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Jaws 19

Jaws 19

| October 23, 2015

No one was more skeptical than me going into Jaws 19.  It’s difficult for any film series to stay fresh and interesting after 19 installments and the Jaws franchise is absolutely no exception.  The original Jaws is a masterpiece, which I’ve been watching since I was a kid.  That is maybe not appropriate for a […]

Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

| October 22, 2015

Don Rickles is one of the greatest minds in comedy, and I don’t mean just in his own time or even “back in the day,” but then, now and always. He is one of the greatest. I previously raved about Don Rickles’ work in my review of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, but […]

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Hollywood Mad About Moss! Exclusive Elisabeth Moss/Truth Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles

Hollywood Mad About Moss! Exclusive Elisabeth Moss/Truth Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles

| October 20, 2015

Elisabeth Moss, looking simply elegant in a Beverly Hills hotel room, may be tired of talking about the 8 season Mad Men which catapulted her to stardom, and garnered her a whopping 6 Emmy nominations, the last of which was for the final season. In her final bow as the complex Peggy Olsen, Moss was […]

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My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

| October 20, 2015

I grew up on classic TV sitcoms, raised on healthy daily doses of my mother’s favorites: The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island among a host of others. It’s an affinity I retain to this day, though to some it might seem less an affinity and more a minor obsession at times. In fact, when pushed […]

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The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 51 years

The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 51 years

| October 16, 2015

The Chicago International Film Festival kicked off its 51st edition with the critically-acclaimed Opening Night Presentation of Mia Madre at the historic Auditorium Theatre with a celebratory cocktail reception immediately following at the Wit hotel on the evening of October 15th. Audiences at the theatre were treated to a special musical performance by Chicago’s own Terisa Griffin, who competed on season three of NBC’s The Voice, as well […]

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Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

| October 13, 2015

When considering my extensive video library, one of the collections I treasure the most is my collection of various DVD releases devoted to avant-garde cinema. To me, these works are vital to understanding the full potential of film. The work of avant-garde filmmakers is cinematic art at its purest, unhindered by classically theatrical or literary […]

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Interview with Demons star Geretta Geretta, appearing at The Massacre on Oct. 17

Interview with Demons star Geretta Geretta, appearing at The Massacre on Oct. 17

| October 8, 2015

On Oct. 17, Geretta Geretta, the star of the classic Italian horror film, Demons (directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento), will make her first Chicago appearance for a special, 30th anniversary screening of Demons at Chicago’s fantastic 24-hour-horror-movie-marathon, The Massacre (Oct. 17, Patio Theater).  If you’ve never been to The Massacre, it’s an absolute must, boasting 24 […]

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The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline

| September 13, 2015

Now available of DVD and BluRay, The Age of Adaline is a film that feels like it should mean more. Telling the story of a woman named Adaline (Blake Lively) who one day mysteriously stops aging, the film is the type of high concept epic that is rarely made, (unless you’re David Fincher and you […]

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Jean Jacques Annaud: Dancing with Chinese Wolves

Jean Jacques Annaud: Dancing with Chinese Wolves

| September 4, 2015

Acclaimed Oscar winning director Jean Jacques Annaud was born in Draveil, south of Paris, France, Annaud attended the prestigious L’Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques. He graduated at the age of 20 and quickly achieved success directing commercials. Two years later he was sent to the French Cameroons as an Army Film Director by the National Service. […]

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The Sender

The Sender

| August 26, 2015

Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street made a huge impact on horror and pop culture in 1984 with its story of a killer stalking teenagers in their dreams. But a couple of years before Freddy made his debut, a much lower-profile horror film used a character who terrorized people with dreams. The Sender (1982) […]