his work on Champion for Best Film Editing. Champion is available on DVD and Blu-ray! With All Due Credit archive: The Stranger … Continue reading With All Due Credit: Champion

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February 17, 2018

'Frame by Frame: Cyrano De Bergerac'

Olive Films’ theme of the month, Awards Season, continues with Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)! José Ferrer would win an Academy Award for his portrayal of Cyrano de Bergerac. In the scene below we see de Bergerac get the better of a foe with both his sword and his wit. Cyrano is able to counter every advance … Continue reading Frame by Frame: Cyrano De Bergerac

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February 15, 2018

'Happy Valentine’s Day from Olive Films!'

Happy Valentine’s Day from Olive Films! Still haven’t found the right flick to scratch that romantic itch? Try one of these titles from our catalog!   FOR ROMANTICS WHO LOVE A TIMELESS CLASSIC FLICK YOUNG AT HEART   Young at Heart centers on a family headed by a music-loving patriarch (Robert Keith, Men in War) … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day from Olive Films!

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February 14, 2018

'Color Palette: Belle Epoque'

Our February theme of the month, Awards Season, continues with Belle Epoque (1992)! In Fernando Trueba’s Belle Epoque, we see Fernando and Violeta, having slinked away from a costume party, share a moment alone underneath a moonlit sky. The white and blue lighting creates a striking image, and the two distinct light sources help heighten the … Continue reading Color Palette: Belle Epoque

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February 12, 2018

'Olive Films Announces February 2018 Titles'

February offers an exciting mix of biopics, comedies, and a celebration of the age of Aquarius. We have two vastly different Burt Lancaster roles (the tough-as-nails prisoner in Birdman of Alcatraz and a lightly comic turn as a cavalry colonel in the big screen western The Hallelujah Trail), Dennis Quaid channeling rock-n-roll legend Jerry Lee … Continue reading Olive Films Announces February 2018 Titles

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February 9, 2018


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