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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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Dillinger

Dillinger

| April 26, 2016

Before writing and directing Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Red Dawn (1984), John Milius made a name for himself as a screenwriter on Dirty Harry (1971) and Magnum Force (1973). As a feature film director, though, his career began with 1973’s Dillinger, a film he also penned, which makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD […]

The Stuff

The Stuff

| April 19, 2016

The 1980’s were a transcendent decade for independent horror movies. Young directors with little to no experience could make cheap horror that would somehow, someway find an audience. The VCR was instrumental in helping said audience satiate their craving. If a horror movie made little to no money at the box office, it was bound […]

Outlaw: Gangster VIP

Outlaw: Gangster VIP

| April 19, 2016

After years of waiting for the Criterion Collection to release the Outlaw: Gangster VIP series on their label, here comes Arrow Video to the rescue.  A precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s seminal yakuza series, Battle with Honor or Humanity series, the Outlaw: Gangster VIP manages to be a major bridge between the Ninkyo-eiga (Chivalry Films) and […]

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Green Room

Green Room

| April 19, 2016

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room manages to encapsulate the emotion and ferocity of hardcore punk music and imbue it into cinematic form; it’s loud, aggressive, exciting and then its over. At a mere 94 minutes, Saulnier’s thriller packs a powerful punch and is easily one of my favorite cinematic experiences of 2016. Pat (Anton Yelchin) is […]

Veep – Season 4

Veep – Season 4

| April 18, 2016

Veep has always existed in the background of my life.  I’ve heard about it, know the basic premise, and have been meaning to check it out for a long time now, so when the opportunity to review the fourth season came along, I jumped at the chance since I tend to be a fan of […]

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Dangerous Men

Dangerous Men

| April 12, 2016

The late John S. Rad’s Dangerous Men—produced over the course of 26 years before finally being released in 2005—is a film unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I mean, its constituent parts are all clearly sourced from any number of 1980’s action movies/rape-revenge movies, making it highly derivative in a sense. Yet, these particular elements […]

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Bride of Re-Animator

Bride of Re-Animator

| April 12, 2016

It’s about damn time someone gave Bride of Re-Animator (1989) the Blu-ray release it deserves! And with this release produced by Arrow Video US, we find ourselves with an HD Limited Edition release which easily trumps that of the original Re-Animator (1985) on Blu-ray. And Arrow’s transfers of both the Unrated and R-Rated versions of […]

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Louder Than Bombs

Louder Than Bombs

| April 7, 2016

In James Baldwin’s book The Devil Finds Work, the author states, “It is said that the camera cannot lie, but rarely do we allow it to do anything else, since the camera sees what you point it at: the camera sees what you want it to see. The language of the camera is the language […]

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Matilda the Musical touring Chicago’s Oriental Theatre

Matilda the Musical touring Chicago’s Oriental Theatre

| April 2, 2016

Currently running at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life.  Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Matilda the Musical is based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, and Chicago actress […]

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