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December 2016

THE BABYMOONERS May Feel Life Familiar!

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD this January 2017 from director/writers Shaina Feinberg, Chris Manley and Candy Factory Films is a life of life and reproduction as THE BABYMOONERS.

Shaina is about to have her first baby with hubby Chris! Before this event changes their lives she decides to create a video letter to the little boy waiting to be born. She begins telling the story of her life working with a radio show and accidentally meeting Chris.

Spending the day walking her dog, they end up becoming closer instantly. Sharing the same whacky sense of humor and outlook on life they are content. The next step for them is preparing for the new arrival.

Shaina puts Chris through the ringer of pregnancy and she seeks out the help of a therapist to get past her “birthing parents” issues. That’s not all as she has an opinion about daytime television, no ‘good cop-bad cop’ parenting and a quirky time in a friend’s cabin in the woods.

Their babymoon is not exactly the vacation they were hoping for!

Shaina Feinberg is hilarious! She actually reminds me a little of my own daughter who went through a similar experience having her first baby. There are so many questions and once you think they are answered – along comes a whole new set of questions. Shaina’s outlook on it all makes perfect sense in her world.

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Chris Manley is just this laid back guy who doesn’t seem to be motivated much. That is until he meets Shaina and everything kicks into hyper drive! He is supportive, loving, funny and even when he’s having moments of doubt; Chris finds a way to deal with it in his own unique way. Basically Shaina and Chris are perfect for each other.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE BABYMOONERS four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is such an enjoyable film because it is humorously easy going. It almost felt a tad intrusive, as if I was listening in on their life like a fly on the wall and being totally entertained by it.

I loved Shaina’s shrink being in the middle of his own craziness and the parents are supportive. It is easy to see how Shaina came to be Shaina because I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t pretend to be birthed by my daughter.

There are just moments in the film that crack me up specifically because they are a bit off and a tad uncomfortable. Why? Because life is absolutely a bit off at times and a tad uncomfortable a lot of the time – Shaina and Chris don’t hide that fact in the slightest.

THE BABYMOONERS is the winner of the Audience Award at the 2016 Lower East Side Film Festival.

In the end – they found each other and created something beautiful!

 

 

CLANDESTINE Brings the Headlines to DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from director David LaRosa and Candy Factory Films is a look at a small town and the war on drugs that is CLANDESTINE.

Officer Charles Cooper (Nick DeMatteo) and his wife teacher Olivia (Jeanine Bartel) are raising a family in a small Long Island town. Sgt. Ed Billman (Chris Ryan) is his partner and they are in the middle of a drug bust arresting Nikki Hernandez (Alex Alonso).

After a raid on the Hernandez home they find a woman named Julia (Kate A. McGrath) hiding from the officers. Not cooperative in the slightest, the officers have no choice but to search her car. Beating them to it is Special Agent Margaret Scott (Janine Laino) who believes Julia can lead them to more.

So both side of law enforcement decide to let her loose to see where she goes next. The next step is for Agent Scott and Sgt. Billman to broker a meeting with Assemblyman Dean Bada (Tom Sizemore). At a town hall meeting, law enforcement asks for the help of its citizens.

Cooper wants to help those affected by drugs in the town but it seems not everyone believes it is a big problem. In the meantime Sgt. Billman discovers that Julia is meeting up with Nikki once again and the stake out is more important than ever. Inside the home is Lucas (Daniel Cousins) who warns Julia to be more careful around the cops.

With a listening device they discover that the house is being used to manufacture meth for selling. Now Julia wants to help so that she can be a good mother to her very young son. Now the officers are running through the streets of the small town to stop those who are destroying lives.

They are stunned when they discover who is responsible for it all!

DeMatteo as Cooper believes in what he is doing and helping the DEA rid their town of drug criminals. DeMatteo is clearly moved but the troubles of those involved but isn’t about to let it sway him from what must be done.

Ryan as Billman is a man on a missing. As part of the DEA he doesn’t like to coddle anyone and wants everything clearly done by the book. Laino as Agent Scott is much like Billman in that she is well informed and knows exactly how to end it.

Sizemore as Bada is a foul mouthed Assemblyman who uses his own insecurities to try and control Agent Scott. I have to say I loved her attitude when those two have a verbal showdown.

Other cast includes Jack Moran Jr. as Lt. Jason Lidener, Leslie Coplin as Mrs. Hernandez, Judy Stadt as Mrs. Goodhill, Christian Chase as Officer Christopher Hodges, Stephanie Klein as DEA Agent Jane Kaminsky, Shari Buchwald as Tina Billman and Richard Brundage as Chip.

CLANDESTINE actually digs down into how drugs can literally be found anywhere. Watching these two officers put themselves in the line of fire is a little scary, especially when coming face to face with a criminal who seems to be unstoppable.

Taking the story out of urban areas and straight into the manicured row of houses in the suburb, the law enforcement on the case have no idea what they are dealing with. It is quite clear that dealers, cooks and sellers are becoming more and more creative.

It is also about officers who live double lives – being an officer who wants to help people and sacrificing time and being in danger from family. Cooper comes face to face with that struggle and this character knows how close to home it all can come.

In the end – it is your family, your town and our problem!

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2016

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Jeri Jacquin

Has it been a year already? Absolutely it has and here are my Top Ten films of 2016. Of course being me I don’t think anyone will be surprised that my choices are spread among many genres. Let us begin with number 10!

10) A MONSTER CALLS – The story of a young boy dealing with an ill mother, a grandmother who clearly doesn’t understand him, an absent father and a rather large tree! It is a film that questions what it means to be a complex human being and will require lots of tissue. Focus Features deserves every accolade along with director JA Bayona and young actor Lewis MacDouglass.

9) JACKIE – Fox Searchlight Pictures and director Pablo Larrain bring an in-depth look at the death of President John F. Kennedy from a perspective I’ve never seen. Natalie Portman brings her acting skills front and center as the days preceding and after the Presidents death are told from Jacqueline Kennedy’s perspective. Every corner of this film is brilliantly done.

8) THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS – Ever wonder what your pets are doing during the day? Well Universal and Illumination Entertainment have the answers in this colorful, fun and heartwarming look at our furry friends and the mischief being a pet brings. Director Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney bring friendship and loyalty wrapped up in slobbery kisses in this animated family film.

7) THE INNOCENTS – In the category of unexpected brilliance is Music Box Films and director Anne Fontaine’s film THE INNOCENTS (Les Innocentes). In 1945 Poland, a young doctor befriends a group of nuns who need her help. Behind the walls of the convent are shocking secrets in this story of survival surrounded by a brutal war. Every frame holds an unexpected turn with a stellar cast of amazing actresses.

6) TROLLS – 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks team up for this absolutely spectacular animated film. From the happiest little creatures to the grumpy Bergen, the TROLLS story is told with breathtaking animation as Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick sing their way into our hearts. This is a top tapping good time filled with fun, laughter and songs that have already stuck in my head.

5) DEEPWATER HORIZON & PATRIOTS DAY – Since both films are directed by Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg I’m calling this a double win! DEEPWATER HORIZON tells the story of the BP oil rig disaster and the consequences of that event. PATRIOTS DAY is the story of the Boston Marathon bombing and the hunt for the terrorists. They are both amazing films about the human spirit as Berg brings true stories to the screen and gives each film heart, soul and a deep well of emotion.

4) SULLY – Director Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. Pictures lets Tom Hanks have the pilot’s seat in this true story about Chesley Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles and the landing of a plane on the Hudson River. In this remarkable film, Hank’s performance as Sully proves that calmer heads prevail both in the air and on the ground, especially when there are those looking for someone to blame.

3) LA LA LAND – Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone pair up once again and this time they are ready to sweep us off our feet. Mission accomplished! Writer/Director Damien Chazelle and Lionsgate should bring home the Oscar gold for this film. When struggling musician Sebastian and equally struggling actress Mia find each other, they share their dreams of success that might easily rip them apart but hey – here’s to the fools who dream right?

2) DEADPOOL – Ryan Reynolds began 2016 for me with such deep and disturbing laughs that I harbor a secret wish for more! Director Tim Miller along with Marvel and 20th Century Fox put on screen a ‘superhero’ who is probably anything but super by most standards! Instead, Wade/Deadpool is a deeply disturbing smart mouth with a line for everything and no real fear because that’s what happens when death is taken off the table.

1) ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story – Here it is, easily the number one film of 2016 with Director Gareth Edwards and Walt Disney Studios taking us all back to a moment in time. Remember when Leia puts the plans to the Death Star into R2D2? Well, fans of all ages will experience how that all came to be in this film. In watching ROGUE ONE, fans are transported back to 1977 and that summer when everyone would unwittingly become part of an iconic adventure that has become generational. This is a piece of the Star Wars universe that I happily will be seeing again and again!

Of course in choosing I could have easily stretched the list to my top twenty but ten is tradition so instead I will have an Honorable Mention category which includes ZOOTOPIA, STORKS, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, GIRL ON A TRAIN, DR. STRANGE as well as HACKSAW RIDGE and FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. This has definitely been a good year for animation!

There you have it, my list of the Top Ten films of 2016. I expect that maybe a few of these will make it to awards season but then again I don’t base my likes on what will wind awards. Instead each of these films brings something that I haven’t seen in a very long time.

Whether it is stellar comedy in DEADPOOL (thank you Ryan Reynolds), gorgeous set design and costuming in JACKIE, family laughs with THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS and TROLLS, tales of the human spirit like SULLY, DEEPWATER HORIZON and PATRIOTS DAY, unexpected foreign story telling of THE INNOCENTS, love and song in LA LA LAND or revisiting a galaxy far, far away in ROGUE ONE – each is the reason we go to the movies!

In the coming year we all wait to see what poster will show up on the local theatre marquee and here is just a taste of what is to come: THE SPACE BETWEEN US about a boy born on Mars, FIFTY SHADES DARKER, JOHN WICK: Chapter 2 as our favorite quiet man takes on more bad guys, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE which is one I am waiting for.

Also THE GREAT WALL, PATIENT ZERO, TABLE 19 and Walt Disney Pictures high anticipated film BEAUTY and the BEAST. DreamWorks isn’t far behind with their animated offering of THE BOSS BABY! The furious are back with THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 has Groot lovers waiting anxiously as well as Ridley Scott’s next installment of ALIEN: Covenant.

Jack Sparrow is back with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Dead Men Tell No Tales and so is THE MUMMY. The webbed one is back with SPIDER-MAN: Homecoming and the streets are covered in apes with WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. Also returning is KINGSMAN: The Golden Circle and TRANSFORMERS along with THE POWER RANGERS.

Let’s not forget those who protect the universe with THOR: Ragnarok and JUSTICE LEAGUE. Of course the year will end with the next installment of STAR WARS: Episode VIII and I’ll be there with bells on!

That’s just a taste of what is to come so follow along with Military Press magazine and online for reviews and interviews from your favorite stars, film makers and shakers. It has been a pleasure bringing the entertainment world to you and from our family to yours Happy Holidays and our best wishes for the New Year!

See you at the movies!

 

 

 

GIRLS: The Complete Fifth Season Share Their Lives on Bluray from HBO

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from HBO Home Entertainment is another brilliant series to be watched time and time again with GIRLS: The Complete Fifth Season.

The season begins with the Marnie’s (Allison Williams) wedding to Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) as she tries to figure out how her makeup and hair got out of control. Hannah (Lena Dunham) is still working out her relationship with Fran (Jake Lacy) while also having a meltdown. Adam (Adam Driver) also can’t get past his feelings for Jessa (Jemima Kirke).

As if Hannah didn’t have enough to worry about, while in class she gets an urgent telephone call from her father who is having a dating crisis. Elijah (Andrew Rannells) finds himself attracted to news anchor Dill Harcourt (Corey Stoll).

Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) loves her job in Japan and has a crush on her co-worker Yoshi (Hiro Mizushima). Thinking she is finally happy, Shoshanna gets the news that her job is going in another direction. Now she must decide how her life is to play out.

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When Fran and Hannah have a run in over how to be honest in correcting a students poem, she turns to Jessa for company. The problem is Jessa is feeling guilty about not telling her that she has feelings for Adam.

Taking off for a retreat with Mom Loreen (Becky Ann Baker), Hannah hopes the time away from Fran will be a good thing. Hannah has an eye opening experience of her own while Mom thinks that maybe her marriage is worth saving.

Marnie and Desi are already having marital issues, especially when Desi decides to renovate their already tiny apartment. Going for a walk, Marnie meets someone from her past that could have an effect on her future.

Elijah has serious feelings for Dill but after a party he wonders if his feelings are seriously shared. Jessa is still dealing with her last encounter with Hannah and is even more nervous when they come face to face.

Hannah is pushed to her limits with school and with Fran so breaking up seems to be the next illogical step. Adam visits Caroline (Gabby Hoffmann) and unexpectedly helps out with baby duty when Laird (Jon Glaser) has to look for Mom.

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Shoshanna returns home and decides to help Ray’s business by doing marketing and coming up with an anti-hipster idea that just might work. Deciding that its time to make her own changes, Hannah takes the leap and returns to writing. Elijah’s curiosity about Dill leads him to ask the ultimate question.

Finally Hannah decides to enter a Moth Story Slam with support from Elijah and Loreen. It is what she overhears later when deciding to make peace with Jessa about Adam that ends the season.

Dunham as Hannah is blunt, forceful and a spirit that has every insecurity ever conceived. I love her delivery lines when this character is frustrated or hurt. The scene between she and Jessa in the coffee shop is completely brutal yet you can feel every word spoken is filled with pain. Well done Dunham.

Williams as Marnie is a woman who looked forward to being married but completely unaware of what that entailed. Moss-Bachrach as Desi was insecure right before the vows and even more so after and its driving Marnie to do things causing regret.

Mamet as Shoshanna is thrilled with her life in Japan and becomes crushed at the thought of losing it. Rannells as Elijah is such a lovely character that is endearing and sees an opportunity for love but has a nagging feeling it is might have many faces.

Lacy as Fran is about as irritating as a person can be and maybe its because he is constantly yanking Hannah’s chain – or maybe I’m just siding with Hannah. Hoffmann as Caroline cracked me up but in the sense that I understand what she is going through as a Mom. Glaser as Laird is one of the most patient people I think I’ve seen on television!

Other guest appearances include Peter Scolari as Tad Horvath, Rita Wilson as Evie Michaels, Corey Stoll as Dill Harcourt, Douglas McGrath as Principal Cook and Alex Karpovsky as Ray.

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HBO Home Entertainment has an extensive array of critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking programs found on Bluray, DVD and Digital HD. They have provided viewers with some of the most amazing programs with huge fan bases that include the shows True Blood, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, True Detectives, The Wire, Entourage and Game of Thrones. Launched in 1984, HBO is world wide in viewed entertainment in more than 70 territories around the world! For more of what they have to offer please visit www.hbo.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give GIRLS: The Complete Fifth Season four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I have to save the other half a star for the next season! I love the way these characters interact in these crazy life situations. From the insecurity of Hannah and Marnie to the raw emotion of Jessa and Adam that make me root for them all.

The Bluray includes the episodes Wedding Day, Good Man, Japan, Old Loves, Queen for Two Days, The Panic in Central Park, Hello Kitty, Homeward Bound, Love Stories, and I Love You Baby. The Bonus Features also include Deleted and Extended Scenes as well as Inside the Episodes.  

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 GIRLS is a Golden Globe-winning series from HBO that was created by star Lena Dunham along with executive producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. It continues to be an amazing series as each season allows us inside the crazy lives of these characters we have come to love. I am already prepared for season six that begins in February of 2017 because I have so many questions!

Until then, break out seasons one through four of GIRLS and pick up your copy of season five and make it a marathon. These are complicated characters going through life the best way they can with love, friendship and family at the core of their being. That is what makes them so relatable for us all.

In the end – sometimes its tough being one of the girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE MONKEY KING 2 Brings a Tall Tale to Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from Well Go USA Entertainment and director Cheang Pou-soi is the next story involving a mischievous tail wager with THE MONKEY KING 2.

While on a journey to look for the sacred scriptures, Monk Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) is chased by a white tiger into a cave. There Sanzang finds Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok) the Monkey King put under rock by the Mercy Goddess (Kelly Chen). Trying to free himself, a golden hoop finds its way on top of the Monkey Kings’ head.

In order to find the scriptures on the road to Yun Hai Xi, the Mercy Goddess tells Wukong that the only way to remove the hoop is to help the young Monk. Not happy in the slightest, Wukong knows he has no other choice.

Across the land the children live in fear as the White Bone Demon (Gong Li) kidnaps them. When she discovers that Sanzang is looking for the scriptures, White Bone decides to make a meal out of the Monk to become a permanent demon. That’s going to be quite a feat since Wukong is now Sanzang’s protector and can see through all her guises.

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When Wukong makes Sanzang angry over what he sees as a senseless act, it opens up an opportunity for White Bone to take him away. It will take a serious battle against a demon army to stop the devastation to the humans. Joined by Zhu Bajie the Pig, Sha Wujing the Water Buffalo, the Wukong makes a stand.

But Sanzang makes a decision that changes everything and brings Wukong more understanding than he could ever have imagined.

At the Thunder Monastery everything becomes as it should be.

Shaofeng as Monk Sanzang is the calm in the middle of chaos. Wanting to follow the path and do what is right, he does clash with the Monkey King Wukong on several occasions but none more so than when it becomes necessary to stop him from being violent. Shaofeng is strong in the most subtle way.

Kwok as Monkey King Wukong is very hyper from the moment he is on screen to the very end. He certainly gives Sanzang plenty to deal with and, at the same time, giving the White Bone Demon’s gang reasons to want to get away from him. Kwok takes over the title role from Donnie Yen who played Wukong in the original THE MONKEY KING. Kwok does an outstanding job!

Chen as the Mercy Goddess is absolutely stunning in voice and costuming. I just love the ethereal look of this character which shows that Chen not only embraces this role but gives it every bit of believability as the lovely Goddess.

Li as the White Bone Demon is an actress I have been watching for years. She is elegant, strong and gives this character every reason to have us freaking out over her. As I am a huge fan of the film RAISE THE RED LANTERN as well as MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, Li brings a stunning presence to THE MONKEY KING 2 and I loved watching every moment of her performance.

Other cast include Fei Ziang as King of Yun Hai Xi, and Lu Weu as the Evil Spirit Snake, Zi’er Qi as the Evil Spirit Bat and Miya Muqi as the Evil Spirit Pig.

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Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE MONKEY KING 2 four tubs of popcorn out of five. In this second installment the story is rich in the telling, even richer in color and scope with moments of light heartedness. The Bluray also includes the bonus features The Making of The Monkey King 2 and trailer.

The ensemble cast brings adventure, drama and even a bit of humor now and then in its telling. It is a beautiful period piece and I can’t say enough about the costuming and set design. Both of those are large part of the story that whisks us away for one hundred and twenty minutes before we know that time has passed.

In the end – 500 years later the King is back!

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY and WOMAN’S WORLD Come to DVD for a New Generation

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Jeri Jacquin

On DVD from 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives are two stellar films that celebrate Hollywood from black and white to color film. Director Walter Lang takes us all on a very SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY and director Jean Negulesco explains how it is a WOMAN’S WORLD.

In SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY from 1946, Julie Beck (Maureen O’Hara) is working hard with husband Bill (John Payne) on their respective acting and theatre careers.While walking on the beach, she meets Hitty (Connie Marshall), a young orphaned girl who believes Julie is the Lady of Shalott.

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Taken with the young girl, Julie decides that she wants to adopt Hitty so that they can become a family. Of course Julie also has other reasons for bringing the very happy young girl to live with them. Bill likes Hitty but is a bit obsessed with himself to take as much interest as Julie.

When life changes for them all, Bill and Hitty must turn to one another but that isn’t as easy as it seems when they are both in pain. Hitty tries to reach out to Bill but it takes a special visitation for the family to find itself again.

O’Hara as Julie is just stunning but then again I probably don’t have to tell anyone that. In this role she is understanding and brings such gentleness and grace to every line. When she and young Marshall are together on screen there is such a sense of connection between them, just lovely.

Payne as Bill is obsessed with his own career and has a bit of narcissism thinking his needs are more important than anyone else’s. He becomes a bit jealous by Hitty taking Julie’s attention off of him. Payne plays it to the hilt and when sadness hits this character forgets he isn’t the only one.

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Marshall as Hitty is just adorable and has such a sense of herself. She wants happiness and knows it is possible but until is comes she creates a world all her own. I love Marshall’s performance and the ease in which I found myself “awwwww”ing her talent.

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY is deeply moving and beautifully done. Director Lang brings out the best in this cast into a film that is not only classic (not just because it is filmed in black and white) but a beloved by so many of my film acquaintances.

The second film WOMAN’S WORLD is in vibrant color as director Negulesco brings a cast of beautiful and talented women to tell this story. Ernest Gifford (Clifton Webb) is successful businessman looking for a new general manager of his company. The best way to do that is by bringing three hard working candidates to New York with their wives.

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Katie (June Allyson) and Bill Baxter (Cornel Wilde) are a couple from a Midwestern town who are happily raising their family. Bill wants the position but isn’t sure how it will affect his family if he is chosen.

Elizabeth (Lauren Bacall) and Sid Burns (Fred MacMurray) are an estranged couple who are playing the role of happy couple. Elizabeth doesn’t want to ruin her husbands chances for success but also isn’t sure she wants to be part of it.

Finally, Carol (Arlene Dahl) and Jerry Talbot (Van Heflin) are a couple who are as different as night and day. Carol wants the glamour and perks of being a general manager’s wife and risks Jerry’s chances several times.

What none of them know is that Mr. Gifford is looking to the wives for his choice making. Calling on his sister Evelyn (Margalo Gillmore) to speak with the wives, she offers her advice on who will be the best candidate.

When the time comes and the announcement is made, it is to the shock of some and the delight of others because it truly is a WOMAN’S WORLD.

Allyson as Katie is adorable and just as cute as cute can be. That is what Allyson was known for in her film roles, the girl-next-door quality that audiences embraced. This role is no exception.

Bacall as Elizabeth is tough-as-nails with the topping of no-nonsense but her scene with Allyson at the dress shop is hilarious. Playing opposite MacMurray there is clearly a coldness between them and yet still a hope that the two could bridge a gap. Bacall is elegant and coiffed to the nines.

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Dahl as Carol is the woman who truly needs a lesson in class and sophistication. I actually loved Dahl’s portrayal because it seemed so out of place for her and extremely well done – up to the bitter end.

Webb as Gifford is a man who plays his cards close and is very clever in his dealings. Leaning on Gillmore as sister Evelyn is a stroke of genius in the final decision making

Heflin as Jerry is a man who wants his hard work to mean something to himself and his wife. He is patient and willing to overlook Carol’s ridiculousness but will it cost him is the question.

MacMurray as Sid is trying to cover up the problems in his marriage and even if wife Elizabeth made things easier, some problems can’t be ignored. Wilde as Bill loves his family very much and although he wants what’s best for them, there is a part that sees himself as a general manager. Wilde gives his character heart and sincere motives with a decision that wife Katie supports.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY and WOMAN’S WORLD are both outstanding films that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Both have themes of family, relationships, decisions that are difficult and the ability to overcome. There are strong female leads in these films with the memorable Maureen O’Hara, June Allyson, Lauren Bacall and Arlene Dahl at their finest.

These films have style, charm and are free of gimmicks that take away from the story. Instead it is clean storytelling that relies on a focused director and a cast that know exactly how to tell the tale.

Both of these films are an absolute must-have for any home media library that includes classic films with iconic talent. I am thrilled that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Cinema Archives has brought these films to share with a new generation to appreciate.

In the end – lets take a sentimental journey into a woman’s world!

PHANTASM Remastered and PHANTASM RAVAGER Stun on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray from Well Go USA Entertainment to end 2016 with a frightening bang is writer/director Don Coscarelli’s masterpiece of horror with PHANTASM Remastered. Also on Bluray is writer Don Coscarelli and director David Hartman’s follow up of PHANTASM: Ravager.

In PHANTASM Remastered Mike (A. Michael Baldwin), a teenage boy, is dealing with the death of his parents. Not handling it all very well he keeps a close eye on brother Jody (Bill Thornbury). Following him to a graveyard Mike is chased by something evil that he can’t explain.

Trying to explain to Jody what is happening, he realizes it has to do with the funeral home and The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm). As Jody tries to calm his little brothers fears about what is happening, their friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) tries to help.

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There is something far more sinister from another dimension at work. From small cloaked figures to a sphere that drains a body dry, it doesn’t take long before Mike, Jody and Reggie are trying to stay alive and away from The Tall Man!

Baldwin as the young Mike is smart and has no problem wanting to prove that there is a sinister force surrounding them all. I actually like this kid because he may be afraid but it doesn’t stop him from taking on anything that gets in his way.

Thornbury as Jody wants to protect his brother from everything he has been through. At first he doesn’t believe and it takes a freaky little furry red eyed creature to change everything. Fighting back is a family thing!

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Bannister as Reggie doesn’t really want much to do with everything that’s happening but isn’t going to let his friends down. He is the comic relief but by the films end he has a bigger role to play.

In PHANTASM: Ravager The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) is back as Reggie is once again being chased by the deadly spheres as he rides down the highway in the desert. But is that real? He finds himself talking to Mike who says Reggie is suffering from dementia. Asking Reggie to tell him what he remembers it begins with a girl name Dawn (Dawn Cody).

Giving the beautiful young woman a ride to her farm, Reggie falls asleep on the couch and wakes to see The Tall Man. This is different however in that it is 1860 and Reggie is in the hospital! In the bed next to him is Jebediah who looks like The Tall Man. Realizing it is a dream, Reggie wakes up to find the spheres have visited during the night.

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Mike stops Reggie’s story to say he also had a dream of being in the desert realizing that The Tall Man has put them both through hell. He also reveals to Reggie that The Tall Man has let loose an alien virus and after a battle on the red planet it all seems to be over.

Having a nice chat with The Tall Man, a deal is proposed that doesn’t sit well with Reggie. Returning to Morningside, he encounters the Lady in Lavender (Kathy Lester) and memories begin to flood back. The creatures and what lies in the dark are a fright for sore eyes.

As the past, present and future collide it is clear that Reggie and Mike can not go any further without confronting the one thing that has controlled their life for what seems an eternity!

But with The Tall Man nothing is ever as it seems in a world of the real and dreams!

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Bannister as Reggie is the star of the film this time. Older and more in the know than everyone else he runs into, it doesn’t stop the spheres from killing off everything to get to him. He has to keep his twisted sense of humor if he’s going to make it through this.

Baldwin returns as a very older Mike who tries to comfort Reggie in his wheelchair state. He seems to have forgotten his entire experience with The Tall Man – or has he? Thornbury makes a brief appearance as Jody when he is needed the most so look for him.

Scrimm returns as The Tall Man and we get to hear his side of the story. This is the final appearance of Scrimm in this iconic role and he is just as creepy as ever which is epic!

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Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

PHANTASM: Remastered on Bluray includes the Bonus Features Audio Commentary with Director & Writer Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm and Bill Thornbury, New Graveyard Carz Episode, Interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm, Deleted Scenes, New 5.1 Surround Mix, Optional Original Mono Mix and Trailers.

PHANTASM: Remastered is now in fantastic stunning clarity thanks to J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions who took the film and meticulously restored it for us all to enjoy.

PHANTASM: Ravager on Bluray includes the Bonus Features Audio Commentary with Director David Hartman and writer/producer Don Coscarelli, Behind the Scenes, Deleted Scenes, Phuntasm: Bloopers & Outtakes and Trailer.

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The first film, PHANTASM, scared the heck out of me as a younger gal and it always stayed in my mind. Every time I saw a silver orb my first thought was of this film. It was hard to explain to friends let me tell you! Scrimm’s character The Tall Man is also a character that stuck out for many horror film fans.

PHANTASM: Ravager is a great coming together of the story’s ideas and it was great to see the band get back together as it were. Mixing the timeline kept me hopping and I’m still not sure which timeline is real in the grand scheme of it all so great work to writer Coscarelli. Far warning – stay past the credits!

So when you are ready to have your wits sucked out of you, pick up PHANTASM and PHANTASM: Ravager for your own horror film library because no one should be without it.

In the end – these flimsy skin sacks are fighting back!

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: Johnny and Friends Featuring Jerry Seinfeld Comes to DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD is a new series from Time Life as it all starts from the couch of this legendary late night talk show host Johnny Carson with THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: Johnny and Friends Featuring Jerry Seinfeld.

What makes this selection so amazing is that not only are there three full shows but Time Life has added their original commercials. I love being able to share with my family the commercials from ‘back in the day’.

The first show is from June of 1985 as Jerry Seinfeld makes an appearance with the King of Late Night. Not only that but it includes Mr. Rambo’s Neighborhood that is a sketch by The Mighty Carson Art Players. I actually remember this show and laughed just as hard seeing it once again!

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Show 2 is the February 1986 show as Seinfeld joins Carson once again but there is more royalty to come. The Queen of all Media Oprah Winfrey joins the list of celebrities who spend time chatting with Johnny.

The final show of the DVD is from June of 1988 when Johnny welcomes Jerry Seinfeld once again along with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Andre Agassi. Having Agassi on the show had to be a highlight for Carson who was also an avid tennis player.

Want more? Well, then you’ll be please to know that Time Life will be expanding its series to bring the best episodes from THE TONIGHT SHOW years of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

THE TONIGHT SHOW has brought audiences 30 years and 4,000 shows worth of entertainment which will be coming into our homes once again. Seinfeld was a reoccurring guest on THE TONIGHT SHOW from 1981 on and JOHNNY AND FRIENDS showcases the early comedy of Seinfeld.

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Time Life has brought this never before released anywhere classic collection of the series to fans. For more of what Time Life has to offer fans of classic television visit www.timelife.com.

This is the beginning of an amazing journey into serious laughter as Johnny Carson became the reason many of us stayed up just a little later than we should have. From laughter, skits, animals, celebrities and some of the most interesting people ever, Carson made the night fun.

Carson brought some of the most iconic characters with Art Fern, Floyd R. Turbo, Aunt Blabby, El Mouldo and my personal favorite Carnac the Magnificent. The playful banter between Carson and Ed McMahon could have only happened by what was contained in the ‘hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar buried under Funk & Wagnall’s porch since noon today”.

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There is so much more to come from THE TONIGHT SHOW Starring Johnny Carson and Time Life. Beginning with Jerry Seinfeld is a fantastic way to start the late night home library of your very own.

In the end – heeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!

 

The Best of Motion Pictures with CONEY ISLAND and SITTING PRETTY!

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Jeri Jacquin

Newly released from 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives are two of the most iconic films by director Walter Lang ever to come to the silver screen with CONEY ISLAND and SITTING PRETTY.

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First, director Lang brings the story of con man Eddie Johnson (George Montgomery) who returns to Coney Island. Meeting up with long time frenemy Joe Rocco (Cesar Romero), Eddie wants what he believes is his, that being a piece of the club.

What catches his attention quickly is songstress Kate Farley (Betty Grable) who is larger than life. The problem is Joe sees Kate as his and isn’t about to let Eddie get in the way of the plans he has for her success.

As Kate and Eddie get to know one another they start to fall in love. Planning to get married, someone in their group is going out of their way to sabotage it all leaving Kate heartbroken and Eddie stone cold confused.

But Coney Island might have other plans!

Grable as Kate is loud, boisterous, flashy and knows how to belt out a song. I love every bit of her character because behind it all is a woman in love and Grable knows how to make it all come together.

Montgomery as Eddie is a smooth and fast talking hustler who starts out wanting to best his frenemy but ends up having his heart handed to him. This actor is smooth and darn near as handsome as he wants to be. Oh the days when actors such as Montgomery existed to give a character every chance to be the best in a bad boy.

Romero as Joe isn’t an innocent as he’d like everyone to believe. Going up against Montgomery’s character it quickly becomes who is really the bad boy and who is the misunderstood good guy.

I loved the costuming, the music, characters and the 1940’s era that this film was made in. There is a joy in knowing that another generation will have the opportunity to see what true entertainment was like and wish it could be again.

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The second film SITTING PRETTY tells the story of Tacey (Maureen O’Hara) and Harry (Robert Young), a couple raising a very rambunctious family and in need of a live-in babysitter.

Tacey places an advertisement in the paper and receives a response from someone she believes is a perfect fit. When Harry goes to the train station to pick the new sitter up, it is Tacey who ends up surprised when a knock on her door introduces her to Mr. Lynn Belvedere (Clifton Webb) – the new live-in sitter.

Shocked at her obvious mistake, Harry returns home and a decision is made to give Mr. Belvedere a try. Within a matter of days Belvedere makes his rules known to the young boys’ of the King home and they respond positively.

It is Harry’s employer who doesn’t seem all that pleased with the King family having Mr. Belvedere around. Making matters even more strained is when a book is released about the goings on in the small town. Through it all, Mr. Belvedere keeps his cool when everyone else seems to be losing their minds!

Young as Harry King is an easy going family man and attorney who really wants a practice of his own. The best part about Young’s portrayal is the fantastic humor and chemistry with co-stars O’Hara and Webb.

O’Hara as Tacey is a wife with a hilarious sense of humor and a mother who has her hands full. She finds a friendship with Mr. Belvedere that is charming and flows so amazingly well between them. The scene where they dance together is one of my favorites. O’Hara has always been one of my favorite actresses and her performance in SITTING PRETTY clearly shows why.

Webb as Belvedere is stunning with his dry wit, firm stance and no-nonsense dealings with the family and neighborhood. I just love his outlook on everything along with the sense that this character sees the world just a little less complicated than the rest of us.

I spent more time laughing at this film because of how extremely excellent it is in story, characters as well as rich with laughs and simple comedy. Once again director Lang gives it to us straight with no gimmicks or effects but instead pure performance.

There is no need for a TUBS OF POPCORN rating for these films because they are priceless. These are story’s that fun to follow and easy to fall into. It was actually a shame when they ended because I loved everything about CONEY ISLAND and SITTING PRETTY.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

These are both films to cuddle up with or invite the whole family to enjoy because in the end it is love and laughs bring us all together.

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