Today’s New Release: I HEART DOOMSDAY

 

 

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TODAY’S NEW RELEASE: I HEART DOOMSDAY

Click To Stream!Love triangles can be a truly delicate and messy entity “I Heart Doomsday” proves this is indeed an understatement as it is the most epic love triangle I have witnessed in my young life. This the story of a mad scientist by the name of Professor Maxmillian von Max who began his illustrious career as one of the world’s leading experts in weapons of mass destruction until eventually his radical ideas left him scorned in his well respected professional community. It is because of the lovely Tatiana Vlaskovsky, his lover and personal assistant, by his side that the scientist feels himself and ambitions limitless until tragedy of epic proportions ruins everything. This tragic lab accident leaves the professor horribly disfigured and his greatest love, Tatiana, with complete amnesia. Obviously, this tears the blissful couple apart and thus begins the utter obsession of the mad scientist to win back his beloved. Professor Maxmillian builds an ANDROID viewers, yes, you read that right! Naturally, he names it the “A1” and of course it is his vision so it is built in his own image to reignite memories with Tatiana of the life and love they once shared. One of my favorite things about “I Heart Doomsday” aside from the amazingly AWESOME premise, is the super cool ray gun that is fashioned from a bottle and a light bulb, or how unpretentious yet hilarious this romantic comedy truly is! Unfortunately for the mad scientist, the robot and Tatiana fall in love, leaving a jealous, homicidal Max in the lurch creating a bizarre love triangle of TRULY apocalyptic proportions. Viewers, I invite you to discover why love WILL make you TRULY crazy! I urge you to not deny yourself one of the strangest, wittiest, romantic comedies ever!

 

  • Director: Patrick Downing
  • Starring: Joe Cobden, Christine Ghawi, Trevor Hayes

 

 

Today’s New Release: BLUE MOUNTAINS, OR AN IMPROBABLE STORY

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TODAY’S NEW RELEASE: BLUE MOUNTAINS, OR AN IMPROBABLE STORY

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“Blue Mountains, or An Improbable Story,” is an incredibly witty gem of a Georgian film offered in the BIGSTAR Russian collection. Focusing on the use of repetition, the humor of this film transcends language barriers and envelops us in the shadows of a mismanaged bureaucracy. Indicative to many of the Russian films I have recently reviewed, the Russian filmmakers seem to greatly enjoy their ability to depict themselves as zany and “out there.” This festival nominated film (Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival) is no different in its charm and echo of the Russian spirit. The premise is that of an author who has written a manuscript, brought it to a publishing house, and is hoping that it will be well received by the editors and eventually published. Set in a typical office space, all of the “hardworking” employees (editors) that are (naturally) given the highest pay and available luxuries are, in fact, the laziest and least likely to do much of anything. Our writer (Soso) encounters one problem after another in his quest to have his work not only published, but simply read! Viewers, this is a TRULY fun and TRULY honest “poke” at the crumbling Soviet government and its entire incompetency’s. I will indeed, go so far as to say, I literally spit out my popcorn from laughing so hard, I highly recommend watching “Blue Mountains, or An Improbable Story,” today!

 

  • Director: Eldar Shengelaya
  • Starring:  Ramaz Giorgobiani, Vasilij Kakhniashvili, Tejmuraz Chirgadze, Ivan Sakvarelidze, Sesiliya Takajshvili
  • Language: Georgian
  • Subtitles:  English

Today’s New Release: ASHIK KERIB

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TODAY’S NEW RELEASE: ASHIK KERIB

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“Ashik Kerib” [Ashug-Karibi] is the last film completed by Armenian experimentalist Sergei Parajanov, a man whose work is now held in extremely high regard and has won many awards despite the fact that several of his films were once banned by the Soviet authorities. Based on the short story by Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov, “Ashik Kerib” is  positively a visually exquisite film. Director Sergei Parajanov took delicate care with each and every shot, some in which come into view as if in a painting. The basis of our tale is that of a rich love story, in which Minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a wealthy merchant’s daughter, the stunning Magul. In honoring tradition and customs, there is what is called a “ritual of betrothal” which ends up a twisted affair ripe with sarcasm. This is due to Magu’s father saying “no” so emphatically that he even turns around to shake his derriere in Ashik and his family’s faces. Filled with woe, Ashik Kerib decides to embark on a journey to earn money so that he may one day marry his beloved. He is to travel for a thousand days and a thousand years and Magul is to wait. What on earth could possibly be more romantic than this? Interwoven throughout every layer of this picturesque film are the traditional garb worn by the Turkish people which is absolutely lavish, intricate and fascinating. (I am talking horned shoes for example.) The filmmaking is so positively brilliant that little script is necessary to deliver the heartfelt message of an epic romantic tale. Viewers, if you (like me) have never been on such a “magical carpet ride” of films told in the Paradjanov style, I implore you to indulge as this is a TRULY witty, TRULY intriguing, TRULY captivating romance like none I have ever witnessed before.

  • Director(s): Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze
  • Starring: Yuri Mgoyan, Sofiko Chiaureli, Ramaz Chkhikvadze
  • Language(s):  Azerbaijani, Georgian
  • Subtitles:  English

‘Life With Father’, A Classic Film For Dads Everywhere

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Happy Father’s Day!

To celebrate, we’re streaming the Academy Award nominated comedy classic, 

‘Life With Father’ (1947).

It tells the true story of Clarence Day, a stockbroker who wants to be master of his house, but finds his wife and his children ignoring him, until they start making demands for him to change his own life.  In keeping with the autobiography, all the children in the family are boys and redheads.  The film stars William Powell and Irene Dunne as Clarence and his wife, supported by Elizabeth Taylor as a beautiful teenage girl with whom Clarence’s oldest son becomes infatuated, along with Edmund Gwenn, ZaSu Pitts, Jimmy Lydon and Martin Milner.

Directed by Michael Curtiz, ‘Life With Father’ was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Powell), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color, Best Cinematography, Color AND Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture!

 

Hump Day Humor! Hundreds of Comedy Films To Help You Get Through The Week

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Had a rough day at work… Your boss bugging you… Job getting you down? Laugh it off!

Your wife left you… Your husband’s a jerk… Your dog died?  Oh wait, that’s a country song!  Still, laugh it off!

Seriously, life is too short to waste on the small stuff and, cliché though it may be, laughter is still the best medicine for these everyday stressors.  So, in an effort to help you decompress and de-stress, BIGSTAR invites you to enjoy our extensive library of hundreds of Independent Comedy Films!

Just click any image to start laughing out loud and put your worries behind you…

BIGSTAR Comedy Films

‘Lego Movie’ Makes it to the Top of the Box

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Warner Bros. “The Lego Movie” debuted at number one this weekend with $69.1 million.

George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” took second place with $22.7 million. The World War II film exceeded its expectations this weekend.

“Ride Along” finally slipped into third place, after being in first for three consecutive weekends. The Kevin Hart/Ice Cube comedy took in $9.4 million.

Can’t Make it to Sundance? Enjoy Our Film Festival Favorites Collection!

Once upon a time, a film student asked her professor:

“Why are film festivals important?”  The professor patiently replied that: “Film festivals are a great idea for a variety of reasons.  They can make worthy but underfinanced films available to the general public.  They can provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers.  Naturally, they help strengthen the connection between filmmakers and movie fans.  The movie industry exists outside of Hollywood, you know.  Plus, how else would independent filmmakers receive the awards and recognition they deserve.  Not everyone with a great film gets an Oscar.”

Now, whether or not you agree with the last part about the Oscars, it is true that film festivals bring forward to the public eye little known independent gems and may even launch careers onto the mainstream.  Not everyone though can attend the bevvy of Film Festivals scattered throughout the globe.  With that in mind, BIGSTAR’s done the job for you — scouring film festivals and curating numerous offerings to present you with our collection of Film Festival Favorites.  With a good balance of edgy experimental, comedy, art-house, and alternative horror genres, the Film Festival Favorites Collection will surely please your inner critic and movie buff.

Here is just a little sample.  Stream on.

Catch Zack Galifianakis in Visioneers

The Jeffers Corporation is a world success, endorsed by the U.S. President, pitching productivity and happy talk. George is a third level employee, supervising three or four others.

Around the world, people are exploding as the stress of denying feelings takes its toll. The Jeffers’ response: mind control. George and his wife are miserable: he’s impotent with occasional fits of infantile pique. She’s reading a book on happiness, trying everything.

His brother, released from prison, starts of freedom-of-expression movement in George’s backyard. Plus there’s Charisma, a woman from Level Four who sends him paperwork – with smiley faces. Can George connect?

Wish you had ‘The Perfect Family’?

Suburban supermom Eileen Cleary (Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Turner) is the ultimate Catholic, and when she’s nominated for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year Award at her local parish, it looks like she’s about to get the plaque to prove it. Only one final test remains—introducing her family to the church board for the seal of approval.

Now, she must finally face the truth about her nonconformist family—a truth she has been glossing over for years. Her gay daughter, Shannon (Emily Deschanel), is about to marry her life partner. Her unhappily married son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) is having an affair with the local manicurist. And Eileen’s own marriage to a recovered alcoholic is pulling at the seams….

This heartfelt dysfunctional family comedy boasts a memorable performance from Academy Award® nominee Turner as the conflicted and comical matriarch, alongside a bright ensemble cast including Richard Chamberlain and Michael McGrady. Newcomer director Anne Renton keeps the pacing taut and crafts an honest, modern family tale, and writers Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg infuse just the right amount of seriousness and levity into their script, reminding us that family is never truly perfect.

Get Ready for a ‘Holiday Engagement’

Thirty-something Hillary Burns has spent her life trying to get the approval of her parents, most specifically her judgmental mother, Meredith Burns, thus far without success. Part of that approval for Hillary is to marry the right man.

That’s why Hillary is so happy that she is engaged to successful lawyer Jason King, who she will bring home to meet the family for the first time at their Thanksgiving get-together weekend in a week’s time. However, Hillary’s life starts to fall apart when simultaneously she loses her part-time newspaper writing job when the newspaper itself folds, and Jason dumps her as he tries to focus on his career which is seemingly more important to him than Hillary.

On the advice of her best friend Sophie, Hillary – who feels she can’t go home without Jason, especially as her two sisters’ lives seem to meet their mother’s approval – decides reluctantly to go to an online dating site to find someone to pose as Jason at the upcoming family weekend.