Video and DVD

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

| November 15, 2015

Outside of Chicago, Essanay is remembered primarily for one thing and one thing only: Charlie Chaplin. After his tenure at keystone, Chaplin was wooed to come to Chicago by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, who offered him a then unheard of salary of $1,250 a week with a $10,000 sign-on bonus. Though Chaplin produced none of […]

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Sherlock Holmes (1916)

Sherlock Holmes (1916)

| November 12, 2015

We’re extremely fortunate to now be able to experience the 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes at all. Once thought lost to time, Sherlock Holmes was rediscovered in 2014 at La Cinémathèque française in Paris, and in the intervening year has been restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in conjunction with La Cinémathèque française, […]

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Full Moon in Paris

Full Moon in Paris

| November 10, 2015

The defining auteur ability of Eric Rohmer is filling a simple tale with a semester’s worth of philosophy. Debates, pensive train rides, obsessions over Blaise Pascal. The director went so far as to conceive a series of ‘Comedies et Proverbs’ which, true to the title, formulated a narrative around philosophical maxims. The line in Full […]

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The End of The Tour

The End of The Tour

| November 6, 2015

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while now, pretty much since they started filming in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is only about an hour from where I live.  I know nothing about David Foster Wallace, or his critically acclaimed mammoth novel Infinite Jest.  I don’t care about Rolling Stone magazine, and as […]

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The Deadly Bees

The Deadly Bees

| November 6, 2015

Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh) is a busy singer gearing up for a big tour when she suddenly collapses from exhaustion.  Per her doctor’s orders, she escapes to a small island community for a week of relaxation, staying with a middle-aged bee keeper (Guy Doleman) and his wife (Catherine Finn).  Things get terrifying when a swarm […]

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A Black Veil For Lisa

A Black Veil For Lisa

| November 6, 2015

Inspector Franz Bulon (John Mills) met his wife Lisa (Luciana Paluzzi) while she was being investigated for the murder of her former husband.  Convinced of her innocence, and intoxicated by her beauty, Bulon fell in love with her and after she was dismissed of any suspicion, he married her.  However, Lisa’s youth and beauty contrasted […]

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Breeders

Breeders

| November 6, 2015

Home video company Olive Films has been releasing an impressive slate of interesting movies that have fallen by the wayside in the transition between VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray, giving a number of obscure films their first legitimate U.S. release and upgrading a number of others. These have included everything from big-studio comedies to overlooked horror […]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

| November 4, 2015

A truly great horror anthology film is a rarity. It’s often far easier to name a great story from an anthology film than it is to name a whole film that’s consistently terrific all the way through. People point to their two or three favorite letters from the ABCs of Death films. I’m personally always […]

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Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

| November 3, 2015

I realize we’ve been getting a bit over-saturated with Sherlock Holmes stories over the past few years.  Between Steven Moffat’s (Doctor Who) brilliant BBC series, the Guy Ritchie movies starring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), the American CBS series, and now this film, the super sleuth is everywhere.  What gets me interested in a given […]

The Meteor Man

The Meteor Man

| October 30, 2015

I jumped at the opportunity to revisit a beloved film from my childhood with The Meteor Man coming to blu-ray this week.  I had mostly forgotten about the movie, and was a little nervous that my memory of the film was better than it could possibly actually be, but I was wrong and it completely […]

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