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BR: September Storm (1960)

BR: September Storm (1960)

April 1, 2017 | By

The idea a producer would go to the trouble of filming a 3D movie with underwater gear and see it released flat by studio Fox, then disappear from distribution makes the creation of September Storm an absurdity, and yet in spite of these unintentional mishaps, this orphan film became a high-profile restoration project for the 3-D Film Archive…

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Suburban Tales VI: Stranger Things (2016)

Suburban Tales VI: Stranger Things (2016)

March 29, 2017 | By

Nope, it’s not (yet) on physical media, so here’s a review of Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016), Netflix’s hit series, available only from the burgeoning broadcaster.

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TV: Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)

TV: Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)

March 29, 2017 | By

Cosmetically, Stranger Things is packed with superb set décor from the era, costumes, cars, and a level of consumer technology that’s very limited; not unlike J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 (2011) where the sleuthing kids had to wait for their roll of Super 8 film to be developed before realizing their unique predicament…

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Adventure Time in Havana, Honduras, and Burma!

Adventure Time in Havana, Honduras, and Burma!

March 26, 2017 | By

It’s Intrigue and Adventure Time with Carol Reed & Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana (1959) on Blu from Twilight Time + Allan Dwan’s Escape to Burma (1955) and Jacques Tourneur’s Appointment in Honduras (1953) in a VCI RKO-themed double-bill!

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DVD: Escape to Burma (1955)

DVD: Escape to Burma (1955)

March 25, 2017 | By

One of the last batch of films released by dying major RKO Radio Pictures, Escape to Burma was another efficient low-level A picture produced by Benedict Bogeaus with major stars shot on a modest budget, offering some romance, action, exotic escapism, and a tight story that worked as long as you didn’t think too hard and notice its seams…

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Vintage Erotica & Nikkatsu Naughties

Vintage Erotica & Nikkatsu Naughties

March 24, 2017 | By

Reviews of Vintage Erotica from Cult Epics (Anno 1920 thru 1970) + the relatively tame Nikkatsu Naughtie, Nurse Diary: Beast Afternoon / Kangofu nikki: kemonojimita gogo (1982) from Impulse Pictures / Synapse Films.

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1970

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1970

March 24, 2017 | By

Cult Epics’ sixth entry in their adult loop series features more that 2+ hours of smut, largely culled from German sources. Some of the 12 Euro-centric shorts feature dialogue and oral foley effects, but most of the titles are accompanied by vintage stock / porn music which adds both authenticity and heightens the quaintness of films that offered audiences graphic, full-colour…

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1960

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1960

March 24, 2017 | By

The fifth volume in Cult Epics’ Vintage Erotica series gathers 12 films from the swinging sixties and follows the same balance between mechanical depictions of intercourse and a handful of more ambitious efforts that place all the nuances within a simple storyline…

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1950

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1950

March 24, 2017 | By

Volume 4 in Cult Epic’s French erotica series showcases the post-War era, including some of its technological wonders, and affordable equipment. As Anno 1950 reveals, the cinematic shutterbug’s grasp of technology didn’t just embrace the moving film camera…

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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1940

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1940

March 24, 2017 | By

The third volume in Cult Epic’s French erotica series shows a marked boost in the use of montage, primitive optical effects, and some elaborately rendered main titles. Perhaps the result of greater familiarity with film technique, the more comfortable use of editing and close-ups also show how filmmakers had started to…

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