Tribecca Films opens this high school comedy (currently available via Video on Demand) in limited theatrical engagements. GLEE’s Chris Colfer (who also scripted) stars as high school senior Carson Phillips, who is struck and killed by lightening in the opening scene, then proceeds to narrate to us the details of his life in flashback (a la SUNSET BOULEVARD and AMERICAN BEAUTY). Despite the fanciful premise, director Brian Dannelly keeps the proceedings down-to-earth in style and presentation, as social outcast Carson goes about turning the tables, blacking-mailing fellow students into writing for his literary magazine (an extra curricular activity that Carson hopes will help land him in a fancy college). The cast includes Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland, and Rebel Wilson.
STRUCK BY LIGHTENING opens on January 11 in these theaters:
- New York, NY: AMC Empire 25 – In-person Q&A with Chris Colfer on Friday 1/11 after 7pm show — SOLD OUT!
- Los Angeles, CA: Laemmle Noho 7 – In-person Q&A with Chris Colfer on Saturday 1/12 after 7:45pm show — SOLD OUT!
- Denver, CO: Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
- Portland, OR: Living Room Theaters
- Phoenix, AZ: Harkins Shea 14
- Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center
- Clovis, CA: Sierra Vista 16
Step right up for this year’s opening edition of the Cinefantastique Laserblast Podcast – focusing its sights on all there is to cheer and fear in the world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction home video. Laserblast Episode 4.1.2 (following hot on the heels of the CFQ Spotlight Podcast regarding the new theatrical release TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D) not only runs down the Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and Digital Downloads available on Tuesday, January 8; the podcast also shines a light on a trio of pre-theatrical rentals – films available via Video on Demand prior to appearing in limited engagements on the big screen. STRUCK BY LIGHTENING (from GLEE’s Chris Colfer) open on Friday, January 11. STORAGE 24 (from DOCTOR WHO’s Noel Clarke) opens on January 18. JOHN DIES AT THE END (from PHANTASM writer-director Don Coscarelli) opens on January 25.
Also under consideration are A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the recent Blu-ray release of the 1951 film version starring Alistair Sim; KURONEKO, the black-and-white ghost cat movie now available through Hulu; and PLANET OF THE APES, whose fine Blu-ray release from a few years back is now discount-priced, benefitting those DVD owners who had been reluctant to upgrade. Listen in as Lawrence French, Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski tell you all you need to know.
Note: This post has been edited to revise the release date for STORAGE 24, which (based on information from IMDB) was originally listed as January 11.
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