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Mississippi Masala is the Pick of the Week

Interracial and intercontinental romance isn't as explored in film as often as it should. Acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair's gorgeous 1992 ...
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Mississippi Masala Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mira Nair’s Beguiling Sophomore Film

Films about star-crossed lovers has been old as time itself, but we arguably don't get those about interracial or intercontinental ...
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Girls Nite Out Blu-ray Review: Another Slasher Movie Where Kids Will Be Kids

I've seen many slasher flicks, especially those from '80s. I was really impressed by some of them, while others totally ...
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The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Volume 2 is the Pick of the Week

As everyone knows and has always said, Hitchcock is the ultimate "Master of Suspense". When it comes to their own ...
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V/H/S 94 Blu-ray Review: A Rather Mixed Bag

As much as I'm into horror, I have to admit that found footage isn't usually my go-to in the genre. ...
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‘Round Midnight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Perhaps the Greatest and Most Compelling Jazz Film Ever Made

The late, great Bertrand Tavernier wasn't just a highly influential film critic/writer, he was also an incredible filmmaker with vast ...
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From the Journals of Jean Seberg is the Pick of the Week

Iconic actress Jean Seberg was ahead of her time. She was also a woman of her time, having a few ...
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Screams of a Winter Night Blu-ray Review: Has a Certain Charm

I may be in the majority here, but I liked James L. Wilson's 1979 anthology film (and sole directorial effort) ...
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Book Review: Girls on Film: Lessons from a Life of Watching Women in Movies by Alicia Malone

The lovely Alicia Malone has proven herself to be a great film reporter, writer, and fellow movie geek. One of ...
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Parallel Mothers Blu-ray Review: Penelope Cruz Delivers Another Luminous Performance

Spanish filmmaker and living film legend Pedro Almodovar continues to be an immaculate cinematic storyteller and fantastic director of women. ...
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Jockey Blu-ray Review: Clifton Collins Jr. Is Simply Marvelous

Clifton Collins Jr. has long been an often overlooked and understated character actor working since the early '90s, but his ...
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Jockey is the Pick of the Week

This week may not have the most notable releases, but there are a few that I will highlight, including a ...
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Ordinary People Blu-ray Review: The Puzzle of Life Isn’t Always Complete

Whether Ordinary People deserved to win the Oscar for Best Picture over Raging Bull or whether you think it's better ...
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The Godfather Trilogy 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

What else can one say about The Godfather saga? The whole trilogy (at least parts 1 & 2) set the ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks Review

If you're a huge fan of the classic sketch comedy show The Kids of the Hall, you instantly recognize the ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Master

Let's face it, Jordan Peele's Get Out (2018) continues to be the horror gold standard of films about racism and ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Hypochondriac

As we're young, we fear that we might turn into our parents. When we are older, we deny when we ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Soft & Quiet

Karen-a-phobia, the fear of Karens could be an accurate tagline for Beth de Araujo's deeply disturbing Soft & Quiet, a ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: I Love My Dad: Deeply Uncomfortable but Strangely Sweet

I'm not a parent, but I have seen how complicated relationships between parent and their children can actually be. There ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Sissy

Blood, gore, and social commentary are on full display in Hannah Barlow & Kane Senes' Sissy, a wicked horror-thriller that ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Your Friend, Memphis

People with disabilities are too often ignored in documentaries, and that's a shame. You can learn a lot from them, ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Radical Honesty

I can't say much about dating. I've never been on a date, so I have no experience. However, watching movies ...
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Nightmare (1964) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: A Hidden Gem

When you think of Hammer Films, their versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, and even Van Helsing automatically come to ...
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Hester Street is the Pick of the Week

As I mentioned in my recent review, I think that Hester Street, the late Joan Micklin Silver's fantastic 1975 film, ...
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Hester Street Blu-ray Review: Joan Micklin Silver’s Beguiling 1975 Masterpiece

There have been so many films about immigrants trying to make a new life in America. Some of them immediately ...
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2022 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films Review

ShortsTV presents the 17th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases. Spanning the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary, ...
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Alligator 4K Ultra HD is the Pick of the Week

Some ideas sound really absurd on paper, but when they're put on the screen, they sometimes manage to sneak up ...
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Repeat Performance Blu-ray Review: A Curiosity More Than Anything

All film noirs are not created equal. This means that a lot of them completely miss the boat. For every ...
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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy Blu-ray Review: A Wonderful and Highly Gorgeous Work of Art

Life can be merciless, full of unpredictable twist and turns, as well as tragedy and sudden events that can turn ...
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Gold Diggers of 1933 Blu-ray Review: It’s Perfect

The Depression was and still remains one of the most devastating events in American history. So many people were unemployed, ...
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Miller’s Crossing is the Pick of the Week

The Coen Brothers are a dynamic directing duo for the film history books. They don't make films within one particular ...
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The Piano is the Pick of the Week

As I mentioned before, acclaimed director Jane Campion still seems to be undervalued and understated in most film circles (which ...
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The Piano Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Jane Campion’s Sublime Masterpiece

Despite all the accolades and acclaim, director Jane Campion still seems to be continuously undervalued and taken for granted. That's ...
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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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Amores Perros Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Greatest Masterpiece

The most celebrated and well-known filmmakers of the Mexican New Wave are Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro Gonzalez ...
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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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I Spit on Your Grave Collector’s Edition Review: Mainly for Hardcore Fans of Cult Horror Film

If you discuss some of the most controversial films ever made, Meir Zarchi's 1978 still-divisive, cult-classic I Spit on Your Grave ...
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The Hit Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Gem of Film by Stephen Frears

The action film always comes with cliches, meaning that they usually contain car chases, explosions, and non-stop action. Sometimes these ...
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Claudine Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Ahead of Its Time

In the 1970s, the blaxploitation genre of film exploded, and it was usually centered on stories of masculine black men, ...
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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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Momma’s Man Blu-ray Review: A True American Independent Original

We all have moments of reflections and uncertainty, whether we are so eager to grow up into adults, or when ...
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Variety (1983) Blu-ray Review: A Revealing Character Study of a Woman Rediscovering Herself

Usually, films about female sexual awakening and newfound sexuality are often told from the point-of-view of male directors. I'm not ...
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Shivers Blu-ray Review: My Favorite Horror Film Ever

David Cronenberg, the master of "Body Horror", has more than any other director in the history of cinema, expertly showcased, ...
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Beau Travail Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mysterious, Haunting, and Transformative

The great and visionary director Claire Denis is one the greatest cinematic poets of our time. She's a provocative and ...
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Town Bloody Hall Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Verbal Battle of the Sexes

Documentaries, more than any other category of film, successfully (or sometimes unsuccessfully) captures reality at its most uncomfortable means. Whatever ...
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The King of Staten Island Blu-ray Review: Judd Apatow Has Made His Most Realized Work

There have been so many coming-of-age movies about young people growing up, dealing with the pressures of life, love, family ...
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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Angela Winkler Is Sensational

In today's uncivilized world where humanity comes second (or dead last) to politics and where the police take the law ...
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Marriage Story Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Emotionally Brutal and Full of Life

I'm not an expert on marriage, but seeing many films about it, I guess I can at least say that ...
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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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An Unmarried Woman Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Bold and Groundbreaking

As I mentioned in my Pick of the Week recently, the 1970s were a very pivotal time for women. There was the ...
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The Woman Blu-ray Review: Dares to Depict the Dark Side of the American Family

On one side, I see why most people don't hold kindly to "torture porn", the infamous phase of the horror ...
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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Blu-ray Review: A Delightfully Silly Flick

With Elvira's Movie Macabre (which ran from 1981 to 1986), its icon and pop culture mainstay Elvira (a.k.a Cassandra Peterson) immediately became ...
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Spring Night Summer Night Blu-ray Review: An Honest Portrait of Small Town Woes and Broken Dreams

What I truly love about Independent film is the attention to people and places, and the issues that take place ...
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Billy Liar Blu-ray Review: Tom Courtenay’s Performance is Absolutely Spellbinding

The British New Wave was an innovative, but short-lived cinematic movement during the early '60s to the early '70s. It ...
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Teorema Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Pasolini’s Most Accessible Work

The late director Pier Paolo Pasolini was a very controversial filmmaker to begin with. His often taboo-breaking subject matter didn't ...
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Parasite Blu-ray Review: Remarkable and Timely

Director Bong Joon-ho has crafted a very impressive body of work. Whether it's urban squalor (Snowpiercer), monster chaos (The Host), ...
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Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma – The Colours of Life DVD Review

Next to the director, the cinematographer is one of the most essential components to making great art. Cinematography can capture ...
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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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Cameraperson Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: No Better Film Experience Last Year

When it comes to human honesty, there is no better genre of film stronger than the documentary. In a time ...
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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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