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Book: Adventures in VHS (2016)

Book: Adventures in VHS (2016)

June 25, 2016 | By

From a rare 1980s photograph of his old corner video shop, author and podcaster Noel Mellor imposed a unique challenge on his viewing habits: find the actual VHS tapes in that photo of long-gone Video World, re-experience exploitation classics on a VCR and old tube TV…

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DVD: Xtro (1982)

DVD: Xtro (1982)

June 25, 2016 | By

How much joy horror connoisseurs received after searching for, taking risks in acquiring, and patiently watching Xtro is as unknown as the mathematical variable X, but this is a special kind of weirdness with which some will wholly bond, expressly because it makes no bloody sense…

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BR: Happy Ending, The (1969)

BR: Happy Ending, The (1969)

June 18, 2016 | By

The title of Richard Brooks’ 19th feature film as director infers a story with a classic alls-well-that-ends-well finale, but The Happy Ending proved to be something that goes against the grain of a classic Hollywood saga of bored privileged housewives boozing and bed-hopping and clothes shopping to their hearts’ content before hitting sleazy lows…

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DVD: $ (1971)

DVD: $ (1971)

June 18, 2016 | By

Richard Brooks’ extremely fluffy bank robbery flick $ (“dollars”) borrows elements from the best while remaining very tongue-in cheek in spite of some mean behaviour and bursts of violence.
Shot entirely on location in Hamburg, Germany…

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BR: Chato’s Land (1972)

BR: Chato’s Land (1972)

June 14, 2016 | By

Written by Michael Winner’s frequent scribe, Gerald Wilson’s minimalist western is a strange rumination on racism, with a posse comprised of a post-Civil War captain, assorted thugs, a butcher, gleeful hard-drinking adventurers, and the amoral Hooker brothers hunting half-Apache Chato for killing the local sheriff in an armpit town…

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DVD: Soldier Blue (1970)

DVD: Soldier Blue (1970)

June 14, 2016 | By

Soldier was reportedly advertised as a glaring anti-war statement / Vietnam War parable, and there are chunks of dialogue that slam the U.S. Government for being hypocritical in professing fairness, civility, and moderation while hate for another culture is swirling around like vicious dust devils. It’s also a film that’s known for a graphic finale that both earned it high box office revenues for executive produce / exploitationeer Joseph E. Levine and heavy criticism, making it a cult film whose core story became overshadowed by its mystique…

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DVD: Louder Than Love – The Grande Ballroom Story (2012)

DVD: Louder Than Love – The Grande Ballroom Story (2012)

June 8, 2016 | By

Between 1966-1972, the Grande Ballroom in Detroit was a major hub for local youths and young adults to check out a variety of bands, and the house’s only criteria for musicians was to play good music, and play it well – anything less would’ve pushed the audience to revolt (‘Come on, man, kick out the jam, man, KICK OUT THE JAM OR GET OFF THE STAGE!’) sending the disappointing musicians packing…

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DVD: Janis – Little Girl Blue (2015)

DVD: Janis – Little Girl Blue (2015)

June 8, 2016 | By

Amy Berg’s documentary feels like the long-delayed follow-up and clarification to Howard Aulk’s 1974 Janis, essentially a tribute film neatly edited from pre-existing interviews and live performances. Berg’s film has the benefit of hindsight – an aspect wholly absent in 1974, in spite of being released 4 years after Janis Joplin’s sudden death from a drug overdose at 27…

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VHS: Janis (1974)

VHS: Janis (1974)

June 8, 2016 | By

Cash-in films celebrating the life and work of a dead artist aren’t new – The James Dean Story (1957) is among the earliest tribute films that balanced archival material with new interviews, and fellow live-fast-and-die-young icon Marilyn Monroe was saluted in Marilyn (1963), augmented by footage from her last and unfinished film – but Janis appears to be a full compilation doc…

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Film: Putty Hill (2010)

Film: Putty Hill (2010)

June 1, 2016 | By

When financing for proposed coming of age film Metal Gods fell through, writer-director Matthew Porterfield used the assembled actors for a newly drafted vision in which friends & family gather for the funeral of a young man, dead in his early twenties from a drug overdose…

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