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'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

'Pause It: Too Late Blues'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A dazed woman, Jess (Stella Stevens), stares at the shattered image of her own reflection in director John Cassavetes’ Too Late Blues (1961). Her makeup running, her hair frazzled, the image is startling as Stevens gazes beyond herself into the black abyss. Not often recognized for his abilities as … Continue reading Pause It: Too Late Blues

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'Pause It: The Unbelievable Truth'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A stylized image. A triptych composition. Actor Adrienne Shelly (foreground) averts her gaze from an ongoing amorous display in director Hal Hartley’s deadpan comedy, The Unbelievable Truth (1989). The scene is touching, if not comic, in all that it says about human longing and affection. The lustful and cringeworthy … Continue reading Pause It: The Unbelievable Truth

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June 11, 2018

'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

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