Film

Rosewater

Rosewater

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 2013, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took a three month hiatus to direct his first film. The resulting product is titled ‘Rosewater’ and is based on journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir ‘Then They Came for Me’. The book chronicles Bahari’s internationally contentious 118-day imprisonment in Iran while covering the 2009 presidential elections. With the author’s […]

History Channel Presents: The Definitive WWI and WWII Collection

History Channel Presents: The Definitive WWI and WWII Collection

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is an intimidated DVD set.  With over 44 hours of content, The Definitive WWI/II Collection is exactly in the History Channel’s wheelhouse.  I obviously didn’t watch the entire collection, but what I did watch was absolutely fascinating. I jumped into the set at the beginning, making a conscious choice to watch the History Channel’s […]

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Christine: The Homicidal Hotrod

Christine: The Homicidal Hotrod

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stephen King and John Carpenter are legendary figures in the horror genre. They were genre-pulp wunderkinds, both of whom achieved monumental success at young ages in the seventies (the former with novels like Carrie and The Shining and the latter with low-budget thrillers like Halloween). It was perhaps inevitable that the pair would collaborate. It’s […]

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Cinerama’s Seven Wonders of the World / Search for Paradise

Cinerama’s Seven Wonders of the World / Search for Paradise

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s third pair of Cinerama releases to simultaneously hit the market includes 1956’s Seven Wonders of the World and 1957’s Search for Paradise, each of which is now available in a 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo, packed with loads of extras and a 28-page booklet featuring a facsimile of each picture’s program bill. Again, Flicker Alley […]

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20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

20,000 Days on Earth is one of the best films to come out in 2014 and is one of the most invigorating documentaries ever crafted. Part fiction, part non-fiction, part behind the scenes of recording an album, directors Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard explore all of these different elements with Nick Cave, lead singer of […]

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Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves

Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been a couple months since VSC released Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and it’s been weighing on me. Since its release, I’ve sat through the entirety of the collection two and half times now (if you count rewatching the two features for a third time each with commentary as a half). And I’d honestly […]

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Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Depending on who you ask, Michel Gondry has already made at least one “masterpiece” with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. While that is an excellent film, and particularly notable for its perfect marriage of content and filmmaker, a large part of that film’s success also lies with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Gondry’s career has veered […]

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Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the surface, Foxcatcher has the synopsis of a Wes Anderson movie: a socially awkward gazillionaire played by Steve Carrell employs Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo to wear vintage pastel unitards and wrestle. This eccentric narrative is coupled with one-liners and a large, glaring prosthetic nose on Carrel. Except Bennett Miller’s epic is a strict […]

Coming Home

Coming Home

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Coming Home is a great film that looks at what happens to someone who has served a lot of time in prison—whether for something that they didn’t do or for something for which they could easily be held accountable. Directed by New Yorker Viko Nikci, Coming Home will have its international premiere at DOC NYC […]

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The Gays

The Gays

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s get right to the point: this is a horrible film.  Given the subject matter, this may be seen as homophobic, but I imagine the film’s existence will offend more members of the LGBT community than anyone else.  I’m not gay, but I have gay friends and am completely in support of equal rights for […]