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DVD: Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

DVD: Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

January 18, 2015 | By

Mike Myers was likely compelled to direct this film (with Beth Aala) because Shep Gordon is more than an artist manager: he’s the man who invented some of the attention-getting tactics which aided clients like Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Arnold, Emeril Lagasse, Mick Fleetwood, Teddy Pendergrass, and Anne Murray boost their careers…

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Going to Pieces over A Bloody Birthday

Going to Pieces over A Bloody Birthday

December 30, 2014 | By

Blu-ray review of Ed Hunt’s Bloody Birthday (Severin) + from the archives Adam Rockoff’s doc Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006), and more review updates.

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BR: Bloody Birthday (1981)

BR: Bloody Birthday (1981)

December 30, 2014 | By

American film school grad Ed Hunt found a career making B-movies when he ventured north of the 49th parallel and found private and government funds to produce an assortment of genre films, and while Hunt may be best remembered for one of the worst CanCon tax shelter films of the era, he nevertheless managed to show he could assemble material into a fluid narrative…

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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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DVD: Phobia / Phobia! / Phobia: A Descent into Terror (1980)

DVD: Phobia / Phobia! / Phobia: A Descent into Terror (1980)

January 24, 2013 | By

Film: Good Transfer: Excellent Extras: Excellent Label: KINO Lorber / Unobstructed View Lorber Region: 1 (NTSC) Released: October 22, 2019 Genre: Thriller / Suspense / CanCon Synopsis: Someone is killing a psychiatrist’s patients using their most fearsome phobias. Special Features: Audio commentary by film historians Paul Corupe and Jason Pichonsky / 2 interviews: actresses Susan Hogan […]

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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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