Category: Blu-ray / DVD Film Review

BR: Play Dirty (1969)

BR: Play Dirty (1969)

January 8, 2018 | By

A key reason why Andre De Toth’s last film as director remained an obscurity on home video is the film’s stark cynical tone and ultimately nihilistic finale which must have had UA executives wondering how to market a movie where the punchline is essentially Life is Shit…

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DVD: El Condor (1970)

DVD: El Condor (1970)

January 8, 2018 | By

After Play Dirty (1969), a film that would be his last as director, Andre De Toth produced another exercise in nihilism, this time a buddy western featuring action, a few broad laughs, and risqué R-rated material, capped with a finale that leaves about half of the leading characters alive…

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TV: GLOW – Season 1 (2017)

TV: GLOW – Season 1 (2017)

December 21, 2017 | By

Based on the cult 1986-1992 series Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), in which actresses, stuntwomen, models, and the curious created outrageous ring personas and engaged in choreographed matches tied to fictional backstories…

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BR: Cease Fire! (1953)

BR: Cease Fire! (1953)

December 10, 2017 | By

As recounted in a lengthy essay by Ted Okuda, the 3D project was put into action and in an area safely away from active combat, filming took place with the uncredited soldiers playing themselves, and supposedly real artillery was used in the sniper, tank, and air squadron attacks – inarguably the film’s most thrilling and propulsive components…

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BR: 3 Worlds of Gulliver, The (1960)

BR: 3 Worlds of Gulliver, The (1960)

December 9, 2017 | By

Ray Harryhausen’s fantasy epic adventure is surprisingly low on stop-motion creatures, but his brilliance with trick photography made him the perfect hands-on producer for this fanciful, exciting version of Jonathan Swift’s classic tale that’s apparently remained in print since its inaugural (and initially sanitized) publication in 1725…

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Film: Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

Film: Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

November 28, 2017 | By

With a third documentary on the famous Hollywood icon now in release, the question is What new information could there be, since Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004) and Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star (2006) both presented a wealth of information using very different approaches…

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Film: Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017)

Film: Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017)

November 23, 2017 | By

According to Bill Nye, when the young engineer met astrophysicist Carl Sagan in 1987, he got the bug for science, and within a few years became Bill Nye, the Science Guy, the titular hero / educator of the popular PBS show that ran from 1993-1998…

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DVD: Citizen Jane – Battle for the City (2016)

DVD: Citizen Jane – Battle for the City (2016)

November 23, 2017 | By

To Torontonians, Jane Jacobs is perhaps best remembered as one of the key figures who managed to successfully kill the major section of the Spadina Expressway in 1971, a route that would’ve provided drivers in the west end with a needed alternate expressway to reach the city from mid-town suburbs…

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TV: Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)

TV: Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)

November 16, 2017 | By

Running a compact 25 mins. Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story is a satire of the Nixon Administration, which was past the halfway point of its first term mandate when the short was scheduled for airing in February of 1972, but as the lore surrounding this ‘lost’ film goes…

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BR: September (1987)

BR: September (1987)

November 16, 2017 | By

Released the same year as Radio Days, Woody Allen’s September retains the cast members Mia Farrow and Dianne Wiest, but the tone harkens back to the auteur’s Interiors (1978), a more dour and overwrought attempt at Serious Drama…

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