Film

The Man With the Iron Fists 2

The Man With the Iron Fists 2

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists was a fantastic tribute to old school kung fu films and comic book aesthetics. It was an honest surprise by the legendary hip hop producer/rapper, who starred, wrote and directed the first film, managed to make an entertaining homage to the likes of the Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest […]

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Batman vs. Robin

Batman vs. Robin

| April 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

The latest entry in the DC Animated Universe, Batman vs. Robin (2015), marks the fourth installment in DC’s series of interconnected, straight-to-video animated narratives (after the pair of Justice League pictures—War and Throne of Atlantis—and Son of Batman). It also, to my mind, stands as perhaps the most impressively realized animated feature to come out […]

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That Man from Rio & Up to His Ears

That Man from Rio & Up to His Ears

| April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Prior to getting a look at Cohen Film Collection’s upcoming 2-disc Blu-ray release of Philippe de Broca’s That Man from Rio (L’homme de Rio, 1964) and Up to His Ears (Les tribulations d’un Chinois en Chine, 1965), I was only passingly familiar with de Broca’s work. Actually, the only thing I knew about his films […]

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Daredevil: Season 1

Daredevil: Season 1

| April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

As I’ve written about many times on this site, I’m a big fan of the ambitiously interconnected cinematic universe Marvel Studios has been building since 2008’s Iron Man.  I eagerly watch each installment of the MCU as quickly as possible, thinking about how it relates to everything else I’ve seen, and what it might set […]

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Tales of Terror

Tales of Terror

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s not October and yet we’ve a new Vincent Price Blu-ray on the way. What did we do to deserve this? I don’t know but clearly the cinema gods are smiling on us. Of course, it’s not like we have to find ourselves in the month of October to have cause to watch Vincent Price […]

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Man From Reno

Man From Reno

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

A neo-noir of the highest order, Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno is a bonafide instant classic and delivers an incredible amount of intrigue and mystery. After escaping from her latest book tour, Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) leaves Tokyo behind and hides in San Francisco to write the latest Detective Akabe novel. It is here, she […]

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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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