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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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Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the surface, Foxcatcher has the synopsis of a Wes Anderson movie: a socially awkward gazillionaire played by Steve Carrell employs Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo to wear vintage pastel unitards and wrestle. This eccentric narrative is coupled with one-liners and a large, glaring prosthetic nose on Carrel. Except Bennett Miller’s epic is a strict […]

The Room:  The Definitive Guide

The Room: The Definitive Guide

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Room is a terrible film.  Let’s just dismiss any illusions to the contrary.  Director Tommy Wiseau’s chaotic, insane, ugly narrative about a man (Wiseau) who is blissfully in love with his girlfriend Lisa (Juliette Danielle) until she randomly decides to start cheating on him and ruin his life has become a cult classic.  I […]

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The Merv Griffin Show: 1962-1986

The Merv Griffin Show: 1962-1986

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I’m not essentially a happy person, but I have all kinds of joy,” Orson Welles said during a taped interview with Merv Griffin on October 9, 1985. Mere hours later, Welles would die of a heart attack at his home. One of the greatest minds in the history of film had died, and none other […]

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Life After Beth

Life After Beth

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Life After Beth tells the story of Zach Orfman (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend, Beth Slocum (Aubrey Plaza) dies unexpectedly after she is bitten by a snake on an afternoon hike. Only, just as unexpectedly as she died, she returns, much to the shock of Zach, Beth’s parents Maury (John C. Reilly) and Geenie (Molly Shannon) […]

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