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DVD: Phantom of the Opera (1925) – Roy Budd score

DVD: Phantom of the Opera (1925) – Roy Budd score

September 30, 2014 | By

The release of Roy Budd’s long unheard score adds another majestic interpretation of this warped emotional union.
Emphasizing romance with a gorgeous main theme, Budd’s music benefits from a huge orchestra and superb engineering which showcase his gift for melody, but it’s arguably Budd’s knack for keeping an eye on pacing which makes his score…

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CanCon 101: Our Man Flint – Dead on Target (1977)

CanCon 101: Our Man Flint – Dead on Target (1977)

September 29, 2014 | By

Updating the review database with a CanCon stinker that should’ve been made live – the crap-tastic Our Man Flint: Dead on Target (1976).

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DVD: Our Man Flint – Dead on Target (1976)

DVD: Our Man Flint – Dead on Target (1976)

September 28, 2014 | By

It may be that Fox had wanted to follow up their popular Flint film series – Our Man Flint (1966) and In Like Flint (1967) – with a scaled down, less costly TV series, but this Vancouver-made pilot ranks as one of the worst CanCon productions around. It’s no surprise any hope of a series were thwarted by this stillborn concoction which showed little imagination or directorial skill…

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BR: Follow That Dream (1962)

BR: Follow That Dream (1962)

September 28, 2014 | By

After the box office success of Blue Hawaii (1961), Elvis Presley starred in this forgotten oddball comedy about homesteaders who claim for themselves a plot of land besides a newly built highway in Florida, and their efforts to maintain their ownership in spite of a pushy state bureaucrat…

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DVD: Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, The (2013)

DVD: Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, The (2013)

September 19, 2014 | By

The latest collaboration from documentarians Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine (Ballet Russes) is what’s ostensibly a true life (and likely true crime) tale of three sets of eccentric European settlers who carved out their own respective pockets of paradise on the harsh Galapagos island of Floreana during the 1930s, and after enduring jealousies, drought, and internecine levels of contempt, where given a jolt by a series of peculiar disappearances…

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DVD: Female Gym Coach: Jump and Straddle / Onna taiiku kyôshi: Tonde hiraite (1981)

DVD: Female Gym Coach: Jump and Straddle / Onna taiiku kyôshi: Tonde hiraite (1981)

September 15, 2014 | By

Junko Asahina (Horny Working Girl: From 5 to 9, I Love It From Behind!) plays Kei, a former balance beam gymnast who’s somewhat traumatized by her company’s decision to hire her former coach, a cocksure tyrant who ruined her concentration and severed future certificates of merit when he just had to bag his pliable protégé the day before her Big Performance…

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DVD: Sex Hunter / Sekkusu hantâ – sei kariudo (1980)

DVD: Sex Hunter / Sekkusu hantâ – sei kariudo (1980)

September 15, 2014 | By

Prior to Evil Dead Trap (1988), Toshiharu Ikeda apprenticed at Nikkatsu as an assistant director before making his debut in 1980 with Sukeban mafia: Rinchi, after which came Sex Hunter, one of the strangest and perhaps more offensive Roman Porno films sanctioned by the studio…

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CanCon 101: The Disappearance of The Disappearance (1977) + Robert Altman’s Quintet (1979)

CanCon 101: The Disappearance of The Disappearance (1977) + Robert Altman’s Quintet (1979)

September 10, 2014 | By

Reviews of two – yes, TWO – CanCon classiques: Stuart Cooper’s The Disappearance (1977) on Blu from Twilight Time + Robert Altman’s Quintet (1979) from Fox.

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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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