News/Blog: Monthly Archives: February 2017

'And the Winners Were… A Look Back at Olive’s Past Oscar Winners'

With the Oscars almost upon us, Olive Films would like to take a look back at some of the films in our catalog that received this prestigious award. We hope you can join us in celebrating the often-unsung categories as well as the Big Five. Together, these add up to a whole lot of amazing … Continue reading And the Winners Were… A Look Back at Olive’s Past Oscar Winners

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February 24, 2017

'In Focus: Trust'

    In Focus is our chance to look a little closer at some of our favorite films. This edition of In Focus highlights one of our Valentine’s Day favorites, Trust (1990). If you have time, check out our recent Pause It for the film too! Hal Hartley’s second feature film, Trust was shot in 11 days on … Continue reading In Focus: Trust

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February 22, 2017

'February 2017 New Releases: Best Deals'

Adventure, excitement, and drama abound in our selection of new titles for this February! We have a piece of endearing 80s camp, an under-appreciated serial, a heartwarming modern drama, and some hard-to-find favorites. You may notice that some of today’s releases are out of stock in some places. If you’ve been having difficulties ordering our … Continue reading February 2017 New Releases: Best Deals

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February 21, 2017

'Happy 90th Birthday to Sidney Poitier'

  “If I’m remembered for having done a few good things, and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that’s plenty.” Sidney Poitier has sparked more than just some good energies, and we’re sure that we’ll remember him for more than just a few good things. Olive Films would like to wish a … Continue reading Happy 90th Birthday to Sidney Poitier

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February 20, 2017

'Pause It: Trust'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? A woman, Adrienne Shelly, stands atop a ledge, her feet precariously close to the edge, her back facing out into the unknown. In the background her co-star, Martin Donovan, wonders whether she will jump. Implicit to the composition is the film’s central question: Does she trust him enough … Continue reading Pause It: Trust

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February 16, 2017

'Pause It: Hollywood Shuffle'

    PAUSE IT: What do you see? A victorious Robert Townsend hoists a golden statuette high into the air in his classic send-up of Tinseltown race politics, Hollywood Shuffle (1987). In his directorial debut, the multi-talented producer-actor-writer-director pulls no punches for what is a semi-autobiographical tale about his time in Hollywood as a working … Continue reading Pause It: Hollywood Shuffle

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February 9, 2017

'Alternative Valentine’s Day Viewing'

Are you sick and tired of the same overly optimistic romantic movies every Valentine’s Day? You don’t have to tell us how great it is to eat chocolate and watch The Quiet Man or Return to Me, but sometimes we’re just in the mood for the road less traveled. We try not to limit ourselves to the … Continue reading Alternative Valentine’s Day Viewing

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February 8, 2017

'In Focus: Uptight'

  In Focus is our chance to look a little closer at some of our favorite films. This edition of In Focus highlights our film of the month, Uptight (1968). We encourage you to share with us your thoughts on Uptight by leaving us a comment on Facebook, Letterboxd, Twitter, or emailing If we like what … Continue reading In Focus: Uptight

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February 3, 2017

'Pause It: Uptight'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? Three young men cast their gazes outward and up in director Jules Dassin’s important Civil Rights era work, Uptight (1968). In doing so, director Dassin draws our attention from foreground to background and then back again to foreground. What are they looking at? Here, Dassin artfully makes use … Continue reading Pause It: Uptight

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