Monday, October 19, 2020

November film anniversaries.







20th Anniversary on November 3rd


Using golf as a metaphor for one man's spiritual and philosophical journeys, Oscar winner Robert Redford directs this adaptation of the uplifting novel by Steven Pressfield, itself loosely based on a sacred Hundu text.  After a gifted amateur golfer experiences tragic loss during World War I, his shattered confidence sends him into a spiral of alcoholism. The beautiful heiress who once loved him, proposes a deal to bring in business to her inherited, failing golf course—a high-stakes match between the two most famous golfers of the day. When the match sponsors insist that a local golfer be added to the card, Junuh is drafted for the position, and a mysterious man named Bagger Vance appears to coach him back to remember the swing he's lost. With narration by Jack Lemmon, and a stellar cast that includes Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, and Bruce McGill, it’s an inspiring lesson that some things can’t be learned—they must be remembered.


GENRE:             Drama, Sports, Fantasy

CAST:                Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill

KEY QUOTE:      Yeah, I always felt a man's grip on his club just like a man's grip on his world...

·       Directed by Robert Redford


Available now on DVD or Digital.




50th Anniversary on November 5th 


The spirit of Christmas becomes a musical celebration of life in this rousing Oscar nominated adaptation of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Mean-spirited and stingy, Ebenezer Scrooge has a sour face and a "humbug" for anyone who crosses his path. But on this Christmas Eve, he will learn the terrible fate that awaits him if he continues his miserly ways. Filled with joyous songs, this delightful tale has enriched the lives of young and old alike for generations.


GENRE:            Holiday, Classic, Musical

CAST:              Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans

KEY QUOTE:    Humbug!

·       Golden Globe winner for BEST ACTOR (Finney), 4 Oscar Nominations

·       First musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens tale (also first to be filmed in color)


Available on Digital for the first time on 11/3!  Also available on Blu-ray or DVD.




15th Anniversary on November 9th


Marcus (50 Cent) has always known he was going to be a rapper. But when his mother is murdered, young Marcus turns to dealing drugs for New York crime boss Majestic to pay the bills. Marcus soon finds his life spinning out of control, eventually landing in prison. While there, he decides to quit hustling and dedicate himself to his music... but by turning his back on Majestic, he may have signed his own death warrant. Terrence Howard co-stars in this hard-hitting story based on 50 Cent's transformation from gangster to rapper, an unforgettable ride from tragic beginning to triumphant end.


GENRE:             Drama, Thriller 

CAST:                50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Terrence Howard, Bill Duke, Viola Davis

KEY QUOTE:     Show no love. Love will get you killed.

·         Directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot)


Available now on DVD or Digital.




20th Anniversary on November 17th


Laura Linney, in an Oscar-nominated performance, and Mark Ruffalo star as grown-up siblings who couldn't be more different. While conservative Sammy (Linney) stayed in her quiet hometown, rebellious Terry (Ruffalo) was on the road, drifting in and out of trouble. When Terry suddenly comes to visit, his presence has a profound influence on Sammy's world. When his behavior becomes disruptive, Sammy must finally confront the choices of the past...and make new ones to renew her family's future.


GENRE:             Drama 

CAST:                Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin, Matthew Broderick, Jon Tenney

KEY QUOTE:      It's a dull, narrow town full of dull, narrow people who don't know anything except what things are like right around here.

·       Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh Tomatometer95%

·       Sundance Film Fest win for BEST PICTURE and BEST SCREENPLAY


Available now on Digital.




25th Anniversary on November 17th


In this Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen classic, the twins play two identical girls who have lived very different lives. The outspoken Amanda has been moving from foster home to foster home, while the quiet refined Alyssa has been raised in a world of privilege and luxury. Amanda faces adoption and the loss of Diana, her loving social worker. Alyssa faces losing her father, Roger, to an opportunistic fiancée. In a plot right out of a fairy-tale, the two swap identities in a plan to bring the adults together and let love do the rest.


GENRE:             Comedy, Family

CAST:                Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Ashley Olsen

KEY QUOTE:      So kiss already!

·       Nostalgic favorite from the 90s


Available now on Digital.




60th Anniversary on November 22nd

In a hilarious twist on the timeless fairy tale, the irrepressible Jerry Lewis is “Cinderfella” – a hard-working and honest lad mistreated by his wicked stepmother and his two boorish stepbrothers. But miracles do happen – especially when your Fairy Godfather is played by the one-and-only Ed Wynn. With a little – okay, a lot – of wizardry and magic, the wacky Wynn manages to transform the klutzy fella into an eligible, handsome bachelor, ready to win the hand of a suitable Princess Charming.


GENRE:             Comedy, Classic

CAST:                Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn, Judith Anderson, Henry Silva

KEY QUOTE:      He wasn't tall, he wasn't handsome, he wasn't even clever. And yet, he ended up marrying a beautiful princess.

·       Original theatrical key art by Norman Rockwell

·       Featuring cameo appearance by legendary Jazz musician Count Basie

·       Directed by frequent Jerry Lewis collaborator Frank Tashlin


Available now in the Jerry Lewis 10-Film DVD Collection or on Digital.




60TH Anniversary on November 23rd

 Elvis adopts an on-screen persona he knows well in real life – a singin' G.I. in West Germany. Eager to open a stateside nightclub after his hitch in khakis, he takes part in a wager to raise the dough he needs. The bet: he can melt the iceberg heart of a willowy dancer (Juliet Prowse). But all bets may be off when real love intervenes. Featuring the hit “Blue Suede Shoes.”


GENRE:             Comedy, Musical

CAST:                Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, and Robert Ivers

KEY QUOTE:      The rhythm guitar's just gotta ooze out

·         Soundtrack was nominated for 2 Grammys


Available now on DVD, in the ELVIS 5-Movie DVD Collection, or on Digital.