Video and DVD

2:22

2:22

| September 19, 2017

Every once in a while a movie comes along that really lights up my imagination and I appreciate the potential of it more than the film itself.  It can be frustrating to see what a movie could do while instead it plays it safe.  Inception comes to mind as one of the coolest concepts for […]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

| September 17, 2017

Harold (Thomas Middleditch; Silicon Valley) and George (Kevin Hart; Ride Along) have been best friends since bonding over the hilariously named Uranus in kindergarten.  Doing whatever it takes to survive their soul crushing elementary school, Harold and George play pranks, torment their principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms; The Daily Show), and spend hours upon hours […]

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The Lost World (1925)

The Lost World (1925)

| September 13, 2017

Look back on the history of cinematic special effects artists and consider for a moment how many master/protégé working relationships found the protégé moving on to become as important and influential in their respective fields as the men they studied under had been. When I think about those special make-up effects artists who’ve defined the […]

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Erik the Conqueror

Erik the Conqueror

| September 12, 2017

The Blu-ray era has been very kind to the legacy of legendary Italian director Mario Bava. Even in earlier home video formats, Bava’s incredible eye for striking compositions and color palettes has been obvious. But Blu-ray has led to some major restorations of some of his best work, including Arrow Video’s releases of The Girl […]

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The Resurrected

The Resurrected

| September 10, 2017

When Claire tells private investigator John March that her husband Charles just isn’t the man he used to be, she has no idea how horrifyingly near the truth she is! What Claire thinks little more than a case of one recently-missing husband, she soon learns through John is in fact a mystery far more ancient […]

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

| September 6, 2017

In 1951, a black woman named Henrietta Lacks went to the hospital to have a hard lump she discovered inside her own cervix biopsied.  The lump was cancerous and would end up taking her life.  Normally, this is where the story would end, but in Henrietta’s case, the doctors discovered that her cancer cells were […]

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The Stranger

The Stranger

| September 4, 2017

What is the greatest movie of all time? That question has been hotly debated by film scholars and fans alike. One such film that continuously tops best of lists is Citizen Kane, directed by and starring Orson Welles. With its groundbreaking technical achievements, Kane has been an inspiration to countless filmmakers over the past 70+ […]

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Mr. Mom

Mr. Mom

| September 4, 2017

Who ever heard of a man looking after the kids while his wife brings home the bacon? What is this, some kind of Bizzaro world? The Soviet Union maybe?! People of a certain age (say, my age) and older remember a time when looking after the kids and taking care of the house was “Mom’s […]

A Dark Song

A Dark Song

| September 3, 2017

Writer/director Liam Gavin’s feature debut, the Welsh-Irish A Dark Song (2016), is an absolutely stunning achievement in the horror genre. What Gavin accomplishes in the film with minimal locations (it’s set predominantly in a single old mansion) and minimal characters (two characters dominate the majority of the running time) is nothing short of masterful. Films […]

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Hell Up in Harlem

Hell Up in Harlem

| September 1, 2017

Larry Cohen’s Black Caesar was a surprise box-office hit for American International Pictures, helping to establish Fred Williamson as a bonafide superstar. Williamson had starred in a couple of films in 1972 (The Legend of Nigger Charley and Hammer, both featuring characters he would reprise in later films), but his role as Tommy Gibbs in […]

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