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Convicts

Convicts

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Olive Films brings 1991’s Convicts to blu-ray for the first time.  The film, starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones is largely set on an old plantation where Duvall’s character oversees a group of convicted felons as they work the land like slaves.  With Duvall’s senility settling in over the course of the film, he […]

The ABCs of Death 2

The ABCs of Death 2

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anthology films are inconsistent by their very nature, but it’s rare when such a project seems to bring out the worst in almost everybody involved. Such was the fate of The ABCs of Death, a project that looked on paper like a sure thing: twenty-six filmmakers from all over the world making short films based […]

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V/H/S: Viral

V/H/S: Viral

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Designed to present some independent filmmakers’ takes on the “found footage” phenomenon, the first V/H/S was something of a mixed bag, even for an anthology. The first sequel followed a year later and was notable for a big uptick in overall quality, leaving many fans excited for where the franchise might go in its third […]

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Map to the Stars

Map to the Stars

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

‘Shock-jock’: someone who expresses opinions in a deliberately offensive or provocative way. These are my thoughts toward David Cronenberg. Love or hate him, the films of the veteran director are always swathed in controversy. A quick Wikipedia search labels this vehicle as ‘body horror’. As some sort of mutilation or gross-out sequence is featured in nearly all of Cronenberg’s […]

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African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates Black History Month

African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates Black History Month

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is pleased to announce the Celebrating Black History Month film series at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York from February 27 to March 1, with an international spin that puts the notion of Black History month in the perspective of a quest to critically understand what the Black […]

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The Captive

The Captive

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) only ran into the store for a few minutes to pick up a pie for his wife Tina (Mireille Enos; Netflix’s The Killing) and their 9 year old daughter Cass (Peyton Kennedy), who waited behind the truck.  By the time he returned, Cass was gone, kidnapped by a creepy pedophile (Kevin Durand) […]

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VANish

VANish

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last year, I went to one of my many fine local independent cinemas to watch a Dutch film called Black Out. The trailer was decent, and I was intrigued enough to make the time to go to a late screening before its run ended. I was very unpleasantly surprised to find that Black Out was […]

Dangerously Close

Dangerously Close

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you see the list of musicians whose songs appear in Albert Pyun’s Dangerously Close (1986), you might think, if you know nothing about it as I did going in, that this movie’s going to be all kinds of 80s-style fun. After all, you’ve got the likes of Robert Palmer, Fine Young Cannibals, The Smithereens […]

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Blood Red

Blood Red

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On paper, Blood Red (1989) reads like an incredibly badass movie. Seriously, check this out: A railroad tycoon played by Dennis Hopper sends his goons out to muscle a village full of Italian immigrants off their hard-earned land to “make way for progress,” so to speak. But this plan doesn’t go as well as the […]

Laggies

Laggies

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

How many times have we watched the ‘life journey’ relationship between the adolescent adult-male and mature boy-child play out on screen? Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin in Disney’s The Kid comes to mind…for some reason. Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, seeks to execute this relationship in the female form. Or is that […]