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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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Film: Slums – Cities of Tomorrow / Bidonville: architecture de la ville future (2014)

Film: Slums – Cities of Tomorrow / Bidonville: architecture de la ville future (2014)

April 24, 2014 | By

Although its title suggests a cinematic document of human misery seething in the poorest, filthiest, most overcrowded tracts of human civilization, Canadian director Jean-Nicolas Orhon attempts to clarify the very definition of slums, and using interwoven interviews with Robert Neuwirth and Jeremy Seabrook…

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Soundtrack Reviews

Soundtrack Reviews

February 7, 2014 | By

Newly uploaded soundtrack reviews of Alexandre Desplat’s Monuments Men (Sony Classical), Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Prisoners (WaterTower Music), and David Arnold + Michael Price’s Sherlock: Season 3 (Silva Screen).

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jOBS (2013) + Welcome to Macintosh (2008)

jOBS (2013) + Welcome to Macintosh (2008)

February 4, 2014 | By

Reviews of the 2013 Steve Jobs biopic jOBS (Universal) + Robert Baca and Josh Rizzo’s Welcome to Macintosh (Baca Productions), plus links to a pair of new shorts at Big Head Amusements.

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Camera Test #102: GBC-CTC-5X + Flesh Tones

Camera Test #102: GBC-CTC-5X + Flesh Tones

February 4, 2014 | By

  Since the basic details of the GBC CTC-5X video camera are covered in Camera Test #102, I’ll keep things a bit more brisk that in the prior Camera Test blog. If the facts start reading a wee bit dry, just skip down to the end where the YouTube + Vimeo links are located. Now then. From what I’ve managed to find in print and picture online, GBC was a U.S. company specializing in industrial-level video cameras during the late sixties […]

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Mark Cousins’ A Story of Children and Film

Mark Cousins’ A Story of Children and Film

February 3, 2014 | By

Review of Mark Cousins’ latest filmic essay, The Story of Children and Film, currently screening at The Bloor Cinema.

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A Video Nasty: House on Straw Hill (1976), plus some Elio Petri & Joseph Losey

A Video Nasty: House on Straw Hill (1976), plus some Elio Petri & Joseph Losey

January 27, 2014 | By

Lengthy review of a vintage Video Nasty, House on Straw Hill / aka Exposé (1976) from Severin on Blu-ray, plus a related review of Elio Petri’s amazing psychological thriller A Quiet Place in the Country / Un tranquillo posto di campagna (1968), and from the KQEK.com archives, Joseph Losey’s Eva / aka Eve (1962) from KINO.

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News + Soundtrack Reviews

News + Soundtrack Reviews

January 9, 2014 | By

Some site update news & info on upcoming film reviews (plus a short-short video), and soundtrack reviews of Lior Ron’s Pablo (Light Drop Music), and Murray Gold’s Doctor Who Series 7 and the double-billed The Snowmen + The Doctor, the Widow, and the Snowmen (Silva Screen).

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Nikkatsu Naughties, Part 6: Nurses-in-Training!

Nikkatsu Naughties, Part 6: Nurses-in-Training!

December 29, 2013 | By

Yes, in addition to several classic and horror film reviews on the way, there is some smut from Impulse Pictures / Synapse Films: Nurse Diary- Wicked Finger / Kangofu nikki – waisetsu na karute (1980), and Story of White Coat – Indecent Acts / Hakui monogatari – Midasu! (1984), directed by Debauchery’s Hidehiro.

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Despotism, Hedonism, and Outrageous Conduct

Despotism, Hedonism, and Outrageous Conduct

December 29, 2013 | By

Newly reviewed are Christoph Waltz in one of the best TV mini-series you’ve never heard of, Konig der letzten Tage (ARD Video), Sam Spiegel’s last great epic Nicholas and Alexandra on Blu (Twilight Time), and Franco Nero in the period drama The Sack of Rome / aka Oro, aka Zoloto (One 7 Movies).

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