Film

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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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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Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

| March 24, 2017

I once heard writer/director Fred Dekker declare at a Q&A here in Chicago that the film he made of which he is the proudest is Robocop 3 (1993). Given that he’s the man responsible for the cult classic Night of the Creeps (1986) and one of my personal favorites, The Monster Squad (1987), his pride […]

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The Delinquents

The Delinquents

| March 20, 2017

If you’ve only ever seen director Robert Altman’s post-MASH (1970) films, then his first solo-directed feature, The Delinquents (1957), will surely come as a surprise. It’s precisely the sort of alarmist, juvenile delinquency picture you’d see so much of in the 1950s. It’s all hot-rodding, barroom brawls and illicit parties, foregrounded with a warning that […]

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Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

| March 20, 2017

People seem to like Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter (1984) well enough. At the very least, people acknowledge its existence as yet another Stephen King movie that was “pretty good,” as the one with a tiny Drew Barrymore in it. Why I encounter so many who don’t outright love the movie is completely beyond me though! […]

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Robocop 2: Collector’s Edition

Robocop 2: Collector’s Edition

| March 20, 2017

The satire of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop (1987) remains as relevant today as it was when it was released. As unsettling as it is exciting, the sci-fi actioner Robocop remains a beloved and well-respected classic thirty years after its release, and not just a genre classic either—a bona fide classic all around. Given its incredible success […]

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