Criterion Announces April 2021 Releases

Something old, something new.
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In April, there will be five releases from The Criterion Collection. The new additions are Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night, Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder, and Olivier Assayas's Irma Vep. Getting high-def upgrades are Anthony Mann's The Furies and Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin féminin. Read on to learn more about them. History Is Made at Night (#685) out Apr 13 Suffused with intoxicating romanticism, History Is Made at Night is a sublime paean to love from Frank Borzage, classic Hollywood’s supreme poet of carnal and spiritual desire. On the run through Europe from her wealthy, cruelly possessive husband,

The Marksman (2021) Movie Review: Off Target

Even during a pandemic, we get the annual generic Liam Neeson action thriller.
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There is no debating that Liam Neeson is the one big-name actor currently working in Hollywood who is able to get a standard action thriller to theaters when the film is obviously more suitable for VOD viewing. Even actors like Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, and Bruce Willis don’t have the opportunities to turn each of their 2010-and-beyond action movies into first-run theatrical releases that appear on more than 1,000 screens. A few may slip through the cracks, but most are readily available for viewing at home on the day of release. All the consumer has to do is pay the

Asian World Film Festival to Commemorate Bruce Lee's 80th Anniversary with Online Screenings of His Iconic Films

Including a celebrity panel exploring his many accolades and iconic films.
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Press release: The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) will be presenting a “Bruce Lee Online Tribute” to commemorate the 80th anniversary of his birth including a celebrity panel exploring his many accolades and iconic films, Friday, January 15 to Monday, January 18, 2021. Films to be screened in the window of given dates are Fist of Fury (January 15), Bruce Lee, The Legend (January 16), Enter the Dragon (January 18), to be presented by actor Robert Wall (Enter the Dragon, Walker, Texas Ranger) and Be Water (late January) and can be viewed via https://awff-bruce-lee-qa.eventbrite.com. The panel, which will explore the

Versus (2000) Blu-ray Review: Samurai Zombie Yakuza Action

More than 20 years after its initial release, this wildly energetic Japanese action-horror film gets an extras packed release.
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Japanese cinema at the beginning of the 21st century was fun. There was an explosion of cinematic talent coming from the V-cinema scene (direct to video genre movies) and making a mark on the rest of the movie world, and it seems every week there was some new crazy trend or wildly prolific director that was coming suddenly to the fore. In those days before the great geek leveling of the mid-'00s to the '10s, where everything that used to be a geek concern suddenly stormed into the mainstream, it was wild to have genre mashups and crossovers. So while

Toys of Terror DVD Giveaway

Bringing the nostalgia of stop motion holiday specials to audiences.
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Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to award one lucky reader Toys of Terror on DVD. It is currently available to own via purchase from digital retailers and arrives on DVD on January 19, 2021 . For those wanting to learn more, read the press release below: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will have you on the edge of seats with an all-new original feature-length horror film, Toys of Terror, on Digital NOW and DVD January 19, 2021. The movie is priced to own at $14.99 SRP for Digital, and $19.98 SRP ($24.98 in Canada) for the

Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 - Bring Home The Antics on Blu-ray & DVD March 2

Get ready to binge on one of cables #1 watched comedies - and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with this outrageous boxed set.
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Press release: Wubba-lubba-dub-dub! From creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) and Dan Harmon (“Community”), go on an intergalactic journey across the multi-verse with the release of Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 boxed set from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on March 2, 2021. Get ready to binge on one of cables #1 watched comedies - and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with this outrageous boxed set which includes all 41 episodes from the first four seasons of the award-winning series, along with copious special features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, “Inside the Episode” segments, numerous featurettes,

TV Review: The Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

The series traces the 1985 summer of terror.
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The summer of 1985 was filled with terror for Southern California residents. A serial killer, who would come to be known as “The Night Stalker,” was on the loose and no one knew if or when he would stop. No one was safe as his horrifying rampage did not discriminate as his victims ranged from small children to people in their 80s. I can personally remember that summer. While we lived in a quiet neighborhood at the time, my family began locking the front door and bought locks for the windows of our house. We placed sticks in the windowsills

Skyfire Movie Review: Utterly Predictable but Harmless

Clocking in at just under 90 minutes, Skyfire makes for fun, forgettable viewing.
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Skyfire is directed by Simon West, a filmmaker with a not-so-good track record. Two out of his previous four films have a score of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, while one stands at 32%, and the last one has no score. The filmmaker's most well-received work in the previous decade is The Expendables 2, which itself is far from a perfect movie. With this in mind, I knew Skyfire wouldn’t be the next 2001: A Space Odyssey. In fact, I didn't expect it to be a watchable fare. Surprisingly, it is far from unwatchable. It's no 2001, but it ain’t Gun

Just Before Dawn is the Pick of the Week

An incredibly underrated and eerily atmospheric 80's slasher tops a new week of releases.
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When Halloween, John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece was released, it became the essential template on how to successfully create a thrill-ride, especially with a limited budget. It was such a game-changer that it spawned a decade of imitations, including its sequels and the Friday the 13th franchise. But the one so-called riproff that may be the best of them all (in my opinion) is Jeff Lieberman's vastly underappreciated 1981 backwoods slasher, Just Before Dawn. On the surface, it has that same unoriginal formula, where a group of fun-loving youths go off on a weekend of frolic, drinking, and skinny dipping on

Book Review: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crusader's Curse by Stuart Douglas

The Crusader's Curse is fast-paced and fun and will be enjoyed by fans of Sherlock Holmes and mystery lovers in general.
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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crusader’s Curse (2020) by Stuart Douglas is the thirty-second entry in the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series published by Titan Books. In The Crusader’s Curse, Holmes and Watson are suffering through a slow-crime period in London and are happy to be hired to spend a few days in the country at a centuries-old manse that is up for auction after the recent death of the owner. There is a mysteriously missing art collection; a lost, priceless ruby; and a deathly curse associated with the decidedly odd house and the dangerous caverns that

Book Review: Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris

A slow burn that should appeal to Spider-Man fans; especially teenage Spider-Man fans and fans who identify as people-of-color.
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Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris is a prequel to the video game Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales released on both the PS4 and PS5. Wings of Fury opens with Miles reeling from the recent death of his father and a move with his mother out of Brooklyn to his Abuela’s home in Spanish Harlem. This novel begins to move Miles out of the shadow of Peter Parker. It is a novel about coming into your own and tries to begin to answer two central questions: what does it take to be Spider-Man, and, the more

Tourist Trap (VHS Retro Big Box Collection) Review: A Solid, Offbeat Flick

A late '70s cult horror gem with ideas, even if those ideas are not entirely successful.
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When it comes to the horror genre, there's always going to be the usual movies steeped in typical cliches, such as possessions, creepy children, zombies, etc. However, once in awhile, there are others that come out of nowhere and contain such originality, that they can get sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Tourist Trap (1979), directed by David Schmoeller, which is for better and/or worse, one of those films. As with most slasher films, the film starts off with a group of fun-loving youths (including Jocelyn Jones and the late Tanya Roberts) making one of the biggest mistakes characters usually

Cinema Paradiso Blu-ray Review: Heaven-Sent

Giuseppe Tornatore's wonderful tribute to cinema gets a terrific treatment from Arrow Academy.
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The winner for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1989 Golden Globes and Academy Awards ceremonies, and deservedly so, Cinema Paradiso is a terrific reminder as to why people go to the movies. It’s not just to see the latest from their favorite actor or director; it’s also to get the experience of watching it with others around you on the biggest screen possible with the best sound available. Granted, there are those who don’t have respect for others in the cinema and rain on their parade. But that doesn’t stop people from getting out and enjoying the latest release.

Three Films by Luis Buñuel Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Don's Swan Songs

Legendary director wraps up a five decade career with three impressive films
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As Luis Buñuel neared the end of his life, he swore each time he made a film that it would be his last, not because he wanted to quit, but because he feared dying before completion. Known as Don Luis to his crews and cast members, he reportedly made his sets welcoming, joyous environments, even as he grappled with his own mortality. Death factors into the plots of each of the films included in this new Criterion box set, but Buñuel’s wry comedic sensibilities ensure that the films never seem morbid, instead seemingly implying that life is but a farce.

New Nichelle Nichols Documentary Feature 'Woman in Motion' Lands in Movie Theaters Nationwide on February 2

"Nichelle Nichols helped create the brighter future we are living in today by proclaiming that space exploration is for everyone." - director Todd Thompson
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Press release: The inspiring true story of how renowned Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols pioneered the NASA recruiting program to hire people of color and the first female astronauts for the space agency in the late 1970s and 1980s, Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA will open in movie theaters nationwide for one night only on February 2, 2021. Directed by Todd Thompson (The Highwaymen, PRE FAB!), the film chronicles how Nichols transformed her sci-fi television stardom into a real-life science career when, in 1977, she embarked on a campaign to bring diversity to

Three Films by Luis Bunuel is the Pick of the Week

A box set of the legendary Luis Buñuel's final three masterpieces takes the top spot of a new week of releases.
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What else can any self-respecting film critic or lover say about the one and only Luis Buñuel (the father of Surrealism)?! He remains arguably cinema's greatest provocateur and troublemaker, who made often radical films that went against and definitely satirized class distinctions and sexual politics, which are themes that still exist today. From his notorious short Un Chien Andalou (1929, co-written with Salvador Dali) to his final and seductive masterwork That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), his delicious and anti-establishmental influence surfaces in the works of many other filmmakers, especially those in the works of Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen.

Lupin III: The First Blu-ray Review: Lots of Fun

Lupin III's first foray into digital animation is a lovely looking, fun adventure for the family.
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Arsène Lupin the great master of disguise and gentleman thief was created by Maurice Leblanc in 1905. The character originally came to life through a series of short stories within a French magazine. Popularity pushed him into novels and over the last century or so he has been found in various manga series, television programs, movies, games, and more. In 1967, Japanese artist Monkey Punch created Lupin III, grandson of Arsène Lupin for a series of mangas. This character became hugely popular in its own right spawning its own multi-media empire. I first discovered the character via The Castle of

Best of 2020 (Pandemic Edition): Best of the Rest

The books, the music, the tacos, and even more of the rest of my entertainment projects of 2020.
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2020 BY THE NUMBERS 4,872,686 steps taken this year (2361 miles, 64 less than 2019)365 Days walking over 5 miles in 20203 Days not walking over 5 miles since 1/1/15.56 days with over 7 hours of sleep (twice of the 2019 number)100 beers logged that were new to me this year.0 times with the hiccups32 books read (5th year in a row of meeting 25-book goal)12,833 pages read in completed books0 concerts attended1 time swimming36 films released in 1970 watched17 unique taco joints visited4 movies seen in theaters (short of 25 goal) 9 States visited296 albums released in 1970 listened

Best of 2020 (Pandemic Edition): The TV/Streaming Lists

Here's what filled my days and nights this year.
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From 2005 through 2012 I pretty consistently wrote my Sunday Morning Tuneage blog. It continued inconsistently through 2013 before being abandoned. Each year was punctuated with a series of "Best Of..." lists. While the blog still remains retired, I've revived it for a Best of List 2017-2019. I debated how I would come up with a series of lists that were even comparable to previous years in a year that was totally driven into a ditch only a couple months in. But the show must go on and I still watched things, read things, and learned even more. So without

The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee Movie Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm

I can’t get past the fact that I enjoyed watching Paul Hogan struggle through this project.
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Looking to kill 90 minutes on New Year's Day? Head to Amazon Prime and cue up The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee. I am of course referring to Crocodile Dundee, the character created and portrayed by Paul Hogan in three Crocodile Dundee Films. Yes, there were three. So for the seven of you who have wondered what became of Paul Hogan, the answer comes in the form of The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee. A new film from writers Robert Mond and Dean Murphy, who also directed, that plays out like a long, plodding, contrived episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Paul

Best of 2020 (Pandemic Edition): The Film Lists

Shawn kicks off his mega 2020 wrap up with the "best of movies" lists.
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From 2005 through 2012 I pretty consistently wrote my Sunday Morning Tuneage blog. It continued inconsistently through 2013 before being abandoned. Each year was punctuated with a series of "Best Of..." lists. While the blog still remains retired, I've revived it for a Best of List 2017-2019. I debated how I would come up with a series of lists that were even comparable to previous years in a year that was totally driven into a ditch only a couple months in. But the show must go on and I still watched things, read things, and learned even more. So without

Honest Thief Blu-ray Review: Comfort Food for Crime Fans

If all one wants is to see Liam Neeson once again using his wits and his fists to come out on top, this will satisfy that urge.
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Honest Thief is a simple crime drama with a plot that resolves unsurprisingly as one who has viewed any of the recent spate of Liam Neeson-led action films, or most movies for that matter, would expect. But for those who like to see good guys triumph over bad guys, the script by director Mark Williams and Steve Allrich presents a satisfactory story. Tom Dolan (Neeson) has been dubbed the “In-and-Out Bandit,” a nickname he hates, because he is a successful bank robber, having stolen over $9 million in cash from 12 banks across 7 states. After dating Annie (Kate Walsh)

Crash (1996) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Anti-Erotic Film

Perhaps David Cronenberg's most controversial film, it details the progressively more dangerous world of car-crash fetishists.
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"Prophecy is dirty and ragged", says Vaughan, while complaining about the cleanliness of the tattoo he gets on his chest. It's of a steering wheel, part of his attempt connect himself, as much as possible, to the object of his sexual gratification, and obsession. He loves cars, but not when they drive. He loves them when they, as the film's title says so simply, Crash. Where Vaughan and his obsessions come from is obscure, but he becomes the central figure in the life James Ballard (James Spader) after he survives a car crash. The driver of the other car does

The Curse of Frankenstein (Two-Disc Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Landmark in Horror Is Reborn

The film that launched a horror franchise has been restored and remastered.
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As mentioned in the extras and as horror-film fans may be aware, the dominance of the Universal Monsters on the silver screen came to an end in the 1950s. The final entries in the long-running franchise were a Creature from the Black Lagoon trilogy and a couple of team-ups with Abbott Costello. Replacing them were a new wave of monsters that arrived from space or derived from atomic energy. The UK company Hammer Film Productions picked up the mantle that same decade, first with the science fiction horror film, The Quatermass Xperiment, then launching their Gothic horror franchise, starting with

Book Review: Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood's Zen Rebel by Joseph B. Atkins

A great tribute to the life of a great actor.
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Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel, by Joseph B. Atkins (University Press of Kentucky, 2020), is a carefully crafted tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest character actors. Easily recognizable with his gruff face but relaxed demeanor, Stanton had parts in some of the greatest films of all time: Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Godfather Part II (1974), Alien (1979), and The Straight Story (1999). He also had two lead roles: Wim Wenders, Paris, Texas (1984) and John Carroll Lynch’s Lucky (2017), his last film. Hollywood’s Zen Rebel makes it clear that Harry Dean Stanton made it big by playing himself

The Film Detective is Ringing in the New Year with a Month of Classic Comedy

Laugh along with such timeless jokesters as The Three Stooges and Groucho Marx, starting at 12AM ET on Dec. 31.
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Press release: The Film Detective (TFD), a classic media streaming network and film archive that restores and distributes classic films for today's cord-cutters and is now wholly-owned by Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), is dedicating the upcoming month to the lighthearted side of cinema. In a time of increased demand for at-home entertainment, The Film Detective is delivering the nostalgia of film’s favorite comics throughout the entire month of January. Kicking off The Film Detective’s month of comedy will be a 48-hour New Year’s Laugh-a-thon, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Laugh along with such timeless jokesters as The Three
Directed by William Wellman, this second film adaptation of P.C. Wren's 1924 adventure novel of the same name stars Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston as the three Geste brothers, Michael aka “Beau”, John, and Digby. The story's theme is revealed at the outset as the film opens with an Arabian proverb: “The love of a man for a woman waxes and wanes like the moon...but the love of brother for brother is steadfast as the stars and endures like the word of the prophet.” News of a large Arab attack on Fort Zinderneuf leads a column of French Foreign

IDW Announces Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 Director's Cut

A behind-the-scenes look at 2020's smash comic book hit.
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Press release: The debut issue of the epic TMNT miniseries, The Last Ronin, has taken comic fandom by storm as one of the biggest events of 2020 with more than 180,000 copies in print! Now, IDW welcomes hardcore fans to a special behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this instant classic with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 Director’s Cut, due to hit stores in March 2021. Featuring never-before seen layouts from Kevin Eastman, story notes that date back decades, character designs, script pages, and much more, the Director’s Cut delves deep into the lore of The Last

Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection DVD Review: A Trio of Animated Classics

Important holiday traditions for the television generation.
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This collection features three classic Peanuts television specials, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Each is paired with a less successful Peanuts special. The Great Pumpkin is a television institution. It was the third animated Peanuts special and has been airing annually on network television since 1966. The main plotline focuses on Linus as he anticipates the arrival of The Great Pumpkin, a magical creature similar to Santa Claus, who brings toys to children. The main difference is that The Great Pumpkin only shows up at sincere pumpkin patches. Linus faces

IDW Unveils Summer 2021 Middle-Grade and YA Graphic Novels

Scientific pioneers, cute animals, surfing techniques, and spooky entities feature in original tales for young readers.
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Press release: - IDW and imprint Top Shelf Productions have unveiled their Summer 2021 lineup of middle-grade and YA graphic novels. Here’s a look at their spectacular line-up for next year: Better Place, by debut author Duane Murray and Shawn Daley (Samurai Grandpa), tells the story of Dylan, a young boy in a new neighborhood whose best (and only) friend is his grandad. Together, with the power of imagination, they entertain themselves as Red Rocket and Kid Cosmo, saving the world daily from evil. But when Dylan learns that his grandad is suddenly gone to “a better place”, the sidekick

Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 15: 1953-1954 by Chester Gould

Another satisfying addition to the series.
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Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 named after the lead character, a square-jawed, yellow-hat-and-jacket-wearing police detective. In 2007, the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing began publishing The Complete Dick Tracy. Volume 15 presents the dailies and Sunday Strips from April 19, 1953 - October 24, 1954. The book has an introductory essay by consulting editor Max Allan Collins, "A Good Samaritan...Stabbed to Death," which provides commentary on the strips and stories included. The book opens with Detective Dick Tracy in the middle of a case. Odds Zonn and his daughter Little Wings are

Vigilante (1982) 4K Ultra HD Review: Gritty Death Wish Redux

A gritty early 80s vigilante film with plenty of action and some ideas that doesn't completely work in the end
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Vigilante, a Death Wish-inspired action drama from 1982, does so many interesting and fun things that it's a shame it doesn't put them all together that well. It's got urban decay, a home invasion, courtroom drama, revenge, car chases, foot chases, cars being shot up - all in an 89-minute running time. But it doesn't quite cohere into something greater than the sum of its occasionally awesome parts. It opens with Fred Williamson talking to a group of people, meeting apparently in secret, about how horrible the streets are, and how useless the cops are. It's time the people did

The Best Years of Our Lives is the Pick of the Week

One of the finest American films of all-time headlines a new week of slim releases.
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If you ask any true film lover and TCM devotee what's one of their favorite movies, they'll probably tell you The Best Years of Our Lives, legendary director William Wyler's still endearing and heartrending 1946 masterpiece, one that continues to garner new fans and admirers (young and old), and a classic that should always remain a standard during Veterans Day. By some reason you don't know the story, it's about three World War II servicemen: Captain Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), platoon sereant Al Stephenson (Fredric March), and naval petty officer Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) who return home from the war.

Jiu Jitsu (2020) DVD Review: Wasted Potential

With a premise like warriors versus aliens, with a dose of Nicolas Cage, one does not expect a movie to be so dull.
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At this point in his career, when Nicolas Cage does a paycheck movie (which feels like one every week), a viewer would expect the movie to fully embrace the Oscar-winning actor’s over-the-top style. It is especially expected if it has a premise like Jiu Jitsu. It’s basically warriors versus aliens, and Cage is seen wearing a hat made out of newspaper. It’s ripe for his wide-eyed, rage-shouting Cage-isms with which we’re all too familiar and that surprisingly never gets old. But the last-credit placement of Cage’s name on the DVD cover unintentionally serves as a warning that his presence is

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books Sheds Light on the Struggles and Triumphs of Black Pioneers

A new, meticulously-researched hardcover from IDW imprint Yoe Books presents the life stories and rare masterpieces of the Black artists who shaped the industry.
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Press release: During the formative years of the comic book industry, talented Black artists worked behind-the-scenes to create thrilling tales of superheroes, horror, and romance. Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, a new hardcover book by comics historian Ken Quattro, is a riveting exploration of this little-known history, published by Yoe Books, an IDW imprint, and debuting today. Using primary source material from World War II-era Black newspapers and magazines, this compelling book profiles pioneers like E.C. Stoner, a renowned fine artist of the Harlem Renaissance and the first Black artist to draw comic books; Owen Middleton,

The 2020 World Series Blu-ray Review: It's Time for Dodgers Baseball

Narrated by the legendary Vin Scully, the documentary presents highlights of the six games of the Fall Classic between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Major League Baseball presents The 2020 World Series, the official 85-minute documentary of the six-game series played between the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had won six of the previous 23 times that they played in the World Series, and the Tampa Bay Rays, who didn't win in their single previous appearance. Narrated by former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, the legendary Vin Scully, who retired after 67 seasons in 2016, the documentary presents highlights of the six games of the Fall Classic held at Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, which opened in 2020. The neutral

Amores Perros Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu's Greatest Masterpiece

A snarling, ferocious debut by one of today's most innovative and fearless directors.
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The most celebrated and well-known filmmakers of the Mexican New Wave are Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. All of three of them have made incredible and compelling films; they've also become very popular. However, their most impactful creations (for me personally) are the early ones: del Toro with Cronos (1993), Cuaron with Solo con Tu Pareja (1991), and Inarritu with his blazing, unflinching 2000 debut Amores Perros, which is the one that perhaps reinvented Mexican cinema, and many people's reinterest in it. The story is about three characters (played by Gael Garcia Bernal, Goya Toledo, and

Book Review: Maureen O'Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone

A heartfelt tribute to "the queen of Technicolor."
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Maureen O’Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone (University Press of Kentucky - 2020) is a heartfelt biography of the screen legend. Beginning with her birth as Maureen FitzSimmons in Dublin on August 17, 1920, we learn that O’Hara was set on an acting career from her early teens. Before her twentieth birthday she had four movies under her belt, including starring roles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939, William Dieterle) and Jamaica Inn (1939, Alfred Hitchcock). From her twenties onward, we learn that, for the most part, Maureen O’Hara had a fine life filled with fame and fortune and

The Midnight Sky Movie Review: Astronomically Insipid

The Midnight Sky aims for the stars, but should've been brought down to Earth.
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Clearly, George Clooney can’t get enough of space. After previously getting stranded with Sandra Bullock in space in Gravity, he remains on Earth this time around in The Midnight Sky where he plays Augustine, a scientist who must tread his way across Antarctica to communicate with a group of astronauts in order to prevent them from entering what’s become a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a storyline that on paper, sounds like an intriguing spectacle since we venture into the grand depths of space while dealing with the storyline involving Augustine who lives in isolation as he goes on a race against

2021's TCM Big Screen Classics Series Brings 12 Cinematic Masterworks to Cinemas Nationwide

From German East Africa to the mean streets of NYC to Egypt to South-Central L.A., movie lovers can take a trip around the globe and through 80 years of movie magic.
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Press release: Next year, film aficionados can enjoy a yearlong journey spanning nine decades of cinema history, through a dozen of some of the movie industry’s greatest titles, as Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies present the seventh annual TCM Big Screen Classics series. Featuring acclaimed films released from 1941 to 1996, and encompassing legendary dramas, iconic musicals, beloved comedies, a thrilling adventure, a stylish film noir, a stirring epic, a crackling mystery, and a suspenseful horror, the TCM Big Screen Classics series has something for everyone in 2021. Each film is presented with pristine digital projection, movie-theater-quality sound, and

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