RIP: Patricia Neal

Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!

A Documentary That Kicks Ass

by Lewis Manalo

Ruel Antipuesto’s documentary Eskrimadors screens this weekend in Queens, NY at the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center. Featuring interviews with some of most eminent grandmasters of Filipino Martial Arts, Eskrimadors will make you think twice about messin’ with a flip (aka, Funny Little Island Person).

Already available on DVD, this is more than just a History Channel special. Many of Cebu’s greatest teachers are featured here, in interviews and swinging sticks. Action fans will not want to miss it.

DVD: Vincere

by Lewis Manalo

Who knew that Mussolini was a bad guy? Okay, we knew Fascists are generally unpleasant, but, geez, a secret first wife?

A visually-arresting and operatic biopic, Vincere depicts the life of Ida Dalser, Benito Mussolini’s baby momma who he done wrong. A contender for the Palme d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festial, Vincere makes Justin Rego on the The Bachelorette look like the ideal boyfriend.

Freak of the Week: Sharktopus

by Tony Nigro

Full disclosure: I work on a show that airs on SyFy.  But I had no idea that in addition to airing shows about quirky small towns, super secret archives, Cylons, and wrestling, the TV network will bring us the best thing since Mansquito.

See also: Mansquito.

DVD: Creation

by Lewis Manalo

I’m really more of a neo-Lamarckist, but Creation, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as Charles and Emma Darwin looks really cool in a nerdy kind of way. And it proves that evolutionary theory is sexier than Creationism.

This video should be my life

Then again, I think the same thing when watching Two-Lane Blacktop and most Kenneth Anger films.

Black Mountain, “Old Fangs”

Milestone Films at 20

by Tony Nigro

In honor of their 20th anniversary, tomorrow our friends at Milestone Films will have a series of screenings on Turner Classic Movies. Milestone has survived thick and thin and thinner in the independent distribution arena, never sacrificing taste for success. They also managed to put out one of my personal favorites, The Exiles, in a fantastic DVD set. Props from TCM is well deserved.

Films included in the eclectic series are Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives, Killer of Sheep, Legong: Dance of the Virgins, The Bat Whispers, and of course The Exiles. Schedule information is available at TCM’s site.