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BR: Zombie 4: After Death / After Death / Oltra la morte (1989)

BR: Zombie 4: After Death / After Death / Oltra la morte (1989)

July 9, 2018 | By

Not unlike the Demons series, the Zombie franchise consists of an original and a true sequel, and several unrelated films, rebranded by producers for extra recognition and push on video rental shelves. Zombie 4 repeats several scenes from George Romero’s…

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Two Troubled Teens: Blue Denim (1959)

Two Troubled Teens: Blue Denim (1959)

June 22, 2018 | By

Blue Denim (1959), the earnest, cautionary tale of unwanted pregnancy among teens finally gets a proper release on Blu via Twilight Time.

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BR: Blue Denim (1959)

BR: Blue Denim (1959)

June 22, 2018 | By

You could argue that when Fox chose to adapt James Leo Herlihy and Willam Noble’s eponymous play a year after its 1958 Broadway run under the stage direction of wonderboy Joshua Logan (Picnic), it was an attempt to transcend the wave of sordid, exploitive teen-centric dramas which packed upbeat music, titillating behaviour…

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Viva Amiga’s Zach Weddington (and a bit of gear talk)

Viva Amiga’s Zach Weddington (and a bit of gear talk)

June 14, 2018 | By

Podcast interview with Zach Weddington on Viva Amiga, his affectionate documentary on the pioneering multimedia computer (plus a bit of gear talk).

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Bruno Mattei’s Rip-Off Trilogy, Part I: Shocking Dark (1989)

Bruno Mattei’s Rip-Off Trilogy, Part I: Shocking Dark (1989)

June 13, 2018 | By

Part 1 of Bruno Mattei’s Rip-Off Trilogy begins with Shocking Dark / Terminator 2 (1989), new on Blu from Severin Films.

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BR: Shocking Dark / Terminator 2 / Terminator 2: Shocking Dark (1989)

BR: Shocking Dark / Terminator 2 / Terminator 2: Shocking Dark (1989)

June 13, 2018 | By

As Shocking Dark’s screenwriters testify with amusing reticence in Severin’s newly recorded interview, the film was borne out of the producer’s request to make an Aliens knock-off, and be as close to James Cameron’s 1986 original plus integrate a bit of The Terminator (1984)…

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Jacques Demy’s Two Shades of Ennui: Lola (1961) + Model Shop (1969)

Jacques Demy’s Two Shades of Ennui: Lola (1961) + Model Shop (1969)

May 30, 2018 | By

Reviews of Jacques Demy’s Lola diptych: the eponymous 1961 classic (via Criterion Blu) and his lone American film, the grim Model Shop (1969), new from Twilight Time.

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BR: Model Shop (1969)

BR: Model Shop (1969)

May 30, 2018 | By

After the success of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and its sequel Les desmoiselles de Rochefort (1967), Jacques Demy took the offered carrot from Columbia and settled in Los Angeles for his first U.S. studio picture, but what emerged was a film that may have reflected the tone of time…

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BR: Lola (1961)

BR: Lola (1961)

May 30, 2018 | By

After directing a series of short films, Jacques Demy made the leap to features with a low-budget romantic drama in which of the three men are linked to a cabaret dancer, only one will ride away with her heart…

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TJFF 2018: Postwar Tales Dramatic + Darkly Comedic

TJFF 2018: Postwar Tales Dramatic + Darkly Comedic

May 26, 2018 | By

Reviews of two contrasting tales of post-WWII refugees screened at TJFF 2018: the dark comedy-drama Bye Bye Germany (2017) + struggles in postwar Palestine in the forgotten Italian drama The Earth Cries Out (1949).

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