Film

Manhattan: Season 1

Manhattan: Season 1

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve been meaning to watch this series for a while now since the entire first season is available on Hulu plus, and the previews they aired when it first premiered looked interesting.  Being offered a copy of the blu-ray to review was just the nudge I needed to get into this gripping and human drama […]

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Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014)

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014)

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are two of the most iconic characters in American literature, and most people probably know that Mark Twain wrote two books about them: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). What’s probably less well-known is that Twain also published the novels Tom Sawyer Abroad in 1894 […]

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If You Don’t, I Will

If You Don’t, I Will

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The newest film by acclaimed director Sophie Fillières and the latest observation on modern relationships starring frequent collaborators Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) sets Pomme (Devos) and Pierre (Amalric) against each other, even though they are a long-term couple and are desperately trying to be with one another. Although […]

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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

A mid-career film from the highly prolific, underrated director Robert Siodmak is a screen adaptation of a play called The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945). It’s a well-crafted little family thriller that’s perfectly reflective of its post-War, post-Depression setting (and time of release), and its theatre origins are evident throughout: it feels little more than […]

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White God

White God

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Government discrimination and the battle over societal rights are taken to the extreme in director Kornel Mundruczó’s latest film White God. The story follows 13 year old Lili (Zsofia Psotta) and her dog Hagen. Upon accepting a professorship in Australia, Lili’s mother sends her and Hagen to live with Lili’s father Daniel (Sandor Zsoter) in Budapest. After accusations […]

The Beat Generation

The Beat Generation

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

A serial rapist, an unwanted pregnancy, an abortion subplot, victim blaming, cultural mockery, generational differences, gender issues, ideological debates, poetry, jazz, night clubs, cigarettes, alcohol…these are among the many ways The Beat Generation (1959) gets its kicks. As a film which was released in the very year the phrase was popularized, the film is an interesting […]

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The House of Mystery

The House of Mystery

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I, and I venture to guess most of you, think about film serials, what springs immediately to mind are images of action/adventure stories featuring heroes like Buck Rogers or even Batman and Captain Marvel. And of course there are also plenty of science fiction/horror serials like The Phantom Creeps (1933), prominently featured across a […]

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Night Game

Night Game

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two things drew me to Peter Masterson’s Night Game (1989): 1) Roy Scheider, and 2) the promise of some sort of hook-handed baseball-themed serial killer hacking his way through attendees of a Houston Astros game. Though I received only the former of the two, the film is by no means a disappointment, proving itself an […]

The Roommates/A Woman for All Men

The Roommates/A Woman for All Men

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The return of the Gorgon Video imprint with the release of the 30th anniversary edition of Faces of Death in 2008 was exciting for fans of genre and cult cinema, although in the years since Gorgon has released only a handful of reissues of classic cult titles. That said, though, their releases have been worth […]

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Vincent & Theo

Vincent & Theo

| March 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vincent & Theo (1990) is a film to lose yourself in, a work as close to a cinematic version of one of Vincent van Gogh’s own self-portraits as perhaps any filmmaker can get. Perhaps the analogy is too obvious. Then again, perhaps this praise is merely my bias toward Robert Altman seeping in—after all, as […]

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