Video and DVD

Born to Be Blue

Born to Be Blue

| July 29, 2016

“Hello fear. Hello death. Fuck you.” These sparse lines, uttered in the opening sequences of the bio-pic Born to Be Blue, are a perfect summation of the film’s rascally, bruised antihero. Focusing on renegade trumpet player (and renegade horn dog) Chet Baker, Born to Be Blue is a penetrating, soulful, and, at times, unconventional musical […]

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The Perfect Husband

The Perfect Husband

| July 26, 2016

Allow me to save you some time if you’re considering watching The Perfect Husband: Don’t. It’s ignorant, artless, ugly, and cruel. If you would like more information on what I personally found so profoundly unappealing about the film, permit me a bit of a rant. This is the 300th film I have covered for Film […]

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Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

| July 24, 2016

He was a pioneer of tell-it-like-it-is radio and television, and now his outsized life story is told with rare footage and interviews. Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene tells the story of a man who has been described as the “user of forbidden words.” Greene was a radio and TV personality like no […]

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The Invitation

The Invitation

| July 24, 2016

Karyn Kusama’s career as a feature film director has certainly been unique. After her debut feature Girlfight made a huge impact on film festivals in 2000–including a win at Sundance for Directing and a tie with Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize–Kusama was enlisted to direct the big-screen […]

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Crimes of Passion

Crimes of Passion

| July 22, 2016

Even for Ken Russell, Crimes of Passion is a weird movie. Following a run of UK productions in the 1970s that established him as a major name in international cinema, Russell came to the States to direct Altered States for Warner Brothers in 1980. It would have been impossible to predict his follow-up to that […]

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Midnight Movie Madness & Killer Creature Features

Midnight Movie Madness & Killer Creature Features

| July 20, 2016

I love the 50-movie collections Mill Creek Entertainment puts out. I mean, what self-respecting fan of obscure cinema could pass up the opportunity to nab 50 weird and disparate films for less than $20 a piece? Not this guy, I assure you. I’ve got a pile of these things laying around! What I love about […]

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Outatime:  Saving the DeLorean Time Machine

Outatime: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine

| July 20, 2016

In 1985, the best film trilogy ever kicked off: Back to the Future.  Robert Zemeckis’s story about a high school kid named Marty (Michael J. Fox) and his adventures through time with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd) with the use of Doc’s DeLorean time machine is full of iconic imagery, comedy, thrills, romance, Romance, and […]

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The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse

| July 12, 2016

The Dark Horse Based on a true story, The Dark Horse is about Genesis (Cliff Curtis; Live Free or Die Hard), a mentally disturbed former chess champion who gets involved with his brother’s inner-city chess club.  He works with the kids in the club to make them better players through understanding and respecting the game, […]

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Belladonna of Sadness

Belladonna of Sadness

| July 12, 2016

It seems like the last few years have seen quite a boom in the discovery, restoration, and re-release of films that have fallen through the cracks of cinema history. Companies like Vinegar Syndrome, Drafthouse Films, Grindhouse Releasing, Garagehouse, and Distribpix have been introducing new audiences to films previously thought lost or only ever issued in […]

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The Swinging Cheerleaders

The Swinging Cheerleaders

| July 5, 2016

Director Jack Hill is one of the all-time greats—and I’m not just saying that because he was kind enough to let me pick his brain about filmmaking the Philippines during the early 1970s for nearly an hour one time (the fanboy inside me still squeals at the thought of having done that!). Hill got his […]

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