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Slaughter Hotel

Slaughter Hotel

| December 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

RaroVideo USA’s release of Slaughter Hotel (La bestia uccide a sangue freddo, 1971) on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 9, 2014 marks their ninth release of a picture directed by Fernando Di Leo. The film was produced between Di Leo’s police procedural Naked Violence (1969), which appeared on the Di Leo Italian Crime Collection Vol. […]

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Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas

Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author Alonso Duralde’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is exactly the sort of reference book I’ve been hoping to find these past couple years (though I admittedly wasn’t looking too hard as it had somehow escaped my attention since 2010). It provides an up-to-date list of Christmas movies both traditional and unexpected, but that […]

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Incomplete Control

Incomplete Control

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Maya Deren is one of those unavoidable names in American experimental cinema. Her works At Land and Meshes of the Afternoon are displayed in film classrooms across the nation and even individuals peripherally associated with independent film know her name. However, Deren was an artist plagued by lofty ideas that, for one reason or another, failed to come into […]

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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Adapted from Ed Graczyk’s play of the same title, Robert Altman’s film version of Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Olive Films. Featuring beautiful performances from the likes of Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates, Jimmy Dean centers on […]

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Ghibli is just a random name I got from an airplane…It’s just a name” says Studio Ghibli founder and legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, when faced with the question of his eventual retirement. While at that moment he feels that the name of the studio is ludicrous, the Studio Ghibli name is synonymous with some of […]

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Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye & Thieves Like Us

Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye & Thieves Like Us

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Robert Altman made a whopping 13 pictures during the 1970s. This was Altman’s decade, the decade in which he revolutionized the film form, overlapping more layers of on-set audio and dialogue than anyone before him and in turn developing new ways to utilize ensemble casts. His style was radical and loose, and you just never […]

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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 […]

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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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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