The terror starts with a pay phone ringing. Up until that point, Miracle Mile seems like a cute romantic comedy. Primed for rediscovery in an extras-packed new Blu-Ray and DVD from Kino Lorber, writer/director Steve De Jarnatt’s unique 1988 thriller follows Harry (Anthony Edwards), an affable geek and self-proclaimed “king of the Glenn Miller impersonators” who falls in love-at-first-sight with Julie (Mare Winningham). They meet at the La Brea Tar Pits museum, hit it off and spend the afternoon together, having such a good time that they plan to meet up again at midnight after her waitressing shift at Johnie’s Coffee Shop. But a power outage causes Harry to show up late (long story), after Julie’s already given up and gone home. And that’s when he answers the pay phone and the guy calling the wrong number from the missile silo tells him about the nuclear war that’s underway.
It’s another wonderful New Release Tuesday at Scarecrow! The big news this week is that starting this Sunday August 2nd and running through the end of September, you can get 2 FOR 1 on New Releases! So that will give you two different 2 FOR 1 Days, the usual Wednesday for catalog titles and Sundays for New Releases! As usual there’s a limit of 10 rentals (5 pairs), and this isn’t valid with any other offers.
When I was invited to attend Seattle’s Battlestar Galactica Convention and write about it, my first thought was about how much I really enjoyed the old-school 1970’s BSG. My second thought was about how much I had always wanted to write about the ill fated spin off – Galactica 1980.
After the cancellation of Battlestar Galactica in 1979, fans came together for a massive write-in campaign and the show was hastily remounted as Galactica 1980. This happened in caveman times–before the invention of online petitions–and the sheer volume of physical mail arriving at Universal Studios convinced executives to give it a second chance. E-mail petitions are fine, but they lack the visceral impact of a dump truck full of tear-stained envelopes (I’m looking at you, Fannibals and Browncoats). Read More
Starting Wednesday July 22, Scarecrow and Northwest Film Forum are going to be co-hosting a new monthly screening series called “Not On Netflix”. Each month, someone affiliated with Scarecrow will hand-pick a rare title from our voluminous stacks to put in front of your eyeballs. We’re kicking it off with an amazing, bizarre little homemade action film, POLK COUNTY POT PLANE, which happens to come with a fascinating true behind-the-scenes story.
Peter Moran over at Film Forum interviewed our very own Matt Lynch, who will be introducing the movie next week, to find out what makes movies like this one so special, and how they can disappear without a trace if we’re not careful.
by Greg Carlson
In this column, I’ll go through the high volume of movie-related collectibles that I’ve acquired over the decades, and revisit (or view for the first time) the film(s) associated with the used VHS tapes, promotional T-shirts, scratchy vinyl soundtrack albums, etc., that have filled my shelves and storage boxes.
The Collectible: Being There lobby card (note: this column includes spoilers for Hal Ashby’s 1979 film; stop reading and start renting if you haven’t seen it.)
I came across this lobby card in the back room of a bookstore specializing in film, in between cards for mostly-forgotten ‘70s and ‘80s movies. As a Hal Ashby and Peter Sellers fan, it registered as a legitimate find. As I looked over the text, photo stills, and graphics, I noticed that the layout and choice of images were unlike any other Being There promotional materials and box art that I’ve seen.
I recently re-watched James Cameron’s Aliens. I revisit this movie a lot. I was able to catch it last year at Cinerama during their Science Fiction Fest, and it was such a treat to see it on the big screen! I highly recommend catching it in this format if you ever have the opportunity. Every time I watch it, I’m newly excited and inspired by it. Of course, there’s a lot to be excited about: the effects, the action, the sets, the ALIENS! But what really gets me jazzed is the inclusion and downright center-stage spotlight of female characters in an action film.