Film

Swim Little Fish Swim

Swim Little Fish Swim

| November 18, 2015

Acclaimed Feature Debut of French Filmmakers Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar Swim Little Fish Swim makes its North American home entertainment premiere on DVD on November 17. Swim Little Fish Swim presents the struggle between artistic integrity and capitalism in this quirky drama. Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, Swim Little Fish Swim […]

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Children of the Night (aka Limbo)

Children of the Night (aka Limbo)

| November 18, 2015

The vampire, one of cinema’s oldest monsters, is damned hard to make interesting in the twenty-first century. Since the silent film era, legions of filmmakers have tried to present different takes on the vampire mythology, and the monsters have enjoyed a cyclical popularity that most recently took the form of the Twilight phenomenon. That’s not […]

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Messenger of Death & Kinjite (Forbidden Subjects)

Messenger of Death & Kinjite (Forbidden Subjects)

| November 17, 2015

Charles Bronson was an action movie star in the 1960’s and 1970’s, with such classic roles as Danny “The Tunnel King” in The Great Escape, Joseph Wladislaw in The Dirty Dozen, and Paul Kersey in Death Wish. By the 1980’s, Bronson was not in high demand. Enter the production duo of Menahem Golan and Yoram […]

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Deadly Prey (1987) and The Deadliest Prey (2013)

Deadly Prey (1987) and The Deadliest Prey (2013)

| November 17, 2015

To say that David A. Prior’s Deadly Prey is a cult classic is to be guilty of gross understatement. Originally released directly to video in 1987, the film has gathered a passionate cult following who discovered the film on VHS all over the world. This process reached a peak with some theatrical screenings of the […]

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Dangerous Game

Dangerous Game

| November 16, 2015

There are genres of film I just don’t enjoy.  Movies about making movies is definitely one of them.  Of course, there are exceptions (Adaptation., State and Main, Ed Wood), but as a rule I find these types of stories to be incredibly low stakes and thus uninteresting.  Dangerous Game is definitely one of these low-stakes […]

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The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

| November 16, 2015

Released on Halloween in 2008, The Haunting of Molly Hartley was not exactly a hit. And in the years since, it does not seem to have gained much of a reputation or more passionate fans since it hit home video. This makes sense given that the film was a mostly dull teen horror movie that […]

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Phase IV

Phase IV

| November 16, 2015

Even if film fans aren’t familiar with the name “Saul Bass,” chances are very good they have seen his work. Bass is best known for his work as a designer creating iconic title sequences for films, including three particularly memorable ones for Alfred Hitchcock’s films North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Psycho. This work has had […]

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

| November 15, 2015

Outside of Chicago, Essanay is remembered primarily for one thing and one thing only: Charlie Chaplin. After his tenure at keystone, Chaplin was wooed to come to Chicago by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, who offered him a then unheard of salary of $1,250 a week with a $10,000 sign-on bonus. Though Chaplin produced none of […]

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Motley’s Law screening Nov. 16 and 17 at DOC NYC

Motley’s Law screening Nov. 16 and 17 at DOC NYC

| November 13, 2015

A documentary that is so revealing, while shedding a light on corrupt legal justice systems across the globe is called Motley’s Law, which just screened as its World Premiere at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival. The doc now moves to screenings in New York City and then on to Denmark, the country in which […]

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Sherlock Holmes (1916)

Sherlock Holmes (1916)

| November 12, 2015

We’re extremely fortunate to now be able to experience the 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes at all. Once thought lost to time, Sherlock Holmes was rediscovered in 2014 at La Cinémathèque française in Paris, and in the intervening year has been restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in conjunction with La Cinémathèque française, […]

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