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Jack Hill’s Coffy & Foxy Brown

Jack Hill’s Coffy & Foxy Brown

| June 9, 2015

Jack Hill and Pam Grier’s collaborations in the early 1970s made Pam Grier’s career, and their collaborations were fortunately numerous. In fact, four of the last seven pictures Hill directed starred Grier. Their collaboration began with her supporting role in Hill’s women-in-prison picture, The Big Doll House (1971), before Hill brought her to the forefront […]

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The DUFF

The DUFF

| June 7, 2015

Let’s get this right out of the way: I am totally not the audience for whom The DUFF (2015) was created. When filmmakers create high school comedies about teenage female self-empowerment and sexuality, they certainly don’t have thirty-something, male, university ethics instructors in mind. At least, I can’t imagine they do. But I do indeed […]

Camp X-ray

Camp X-ray

| June 4, 2015

I tend to not like movies about the military, which isn’t to say I don’t like war movies.  War movies have a lot of action and conflict and things constantly going on, and that tends to make them pretty interesting to watch as well as visually engrossing.  Movies about the military however can be quite […]

Spy

Spy

| June 4, 2015

Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is back with a new espionage comedy about an overweight support agent at the CIA (Melissa McCarthy; Bridesmaids, The Heat) forced into the field when the identities of all the top secret agents are compromised by a terrorist organization led by Rayna Boynaov (Rose Byrne; Bridesmaids).  What follows is a […]

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

| June 2, 2015

Humans understand time through narrative. Our ability to organize events into a logical cause/effect order allows us to view time as moving ever forward with purpose. Our penchant for narrativization doesn’t end there though. We look at the motionless image of a painting and we narrativize it. We find an old photograph of someone we’ve […]

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

| May 26, 2015

I describe myself as having grown up in the shadow of Orson Welles. As a young, aspiring filmmaker, I idolized the man. There Welles was, at the age of 24, signing on with RKO Pictures and within two years releasing a film that would not only be his first, but also one that some consider […]

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It! The Terror from Beyond Space

It! The Terror from Beyond Space

| May 17, 2015

It’s been more than three decades since audiences were first warned that no one could hear them scream in space, and yet Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) continues to be celebrated as a sci-fi/horror masterpiece. Edward L. Cahn’s 1958 B-picture, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, hasn’t quite fared so well though. And that’s a real […]

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In the Company of Legends

In the Company of Legends

| May 14, 2015

It’s not every day that the people behind-the-camera get to share their stories. Usually fans interested in ‘the way things were’ during the glory days of Hollywood have to consult memoirs and ‘authorized’ biographies filled with too much nostalgia of remembrance and not enough memory of reality. While In the Company of Legends is full of fond […]

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Jamaica Inn: 75th Anniversary Edition

Jamaica Inn: 75th Anniversary Edition

| May 12, 2015

Alfred Hitchcock may not have found much to appreciate about his 1939 adventure drama, Jamaica Inn, but that doesn’t mean we can’t. For Hitchcock, as he told Francois Truffaut in the legendary Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews, the film was an absurd undertaking that even in 1967 he still described as being something he was “unhappy over.” And […]

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Broadchurch: The Compete Second Season

Broadchurch: The Compete Second Season

| May 12, 2015

When I wrote in my review of Chris Chibnall’s ITV series Broadchurch’s first season that it left me wishing I had had more of this mystery to marathon right there and then, I don’t quite think I was hoping for the sort of experience that the series’ second season would provide. I don’t mean this […]

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