Film

Victims!

Victims!

| June 26, 2017

Victims! (1981) is not a film for me. However, this is not to say I can’t appreciate the importance of its release to Blu-ray from Olive Films’ Martini Entertainment and Slasher Video. With the original 16mm film print lost, it would have seemed unlikely that Victims! would have ever seen a Blu-ray release. Yet here […]

Money from Home

Money from Home

| June 26, 2017

Once upon a time, you could go to the theater and see Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Technicolor AND 3-D in their 1953 collaboration, Money from Home. A milestone for the team, Money from Home would be Martin and Lewis’ only 3-D film (weird to think about seeing a Martin/Lewis musical in 3-D given […]

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Wilson

Wilson

| June 26, 2017

A truly great film has the power to change with its audience. Most people know the type of movie; a hilarious comedy on its best days or a profound drama during those darker times. Even with the same script and same performances, the movie manages to read differently. At times, it seems Wilson, the tale […]

The Unholy: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

The Unholy: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

| June 26, 2017

In a very short time, Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series has made its stamp on the cult films home video market, bringing many beloved films from cult audiences’ VHS rental-filled youths to Blu-ray in editions that are far more impressive than we could have realistically expected. Lionsgate debuted the Vestron Video line of Blu-rays in […]

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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

| June 18, 2017

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage is a murder-mystery. But let me assure, dear readers, this film is very different from anything you’ve seen from Agatha Christie, Charlie Chan, or Jessica Fletcher from the hit 1980’s TV series Murder, She Wrote. Crystal Plumage was an original, violent, expertly shot whodunit, from first time director Dario […]

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Hearing is Believing

Hearing is Believing

| June 15, 2017

Rachel Flowers: a musical prodigy. She is a pianist, flautist, guitarist, singer, composer, among other things. She’s this amazing young woman at the center of the film Hearing is Believing, directed by Lorenzo DeStefano. There are some great moments in this film but what it lacks is arguably the most important aspect of being a […]

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Table 19

Table 19

| June 15, 2017

Table 19, by all accounts, is a movie that has no right to be enjoyable as it is. The movie centers around Eloise, played with a doe-eyed deadpan by Anna Kendrick, as she attends the wedding of her oldest friend, Francie (Rya Meyers), who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s (Wyatt Russell) sister. This just […]

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

| June 14, 2017

I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far into the review without talking about the gimmick.  The Wedding Party is filmed in one shot in one take.  An impressive feat to be sure.  You may have noticed an increase in similar long, one-shots lately.  Marvel Studios has been working them into some of their movies and […]

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Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin

| June 13, 2017

How did an ordinary, middle-aged couple become a symbol of defiance against Nazi brutality? Alone in Berlin, a true-life tale of courage from award-winning actor-director Vincent Perez (The Secret), unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson, Edge of Tomorrow; Oscar winner Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks) are a working-class husband and […]

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Madhouse

Madhouse

| June 13, 2017

I can’t possibly begin talking about Ovidio G. Assonitis’ Madhouse without immediately drawing comparisons between the film and J. Lee Thompson’s Happy Birthday to Me. Both films were clearly made to cash in on the slasher horror craze in the immediate post-Friday the 13th years. Both films were released in 1981 in fact (though Madhouse […]