Video and DVD

Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I was told not to bother with Dumb and Dumber To (2014). “It’s not as good as the first,” people kept telling me. Now, I didn’t doubt them, because most sequels aren’t as good as the first installment. That’s just the usual way of things, plus it’s not like the Farrelly brothers have been at […]

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House of Last Things

House of Last Things

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the horror genre’s longest-standing stories is the “haunted house,” of which there have been hundreds if not thousands throughout film history. Like other genre standbys like vampires and zombies, it is exceptionally difficult to come up with an interesting take on the haunted house story. Recently, a number of super low-budget independent horror […]

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Addicted

Addicted

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

While the film adaptation of Zane’s best-selling erotic novel Addicted has probably been in the works for a while, it’s probably a safe bet that the announcement of the big-studio adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey helped get Addicted on the fast track to production. The movie certainly beat any other films trying to capitalize […]

Rosewater

Rosewater

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jon Stewart’s first foray into filmmaking comes with certain expectations: politics, humor, satire, intelligence. Certainly a comedy is the first assumption, but Rosewater is the kind of movie that deepens our understanding of what can be expected from Stewart. Based on the true story of Maziar Bahari, an expatriated Iranian who returned home to cover […]

Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

VHS has been making a comeback over the last few years, and with it has come a renewed interest in the “shot on video” (or SOV) direct-to-video horror films of the 80s and 90s. Small DVD imprints like Slasher Video and Massacre Video have made their names by re-releasing SOV movies like Boardinghouse and Black […]

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Starry Eyes

Starry Eyes

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s been a while since we’ve had a really good, horrifying peek behind the curtain at the movie business in cinema. Maybe David Lynch’s last couple of features–Inland Empire and Mulholland Drive, both of which featured stories of deeply unpleasant things going on under the Hollywood sign–have intimidated a lot of horror filmmakers into looking […]

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The Overnighters

The Overnighters

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

What worth is the “American Dream” if one’s own livelihood is destroyed at its pursuit? This is the lingering question that lies at the heart of Jesse Moss’ incredible film The Overnighters, a powerful documentary unlike any other and a spectacle of non-fiction filmmaking. Set in Williston, North Dakota, The Overnighters follows Jay Reinke, a […]

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Sex (Ed) The Movie

Sex (Ed) The Movie

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

I pretty much got exactly what I was hoping for out of this documentary.  Years ago, I wrote a short article about the dawn of sex education in American in the 1920s.  It was a fascinating topic, rooted largely in the moral and religious climate of the time.  Reading about propaganda and teaching strategies to […]

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Moms Mabley, billed as “The Funniest Woman in The World,” and one of the most successful African-American comedians of all time, brings her biting humor to the big screen in a starring role as “Amazing Grace.” Mabley is Grace Teasdale Grimes, a Baltimore, Maryland, widow who discovers that the local mayoral election is a front […]

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Open Windows

Open Windows

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I didn’t know what to expect from this one.  I’ve been intrigued by Sasha Grey’s (The Girlfriend Experience) mainstream career since she made that really interesting horror film a couple of years ago called Would You Rather? which I also reviewed for this site.  Elijah Wood tends to do the same thing dependably from project […]

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