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DVD: Grindhouse Trailer Classics

DVD: Grindhouse Trailer Classics

May 2, 2015 | By

The 55 represented flicks in this collection span many genres – zombie, women-in-prison, Naziploitation, biker flicks, martial arts, straight action, car chase, slasher, rape-revenge, and charnel house gruel…

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DVD: Video Nasties – The Definitive Guide, Part 2 (2015)

DVD: Video Nasties – The Definitive Guide, Part 2 (2015)

May 2, 2015 | By

Jake West’s follow-up to Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) is another superb chapter in the history of Britain’s Video Nasties era, in which the lack of any ratings system by a government agency was in large part responsible for a glut of unrated films in rental shops…

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BR: To Sir, with Love (1967)

BR: To Sir, with Love (1967)

April 23, 2015 | By

In 1967, Sidney Poitier appeared in three films of equal importance to his career, and roles which addressed issues of racial inequality in very different stories & expressions of outrage: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, and To Sir, with Love…

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CD: Child 44 (2015)

CD: Child 44 (2015)

April 21, 2015 | By

Jon Ekstrand’s palette for this period thriller is largely locked onto a modest string orchestra with slight percussion accompaniment, evoking a grim, grey, emotionally dead world – no coincidence, since the child murder plot takes place in Stalinist Soviet Russia…

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CD: Jerusalem (2013)

CD: Jerusalem (2013)

April 21, 2015 | By

Michael Brook is no stranger to the large film format IMAX, having previously scored Fires of Kuwait (1992) and India: Kingdom of the Tiger (2002), and his latest work features a gentle, highly introspective score on the city of Jerusalem (2013)…

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BR: Conrack (1974)

BR: Conrack (1974)

April 15, 2015 | By

The first film version of Pat Conroy’s autobiographical novel The Water is Wide is very much a reflection of the late sixties / early seventies, where a new crop of freshly minted teachers were keen on changing the world, bucking a conservative regime, and improving the lives of disenfranchised, marginalized kids, and empowering them with knowledge…

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Drive-in Memories, Part 1: Going Attractions (2013) + Hot Docs & TJFF update

Drive-in Memories, Part 1: Going Attractions (2013) + Hot Docs & TJFF update

April 9, 2015 | By

Review of April Wright’s fun documentary Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie (2013) + short update on Hot Docs and TJFF 2015.

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DVD: Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie (2013)

DVD: Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie (2013)

April 9, 2015 | By

April Wright’s feature-length documentary began around 2006 when the writer / director / producer became fascinated by large abandoned fields beholding huge screens or disintegrating neon signs which harkened back to the heyday of a uniquely American invention, the drive-in cinema…

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Tales of Rape: Bandit Queen (1995) + India’s Daughter (2014)

Tales of Rape: Bandit Queen (1995) + India’s Daughter (2014)

April 9, 2015 | By

Reviews of two powerful films on rape: the saga of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1995) on Blu from Twilight Time + Leslee Udwin’s India’s Daughter (2014), produced by the BBC and currently banned in India.

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BR: Bandit Queen (1995)

BR: Bandit Queen (1995)

April 9, 2015 | By

20 years since its release, Shekhar Kapur’s bio-drama on the life of Phoolan Devi (Seema Biswas) is still a gut-wrenching experience, capturing the absolutely horrible life of a young girl sold and married off by her lower caste family at the age of 11…

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