Posts

Showing posts with the label free movie

From After the Silence to CODA: Deaf Characters and their Cinematic Representation

Image
Written by Multicom's Nicole Bajorek (artwork by Nicole Bajorek) Deaf characters and actors have long been underrepresented, stereotyped, and ignored in the history of cinema and television. A majority of the few deaf characters featured or included in movies and shows were often played by hearing actors (usually with no ties to the Deaf community), and painted as highly-dependent beings. A deaf character was also often dismissed by the majority of (hearing) characters, and regarded as slow-minded and gullible.   While I cannot speak for deaf people, as a #CODA (acronym for Child of Deaf Adults), I’ve grown up among the Deaf community and have experienced, understood, admired, and respected Deaf culture firsthand. My mother was born deaf, while my father became deaf at the age of three due to tuberculosis. Both born in the postwar era of Poland, they emigrated to the United States in search of better opportunities and lifestyles as deaf individuals. There, they found a flourishing

Basketball, James Toback, and Al Franken. What could go wrong?

Image
Harvard Man stars Adrian Grenier, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Joey Lauren Adams in a film about a Harvard student and star point guard for Harvard's basketball team.  When his parents' house is destroyed by a tornado, Grenier inadvertently hooks up with the mob who agrees to give him the repair money if he throws his college basketball game.  The plot takes an even more bizarre turn when our star drops too much acid and goes on a hallucinogenic journey longer than the movie.  It's interesting to note that disgraced, allegedly serial abuser James Toback is the director who back in the early 2000s was still in demand and could command one helluva cast. In addition to Gellar and Grenier, Eric Stoltz, Rebecca Gayheart, and Al Franken, oddly playing himself, round out the star quotient.  And what brings around the relevance is Milwaukee Bucks legend himself, Mr. Ray Allen, who is featured in this early 2000s basketball drama while he was still on the Bucks.... If you need to pas

Streaking in Sports? No Harm. No Foul.

Image
When streaking becomes professional, does that mean it's serious business or just for laughs? Can't it be both? TheArchive decided to undress this conceit. Sports are back - let the streaking commence! Streaking rose to popularity in the early 1970s, as disruption to sporting events to demonstrate rebellion.  As the phenomenon grew in prominence across live sporting events, security and event handlers would do their best to diffuse the situation and discourage the daring and baring.  But alas, the streaking continued. Providing a sense of comedic flare to the otherwise tension-filled dynamic of the game, spectators seem to enjoy  both and have come to expect if not demand some nude diversion during the big game. In STREAKER , our favorite streaker movie we've acquired yet, t his Swiss film spotlights the high stakes competitive world of streaking; money and pride are on the line, and bets are placed to see who can stay on the field the

David Mamet Couldn’t Pass Over a New York Times Review of When Do We Eat?

Image
As Passover motion pictures go, When Do We Eat? is definitely a memorable one that could also rub some people the wrong way. With the tagline, “My big fat Jewish Seder” no doubt the viewer has a sense of what’s on the table. And it’s hard to dispute Jmerica.com whose review of the movie exalts it as, “History’s most hilarious Passover comedy.” That is only if Shalom Sesame: It's Passover, Grover! Is not as funny as it potentially sounds. That being said, Salvador Litvak's  When Do We Eat?  is well worth the watch if only to get a better sense of the “mishegas” (Yiddish for crazy) that can transpire when family gets together to celebrate the holidays; in this particular case, the antics around the Passover dinner table. In fact, David Mamet, in an open letter lambasting a New York Times critic who clearly didn’t get the film, actually found it “raucously funny.” And if the writer of The Untouchables feels that way, then critics be warned: if you pull a knife, you know what Mame

King: Man of Peace in a Time of War

Image
Martin Luther King Jr. often quoted other iconoclasts to punctuate his messages. One such quote from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was especially prophetic and came during King’s 1968 appearance on the Mike Douglas Show. "Where there is darkness, crimes will be committed. The guilty one is not merely he who commits a crime but he who cause the darkness.”  King went on to explain that sometimes those who commit acts of atrocity are mere byproducts of a darkness to which they have become unwittingly subjected. It seems King, more than 50 years later, is as prescient as anyone could have imagined.  In ‘ King: Man of Peace in a Time of War ,’ his profundity is highlighted through never before seen speeches, TV interviews, and quiet moments of reflection. In all, they weave together yet another series of threads in a tapestry not nearly finished.  In this rare documentary, King is joined by other disruptors including Quincy Jones, Hugh Hefner, Jesse Jackson and Colin Powell who adds his

The Final Days of a President

Image
Imagine Putin test-driving a Tesla gifted by the American people, with Trump riding shotgun!   What does an American President do when he knows his days are numbered?   One President indeed stepped down due to overwhelming pressure, the infamous Richard Milhouse Nixon, after some ridiculous stunts and justifications. One of the best made movies on Nixon is ‘ The Final Days ’ (1989) which premiered on ABC, with over 2.5 hours of live action mixed with archival footage, it captures all the details of Woodward and Bernstein’s best-selling book on the Watergate scandal.   Featuring a riveting performance from Lane Smith as Nixon, alongside legendary actors Richard Kiley, David Ogden Stiers, and Gary Sinise, we see the how Nixon and his staff navigate the intense scrutiny of his administration and the risky moves they made to extend his Presidency.   Under Nixon’s direction to ‘preserve the integrity of the Presidency’ and to ‘ensure national security,’ they inevitably allowed him to overru

Top Ten Rare Christmas Gems for the Whole Family

Image
This holiday season, you have these last ten Christmas movies to watch and then you've seen them all! Who needs Netflix or Disney+ or Hulu when you can bask in the streaming nostalgia of rare, retro, and old school classics exclusively on  TheArchive . For free no less!  CHARLES DICKENS A CHRISTMAS CAROL : How do we not start with the best? Does this one really need explaining? Grab a kid, hopefully your own, and enjoy a journey through time that will take you back. THE CHRISTMAS STALLION : Horses. Snow. Sad. It's the joys of the holidays. When Gwen’s grandfather dies, he leaves her the farm and horses that they’ve raised together, but places her under the legal care of her uncle. When a greedy land developer pesters the family, a decision regarding whether to sell the farm rests solely on her uncle’s shoulders. SPEND THE HOLIDAYS WITH LIBERACE : This one's a serious throw back and oozes nostalgia thicker than the Macassar oil on Lib's hair....Liberace invites us to his

This Thanksgiving, Be Careful Who Has You For Dinner

Image
TheArchive wishes you all safety and well-being during this time, especially if you endeavor to stream.... Buzzard Hollow Beef .  Be careful who has you for dinner... Here's to a Cannibal Thanksgiving like no other! Whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving in America or going about your daily routine the world over, this creative carnivorous carnival could be candy for the curious.  It's one tasty holiday horror movie you'll want to binge. The beef-themed thriller (yes that's a genre and it's free, streaming in HD, so don't judge) tells the story of Jordan Vollmer, a recently divorced single-mother heading home to her family for the Thanksgiving holiday in the mysterious town of Buzzard Hollow.  When the family and friends begin experiencing vivid hallucinations after eating locally sourced meat, they suspect the town farmers of Buzzard Hollow are to blame.   Things only get worse from there. We know everyone likes to complain about their fam