April 2020 Archives

Bull Movie Review: Rob Morgan Takes the Lead

Rob Morgan and newcomer Amber Havard salvage greatness out of this undercooked friendship drama.
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Within a span of a few years, Rob Morgan has quickly become one of our finest character actors. He’s gone from being the unsung hero of Mudbound to giving the weighty courtroom drama Just Mercy its heart and soul and creating a fully-realized character within his few scenes in The Photograph, becoming the film’s saving grace in the process. Much like the latter film, he’s the saving grace of Bull which quite frankly deserved to be strictly told from his perspective. Bull primarily follows Kris (Amber Havard), a rebellious preteen who lives with her grandmother and younger sister while her

Batwoman: The Complete First Season Available on Blu-ray & DVD August 18, 2020

Contains all 20 exhilarating episodes from the first season, plus all-new special features.
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Press release: The future of Gotham is in her hands with the release of Batwoman: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on August 18, 2020 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 20 episodes from the first season, plus The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019, deleted scenes and a gag reel. A limited-edition bonus disc featuring all five DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths episodes will be available exclusively for fans who purchase the Blu-ray. Batwoman: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $39.99

15 Years Movie Review: A Plaintive Gay Relationship Drama

A poignant love story that's as culturally specific as it is universal.
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15 Years is a gay romance that is as universal as it is culturally specific. As it dives into the domestication that same-sex couples feel pressured by, it still illustrates the test that couples of any sexual orientation go through where they question their long-term prospects. One can live happily with their significant other, but there could be an event or a decision, like wanting to have a child, that puts that person between a rock and a hard place. The “having a child” dilemma is what tests the relationship between Yoav (Oded Leopold) and Dan (Udi Persi), his partner

'The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation' to Air Thursday, April 30 at 8 P.M. on NBC

Look back at one of TV’s most beloved comedies serves as lead-in to highly anticipated special that reunites Leslie Knope and Pawnee gang.
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Press release: As a lead-in to the highly anticipated special that brings back one of the most admired comedies in TV history, NBC and the Paley Center for Media are collaborating on “The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation,” scheduled to air Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will highlight many of the show’s most memorable moments as well as all that went on behind the scenes. The series, which ran from 2009-15, starred Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta. “There has been

Criterion's The Grand Budapest Hotel is the Pick of the Week

A 2014 Wes Anderson modern classic tops a new week of releases.
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Wes Anderson is one my favorite directors. His films combine quirky characters and deapan humor, but in mostly modern settings. Despite all the comedy, whimsicality, and unpredictability, there is always a subtle emotional streak that lingers underneath. Arguably, I think he has reached his zenith with his 2014 masterwork, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which on the surface seems like a mystery, but oddly enough, it also confronts a very dark side of 20th century European history that was mostly swept under the rug. The film stars Ralph Fiennes as head concierge Gustave H., who tries to keep everything afloat at

Cattle Annie and Little Britches Blu-ray Review: Outlaw Groupies with True Grit

Amanda Plummer amazes in this unjustly neglected Western charmer.
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Ripe for rediscovery, Cattle Annie and Little Britches follows the exploits of the real-life titular characters, two teenage girls in love with Ned Buntline’s stories about western outlaws. Having loused up their jobs at a cantina, they soon fall in with the tired Doolin-Dalton gang, and get more than they bargained for. Shot mostly in Durango, Mexico, the movie looks great. Colors pop. The rocky landscapes (and in one striking sequence, a dry lakebed) add texture, but not in a distracting, postcard-pretty way. Designed with care, the sets for the towns hail from Calle Howard and La Jova, Old West

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Trips Worth Taking

Fans will appreciate the high-definition presentations and the behind-the-scenes extras.
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I've been a big fan of movies for most of my 50-odd years on this planet and have enjoyed a wide variety from all over the world. I am so fascinated by the medium that alongside my library of movies is a library of books about their making and their makers. I consider myself well versed in the history of cinema, so I was very surprised to discover Czech film director Karel Zeman, a true visionary whose name and work should be as well known as Georges Méliès and Ray Harryhausen, yet I had neither heard of him nor his

Five Cool Things and The Lemonheads

My house might be a wreck and my yard is a jungle, but I'm still watching some cool movies.
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I mowed and weed-eated my yard today. A small accomplishment I know, but one that felt good. Our house is a wreck. The garden lays fallow save for a few wild strawberries that have come back from last year's planting. Though we spend most of our weekends at home, we just can't find the energy to do much of anything. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way as my social media feeds are filled with people in similar situations. One of the odd things about this virus and the quarantine is that so many of us

The Gentlemen Blu-ray Review: Finally, a Real Guy Ritchie Film

After a decade-long string of big-budget adaptations, writer/director Ritchie returns to his indie crime roots
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Guy Ritchie’s latest film is a winning return to the gritty ensemble crime caper format that fueled his rise to fame with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. The characters might be a bit more posh this time around, but it feels more like a signature Ritchie film than anything else he’s made in the last decade, all the more astonishing coming immediately in the wake of his previous project, Disney’s bloated live-action Aladdin remake. The plot centers around a powerful American ex-pat marijuana kingpin named Michael (Matthew McConaughey) as he works to extricate himself from his illegal

Def Leppard: London to Vegas Available in Multiple Formats on May 29, 2020

Features two spectacular concert films: Hysteria At The O2 and Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood.
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Press release: On May 29, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present legendary British Rock ‘N’ Roll icons and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Def Leppard: London to Vegas. This limited edition 2Blu-ray+4CD, 2DVD+4CD and digital format release features two spectacular concert films: Hysteria At The O2 and Hits Vegas, Live At Planet Hollywood. Filmed in December 2018, Hysteria At The O2 captures Def Leppard celebrating the groundbreaking Hysteria, one of their two diamond-certified 10x platinum albums (the other being Pyromania). Performed in its entirety before a ravenous sold-out crowd, this momentous homecoming event is made all the more powerful

Billy Liar Blu-ray Review: Tom Courtenay's Performance is Absolutely Spellbinding

The late, great director John Schlesinger crafts a sad but uproarious portrait of a young man's inner and outer life.
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The British New Wave was an innovative, but short-lived cinematic movement during the early '60s to the early '70s. It was a category of film that realistically showcased the struggles of everday people of the working class. Directors like Karel Reisz, Jack Clayton, and Lindsay Anderson, to name a few, told their own stories, especially of the 'angry young men', who behaved and lived their own way to try and escape their rather dull surroundings. I think John Schlesinger, the late openly gay filmmaker, did just that with his 1963 classic Billy Liar, but with a comically surreal twist. Film

Oscar-winning Director Brad Bird to Join TCM's The Essentials

“I love jabbering about movies almost as much as I enjoy watching them,” said Brad Bird.
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that two-time Oscar-winning director, screenwriter, animator, producer and voice actor Brad Bird will join The Essentials, TCM’s popular franchise showcasing “must-see” classic films. Bird, known for films such as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, joins TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz for the new season, where they will introduce a hand-picked film each Saturday and offer commentary on its cultural significance, its influence on other films, behind-the-scenes stories and their own personal reflections. The new season of The Essentials, which airs every Saturday night, premieres May 2

The Bolshevik Trilogy: Three Films by Vsevolod Pudovkin Blu-ray Review: Silent Soviet Masterpieces

Three classics of silent Russian cinema exhibit the Soviet approach to editing as storytelling, with disparate tales of Bolshevik revolution.
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First and foremost, Pudovkin was a Soviet. His art was propaganda, because he believed in the cause. He's a contrast to that other great early 20th century Russian filmmaker best known in the West, Sergei Eisenstein, who found himself often at odds with the Soviet regime and lived part of his life in semi-exile. When Eisenstein returned to Russia, he was eyed with suspicion: what would have been his final film, Ivan the Terrible III, was eventually seized by authorities and most of it was destroyed. Pudovkin's work was never in doubt to its sympathies, which are amply demonstrated in

Circus of Books Movie Review: Mom and Dad Run a Porn Shop

A sincere and simplistically topical look at an adult store that became a landmark.
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When Karen and Barry Mason opened up Circus of Books, an LA gay-porn shop, at first, it was a simple business venture for them. A way for them to get by. However, their willingness to open up a place where gay men were free to explore their pleasures became a form of allyship. After 35-plus years, they still saw Circus of Books as a successful venture, yet the documentary named after said shop shows how it became a place of community. Directed by Karen and Barry’s daughter Rachel, who makes her documentary debut, Circus of Books features interviews of the

Like A Boss Blu-ray Review: Making Up is Hard to Do

Like A Boss has a great cast with a lot of chemistry, but somehow it just never seems to all come together.
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Like A Boss has the ingredients of a really good girl power comedy: a great cast with lots of chemistry (led by Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) and a fun premise - two small business women vs. a powerful and glamorous comic villain (Salma Hayek). But somehow it just doesn't all come together. The pacing is sluggish and some dopey physical comedy is simply out of place and falls flat (kudos to Tiffany Haddish for always giving it her all). Mia (Haddish) and Mel (Byrne) have been friends since middle school. They are besties and roomies who bond at karaoke

Circus of Books Movie Review: Love over Sexuality

A gentle 'be kind' note to the world camouflaged as a lovely, intimate portrait of a family.
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At the center of Rachel Mason & Kathryn Robson's Circus of Books is the bookstore run by the former's parents, which predominantly houses gay pornography. Barry & Karen Mason ran the store - that established itself as the heart of the gay universe, in the neighborhood - for 30 years. "It's a long time to do anything", says Karen, as she sits on a couch with Barry in their living room. She wears a red top, she is an aggressive woman; he wears a Hawaiian shirt, he is full of joy with a consistent smile. The film lets us into

Looking for Alaska DVD Review: Well Written and Well Acted

Based on the work of John Green, this tale of teen love and loss engages its audience from start to finish.
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Looking for Alaska brings the critically acclaimed work of author John Green to the screen in this eight-episode Hulu Original limited series available in a three-disc DVD collection. The series begins with Miles Halter (Charlie Plummer) transferring to Culver Creek Academy, a boarding high school in the Alabama wilderness. Miles is a young man who is obsessed by people’s last words and, uses the last words of poet Francois Rabelais, to justify his departure. He tell them that he too is in search of his “great perhaps” and Miles leaves his safe and suburban life behind to begin his search.

The Cremator is the Pick of the Week

A disturbing, but highly underrated 1969 once-banned black comedy tops a new week of interesting releases.
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The now-ancient Czech New Wave was a limited, but highly influential cinema movement that took place from 1963 to 1968. In 1968, during the Prague Spring, the movement came to a disastrous end after the country's new hardened government came into play and destroyed the liberation that it was so famous for, and caused the most celebrated directors, such as Milos Forman and Jan Nemec, to flee while others who remained saw their films censored and banned. Despite this rather unfortunate event, the movement unleashed incredible works of art that contained dark humor, sheer absurdity, and even elements of surrealism,

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band Movie Review

Even with its narrow focus, anything that shines a spotlight on The Band is well worth giving one's attention.
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Even before learning that the film was based on Robbie Robertson's memoir Testimony, his name separate from “The Band” in the title and the fact that three of its members are dead (Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Richard Manuel) suggested this documentary was going to be not so much their story but his. Yet even with that narrow focus, anything that shines a spotlight on The Band and their music is well worth giving one's attention because as Springsteen says, “there is no band that emphasizes coming together and becoming greater than the sum of their parts than The Band...[which

Five Cool Things and Punky Brewster

Here are the cool things I consumed this week.
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Last weekend, I went for a walk around the neighborhood with my wife and young daughter. Along the way, she saw some of her friends playing in the yard. One of them ran over to my daughter to give her a hug. I had to shout at her, screaming that they shouldn't be touching each other. Later this week, my daughter had her birthday. All things considered, it was a good day. We Facetimed the grandparents to let them see her open her presents. Many of her friends did drive-bys; they pulled up to the curb and she got to

Secret Ceremony and Love Among the Ruins Blu-ray Reviews: Small Casts, Great Dramas

At a time when our cinemas are filled with gigantic blockbusters it is nice to sit down with a couple of intimate dramas.
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In our modern cinematic world of superheroes, Jedis, and super-sized monsters, it sometimes feels like there is no more room for simple, intimate character dramas. Much has been made over the last several years about how the bigger-than-life cinematic universes that fill the cineplexes have all but wiped out the mid-budget movies. It seems the only type of film any movie theatres have room for are the blockbusters and the low-budget, art-house affairs. Certainly, studios like A24 are finding creative ways to make interesting movies that don't involve destroying entire city blocks or end credit scenes to hype the next

TCM Classic Film Festival 2020 Special Home Edition Top 5 Lists

This year with the festival having been canceled and TCM running a virtual festival on the channel and online, choosing is much easier.
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The best and worst thing about attending the TCM Classic Film Festival was having to choose between multiple films showing at the same time. Decisions were made based on multiple factors such as taking a gamble on a movie one has always wanted to see or finally seeing a beloved classic on the silver screen for the first time. Maybe the screening was the world premiere of a new restoration or was a rare nitrate print out of the vault or was going to be talked about with a member of the cast or crew. Some times, the decisions weren't

Book Review: The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History's Most Notorious Serial Killers

A fun, funny, and informative read. (Of course, that is, if you like reading about serial killers.)
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Dark humor and dark subject matter seem to go hand in hand. Combine those things with the incredible illustrations of Tom Neely, and you have The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers by Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski. Fans of the podcast The Last Podcast on the Left are no stranger to the tales, jokes, and voices that emanate from these three on their weekly podcast. And fans of the comic Henry and Glen are familiar with the incredible and hilarious work of Tom Neely. But even if

Underwater (2020) Movie Review: Kristen Stewart Takes a Dive

Alien meets The Abyss meets The Poseidon Adventure in this underwhelming disaster/monster movie.
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Deep inside the Mariana Trench, the world's deepest undersea trench - which at its deepest is some 34,000 feet below the surface, lies a gigantic oil rig. So big it is powered by nuclear reactors and needs several hundred people to support it. Other films would spend some time with these details, they might have one character tell another character - someone new to the job for instance - this background information while they were walking through the rig. In Underwater, the new film from William Eubank, this information is tossed at us via news clippings flashed on the screen

Criterion Announces July 2020 Releases

Celebrate United States independence and movies this July.
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With no sports this summer, folks will have more time to watch movies at home, so it's a good thing Criterion has some titles coming to the collection in July. They are the previously reported Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits, Byron Haskin's The War of the Worlds, and Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story. Also given Blu-ray upgrades are Preston Sturges’s The Lady Eve and Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry. Read on to learn more about them. The War of the Worlds (#1037) out Jul 7 A mysterious, meteorlike object has landed in a small California town. All clocks have stopped. A

[Updated] TCM Classic Film Festival 2020 Special Home Edition Preview

Ben Mankiewicz, Pola Changnon, and Charlie Tabesh talk about what's ahead (mostly) for the TCM brand.
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If not for the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the world, the TCM Classic Film Festival would have been held this week. Thousands of attendees coming to celebrate their celluloid heroes would have, according to Ray Davies, "seen all the stars as [they] walked down Hollywood Boulevard" among the tourists and several costumed folks trying to hustle a buck for a photo op. In response to the festival cancellation, TCM has focused their programming and online presence to create a Home edition, which is something I am surprised hasn't already occurred in conjunction with the festival. The technology is available and the

Sixteen Candles is the Pick of the Week

A 1984 John Hughes gem rounds up a new week of releases during continuous quarantine.
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When iconic director John Hughes passed away in 2009, he definitely left behind a legacy of teen cinema that remains influential and groundbreaking to this day. His stories of teenage drama in the midst of sex, drugs, and peer pressure continues to strike a chord with youth, and his 1984 classic debut, Sixteen Candles, did just that. He also brought us the charming actress who would define the '80s and its teen culture, Molly Ringwald. Ringwald stars as Samantha, an adorable, if not extremely popular teenager reaching her 16th birthday. Adding to her angst is not only her older sister's

The Criterion Collection Tribute to Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits, A Seven-Disc Collectors Set of Five Kung-Fu Classics, Available on Blu-ray July 14

A collection of high-flying classics from the ultimate fighter, whose unmatched persona and influence in cinema live on.
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Press release: The Criterion Collection couldn't be more excited to announce our tribute to the life and work of the iconic Bruce Lee with five dazzling, action-packed kung-fu landmarks starring the international martial-arts legend. Capturing Lee at the height of his artistry and superstardom, this seven-disc Blu-ray box set is loaded with special features, including alternate versions of the films, interviews with Lee's collaborators and admirers, documentaries about his life and philosophies, commentaries, promotional materials, and so much more! Coming this July, Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits is a collection of high-flying classics from the ultimate fighter, whose unmatched persona

Book Review: The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 13: 1950-1951 by Chester Gould

Chester Gould and Dick Tracy ride high into the decade, proving 13 isn't always unlucky.
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Released by the Library of American Comics and IDW Publishing, The Complete Dick Tracy, Volume 13 by Chester Gould presents the dailies and Sunday strips from March 22, 1950 through to September 15, 1951. The book has an introductory essay by consulting editor Max Allan Collins, "Blood and Diamonds," which provides commentary on the strips and stories included, and concludes with contributing editor Jeff Kersten's "Well-driven Nails," about Gould and the world around him at that time. The volume begins shortly after the anxious and agitated Blowtop and his associates were involved in a $2M dollar robbery. After reading about

Five Cool Things and a Salute to John Prine

It was a rough day and so instead of talking about cool things I'm listening to John Prine.
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Tomorrow is Easter. Due to social distancing, we won't be attending church, nor will we be having our traditional dinner with my parents and siblings. We won't be gathering with friends for the annual egg hunt. We will be doing what we've been doing the last several Sundays - we will sit at home watching television, reading books, and generally trying not to get on each other's nerves. We have some plastic eggs and we were planning on filling them with candy and letting my daughter hunt for them in the yard. Then the forecast said rain so we decided

Army of Darkness: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack New Release Dates

CD available Today, April 10; Double LP available on Record Store Day, June 20.
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Press release: This double LP or single disc CD soundtrack for Sam Raimi's 1990's classic Army of Darkness film (a continuation of Raimi's Evil Dead series, which also starred Bruce Campbell as Ash) features the original cover graphics with new notes and images, and a newly remastered score by composer Joe LoDuca. Years later, LoDuca continued to score Evil Dead projects through the Starz series, Ash vs The Evil Dead, which ran from 2015-2018. Army of Darkness is musically distinct, however, in having a secondary composer contribution: Danny Elfman's (Batman, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, The Simpsons) killer theme "March of the

Beyond the Door Blu-ray Review: Rosemary's Baby Meets the Exorcist

Arrow Video has outdone themselves with this Italian Exorcist knock-off.
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It is a universal truth that whenever anything is successful someone else will come along and copy that thing. Usually, that thing will be cheaper and less interesting than the original, but will still find some success riding on coattails. When I was a kid, I could rarely afford to get Transformers but I had a reasonable collection of Gobots, their much cheaper and more pathetic knock-offs. We see this in all facets of life, and certainly, the movies are no strangers to the phenomenon. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Italians were quite good at this. Anytime an American

New DreamWorks Activity Center Brings Magic and Creativity to Homes Everywhere

Keep your kids active and entertained with a new activity resource hub from DreamWorks Animation
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Press release: Download fun, interactive activity sheets, games, crafts, recipes and more from your favorite DreamWorks TV series and movies including Trolls, The Boss Baby, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon and more! Keep your kids active and entertained with a new activity resource hub from DreamWorks Animation filled with fun and constructive arts, crafts and more! Bond with your family over exciting DIY projects, puzzles, coloring sheets, recipes, and games featuring beloved characters from fan-favorite DreamWorks movies and TV shows. Create Harold and George DIY Sock Puppets or She-Ra’s magical sword, solve a

The Vinyl Revival DVD Review: A Loving Look at the Resurgence of Vinyl Records

Pip Piper takes a look at vinyl's unlikely comeback.
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In 2011, director Pip Piper read Last Shop Standing (Whatever Happened to Record Shops) by Graham Jones and it struck a nerve. Independent record stores were dying off, and quickly. Piper wanted to find out why and he and a film crew visited 23 shops across the UK, buying records in all of them, and interviewing a number of shop owners and musicians. Those visits made up the acclaimed documentary Last Shop Standing. Several years later, something happened that neither Jones nor Piper could have predicted — vinyl came back in a big way. Piper decided to document this phenomenon

TV Review: The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery: A Documentary Miniseries by the Book

Despite the staggering subject matter, the new documentary lacks the punch.
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The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery is a fly-on-the-wall documentary primarily chronicling the court trial of the murder of three eight-year-old boys in Robin Hood Hills, that shook America in the year 1993. This isn't the first piece of cinematic documentation based on the tragedy. Well, two tragedies to say. One in the woods, where three young boys were brutally murdered. The second one in the court, where three teenagers were wrongfully convicted. Over the years, there have been three films preceding this three-episode series. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations,

Army of Shadows is the Pick of the Week

A 1969 Jean-Pierre Melville classic starts off a new week of releases.
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Legendary director Jean-Pierre Melville was always adept at captureing humanity under devastating odds. Whether it was people trying to survive wartime (Le Silence De La Mer and Leon Morin, Priest), or the super dark and desparate lives of the gangster (Le Cercle Rouge, Le Doulos, and Le Samourai), Melville was definitely one of the masters of cinema, period. Perhaps the most stark and mercilessly personal of his work is his 1969 thriller, Army of Shadows, which arguably remains his magnum opus. Based on his own experience in the French Resistance and the novel by Joseph Kessel (Belle de Jour), the

Five Cool Things and John Prine

It's a week full of gangsters, cool and otherwise.
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Many years ago, back when I was writing for another site, I requested to watch and review a new DVD set called Warner Gangsters Collection, Vol. 4. It contained five movies from the '30s and '40s starring guys like Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and George Raft. I was a pretty big Bogart fan at the time and gangster movies sounded fun so I was excited to find it in my mailbox. I watched The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse first because it starred both Bogart and Robinson and had that ridiculous title. I hated it. While I was already a fan

Cruising Blu-ray Review: Hardcore in Blue

A frustrating dive into gay hell, starring a deer-in-the-headlights Al Pacino.
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Nightmarishly vivid, director William Friedkin’s Cruising, a divisive film about an undercover New York cop (Al Pacino, miscast) who cruises gay S&M bars in search of a killer, is a time capsule without a center. For decades, critics of the film complained that it painted this segment of the gay community in a less than flattering light; but Friedkin’s sweaty, neorealist you-are-there approach (using actors and locals, shooting on location) reserves judgment. I’m not sure what the fuss was. I’ve frequented places like The Anvil, The Hellfire Club (where he shot certain sequences), and the Mineshaft. They are as the

Book Review: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Volume Four (1990-1993) by Lynn Johnston

A love letter to family and friendship that weathers the test of time.
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IDW and the Library of American Comics continue their tradition of collecting some of the finest comics in human history with the fourth volume of Lynn Johnston’s long-running and award-winning strip For Better or For Worse. Collecting more than 1,200 sequential daily and Sunday comics from the end of 1989 through mid-1993, this volume includes many memorable storylines, including the introduction of April, the newest member of the Patterson family, and Lawrence’s coming out story, for which Johnston was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Like everything else we’ve seen from them, IDW and LOAC pull out all the stops with

Guy Ritchie's The Gentleman Available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD 4/21

This engaging and unpredictable film is available now on Digital and lighting up on On Demand April 14, 2020.
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Press release: Get lit in the stylish ensemble caper, The Gentleman, a star-studded, sophisticated action-comedy written and directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch). This engaging and unpredictable film is available now on Digital, lighting up on On Demand April 14, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on April 21, 2020, from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in the underworld cannabis industry in London, Ritchie makes a grand return to his signature, kinetic style, enthralling and surprising audiences with every scene, made even more dynamic by the performances of its star-powered ensemble cast. The home

Need a Laugh? Find it on The Official Robin Williams YouTube Channel

The channel, a digital home for Williams' classic sketches and exclusive extras, launches with five clips and then debuts a new clip each week.
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Press release: While Robin Williams started performing stand-up comedy in the mid-'70s, most of America first fell in love with him as the naïve and hilarious alien from the planet Ork in Mork & Mindy. He became an instant superstar and went on to do five HBO stand-up specials and dozens of feature films. Robin performed steadily for nearly four decades-from comedy clubs to stadiums, from talk shows to USO tours-and continually amazed audiences with his frenetic energy and unbelievably quick wit. The comedy connoisseurs at Time Life have launched The Official Robin Williams YouTube Channel, celebrating Robin's comic genius.

The Shows Must Go On YouTube Channel Launches Friday, April 3rd

Theatre fans around the world can experience Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals online for free.
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Press release: Recent weeks have seen the temporary closure of theatres and their shows, meaning audiences around the world are spending more time at home than usual. Today, the new The Shows Must Go YouTube Channel is announced - providing theatre lovers with a West End and Broadway experience in their own homes, online for free. From Friday, April 3, The Shows Must Go YouTube Channel, for the first time ever, will make available a selection of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much loved musicals, launching with one of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

The Other Lamb Movie Review: A Surface-Level Lucid Nightmare

A flawed yet nostalgic homage to '70s horror lore and simultaneous grim allegory for the trials of adolescence.
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The Other Lamb follows the journey of Selah (Raffey Cassidy), a girl who was born into an all-female cult called The Flock led by a man known only as Shepherd (Michael Huisman). But once the police visit their commune in the woods far from civilization, Selah suddenly starts questioning both her place within the cult and Shepherd’s ulterior motives. Selah’s journey of self-discovery ends up becoming an amalgam of classic '70s religious horror films. With its storyline involving an insidious cult, The Other Lamb is almost like The Wicker Man but strictly from the cult’s point of view and without

TCM Launches Podcast 'The Plot Thickens' in April

The first season is a seven-episode documentary about the life and work of Oscar-nominated director, writer, and actor Peter Bogdanovich titled “I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich.”
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Press release: This April, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) presents The Plot Thickens, a new podcast about the movies and the people who make them. The first season is a seven-episode documentary about the life and work of Oscar-nominated director, writer, and actor Peter Bogdanovich titled “I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich.” TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz will guide listeners through the remarkable story of the ultimate cinephile, who at 32, became Hollywood’s hottest director. But Bogdanovich soon discovered the fragility of such success after three box-office flops and a horrible tragedy that plunged him into grief and financial struggles. Through it all,

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