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DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1920

DVD: Vintage Erotica – Anno 1920

March 24, 2017 | By

The first installment in Cult Epics’ Vintage Erotica series covers a collection of surprisingly elaborate and funny shorts made in France during the 1920s, with costumes, brief plots, literary riffing, and inter-titles elevating standard bonking into something a bit more engaging…

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BR: Our Man in Havana (1959)

BR: Our Man in Havana (1959)

March 23, 2017 | By

A bone-dry dark comedy, Graham Greene’s screen adaptation of his 1958 novel also gave director Carol Reed an opportunity to show he possessed a wicked sense of humour, riffing some of the stylistic elements from The Third Man (1949) and walking a fine line between comedy, satire, and genuine drama…

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DVD: Appointment in Honduras (1953)

DVD: Appointment in Honduras (1953)

March 23, 2017 | By

Jacques Tourneur’s career was given a big boost at RKO, especially when he directed a series of low-budget shockers for their B-division, namely Cat People (1942), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), and The Leopard Man (1943), and although he moved into westerns and eventually TV…

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DVD: Nurse Diary: Beast Afternoon / Nurse Diary 3 / Kangofu nikki: kemonojimita gogo (1982)

DVD: Nurse Diary: Beast Afternoon / Nurse Diary 3 / Kangofu nikki: kemonojimita gogo (1982)

March 22, 2017 | By

Although director Naosuke Kurosawa made his directorial debut with the stylish and repugnant giallo / Roman porno Zoom In: Sex Apartments (1980), Nurse Diary: Beast Afternoon seems to show an effort by studio Nikkatsu to not only tone done the nastiness of their adult line, but reign in directors who sought to make more narrative works…

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The lingering nightmare of the STASI: Karl Marx City (2016)

The lingering nightmare of the STASI: Karl Marx City (2016)

March 18, 2017 | By

Review of Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker’s latest film, the eerie documentary Karl Marx City (2016), screening this month at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

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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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Woody Allen goes for Drama with Interiors (1978)

Woody Allen goes for Drama with Interiors (1978)

March 17, 2017 | By

Review of Woody Allen’s first formal drama on Blu, the Bergmanesque Interiors (1978) from Twilight Time.

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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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James Herbert’s The Survivor (1981)

James Herbert’s The Survivor (1981)

March 14, 2017 | By

Review of David Hemmings and Anthony Ginnane’s 1981 film version of James Herbert’s plane crash thriller The Survivor, new on Blu from Severin Films, plus some bitching about the lack of a definitive Blu-ray edition of The Lighthorsemen (1987).

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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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