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MP3: Accursed (2014)

MP3: Accursed (2014)

November 24, 2014 | By

Unlike most faux soundtrack efforts of late, William Rocky’ Gray’s Accursed is less reliant on the sounds of John Carpenter and Goblin, making this effort in percussive mayhem rather refreshing. The opening track (“Cannibal”) is a mass of pounding drums and distorted electric guitar bridged with howling tones and that classic staple of eighties horror, sampled chorus…

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MP3: Atlas Shrugged Part 3 – Who is John Galt? (2014)

MP3: Atlas Shrugged Part 3 – Who is John Galt? (2014)

November 24, 2014 | By

Elia Cmiral returns to the Atlas Shrugged franchise with another robust score, seamlessly integrating a large orchestra with fairly modest electronic elements in a classically written work that embraces expansive melody, rich harmonies, and beautiful colours from strings and a wordless chorus…

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CD: Trailerhead – Nu Epiq (2014)

CD: Trailerhead – Nu Epiq (2014)

November 24, 2014 | By

The composers behind Trailerhead return with the fresh collection of epic cues designed to energize movie trailers, if not inspire editors while assembling a montage of money shots, dialogue excerpts, and teaser captions more or less anchored to intro phrases like ‘In a world where…”

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BR: Salvador (1986)

BR: Salvador (1986)

November 14, 2014 | By

After taking two unsuccessful pokes at directing with Seizure (1974) and the awful The Hand (1981), Oliver Stone parlayed the success of his script for Scarface (1983) by developing Salvador, based on the writings of photo journalist Richard Boyle…

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Beta: Honorary Consul, The / Beyond the Limit (1983)

Beta: Honorary Consul, The / Beyond the Limit (1983)

November 14, 2014 | By

This film version of Graham Greene’s 1973 novel The Honorary Consul (released in the U.S. as Beyond the Limit) features a high-end cast and crew, but the dourness of the material coupled with a flat screenplay by playwright Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) make this kidnapping crisis set somewhere in northern Argentina rather dull…

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DVD: Torture Chamber (2013)

DVD: Torture Chamber (2013)

November 8, 2014 | By

Contrary to its title, Dante Tomaselli’s latest film is neither a torture porn endeavor nor period piece, but a surprisingly concise tale of revenge and the supernatural, boasting perhaps the most linear plot in the director’s filmography…

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CD: Scream in the Dark (2014)

CD: Scream in the Dark (2014)

November 8, 2014 | By

Crafted like an old-time spooky LP (Nightmare and Son of Shock! certainly come to mind), this concept album by filmmaker Dante Tomaselli features an hour’s worth of themed tracks which are largely comprised of drifting sound effects, drones, shrieks, twisting leather, grievous knife usage, and the occasional morsel of music…

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BR: Under Fire (1983)

BR: Under Fire (1983)

November 4, 2014 | By

  Film: Near-Perfect Transfer:  Excellent Extras: Excellent Label: Twilight Time Region: All Released:  October 14, 2014 Genre:  War / Drama / Action Synopsis: Three journalists encounter brutality and murder during the Nicaraguan Civil War in 1979. Special Features:  Audio Commentary #1: director Roger Spottiswoode, assistant editor Paul Seydor, photo journalist & film consultant Mathew Naythons, and film historian & producer […]

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DVD: Package, The (1989)

DVD: Package, The (1989)

November 4, 2014 | By

Underrated political thriller set in Cold War Berlin in which Sergeant Gallagher (Gene Hackman) is tasked with bringing a ‘package’ – delinquent soldier Boyette (Tommy Lee Jones) – back to the U.S. for a proper court-martial, only to discover a plot to assassinate the Soviet President…

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Video Store Day, Post 2: Correcting the Corrupted

Video Store Day, Post 2: Correcting the Corrupted

November 1, 2014 | By

In Post #2, I look at one of the gizmos designed to ensure maximum viewing pleasure from rented videotapes: the image stabilizer / aka video corrector / aka videotape stabilizer / that secret black box that could do a little bit more than advertised.

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