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BR: Wonder Woman (2017)

BR: Wonder Woman (2017)

October 15, 2017 | By

There have been many attempts to capture the magic of DC’s popular heroine in film, a TV pilot, TV series, and animated productions, but Patty Jenkins’ 2017 film showcases Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) in an almost classically structured superhero adventure film, spending an unusual level of detail on her backstory…

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DVD: Wonder Woman (1974)

DVD: Wonder Woman (1974)

October 15, 2017 | By

For years after the cancellation of the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series (1975-1979), this oddity floating in syndication, perplexing series fans because although it was a WW feature length drama, it starred Cathy Lee Crosby in a production that seemed tightly budgeted, and just looked and felt all wrong…

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BR: Mummy, The (2017)

BR: Mummy, The (2017)

October 6, 2017 | By

When Stephen Sommers pitched to Universal’s studio brass his vision to reinvigorate their classic monsters into a new franchises, he hit gold with The Mummy (1999), a boisterous and blatant homage of sorts to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) that benefited from high energy, broad humour, and the buddy-buddy pairing of a male and female leads…

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DVD: Tutankhamun / The Mummy of Tutankhamun (2016)

DVD: Tutankhamun / The Mummy of Tutankhamun (2016)

October 6, 2017 | By

Perhaps put into production to beat Tom Cruise’s The Mummy production by a year, this 4-part ITV mini-series was foolishly rebranded as The Mummy of Tutankhamun for North American home video, confusing DVD buyers who caught the series on TV…

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BR: Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

BR: Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

October 5, 2017 | By

The third film based on a Tennessee Williams play did great business upon its release, even earning Oscar nominations for Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, plus Art Direction-Set Decoration, but Suddenly, Last Summer is a strange little film whose pedigree hides a troubled production that may have contributed to the weird atmosphere…

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Digital: Comrade Detective – Season 1 (2017)

Digital: Comrade Detective – Season 1 (2017)

September 27, 2017 | By

Comrade Detective is billed by its executive producers as a forgotten Romanian TV detective series from 1983 that served as an overt propaganda loudspeaker for the corrupt Soviet dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu…

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Bronson the Boxer: Kid Galahad (1962) + Hard Times (1975)

Bronson the Boxer: Kid Galahad (1962) + Hard Times (1975)

September 5, 2017 | By

Charles Bronson coaches Elvis Presley in the unlikely musical-drama-comedy Kid Galahad (1962) on Blu via Twilight Time + a comparative review of the extras between Twilight Time & Eureka’s Masters of Cinema Hard Times (1975).

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BR: Kid Galahad (1962)

BR: Kid Galahad (1962)

September 5, 2017 | By

Kid Galahad was billed quite loudly in the campaign posters as a musical, but similar to Follow That Dream (1962), you feel undercurrents pulling him towards differing material that with any other screen performer might clash and contradict, but Elvis had such a magnetic, likeable screen persona…

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Hollywood Goes Porn Serious: Hardcore (1979) + Inserts (1975)

Hollywood Goes Porn Serious: Hardcore (1979) + Inserts (1975)

August 29, 2017 | By

Reviews of two 1970s indie-minded dramas on porn: Paul Schrader’s Hardcore (1976) in separate Blu-ray editions from Twilight Time & Indicator, and John Byrum’s Inserts (1975) + an Editor’s Blog on Hollywood’s inability to fuse drama + porn.

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BR: Hardcore (1979)

BR: Hardcore (1979)

August 29, 2017 | By

Paul Schrader’s screenplay was inspired by a story in which a girl traveled to California from her staunch Dutch Calvinist community in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and got lost in the sleazy world of hardcore porn. This undoubtedly fascinated Schrader, not only because it involved someone from his home town…

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