Archive for July, 2013

Niagara

Niagara

| July 31, 2013

The cover of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray release of Niagara (1953) features the sole visage of one Ms. Marilyn Monroe, when in truth she is but one of three (or four) key players in this thriller set against the backdrop of the Niagara Falls. Hell, one of the other main characters is even […]

Fernando Di Leo: The Italian Crime Collection Vol. 2

Fernando Di Leo: The Italian Crime Collection Vol. 2

| July 30, 2013

Fernando Di Leo movies are hewn from concrete, and they don’t like you. They crash cars. They kidnap our children. They carry knives. And they’ll cut you if you look at them the wrong way and not even think twice about it. These are street-hardened, no nonsense crime pictures, and they come at you hard […]

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Bus Stop

Bus Stop

| July 29, 2013

Wild young cowboy Bo decker leaves the Montanan ranch on which he was raised for (virtually) the first time ever, in order to enter a rodeo in Phoenix, Arizona. On the long bus ride there, he’s informed by his pal/guardian of sorts, Virgil, that he ought to use the trip to find himself a wife […]

Vanishing Waves

Vanishing Waves

| July 29, 2013

A visual tour de force, Kristina Buožyte’s Vanishing Waves is a feast of a film, one that explores uninhibited sexual longing, desire and sexual freedom, under the guise of a science fiction film. Lukas (Marius Jamposkis) is a researcher in a Neuroscience lab, that is conducting sensory experiments on comatose patients. The experiment is to […]

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Sharknado

Sharknado

| July 28, 2013

The bad movie has become almost its own genre by this point, and like any other genre, some people catch lightning in a bottle and turn out really exceptional bad movies.  The concept of a “good bad movie” may seem oxymoronic, but if you’re someone like me who can’t get enough of these things, then […]

Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

| July 25, 2013

Elvis Presley stars in Love Me Tender (1956) as actor Richard Egan as Confederate soldier, Vance Reno. Wait… no, that doesn’t make any sense. Elvis and Richard Egan were separate people, right? So what the hell? Well, if we’re to believe the cover art for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray release of Love Me […]

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Starbuck

Starbuck

| July 23, 2013

When I see reviews that declare a film to be “full of heart” or some such conventional phrasing, I tend to interpret that as a sign that I shouldn’t expect anything original from it. After all, filmmakers can easily manipulate audiences’ emotional states by drawing on time-tested formulas. Want to elicit tears of joy? Have […]

Fairy Tail: Part Five

Fairy Tail: Part Five

| July 23, 2013

Fairy Tail is back with a bang! Have you been craving some unruly Natsu/Grey fights, Lucy’s money dramas, or Erza just being Erza? Well, now you have it, this fifth set of Fairy Tail is full from beginning to end with action and adventure. There are returning friends/foes and new ones for us to get […]

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Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 2 Premium Edition

Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 2 Premium Edition

| July 22, 2013

In my review of Hanasaku Iroha Volume 1, I voiced my surprise at how deeply I had become invested in the ongoing efforts of the series’ central characters to merely keep Kissuiso, the hot springs inn at which they work, operational. After all, why should I care about their “day jobs”? Yet, as I explained […]

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Springsteen & I

Springsteen & I

| July 22, 2013

An artist unparalleled in many ways Bruce Springsteen has built his colossal career and his faithful following by lending a voice to the voiceless and the disenfranchised. In a world where everyone wants to be seen as a King or a Queen…or a Boss, he has never stopped making music about the working class, the […]

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