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| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

First-time director Jono Oliver brings to life a brilliant movie that covers the issue of mental health in such a soft, caring way that allows The Wire actor Gbenga Akinnagbe to shine. It is rare that a film from a first-time director receives one award but when a feature is honored with 15 substantive awards, […]

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am no fan of police officers.  This is based on my limited encounters and with the wide array of anecdotes and news stories revolving around the despicable abuse of power and institutional cover up that routinely occurs within various law enforcement agencies.  But even though I could pull out endless tales of police corruption […]

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Puncture Wounds

Puncture Wounds

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

When deciding whether or not to purchase or rent a DVD/Blu-Ray, the cover art is very important. If the cover features an actor or actress that’s appealing to the buyer, they are more likely to rent or purchase said DVD/Blu-Ray. Such as, whenever I, personally, see action legend Dolph Lundgren, I’m all over the release. […]

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Beyond Outrage

Beyond Outrage

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Takeshi Kitano released the first Outrage film, I was left pretty unsatisfied. While the film had some great elements to it, including its cast and setting, the film had plenty of plot points that were either entirely unnecessary or just plain boring. When I found out that there was to be a sequel to […]

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Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cheap Thrills is a single-minded, vicious, misanthropic thriller.  Despite the marketing campaign promoting it as a black comedy, there are very few laughs other than a shocked chortle as you watch two men descend into violent desperation.  Pat Healy – best known as the neo-Nazi clerk from Ghost World – and Ethan Embry – of […]

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Ms. 45

Ms. 45

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Abel Ferrara’s 1981 film, Ms. 45, takes some time to appreciate, as most Ferrara films do in my experience. After all, the film’s protagonist is raped twice in the first eleven or so minutes, and one of those instances occurs before we even learn definitively that she’s mute. After killing her second attacker, Thana goes […]

The Flesh and Blood Show & Frightmare on Blu-ray

The Flesh and Blood Show & Frightmare on Blu-ray

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pete Walker had a pretty great run from the late 1960s through the 1970s in British cinema, although in the States he has been more of a cult figure. In the UK, Walker made a name for himself directing and producing exploitation films of two distinct stripes: sex films such as School for Sex, The […]

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wes Anderson is perhaps best known to both his ardent fans and hateful detractors for using each of his films to create little shoebox-diorama worlds in which his characters, speaking in cadences now as familiar as those of Hal Hartley’s, deal with class issues and any number of Anderson’s other narrative preoccupations. Sometimes this is […]

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The Single Moms Club

The Single Moms Club

| March 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Single Moms Club is a female bonding movie where five single mothers who have children at the same private prep school find themselves working together on a school event. Nia Long plays May; Wendi McClendon-Covey plays Jan; Amy Smart plays Hillary, Cocoa Brown plays Lytia and Zulay Henao plays Esperanza. While watching this film, I immediately […]

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Surpassed in iconicity only by his title role in 1925’s The Phantom of the Opera, Lon Chaney’s performance as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) was a defining moment in the actor’s prolific, but all-too-short filmic career. Renowned for his ability to transform himself entirely through the use of makeup and by altering […]

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