Video and DVD

One Eyed Girl

One Eyed Girl

| December 11, 2015

Low-key psychological horror/thrillers of the 1970s have become a popular touchstone for genre filmmakers over the last few years, resulting in some critically-acclaimed takes on familiar material. The best known of these may be Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) and Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth (2015), but there have been a number […]

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Knock Knock

Knock Knock

| December 8, 2015

Eli Roth’s career trajectory went from cult to hit and back to cult again, in a bizarre cycle of attention-getting projects of varying scale and notoriety. Coming off the heels of the long-awaited The Green Inferno, which was finally released earlier this year after a two-year delay, we’re given back-to-back treats from one of the […]

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Mandingo

Mandingo

| December 4, 2015

In the canon of 70s exploitation cinema, there may be no category of films more uncomfortable to watch for modern viewers than “slavesploitation.” Hardly anyone in the audience at a 2015 Fantastic Fest screening of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi’s notorious “mondo” slavery film Farewell Uncle Tom had seen it before, which was shocking in […]

War Pigs

War Pigs

| December 1, 2015

Merry Dolphmas everybody! So, you say you’re not familiar with Dolphmas? Much like Christmas, Dolphmas isn’t just a holiday, it’s a state of mind. Dolphmas can be celebrated year round. This December, the world is lucky enough to be graced with a Dolph Lundgren home media release. That release is War Pigs. War Pigs is […]

Some Kind of Beautiful

Some Kind of Beautiful

| December 1, 2015

Looking at the poster for Some Kind of Beautiful and seeing the gleaming faces of Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba, and of course the sterling silver fox Pierce Brosnan, it is easy to believe in the potential that this romantic comedy will be a decent time-killer with fleeting moments of amusement and cuteness. Don’t be […]

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Amy

Amy

| December 1, 2015

The storied life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse has been the stuff of legend, hyperbole, tragedy, and ongoing interest ever since her untimely death in 2011 at the age of twenty-seven. In the years since, her style—both musically as well as aesthetically—has placed her firmly in the realm of cultural icons of the 21st century. Her […]

Cooties

Cooties

| November 30, 2015

I saw an advertisement at the Alamo Drafthouse in which Elijah Wood told the audience to keep quiet during the movie.  Behind Wood was a poster for Cooties, which featured him, a blonde who looked like Kristen Bell (turned out to be Allison Pill; The Newsroom) and a group of other adults fighting for their […]

Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind

| November 30, 2015

When Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn; Slow West) meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds; The Captive) at a poker table, it seems meant to be.  The two quickly form a bond through mutual admiration, and Gerry becomes convinced that Curtis is a good luck charm.  Since Gerry is a gambling addict, owing money all over town, he likes to […]

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Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance

| November 30, 2015

A young prostitute is dead in Bangkok and her father (Dustin Nguyen; 21 Jump Street), a former military operative, is determined to find out what happened to her.  Standing in his way is a variety of crime lords and slum bags, the most dangerous of whom being Steven (Scott Adkins), a powerful and ruthless drug […]

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Heartbreakers on Blu-ray

Heartbreakers on Blu-ray

| November 30, 2015

I probably haven’t seen this movie in 10 years.  I started watching it once on a date a few years ago, but we got… distracted.  I’ve always really liked it, and it was nice to revisit it with this new blu-ray release from Olive Films. If you’re not familiar with the story, the movie is […]

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