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BR: Russia House, The (1990)

BR: Russia House, The (1990)

February 23, 2017 | By

It’s worth pondering whether this particular adaptation of John le Carré’s novel would’ve been produced today, given there is no gunfire, no a single foot chase, car chase, murder, any act of violence, and the hero’s a sixtysomething heavy drinker who describes himself as ‘a disappointment’…

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BR: Jane B. par Agnes V. / Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988) + Kung-fu master! / Le petit amour (1988)

BR: Jane B. par Agnes V. / Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988) + Kung-fu master! / Le petit amour (1988)

February 20, 2017 | By

After the critical and financial success from Vagabond (1985), Agnes Varda’s next project was the genuine diptych Jane B. for Agnes V., a sort-of documentary on actress / singer Jane Birkin, and the drama Kung-fu master! which was shot in the middle of the doc’s production…

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Film: Kedi / KEDi (2016)

Film: Kedi / KEDi (2016)

February 17, 2017 | By

Short and sweet, Kedi is an extremely well-made portrait of the inseparable relationship between the cats and human living in the portside area of Istanbul, Turkey’s ancient cosmopolitan jewel…

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Film: Exit: Music (2016)

Film: Exit: Music (2016)

February 15, 2017 | By

James Murdoch and Simon Wynberg’s documentary on Jewish German composers who fled Nazi Germany could’ve been developed into a multi-part docu-series, but in synthesizing the specific chapters of five unique figures in contemporary music circa WWII…

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BR: Band of the Hand (1986)

BR: Band of the Hand (1986)

February 11, 2017 | By

When Miami Vice became a hit on TV, executive producer Michael Mann realized there were assorted opportunities to exploit the specific visual and aural style of the show in other series, mini-series, and feature films, regardless of the period setting, but while Band of the Hand isn’t tied to any characters of Vice, it’s very much a separate story…

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Calling Hedy Lamarr: Inventor, Glamour Goddess, and Hollywood Icon

Calling Hedy Lamarr: Inventor, Glamour Goddess, and Hollywood Icon

February 8, 2017 | By

Reviews of two docs on legendary Hollywood beauty Hedy Lamarr and her discrete activities as an influential inventor: Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004) + Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star (2006).

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Film: Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004)

Film: Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004)

February 8, 2017 | By

Georg Misch’s 2004 documentary is built around the revelation of the famous actress’ co-creation of spread spectrum frequency hopping, an alternating frequency system designed & patented during WWII to ensure radio-controlled torpedoes couldn’t be jammed by the Nazis…

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DVD: Hedy Lamarr – Secrets of a Hollywood Star (2006)

DVD: Hedy Lamarr – Secrets of a Hollywood Star (2006)

February 8, 2017 | By

Produced 5 years after her death in 2000, this expose of Hollywood glamour goddess Hedy Lamarr draws primarily from a 1970 interview with a German TV crew and interviews with surviving friends and colleagues to peel back the myth of the actress being nothing more than a silver screen beauty…

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The Mad Magician Returns + The Bat, Chamber of Horrors, and Thoughts on 3D

The Mad Magician Returns + The Bat, Chamber of Horrors, and Thoughts on 3D

February 8, 2017 | By

Reviews of the Vincent Price 3D classic The Mad Magician (Twilight Time) + The Bat (Anchor Bay) and Chamber of Horrors (WHV) and Some Thoughts on 3D.

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BR: Mad Magician, The (1954)

BR: Mad Magician, The (1954)

February 7, 2017 | By

The Mad Magician was one of the most successful 3D films during the format’s first theatrical wave, but it also felt like House of Wax’s lesser but not quite idiot cousin, and expectations for the former film to match the latter’s success in energy, quality, and ghoulishness…

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