Film

Thrashin’

Thrashin’

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve been watching a lot of interesting new releases from Olive Films lately, and you can find my reviews for things like Zombies From Outer Space, and How to Murder Your Wife on this site.  Next week, Olive is releasing a new group of movies on blu-ray that might’ve never otherwise found the light of […]

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Me Without You

Me Without You

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The first thing that occurred to me when I started watching Me Without You was that Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) is still looking really young, passing no problem for a high school student in the beginning of the film.  Turns out this movie was made in 2001, so that makes sense, but I […]

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The House with 100 Eyes

The House with 100 Eyes

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s sort of baffling that there aren’t more attempts to make a “found footage” horror comedy. The found footage style has been seized on by independent horror filmmakers, who have pumped out legions of no-budget takes on the same basic concepts for years. And horror comedy is a popular but tricky choice for many indie […]

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The Pillow Book

The Pillow Book

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

When God made the first clay model of a human being, He painted in the eyes, the lips, and the sex.  And then He painted in each person’s name lest the person should ever forget it.  If God approved of His creation, He brought the painted clay model into life by signing His own name. […]

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Beyond the Reach

Beyond the Reach

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Eccentric millionaire Mr. Madec (Michael Douglas; Ant-Man) has been hunting all his life and has collected a number of impressive trophies, from elephant tusks to rhino horns.  Even for a man with his enormous resources, it has been impossible for him to get a license to hunt his latest trophy, which I gather is some […]

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Jack Hill’s Coffy & Foxy Brown

Jack Hill’s Coffy & Foxy Brown

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jack Hill and Pam Grier’s collaborations in the early 1970s made Pam Grier’s career, and their collaborations were fortunately numerous. In fact, four of the last seven pictures Hill directed starred Grier. Their collaboration began with her supporting role in Hill’s women-in-prison picture, The Big Doll House (1971), before Hill brought her to the forefront […]

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Der Samurai

Der Samurai

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Living up to its distributors namesake, Till Klienhart’s Der Samurai, from Artsploitation Films, is part art house, part slasher film that manages to entrance with its nightmarish imagery, but doesn’t make it compelling enough to withstand the test of time. The film centers around Jakob (Michel Diercks), a young police officer in a small town, […]

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Friday Foster

Friday Foster

| June 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

In 1975’s filmic adaptation of the comic strip Friday Foster, Pam Grier stars as the titular Friday, a model-turned-photographer who witnesses an attempted assassination while on assignment for her magazine. The target of this assassination: multi-millionaire Blake Tarr (played by Blacula’s version of Van Helsing, Thalmus Rasulala), who Friday describes as “The Black Howard Hughes.” […]

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The DUFF

The DUFF

| June 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let’s get this right out of the way: I am totally not the audience for whom The DUFF (2015) was created. When filmmakers create high school comedies about teenage female self-empowerment and sexuality, they certainly don’t have thirty-something, male, university ethics instructors in mind. At least, I can’t imagine they do. But I do indeed […]

Hammer

Hammer

| June 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some posters for 1972’s Hammer declare “Hammer is a black explosion!” as seen above. Another tagline teases us with the promise that we’ll get to see star Fred Williamson playing a character who “risks death to fight his way out of the mob!” Admittedly that first tagline is a tad overly ambiguous. It also may […]