Film

Slaughter Hotel

Slaughter Hotel

| December 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

RaroVideo USA’s release of Slaughter Hotel (La bestia uccide a sangue freddo, 1971) on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 9, 2014 marks their ninth release of a picture directed by Fernando Di Leo. The film was produced between Di Leo’s police procedural Naked Violence (1969), which appeared on the Di Leo Italian Crime Collection Vol. […]

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RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus

RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus

| December 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. Parents work extra shifts to buy little Billy and Susie everything their hearts desire. Stores work their part time employees to the bone for small wages. And Santa is busy lording over his multicultural child laborers on his cloud palace in outer space, whilst enlisting Merlin the magician […]

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The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

They’re back! The gang’s all here, and they are like a fine wine: they get better with age. They are the Expendables. And considering the number of cast additions in the third installment, the name of the crew might as well be the Expandables. With a whopping 17 (!) action stars in one movie, you’d […]

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Apaches

Apaches

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

There have been a rash of similar teen dramas in recent years.  These films are all about kids doing drugs, drinking, and having sex while ignoring authority and being generally awesome.  No, not awesome, the other one… lame.  Apaches has other problems other than being a generic teen drama.  The biggest issue I had watching […]

I Am Yours

I Am Yours

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

I Am Yours is a film where the main female lead is looking for love in all the wrong places, not to overuse a tired phrase. The film marries two cultures as it follows young single mother Mina (Amrita Acharia) juggling 6-year-old Felix’s upbringing in Oslo and her troublesome relationship with her traditional Pakistani family […]

The Congress

The Congress

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ari Folman is one of the greatest living directors working in the industry today and if his 2008 film, Waltz with Bashir wasn’t enough of an indication of that, then his latest film, The Congress, most certainly is. Loosely adapted from a novel by famous Polish author Stanislaw Lem, The Congress stars Robin Wright, as […]

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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Adapted from Ed Graczyk’s play of the same title, Robert Altman’s film version of Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Olive Films. Featuring beautiful performances from the likes of Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates, Jimmy Dean centers on […]

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Ghibli is just a random name I got from an airplane…It’s just a name” says Studio Ghibli founder and legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, when faced with the question of his eventual retirement. While at that moment he feels that the name of the studio is ludicrous, the Studio Ghibli name is synonymous with some of […]

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Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye & Thieves Like Us

Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye & Thieves Like Us

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Robert Altman made a whopping 13 pictures during the 1970s. This was Altman’s decade, the decade in which he revolutionized the film form, overlapping more layers of on-set audio and dialogue than anyone before him and in turn developing new ways to utilize ensemble casts. His style was radical and loose, and you just never […]

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Rosewater

Rosewater

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 2013, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took a three month hiatus to direct his first film. The resulting product is titled ‘Rosewater’ and is based on journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir ‘Then They Came for Me’. The book chronicles Bahari’s internationally contentious 118-day imprisonment in Iran while covering the 2009 presidential elections. With the author’s […]