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BR: Prayer for the Dying, A (1987)

BR: Prayer for the Dying, A (1987)

May 24, 2016 | By

Mickey Rourke’s star power wasn’t unusual for the time, nor was his ‘pay or play’ deal with A Prayer for the Dying’s producers – regardless of whether the film gets made, he would receive his full pay – but according to director Mike Hodges power plays and perceptions of the film’s tone were already being fought out…

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BR: Mask, The (1961)

BR: Mask, The (1961)

May 16, 2016 | By

The Mask was Julian Roffman’s second attempt at feature film directing, having tried to kick start the Canadian film industry with a cautionary tale of social ills with The Bloody Brood (1959), a film also notable for being Peter Falk’s feature film debut…

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Film: So Long at the Fair (1950)

Film: So Long at the Fair (1950)

May 13, 2016 | By

Producer Antony Darnborough took two pokes at directing in 1950, starting with The Astonished Heart and So Long at the Fair, albeit co-directing both with the aid of then-newcomer Terence Fisher,..

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Book: I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmaker’s Oral History of a Vanished Era (2015)

Book: I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmaker’s Oral History of a Vanished Era (2015)

May 12, 2016 | By

The current state of the classic home video store as an endangered species has inspired a variety of authors to pen curated histories of an era that’s either vanished wholeheartedly in towns and cities, or still survives as feisty mom & pop, bricks and mortar shops…

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Film: Kings and Desperate Men (1981)

Film: Kings and Desperate Men (1981)

May 2, 2016 | By

As co-writer/ director Alexis Kanner recounted in a live 1984 interview at Britain’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Theatre, Edmund Ward’s original story and script needed a bit of goosing, transforming it from a TV-level hostage drama to something with greater feature film scope, but an assortment of challenges ultimately hindered…

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Giuseppe Andrews and the wonder that is Garbanzo Gas

Giuseppe Andrews and the wonder that is Garbanzo Gas

April 30, 2016 | By

Review of Giuseppe Makes a Movie, Adam Rifkin’s hysterical documentary on indie auteur Giuseppe Andrews during the making of his 20+ feature film, Garbanzo Gas (Cinelicious Pics).

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BR: Giuseppe Makes a Movie (2014)

BR: Giuseppe Makes a Movie (2014)

April 30, 2016 | By

Giuseppe Andrews focuses primarily on developing a lo-fi style, writing the scripts in feverish spurts, and not touching the text until the day of shooting, using actors who lived within his own environs – a trailer park in California – or more often than not, homeless men…

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Film Noir Double-Header: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) + The Big Heat (1953)

Film Noir Double-Header: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) + The Big Heat (1953)

April 26, 2016 | By

Reviews of two potent film noir classics: Otto Preminger’s Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) + Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat (1953) from Twilight Time.

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BR: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

BR: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

April 26, 2016 | By

Film: Excellent Transfer: Excellent Extras: Excellent Label:  Twilight Time Region: All Released:  February 16, 2016 Genre:  Film Noir / Crime Synopsis: A drastic attempt to clean up an accidental death sends a hothead detective to his doom in this taut classic from Otto Preminger. Special Features: 2005 Audio Commentator with film noir historian Eddie Muller / Isolated Mono Music Track / Theatrical […]

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Support Your Local Sheriffs and Gunfighters!

Support Your Local Sheriffs and Gunfighters!

April 26, 2016 | By

Reviews of Burt Kennedy’s western spoofs headlined by the ever-affable, dryly funny James Garner: Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) + Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) from Twilight Time.

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