Video and DVD

Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies & The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One

Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies & The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest Blu-ray releases from Flicker Alley easily rank among the best releases to hit the market from any distributor in 2014 to date. An incredible pair of collections, Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies and The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One celebrate two of cinema’s most iconic early funnymen with a combined 62 films ranging from silents […]

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Proxy

Proxy

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Indiana-based filmmaker Zack Parker’s previous film, Scalene, was an unsettling thriller based on seemingly normal people behaving very abnormally. That film, built around an uncomfortable to watch but incredible performance by Margo Martindale, earned Parker a fair number of fans in the indie horror scene despite not being a straightforward genre film. It followed that […]

Summer in February

Summer in February

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

A very polite and British love triangle emerges between two friends (Dominic Cooper; Captain America: The First Avenger, and Dan Stevens; Downton Abbey) and a young aspiring artist who is new in town (Emily Browning; Sleeping Beauty).  The story takes place sometime around the early 20th century in the English countryside, while Browning’s character is […]

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Favorites of the Moon: 30th Anniversary

Favorites of the Moon: 30th Anniversary

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thirty years ago, a gem of a film called Favorites of the Moon was released to wide international acclaim. The Cohen Film Collection has released the debut of this fairly obscure film on DVD and Blu-ray, finally allowing citizens of the United States to see a remastered version of Otar Iosseliani’s unique, impressive, ambitious, sprawling […]

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Dream Deceivers

Dream Deceivers

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The raving and remonstrating over subliminal messages in popular music is over. Sure, zealous listeners claim to hear voices of the Illuminati in contemporary hip-hop, but the hoopla is mostly a thing of yesteryear. In David Van Taylor’s 1991 documentary Dream Deceivers, the story of two teenagers who attempted suicide due to the urging of […]

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Locke

Locke

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Narratively, Steven Knight’s Locke (2013) is as simple as a film gets: while driving to London, Ivan Locke makes a series of phone calls that threaten to unravel the comfortable life he has known. A man. A car. A phone. Superficially, that’s the movie. And apart from the occasional intervention of voices on his car […]

Breastmilk

Breastmilk

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Throughout August, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with other organizations, hopes to bring the newest research and services to the attention of the public and empower women to breastfeed their babies. A lot of factors play into whether or not a woman decides to breastfeed: […]

Hell on Wheels: Season 3

Hell on Wheels: Season 3

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

I try to avoid jumping into series in the middle.  If I’m going to watch something, it’s going to be from the beginning.  However, I’ve been really impressed with AMC’s other original content with shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead so I decided to give this one a shot.  Actually, I […]

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Boredom

Boredom

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m sure we all have words in our vocabulary that we have no problem using correctly in everyday conversation, but when asked to define we struggle conveying the word’s meaning to someone else.  This is largely how I felt watching Boredom, a new documentary about what it means to be bored.  As filmmaker Albert Nerenberg […]

Legendary

Legendary

| August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The best way to draw attention to an upcoming film is to catch the audience’s attention with a clever title. Normally, the title has something to do with the film in question. For example, Gremlins has gremlins terrorizing a small, peaceful town. Also, there is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is pretty self-explanatory. And then there’s Legendary which neither describes […]