Archive for July, 2017

Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Seventh and Final Season

Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Seventh and Final Season

| July 31, 2017

Well, it happened. After seven seasons, the Liars finally receive their moment of relief after years of terrorizing from “A.” Or did they? Emily, Allison, Hannah and Spencer have seemingly been through it all. Betrayal. Deceit. Violence. Imprisonment. And all between the ages of 16-25. This obviously left fans wondering: just what tricks do the […]

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It Stains the Sands Red

It Stains the Sands Red

| July 28, 2017

Any diehard horror fan would be pardoned for suffering from prolonged zombie fatigue in today’s pop culture landscape. The Walking Dead is a hit long-running TV series, Night of the Living Dead has been used in every film that needs characters watching a public domain movie in it for decades, and independent filmmakers keep cranking […]

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Warlock Collection: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

Warlock Collection: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

| July 25, 2017

As I discussed in my review of The Unholy (1988), Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series has brought a number of my childhood obsessions to Blu-ray in a shockingly short time. The Saturday movie matinees on cable and odd video rentals of my youth instilled in me a deep affection for many of the films released […]

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Stormy Monday

Stormy Monday

| July 20, 2017

As a writer/director, Mike Figgis crafted a feature work in 1995 that the revered Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deemed worthy of winning and/or being nominated for four Academy Awards with Leaving Las Vegas. Earning Nicolas Cage an Oscar win for Best Actor and finding Figgis himself nominated for Best Director, this is […]

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An interview with William Oldroyd

An interview with William Oldroyd

| July 18, 2017

The continued issues surrounding the subordination of women in society are compellingly explored in director William Oldroyd’s feature debut Lady Macbeth. Based on the 1865 Russian novella by Nikolai Leskov, the story follows Katherine (Florence Pugh) who has entered into a marriage with a man named Alexander (Paul Hilton). The heir to a mining company, […]

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A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story

| July 14, 2017

David Lowery’s 2013 feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints earned its fair share of comparisons to Terrence Malick, and Disney’s choice to have Lowery helm the Pete’s Dragon remake seemed odd on the surface. It seemed even more strange given Lowery’s other film work as an editor on Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine (2012), Shane Carruth’s […]

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American Fable

American Fable

| July 13, 2017

When young Gitty, Peyton Kennedy, finds a man (Richard Schiff; The West Wing) she believes can grant wishes trapped in her family’s silo, she’s torn between letting her new friend go and protecting her family, who may have imprisoned him there in the first place. Writer/Director Anne Hamilton has put together a cool little movie […]

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The Bat People

The Bat People

| July 13, 2017

That we can now order The Bat People (a.k.a. It Lives By Night (1974)) on Blu-ray is astonishing. The release of this disc alone is a testament to just how significant the work that the folks over at Scream Factory are doing for horror cinema preservation. Sure, films like John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and […]

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I Am the Blues

I Am the Blues

| July 13, 2017

When I see a film about the Blues and it opens up with a guy who I know is familiar, but I just can’t put my finger on his name, I know it’s going to be a great documentary. In this case, it was the great Chicago Blues legend Bobby Rush, and I was in […]

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Leftovers

Leftovers

| July 11, 2017

“Making this movie has been one of the most trying, rewarding, frustrating and eye opening experiences of my life and it was well worth the journey” – Seth Hancock (director) One of the most powerful and thought-provoking documentaries of the year, Leftovers, coming to VOD and DVD on July 11 and August 29, respectively. Photographer Seth […]