Video and DVD

Saved!

Saved!

| August 16, 2016

The frustration in dealing with hypocrisy on any level about any subject is the subtext in the new movie by directed by Brian Dannelly called Saved! (2004), now on DVD and, for the first time, Blu-ray from Olive Films. The milieu to look into the world of the hypocrite is at a Christian high school populated […]

Observance

Observance

| August 15, 2016

Since originally launching in 2012, Artsploitation Films has released a wide array of international films in the States and subtlety has not been their strong point. From confrontational and controversial sexual content to gruesome violence, the films distributed by Artsploitation have often been difficult to watch for a number of reasons. So it’s something of […]

Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon

Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon

| August 10, 2016

Exactly six minutes into Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016), my 4-year-old son and fellow wrestling fanatic turned to me exasperated and asked, “Is there even going to be a wrestling match in this movie?” At that point, even I had to admit, it wasn’t looking good that we’d get any wrestling […]

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

| August 3, 2016

“It’s a big conspiracy.” “What’s a big conspiracy?” “Everything!” This exchange from 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers between Jack (Jeff Goldblum) and Matthew (Donald Sutherland) isn’t just an amusing way of enriching the audience’s understanding of the patently pessimistic Jack; it’s the film’s guiding principle. Invasion wants nothing more than to make you uncomfortable […]

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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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