'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

'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


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