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Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cheap Thrills is a single-minded, vicious, misanthropic thriller.  Despite the marketing campaign promoting it as a black comedy, there are very few laughs other than a shocked chortle as you watch two men descend into violent desperation.  Pat Healy – best known as the neo-Nazi clerk from Ghost World – and Ethan Embry – of […]

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Ms. 45

Ms. 45

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Abel Ferrara’s 1981 film, Ms. 45, takes some time to appreciate, as most Ferrara films do in my experience. After all, the film’s protagonist is raped twice in the first eleven or so minutes, and one of those instances occurs before we even learn definitively that she’s mute. After killing her second attacker, Thana goes […]

The Flesh and Blood Show & Frightmare on Blu-ray

The Flesh and Blood Show & Frightmare on Blu-ray

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pete Walker had a pretty great run from the late 1960s through the 1970s in British cinema, although in the States he has been more of a cult figure. In the UK, Walker made a name for himself directing and producing exploitation films of two distinct stripes: sex films such as School for Sex, The […]

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Surpassed in iconicity only by his title role in 1925’s The Phantom of the Opera, Lon Chaney’s performance as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) was a defining moment in the actor’s prolific, but all-too-short filmic career. Renowned for his ability to transform himself entirely through the use of makeup and by altering […]

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Swerve

Swerve

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Within the first five minutes of Craig Lahiff’s Swerve, not a single word is uttered and yet we’ve been introduced to many of the main players and their utmost desires. Its one of the single greatest rules of cinema, the notion of showing the audience, but not telling them directly, in order to create both […]

Reasonable Doubt

Reasonable Doubt

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

When young superstar prosecuting attorney Mitch (Dominic Cooper; Captain America: The First Avenger) accidentally hits a pedestrian with his car, his life gets turned upside down.  Racked with guilt, he’s shocked to find out that not only did this man die, his body was found in the van of blue collar mechanic Clinton Davis (Samuel […]

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Kingdom of Conquerors

Kingdom of Conquerors

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

An aging Genghis Khan (Men Tu) has sent his top General (Le Geng) halfway around the world to retrieve an ancient Chinese master (Youliang Zhao) in the hopes he can provide him with a potion of immortality. I often tell my students when they begin writing their reports about historical figures to try to find […]

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Iron Sky – Director’s Cut

Iron Sky – Director’s Cut

| March 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Iron Sky has been on my must watch list for a while now.  I love really bad movies and you can tell from the trailer that this one is going to be one of the all time great bad movies.  The premise is simple enough: after World War II, the defeated Nazi regime retreated to […]

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100 Years of Wrigley Field

100 Years of Wrigley Field

| March 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wrigley was originally known as Weeghman Park, after owner Charles Weeghman. The park was built for Weeghman’s Federal League team, the ChiFeds. The park was built relatively fast. It took 500 workers only six weeks to construct the facility. In 1919, William Wrigley, JR became the principal owner of both Weeghman Park and the National […]

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Mademoiselle C

Mademoiselle C

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

I knew literally nothing about this film going into it.  I didn’t know it was a documentary.  I didn’t know it was about Carine Roitfeld.  I didn’t know who Corine Roitfeld was.  Turns out she is a very famous French fashion editor.  After being the editor in chief of Vogue Paris for ten years, she […]

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