Archive for March, 2017

The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway

The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway

| March 31, 2017

If you had asked me as a child why I watched The Carol Burnett show in perpetual reruns, I would have responded with two words: Tim Conway. Sure, I’ve many fond memories of sketches featuring Burnett herself, as well as Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Lyle Waggoner. I mean, where Lawrence is concerned, those of […]

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Three

Three

| March 31, 2017

A neurosurgeon whose pushed to her limits, a thief in need of brain surgery and a cop who can’t draw the line between obstructing justice and pursuing it collide in Johnnie To’s latest crime thriller, Three. While in the midst of interrogating Shun (Wallace Chung), he’s accidentally shot in the head by a cop. One […]

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Contains Spoilers

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Contains Spoilers

| March 31, 2017

Rupert Sanders’ rendition of Masamune Shirow’s seminal manga, Ghost in the Shell, is a beautiful Hollywood blockbuster, that only manages to capture the aesthetics of the franchise, rather than the intellectual introspection of identity and self that the sci-fi series is known for. While Shirow’s manga touched on this, it is in Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 […]

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Child Eater

Child Eater

| March 31, 2017

In a recent review for the movie Bloodrunners, I lamented the lack of ambition of too many independent horror filmmakers. While I do believe that lack of ambition is a problem for the genre and independent film scene as a whole, I also must recognize that there are pleasures in seeing familiar material well-executed. It’s […]

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Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

| March 28, 2017

The job market waxes and wanes at the drop of a hat. Very few occupations can make it through a stock market crash and the rise of a new technological marvel. What business seems to be less affected by dramatic change? Historically, it’s been the movie business. When the stock market crash of 1929 occurred, […]

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Indiscretion

Indiscretion

| March 28, 2017

It’s frustrating that the major film studios haven’t done much to capitalize on the box office success of the Fifty Shades of Grey films. The closest any mainstream studio has come to the softcore drama or erotic thriller are the films in Sony’s new annual Fall series of PG-13 thrillers starting with 2014’s No Good […]

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII

| March 28, 2017

We’re nearing the point where Shout Factory has released nearly every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s 1989-1999 run on DVD. In fact, after Volume XXXVIII, only 14 episodes will have yet to see a DVD release from Rhino or Shout Factory, excluding the recalled Godzilla vs. Megalon disc. Whether or not we’ll see Shout […]

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Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper

| March 25, 2017

Olivier Assayas’s latest film, Personal Shopper, was met with high praise when released during last year’s Cannes Film Festival. While the film managed to win Best Director, which Assayas shared with Cristian Mungiu, the film was extremely divisive amongst the critics who saw it, even as going as far as booing the film during its […]

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Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

| March 24, 2017

Mill Creek Entertainment’s Faces of Horror collection brings together ten horror films on 3 DVDs at a budget price–it’s currently less than $9 on Amazon, in fact. If you’re like me, you see these collections pop up all the time in stores, and you can’t help but wonder if they’re actually worth the purchase, given […]

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An Interview With Kasper Collin

An Interview With Kasper Collin

| March 24, 2017

There’s a story that theater critic Kenneth Tynan once told regarding Miles Davis’ seminal album Kind of Blue. One evening Tynan was in his study listening to the record when his nine-year-old daughter entered to kiss him goodnight. At the sound of the music the little girl suddenly paused and after a moment declared, “That’s […]

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