'Frame by Frame: Who’s Minding the Store?'

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April 18, 2017

'In Focus: Who’s Minding the Store?'

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, the classic piece of slapstick perfection, Who’s Minding the Store? (1963). This lighthearted comedy is pure Jerry Lewis and Frank Tashlin at their best. It starts with the beautiful heiress … Continue reading In Focus: Who’s Minding the Store?

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April 14, 2017

'Color Palette: Beach Blanket Bingo'

Our theme of the month, Hijinks, continues with Beach Blanket Bingo and another exciting new feature, Color Palette! In this Color Palette for Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), Don Rickles introduces our beach-partying stars to the wonderful world of skydiving. Take a look at the oh-so-1960s shades used in the costuming and set.  

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April 10, 2017

'Pause It: My Favorite Spy'

    The hijinks (our April theme of the month) continue with My Favorite Spy! PAUSE IT: What do you see? Behold the man, the myth, the legend: Bob Hope in My Favorite Spy (1951). Standing in front of a life-size pull-down painting of a well dressed man, he appears just as miffed at what he … Continue reading Pause It: My Favorite Spy

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April 6, 2017

'Corman & Davis & Peck, OH MY'

April 5th is quite a big date for our favorite Hollywood figures. Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Melvyn Douglas, Spencer Tracy, Roger Corman, and Walter Huston all share this day as their birthday! Without further ado, here are some wise words as well as some great films from each of these icons.   ROGER CORMAN Speaking about … Continue reading Corman & Davis & Peck, OH MY

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April 5, 2017

'Olive Films revisits auteurist roots with April 2017 releases'

Chicago, IL – Olive Films, a boutique theatrical and home entertainment distribution label dedicated to bringing independent, foreign, and classic films to DVD and Blu-ray, has announced that April 25th will be the Blu-ray debut of six new titles, including Ophélia, The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers, and four from Walerian Borowczyk. “They sort of get … Continue reading Olive Films revisits auteurist roots with April 2017 releases

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'Pause It: When We Leave'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? A woman (Sibel Kekilli) lies supine atop a hospital bed. We are attuned to the fact that this is a moment of anguished contemplation. Beautifully composed through the room’s drapes, her dismayed expression is made clear to us. In this still from When We Leave (2010), director Feo … Continue reading Pause It: When We Leave

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March 27, 2017

'In Focus: Smooth Talk'

  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, the seriously underrated gem Smooth Talk (1985). If you have time, check out our recent Pause It for the film too! Smooth Talk is what happens when … Continue reading In Focus: Smooth Talk

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March 24, 2017

'March 2017 New Releases: Best Deals'

  Today marks the Blu-ray debut of five titles that represent a healthy mix of favorites and forgotten gems of the 30s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, including the feature film debut of Robert Altman! You may notice that some of today’s releases are out of stock in some places. If you’ve been having difficulties ordering … Continue reading March 2017 New Releases: Best Deals

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March 21, 2017

'Pause It: Return to Me'

    PAUSE IT: What do you see? Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) and Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver) embrace in the middle of a crowded piazza in director Bonnie Hunt’s Return To Me (2000). Posed as if characters inside the frame of a painting, the lovers’ outpouring of affection suggest a feeling of plenitude, if not … Continue reading Pause It: Return to Me

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March 20, 2017

'Oh, with the birthdays! Happy 91st to Jerry Lewis'

  Olive Films would like to wish a very happy birthday to one of our favorite comedic minds, Jerry Lewis. We have some true gems from his career that highlight his ability to make us laugh while touching our hearts, including 4 of his collaborations with director Frank Tashlin. Whether you’re a diehard or casual … Continue reading Oh, with the birthdays! Happy 91st to Jerry Lewis

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March 16, 2017

'Pause It: Parked'

    PAUSE IT: What do you see? In the opening sequence of director Darragh Byrne’s Parked (2010), a man (Colm Meaney) sits alone on a wooden bench. In the background, his car has been vandalized. A desolate scene to be sure, the mood is made all the more bleak by Byrne’s and cinematographer John … Continue reading Pause It: Parked

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March 10, 2017

'Pause It: Smooth Talk'

  PAUSE IT: What do you see? That all too familiar feeling of being watched. The hairs on the back of Connie Wyatt’s (Laura Dern’s) neck stand as she turns to find that she is ensnared in the lustful gaze of an older man, Arnold Friend (Treat Williams), in director Joyce Chopra’s Smooth Talk (1985). His … Continue reading Pause It: Smooth Talk

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March 8, 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 … Continue reading Pause It: Trust

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'Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Olive Films'

  From modern independent Irish gems to classic Hollywood’s portrayal of Ireland, Olive Films has plenty to fulfill your St. Patrick’s Day movie needs. We hope you’ll use the holiday this year as an opportunity to revisit old classics as well as discover some new favorites.   PARKED (2010) Parked gives a heartwarming yet unflinching view … Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Olive Films

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March 7, 2017


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