Video and DVD

Microwave Massacre

Microwave Massacre

| August 19, 2016

Thanks to companies like Vinegar Syndrome and Arrow Video, we are living in an unexpected new golden age of physical home video releases. Arrow has particularly stepped up their game over the last few years since launching their US branch, issuing an impressively varied slate of films from Japanese crime dramas to nearly forgotten American […]

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

| August 16, 2016

When The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension bombed theatrically in 1984 due to inept marketing, no one could have predicted that the film would somehow overcome this failure to become one of the most beloved and successful of cult films. When people talk about cult films, and I’ve been doing that a […]

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Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

| August 16, 2016

I’ve become fascinated with this particular type of documentary; it’s a film that tells the story of a film that was a nightmare to get made, often resulting in the film never being finished.  You don’t often get to hear these stories, but a few of these have come across my radar in recent memory […]

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American Ninja & American Ninja 2: The Confrontation

American Ninja & American Ninja 2: The Confrontation

| August 16, 2016

Those of us who love action movies have long understood that, when you want to watch some bonkers 1980s action, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus’ The Cannon Group is where the action is. I mean, we’re talking the studio here that put out the Death Wish sequels, the Missing in Action movies, Cobra (1986), Over […]

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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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