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The Celebration is the Pick of the Week

Although I have only seen one film from the Dogme 95 movement, which was Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves ...
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The Learning Tree Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Semi-Autobiographical Story from Gordon Parks

There have been so many films about growing up where characters (mostly youth) deal with first love, family issues, peer ...
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Giallo Essentials [Yellow Edition] Blu-ray Review: Trilogy of Sleaze

As I mentioned in my review for the Red Edition of Arrow's Giallo Essentials, Giallo is a subdivision of Italian ...
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Angels with Dirty Faces Blu-ray Review: A Seminal Gangster Classic

James Cagney was one of the great actors of his time, and for all-time. He had a scowl that would ...
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Krampus: The Naughty Cut is the Pick of the Week

As a person who has somewhat gotten over the holidays, I prefer my Christmas movies to be bleak, mean-spirited, and ...
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The Beast Must Die Blu-ray/DVD Review: A Somber Film Noir

Film noir is definitely an influential genre of cinema, one steeped with seedy characters, grim atmosphere (with often incredible cinematography), ...
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Giallo Essentials [Red Edition] Blu-ray Review: Underrated but Important Films

Despite their basic plots and sometimes slow pacing (deliberate or otherwise), I do enjoy the giallo films of Italian cinema. ...
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Mulholland Dr. 4K is the Pick of the Week

Singular filmmaker David Lynch is one of the most original directors in the history of film. His stylish, and at ...
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La strada is the Pick of the Week

Italian neorealism was an influential but rather short new wave of cinema. The movement held a mirror up to portray ...
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Deep Red is the Pick of the Week

The legendary Dario Argento is arguably the Italian master of horror. Despite their fairly standard plots, his films seem to ...
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Ratcatcher Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Definite Punch to the Gut

Despite only having four feature-length films and a handful of shorts, filmmaker Lynne Ramsay has crafted a compelling body of ...
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Book Review: Otto Preminger: The Man Who Be King by Foster Hirsch

The legendary (for better and worse) Otto Preminger was one of the most influential and progressive people in Hollywood history. ...
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Misery 4K is the Pick of the Week

What else can one say about director Rob Reiner's still iconic 1990 adaptation of Stephen King's 1987 novel that hasn't ...
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Love & Basketball Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Love Story That Feels Fresh

There are so many cinematic tales of young love that spans time that are riddled with clichés. They usually have ...
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Book Review: Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer

Censorship is a long and deranged form of limitation toward the freedoms and boundless expression in all forms of media, ...
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The Damned Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Demonstrative Descent into Family Destruction

In almost every family, there is, arguably, a hidden sense of evil. When the soul gets twisted and corrupted, so ...
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Songs My Brothers Taught Me Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Cinematic Experience

Being an only child, I don't have the experience of the relationships between brothers and sisters. However, seeing those depicted ...
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Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films is the Pick of the Week

When legendary filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles passed away last week, it understandably caused a ripple in film history, especially in ...
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Alone in the Dark (1982) Blu-ray Review: A Fun and Superior ’80s Cult Thriller

I may have mentioned this in previous reviews, but the 1980s was a major decade for slasher films. Most of ...
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Mona Lisa is the Pick of the Week

Neo noirs are contemporary films from 1970s and '80s that do take themes and elements from classic noirs, but they ...
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Beasts of No Nation Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Not Soon Forgotten

I may have used the phrase "War is Hell" in one my previous reviews, but you can't describe war as ...
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The Last Man on Earth Blu-ray Review: A Classic Adaptation of Richard Matheson’s Celebrated Novel

As we know, George A. Romero's 1968 masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, created the modern zombie genre that's still ...
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Ashes and Diamonds is the Pick of the Week

When it comes to war, there is the always the complicated struggle between fulfilling a sense of duty, or rebelling ...
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Nashville is the Pick of the Week

The late, great filmmaker Robert Altman remains one of the most beloved directors in the history of cinema. His use ...
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The Dead Zone (Collector’s Edition) is the Pick of the Week

As many of us know, Stephen King is the modern master of literary horror. Most of his works delve deep ...
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Baise Moi Blu-ray Review: This Movie Didn’t Win Me Over

When it comes to seeking out new films to watch, I sometimes let my curiosity get the better of me. ...
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Working Girls is the Pick of the Week

Prostitution continues to be a stigmatized profession. Most people look down upon it, meaning that they think that it is ...
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Visions of Eight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Octathlon of Olympic Shorts

I'm not what you'd call an enthusiast of sports. Honestly, I don't like, watch, or play sports. I've never been ...
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Pariah is the Pick of the Week

There are always films in the LGBTQ genre that center on white gay society and their issues of growing up, ...
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Hunter Hunter Blu-ray Review: A Unique and Bold Entry in Modern Horror

Like I've stated in previous reviews, the horror genre continues to be a misunderstood one in film. Most people don't ...
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Book Review: Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics by John Malahy

Normally, I have never been into Summer, especially due to the hot, stifling weather; mosquitoes, screaming children at play, overcrowded ...
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Streetwise/Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell is the Pick of the Week

Documentaries are not always front-and-center in the film spectrum, and that rattles me. Documentaries have the powerful ability to showcase ...
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The Stylist Blu-ray Review: Director Jill Gevargizian Is out to Change the Horror Genre

Unfortunately, the film industry still continues to overlook the cinematic accomplishments of females, and that also includes horror movies. In ...
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Mommie Dearest Is the Pick of the Week

When it comes to cautionary tales of celebrities and their children, I think 1981's Mommie Dearest is the mother of ...
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She Done Him Wrong Blu-ray Review: But This Film Will Do You Right

What can one say about the legendary Mae West that hasn't already been said? She was a daring, tough, and ...
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Day of the Animals Blu-ray Review: A Standout of the Nature-Gone-Awry Genre

When The Birds and Jaws were released in their respective years, 1963 and 1975, they immediately became critical and commercial ...
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National Lampoon’s Animal House 4K is the Pick of the Week

There have been many comedies about college life, such as Revenge of the Nerds, Old School, and Neighbors. As fun ...
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Merrily We Go to Hell Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Prime Example of Dorothy Arzner’s Legacy

Legendary filmmaker Dorothy Arzner was a trailblazer. She was the only female working and directing during 1930s and '40s Hollywood. ...
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Speed 4K is the Pick of the Week

Say what you will about the '90s, and I'll most likely agree with you. Just like the 1980s, it was ...
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Irma Vep Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Great Milestone in Olivier Assayas’s Body of Work

There have been so many films about the often chaotic circumstances and behind-the-scenes drama about the making of a film. ...
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Memories of Murder is the Pick of the Week

Seeing Bong Joon Ho's Parasite awhile back, I realized that I've missed out on a lot of great, and unique ...
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Clapboard Jungle Movie Review: A Brutally Involving Document

I don't have personal experience, but I've seen and heard enough to know that the film business can be a ...
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Secrets & Lies Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Cinema at Its Best

Legendary British director Mike Leigh is one of cinema's greatest and most profound humanists. He crafts beautifully painful portraits of ...
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World of Wong Kar Wai is the Pick of the Week

The great Wong Kar Wai, now-iconic filmmaker, has become one of the masters of modern contemporary cinema. He's one of ...
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Touki bouki Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Deserves to be Seen and Discovered

I must admit that African cinema usually goes way over my head. I mostly gloss over it in favor of ...
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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is the Pick of the Week

As many film buffs know, legendary filmmaker Sam Peckinpah remains one of the greatest and most unpredictable directors in the ...
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Smooth Talk is the Pick of the Week

There have been so many tales of adolescence and teenage portraits of sexual and social mores than most people can ...
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Chop Shop Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Miracle of Independent Cinema

With his wonderful 2005 Man Push Cart, filmmaker Ramin Bahrani beautifully captured the grim circumstances of being an immigrant in ...
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Man Push Cart Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Essential Cinema

Foreigners in a foreign land express the often grim, depressing, but sometimes hopeful studies of immigrants desperate to survive a ...
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The Ascent Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Larisa Shepitko’s Masterpiece

The Ukranian-born Larisa Shepitko (one of the greatest female filmmakers of all-time) had only made a few features and short ...
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Tourist Trap (VHS Retro Big Box Collection) Review: A Solid, Offbeat Flick

When it comes to the horror genre, there’s always going to be the usual movies steeped in typical cliches, such ...
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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

As a passionately dedicated lover of film, I really enjoy that not every film has to be a cliche, meaning ...
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The Shop Around the Corner Blu-ray Review: An Example of Ernst Lubitsch’s Genius

I don't have to tell you that legendary director Ernst Lubitsch remains one of the pioneers of the romantic-comedy genre ...
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Pierrot le Fou Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Still Feels Modern and Fresh

The legendary and unclassifiable filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is reaching his 90th birthday this year (in just two months from now), and ...
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Pretty in Pink Blu-ray Review: A Pretty Influential Portrait of Teenage Culture

Okay, let's just get this out in the open. The whole "boy falls in love with girl, girl falls in ...
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A Raisin in the Sun Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Wonderfully Acted Film

While some movies about the African-American experience are embarrassing and downright stereotypical, there are others that realistically transcend the bad ...
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Macbeth (1948) Blu-ray Review: Something Welles This Way Comes

Orson Welles was always a man of very eclectic tastes and certain cinematic desires. He wasn't just a dominating, and ...
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