Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

BR: Fortune Cookie, The (1966)

BR: Fortune Cookie, The (1966)

May 23, 2017 | By

The hook in The Fortune Cookie is simple and sweet: after getting smacked and back-flipped while covering a football game, CBS cameraman Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) wakes up in a hospital to find brother-in-law / personal injury lawyer Willie Gingrich (Walter Matthau) has already set in motion a perfect plan to sue…

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BR: Moby Dick (1956)

BR: Moby Dick (1956)

May 22, 2017 | By

Reportedly shot in 1954 and released two years later after a tumultuous production history, John Huston’s film of Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel may have been poo-pooed by critics, with great disapproval levied on Gregory Peck, but time has been very kind to the film…

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Film: Mandala Beats (2016)

Film: Mandala Beats (2016)

May 19, 2017 | By

Montreal-based photographer Rebekah Reiko makes her directorial debut with this brisk 44 min. documentary on Israel’s Yossi Fine, branded by some as ‘the Jimi Hendrix of the bass guitar.’ Half Lithuanian and Caribbean, Fine soon discovered Indian roots on his mother’s side…

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Film: Heir, The  / L’heritier (2017)

Film: Heir, The / L’heritier (2017)

May 11, 2017 | By

Edith Jorisch’s hour-long documentary draws from her family’s very personal story of her late grandfather’s quest to seek out three paintings he recalls from his childhood home in Austria, last seen in 1939 before the family’s children were sent to Belgium the day before the Nazis drove tanks into the country…

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Film: 30 Years of Garbage – The Garbage Pail Kids Story (2016)

Film: 30 Years of Garbage – The Garbage Pail Kids Story (2016)

May 10, 2017 | By

Yes, they made a movie about the trading card stickers phenom which challenged the cutesy Cabbage Patch Kids dolls with images of snotty, explosive, fairly grotesque kids who on occasional might main themselves with a dopey smile…

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Film: 1945 (2017)

Film: 1945 (2017)

May 9, 2017 | By

Ferenc Török’s drama unravels as a minimalist thriller, as a train brings two strangers into a postwar Hungarian town bearing a set of slim wooden boxes. Soviet soldiers roam around town rather aimlessly, but the sight of the silent visitors sends fear throughout town…

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BR: Another Woman (1988)

BR: Another Woman (1988)

May 8, 2017 | By

If Interiors (1978) had Woody Allen oozing with the somber mood, visual minimalism, and dreadfully serious characters of a dead serious Ingmar Bergman drama, Another Woman is a more satisfying hybrid, unfolding like a filmed stage play with every scene is tied to a central character in a deep state of ennui…

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BR: Wax Mask / M.D.C. – Maschera di cera (1997)

BR: Wax Mask / M.D.C. – Maschera di cera (1997)

May 5, 2017 | By

Although Lucio Fulci had maintained a steady output of films during the 1980s, producing some of his nastiest delights – The Beyond (1981) and The New York Ripper (1982) being among the most outrageous – as his health began to falter, the famed Italian horror director was courted by Dario Argento to collaborate on a new film, a project that would hopefully boost Fulci’s emotions and lessen the strain from fragile health…

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DVD: Paura – Lucio Fulci Remembered, Vol. 1 (2008)

DVD: Paura – Lucio Fulci Remembered, Vol. 1 (2008)

May 5, 2017 | By

Director Lucio Fulci will forever remain a controversial director not because his greatest fame came from crafting gory horror entries with often bizarre plots, but whether he was a genuinely proficient filmmaker. Most of his 50+ films are unavailable to English language audiences…

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BR: Peyton Place (1957)

BR: Peyton Place (1957)

May 1, 2017 | By

The backstory behind the creation of the source novel for Fox’s hit film version is no less fascinating: after writing her first novel over several years, housewife Grace Metalious’ efforts were published in 1956, sold 60,000 copies in its first 10 days on sale, 100,000 copies within its first month, and 12 million over time…

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