#137 – Horrifically DARK SHADOWS, MOTHER’S DAY, NAZIS AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH and more!

On this episode, John and I discuss the new Tim Burton, Johnny Depp collaboration DARK SHADOWS. I dug it. And John, well… that’s another story.

We then get to discussing new Blu-ray and DVD releases, including…

29:30 – JOHN WAYNE FILM COLLECTION – DVD

John: “I love this! Lots of great stuff here. A really interesting set. I would recommend it. It’s a nice mix. And they’re ALL entertaining.”


NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN – DVD

From Cinema Libre comes a new documentary NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN. I have to say, for as much as I enjoyed it, I can’t escape the feeling that the film moves too swiftly. It barrels along at such a brisk pace. I felt it somehow needed to step on the brakes. Slow down. Maybe that’s just me. Didn’t the film-makers realize that the film can stand on its own apart from the info flow? Regardless, NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN is a fascinating look at a periodically irascible talent.

The energy Mailer put into his writing is admirable. I’m envious of the talent. What journalist wouldn’t be? Some authors simply have a knack for delivery, the ability to create something impacting and entertaining, and if needed on short notice. Mailer had that. Perhaps his life was an example of this talent. Plus, as detailed in the film, he’s one of the founders of THE VILLAGE VOICE. Impressive without question.


56:45 – MOTHER’S DAY  – Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

John: “I loved it! Mainly because Rebecca De Mornay is in-sane. She gets the role of a lifetime for her. She’s the Mom of three sons and she’s a psycho. Her three sons… there’s a botched bank robbery. One of them gets shot. They have to go back home to get their Mom to help them. Although, while they’ve been away, they’ve been out of touch and the house has been foreclosed on and other people live there. They break into the house thinkin’ Mom’s there, but it’s other people, who they hold hostage until Mom can come and help them. And De Mornay is just psycho.”


 

59:15 – NAZIS AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH – Blu-ray

They Asylum makes good cheeseburgers. The just do! A group of scientists on the North Pole are doing geological experiments, and in the process, they uncover a gateway to where Nazi’s have been hiding for the past sixty or so years building their zombie army. Jake Busey is the head researcher. And this is a research mission you’ll never forget. These creepy-ass Nazis, led by Josef Mengele, have preserved themselves. Yikes!

John: “This movie made me so happy! I get up, I watch this movie for breakfast, and I’m just happy for the rest of the day.”


53:30 – FATHER OF THE BRIDE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION & FATHER OF THE BRIDE: PART II – Two Movie Collection (Three Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

I state in the episode: “You get both films on the Blu-ray, and then they have the individual DVDs in the pack. For me it’s all about Steve Martin, and a little bit Martin Short – this supporting role [as the wedding planner] with the really weird accent. Maybe this is when Steve Martin took a turn to the ‘family film’ kinda thing. He plays the guy who’s been put upon by life. I watched FATHER OF THE BRIDE a couple days ago for the first time since it came out 20 years ago, and it still works.”

“And the transfer… the quality of the film was solid! It looked GREAT in hi-def. You’re getting a quality disc here.”


36:15 – PORTRAIT OF AN ESCORT (1980) – MGM LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION – DVD

This 1980 TV movie stars Tony Bill (probably best known for having directed MY BODYGUARD and being one of the producers of THE STING) and Kevin McCarthy. Susan Anspach is the lead. And the film is directed by Steven Hillard Stern. It’s about a single Mom (Anspach) who works at a real estate agency and is barely making ends meet. She takes a job as an escort with the clear line that she’s only going on dates. However, as her agent reminds her, what happens after the date is her business, and it won’t be discouraged. Nevertheless, she must deal with the judgement of those who’ve figured out what she’s doing to make extra money, even though she’s not doing the part they think she’s doing. If only she could escape the screwball who was her first date.

It’s early ’80s kitch, but, as I state in the episode, “It passes the mustard.”


40:15 – LA HAINE – THE CRITERION COLLECTION – Blu-ray

John, as he continues his “battle with all things French cinema”: “Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and starring Vincent Cassell – who is my hero because he’s married to Monica Bellucci. It’s a black and white film that takes place following a riot in a Paris ghetto, where there was an incident of police brutality. It’s a story about these three guys who, a day after the riot, go out and see what the neighborhood looks like after the riot. But they’re three wannabe rioters. They’re weenies. They’re always talking tough, but if anyone ever says “Boo!” they cringe. It’s beautifully shot in black and white. Great music! A really fascinating movie.”

“There’s a fifteen minutes introduction by Jodi Foster, which seems odd. But she talks as a director and as a fan of the movie. She was so impressed by Mathieu Kassovitz’s prior films. She explains why this movie is important to her and why this movie is a force.”

“I give this disc a really high recommendation.”


1:05:30 – BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT’S YOU DON’T LOOK THE SAME EITHER – DVD

John: “It’s an hour long film doing stand-up, which he did right after making WORLD’S GREATEST DAD. He soppted being the ‘Bobcat’ character, the guy who screams and stuff, and he’s just being himself. It’s real and it’s really funny.”


ANNOUNCEMENT: RED TAILS – Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

Also on Blu-ray and DVD this week is RED TAILS, which we briefly discuss, and will talk about more extensively next week.


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About Stephen Slaughter Head

Stephen Slaughter Head co-founded the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce. He has more than 2,000 published articles at IGN.com. His filmmaking interviews, reviews and features have been published at AOL, Script magazine, Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. He is also the host of the Diabolique Webcast at DiaboliqueMagazine.com. You can contact him directly on Twitter at twitter.com/stevehead.

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