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Film: Karl Marx City (2016)

Film: Karl Marx City (2016)

March 18, 2017 | By

About halfway through the latest documentary by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker (Gunner Palace), an historian of the GDR (the former East German Communist state) describes the world in which he and other colleagues grew up as an exceptionally complex place where its citizens became the world’s most highly scrutinized population in human history…

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BR: Interiors (1978)

BR: Interiors (1978)

March 17, 2017 | By

Billed as Woody Allen’s first formal drama, Interiors is sandwiched between his much-lauded and awarded classics Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), and although this creative gamble was nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Director and Best Writing, Interiors has aged into an overly mannered snapshot of a wounded matriarch and her bickering family…

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BR: Survivor, The (1981)

BR: Survivor, The (1981)

March 14, 2017 | By

Riding on the unlikely international success of the somewhat supernatural thriller Harlequin / Dark Forces (1980), Anthony Ginnane decided to produce an adaptation of James Herbert’s novel – the first time Ginnane gambled on an existing property rather than an original screenplay…

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LP: John and Mary (1969)

LP: John and Mary (1969)

March 8, 2017 | By

Written during his busiest period (1968-1970), Quincy Jones’ score for John and Mary was quite sparse, leaving obligatory space for the film’s myriad dialogue exchanges and source music, but the score is memorable for being atypical of the material Jones was writing at the time: action comedies (The Italian Job, The Hell with Heroes), comedies (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,Cactus Flower), and the funky style of They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!

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BR: Chilly Scenes of Winter / Head Over Heels (1979)

BR: Chilly Scenes of Winter / Head Over Heels (1979)

March 8, 2017 | By

After Ann Beattie’s first novel was published, the producing team of Amy Robinson, actor Griffin Dunne, and actor Mark Metcalf optioned the film rights using money Metcalf earned from Animal House (1978). Around the same time, director Joan Micklin Silver was interested in adapting the novel for the big screen, and the quartet pooled their creative resources…

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DVD: John and Mary (1969)

DVD: John and Mary (1969)

March 8, 2017 | By

This flawed but intriguing little film has been maligned a bit over the years as a forgotten dud, made about a year after three of the principles – stars Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, and director Peter Yates – had achieved major box office stardom in The Graduate (1967), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), andBullitt (1968), respectively…

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DVD: Learning Tree, The (1969)

DVD: Learning Tree, The (1969)

March 6, 2017 | By

After progressing from fashion photographer for Vogue to Life photo journalist, Gordon Parks made the natural leap to novelist, penning The Learning Tree in 1964, which eventually caught the attention of Warner Bros., and in 1969 Parks became the first African-American to direct for a major studio…

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Don Siegel’s Edge of Eternity (1959)

Don Siegel’s Edge of Eternity (1959)

March 1, 2017 | By

Review of Edge of Eternity (1959), a forgotten Don Siegel suspense film, new on Blu from Twilight Time.

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BR: Edge of Eternity (1959)

BR: Edge of Eternity (1959)

March 1, 2017 | By

Don Siegel was hugely prolific in the 1950s, having also directed The Gunrunners, Hound Dog Man, and “Brock Callahan,” an episode of TV’s Adventure Showcase, all in 1959, so it’s no surprise Edge clocks in at 80 mins., which is an efficient length…

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The Russia House and the Anti-Bond

The Russia House and the Anti-Bond

February 23, 2017 | By

Review of John le Carre’s spy thriller and romance The Russia House, released on Blu by Twilight Time, and a fascinating time capsule of glasnost Soviet Russia circa 1990 + some random thoughts on visiting East Berlin in 1989.

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