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Monty Python and the Holy Grail review – timelessly brilliant

The Pythons return to the big screen with a 40th-anniversary rerelease that reminds us of their superb, anarchic daring

Just after Robert Bresson’s Lancelot of the Lake and before John Boorman’s Excalibur there was Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), the Pythons’ classic Arthurian hallucination. Now rereleased in cinemas on its 40th anniversary, the film was their bridgehead into international stardom. Watched again now on the big screen, it is eerie to see how, without the gags, much of its cinematography and imagery could actually be taken entirely seriously. (“Ingmar Bergman’s gonna be jealous of this one!” co-director Terry Gilliam told a BBC Film Night location reporter at the time.)

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail review – timelessly brilliant

The Pythons return to the big screen with a 40th-anniversary rerelease that reminds us of their superb, anarchic daring

Just after Robert Bresson’s Lancelot of the Lake and before John Boorman’s Excalibur there was Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), the Pythons’ classic Arthurian hallucination. Now rereleased in cinemas on its 40th anniversary, the film was their bridgehead into international stardom. Watched again now on the big screen, it is eerie to see how, without the gags, much of its cinematography and imagery could actually be taken entirely seriously. (“Ingmar Bergman’s gonna be jealous of this one!” co-director Terry Gilliam told a BBC Film Night location reporter at the time.)

Continue reading...
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night is a one-night event showcase of the best new horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller films from emerging female directors, headed by the tireless trio of Heidi Honeycutt, Stacy Hammon, and Kayley Viteo.

Several fun events led up to the festival – including the "Dress My Mess" shopping extravaganza sponsored by local vintage clothing stores and a fabulous dinner for the filmmakers and festival peeps hosted by Mo Fitzgibbon.

When the big day finally arrived on Saturday, July 12, 2014, everyone was primed to check out Axelle Carolyn’s feature film debut (and the featured selection), Soulmate, at the historic Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood, CA.

In Gothic horror tradition, the story follows an emotionally fragile, recently widowed young woman named Audrey (Anna Walton) after she moves to the countryside to pause and reflect before getting her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Eagle Has Landed

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.97

Studio: Shout! Factory

Michael Caine leads a Nazi paratrooper plot to kidnap Winston Churchill in The Eagle Has Landed.

Michael Caine (Dressed to Kill), Donald Sutherland (1900) and Robert Duvall (The Conversation) lead a star-studded cast in the 1976 World War II action film The Eagle Has Landed, which makes its U.S. Blu-ray debut with this release from Shout! Factory.

Based on Jack Higgins’ best-selling novel, the film revolves around a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill while he is resting in a desolate Norfolk village. Nazi officers Colonel Radl (Duvall), Colonel Steiner (Caine) and Liam Devlin (Sutherland) are enlisted to carry out the operation, which if successful, would irrevocably alter the outcome of the war. Disguised as Polish airmen, the team of paratroopers descends upon England only to be interrupted by an unforeseeable incident which threatens to derail their treacherous mission.
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Philip Jenkinson obituary

Presenter of the BBC's Late Night Line-Up and Film Night, he was a wildly enthusiastic historian of the cinema

The broadcaster, journalist and film collector Philip Jenkinson, who has died aged 76, was for a few years one of the most popular and familiar faces on British television. His ubiquity was such that the Monty Python team saw fit to satirise him as a machine-gunned victim in a spoof on Sam Peckinpah's movies. He was also enrolled into that hall of fame accorded to guests of the Morecambe and Wise show. In a 1977 Christmas special, he and a gaggle of co-presenters, all dressed in sailor suits, performed There Is Nothing Like a Dame.

Such celebrity might not have come his way had he not been noticed, in 1967, by the BBC producer Mike Appleton, who attended a film lecture given by Jenkinson at St Martin's School of Art, in London.
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Philip Jenkinson obituary

Presenter of the BBC's Late Night Line-Up and Film Night, he was a wildly enthusiastic historian of the cinema

The broadcaster, journalist and film collector Philip Jenkinson, who has died aged 76, was for a few years one of the most popular and familiar faces on British television. His ubiquity was such that the Monty Python team saw fit to satirise him as a machine-gunned victim in a spoof on Sam Peckinpah's movies. He was also enrolled into that hall of fame accorded to guests of the Morecambe and Wise show. In a 1977 Christmas special, he and a gaggle of co-presenters, all dressed in sailor suits, performed There Is Nothing Like a Dame.

Such celebrity might not have come his way had he not been noticed, in 1967, by the BBC producer Mike Appleton, who attended a film lecture given by Jenkinson at St Martin's School of Art, in London.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Blu-ray Review: Extras-Packed Edition of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

Chicago – Is “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” still as popular as it was when I was in college? For years there, “Holy Grail” and “Meaning of Life” were on constant rotation in dorm rooms around the country. Now you’ll have to pester the guy on your floor who has a Blu-ray player since the Monty Python gang have finally hit HD in all their hysterical glory. Packed with bonus features, this is one of the best comedy Blu-rays of the year to date.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Want to know why “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” has been on constant rotation for nearly four decades? Just watch five minutes of it. The movie would be one of the funniest of 2012 if it were released today. It’s nearly perfect, featuring the super-talented comedians who called themselves Monty Python at or at least near their creative peak. There are so many timeless,
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