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Over the Edge Blu-ray Review: Hits Close to Home

It was a banner year in 1979 for trouble youth-oriented films, such as The Warriors, The Wanderers, and Walk Proud, ...
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Picnic at Hanging Rock 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

What makes Peter Weir's 1975 masterpiece Picnic at Hanging Rock such a haunting film after all these years? Well, no ...
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To Die For 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Somehow, when Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant is discussed, his 1995 film To Die For isn't usually talked about, which ...
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Drifter Blu-ray Review: A Taboo-breaking Time Capsule

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I'm always looking for films (past and present) that tell our stories. And ...
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Aliens 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

What else can one say about James Cameron's iconic 1986 blockbuster sequel Aliens, the groundbreaking follow-up to Ridley Scott's legendary ...
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Afire Blu-ray Review: A Mixed Portrait of Uneasy Relationships

Some films have ideas that are so obvious that they are impossible to ignore once you discovered them. Unfortunately, Christian ...
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Monk: Season Three Blu-ray Review: Bigger Stakes and More Colorful Characters

Having previously reviewed Season One and watching Season Two during its original broadcast, I have to say that after revisiting ...
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Little Darlings 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

During the late '70s and early '80s, there was an abundance of teen flicks, usually centered around virginity, shenanigans, peer ...
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Godard Cinema Blu-ray Review: Interesting and Involving

When legendary, unconventional, and challenging filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard passed away in 2022, it left quite a shock to everyone, not ...
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Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons Is the Pick of the Week

To be honest with you, I have never seen a film by highly influential filmmaker Eric Rohmer (1920-2010), nor have ...
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Trainspotting Is the Pick of the Week

There have been many films about drug addiction, but only a very few match the wildness and darkly humorous trip ...
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Blood Simple 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

I think almost every dedicated and loving cinephile has a favorite film by the Coen Brothers. It may be Fargo, ...
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The Apu Trilogy 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

My pick is Criterion's new 4K UHD upgrade of Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, which made quite the splash when it ...
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Mondo New York Blu-ray Review: A Time Capsule Full of Uninhibited Freedom and Expression

Performance art, for many, is something that most people will take with a grain of salt, or twenty. However, it ...
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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Is the Pick of the Week

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most awe-inspiring and visionary filmmakers working today. His imagination knows no bounds, and ...
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Book Review: The Wicker Man: The Official Story of the Film by John Walsh

Robin Hardy's 1973 British folk horror masterpiece, The Wicked Man, is a seminal and truly nightmarish depiction of the dark ...
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The Exiles (1961) Blu-ray Review: This Film Is a Revelation

Fish-out-of-water stories are pretty common and now cliched; they feature characters who usually leave their home, especially for better lives ...
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Monk: Season One Blu-ray Review: An Engaging, Grounded Comic Mystery Series

Honestly, there are way too many detective/cop shows on TV, especially those that are rough, brutal, and too adult for ...
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Messiah of Evil Is the Pick of the Week

There are certain cinematic experiences that one is unlikely to forget, even if the film's plot is almost nonexistent. Willard ...
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Le Combat Dans L’ile Blu-ray Review: An Overlooked Surprise by an Underrated Filmmaker

I love film noir and always enjoy its complex, seedy characters; straightforward but nonetheless entertaining plots; and shadowy atmosphere. This ...
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The Last Picture Show Is the Pick of the Week

The 1970s was a very pivotal decade for cinema; a cinema full of incredible, personal, and fearless works of filmic ...
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Desperate Souls, Dark City, and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy DVD Review

We always get typical making-of documentaries about movies and how they get made; we don't usually get those that emphasize ...
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Nanny Is the Pick of the Week

When I get ready to do my Pick of the Week, I am usually able to discover some promising and ...
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Cujo Blu-ray Review: A Straightforward Thriller with Modest Chills

When you talk about the greatest Stephen King adaptations, your mind usually drifts to Carrie (1976), Salem's Lot (1979), The ...
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The Edge of the World Blu-ray Review: Director Michael Powell’s First Masterpiece

Even before he partnered with Emeric Pressburger and made some of the most ravishing British films, the legendary Michael Powell ...
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Before Night Falls Blu-ray Review: Expresses the Overall Importance of Artists and Their Art

Sometimes, it's not always easy to embrace the cinematic biopic. There are the usual liberties and inaccuracies to be found ...
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Tod Browning’s Sideshow Shockers Is the Pick of the Week

Legendary director Tod Browning is one of the all-time unsung heroes of film history. He was willing to go deep ...
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No Bears Blu-ray Review: A Powerful Work About the Passion for Filmmaking

I'm not familiar with Jafar Panahi's cinema, but from what I've heard from other film lovers and critics is that ...
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The Storms of Jeremy Thomas DVD Review: An Entrancing Documentary

In cinema, there are always going to be troublemakers and button pushers, meaning that these are people who come in ...
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Book Review: Christmas in the Movies: Revised & Expanded Edition by Jeremy Arnold

Personally, I think my favorite Christmas movie is 1974's Black Christmas, which can be referred to as an anti-Christmas one. ...
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Don’t Look Now 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Legendary cinematographer turned filmmaker Nicolas Roeg (1928-2018) was one of the true auteurs of cinema. His oeuvre of classics was ...
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Nil by Mouth Blu-ray Review: A Strong, Gripping Example of British Cinema

The British kitchen sink and social realist dramas of the 1950s and 60s were emotional and draining, but they don't ...
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The Trial 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Orson Welles remains one of the most legendary figures in film history. His talent (and ego) knew no bounds. He ...
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Sex, Power, and Money: Films by Beth B Blu-ray Review: A Filmmaker of Incredible Vision and Prescience

As an extreme film buff, I always appreciate and seek out filmmakers and films that challenge the usual and obviously ...
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The Princess Bride 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Westley, Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, Prince Humperdinck, Count Rugen, Vizzini, Fezzik, Miracle Max, and other memorable characters inhabit the 1987 whimsical ...
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Hardcore Blu-ray Review: A Solid and Nervy Depiction

The 1970s was a legendary and often gritty time for filmmaking. There were obviously the films of Martin Scorsese, William ...
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Book Review: Horror Unmasked: A History of Terror from Nosferatu to Nope by Brad Weismann

The horror genre is still regarded by many as the bastard stepchild of film. A lot of people continue to ...
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Bo Widerberg’s New Swedish Cinema Is the Pick of the Week

There are always new filmmakers to discover: filmmakers who craft realistic stories about humanity and the joys and pains that ...
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Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Feels Like We’re Witnessing Real Life

Ever since legendary Japanese filmmaker Yasjuiro Ozu died in 1963, there has been an array of cinematic stories he left ...
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Chameleon Street Is the Pick of the Week

Unfortunately, this is going to be yet another week where I haven't seen any of the new releases, so just ...
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Kokomo City Movie Review: A Raw Portrait of Sex Work

I'm always struck by powerful stories that showcase our lives as LGBTQIA+ individuals, because we matter too, especially in an ...
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Soundies: The Ultimate Collection Blu-ray Review: The Set Is Really a Lot of Fun

Going through history, there's always hidden gems of pop culture that seem lost forever, whether it's film or television. However, ...
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Soundies: The Ultimate Collection Is the Pick of the Week

Just like with a few of my previous PotW posts, I have to do this one differently as well. I ...
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The Watermelon Woman Is the Pick of the Week

When I did my review for the original First Run Features DVD of Cheryl Dunye's landmark 1996 lesbian classic The ...
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Only in Theaters DVD Review: If You Love Movies, It’s a Must-see

Ironically, watching last year's documentary Only In Theaters, filmed by Raphael Sbarge, I felt regret for doing so on DVD. ...
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Millennium Mambo Blu-ray Review: A Lyrical and Subtle Film

We all go through life wondering where we're going in it. We always question our life choices; whether we're actually ...
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The Servant Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Scathing, Subversive Film of Class, Sexuality, and Manipulation

Only a few films in cinematic history have ever portrayed the rather complex dynamics between masters and their manservants, but ...
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A Zed and Two Noughts / The Falls: Two Films by Peter Greenaway Blu-ray Review

Watching and doing my review for the 1982 film The Draughtman's Contract, I was instantly struck by filmmaker Peter Greenaway's ...
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Medicine for Melancholy Is the Pick of the Week

Barry Jenkins is one of the finest working filmmakers of his generation. His films gorgeously express the lives of Black ...
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The Draughtsman’s Contract Blu-ray Review: An Oddly Fascinating Murder Mystery

There's always going to be a rift between the rich and the poor, where the poor sometimes gets a taste ...
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The Rules of the Game 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

Jean Renoir's still impressive and frighteningly resonant critique of social hierarchies continues to be rightly regarded as one of the ...
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LYNCH/OZ Movie Review: A Slightly Repetitive but Illuminating Deep Dive into Inspired Cinephila

As many of us film buffs already know, legendary and strangely original filmmaker David Lynch has an iconic oeuvre that ...
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Petite Maman Is the Pick of the Week

I don't get out, practically at all, so this PotW is going a little different, just like a few of ...
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Book Review: Sydney Pollack: A Subliminal Existentialist by Wes D. Gehring

Director/producer/actor Sydney Pollack (1934-2008) was one of the unsung heroes of cinematic and popular culture. His films ranged from Depression-era ...
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Book Review: Jessica Lange: An Adventurer’s Heart by Anthony Uzarowski

Being a film lover, I have read a few actor/actress biographies in my time, but I've rarely come across one ...
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Return to Seoul Blu-ray Review: A Young Life in Turmoil

We all often wonder who we really are, where we come from, and where we are going. Sometimes we let ...
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Storm Warming Blu-ray Review: A Flawed but Hard-hitting Expose of Small Town Corruption

The 1950s may have seemed somewhat wholesome and Cleaveresque, but make no mistake, there were a lot of worms hidden ...
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Branded to Kill 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

Please bare with me. I don't get out much, nor have instant access to all the cinematic things that a ...
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Book Review: Eddie Muller’s Noir Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the World of Film Noir

I am not a drinker whatsoever, but I do love film noir. So, Noir Bar, the delightful new photo-book by ...
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The Seventh Seal 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Ingmar Bergman wasn't the most upbeat filmmaker. His films were dark, bleak, and pessimistic. But isn't that what life itself ...
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The Super 8 Years DVD Review: A Remembrance of the Past

Films can be meditative and self-reflecting, meaning they can come from one's own experience (internal or external). This can also ...
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Silent Avant-Garde Blu-ray Review: Interesting and Assorted Curiosities

I have come around on silent cinema, and I've always loved experimental/avant-garde films. Putting the two rather misunderstood categories of ...
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The Maltese Falcon (1941) 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

Sam Spade, Ruth Wonderly, the Fat Man, Joel Cairo, Wilmer, and Effie are timeless characters that inhabit The Maltese Falcon, ...
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Flaming Ears Blu-ray Review: A Striking Experience

Despite the fact that you always hear the demeaning phrase "Cinema is dead", when it comes to many areas of ...
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Inland Empire is the Pick of the Week

Legendary filmmaker David Lynch just may be movie history's strangest and most diabolical director. His films tread a knife's edge ...
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The House That Screamed Blu-ray Review: A Hallmark of European Horror

I have discovered so many hidden gems in the horror genre. These films contain expert filmmaking, strong performances, sheer atmosphere, ...
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Mildred Pierce 4K UHD Is Pick of the Week

Seeing Mildred Pierce, legendary director Michael Curtiz's celebrated 1945 adaptation of the James M. Cain novel and owning my own ...
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Fill ‘er Up with Super Blu-ray Review: A Down-to-Earth Meditation of Male Bonding and Bruised Masculinity

I always enjoy simple films about the flaws of human beings and how their insecurities and toxicities are made bare ...
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Palm Trees and Power Lines Movie Review: A Disturbingly Common Premise Given a Modern Feel

There are lots of films about the harsh realities of young adulthood, with emphasis on broken family dynamics, first love, ...
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Dazed and Confused 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

Richard Linklater's 1993 classic Dazed and Confused is not the deepest of films about the complexities of teenage life, but ...
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Ice Merchants Movie Review: A Heartrending Winner

These days its amazing that filmmakers are still able to invent new ways to tell stories, especially those centering on ...
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2023 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films Review

Starting February 17, the 2023 Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 500 theaters across 75+ theatrical markets ...
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Irreversible: Straight Cut Movie Review: Still Remains an Exhaustive, Challenging Experience

Director Gaspar Noe is one of the true cinematic enfant terribles. People love him or hate him, but there's also ...
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Three Colors Trilogy 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

The late, great Krzysztof Kieslowski, legendary Polish filmmaker, remains one of the most renowned directors in the history of cinema, ...
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Bones and All Blu-ray Review: A Heartbreaking and Accomplished Tale of Young Love

There are some films that only come once in a lifetime; films that seem to come from an otherworldly stratosphere; ...
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This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection Is the Pick of the Week

This POTW is going to be a little different because the film I'm choosing for this is one I haven't ...
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Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power Blu-ray Review: A Look at How Things Look

The male gaze in film has been problematic since the silent age. Sometimes directors (mostly male) unintentionally objectify women on ...
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Imitation of Life (1934) is the Pick of the Week

Despite the popularity of Douglas Sirk's 1959 version of the celebrated Fanny Hurst novel, I actually prefer the original 1934 ...
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Cinema’s First Nasty Women Blu-ray Set Review: Thoughtfully Highlights Unknown Performers from Different Walks of Life

When Donald Trump called opponent Hilary Clinton a "nasty woman" at a 2016 televised debate, the term came back to ...
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Halloween Ends Blu-ray Review: Rights Many of the Wrongs Committed by Halloween Kills

2018's Halloween was basic but effective because it erased the bad taste left by many of the original franchise's questionable ...
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EO Movie Review: One of the Very Best Films of the Year

We as humans have continued to take for granted the role that animals play in the world. They can do ...
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Cooley High Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Coming-of-Age Gem Authentically Told from a Black Perspective

Usually, when you think of Black-oriented films from the 1970s, you mind automatically gears toward the Blaxploitation genre, which usually ...
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Carrie 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

What else can one say about Brian De Palma's masterful 1976 Stephen King adaptation Carrie? It's one of the greatest ...
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Alma’s Rainbow Blu-ray Review: A Reason Why Diverse Storytelling Is Essential

I have seen so many films about the coming-of age experience and the complications of being young in an increasingly ...
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, legendary genre director Tobe Hooper's wild and viciously bonkers follow-up to his groundbreaking and still ...
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Hold Me Tight Blu-ray Review: An Engrossing Multi-character Piece

When I first saw Vicky Krieps in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, really holding her own against the likes of ...
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Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Collection Blu-ray Review: Essential Viewing

As I may have mentioned in previous reviews, documentaries (more than anything in film) have the power to move, enrage, ...
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Reservoir Dogs 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Iconic filmmaker (and equally iconic film buff) Quentin Tarantino burst onto to scene with his legendary 1992 blood-soaked debut Reservoir ...
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Euphoria: Seasons 1 & 2 DVD Review: Full of Candor, Humor, and Empathy

To be honest with you, I didn't exactly understand all the hoopla over the TV show Euphoria, and mainly that's ...
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Something in the Dirt Movie Review: A Masterpiece of Cosmic, Organic Horror

Brilliant and highly original DIY filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson already won my heart with such films as Resolution, ...
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: An All-time Classic

What else can one say about E.T., the unfortunately fictional but lovable alien, who whisked his way into our hearts ...
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Daisies is the Pick of the Week

When I first watched Věra Chytilová's 1966 game-changer Daisies, I was immediately struck by its approach to youthful rebellion, its ...
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Zerograd (Zero City) Movie Review: Unique and Surreal

Seeing so many twisted tales of desperation where characters are forced into situations beyond their control, I do get that ...
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Satan’s Little Helper Blu-ray Review: Ripe for Discovery

As a fan of horror flicks, I like many of them (even the lowest tier ones), and celebrated cult director ...
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The Bat Blu-ray Review: Has a Certain Campy Charm

I do like good murder mysteries, but only if they're done well. They have to have solid scripts, well-written characters ...
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Return of the Living Dead 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

Ever since George A. Romero's masterpiece Night of the Living Dead was unleashed in 1968, everyone wanted to do their ...
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I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing Blu-ray Review: A Prime Example of the Immediacy and Importance of Films by Women

As a constant daydreamer who also happens to be a member of the queer/LGBTQ community, I totally related to Patricia ...
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Siege (1983) Blu-ray Review: One Very Tense and Mostly Unpredictable Action Thriller

Being a gay man myself, I am still terrified to live a world where most people continue to deny the ...
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Night of the Living Dead 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

What else can you say about George A. Romero's highly influential 1968 masterpiece Night of the Living Dead?! It's one ...
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The Chocolate War Blu-ray Review: Aims a Rather Sharp Eye on the Weird Rituals of Toxic Male Youth

I've always liked actor-director Keith Gordon. I feel that he remains a very underrated and unique figure of film. He ...
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Poltergeist 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

What else can one say about Tobe Hopper's 1982 classic Poltergeist that hasn't already been said? It's a film about ...
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The Amusement Park Blu-ray Review: Romero’s Most Imaginative and Bleakest Film

George A. Romero, one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of the medium, like Wes Craven, didn't make straightforward ...
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Kamikaze Hearts Blu-ray Review: A Gritty Deep Dive into the Porn Industry

There are so many facets to the queer film, not just a showcase of bodies. Most people (definitely conservatives) think ...
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Death Game Blu-ray Review: Delightfully Unhinged and Truly Unpredictable

The 1970s was perhaps the best decade for horror flicks and suspense thrillers. There's always going to be a discussion ...
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Blow Out 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

Despite the constant comparisons to Hitchcock, celebrated director Brian De Palma does have a style all his own. Yes, he's ...
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Rachel, Rachel Blu-ray Review: A Tender Story of a Woman’s Awakening

As an invalid and kind of recluse who is trapped in the same existence, the same room, the same house, ...
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Hotel du Nord Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Somber French Realist Classic

I was not always familiar with legendary filmmaker Marcel Carne's work, such as 1938's Port of Shadows, or his 1945 ...
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Coming Apart Blu-ray Review: A Realistically Troubling Portrait of Our Deepest, Darkest Impulses

I have seen some pretty bold films about the nature of male-to-female relationships, but only a few of them ever ...
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Child’s Play 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

Let's just get this out of the way. Child's Play (1988), directed by genre icon Tom Holland, still has one ...
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Tenebrae 4K UHD is the Pick of the Week

Of course, Dario Argento is one the great Italian masters of horror. His films are usually light of plot and ...
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Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen Blu-ray Review: An Absolute Delight All the Way Through

I have seen lots of documentaries about the making of cherished films, but only a few of them really impressed ...
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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands Blu-ray Review: Sexy, Funny, and Highly Entertaining

Brazilian cinema isn't always on my radar, but when I actually see a Brazilian film, I realize that there is ...
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The Sacred Spirit Blu-ray Review: Mostly yet Unsuccessfully Weird

Sometimes I do admire a slow-burn film, but only when it's done right. It has to have enough style, characterization, ...
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Marty is the Pick of the Week

Today, 1955's Marty may not seem like an obvious choice for Best Picture, but make no mistake, it was refreshing ...
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The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender DVD Review: A Fun Essay

Sometimes I don't get Hollywood. It has an infamously tedious tendency to be really behind the times. It's not exactly ...
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The Virgin Suicides 4K is the Pick of the Week

Sofia Coppola has always been a filmmaker of immense interest. She loves zeroing in on the trials and tribulations of ...
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True Romance Blu-ray Review: Entertaining, Relentless, and Fearless

I wouldn't exactly call the 1990s the greatest decade, but I will say that the movies that came out of ...
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The Worst Person in the World Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Breathtakingly Honest

Seeing The Worst Person in the World, filmmaker Joachim Trier's breathtakingly honest and so in-the-moment take on relationships and finding ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine

Coming out of the closet for in one of the most difficult things that anyone in LGBTQ community ever has ...
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Shaft (1971) is the Pick of the Week

I have to admit that I am not usually well-versed in the films of the now-famous Blaxploitation genre. I have ...
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Tribeca Film Festival 2022 Review: A Love Song

An unorthodox romance set in a beautiful, vast Colorado backdrop is at the center of Max Walker-Silverman's beguilingly unassuming directorial ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Wes Schlagenhauf is Dying

If you said that there are too many pandemic comedies existing now, I would have to agree with you. However, ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Out of Order

Sometimes the big city can bring a lot of you, including your search of love after heartbreak. This appealingly familiar ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Nude Tuesday

I've never been married nor have been in a relationship, but I have seen enough on film and TV to ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Closing Dynasty

Written and directed by Lloyd Lee Choi Closing Dynasty is a quietly humanistic short portrait of how we really do ...
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The Tales of Hoffman is the Pick of the Week

Powell and Pressburger was a filmmaking duo for the ages. Their films were unlike anything you had ever seen, even ...
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Kinky Boots Blu-ray Review: A Refreshing and Much-Needed Story about LGBTQ from the Working-Class Perspective

I have to admit, I find that some LGBTQ films are mostly about sex and attractive people having it constantly. ...
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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, 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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Baby Doll Is the Pick of the Week

Legendary director Elia Kazan never made happy-go-lucky movies. His cinema is comprised of sheer human drama, drama that includes characters ...
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The Parallax View Is the Pick of the Week

The logic of conspiracy theories has a lot to do with elements or explanations that can be considered factual or ...
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Do the Right Thing 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

What else can be said about Do the Right Thing, iconic filmmaker Spike Lee's 1989 classic? It remains one of ...
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The Ascent Is the Pick of the Week

The late filmmaker Larisa Shepitko (1938-1979) was an incredible director with an original sense of style and detail. She had ...
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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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They Live 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Legendary horror master John Carpenter just celebrated his 73rd birthday on Saturday. Every true genre fan has a favorite Carpenter ...
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Just Before Dawn Is the Pick of the Week

When Halloween, John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece was released, it became the essential template on how to successfully create a thrill-ride, ...
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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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Three Films by Luis Bunuel Is the Pick of the Week

What else can any self-respecting film critic or lover say about the one and only Luis Buñuel (the father of ...
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The Best Years of Our Lives Is the Pick of the Week

If you ask any true film lover and TCM devotee what's one of their favorite movies, they'll probably tell you ...
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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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Tremors Is the Pick of the Week

There have been so many movies that have been throwbacks or tributes to the creatures features of the 1950s. These ...
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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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Mouchette Is the Pick of the Week

The legendary Robert Bresson remains one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. His portraits (often harrowing, yet ...
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Crash (1996) Is the Pick of the Week

When you think of legendary director David Cronenberg, you picture highly original works of twisted horror and scientific madness. Whether ...
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Essential Fellini Is the Pick of the Week

I don't have to tell you that Federico Fellini remains one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of film. ...
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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Is the Pick of the Week

Legendary and celebrated indie director Jim Jarmusch is the type of filmmaker that you can't place in a certain box. ...
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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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Girlfriends Is the Pick of the Week 

In popular culture, we've seen great movies and TV shows about female friendships and the ups and downs that obviously ...
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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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V for Vendetta 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week 

When Donald Trump was unfortunately elected in 2016, that obviously set out an extreme chain of events that have turned ...
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Parasite Is the Pick of the Week

Everything you've heard about director Bong Joon-ho's rightly acclaimed and celebrated 2019 modern classic, Parasite, is definitely true. It's a ...
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Back to the Future Trilogy 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

What else can one say about the Back to the Future trilogy that hasn't been said already? It is still ...
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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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Scream Factory’s The Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition Is the Pick of the Week

Halloween (1978), when it was released, set the standard for the slasher genre, which would go on to have an ...
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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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Pierrot le Fou Is the Pick of the Week

I know that legendary director Jean-Luc Godard, by many, should be taken with a grain of salt (or ten), but ...
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The Elephant Man Is the Pick of the Week

Obviously, the great David Lynch is isn't exactly known for depicting humanity and subtlety, even in some of his greatest ...
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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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Full Metal Jacket 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Stanley Kubrick remains one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. He didn't make a lot of films, ...
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Shivers Is the Pick of the Week

If you ask any true film buff who's the master of "Body Horror", and they tell you it's the legendary ...
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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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The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection Is the Pick of the Week

What else can be mentioned about the legendary Alfred Hitchcock that hasn't already been so? There are so many reasons ...
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Beetlejuice 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

Usually, most films about dead people are serious, bleak, and grim as all get out. However, there are those that ...
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Toni Is the Pick of the Week

When discussing the legendary Jean Renoir, you're talking about one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. ...
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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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Town Bloody Hall Is the Pick of the Week

Norman Mailer was arguably the most influential writer during postwar America. He wasn't afraid to be outspoken of what he ...
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The Complete Films of Agnes Varda Is the Pick of the Week

A master filmmaker like the great Agnes Varda needs no introduction. When she passed away at the age of 90, ...
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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum Is the Pick of the Week

In today's extremely terrifying times, where Donald Trump continues his reign of terror, you have to look back at the ...
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The Tenant Is the Pick of the Week

Yes, I know that Roman Polanski is a very controversial figure today, and what he did in mid to late ...
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Marriage Story Is the Pick of the Week

As I pointed out in my recent review for Marriage Story, director Noah Baumbach's soulful and deeply intense 2019 film, ...
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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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Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits Is the Pick of the Week

As we all know, the legendary Bruce Lee is/was the most influential figure in the history of martial arts, bar ...
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The War of the Worlds (1953) Is the Pick of the Week

The 1950s was decade of sheer uncertainty and paranoia due to the threat of the Cold War and imminent doom ...
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Come and See Is the Pick of the Week

"War is hell" is a famous phrase that many films have demonstrated, in sometimes painful or painfully graphic detail. It's ...
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Is the Pick of the Week

As we all know, June is #Pride month, and it is one of a celebration of the triumphs and struggles ...
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The Cameraman Is the Pick of the Week

What else can you say about the legendary Buster Keaton (one of three kings of silent cinema, alongside Charlie Chaplin ...
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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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An Unmarried Woman Is the Pick of the Week

In a way, the 1970s was the decade of the woman. There were many films about women coming into their ...
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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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Jaws: 45th Anniversary Is the Pick of the Week

What else can be said about Steven Spielberg's 1975 masterpiece Jaws that hasn't been said already? The legendary film has ...
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Scorsese Shorts Is the Pick of the Week

As we all know, Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. His style, technique, ...
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Dance, Girl, Dance Is the Pick of the Week

The iconic Dorothy Arzner was definitely an legend in the history of cinema. She was the only female director working ...
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The Great Escape Is the Pick of the Week

A lot of things have been said about director John Sturges' admire 1963 anti-war classic, The Great Escape. Audiences and ...
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Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales Is the Pick of the Week

The late, great Eric Rohmer (1920-2010) was a film critic, journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and teacher. However, he was best known ...
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The Grand Budapest Hotel Is the Pick of the Week

Wes Anderson is one my favorite directors. His films combine quirky characters and deadpan humor, but in mostly modern settings. ...
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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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The Cremator Is the Pick of the Week

The now-ancient Czech New Wave was a limited, but highly influential cinema movement that took place from 1963 to 1968. ...
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Sixteen Candles Is the Pick of the Week

When iconic director John Hughes passed away in 2009, he definitely left behind a legacy of teen cinema that remains ...
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Army of Shadows Is the Pick of the Week

Legendary director Jean-Pierre Melville was always adept at capturing humanity under devastating odds. Whether it was people trying to survive ...
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Show Boat Is the Pick of the Week

Director James Whale was mainly known for crafting legendary horror films/adaptations, such as Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Old Dark ...
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Bamboozled Is the Pick of the Week

Obviously, when it comes to films that are challenging and confronting, I think that Spike Lee definitely comes to mind. ...
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Salesman Is the Pick of the Week

The documentary is an often celebrated genre of film that depicts real life, real human behavior, and some of the ...
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Sergio Leone Westerns Is the Pick of the Week

Honestly, legendary director Sergio Leone made me a fan of the Western. His take on the not-so-favorite genre is darker, ...
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Paris Is Burning Is the Pick of the Week

As a member of the LGBTQ community, I'm always trying to find documents that depict our lives, especially with honesty ...
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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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Teorema Is the Pick of the Week

The late, controversial director Pier Paolo Pasolini made his dangerous mark on cinema with blunt stories of taboo-breaking material, such ...
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Roma (2018) Is the Pick of the Week

When Green Book won the Oscar for best picture, it immediately became a controversy, simply because it was a rather ...
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Crooklyn Is the Pick of the Week

When it comes to the coming-of age film, Spike Lee is not exactly the first director that comes to mind. ...
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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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All About My Mother Is the Pick of the Week

Director Pedro Almodovar is one of the finest filmmakers in the history of film. He is truly the greatest master ...
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The House by the Cemetery Is the Pick of the Week

The late Lucio Fulci will be forever known as the Italian "master of gore." His films have become influential templates ...
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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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The Fugitive Kind Is the Pick of the Week

Legendary director Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) had a knack for creating cinematic creations from some of history's greatest plays, novels, and ...
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Holiday (1938) Is the Pick of the Week

Talking about the films that Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn made together, you usually go to 1938's Bringing Up Baby, ...
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Very Bad Things Blu-ray Review: What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas

After Pulp Fiction (arguably the film that defined the 1990s) came out, it changed the dynamic of how violence was depicted in ...
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Silver Bullet Is the Pick of the Week

As far as Stephen King adaptations go, 1985's Silver Bullet does rank up there with other great '80s adaptations such ...
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Old Joy Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Quite Reflective and Moving

Director Kelly Reichardt has become one of my favorite directors. She is one of the very few maverick filmmakers of ...
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Until the End of the World Is the Pick of the Week

As we all know, Wim Wenders is a master filmmaker, who has given us an amazing and eclectic career of ...
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Big Trouble in Little China Is the Pick of the Week

Director John Carpenter has had a long-standing career of making great movies, especially in the horror genre. Some of them ...
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Now, Voyager Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Superior Tearjerker

With her saucer eyes, unparalled intensity, and unbridled non-vanity, Bette Davis has been and still is regarded as one of ...
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All About Eve Is the Pick of the Week

What else can one say about Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 landmark backstage drama? It's a film that remains arguably the ...
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Road Games Blu-ray Review: A Rear Windowesque Road Movie

The Ozploitation era during the early '70s throughout the '80s had unleashed films with modest budgets, horror/comedy/action elements, nudity (mostly ...
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When We Were Kings Is the Pick of the Week

I'm not really a sports guy, and I'm obviously not athletic. However, I will watch documentaries about sports. There have ...
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The Omen Collection Is the Pick of the Week

Obviously with franchises, especially with horror, there always the first films that are classics, the sequels are from good to ...
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Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg Is the Pick of the Week

Although he was well known for his legendary collaborations with the great Marlene Dietrich, famous Vienna born, New York-raised director ...
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The Shining 4K UHD Is the Pick of the Week

What else can you say about The Shining, director Stanley Kubrick's controversial 1980 horror masterwork?! On one side, it's considered ...
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Dogtooth Blu-ray Review: Takes the Theme of Bad Parenting to an All-time High

Acclaimed Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has become one of the most idiosyncratic directors working today. With such unclassifibly original films ...
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The Circus Is the Pick of the Week

When it comes to humor and heart, there was probably no one better to deliver that wonderful mixture than the ...
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Polyester Is the Pick of the Week

John Waters is one of our greatest filmmakers. He is a singular director of outrageous bad state, but he dares ...
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Dial M for Murder Is the Pick of the Week

There is a reason why the term "Hitchcockian" exists. Film history just wouldn't be what it is without good ol' ...
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The Snake Pit Blu-ray Review: One of the First and Best Motion Pictures to Bring Mental Illness to Life

The topic of mental illness today is still a really prickly issue that may people refuse to discuss with others. ...
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Kind Hearts and Coronets Blu-ray Review: An Influential Cinema Landmark

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I prefer British comedy over American comedy. The ...
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Fists in the Pocket Is the Pick of the Week

Director Marco Bellocchio's 1965 savage masterpiece, Fists in the Pocket, remains arguably the most definitive portrait of brutal family dysfunction ...
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The Koker Trilogy Is the Pick of the Week

When master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami passed away in 2016, that really shook the film world, because his extraordinary body of ...
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Magnificent Obsession Is the Pick of the Week

When it comes to classic melodrama, director Douglas Sirk can't be beat. In his films, which usually include themes of ...
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Alice, Sweet Alice Blu-ray Review: Has Surprisingly Aged Very Well

When it comes to horror cinema, I think 1970s horror stands at the top for me. Everyone, even those who ...
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The Inland Sea Is the Pick of the Week

As much I adore legendary film critic Donald Ritchie, I never knew he made a personal travelogue of his trip ...
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The Reflecting Skin Blu-ray Review: A Brutally Surreal Coming-of-Age Gem

When it comes to youth, the rites of passage are always paved with dark uncertainty and a cerebral outlook on ...
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Alice, Sweet Alice Is the Pick of the Week

When discussing the slasher genre, the obvious classics: Halloween (1978), A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), Scream (1996), and most ...
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Glory Is the Pick of the Week

The year 1989 was pretty great for film, although not for the Oscars. The overall winner was Driving Miss Daisy, ...
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Do the Right Thing Is the Pick of the Week

When taking about some of the greatest films ever made, you have to include iconic director Spike Lee's equally iconic ...
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Klute Is the Pick of the Week

The 1970s was a hugely groundbreaking decade for film. During this decade, Cinema reflected on the aftermath of Vietnam, the ...
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The BRD Trilogy Is the Pick of the Week

Legendary director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was one of the most uncompromising observers of human nature that cinema had ever known. ...
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Leon Morin, Priest Is the Pick of the Week

When talking about the great Jean-Pierre Melville, you're automatically drawn to his gangster oeurve, which he definitely excelled in. This ...
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Is the Pick of the Week

Being that this is still Pride month, I think John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) makes sense ...
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Us Is the Pick of the Week

Director Jordan Peele brings us a new cinematic nightmare with his inventive, sophomore effort, Us, which can be described as ...
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Us Blu-ray Review: A Stunning Second Effort by Jordan Peele

When comedy icon and new horror master Jordan Peele made his 2017 smash, Get Out, he created a new type of ...
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Thirst (2009) Blu-ray Review: A Wicked Love Story

After the Twilight franchise nearly ruined the vampire film with its sour and teeny-bopper mix of staleness, Coldplay, and glitter, filmmakers set ...
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Swing Time Is the Pick of the Week

When it comes to classic cinema, I think that the Astaire and Rogers films have to be mentioned somewhere. While ...
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Fatso Blu-ray Review: Starring the Great Comedian Dom DeLuise

Being a guy on the chubby side, I can definitely relate to films about the dangers of binge-eating and food ...
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Let the Sunshine In Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Love Is…Brutally Human

For most people, love is a constant slope towards madness and eventual pain. We crave it, but sometimes, when it's ...
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The Image Book Blu-ray Review: Godard Expresses the Hell of the Contemporary World

Have you ever watched a film and wondered what's actually in the images you're seeing? Have you every looked at ...
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