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BR: Chilly Scenes of Winter / Head Over Heels (1979)

BR: Chilly Scenes of Winter / Head Over Heels (1979)

March 8, 2017 | By

After Ann Beattie’s first novel was published, the producing team of Amy Robinson, actor Griffin Dunne, and actor Mark Metcalf optioned the film rights using money Metcalf earned from Animal House (1978). Around the same time, director Joan Micklin Silver was interested in adapting the novel for the big screen, and the quartet pooled their creative resources…

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DVD: John and Mary (1969)

DVD: John and Mary (1969)

March 8, 2017 | By

This flawed but intriguing little film has been maligned a bit over the years as a forgotten dud, made about a year after three of the principles – stars Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, and director Peter Yates – had achieved major box office stardom in The Graduate (1967), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), andBullitt (1968), respectively…

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The Forgotten Classic: Gordon Parks’ The Learning Tree (1969)

The Forgotten Classic: Gordon Parks’ The Learning Tree (1969)

March 6, 2017 | By

Review of Gordon Parks’ semi-autobiographical feature debut The Learning Tree (1969), released as a Warner Archive MOD in 2011, but still a forgotten classic on racism, circa 1920s Kansas.

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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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Don Siegel’s Edge of Eternity (1959)

Don Siegel’s Edge of Eternity (1959)

March 1, 2017 | By

Review of Edge of Eternity (1959), a forgotten Don Siegel suspense film, new on Blu from Twilight Time.

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BR: Edge of Eternity (1959)

BR: Edge of Eternity (1959)

March 1, 2017 | By

Don Siegel was hugely prolific in the 1950s, having also directed The Gunrunners, Hound Dog Man, and “Brock Callahan,” an episode of TV’s Adventure Showcase, all in 1959, so it’s no surprise Edge clocks in at 80 mins., which is an efficient length…

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The Russia House and the Anti-Bond

The Russia House and the Anti-Bond

February 23, 2017 | By

Review of John le Carre’s spy thriller and romance The Russia House, released on Blu by Twilight Time, and a fascinating time capsule of glasnost Soviet Russia circa 1990 + some random thoughts on visiting East Berlin in 1989.

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BR: Russia House, The (1990)

BR: Russia House, The (1990)

February 23, 2017 | By

It’s worth pondering whether this particular adaptation of John le Carré’s novel would’ve been produced today, given there is no gunfire, no a single foot chase, car chase, murder, any act of violence, and the hero’s a sixtysomething heavy drinker who describes himself as ‘a disappointment’…

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Jane Birkin for Agnes Varda x2 on Blu

Jane Birkin for Agnes Varda x2 on Blu

February 20, 2017 | By

Review of the Agnes Varda-Jane Birkin diptych, beautifully mastered on Blu by Cinelicious: Jane B. par Agnes V. + King-fu master! (both 1988).

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BR: Jane B. par Agnes V. / Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988) + Kung-fu master! / Le petit amour (1988)

BR: Jane B. par Agnes V. / Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988) + Kung-fu master! / Le petit amour (1988)

February 20, 2017 | By

After the critical and financial success from Vagabond (1985), Agnes Varda’s next project was the genuine diptych Jane B. for Agnes V., a sort-of documentary on actress / singer Jane Birkin, and the drama Kung-fu master! which was shot in the middle of the doc’s production…

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