Mat Brewster

Book Review: The Killing Hole by Steve Niles and Trevor Denham

More of a character sketch, a hangout comic, than a fright-filled horror show.

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Rocky: Ultimate Knockout Collection Is the Pick of the Week

Rocky still has a fond place in my heart.

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The Boy and the Heron Is the Pick of the Week

Whatever it is about I know it will be lovely. Miyazaki doesn’t make anything less.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIX Blu-ray Review: Loads of Stars, Tons of Thrills

All three of these films are well done, making the set a definite must-buy.

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Act of Violence (1948) Blu-ray Review: Terrific Film Noir with Heart

It is a dark-as-night film noir with deeply complex morals and a surprisingly modern take on PTSD.

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The Game of Clones: Bruceploitation Collection Vol. 1 Is the Pick of the Week

Severin Films has put together 12 of these Brucesploitation films in one awesome-looking set.

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The Burglars Blu-ray Review: Some Great Action Set Pieces

I never found the characters or what they get up to all that interesting.

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Saigon (1948) Blu-ray Review: Alan Ladd & Veronica Lake’s Last Film Together

Recommended to fans of Ladd and Lake who want to complete the collection.

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Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker Is the Pick of the Week

I’m always on board with new Who.

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The Good Die Young Blu-ray Review: The Transfer Deserves Better

The film is worth watching and this new disk is serviceable.

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Friendly Persuasion Blu-ray Review: William Wyler Handles the Material Well

The film is mostly a slice-of-life portrait of a Quaker family.

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Book Review: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two by Emil Ferris

My favorite thing is this graphic novel.

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Dune: Part Two Is the Pick of the Week

Like most big blockbuster movies, it is coming out in a wide variety of formats in various boxes with different artwork and special features.

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Devil’s Doorway Blu-ray Review: Has Interesting Ideas for a Western but the Presentation Fails

When a movie is really good, I have no problem forgiving a wide variety of cultural sins, but in this case, it just isn’t good enough for me to get past that one glaring problem.

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Book Review: Into the Night by Cornell Woolrich and Lawrence Block

A mystery finished decades after it was begun.

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Four Disney+ Series Are the Picks of the Week

It is with great pleasure that I find several of the Disney+ series are getting really nice looking 4K UHD releases.

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City of Hope Is the Pick of the Week

Sometimes going into a film blind is the best way to view it.

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They Drive by Night Blu-ray Review: They Live by Day

A fascinating snapshot of three actors in transitional periods of their careers.

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First Blood Steelbook 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Considering how utterly ridiculous Rambo III is, the original looks like Shakespeare in comparison.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVIII Blu-ray Review: One Out of Three Ain’t Bad

There is something about these old low-budget noirs that make me keep coming back to them.

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The Ring Collection 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

If you can find a sale, or you have a birthday coming up, this looks worth the purchase.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVII Blu-ray Review: The B-Sides of Edward G. Robinson

These three movies fall within a dark period in Robinson’s career.

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The Whip and the Body Blu-ray Review: Colorful Kink from Mario Bava

The Whip and The Body is a fascinating glimpse at a director at a crossroads.

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

It is a film about myths and legends and how they are sometimes different from what they seem.

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Darkman 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

“Who is Darkman?” the posters asked. They were scattered everywhere – on billboards, the sides of busses, in magazines in the early summer of 1990. But they didn’t provide an answer. It was a viral marketing campaign before viral marketing was a buzzword. Sam Raimi had invented his own superhero and the studio needed a…

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Faithless (1932) Blu-ray Review: Tallulah Bankhead Makes It Worth Watching

Faithless isn’t a great film, but Bankhead is great in it.

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Mademoiselle (1966) Blu-ray Review: Lust and Terror In France

The film’s mystery isn’t who is doing these things but why.

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

An unconventional Western, or what they now call a revisionist Western.

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Fathom Events Presents My Fair Lady for Its 60th Anniversary

The film is an utter delight.

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He Walked by Night Blu-ray Review: You’ll Watch by Daylight

With a run time of 79 minutes, it all feels like a really long (and rather good) episode of Dragnet.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI Blu-ray Review: I’m Thrilled They Keep Releasing Them

A fantastic resource for discovering relatively obscure film noirs.

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Chantal Akerman Masterpieces 1968–1978 Is the Pick of the Week

It is a great-looking set full of Criterion’s usual fantastic packaging full of extras.

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Run Silent, Run Deep Blu-ray Review: Gable and Lancaster Are great

The film has everything you’ve come to expect from a submarine movie.

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The Facts of Murder Blu-ray Review: A Blending of Italian Genres

It is something of a blending of genres and styles.

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Savage Guns: 4 Classic Westerns Is the Pick of the Week

I really love a good Italian Western.

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The Quatermass Xperiment Blu-ray Review: The Beginnings of Hammer Horror

Its influence reaches far and wide including Doctor Who, Stanley Kubrick, and John Carpenter.

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Goodbye, Dragon Inn Blu-ray Review: An Ode to Going to the Movies

It is a film that will linger in your thoughts for days afterward.

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Is the Pick of the Week

The reviews for that one have been pretty mixed, but I’m still excited to get a chance to watch it finally.

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Blackhat Blu-ray Review: A Rare Miss For Michael Mann

Mann is too good of a director to make a really bad movie, but the ridiculousness of the plot of this one ruined it for me.

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Gator Blu-ray Review: A Charming Burt Reynolds Elevates This Ridiculous Sequel

It is all a bit silly, but it’s fun to watch.

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Oppenheimer Is the Pick of the Week

I find myself poised to watch it and am happy to make it my Pick of the Week.

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Backdraft Blu-ray Review: Thrilling Effects, Terrible Script

Ron Howard and his team of stunt coordinators used real fire and explosions to create several setpieces that are stunning in their power and beauty.

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White Lightning Blu-ray Review: A Meditative Hicksploitation Flick

A huge hit that helped create the rascally, Southern charmer persona Reynolds would stick with for most of his life.

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Carlito’s Way (Remastered Edition) Blu-ray Review: De Palma’s Way Is Best Way

If Scarface was De Palma’s Goodfellas, then Carlito’s Way is his The Irishman.

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Human Desire Blu-ray Review: Excellent Film Noir from Fritz Lang

Coming off the heels of their definitive film noir The Big Heat (1953), director Friz Lang once again teamed up with actors Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XV Blu-ray Review: Three Late ’50s B-Noirs Still Make for Good Viewing

They are all clearly B-Pictures, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth your time.

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The Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 5 Is the Pick of the Week

Buster Keaton was one of the biggest stars of the silent screen.

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Force of Evil Blu-ray Review: An Art-House Genre Film

Like the story of Cain and Abel, Force of Evil is a tale about brothers.

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Shaw Brothers Classics, Vol. One Blu-ray Review: Not Quite Truly Classic, but Well Worth It for Fans

Don’t let the fact that you’ve maybe not heard of any of these films put you off; even lesser-known Shaw Brothers films are worth the watching, and some of them are pretty great.

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Paramount Scares Volume 1 Is the Pick of the Week

Paramount loaded the films with lots of great extras and put them all together with some cool-looking packaging.

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Lorna the Exorcist Blu-ray Review: One of Jess Franco’s More Well-regarded Films

The whole film has that kind of shaggy, “let’s just mess about and see what happens” feel to it.

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The Iron-Fisted Monk Blu-ray Review: Disjointed Drama, Fantastic Kung Fu

What makes the film worth watching is the fight sequences.

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Elemental Is the Pick of the Week

While Pixar’s track record isn’t as stellar as it once was, they still regularly put out good films and I’m ready to finally see this one.

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Little Women (1933) Blu-ray Review: Sentimental but Sweet

In a world so full of awfulness, I’ve become a sucker for any little kindness, even when it is only found in a movie.

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Wichita Blu-ray Review: Wyatt Earp’s Origin Story

Even when they aren’t great, there is something calming about a Western.

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The Big Knife Blu-ray Review: Stabbing Old Hollywood

A complicated, sometimes difficult film.

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Poker Face: Season One Is the Pick of the Week

It stars Natasha Lyonne as a casino worker who has the innate ability to detect when people are lying.

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Borsalino Blu-ray Review: A (Not Quite) Epic French Gangster Flick

Delon and Belmondo are always magnetic to watch; I just wish the rest of the film had more to say.

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Fathom Events Presents John Carpenter’s They Live

They Live is a great time at the movies.

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The Sensual World of Black Emanuelle Is the Pick of the Week

It is, in a word, the best possible set anyone could ever dream of for this series.

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Strangers in the House Blu-ray Review: French Masters of Mystery

Director Henri Decoin tells the story with classic Hollywood filmmaking techniques and drapes it with film noir touches.

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Maggie Moore(s) Is the Pick of the Week

The trailers make it look like a Fargo-esque mystery set in a quirky small town loaded with violence and humor.

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Criterion’s The Ranown Westerns Is The Pick of the Week

The men and women in these films are just ordinary people trying to survive in a hard, vicious world.

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Tintin Double Feature Is the Pick of the Week

Nothing celebrates our independence like buying a bunch of crap and eating out.

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Mr. Wong Collection Blu-ray Review: Boris Karloff Detects

For fans of detective stories in classic films, this set is a must-own.

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The Oyster Princess / Meyer from Berlin Blu-ray Review: A Pair of German Silents from Lubitsch

The Oyster Princess is the reason to buy this set, and it’s just lovely.

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Caliber 9 Blu-ray Review: Action-Packed Poliziotteschi with a Message

So much of Caliber 9 is about how the old way of doing things continually bumps into the new ways.

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Shaw Brothers Classics Vol. One Is the Pick of the Week

That’s over 17 hours of kung-fu action.

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The Package Blu-ray Review: Not so Much a Bad Movie as a Disappointing One

If you can overlook the various plot problems and general sloppiness, you might just have a good time.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIII Blu-ray Review: A Triple Feature from the ’50s

A spy thriller, a surprisingly sensitive take on mental illness, and a remake of a Hitchcock classic

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIV Blu-ray Review: Moral Teachings Get in the Way

If you are a fan of film noir and are looking to go beyond the classics, this is the place you should go.

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The Saragossa Manuscript Is the Pick of the Week

A delightful, surrealistic, and strange little film.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XII Blu-ray Review: I’m Still Watching and Loving It

Their plots are all pretty standard noir stuff, but they get the job done.

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Book Review: Salome’s Last Dance by Daria Tessler

If you dig 1960s-era psychedelic art and absurdist storylines and humor, there is a lot to love.

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Safe in Hell Blu-ray Review: A Pre-Code Delight

The shocking thing about the film isn’t that early image of Gilda showing so much leg, but rather its humanist view towards Gilda’s situation.

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In the Line of Duty: I-IV Is the Pick of the Week

What is included (namely the four films and various extras including audio commentaries, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage) sounds pretty amazing.

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The Sunday Woman Blu-ray Review: A Strange Little Movie That Defies Expectations and Genre Delineations

The Sunday Woman is a bit of an oddity. But it is an enjoyable one.

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Anna May Wong Collection Is the Pick of the Week

I’m proud to make it my first Pick of the Week in a long time.

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Book Review: Night Terror by John Kenn Mortensen

Night Terror is a gorgeous-looking book filled with images of unimaginable horror.

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The Retaliators (2022) Blu-ray Review: Crisis of Faith Meets Zombies

Once the zombies come out, things get fun.

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Book Review: Spa by Erik Svetoft

I do love the general vibe of the book.

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The Bride Wore Black and Mississippi Mermaid Blu-rays Review: Truffaut Does Hitchcock

Both films are quite good, but there is something slightly off about them as well.

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White Woman (1933) Blu-ray Review: Certainly Watchable but Not Much More Than That

It is not that White Woman is a terrible film; it is just that it feels half-hearted.

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Maigret (1960): Season 2 Blu-ray Review: This Series Keeps Getting Better

The series seems more comfortable in allowing the comedy to shine this season.

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Nobody’s Fool Blu-ray Review: At the Center of the Film’s Charm Is Paul Newman’s Performance

A short story collection by an author who has spent his life with these characters and has honed his craft to cozy perfection.

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Maigret (1960): Season 1 Blu-ray Review: Scores Big for Solid Entertainment Value

Rupert Davies plays Maigret like a copper who has seen it all, who is road weary but wizened by it.

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Blood & Diamonds Blu-ray Review: Dull & Boring

If you are a fan of this film, this release from 88 Films goes out of its way to make it worth your money.

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The Night of the Iguana Blu-ray Review: A Long Night’s Journey into the Soul

All of the actors are fantastic in their roles.

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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Blu-ray Review: Maybe If She Were a Little Taller This Would Be Good

Out of all the schlocky 1950s science fiction out there, I don’t know why this one is one of the more popular ones.

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The Flash (2014): The Complete Eighth Season Blu-ray Review: Starting to Wear Thin

The problems I had with Season 7 continue to plague Season 8.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Blu-ray Review: Fredric March Is Quite Wonderful in the Dual Role

What really makes this version special are the special effects.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema X Blu-ray Review: In This Corner…Tony Curtis

Yet another set that is well worth adding to your collection.

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Eyes of Laura Mars (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Artful Trash

An American version of an Italian giallo.

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Gothic Fantastico: Four Italian Tales of Terror Blu-ray Review

This set reveals how the genre allows plenty of room for filmmakers to create something new and unique.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IX Blu-ray Review: A Trio of Amateur Sleuths

Kino Lorber has once again delivered some underappreciated film noirs for your collection.

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Hiroshima mon amour Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Rich and Rewarding Film

The performances of the two leads are masterful.

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The Burned Barns Blu-ray Review: Two Titans of French Cinema Spar

Simone Signoret is the true star here.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Seventh and Final Season Blu-ray Review

The best episodes are the ones in which the silliness is original and surprising.

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Planet of the Vampires Blu-ray Review: A Low Budget Masterpiece

Mario Bava’s films truly deserve to be seen by more people.

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The Righteous Blu-ray Review: An Audacious First Film

The film works best as a character study.

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Martial Club Blu-ray Review: Come for the Action, Stay for the Moral Lessons

What makes Martial Club well worth watching are three action sequences.

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Hell High Blu-ray Review: Watching It Is Pure Hell

The killer is not the typical crazed psychopathic butcher you find in every other slasher flick.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VIII Blu-ray Review

About as good as one expects from Volume VIII in any series.

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The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) Blu-ray Review: Come in with Flynn

A mostly charming, fun-filled adventure.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) Blu-ray Review: Well Worth Watching to See Spencer Tracy Play Against Type

Where previous adaptations tended to turn the Hyde character into a hideous monster, here the focus is more psychological, more Freudian.

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The Initiation of Sarah Blu-ray Review: A Made-for-TV Carrie Rip-Off

It is all a bit silly and a whole lot camp, but there is quite a bit of charm.

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Monkey Kung Fu & Shaolin Mantis Blu-rays Review: For Those Who Like Animals with Their Kung Fu

It is a real pleasure getting to see these Shaw Brothers films in high definition with nice packaging and some excellent extras.

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The Flag of Iron & Legendary Weapons of China Blu-ray Review: Two Classics from Shaw Brothers Studios

Both of these films will make an excellent addition to your kung fu video library.

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Disciples of Shaolin Blu-ray Review: Socially Conscious Kung Fu

If Disciples of Shaolin is a good example of the types of releases 88 Films usually does, consider me a fan.

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Two from Sergei Eisenstein: October & Alexander Nevsky DVD Reviews

Important films in the history of cinema, made by one of the greatest directors from the earliest days of the medium.

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Counterpoint Blu-ray Review: Battle of the Cellos

It is mostly well made and performed, but it cannot escape the fact that other films did what it’s doing so much better.

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The Accused (1949) Blu-ray Review: Works Something Like a Film Noir in Reverse

It is a terrific blend of noir, melodrama, romance, and procedural with a wonderful Loretta Young performance at its heart.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray Review: Not Quite Legendary

When it works, Legends of Tomorrow remains the best series in the Arrowverse.

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Breakheart Pass Blu-ray Review: Like an Agatha Christie Western

The mix of western tropes and drawing-room mystery set on a train is really interesting.

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The Sheik (1921) Blu-ray Review: A Silent and Problematic Classic

An important film in understanding Valentino’s career and appeal.

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The Incredible Shrinking Man Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Giant-Sized Fun

Seriously, I’ve watched more than a few of these shrinking man movies and this is by far the best one.

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The Cheat (1931) Blu-ray Review: Third Time Isn’t the Charm

This film is dull as bathwater.

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Torch Singer (1933) Blu-ray Review: A Very Modern Pre-Code

Something that must have been quite shocking in 1933 falls rather flat in 2021.

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The Flash (2014): The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray Review: The Stories Feel Undercooked and Underwhelming

It is definitely feeling like it is time for the show to come to an end.

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Hot Saturday Blu-ray Review: Fascinating Pre-Code Shenanigans

Hot Saturday is fascinating because of how modern it feels in that pre-Code way.

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Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman Blu-ray Review: This Set Is a Must-buy

Arrow Video has just released a lovely little boxed set of four of his sci-fi/horror films.

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The Fourth Victim Blu-ray Review: Stay Till the End

The resolution is exactly the kind of nonsensical nuttiness one expects from a giallo and it almost redeems the entire thing. Almost.

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Mona Lisa Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Neo-noir with a Mystic Smile

Bob Hoskins plays George, a small-time gangster who has just gotten out of prison after doing a seven-year stint.

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The Awakening (2011) Blu-ray Review: Half a Great Ghost Story

The film is well worth checking out.

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The Brotherhood of Satan Blu-ray Review: Panic in a Small Town

As this is a cult film from the 1970s, you shouldn’t go in expecting an altogether happy ending.

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Ashes and Diamonds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Polish Masterpiece

This is an absolute must-see for any film fan.

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Friday the 13th 8 Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: The Paramount Films

If you are a casual fan and wouldn’t mind owning these films at a reasonable price, then this set is for you.

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Born for Hell Blu-ray Review: Too Exploitative for the Arthouse, Too Damn Slow for the Grindhouse

Severin Films has just released a new Blu-ray of the film with loads of special features.

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Union Pacific Blu-ray Review: The Great Train Epic

It is a western, it is a train movie, and it is also a racing film.

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Vengeance Trails: 4 Classic Westerns Blu-ray Review: Proving There’s More to Spaghetti Westerns than Sergio Leone

I don’t know that I’d call them truly classic, but they are all quite good and worth the purchase.

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Deep Cover Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review: Neo-Noir with a Message

It is a genre film that can surprise you.

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Shenandoah Blu-ray Review: Indifference in a Time of War

If you can turn off questions about standing idly by while a war over slavery is fought, then I suspect you will enjoy this film a lot more than I did.

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The Gilded Lily Blu-ray Review: Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray’s First Team-Up

It is well worth watching; it just lacks that extra spark that makes a good film great.

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British Noir III DVD Review: A Nice but Slight Look into the Genre

It contains five films from 1940 to 1956 which run the gamut from straight-noir to musical-comedy-noir to melodrama-noir.

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Alias Nick Beal Blu-ray Review: A Faustian Noir

It’s the filmmaking that really makes this film into something special.

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Icy Breasts Blu-ray Review: A Cool French Noir

Icy Breasts works because it isn’t overly flashy.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (35th Anniversary) Steelbook Blu-ray Review

If you don’t own a copy or only have it on DVD, then this is well worth the purchase.

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Years of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers (1973-1977) Blu-ray Review: A Great Overview of the Poliziotteschi Genre

The films included in this set run the gamut of straight-ahead crime dramas to no-plot Euro sleaze.

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There Was a Crooked Man… Blu-ray Review: Revisionist Western Could Have Used a Few More Revisions

It is all but saved by its cast who are easy to enjoy interacting with each other and charming in their star power.

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The Prince’s Voyage Blu-ray Review: A Film Only the French Could Make

While it won’t compare favorably to your favorite animated films from Pixar or Studio Ghibli, I’m glad films like this exist.

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The Legend of Hei Blu-ray Review: A Must-See For Animation Fans

The film moves seamlessly between character development and fast-paced action sequences.

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Memories of Murder Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The South Korean Zodiac

This second film from South Korean director Bong Joon ho, is often compared with David Fincher’s Zodiac.

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Death Has Blue Eyes Blu-ray Review: It’s a Mastorakis Mess

A wacky, highly edited, totally ’70s mesh of horror, comedy, and action that’s kind of fun and makes very little sense.

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The Invisible Man Appears Blu-ray Review: It Can Finally Be Seen

As the first existing tokusatsu, The Invisible Man Appears is massively important to Japanese history.

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Earwig and the Witch Blu-ray Review: A Lesser Effort from Studio Ghibli

It didn’t receive the warmest reception from fans, but I found it well worth watching.

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Céline and Julie Go Boating Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Long, Strange, Riveting Film

A strange, bewildering, long film that invites a variety of interpretations.

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Crossfire (1947) Blu-ray Review: Film Noir with a Message

One of the first films to tackle antisemitism and helped usher in a new wave of social justice stories.

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On-Gaku: Our Sound Movie Review: A Lo-fi Delight

Its droll sense of humor and basic style give it a unique perspective.

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Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks is the Pick of the Week

Even if it epitomizes all the things wrong with the Chibnall era of the series.

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The Last Starfighter Blu-ray Review: Tailor Made for 1980s Gamers

The Last Starfighter is tailor made for 1980s gamers.

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Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) Blu-ray Review: Abbott and Costello Meet the Giant

Two not-so-classic comedies from the very much classic comedy duo get a 4K upgrade.

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Joint Security Area Blu-ray Review: Friendship and Murder in the DMZ

Park Chan-wook’s breakout film gets the Arrow Video treatment.

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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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Mouchette Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: So Beautiful, So Sad

A few days in the sad little life of a French girl.

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Popeye (1980) Blu-ray Review: A Strange Little Miracle

It is amazing this film ever got made and that it is actually good.

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The Deeper You Dig Blu-ray Review: A Terrific Low-budget Horror

A perfect addition to your Halloween viewing schedule.

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Focus Features 10-Movie Spotlight Collection Blu-ray Review

A fine collection of films from one of my favorite studios.

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Five Cool Things and Dune (2020)

Enjoy these cool things.

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Blumhouse of Horrors 10-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: A Mixed Bag

Ten of the most popular Blumhouse horror films get a nice boxed set.

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Five Cool Things and Two Jules Dassin Films Get the Criterion Treatment

What a marvelous week for cool things.

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Brute Force & The Naked City Criterion Collection Blu-ray Reviews: A Jules Dassin Double Feature

Two classics film noirs from Jules Dassin get the Criterion treatment.

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Five Cool Things and No Time to Die Trailer

I’ve really been enjoying a lot of older films that aren’t quite up to classic status lately.

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The Balcony Blu-ray Review: Cinematic Satire, I Guess

This adaptation of a French satire failed to make me laugh or think very deeply.

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Five Cool Things and Chadwick Boseman

May he forever rest in power.

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Breezy Blu-ray Review: Like Sunday Morning

A sweet romance from Clint Eastwood feels a bit queasy due to the age difference.

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Cry Freedom Blu-ray Review: A Fight for Justice

An important black story unfortunately told from a white perspective.

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There’s Always Tomorrow Blu-ray Review: A Nuanced Portrayal of a Man Grown Bored with His Life

This Douglas Sirk melodrama takes a realistic look into a marriage on the rocks and the temptation of another woman.

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The Flash (2014): The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray Review: The Stakes Have Gotten Higher but the Fun Has Gotten Smaller

The Flash keeps getting bigger and bigger, but not necessarily better and better.

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Toni Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Influential French Drama

Jean Renoir’s realistic portrayal of migrant workers in the South of France helped influence the French New Wave and Italian Neorealism.

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Tender Mercies Blu-ray Review: A Gentle, Beautiful Film

The script by Horton Foote is smart. It won him an Oscar. It knows about people and their inner lives

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Five Cool Things and The Suicide Squad

After a couple of weeks off, I’m back with Five Cool Things.

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Life Is a Long Quiet River Blu-ray Review: It Could Use a Few Noisy Rapids

A lighthearted social satire about French life that could have used a few more laughs.

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Raid on Rommel Blu-ray Review: Raids Other Films for Ideas

It says something about Richard Burton’s star power that he still had a career after this stinker.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season Review: So Much Fun

The way they swing for the fences with absolute nuttiness is glorious.

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Batwoman: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: The Arrowverse Finally Goes to Gotham

When Batwoman finds its groove, it’s really good.

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Backlash (1956) Blu-ray Review: Searching for Gold and Daddy

A great opening setup leads to just a pretty good film.

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Bloodstone Blu-ray Review: Indiana Jones and the B-Movie Knock-Off

Nico Mastorakis gets into the exotic adventure game with typical mixed results.

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The Eagle and the Hawk Blu-ray Review: World War I Was Hell

Frederic March is brilliant as a fighter pilot slowly going mad in this gripping war drama.

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Hiroshima Blu-ray Review: Unrelenting Terror

A documentary-style narrative film about the days following first atomic bomb dropping.

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Black Rainbow Blu-ray Review: A Spiritual Thriller

Mike Hodges oft-neglected thriller about a fake medium who gets real powers works best when it focuses on the relationships between the characters.

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The Quest (1986) Blu-ray Review: Sit This Adventure Out

Utterly disappointing in every way.

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Zombie for Sale Blu-ray Review: A New Take on an Old Genre

This zombie rom-com takes the genre into fun directions.

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Audie Murphy Collection Blu-ray Review: War Hero Becomes a Movie Star

I’ve heard about Audie Murphy’s remarkable life since I was a kid. I’m thrilled to finally be getting to see some of his films with this new set.

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Five Cool Things and the New Mutants

What an eclectically cool week.

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Tony Curtis Collection Blu-ray Review: Charming

Kino Lorber presents three mid-tier films from the great actor, and it is great to finally have them on Blu-ray.

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Five Cool Things and a Bookstore Haul

A cool week was made even cooler by a trip to the bookstore.

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Five Cool Things and Possessor

I’m getting tired of staying home, but at least there are still cool things to consume

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The World in His Arms Blu-ray Review: Swashbuckling Gregory Peck

A high-flying adventure on the high seas.

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Book Review: Gramercy Park by Timothée de Fombelle and Christian Cailleaux

The rare comic that uses the trappings of noir to tell a new story.

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Five Cool Things and Gillian Welch’s All the Good Times Are Past and Gone

Some of the cool things from this past week.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IV Blu-ray Review: Too Much Melodrama, Not Enough Noir

These three films are decent enough dramas but lack the edge of a good film noir.

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America as Seen by a Frenchman Blu-ray Review: A Fascinating Snapshot in Time

A glimpse into my country’s past a viewed from a foreigner.

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Blood Tide Blu-ray Review: Fun and Monsters in the Greek Sun

James Earl Jones quotes Shakespeare and conjures a barely seen monster in this masterpiece from Greek auteur Nico Mastorakis.

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Five Cool Things and the Fourth of July

Happy Birthday, United States of America.

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Five Cool Things and Pearl Jam Uncensored

Here’s five films I’ve watched this week and enjoyed.

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White Fire, The Wind, and Why Don’t You Just Die! Blu-rays Review: Three from Arrow Video

Three very different films get the excellent Arrow Video treatment.

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Five Cool Things and Ian Holm

We are still staying home and still finding cool things to watch.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema III Blu-ray Review: Gambling, Murder, and Back Alley Adoptions

Kino Lorber Studio Classics presents three more lesser-known noirs in a nice collector’s box.

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Five Cool Things and Bill & Ted Face the Music

Here’s another five cool things.

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Sixteen Candles Blu-ray Review: A Problematic but Worthwhile Film

Arrow Video does a great job of presenting this controversial ’80s classic.

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Western Classics I Blu-ray Review: Dust, Grit and Cowboys A-Plenty

Kino Lorber presents this nice collection of westerns from the 1940s.

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Five Cool Things and Lovecraft Country

I love me some boutique movie labels.

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Beanpole Blu-ray Review: Love and Suffering in Post-War Russia

An extraordinary movie about how women suffer both during and after the war.

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Five Cool Things and Perry Mason

This week we take a deep dive into Italian horror for my cool things.

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Five Cool Things and Tenet

Enjoy some cool things I watched this week.

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EMMA. (2020) Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Confection

A beautiful, sweet adaptation of the Jane Austen classic.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema II Blu-ray Review: Three Little-known Noirs Well Worth Your Time

I’m so very thrilled that sets like this continue to come out.

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Five Cool Things and Fred Willard

Strap yourselves in for I’ve got some cool things to show you.

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Five Cool Things and I Know This Much Is True

Cool things, I’ve got your cool things right here.

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Indiscretion of an American Wife (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Love and Loss at the Train Station

Kino Lorber Studio Classics presents two versions of this realistic depiction of lost love and Italian life.

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Barbara Stanwyck Collection Blu-ray Review: Not Barb’s Best

Kino Lorber presents three lesser-known Stanwyck films.

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Five Cool 1930s Movies and a Sixth

My movie theme for April was films from the 1930s, here are six cool ones.

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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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Secret Ceremony and Love Among the Ruins Blu-rays Review: 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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Five Cool Things and Punky Brewster

Here are the cool things I consumed this week.

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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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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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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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Five Cool Things and John Prine

It’s a week full of gangsters, cool and otherwise.

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Five Cool Things and a Murder Most Foul

Another week of self-isolation, another week of cool things.

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The Passion of Darkly Noon Blu-ray Review: The Story Goes Nowhere

A good cast and beautiful visual style can’t save a bad script.

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Fathom Events and TCM Present King Kong (1933)

Despite its flaws, King Kong remains a wonderful spectacle and a bonafide classic.

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Five Cool Things and Another Five Things

After a week off, I’m back with many cool things.

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Five Cool Things and Candyman (2020)

Foreign Film February comes to and end with a lot of very American movies and the conclusion of a terrific French series.

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One Missed Call Trilogy Blu-ray Review: Let This One Go to Voicemail

A spooky premise and an excellent set of extras can’t save this trilogy of films from getting hung up on.

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Five Cool Things and Run

There’s a little bit for everyone – Stephen King fans, French film buffs, Italian horror fans, arthouse nerds – in this week’s cool things.

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Manon Blu-ray Review: Doomed Love in Post-war France

Henri-Georges Clouzot tale of doomed love works like a film nor in a melodrama setting.

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Five Cool Things and The French Dispatch

Another week, more cool things.

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Five Cool Things and The Jesus Rolls

Foreign Film February is off to a great start.

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Deadly Manor Blu-ray Review: A Complete and Total Dud

I’m not one prone to hyperbole but Deadly Manor might be the stupidest movie I’ve ever seen.

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Edge of the Axe Blu-ray Review: Careful with That Axe, Psycho Killer

Arrow Video presents this late entry into the slasher genre that spends too much time developing character when it should be chopping up bodies with an axe.

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Five Cool Things and A Quiet Place Part II

January was a great month for cool things. Here’s hoping February has just as many.

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Five Cool Things and the Year of the Rat

Happy Chinese New Year, everybody.

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Brewster’s Millions Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Maybe Worth a Hundred

A movie I loved as a kid as depreciated a great deal over the years.

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Fathom Events and TCM Present An American in Paris

Watching “An American in Paris” on the big screen was an exceptional experience and one I fully recommend.

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Five Cool Things and Neil Peart

This week I dig deep into French director Jean-Pierre Melville’s films and we mourn the loss of a great drummer.

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Five Cool Things and Another New Cat

Another week filled with cool new things.

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Five Cool Things and Hunters

It was really hard to just pick five, but never fear.

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The Magic Sword Blu-ray Review: Dragons, Princesses, and Basil Rathbone

A film so bad the guys at Mystery Science Theater 3000 called it “pretty good.”

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Blue Collar Blu-ray Review: Workingman’s Blues

Paul Schrader’s directorial debut gets a nice new release from Kino Lorber.

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Stick Blu-ray Review: Burt Reynolds Should Have Stuck to Acting

A sluggish, limp and completely uninteresting Elmore Leonard adaptation.

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Universal Horror Collection Volume 3 Blu-ray Review: Not Quite Scary

Volume 3 of this ongoing collection features four lesser films from the Universal Horror archives which will thrill any fan.

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A Sunday in the Country Blu-ray Review: A Day in the Life

A loving portrait of country living, and a life full of regrets.

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She (1984) Blu-ray Review: Post Apocalyptic Nonsense

A low budget, low frills, completely ridiculous, and totally awesome early ’80s masterpiece.

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Tunes of Glory Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Acting Tour de Force

Alec Guinness (with a Scottish brogue) squares off with John Mills in this military drama.

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Long Day’s Journey into Night (2018) Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful Dream

An incredible feat of filmmaking that left me breathless and confused.

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Hitchcock: British International Pictures Collection Blu-ray Review: Becoming a Master

Five early Hitchcock films come to Blu-ray from Kino Lorber and show the Master of Suspense learning his craft.

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Five Cool Things and Wonder Woman 1984

My last cool things until 2020

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The Anne Bancroft Collection Blu-ray Review: Prepare to Be Seduced

A lovingly curated (if cheaply put together) collection that highlights one of the all-time great actresses’ careers.

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The Fly Collection Blu-ray Review: Be Excited, Be Very Excited to Own This

Scream Factory brings the entire The Fly series into a terrific boxed set that makes a perfect Christmas gift.

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Five Cool Things and No Time to Die

Even a head full of junk can’t keep me from cool things.

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Jake Speed Blu-ray Review: When Indiana Jones and Brendan Fraser Aren’t Available, Call Jake Speed

Action, adventure, romance! What more could a teenage boy want?

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The Fare Blu-ray Review: Groundhog Day in a Cab

Low budget sci-fi thriller has some interesting ideas, but can’t quite pull it off.

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Funan Blu-ray Review: A Genocide Through the Eyes of One Family

A beautiful telling of a tragic story.

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Thor Movie Review: God of Boring

It is better on second viewing, with a decade of the MCU having passed, but it is still rough going.

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Hitch Hike to Hell Blu-ray Review: Put Your Thumb Down and Run

You’ll wish you were in Hell instead of watching this movie.

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Five Cool Things and Honey Boy

I watched some movies this week, and rediscovered an old game.

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection Is the Pick of the Week

It is another big week for Blu-ray releases, we’ve got your scoop.

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Five Cool Things and Knives Out

Who needs Disney+ when we’ve got the Criterion Channel?

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Flowers in the Attic (1987) Blu-ray Review: I Think They Wilted

The best-selling novel gets a neutered adaptation but an excellent release by Arrow Video.

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Charley Varrick Blu-ray Review: No Country For Walter Matthau

Don Siegel’s 1973 crime thriller is yet one more reason to love Walter Matthau.

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The Farewell Is the Pick of the Week

It’s a big, beautiful week for new releases.

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Woman in Hiding Blu-ray Review: Worth Looking For

Ida Lupino stars in this excellent melodrama with noir trappings.

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Five Cool Things and Martin Scorsese Takes on the MCU

I am joined by a guest this week.

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It Always Rains on Sunday Blu-ray Review: A Slice of Post-War London

If you allow yourself to relax and let its myriad of stories wash over you, there is plenty to like.

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The Man Between Blu-ray Review: Out of The Third Man’s Shadow

Excellent film noir from Carol Reed might not be as good as “The Third Man,” but it isn’t too far off either.

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Seven Days to Noon Blu-ray Review: A Very Good Drama

This post-war thriller might not be a white-knuckler, but its attention to detail and observations on humanity make it quite thrilling.

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Good Omens Is the Pick of the Week

Come and see all the cool new releases coming out this week.

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Naked Alibi Blu-ray Review: Gloria Grahame Steals the Show

Gloria Grahame elevates a pretty decent film noir into something you must see.

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Apprentice to Murder Blu-ray Review: Graduated to Boring

This 1980s folk horror is light on scares and heavy on nothing happening.

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Five Cool Things and The Witcher

Halloween may be over but we’ve got some scary cool things to talk about.

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Ringu Blu-ray Review: One Ring That Started Them All

Arrow Video brings a new 4K restoration of this Japanese horror film that started a movement.

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Godzilla: The Showa Era Films (1954-1975) Is the Pick of the Week

It’s a big week for horror films and a terrific week for Criterion fans.

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Scarface: The World Is Yours Limited Edition Review: Say ‘Hello’ to Your New Christmas Present

This double feature gift set is sure to make any cinephile smile.

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La Marseillaise Blu-ray Review: Viva La Revolution!

Jean Renoir’s telling of the French Revolution is more history lesson than dramatic film, but it is well worth watching.

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My Boyfriend’s Back Blu-ray Review: A Light Comedy with Zombies

A movie so utterly light and unoffensive I can’t hate it.

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Five Cool Things and The Laundromat

Cool things abound this week, come inside and find them.

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And Soon the Darkness (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: And Eventually the Thrills

This very slow moving British thriller takes its time getting to the action but is quite good if you have the patience.

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Nightmare Beach Blu-ray Review:  Somebody Wake Me Up

Slasher horror meets spring break comedy in this terrible ’80s hybrid from schlock master Umberto Lenzi.

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Hercules in the Haunted World Blu-ray Review: Sword & Sandals Meets Horror

Mario Bava infuses the tired Hercules film with his own sense of style, creating something unique and really fun.

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Five Cool Things and Robert Forster

With Autumn come many cool things.

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The Prey Blu-ray Review: Pray You’ll Never Have to Watch

Arrow Video does an excellent job presenting this should-have-been forgotten slasher in a very nice package.

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Ida Lupino: Filmmaker Collection Blu-ray Review: Trailblazing

This four-disk set from Kino Lorber demonstrates what a huge talent Ida Lupino was.

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Five Cool Things and 1917

It has been a long week but I’m here (if a little late) with some cool things I discovered.

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The Hills Have Eyes, Part 2 Blu-ray Review: Flashback City

Arrow Video does a nice job spiffing up this movie that is so bad even the director disowned it.

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Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: Seriously Weird

In a culture that seems more homogenized every day, it’s wonderful to see something completely different, which makes this well worth the watching.

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In the Aftermath Blu-ray Review: An Odd Mishmash of Live Action and Animation

An art-house Japanese animated film gets a terrible American treatment.

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Five Cool Things and El Camino

Come read about all the cool things I discovered this week.

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Un Coeur En Hiver Blu-ray Review: A Man Without Feelings

In a cinematic landscape filled with emotionless psychopaths, it is thrilling to find one who is a nice guy.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review: Legendary Fun

This series keeps getting better and better.

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Five Cool Things and Ric Ocasek

Let’s hope next week is cooler than this one.

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Hussy Blu-ray Review: You’ll Wonder If You Haven’t Seen It Before

Even a saucy Dame Helen Mirren can’t save this clunker.

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Who Saw Her Die? Blu-ray Review: Bond Does Giallo

George Lazenby should have been a star.

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Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review: Too Much Preaching

A little less self-righteousness, a little more superhero action would help this show a lot.

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The Chairman Blu-ray Review: Mr. Peck Goes to China

Gregory Peck and J. Lee Thompson team up for a third and final time in this dullard of a spy flick.

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The Quiller Memorandum Blu-ray Review: Next Time Make It a Mission Statement

A stacked cast can’t make this limp anti-Bond spy thriller the least bit interesting.

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Cinema Sentries

Five Cool Things and Friday the 13th

I might be getting old, but I’m still watching cool things.

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The Case of Hana & Alice Blu-ray Review: An Animated Slice of Life

GKIDS brings us this animated prequel to Shunji Iwai’s Hana & Alice which is a lovely, episodic, charming day in the life of a burgeoning friendship.

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John Carpenter’s Vampires Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Put a Stake in It

Were this directed by anyone but John Carpenter, it would be a cult classic, but as it is one can only wonder what went wrong.

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Wizard World Tulsa 2019 Review: My Last Con, This Time I Mean It

I’m too old (and grumpy) for this stuff.

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Five Cool Things and JoJo Rabbit

With a week this cool, it is hard to believe it’s still technically summer.

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The Lavender Hill Mob / The Man in the White Suit Blu-rays Review: An Alec Guinness Two-Fer

Alec Guinness shows off his comedic side in the two classics from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

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Alps Blu-ray Review: Weird, Wild, and Confusing

Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to Dogtooth is an obtuse, obfuscated, thrilling piece of filmmaking that is worth the watching even if you come out of it completely confused.

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Straight Forward: Series 1 DVD Review: Should Have Taken a Curve

This Danish/New Zealand co-production is full of bad storytelling, but it still hooked me enough to keep watching.

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