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Don’t Blink: An Interview With Laura Israel

Don’t Blink: An Interview With Laura Israel

| July 11, 2016

In Jack Kerouac’s classic 1957 novel On The Road, the author says, “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? It’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s goodbye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the […]

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The Swinging Cheerleaders

The Swinging Cheerleaders

| July 5, 2016

Director Jack Hill is one of the all-time greats—and I’m not just saying that because he was kind enough to let me pick his brain about filmmaking the Philippines during the early 1970s for nearly an hour one time (the fanboy inside me still squeals at the thought of having done that!). Hill got his […]

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Presenting Princess Shaw

Presenting Princess Shaw

| June 1, 2016

For some time now, the internet has been challenging our perceptions of what art can be, and in Ido Haar’s documentary Presenting Princess Shaw, the idea of online applications as the next evolution in artistic instrumentation is explored quite thoughtfully. The story follows Samantha Montgomery, a care-giver working and living in one of the toughest neighborhoods […]

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An Interview with D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus

An Interview with D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus

| May 26, 2016

Can a river be a person? Should a 180 mile waterway, traversing the slopes of an active volcano, lined by scenic flour mills and home to 18 species of fish be granted the same legal rights as a human being? The New Zealand government thought so when it granted the Whanganui River personhood status in 2012. […]

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Hired to Kill

Hired to Kill

| May 17, 2016

“They’re models. They’re mercenaries. They’re Hired to Kill!” If that had been the tagline to this 1990 actioner from prolific director Nico Mastorakis, it would have suited the tone of the picture all too well. Hired to Kill, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow video, is sleazy, cheesy, and exactly what I look […]

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Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

| May 12, 2016

Chances are I don’t have to sell you on seeing Deadpool (2016), because you probably already saw it. A hell of a lot of people did! And if you didn’t, it’s probably because: 1) You’re between the ages of 13 and 16 and couldn’t get into the theater, 2) You were living in a hole […]

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An interview with director Terence Davies

An interview with director Terence Davies

| May 12, 2016

With his latest film Sunset Song, director Terence Davies examines the limits of human endurance, and the struggles in maintaining and supporting treasured traditions in the face of often harsh evolutions in modern society. Based on the classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the story takes place in rural Scotland at the turn of the […]

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Return of the Lost Noir Classics: Too Late for Tears & Woman on the Run

Return of the Lost Noir Classics: Too Late for Tears & Woman on the Run

| May 12, 2016

Flicker Alley, a distributor whose consistently impressive output we’ve touted at length here on FilmMonthly, has partnered with the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive to bring two once nearly-lost and now newly-restored film noir classics to home video, each in its own deluxe Blu-ray/DVD combo edition release. The first of […]

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Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers (May 17 Re-Broadcast)

Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers (May 17 Re-Broadcast)

| May 8, 2016

Rifftrax Live and Fathom Events’ nationwide broadcast of Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy’s riffing of Time Chasers (1994) returns to theaters on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 for an encore presentation—an event I highly recommend you catch in theaters if you missed it the first time around. Those familiar with the work of the […]

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Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition

Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition

| May 8, 2016

When Independence Day (1996) hit rental stores, I was 12. All my friends had seen it in the theater and had been raving about it. So I was thrilled! But then, when I finally saw Roland Emmerich’s two-and-a-half-hour alien invasion epic myself, I found it didn’t even come close to the hype. I was decidedly […]

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