Archive for January, 2014

Dark Touch

Dark Touch

| January 31, 2014

Marina de Van is perhaps best known for her debut feature In My Skin (aka Dans ma Peau, 2002), which was a precursor to the brief wave of French horror films that saw filmmakers like Alexandre Aja, Xavier Gens and Pascal Laugier come to international attention with brutal, graphic films that pushed the boundaries of on-screen […]

Interview: Crispin Glover Brings Films, Big Slide Show to Chicago

Interview: Crispin Glover Brings Films, Big Slide Show to Chicago

| January 31, 2014

While perhaps best known as an actor in such films as Back to the Future, Crispin Glover is also truly interesting artist and filmmaker who uses his appearances in major-studio Hollywood films to finance his own films and artistic pursuits. Mr. Glover has directed two feature films so far, the first two in a trilogy […]

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Nostalghia

Nostalghia

| January 31, 2014

No one makes films like Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris, Andrei Rublev) did. Tarkovsky films don’t merely tell stories. Indeed, narrative coherence is the least of the later Russian filmmaker’s achievements. His films are languid, contemplative, and crafted so as to turn the viewer’s thoughts inward. More than perhaps any other filmmaker, he challenges us to consider our place […]

Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D

Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D

| January 29, 2014

Before a potential audience member even has a chance to think about it, the title Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D conjures a host of concepts and impressions. Dario Argento is a legendary horror filmmaker, but his recent output has been weak. In particular the long-awaited conclusion to his “Three Mothers” trilogy, Mother of Tears, was a […]

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Just Shoot Me – Seasons 1 and 2

Just Shoot Me – Seasons 1 and 2

| January 25, 2014

It was a real treat getting this set in the mail, and then spending the day taking a nostalgic trip with one of my favorite 90s sitcoms.  Just Shoot Me chronicles the everyday happenings in the offices of a popular fashion magazine.  Hard-nosed feminist Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo) goes to work for her father, […]

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The Prey (La proie)

The Prey (La proie)

| January 22, 2014

Let me put this out there right off the bat: the 2011 French action-thriller The Prey (La proie) from Eric Valette (One Missed Call (2008)) bears a striking resemblance to The Fugitive (1993). You can tell as much from the trailer. But this is by no means a bad thing. In fact, if nothing else, […]

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Crossing Lines – Season 1

Crossing Lines – Season 1

| January 21, 2014

I wish it were against the law to have too many Sherlock Holmes adaptations/rip-offs on the air at once.  Right now, we have the ingenious British drama Sherlock and the incredibly dull American drama Elementary.  Both are adaptations of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but then we have shows like Crossing Lines, and […]

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Bad Milo

Bad Milo

| January 19, 2014

I like to think I can sit through pretty much anything.  There have been 2 movies in my life that I remember being so painful that I had to stop watching after about 15 minutes:  Repo: The Genetic Opera, and the 1970s made or TV remake of Double Indemnity.  I’m not saying Bad Milo is […]

Enough Said

Enough Said

| January 19, 2014

Writer/director Nicole Holofcener perfected the sort of quirky and hilarious ensemble pieces centered on characters plagued by “liberal guilt” (to quote on of her producers) she had specialized in for a decade when she made 2006’s Friends With Money. It’s a film I’ve seen countless times, took a number of pals to see in the […]

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In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night

| January 19, 2014

Norman Jewison’s Academy Award-Winning, AFI Top 100-placing In the Heat of the Night (1967) made its Blu-ray debut earlier this week courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, demanding with its vastly improved transfer that we rush out and upgrade that 2008 DVD version of the film sitting on our shelves. But then maybe you […]

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