Video and DVD

Accattone

Accattone

| January 1, 2017

Like all of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s work, Accattone is more pensive than entertaining. The film is a cryptic moral tale about a hardboiled pimp, meant to subtly resemble Christ, who faces trials and tribulations in Rome’s poor slums. While this could be ostensibly pleasing, Pasolini seeks to convey, again through murky allusion, the current state […]

Stevie D

Stevie D

| January 1, 2017

When Stevie D (Chris Cordone), the son of a local crime boss, Angelo (John Aprea; The Godfather Part 2), accidentally kills the son of another crime boss, Nick (Al Sapienza; House of Cards), Nick wants revenge.  His plan is to hire two hitmen, Big Lou and Little Dom (Phil Idrissi and Darren Capozzi) to kill […]

The Disappointments Room

The Disappointments Room

| December 26, 2016

The creators of this film must have been absolutely fearless of bad reviews when the decided to put the word disappointment right in the title.  The bad reviews really write themselves at that point.  On Twitter, after watching the film, I sent out something along the lines of “it turns out the real disappointments room […]

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Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

| December 26, 2016

If you like westerns, this movie should have everything you’re looking for.  A grizzled hero with a tormented past, a plucky sidekick, gun fights, camping under the stars, horse-riding, blood, and sand.  I always resisted the western genre, but recently have come across many westerns that I thoroughly enjoy.  It turns out that I was […]

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Birthday

Birthday

| December 16, 2016

“Birthday” is a short film written and directed by Chris King about a marine (Chris Gouchoe) who is injured in the line of duty and his wife (Mandy Moody) who is tasked with helping him recover afterwards as they try to figure out how to continue their lives together.  It only has a 13 minute […]

The Driller Killer

The Driller Killer

| December 14, 2016

Life in New York City during the 1970’s was abysmal. Robberies and murders were not daily occurrences, they were hourly occurrences. The homeless population was staggeringly high; drugs and prostitution ran wild. The city streets were dank and dirty. Unless you were a fan of squalor, New York City was not, to paraphrase Frank Sinatra, […]

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2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs

2016 World Series Collector’s Edition: Chicago Cubs

| December 13, 2016

Every year, Major League Baseball Productions releases a home media collector’s set of that year’s World Series champions. However, the 2016 release is a little more special than the others. No offense to the other World Series champs of recent memory, but the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series was more historic and epic. Not […]

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Nine Lives

Nine Lives

| December 9, 2016

Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors.  His performances in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, House of Cards, L.A. Confidential, and so many more give me chills.  So, what he’s doing in a comedy where he plays a corporate jerk who gets turned into a cat is perplexing to me. The story isn’t much […]

Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

| December 7, 2016

The anthology has been a staple of the horror genre almost since horror began. Usually an anthology consists of two or more stories that are somehow connected. Most horror anthology movies have at least one memorable story. Some are crafted well enough that all the stories are well done. Two prime examples are 1945’s Dead […]

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The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

| December 5, 2016

Before directing Young Guns II (1990), the immensely fun Freejack (1992), and serving as second unit director on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s Geoff Murphy co-wrote/directed one of the most stirring and relatable films about humanity at the end of the world in 1985’s New Zealand-set The Quiet Earth. One of astrophysicist […]

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