Video and DVD

The Pillow Book

The Pillow Book

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

When God made the first clay model of a human being, He painted in the eyes, the lips, and the sex.  And then He painted in each person’s name lest the person should ever forget it.  If God approved of His creation, He brought the painted clay model into life by signing His own name. […]

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Beyond the Reach

Beyond the Reach

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Eccentric millionaire Mr. Madec (Michael Douglas; Ant-Man) has been hunting all his life and has collected a number of impressive trophies, from elephant tusks to rhino horns.  Even for a man with his enormous resources, it has been impossible for him to get a license to hunt his latest trophy, which I gather is some […]

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Jack Hill’s Coffy & Foxy Brown

Jack Hill’s Coffy & Foxy Brown

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jack Hill and Pam Grier’s collaborations in the early 1970s made Pam Grier’s career, and their collaborations were fortunately numerous. In fact, four of the last seven pictures Hill directed starred Grier. Their collaboration began with her supporting role in Hill’s women-in-prison picture, The Big Doll House (1971), before Hill brought her to the forefront […]

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Friday Foster

Friday Foster

| June 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

In 1975’s filmic adaptation of the comic strip Friday Foster, Pam Grier stars as the titular Friday, a model-turned-photographer who witnesses an attempted assassination while on assignment for her magazine. The target of this assassination: multi-millionaire Blake Tarr (played by Blacula’s version of Van Helsing, Thalmus Rasulala), who Friday describes as “The Black Howard Hughes.” […]

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The DUFF

The DUFF

| June 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let’s get this right out of the way: I am totally not the audience for whom The DUFF (2015) was created. When filmmakers create high school comedies about teenage female self-empowerment and sexuality, they certainly don’t have thirty-something, male, university ethics instructors in mind. At least, I can’t imagine they do. But I do indeed […]

Hammer

Hammer

| June 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some posters for 1972’s Hammer declare “Hammer is a black explosion!” as seen above. Another tagline teases us with the promise that we’ll get to see star Fred Williamson playing a character who “risks death to fight his way out of the mob!” Admittedly that first tagline is a tad overly ambiguous. It also may […]

Camp X-ray

Camp X-ray

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

I tend to not like movies about the military, which isn’t to say I don’t like war movies.  War movies have a lot of action and conflict and things constantly going on, and that tends to make them pretty interesting to watch as well as visually engrossing.  Movies about the military however can be quite […]

Asmodexia

Asmodexia

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sometimes I wonder why I volunteer to review so many horror movies.  I very rarely stumble upon a good one.  Every great horror movie I’ve ever seen is shown to me by a friend who vouches for it.  I do like the versatility of the horror genre.  There may not be many movies that are […]

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Humans understand time through narrative. Our ability to organize events into a logical cause/effect order allows us to view time as moving ever forward with purpose. Our penchant for narrativization doesn’t end there though. We look at the motionless image of a painting and we narrativize it. We find an old photograph of someone we’ve […]

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Ski School

Ski School

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Olive Films has been making some interesting choices in films to distribute recently. Their new partnership with Slasher Video, for example, means they’ll be distributing some truly obscure shot-on-video horror films from the 80s and 90s. They have also been steadily releasing some films from that era that seemed unlikely candidates for Blu-ray like Robert […]