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BR: Disapearance, The (1977)

BR: Disapearance, The (1977)

September 10, 2014 | By

Although directed by a British-based American, The Disappearance is very much a CanCon production, stacked with key Canadian talent to ensure the film’s costs were minimized by tax breaks, but unlike the usual disposable fodder that briefly populated theatre screens and became mainstays on Canadian TV for years, this particular work is an attempt to transcend the hitman film by transgressing into art house terrain…

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DVD: Quintet (1979)

DVD: Quintet (1979)

September 10, 2014 | By

In almost every occasion where Robert Altman’s tackled a specific film genre – western, sci-fi, comedy, and thriller – the results unfold like a director not just attempting to redefine the genre with his own loose approach to its tropes, but denying some of the elements that standardize a genre…

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DVD: 10 Rillington Place (1971)

DVD: 10 Rillington Place (1971)

September 7, 2014 | By

This drama of Britain’s notorious serial killer remains one of the finest true crime films ever made, and deservedly sits alongside Peter Medak’s Let Him Have (1991) as one of the most powerful and wrenching tales of injustice and the abolition of the death penalty…

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BR: Brannigan (1975)

BR: Brannigan (1975)

September 5, 2014 | By

John Wayne had already experimented with an image makeover in McQ (1972), playing a detective in a fairly dour story involving murder, police corruption, and outright betrayal, but for his second and final poke at the popular cop genre, the Duke opted for a story which embraced some of the elements from his westerns yet delivered the main ingredients of a cop thriller: subterfuge, a hot chick, and more than one car chase…

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DVD: McQ (1974)

DVD: McQ (1974)

September 5, 2014 | By

John Wayne’s decision to tackle the popular detective thriller seems like a natural move to extend his tough American hero persona to a related genre, but stepping away from war and western films was also a necessary change as both aging genres had become more cynical under the directorial baton of younger directors, and yet one can argue the cop thriller was a genre steeped in even greater cynicism…

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Beta: To Fly! (1976)

Beta: To Fly! (1976)

September 3, 2014 | By

This 27 minute IMAX film (funded by Du Pont’s Conoco) was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution to play at their National Air and Space Museum to celebrate America’s Bicentennial. Premiering July 1, 1976, “the longest-running and most universally popular film of its kind ever produced” has been reportedly seen by 150 million people…

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DVD: Dolphins! (2000)

DVD: Dolphins! (2000)

September 3, 2014 | By

Greg MacGillivray’s 40 min. doc manages to transcend the dangers of being a full travelogue by allowing genuine experts tell their own respective (and ongoing) experiences with dolphins. Contributing star Pierce Brosnan provides bridge narration as Kathleen Dudzinski explains her quest to codify the verbal and physical language of these highly intelligent mammals…

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DVD: Living Sea, The (1995)

DVD: Living Sea, The (1995)

September 3, 2014 | By

MacGillivray Freeman Films built a reputation for top-notch underwater and aerial cinematography in large film formats like IMAX, and The Living Sea manages to offer a good balance of stunning imagery showcasing underwater locations in Bar Harbor, Hawaii, Monterrey, and Palau…

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Film: Sentinels of Silence / Centinelas del silencio (1971)

Film: Sentinels of Silence / Centinelas del silencio (1971)

September 3, 2014 | By

Although filmed in straight 35mm, Sentinels of Silence has the visual scope and splendor of an IMAX film, capturing several of Mexico’s coastal and inland archaeological jewels. With a camera strapped to a helicopter, director Robert Amram filmed the ruins of Mexico’s Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Mitla, Tulum, Palenque, Chichen Itza and Uxma…

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BR: Brick Mansions (2014)

BR: Brick Mansions (2014)

August 26, 2014 | By

Like virtually every attempt by Luc Besson to spin off a franchise, this English version of District 13 / Banlieu 13 (2004) is a fair carbon copy of the original, retaining the flaws of Besson and Bibi Naceri’s screenplay in which an opening chase showcasing Parkour…

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