Video and DVD

The Pawnbroker

The Pawnbroker

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chicago-based Olive Films has released a film that is considered one of the landmarks of American cinema, The Pawnbroker, on Blu-ray™ and DVD. The film is newly remastered and is available April 22. Directed by Academy-Award®-winner (Honorary Award 2005) Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon) and released in 1964, it was the first cinematic […]

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The Inspector Lavardin Collection

The Inspector Lavardin Collection

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s over forty minutes into Chicken with Vinegar (Poulet au vinaigre, 1985) before Inspector Lavardin (Jean Poiret, The Last Metro) at last makes his cinematic debut, unceremoniously pulling into a gas station to fill up. Although sweet, charming and certainly well-intentioned, Lavardin appears, at first, somewhat pedestrian as far as fictional detectives go—hardly the sort […]

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Mobius

Mobius

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

I would have a difficult time summarizing this film, as the plot is not easy to follow.  From what I understand, a division of the French police headed by Gregory (Jean Dujardin; The Artist) is out to bring down a corrupt American businessman (Tim Roth; Lie to Me) with the help of a French financial […]

L’Immortelle

L’Immortelle

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Alain Robbe-Grillet may be best known to many cinephiles as the screenwriter of Alain Resnais’s classic Last Year at Marienbad, although this is at least partially due to the fact that Robbe-Grillet’s films as director have largely been unavailable outside of Europe aside from occasional repertory screenings. Kino Classics and Redemption Films recently licensed six […]

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The Nut Job

The Nut Job

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t actually aware that Universal Studios made animated films.  I had to google what else they’ve done, and nothing on the list stood out to me except for their early efforts with Land Before Time and An American Tail.  Those are quire reminiscent of my childhood, but Universal has spent the 25 years since […]

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Campaign of Hate:  Russia and Gay Propaganda

Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the Winter Olympics behind us, many have already started to forget about the controversial laws passed by Russia against homosexuals leading up to the games.  This documentary looks at the struggles of homosexuals in Russia today and throughout history. Like with all of Breaking Glass Pictures’ releases, I didn’t get a proper DVD release […]

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Forgetting the Girl

Forgetting the Girl

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you hadn’t seen the poster or DVD cover of Forgetting the Girl before popping it in your DVD player, you would probably not realize it is a sort of horror movie until well into its running time. The film takes the shape of a confessional right from the beginning, with its lead character directly […]

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47 Ronin

47 Ronin

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Universal Pictures’ rendition of 47 Ronin is quite possibly the most beautiful, hollow and poorly written film in the history of cinema. One of the most famous tales of revenge in the world, has been turned into Hollywood fodder, in which this dutiful tale is reduced to fluff. The film stars Keanu Reeves as Kai, […]

Angry Nazi Zombies

Angry Nazi Zombies

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Well folks, there’s good news and bad news regarding Angry Nazi Zombies. First, the good news: Angry Nazi Zombies is not actually a full-length feature about angry Nazi zombies. It is actually an anthology of short micro budget horror films all set during World War II and shot in the UK, and originally released there […]

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Home

Home

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

First-time director Jono Oliver brings to life a brilliant movie that covers the issue of mental health in such a soft, caring way that allows The Wire actor Gbenga Akinnagbe to shine. It is rare that a film from a first-time director receives one award but when a feature is honored with 15 substantive awards, […]