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BR: Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)

BR: Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)

September 19, 2016 | By

After tackling a quartet of big budget, large cast productions in a row – the epic Exodus (1960), the lengthy Advise & Consent (1962), the regal The Cardinal (1963), and the star-studded WWII saga In Harm’s Way (1965) – producer-director and industry brand name Otto Preminger made a move typical of drained, exhausted filmmakers…

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Film: Window Horses (2016)

Film: Window Horses (2016)

September 15, 2016 | By

Based on Ann Marie Fleming’s own graphic novel, this animated film adaptation could have veered into melodrama and been just a tad manipulative, but with a focus on character and meticulous structure, this unique tale of a Chinese-Iranian girl visiting her father’s homeland in Iran for a poetry festival is a deeply affecting work…

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BR: Blood Bath (1966)

BR: Blood Bath (1966)

September 13, 2016 | By

Esteemed film historian Tim Lucas – author of the mega-Mario Bava biography All the Colors of the Dark – became fascinated with this odd blip in film history when he noticed another film seemed to share similar shots, cast members, and locations. Lucas would eventually track down whatever info he could before penning a three-part examination of Blood Bath’s history in his Video Watchdog series…

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A Bigger Splash on Blu + Update on Updates

A Bigger Splash on Blu + Update on Updates

September 6, 2016 | By

Review of A Bigger Splash (2015) from Fox, the second and ‘splashiest’ remake of Jacques Deray’s sun-dried drama of quiet indiscretions, La Piscine (1969) + an update of no internet for another week, courtesy of Bell.

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BR: Bigger Splash, A (2015)

BR: Bigger Splash, A (2015)

September 6, 2016 | By

If Luca Guadagnino’s poolside film of jealousies and an underage temptress seems a little familiar to connoisseurs of Jacques Deray’s La Piscine / The Swimming Pool (1969), it’s not an homage but the second remake of Deray’s classic drama (after Francois Ozon’s 2003 Swimming Pool) where repressed emotions and insinuations explode in a peculiarly restrained event that’s still tragic, but a little darkly comedic…

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The Interior (2015) + BSV 1172 to Premiere at SDUFF 2016

The Interior (2015) + BSV 1172 to Premiere at SDUFF 2016

August 30, 2016 | By

Review of Trevor Juras’ thriller The Interior (2015), new on DVD from Syndicado, plus some news tidbits, and BSV 1172 set to premiere at SDUFF 2016!

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DVD: Interior, The (2015)

DVD: Interior, The (2015)

August 30, 2016 | By

Trevor Juras’ feature film debut borrows a bit from The Blair Witch Project (1999) in being a compact, simple story with basic surrounding natural elements to tease and built tension, ultimately giving audiences more than a fair share of scares…

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That’s Sexploitation? Alright Then! + Suspect Video’s Slow Fade to Black

That’s Sexploitation? Alright Then! + Suspect Video’s Slow Fade to Black

August 28, 2016 | By

Review of Frank Henenlotter’s vivid and very epic genre chronicle That’s Sexploitation! (2013) on Blu from Severin Films + an Editor’s Blog on creating a Plan B in the event bricks & mortar shops like Toronto’s iconic Suspect Video begin to close in rapid succession.

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BR: That’s Sexploitation! (2016)

BR: That’s Sexploitation! (2016)

August 28, 2016 | By

The release of Frank Henenlotter’s documentary on the sexploitation business on home video is very bittersweet, because two of its three key participants – co-producer and Something Weird founder Mike Vraney, and legendary sexploitation producer-director David F. Friedman – passed away not longer after the film’s completion…

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Rita Ignites a Mighty Firestorm Down Below in 3D!

Rita Ignites a Mighty Firestorm Down Below in 3D!

August 27, 2016 | By

Two entries in Rita Hayworth’s separate comebacks in the 1950s: the restored 3D version of Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) on Blu from Twilight Time + Fire Down Below (1957) on DVD from Sony, and a lengthy Editor’s Blog on being ‘consistently unreasonable.’

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