Video and DVD

The ABCs of Death 2

The ABCs of Death 2

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anthology films are inconsistent by their very nature, but it’s rare when such a project seems to bring out the worst in almost everybody involved. Such was the fate of The ABCs of Death, a project that looked on paper like a sure thing: twenty-six filmmakers from all over the world making short films based […]

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V/H/S: Viral

V/H/S: Viral

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Designed to present some independent filmmakers’ takes on the “found footage” phenomenon, the first V/H/S was something of a mixed bag, even for an anthology. The first sequel followed a year later and was notable for a big uptick in overall quality, leaving many fans excited for where the franchise might go in its third […]

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The Captive

The Captive

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) only ran into the store for a few minutes to pick up a pie for his wife Tina (Mireille Enos; Netflix’s The Killing) and their 9 year old daughter Cass (Peyton Kennedy), who waited behind the truck.  By the time he returned, Cass was gone, kidnapped by a creepy pedophile (Kevin Durand) […]

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VANish

VANish

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last year, I went to one of my many fine local independent cinemas to watch a Dutch film called Black Out. The trailer was decent, and I was intrigued enough to make the time to go to a late screening before its run ended. I was very unpleasantly surprised to find that Black Out was […]

Dangerously Close

Dangerously Close

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you see the list of musicians whose songs appear in Albert Pyun’s Dangerously Close (1986), you might think, if you know nothing about it as I did going in, that this movie’s going to be all kinds of 80s-style fun. After all, you’ve got the likes of Robert Palmer, Fine Young Cannibals, The Smithereens […]

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Blood Red

Blood Red

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On paper, Blood Red (1989) reads like an incredibly badass movie. Seriously, check this out: A railroad tycoon played by Dennis Hopper sends his goons out to muscle a village full of Italian immigrants off their hard-earned land to “make way for progress,” so to speak. But this plan doesn’t go as well as the […]

Laggies

Laggies

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

How many times have we watched the ‘life journey’ relationship between the adolescent adult-male and mature boy-child play out on screen? Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin in Disney’s The Kid comes to mind…for some reason. Laggies, starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, seeks to execute this relationship in the female form. Or is that […]

The Master

The Master

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

You know those old 70s king fu movies where everything’s badly dubbed in English and melodramatic and they have a bunch of exaggerated sound effects for every kick, chop, and swing?  Those are fun, right?  Hilarious, but with some halfway decent fight choreography?  And the parodies practically write themselves.  The Master feels like a parody […]

Traitors

Traitors

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Malika (Chaime Ben Acha) is the leader of her own punk band trying desperately to become a professional artist.  When she’s approached by a producer it seems like a big step, but she doesn’t have the money required to rent out a studio to record a demo.  Malika tries everything she can think of in […]

2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today marks the release of two new Blu-rays from Olive Films, each featuring a classic of 1960’s counterculture cinema in its own right: Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels (1966) and Richard Rush’s Psych-Out (1968). Both Blu-rays, though completely bereft of special features, put the previous DVD releases of these films to shame, making their upgrade […]

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