‘Two Hundred Thousand Dirty’ Theatrical Release January 2, 2015

Few things in life are more depressing than being stuck in a hopeless, dead-end job at a mattress store in a decaying urban strip mall. Native to this environment and products of outdated pop culture are Rob (Mark Greenfield) and Manny (Coolio), the unsuccessful, unrefined and uncouth sales force behind Affordable Mattress. The pair spend their days shifting around unsold inventory, taking smoke breaks, washing windows, and middling with employees from other stores in the strip mall.

‘Two Hundred Thousand Dirty’ opens January 2, 2015 at Arena Cinema, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood, CA www.arenasreen.com.

Cool Stuff: Limited Edition Posters For ‘The Bicycle Thief’

In the limited edition poster game, you pretty much know the drill. You’re going to get really nice art for the same few dozen movies. It just so happens that movies like Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Jaws, etc. are the ones that most influenced the current crop of professional artists. In fact, it’s pretty rare that you get a piece of art for a movie that was made before 1975, let alone something foreign.

Enter FAMP Art, a new limited edition art company who is hoping to create works not from the regular hit films. They’re focusing only on the best in independent and foreign cinema. They checked both boxes with their first poster for City of God and next week, they’ll release a regular and variant for Vittorio De Sica‘s 1948 masterpiece, The Bicycle ThiefREAD MORE AT SLASH FILM

Two Hundred Thousand Dirty

Starring award-winning musician Coolio in his latest film alongside Mark Greenfield, Kenneth McGregor, Rocio Verdejo and C. Clayton Blackwell….a dark comedy about blue-collar deadbeats that work in a mattress store and plot to kill somebody – you know, for money.

 

Few things in life are more depressing than being stuck in a hopeless, dead-end job at a mattress store in a decaying urban strip mall. Native to this environment and products of outdated pop culture are Rob (Mark Greenfield) and Manny (Coolio), the unsuccessful, unrefined and uncouth sales force behind Affordable Mattress. The pair spend their days at Affordable Mattress, shifting around unsold inventory, taking smoke breaks, washing windows, and middling with employees from other stores in the strip mall. The story resembles a Bartleby of sorts, but absent Paul Scofield is the store’s irritable manager Preston (Kenneth McGregor), the comic relief who relieves his endless frustration with verbal abuse bluntly aimed at his miserable employees. How they remain employed is anyone’s guess, which forms the parallel to the Herman Melville story. Desperate to improve sales, Preston hires a pretty woman named Isabelle (Rocìo Verdejo) to help sell mattresses. Isabelle turns out to be just what the enterprise needs to stay afloat, and quickly makes friends with Manny, Rob and Martin (C. Clayton Blackwell), the dim-witted gift shop attendant who works next door… READ MORE

Italian Film Series at The Civic Theatre

Bicycle Thief and Coming to Corinth’s Hometown This Summer, Morning Call

ITALIAN FILM SERIES

“The Bicycle Thief,” Tuesday July 22: Academy Award-winning 1948 film, directed by Vittorio De Sica, follows a man in poverty-stricken postwar Rome whose bicycle is stolen on his first day of a new job. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief.

“8½,” Aug. 5: Federico Fellini film of 1963 stars Marcello Mastroianni as Fellini’s alter ego Guido Anselmi, a film director overwhelmed by the large-scale production he has undertaken as he juggles romantic relationships.

Details: Films at 7:30 p.m. at Civic’s 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. In in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets: $7; $5, Civic Theatre and Allentown Art Museum members. www.civictheatre.com, 610-432-0888.

Morning Call Article: Corinth Films

Corinth Films of Riegelsville distributes classics such as Fellini’s ‘8½’ and new movies

Riegelsville has a population of fewer than 900 but nestled in the teeny Bucks Country community is a world-class operation. The father/son team of John Poole and John Poole Jr. run Corinth Films, a distributor of classic cinema and new theatrical titles. From their offices in Riegelsville, the Corinth team dispatch prints of vintage films like Italian director Federico Fellini’s “8 ½” and “I Vitelloni” to movie houses, festivals and TV stations all over North America.

More recently, Poole Jr. has amped up the distributing of new movies. Since 2009, the company has issued about two dozen new movies both theatrically and on DVD. Acquired at international movie bashes such as the Berlin Film Festival and the American Film Market, Corinth’s contemporary titles include Mika Kaurismaki’s dark comedy “Road North”; James Rasin’s documentary “Beautiful Darling” about transgender pioneer Candy Darling; Marleen Gorris’ “Within the Whirlwind,” the story of a teacher (Emily Watson) swept up on in the horror of one of Joseph Stalin’s purges; and Volker Schlondorff’s “Calm At Sea,” the saga of French Resistance fighter Guy Moquet (Leo Paul Salmain)…READ MORE AT MCALL.COM