Beyond the Mask: American Independence

With July 4th falling on a Saturday, parties would normally be off the charts around the country.

But this weekend, for so many reasons, celebrations may be more subdued.
Celebrating our nation's independence will be a right and privilege each person here in the states
can exercise and this particular writer will be home with his family revisiting a popular
TheArchive movie, BEYOND THE MASK. I thought it ironic given this Covid-19 time,
that a film celebrating American independence would have such an apt title.
Beyond the Mask, in beautiful 4K, is an action-packed adventure romance set in 1776 during the turmoil of the Revolutionary war, bringing history to life in a story filled with liberty, freedom, and faith.

Based on true events, the film features action, battles, and suspense, leading up to the historic
signing of the Declaration of Independence. Andrew Cheney stars as William Reynolds, Kara Kilmer
as Charlotte Holloway, Alan Madlane as Benjamin Franklin, and John Rhys-Davie…

Summer Summer Summertime

Summer Summer Summertime  (for B-Movies...because you’ve seen everything else)

The Sand! The Surf! The Sun! The July 4th fireworks spectacle! 
Or in reality, none of that while we stew inside suffering through the same stupid shit on Netflix.
As we continue into the Covid-19 apocalypse I’ve run out of stuff to watch. Until now.
While I’m safely hidden in TheArchive’s Top (Pop) Secret (thank you to our popcorn sponsor) bunker (totally not a broom closet), I’m going to share some B-Movie Summer fun from the dark corners of…not the broom closet! Or Roomba closet! (Thank you Roomba)

How great is this image?!?

So grab your sunscreen (can you get a sunburn from your iPhone?), stay six feet away from the TV, (can I give the virus to the actors in the movies? Some of them deserve it!), and enjoy a vision of days gone by….

I haven’t felt the sun on my skin in three months...
Our first movie from TheArchive’s Summer Summer Summertime is the newly restored to 4K Welcome to Paradise (1995), wh…

Juneteenth and an American Hero.

Commemorating an American Hero.Frederick Douglass said this of Harriet Tubman:
"The midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witnesses of your devotion to freedom and of your heroism…I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have."This Juneteenthwe thought it only fitting to spotlight a story about an incredible American hero who changed the world. TheArchive proudly presents A Woman Called Moses, a miniseries honoring the life of Harriett Tubman who summoned the strength and indomitable will to defy and overcome a tyrannous system.Debuting in 1978...A Woman Called Moses was produced as a television miniseries and based on the life of Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who organized the infamous Underground Railroad, ultimately leading scores from enslavement to freedom.

Black Lives Matter: Has the Story Changed?

Has the story changed? “Officers of the New York City Police Department, your hands are dripping with blood.”

An all too familiar line shot across the courthouse steps during Kevin Hooks' seminal 1992 film featuring Cuba Gooding Jr., Carla Gugino, and the late Broadway star Curtis McClain.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Eric Garner. Edmund Perry.

The story hasn’t changed. 

While Murder Without Motive is nearly 20 years old and was released in 1992, the year of the, L.A. Riots, it seems this story is all too familiar.

In the summer of 1985, Edmund Perry, a 17-year-old Harlem resident and honor student, bound for Stanford University in the Fall, was gunned down by a plainclothes police officer.

The death of George Floyd, like the death of so many at the hands of police officers, has again sparked nationwide protests and demonstrations, devolving into a storm of vitriol, hate, confusion, and ultimately violence and destruction.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Eric …

TheArchive During Covid

It’s morning and Darrin Holender is davening in his Beverly Hills office high above Wilshire Boulevard. There seems to be more to pray for than usual.
Split between prayers and sneaking a peek at the latest emails flooding his inbox, the Hollywood sign looms beyond his gaze far in the distance. And very few cars pass below on Wilshire.
The shades over the window slightly obscure its view and Darrin seems nonplussed by its usually daily reminder. The fact that Darrin has grown up with Hollywood in view and has never looked back, should say it all. And the fact that he is alone in the office should be no surprise either. He has his team safely distanced at home and has popped in to check the office, make sure the servers are still serving, and honestly, to give his wife and four kids a moment to appreciate what it’s like to have him return home from work at the end of the day.

As a kid, Holender would accompany his father, Irv Holender to meetings around town. Irv is a bit of a legend in t…