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The Vincent Price Collection II

The Vincent Price Collection II

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Those of you who really give a damn about Halloween know full well that it’s a season and not a just some day at the tail end of October. When the clock strikes midnight and ushers in October the first, we’re granted a 31-day license to engage in a non-stop horror movie free-for-all. There is […]

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Nightcap (Merci Pour Le Chocolat)

Nightcap (Merci Pour Le Chocolat)

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nightcap (Merci Pour Le Chocolat, 2000) opens on the wedding of Marie-Claire (Isabelle Huppert) and André (Jacques Dutronc), long since divorced but settling down with one another once more. Then we’re off to the somber reception that follows, at which the couple’s fork-tongued guests talk venomously about them behind their backs. Such a scene provides […]

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story on Blu-ray

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story on Blu-ray

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

This was my first time seeing Walk Hard; I hadn’t heard anything about it, so I never went out of my way to check it out until I picked it up for a dollar at a yard sale.  Then, this blu-ray release came out and that ended up being my first exposure to the John […]

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Nas: Time is Illmatic

Nas: Time is Illmatic

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Twenty years after the release of Nas’ groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, Nas: Time is Illmatic takes us into the heart of his creative process and the making of his original album. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, New York, rapper Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his […]

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Advanced Style

Advanced Style

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I watched Advanced Style, I was reminded of a wonderful saying by George Bernard Shaw, in that “Youth is a wonderful thing and its a crime to waste it on children”. It is this very notion that we see on the big screen, as we’re given an insight into the grace, elegance and charm […]

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Neighbors

Neighbors

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the most concentrated cinematic sources of secondhand embarrassment I’ve ever known is John G. Avildsen’s Neighbors (1981), which is now available on DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment. Teeth-gratingly awkward from beginning to end, I can’t say that Neighbors makes me laugh per se. And normally that would be a pretty damning statement to […]

That Girl in Yellow Boots

That Girl in Yellow Boots

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

That Girl in Yellow Boots features Ruth (Kalki Koechlin) who has traveled across half the world, driven to find her missing father — the last remaining link to her tragically broken family. Lost and alone in the sprawling chaos of Mumbai, trapped in a metropolis erupting with a million screaming dreams and fears, she survives […]

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The Rover

The Rover

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is a tendency in post-apocalyptic action movies and dystopian thrillers to show off.  Each despairing vision of the future must come with intricate steampunk-inspired production design, as though even the most economically and spiritually devastated society there is still enough currency left to design several Tumblr accounts worth of exotic costumes and locales.  Let’s […]

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

| September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

As far as I’m concerned, the Halloween season started on September 16 this year with the release of Dark Sky Films’ 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Tobe Hooper’s seminal Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Anyone who truly appreciates Halloween knows that it’s more than just the one day a year when kids (and some […]

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Finding Fela!

Finding Fela!

| September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Renowned Dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones’ work in bringing the life and times of iconic Nigerian musician Fela Kuti to the Broadway stage is detailed in a documentary due to premiere at the Music Box Theatre on Chicago’s North Side on September 12. Finding Fela! is Emmy Award-winning Alex Gibney’s documentary, and it details Fela’s […]

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