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DVD: Our Man Flint – Dead on Target (1976)

DVD: Our Man Flint – Dead on Target (1976)

September 28, 2014 | By

It may be that Fox had wanted to follow up their popular Flint film series – Our Man Flint (1966) and In Like Flint (1967) – with a scaled down, less costly TV series, but this Vancouver-made pilot ranks as one of the worst CanCon productions around. It’s no surprise any hope of a series were thwarted by this stillborn concoction which showed little imagination or directorial skill…

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DVD: Quintet (1979)

DVD: Quintet (1979)

September 10, 2014 | By

In almost every occasion where Robert Altman’s tackled a specific film genre – western, sci-fi, comedy, and thriller – the results unfold like a director not just attempting to redefine the genre with his own loose approach to its tropes, but denying some of the elements that standardize a genre…

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Paul Walker and Parkour in Brick Mansions + Distribution Quirks

Paul Walker and Parkour in Brick Mansions + Distribution Quirks

August 27, 2014 | By

Review of Paul Walker’s last complete film performance in the Luc Besson produced Brick Mansions (2014) from VVS Films + some editorial blather on distribution quirks.

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DVD: Sexcula (1974)

DVD: Sexcula (1974)

May 21, 2013 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / S . Film: Good/ DVD Transfer: Very Good/ DVD Extras: Standard Label:  Impulse Pictures / Synapse Films / Region: 0 (NTSC) / Released: April 9, 2013 Genre: Adult / Horror-Comedy / CanCon Synopsis: Mad scientist Dr. Fellatingstein calls upon cousin Countess Sexcula to help her sexually inert creation […]

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James Coburn is… In Like Flint!

James Coburn is… In Like Flint!

March 25, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Derek Flint returns in swanky HD via Twilight Time’s Blu-ray edition of In Like Flint, with all the key extras from the Ultimate Flint DVD set plus Jerry Goldsmith’s score isolated in uncompressed stereo.

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VHS: Phobia / Phobia: A Descent into Terror (1980)

VHS: Phobia / Phobia: A Descent into Terror (1980)

January 24, 2013 | By

Film: Poor/ VHS Transfer: Weak/ DVD Extras: n/a Label: Paramount Home Video/ Region: NTSC / Released: n/a Genre: Thriller / Suspense / CanCon Synopsis: Gary Herman, Ronald Shusett (story); Lew Lehman, Jimmy Sangster, Peter Bellwood (script) Special Features: n/a     Review: During Canada’s tax shelter years, a number of major directors with international hits were […]

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CanCon 101 and a Career Nadir: John Huston’s Phobia (1980)

CanCon 101 and a Career Nadir: John Huston’s Phobia (1980)

January 24, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Yes, another installment of CanCon 101, featuring John Huston’s much-maligned tax shelter film Phobia (1980), shot in Toronto, and available nowhere. Also: short Editor’s Blog with nods to EOne’s recent purchase of Alliance Films, and the Canadian film channel Starlight.

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Canada’s Top 10, Doc Soup, and CanCon 101: Death Ship (1980)

Canada’s Top 10, Doc Soup, and CanCon 101: Death Ship (1980)

January 5, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Quick tally of notable screenings in T.O., including The Bloor’s Doc Soup: Portrait of Wally (with director Q&A) + Cinema Politica: Doctors of the Dark Side (with guest Q&A), and Canada’s Top 10 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Speaking of Canadian cinema heritage (ahem): I’ve uploaded a lengthy review of Alvin Rakoff’s Death Ship (1980), recently released in a crisp Blu-ray special edition by Scorpion Releasing, which somewhat replaces the 2007 Region 2 DVD from Nucleus Films.

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BR: Death Ship (1980)

BR: Death Ship (1980)

January 5, 2013 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / D . Film: Good/ BR Transfer: Excellent/ BR Extras: Good Label:  Scorpion Releasing/ Region: All / Released: December 18, 2012 Genre: Horror / CanCon Synopsis: Survivors of a sunk cruise ship do not in any way find safety aboard a drifting rust bucket that runs on human blood. […]

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Happy 1st & 4th of July. Ahem.

Happy 1st & 4th of July. Ahem.

July 3, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

To tie in Canada Day (July 1), U.S. Independence (July 4), and the headache of why CanCon continues to get short-shrift from local companies, here’s a lengthy Editor’s Blog, using Leon Marr’s excellent & unavailable Dancing in the Dark (1986), which screened back in January at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with its director and star Martha Henry in attendance.

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