Archive for May, 2012

Indie Game: The Movie

Indie Game: The Movie

| May 18, 2012

Indie Game: The Movie is one of the best films I’ve seen this year and an extremely fascinating documentary on video games. The video game industry has dramatically changed over the last few years and what was once a small casual hobby for boys and girls is now a world wide phenomenon that yields billions […]

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UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection

UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection

| May 18, 2012

In 1948, after establishing themselves in WWII propaganda and training pictures as well as industrial films, UPA (United Productions of America) replaced Screen Gems as Columbia Pictures’ primary producer of animated theatrical shorts. UPA’s distinct visual flair revolutionized the animation world and inspired noticeable stylistic changes in all other major animation studios, including big-timers Walt […]

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The John Wayne Film Collection

The John Wayne Film Collection

| May 17, 2012

The 10-disc John Wayne Film Collection, now available on DVD from Fox Home Entertainment, includes ten films starring who else but The Duke himself. The set takes viewers all the way back to Wayne’s first starring role in Raoul Walsh’s 1930 Western, The Big Trail. In addition to The Big Trail, this set includes the […]

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Time Team: Unearthing the Roman Invasion

Time Team: Unearthing the Roman Invasion

| May 17, 2012

Now available in a 3 volume DVD box set from Acorn Media. Time Team: Unearthing the Roman Invasion is an intelligent, well-executed, and absorbing piece of history television. Even if you have only the slightest interest in history, Time Team will suck you in. Tony Robinson’s narration is so full of enthusiasm you have no […]

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Music on Film Series: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Music on Film Series: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

| May 16, 2012

If you thought you knew everything about the phenomenon that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, you’re probably wrong, and even if you’ve been performing with the film for the last thirty-seven years, there are probably at least a few new tidbits of information in Dave Thompson’s well-researched, breezily written book on the subject, part […]

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13 Assassins (1963)

13 Assassins (1963)

| May 15, 2012

There’s a damn good reason on why Kinema Junpo, one of Japan’s oldest film publications, ranked Eiichi Kudo’s 13 Assassins as the #2 samurai film of all time. The first entry in Kudo’s Samurai Revolution Trilogy, the film follows Shinzaemon Shimada (Chiezo Kataoka), a loyal retainer that has been given a difficult problem to solve. […]

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Nobody Else But You

Nobody Else But You

| May 15, 2012

In a snow covered field in France, a young woman named Martine Langevin (Sophie Quinton) is found dead by a passing skier.  However, Ms. Langevin is better known by her professional name, Candice Lecoeur, a semi-famous French actress who mainly does commercials and automated calendars, but her unmatched beauty has managed to propel her into […]

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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

| May 15, 2012

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. For people, both black and white, who were living in the slums of St. Louis in the […]

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BFS’s Scotland Series

BFS’s Scotland Series

| May 15, 2012

Nearly 20 years ago, I visited Scotland for the first time, and I became a believer in genetic memory.  I had grown up in the foothills of Appalachia, surrounded by strong wry people, rolling hills and bluegrass music.  Something about the Scottish landscape and its people felt oddly like home.  It was only after that […]

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The Last Mile

The Last Mile

| May 15, 2012

Another batch of new movies are coming to DVD for the first time thanks to MGM’s Limited Edition Collection.  Through this series, I’ve been able to see such lost classics as The Siege on Firebase Gloria, Enter the Ninja, and Hickey and Boggs, but The Last Mile is definitely my favorite so far.  The film […]

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