Video and DVD

Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye & Thieves Like Us

Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye & Thieves Like Us

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Robert Altman made a whopping 13 pictures during the 1970s. This was Altman’s decade, the decade in which he revolutionized the film form, overlapping more layers of on-set audio and dialogue than anyone before him and in turn developing new ways to utilize ensemble casts. His style was radical and loose, and you just never […]

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History Channel Presents: The Definitive WWI and WWII Collection

History Channel Presents: The Definitive WWI and WWII Collection

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is an intimidated DVD set.  With over 44 hours of content, The Definitive WWI/II Collection is exactly in the History Channel’s wheelhouse.  I obviously didn’t watch the entire collection, but what I did watch was absolutely fascinating. I jumped into the set at the beginning, making a conscious choice to watch the History Channel’s […]

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Legends of the Knight

Legends of the Knight

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

I tend not to expect to be teary eyed when I watch a Batman film. I expect, rather, that I’ll be excited by action, enthralled with exposition, and surprised by a twist. Honestly, I can admit that I felt all of those emotions, but for different reasons. I am quite surprised by how the emotional […]

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Christine: The Homicidal Hotrod

Christine: The Homicidal Hotrod

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stephen King and John Carpenter are legendary figures in the horror genre. They were genre-pulp wunderkinds, both of whom achieved monumental success at young ages in the seventies (the former with novels like Carrie and The Shining and the latter with low-budget thrillers like Halloween). It was perhaps inevitable that the pair would collaborate. It’s […]

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Cinerama’s Seven Wonders of the World / Search for Paradise

Cinerama’s Seven Wonders of the World / Search for Paradise

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s third pair of Cinerama releases to simultaneously hit the market includes 1956’s Seven Wonders of the World and 1957’s Search for Paradise, each of which is now available in a 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo, packed with loads of extras and a 28-page booklet featuring a facsimile of each picture’s program bill. Again, Flicker Alley […]

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20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

20,000 Days on Earth is one of the best films to come out in 2014 and is one of the most invigorating documentaries ever crafted. Part fiction, part non-fiction, part behind the scenes of recording an album, directors Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard explore all of these different elements with Nick Cave, lead singer of […]

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Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves

Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been a couple months since VSC released Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and it’s been weighing on me. Since its release, I’ve sat through the entirety of the collection two and half times now (if you count rewatching the two features for a third time each with commentary as a half). And I’d honestly […]

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Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Depending on who you ask, Michel Gondry has already made at least one “masterpiece” with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. While that is an excellent film, and particularly notable for its perfect marriage of content and filmmaker, a large part of that film’s success also lies with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Gondry’s career has veered […]

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Coming Home

Coming Home

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Coming Home is a great film that looks at what happens to someone who has served a lot of time in prison—whether for something that they didn’t do or for something for which they could easily be held accountable. Directed by New Yorker Viko Nikci, Coming Home will have its international premiere at DOC NYC […]

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The Gays

The Gays

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s get right to the point: this is a horrible film.  Given the subject matter, this may be seen as homophobic, but I imagine the film’s existence will offend more members of the LGBT community than anyone else.  I’m not gay, but I have gay friends and am completely in support of equal rights for […]