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Film: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014)

Film: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014)

July 3, 2015 | By

Dore’s documentary is packed with great interviews of arguably forgotten figures in modern social history who proved ordinary people could manifest change, but the degree of rebellion, protest, grand public gatherings, brazen statements…

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DVD: Chisholm 72 – Unbought & Unbossed (2004)

DVD: Chisholm 72 – Unbought & Unbossed (2004)

July 3, 2015 | By

The divisive issues of 1972 – the Vietnam War, Nixon’s re-election, poverty in America’s lower income neighborhoods – were key factors in motivating Shirley Chisholm to take a chance at the top job in America…

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DVD: Spine (1986)

DVD: Spine (1986)

July 3, 2015 | By

As the story goes, two associates with a background in amateur fetish videos decided to take a gamble and enter the feature film world by concocting a slasher film shot on video (SOV), using broadcast ENG cameras to keep their project within a $20,000 budget…

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BR: Bride Wore Black, The (1968)

BR: Bride Wore Black, The (1968)

July 2, 2015 | By

It’s interesting to compare the theatrical trailer to Francois Truffaut’s film adaptation of Cornell Woolrich’s story about a vengeful widow knocking off the men responsible for the murder of her husband, literally hours after the couple took their vows…

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DVD: Boucher, Le / The Butcher (1970)

DVD: Boucher, Le / The Butcher (1970)

July 2, 2015 | By

Regarded as Claude Chabrol’s most Hitchcockian shocker, Le Boucher can also be described as a French giallo, possessing many of the qualities standard to the original Italian thriller genre…

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BR: April Love (1957)

BR: April Love (1957)

June 25, 2015 | By

If a supporting role in Bernadine proved to Fox brass that singer Pat Boone could in fact act (and make money for the studio), then it seemed natural to quickly slide the crooner into a starring project that tied all the demographics together into a light, almost classically written puffball musical…

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Film: Bernadine (1957)

Film: Bernadine (1957)

June 25, 2015 | By

It’s worth noting that while issues of juvenile delinquents and gangs had begun to crop up in films like The Blackboard Jungle (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and The Wild One (1953), there remained in production quaint visions of idyllic, highly WASP high school life, with genial characters portrayed by twentysomething actors…

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BR: Blind Woman’s Curse / Kaidan nobori ryû (1970)

BR: Blind Woman’s Curse / Kaidan nobori ryû (1970)

June 25, 2015 | By

Teruo Ishii was obviously a craftsman – Blind Woman’s Curse is extremely well-directed and shows both style and care for characters, story, potent visuals, and great use of colour and surreal elements – but he was also a little eccentric, folding together action, violence, severed body parts, some erotic bits, and genuinely surreal imagery…

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R.I.P. Film Composer James Horner, 61.

R.I.P. Film Composer James Horner, 61.

June 23, 2015 | By

Tribute to Oscar-winning film composer James Horner (Aliens, Titanic), reported killed in a plane crash June 22nd.

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The Return of ROAR (1981) + some rare publicity materials from down under.

The Return of ROAR (1981) + some rare publicity materials from down under.

June 18, 2015 | By

Lengthy review of Tippi Hedren’s ROAR (1981), currently touring cinemas courtesy of Olive Films and Drafthouse Films + some rare Aussie publicity pap.

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