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After the Storm

After the Storm

| August 15, 2017

The complexities of failure and one’s acceptance of it are compellingly examined in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film After the Storm. The story follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a struggling novelist employed at a private detective agency in Tokyo. Ryota claims the job is temporary, and his only reason for taking the position is to conduct […]

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Re-Animator: Limited Edition

Re-Animator: Limited Edition

| August 10, 2017

1985 was a banner year for the horror genre, especially for first time directors. Dan O’Bannon (co-writer of 1979’s Alien) made a big splash with the zombie/black comedy Return of the Living Dead. Tom Holland (writer of 1982’s Psycho II) took a stab at directing with the vampire/black comedy hit Fright Night. And, to keep […]

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HBO’s Crashing

HBO’s Crashing

| August 1, 2017

I’ve been a huge fan of Pete Holmes for many years now.  While he was hosting The Pete Holmes Show, I would often catch the various sketches he would put out on youtube where he plays Batman or Professor X, or a fight promoter in the Street Fighter universe.  His Batman vs. Superman sketch is […]

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

| August 1, 2017

When Jane (Shailene Woodley; The Decendents) and her son Ziggy (Iain Armitage; Young Sheldon) move to an upper-class oceanside community, they find themselves immediately swept up in the drama that revolves around the mothers of the kids in Ziggy’s class.  Jane immediately befriends Madeline (Reese Witherspoon; Cruel Intentions), who feels she needs to interject her […]

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Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Seventh and Final Season

Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Seventh and Final Season

| July 31, 2017

Well, it happened. After seven seasons, the Liars finally receive their moment of relief after years of terrorizing from “A.” Or did they? Emily, Allison, Hannah and Spencer have seemingly been through it all. Betrayal. Deceit. Violence. Imprisonment. And all between the ages of 16-25. This obviously left fans wondering: just what tricks do the […]

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Warlock Collection: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

Warlock Collection: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

| July 25, 2017

As I discussed in my review of The Unholy (1988), Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series has brought a number of my childhood obsessions to Blu-ray in a shockingly short time. The Saturday movie matinees on cable and odd video rentals of my youth instilled in me a deep affection for many of the films released […]

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An interview with William Oldroyd

An interview with William Oldroyd

| July 18, 2017

The continued issues surrounding the subordination of women in society are compellingly explored in director William Oldroyd’s feature debut Lady Macbeth. Based on the 1865 Russian novella by Nikolai Leskov, the story follows Katherine (Florence Pugh) who has entered into a marriage with a man named Alexander (Paul Hilton). The heir to a mining company, […]

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A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story

| July 14, 2017

David Lowery’s 2013 feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints earned its fair share of comparisons to Terrence Malick, and Disney’s choice to have Lowery helm the Pete’s Dragon remake seemed odd on the surface. It seemed even more strange given Lowery’s other film work as an editor on Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine (2012), Shane Carruth’s […]

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Species: Collector’s Edition

Species: Collector’s Edition

| July 9, 2017

For Shout! Factory/Scream Factory, June and July of 2017 are months packed with Blu-ray releases of films in desperate need of reappraisal or revisitation, beginning with June’s release of the too-oft unseen Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), which stars Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson! They followed that up with Blu-rays of The Lawnmower Man […]

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Twin Peaks: The Return Part 8 (Spoilers)

Twin Peaks: The Return Part 8 (Spoilers)

| June 30, 2017

In the 1997 Simpsons episode “Lisa’s Sax,” Homer Simpson sits down to watch Twin Peaks. His thoughts on the matter: “Brilliant! But I have no idea what’s going on.” It’s safe to say that, collectively, Twin Peaks: The Return Part 8 has left us all feeling the same way. We’re almost at the halfway point […]

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