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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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Home Invasion Films and the Emergence of Technology

Home Invasion Films and the Emergence of Technology

| November 7, 2015

One of the worst things that has happened to the horror genre is the invention of the cell phone. Unless handled very delicately, the cell phone solves almost every horror scenario from getting lost on the highway to being trapped with a killer. This is part of the reason why so many films contrive reasons […]

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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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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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Jaws 19

Jaws 19

| October 23, 2015

No one was more skeptical than me going into Jaws 19.  It’s difficult for any film series to stay fresh and interesting after 19 installments and the Jaws franchise is absolutely no exception.  The original Jaws is a masterpiece, which I’ve been watching since I was a kid.  That is maybe not appropriate for a […]

Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

| October 22, 2015

Don Rickles is one of the greatest minds in comedy, and I don’t mean just in his own time or even “back in the day,” but then, now and always. He is one of the greatest. I previously raved about Don Rickles’ work in my review of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, but […]

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Hollywood Mad About Moss! Exclusive Elisabeth Moss/Truth Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles

Hollywood Mad About Moss! Exclusive Elisabeth Moss/Truth Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles

| October 20, 2015

Elisabeth Moss, looking simply elegant in a Beverly Hills hotel room, may be tired of talking about the 8 season Mad Men which catapulted her to stardom, and garnered her a whopping 6 Emmy nominations, the last of which was for the final season. In her final bow as the complex Peggy Olsen, Moss was […]

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My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

| October 20, 2015

I grew up on classic TV sitcoms, raised on healthy daily doses of my mother’s favorites: The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island among a host of others. It’s an affinity I retain to this day, though to some it might seem less an affinity and more a minor obsession at times. In fact, when pushed […]

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The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 51 years

The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 51 years

| October 16, 2015

The Chicago International Film Festival kicked off its 51st edition with the critically-acclaimed Opening Night Presentation of Mia Madre at the historic Auditorium Theatre with a celebratory cocktail reception immediately following at the Wit hotel on the evening of October 15th. Audiences at the theatre were treated to a special musical performance by Chicago’s own Terisa Griffin, who competed on season three of NBC’s The Voice, as well […]

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Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

| October 13, 2015

When considering my extensive video library, one of the collections I treasure the most is my collection of various DVD releases devoted to avant-garde cinema. To me, these works are vital to understanding the full potential of film. The work of avant-garde filmmakers is cinematic art at its purest, unhindered by classically theatrical or literary […]

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