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Recommended Streaming — THE RAINBOW BOYS (1973) are Back!

Canadian film fans, rejoice! Gerald Potterton’s early B.C.-shot comedy THE RAINBOW BOYS has finally resurfaced in a handsome 2K print. The long MIA film, restored and re-released by Winnipeg’s Zellco Entertainment (stream it here), is an entertaining early classic of Canuck cinema starring Donald Pleasance as Ralph, an aging prospector looking to reclaim his father’s gold stash from a Fraser Valley mine. With a rough ‘n’ tumble comedic tone, the film follows Ralph as he makes his way across the vast British Columbia expanse with his wife Gladys (Kate Reid) and Mazella (Don Calfa), a U.S. hippie (complete with Mickey Mouse T-shirt) convinced he can strike it rich. Trucking along in Mazella’s three-wheel motorcycle, this pleasantly laidback road movie succeeds on the presence of its three stars as they bicker and banter along the long twisted trail to the Little Lemon mine–especially Pleasance, whose natural charisma shines through his tall tales and physical bluster. Will they get the gold and make it back home, or is just another empty promise?

Unavailable for many years, we recommend taking this opportunity to check out a forgotten slice Canadian cinema, with its gorgeous cinematography of the B.C. countryside. Directed at the dawn of the tax shelter age by animation heavyweight Gerald Potterton (HEAVY METAL), it feels in many ways like a spiritual successor to his earlier NFB classic THE RAILRODDER (1965) with Buster Keaton.

The film is available to stream here: https://zellcoentertainment.com/movies/the-rainbow-boys/

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Motion Picture Purgatory: PUMP UP THE VOLUME (1990)

Montreal director Allan Moyle started his career in low budget local thrillers, but unlike many of his peers moved on to bigger Hollywood productions. Perhaps his best known film, 1990’s PUMP UP THE VOLUME is a pirate radio drama (remember that?) which combines many of the preoccupations that grew out of his earlier work–teen rebellion, punk rock and an undercurrent of sexuality. Rick Trembles takes a look at Moyle’s most popular effort as part of his ongoing Motion Picture Purgatory series. Rick sez: