WATCH: First Trailer For Liam Neeson’s Thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones”

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Liam Neeson has a new mystery thriller coming out in September, and it’s another kick-ass story of tracking down bad guys and serving a cold dish of revenge!

Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime… nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.”

The movie is directed by Scott Frank (wrote “Minority Report”) and also stars Dan Stevens, Ruth Wilson, Sebastian Roché, and Boyd Holbrook.

 

Honoring Memorial Day With 5 Great Military Films

TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY!  

In honor of those Service men and women and their families who have sacrificed so much, we bring you 5 award-winning films featuring stories of those who have laid it all on the line for freedom and those of us who can’t fight.

BATTLE FOR HADITHA

An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb.  The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

Directed by Nick Broomfield and starring Falah Abraheem Flayeh, Yasmine Hanani, Andrew McClaren, and Eric Mehalacopoulos.

 

 

 

FAREWELL DARKNESS

After four years of military service, Michael Pasternak (Keith Compton) returns home to Chicago to confront his alcoholic father, Roman (Circus-Szalewski). Roman physically abused Michael’s mother Teresa (Heidi Klefstad) to her breaking point of suicide. Michael enlists the help of his old friends Dougie and Paul (David Bianchi, Luis Segui) to aid in his plan for revenge against his father, but after reconnecting with his high school girlfriend Rose (BriAnna Weaver) he finds it hard to carry out his plans for vengeance. Michael must then decide to destroy the true terror of his life or leave the past as it lies.

Directed by Daniel J. Pico and starring David Bianchi, Circus-Szalewski, Keith Compton, Heidi Klefstad, Spencer Lord, Jared Martzell, Amanda Melby, Dusty Mitchell, Paul Pierro, and Duane Sharp.

 

THE FALLEN

The Fallen is a World War II film depicting the confusion of both sides in wartime Italy.  The film portrays partisans and regular soldiers ineffectively coursing through the difficult mountainous terrain.  The suggestive dialogue is seen with a minute portrayal of dark humor during combat where both sides are hesitant to win over the other side due to the chaotic nature of discord, disorganization and the conflicts of war in general.

Directed Ari Taub and starring Daniel Asher, Brian Bancale, C.J. Barkus, Maurizio Benazzo, da Bernardini, Gianluca Bianco, Matthew Black, Paul Bomba, Davidé Borella, Kenny Bowton, Justin Brett, Bob Brown, & Hans-Dieter Brückner.

 

INJURY SLIGHT: PLEASE ADVISE…

This film re-enacts the true account of ace fighter pilot Charles O’Sullivan, shot down in the jungles of New Guinea during World War II.  O’Sullivan survived thirty days in the jungle, encountered a native tribe while seeking help, and was forced to fight his way out of their village when they attacked him with the intent to eat him.  He was then hunted through the jungle as he made his escape from their territory.  Sully finds a friendly Australian outpost and was ultimately able to return home.  Fifty years later, the wreckage of O’Sullivan’s plane was discovered.  Sully learned that the story of his encounter with the tribal warriors had turned into a local legend, and still being told among the local people.  This unique documentary takes you on a journey through the Pacific War into the jungle of New Guinea, re-living one soldiers harrowing and ultimately heroic experience during World War II.

Directed by Josh Baxter and starring Clayton Bowman, Gabe Mayhan, Greg Norris, Jony Flores, Osman Crisanto, Lester Fernandez, Ronny Castillo, Jose Melendez, & Norlan Alvarez.

 

SUBMARINES AT WAR

This film features four rare WWII-era documentary films, including one in full color, about submarines and the “silent service” during World War II. These include The Silent Service, a vivid history of U.S. submarine operations in the Pacific. Running nearly 40 minutes, this rare color film was produced in 1946, and documents the unrestricted submarine warfare campaign launched by Admiral Charles A. Lockwood against the Japanese merchant fleet. Italso features re-enactments of daring attacks against enemy naval targets and includes rare footage of submarines rescuing American airmen forced to ditch at sea.

Directed by Fred Plasma and starring Admiral Charles Lockwood, Rear Admiral Daniel Gallery, Lt. Albert David, Oblt. Harald Lange, Commander Earl Trosino, Seaman Earnest Beaver & Fleet Admiral Osami Nagano.

 

WATCH: First Full Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s “INTERSTELLAR” Starring Matthew McConaughey

Interstellar

The first full trailer for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film “INTERSTELLAR” starring Matthew McConaughey is here!

The tagline for the film is:

“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”

Interstellar

The story chronicles “a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”

But for a reason of course… Set in the near future, mankind and climate change has doomed Earth, consequently we desperately need to seek out another planet to call home.  Cooper (played by McConaughey) is a pilot, engineer, father and farmer who is persuaded to leave Earth on a special space mission to find another sustainable planet.

The highly anticipated sci-fi film also stars an HUGE cast including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, and Matt Damon.

Enjoy the trailer!

Celebrating Notorious B.I.G.’s Birthday With The Documentary “BIGGIE & TUPAC”

Biggie & Tupac

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

Today in 1972, rapper Christopher Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was born in Brooklyn, New York .

Years after his murder in 1997, Biggie is still one of the most influential rappers in the game. He and Tupac Shakur rapped with heart and a message that he wanted everyone to hear.  Biggie went from a thug with roots in the streets, to a rap and hip-hop legend whose legacy continues as an inspiration to the next generation of rappers.

In honor of his birthday, we highly recommend you watch the dramatic documentary “BIGGIE & TUPAC” by celebrated director Nick Broomfield.  And be sure to check out more documentaries for our Music Collection!

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Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac) and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop’s infamous east-west rivalry.  Nick Broomfield’s film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight.

 

 

 

 

Watch the trailer here…

WATCH: “The Elevator Pitch”, A Fun Indie Short About Breaking Into The Movie Biz

 The Elevator Pitch

Another Monday, and another short getaway while sitting at your desk… You’re welcome.

Jerry Bruckheimer once said, “90% of all Hollywood careers begin with an elevator pitch”.

Created by independent filmmakers Simon Ryninks and Zak Klein, “THE ELEVATOR PITCH” is a festival favorite short film that takes on a number of filmmaking facets and devices, including “breaking the fourth wall” and the central concept that movie careers are made or broken with an initial elevator pitch.

Here’s a little help if you’re unfamiliar with film jargon:

  • The “fourth wall” is the imaginary wall at the front of the stage in a traditional three-walled set.  The wall that’s missing where the camera film and audience watches from.  This figurative barrier is broken down when speaking directly to or otherwise acknowledging the audience (through the camera or live) in film or television.
  • An “elevator pitch” is a short summary speech used to quickly and simply define a product or vision.  The term derives from meeting someone in an elevator and using those few moments to deliver an interesting speech in order to intrigue the individual(s) and lead to a business/film opportunity.

Enjoy the film and be sure to check out our extensive collection of award-wining Indie Short Films some of which you can stream instantly for FREE!

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“THE ELEVATOR PITCH” Synopsis:

“A fourth-wall breaking trip through the film industry, featuring a plucky intern struggling to get to the top…”

Can’t help but think of all the hard work you filmmakers put out there, with hints of Kevin Spacey’s “Swimming With Sharks”.  Enjoy!

 

Oprah’s OWN Will Produce Docuseries On Gay Pro Athlete Michael Sam

Oprah Winfrey Michael Sam

Yesterday, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced it has purchased the rights to a documentary series that will follow the life of openly gay professional athlete Michael Sam.  Sam became the first openly gay man to be taken in the NFL draft when he was picked Saturday in the 7th round by the St. Louis Rams.

“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” said Winfrey.  ”I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format.  The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today.  Acceptance and illumination start here.”

“If seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great,” said Michael Sam.  ”I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.”

This is an unprecedented event for LGBT rights and a solid step forward for professional sports.

And at BIGSTAR, we have an extensive Collection of LBGT movies for you to stream featuring cutting edge, contemporary LGBT filmmakers from around the globe giving a voice to the lesbian, gay and transgender international communities.  For example, our Busk Films selections offer critically acclaimed gay and lesbian comedies, short films, dramas, romances and documentaries from Australia to Iran.

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WATCH: Unique POV Film Noir Short “GUMSHOE”

POV Short Film GUMSHOE

We thought you might need a short getaway while sitting at your desk…  So we’re featuring Short Films like “GUMSHOE“, a fun film noir written and directed by Matt Steinauer.  Not only is this a film festival favorite, but what makes this short so unique is that it’s filmed from the POV (point of view) perspective of the main character.

And if you’re not familiar, Film Noir (French for “black film”) is what movie lovers use to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that are dark, cynical, and with sexual undertones.  Usually shot in black-and-white, Hollywood’s classical film noir period extends from the 1940s to the 1950s.  Chances are you’ve seen a classic film noir several times in your life.

Enjoy the film and be sure to check out our extensive collection of award-wining Indie Short Films some of which you can stream instantly for FREE!

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“GUMSHOE” Synopsis:

“A hard-boiled tale following Gumshoe, a private eye hot on the trail of his missing partner.  In this world of femme fatales and hired goons, the truth lies beneath.” 

 

WATCH: Alfred Hitchcock’s Wonderful Definition of Happiness

Hitchcock

Here’s an articulate short interview from the archives of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most widely known and influential directors in the history of world cinema with dozens of critically acclaimed, classic films.  Watch and learn as the off-beat and kooky director who is normally terrifying people, surprises us all by shares his definition of happiness…  And it’s nothing less than inspiring.

Hitchcock

“A clear horizon, nothing to worry about on your plate. Only things that are creative and not destructive. That’s within yourself, within me I can’t bear quarreling I can’t bare feelings between people. I think hatred is wasted energy. It’s all nonproductive. I’m very sensitive. A sharp word said by say a person who has a temper if they’re close to me hurts me for days. I know we’re only human, we do go in for these various emotions, call them negative emotions, but when all these are removed and you can look forward and the road is clear ahead and now you’re going to create something. I think that’s as happy as I would ever want to be.”

 

“STAR WARS: Episode VII” Cast Revealed!

Star Wars: Episode VII

I cannot stress enough how jazzed we are about this photo and the magic that is happening to bring the Star Wars saga back to the silver screen!

“We are so excited to finally share the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’  It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again,” Abrams said in a statement.  ”We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

There’s a lot of speculation as to who will play what and the significance of each role, but it’s widely rumored that Adam Driver will play the villain, John Boyega a leading role, and key members of the original cast playing their older characters.

STAR WARS VII Cast

L to R: Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

SO PUMPED!

Here is the official statement:

“The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.”

J. J. Abrams Star Wars VIIMAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.

WATCH: Three Environmental Documentaries on Earth Day

Earth Day

At BIGSTAR, every day is Earth Day!  Not only do we work in a sustainable environment, but we also provide both free and premium members with an extensive collection of movies that focus on ecologically-aware endeavors and catastrophes.  We feel it’s important to be knowledgable about the impacts of not just individuals, but of global corporations.

Even if you doubt the impact of climate change and oil spills, or just don’t buy it at all, these are still compelling and relevant films that illustrate environmental responsibility while also addressing other social, economic and national security issues.

Here are just a few of our favorite titles…

“CARBON NATION” is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment.  Public opinion is sliding the wrong way – far fewer people are concerned about climate change than even a year ago.  This film gives an entertaining, informed and pragmatic primer about why it’s incredibly smart to be a part of the new, low-carbon economy: it’s good business.  The optimism and pragmatism are appealing across the political spectrum.  While other good films have been about problems, blame and guilt, ‘Carbon Nation’ is a film that celebrates solutions, inspiration and action.

THE BIG FIX“THE BIG FIX” is a scathing documentary about the Deepwater Horizon spill produced in 2012, Filmmaker Josh Tickell digs into British Petroleum’s (BP) negligence elsewhere around the United States.  Focusing particularly on the faulty pipelines in Texas and Alaska, Tickell exposes little known facts of BP’s, and realistically the entire petroleum industry’s, dirty practices.  Truly both fascinating and controversial, The Big Fix shows how the 7,000 tons of dispersal poured into the Gulf of Mexico could prove, over time, even more dangerous than the oil itself.

THE PIPEDREAMS PROJECT“THE PIPEDREAMS PROJECT” In 2010, three kayakers paddled 900 km of British Columbia’s pristine coast to engage citizens about the risks posed by the Enbridge Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline.  Their journey leads them face to face with the complexity of the environmental assessment process, the difficulties local communities face in having their voices heard, and the growing resistance against the pipeline.  Leaving the city behind for adventure and exploration, they immerse themselves completely in one of the last truly wild places on Earth.  They become deeply impacted by their experience, irreversibly entangled in the Pacific Northwest, and awakened to a world of power, politics and the question of democracy.