'Pause It: Fedora'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Screen idol, Fedora (Marthe Keller), has gone under the knife to preserve her star-making visage in director Billy Wilder’s Fedora (1978). A dark, and at times satiric thriller characterizing Hollywood’s ongoing obsession with youth and beauty, one could always count on Wilder’s caustic observations to cut more than skin … Continue reading Pause It: Fedora

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December 10, 2018

'Pause It: Such Good Friends'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A woman, Julie (Dyan Cannon), poses before a mirror as she tries on a new wedding dress in director Otto Preminger’s, Such Good Friends (1971). Around the room are staged mannequins and shop dresses. But look closely and you’ll see that Cannon is actually positioned in what is an … Continue reading Pause It: Such Good Friends

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November 19, 2018

'Pause It: Despair'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Hard shafts of light cut across actor Dirk Bogarde’s face in director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Despair (1978). The shadows are moody, emotionally charged, indicative of the dramatic stakes that make up Fassbinder’s desperate world. Typically, a cinematographer will instruct their crew to create a quality of light that matches … Continue reading Pause It: Despair

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November 12, 2018

'Available Today from Olive Films!'

Today, Olive Films has a great pair of features for you to pick up. There’s the Carlos Saura tragedy The 7th Day, which chronicles the decades-long history between two enemy families, a feud which ended with the worst mass-shooting in Spain’s history. There’s also Mr. Capra Goes to War: Frank Capra’s World War II Documentaries, which … Continue reading Available Today from Olive Films!

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November 6, 2018

'Pause It: A Bucket of Blood'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A statue of a disfigured man. His expression anguished, his skull cracked open there is a certain grotesqueness to his stony stare. In fact, the macabre statue is actually the work of one Walter Paisley (Dick Miller), a struggling artist turned serial killer. A sick man, Paisley’s work receives … Continue reading Pause It: A Bucket of Blood

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October 17, 2018

'Pause It: Invasion of the Body Snatchers'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Actor Kevin McCarthy yells at indifferent drivers as they whiz by him on a busy freeway. In hard-bitten director Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), the situation is fraught with tension as cars honk and swerve nearly hitting McCarthy in the process; he wants to warn them … Continue reading Pause It: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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October 8, 2018

'Pause It: It! The Terror from Beyond Space'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Two astronauts exit the space hatch and take their first cautious steps along the exterior of a spacecraft in director Edward L. Cahn’s sci-fi monster flick, “IT! The Terror From Beyond Space” (1958). Incredibly, the astronauts defy gravity as they walk with ease down the vertical axis of the … Continue reading Pause It: It! The Terror from Beyond Space

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September 19, 2018

'Olive Films Announces October 2018 Olive Signature Title: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)'

“They’re already here! You’re next!” Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the 1956 sci-fi classic, returns to Blu-ray October 16 as part of our Olive Signature series. Only 5000 units are available, so preorder yours before they’re all gone! Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) KEVIN MCCARTHY (Death of a Salesman, The Misfits, Innerspace) DANA WYNTER (Airport, Sink … Continue reading Olive Films Announces October 2018 Olive Signature Title: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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September 18, 2018

'Pause It: Blast-Off'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A line of uniformed soldiers stand at attention awaiting orders from their superior (Stratford Johns) in director Don Sharp’s Blast–Off [AKA Those Fantastic Flying Fools] (1967). Dressed in a striking red coat, Johns’s uniform offsets the beige background of the sandy beach and the black uniforms of the soldiers. … Continue reading Pause It: Blast-Off

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September 10, 2018

'Pause It: Hoodlum'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) embraces love interest Francine Hughes (Vanessa Williams) on a lamp-lit street in director Bill Duke’s Hoodlum (1997). Shown here as three consecutive frames, the succession of images is actually taken from one extended crane shot. A crane is a piece of film equipment … Continue reading Pause It: Hoodlum

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August 20, 2018

'Pause It: Stone Cold'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Actor Brian Bosworth handles a giant Komodo dragon in director Craig R. Baxley’s, Stone Cold (1991). On set, between takes, the job of overseeing animals goes to the animal wrangler. The wrangler is a certified professional who is skilled in the art of both monitoring and controlling the animal … Continue reading Pause It: Stone Cold

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August 13, 2018

'Pause It: Black Caesar'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A busy New York City street in director Larry Cohen’s, Black Caesar (1973). Fred Williamson, Black Caesar himself, stumbles to the ground. Wounded, the scene is bloody and harrowing. Cohen plays the scene for maximum visceral impact, injecting it with a healthy dose of guerrilla filmmaking technique and big … Continue reading Pause It: Black Caesar

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July 20, 2018

'Olive Films Announces August 2018 Olive Signature Title: Bound'

Olive Films is proud to announce the latest addition to Olive Signature, our premiere line offering deluxe editions of time-honored classics, fan favorites, and under-appreciated gems from the Olive catalog. This release will be manufactured in a limited pressing of 3,500 units. BOUND – OLIVE SIGNATURE (1996) GINA GERSHON (Showgirls, Face/Off, The Insider) JENNIFER TILLY (Bullets … Continue reading Olive Films Announces August 2018 Olive Signature Title: Bound

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July 18, 2018

'Pause It: Joe'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Peter Boyle pictured here as the titular lead, Joe, in the midst of a phone conversation. There is a mood of paranoia and unease as the shot is framed at a remove with use of a long (telephoto) lens. For this antihero character study of a reactionary and his … Continue reading Pause It: Joe

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July 16, 2018

'Olive Films announces its July 2018 release Streets of Vengeance'

Vengeance belongs in the streets, and the streets belong to Mila. But on July 24th, Streets of Vengeance can belong to YOU!   STREETS OF VENGEANCE (2017)   DELAWNA MCKINNEY (Cinco De Mayo) ANTHONY TO’OMATA (Cinco De Mayo) GINGER LYNN ALLEN (The Devil’s Rejects, Too Good to Be True, New Wave Hookers) JOANNA ANGEL (The Last House, Stockings, … Continue reading Olive Films announces its July 2018 release Streets of Vengeance

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June 21, 2018


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