Video and DVD

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest action-comedy from Chinese writer/director Stephen Chow is a loose reworking of the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West. The film tells the tale of an unshaven Buddhist monk named Xuanzhang struggling to master his humane style of demon slaying whereby he attempts to reform the monsters with nursery rhymes. In the process, […]

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Robocop (2014)

Robocop (2014)

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The best way to go into any movie is with low expectations.  If you expect perfection, you will be disappointed, but if you expect an unwatchable travesty, then you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised.  My expectations for the new Robocop were about as low as possible.  This was not because I have some loyalty to the […]

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Death Spa

Death Spa

| May 27, 2014 | 1 Comments

Many horror fans who grew up in the 80s and 90s are understandably nostalgic for the days of the local video store, when great box art promised untold terrors. Although the films inside the boxes rarely delivered on those promises, small video companies went out of their way to make eye-catching designs stand out from […]

Dan Curtis’ Dracula

Dan Curtis’ Dracula

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

This adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic, produced and directed by Dark Shadows-creator Dan Curtis, was produced for CBS in 1973 and released theatrically with some choice blood and violence added to the mix (all of which is included in the featured cut of Dan Curtis’ Dracula on the brand new Blu-ray release from MPI […]

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Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play)

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play)

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Megawatt director, writer and producer Tyler Perry continues to have a tremendously successful career in stage plays, film, and television shows. More recently, Tyler Perry collaborates with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network producing the popular television drama series, The Haves and the Have Nots. Tyler Perry draws millions of viewers because of relatable storylines. Whether a […]

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Mischief Night

Mischief Night

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scream was released nearly 20 years ago, but for better or worse it continues to have an influence on horror film in general and slashers in particular to this day. Mostly “worse,” unfortunately, as screenwriters try to out-clever Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven’s original meta-slasher in hopes of replicating even a fraction of that film’s […]

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The Color of Lies

The Color of Lies

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

I remember noting some months ago while looking back fondly on Claude Chabrol’s This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure, 1969) that there was a troubling lack of Chabrol films available on Blu-ray in North America. An integral figure in the cinema of the French New Wave, Chabrol’s minimalistic mysteries owe worlds to the […]

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Grand Piano

Grand Piano

| May 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I had no idea what to expect going into this one.  Elijah Wood (Wilfred) always interests me as an actor, and I don’t usually care for John Cusack (Being John Malkovich), so to see them as adversaries in a cat and mouse thriller instilled no clue as to what I was about to watch.  Wood […]

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As High as the Sky

As High as the Sky

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

As High as the Sky is an indie film made on a small budget by first time director Nikki Braendlin. It was shot with a mostly female cast and crew in Los Angeles in a mid-century Eichler modern home. But this doesn’t take away from the breadth of this film, which is a fantastic look […]

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Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Olive Films has re-issued Home of the Brave, which is a film based on a play by Arthur Laurents and recounts the story of a young, black soldier who has suffered a nervous breakdown and has developed psychosomatic paralysis. Crippled by rage and trauma, his condition was induced by experiences encountered during a reconnaissance mission, […]

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