Archive for June, 2012

Crazy & Thief

Crazy & Thief

| June 22, 2012

In his introduction to his second feature film, Crazy & Thief, director Cory McAbee referred to his film as some kind of a love letter to audiences but it is unclear what audience he was referring to, because it was not the audience in attendance at the LA Film Festival screening. Perhaps he was referring to […]

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Hollywood Movie Stills

Hollywood Movie Stills

| June 22, 2012

Joel W. Finler’s book, Hollywood Movie Stills: Art and Technique in the Golden Age of the Studios, is something of a rarity in that it ably serves two completely disparate functions simultaneously, acting as both an academically useful historical study and an easily-perusable coffee table book. As a historical text, Finler offers a surprisingly thorough […]

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The Bravery of Kelly McDonald

The Bravery of Kelly McDonald

| June 22, 2012

Scottish actress Kelly McDonald laughs when I suggest she’s the go to woman for Scottish heroines. “I dont know where you heard that nasty rumor”. Nor did she feel any pressure about starring as Pixar’s first female heroine in Brave. “Attention to detail is not my strong point and it didn’t occur to me that […]

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The Kids in the Hall

The Kids in the Hall

| June 22, 2012

Sketch comedy series, The Kids in the Hall, aired on Canadian and American television between 1988 and 1995 for a total of five seasons. All five seasons of The Kids in the Hall, along with the troupe’s 2010 reunion series, The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, are currently available in a special […]

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Meatballs

Meatballs

| June 22, 2012

Ivan Reitman’s 1979 feature, Meatballs, marked the beginning of two major cinematic forces: the summer camp film, which would persist as a subgenre of both comedy and horror well into the 1990s, and Bill Murray, who continues to do what Bill Murray do best to this day. The film relates an incredibly loose narrative about […]

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

| June 21, 2012

We live in cynical times and it would be easy to dismiss writer/director Lorene Scafaria’s debut feature, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World as just another hokey romantic comedy. But it is far from that. It has depth and passion, and exquisite performances. Steve Carell plays Dodge, an insurance salesman who is […]

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Astro Boy: Ultra Collector’s Edition Set 1

Astro Boy: Ultra Collector’s Edition Set 1

| June 21, 2012

This set, now available from The Right Stuf International, collects the first 52 episodes of the American version of Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) in one spectacular collector’s edition package. Adapted for television by Osamu Tezuka from his long-running, popular manga, Astro Boy originated on Japan’s Fuji TV in 1963. That same year, television writer Fred […]

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Beyond The Black Rainbow

Beyond The Black Rainbow

| June 21, 2012

The human eye can distinguish about 10 million colors. Photoreceptor cells known as cones allow for this color-vision, and the greater amount of cones an organism possesses the more variants of color it can process. Humans have three, butterflies five and tropical Mantis Shrimp quite astonishingly have 16. Known as sea locusts by ancient Assyrians, […]

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The Hitler Chronicles

The Hitler Chronicles

| June 21, 2012

The Hitler Chronicles: Collectors Edition DVD box set includes four intriguing documentaries surrounding Hitler and the Third Reich. Although hailing from various decades, these four documentaries fit together perfectly. Each documentary will take you deeper into the lives and actions of the people involved in various way to WWII. The footage, some of which was […]

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Gas Pump Girls

Gas Pump Girls

| June 20, 2012

The MGM Limited Edition Collection just keeps cranking out the hidden gems, one of the latest being the 1979 comedy Gas Pump Girls. Unlike many of the films in the Limited Edition Collection, there has been a DVD release of Gas Pump Girls, but by all accounts the transfer on the previous release was an […]

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