Archive for November, 2015

Full Moon in Paris

Full Moon in Paris

| November 10, 2015

The defining auteur ability of Eric Rohmer is filling a simple tale with a semester’s worth of philosophy. Debates, pensive train rides, obsessions over Blaise Pascal. The director went so far as to conceive a series of ‘Comedies et Proverbs’ which, true to the title, formulated a narrative around philosophical maxims. The line in Full […]

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Home Invasion Films and the Emergence of Technology

Home Invasion Films and the Emergence of Technology

| November 7, 2015

One of the worst things that has happened to the horror genre is the invention of the cell phone. Unless handled very delicately, the cell phone solves almost every horror scenario from getting lost on the highway to being trapped with a killer. This is part of the reason why so many films contrive reasons […]

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The End of The Tour

The End of The Tour

| November 6, 2015

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while now, pretty much since they started filming in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is only about an hour from where I live.  I know nothing about David Foster Wallace, or his critically acclaimed mammoth novel Infinite Jest.  I don’t care about Rolling Stone magazine, and as […]

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The Deadly Bees

The Deadly Bees

| November 6, 2015

Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh) is a busy singer gearing up for a big tour when she suddenly collapses from exhaustion.  Per her doctor’s orders, she escapes to a small island community for a week of relaxation, staying with a middle-aged bee keeper (Guy Doleman) and his wife (Catherine Finn).  Things get terrifying when a swarm […]

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A Black Veil For Lisa

A Black Veil For Lisa

| November 6, 2015

Inspector Franz Bulon (John Mills) met his wife Lisa (Luciana Paluzzi) while she was being investigated for the murder of her former husband.  Convinced of her innocence, and intoxicated by her beauty, Bulon fell in love with her and after she was dismissed of any suspicion, he married her.  However, Lisa’s youth and beauty contrasted […]

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Breeders

Breeders

| November 6, 2015

Home video company Olive Films has been releasing an impressive slate of interesting movies that have fallen by the wayside in the transition between VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray, giving a number of obscure films their first legitimate U.S. release and upgrading a number of others. These have included everything from big-studio comedies to overlooked horror […]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

| November 4, 2015

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) is one of the rare, truly great horror anthology films. The picture was helmed by Dracula Has Risen from the Grave-director Freddie Francis. From there, Francis would also go on to direct the classic 1972 horror anthology, Tales from the Crypt. So Dr. Terror comes to us boasting an impressive pedigree, which […]

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Fools screening at the Big Apple Film Festival

Fools screening at the Big Apple Film Festival

| November 4, 2015

Fools, a film by Benjamin Meyer, will screen at the Big Apple Film Festival, Thursday, November 5th, 8:30 p.m. at the Village East Cinemas. Meyer will be in attendance. Fools, Meyer’s feature directorial debut, which he also wrote, won the Audience Award at its World Premiere Screening in June at Dances with Films Festival in […]

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Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

| November 3, 2015

I realize we’ve been getting a bit over-saturated with Sherlock Holmes stories over the past few years.  Between Steven Moffat’s (Doctor Who) brilliant BBC series, the Guy Ritchie movies starring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), the American CBS series, and now this film, the super sleuth is everywhere.  What gets me interested in a given […]

Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

| November 3, 2015

It’s no secret that I love made-for-TV movies. Hell, I wrote my Masters thesis on the subject! What can I say, there’s just something about the format that speaks to me. Maybe it’s that I grew up watching so many of them—fixed to the TV as I was—that I’m programmed for these things. And yet […]

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