Jack Cormack

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) Blu-ray Review: Bedraggled

Woe to the viewer who tries to sit through director Paul Morrissey’s take on The Hound of the Baskervilles, starring ...
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Straight Time Blu-ray Review: The Jailbird Blues

Catch me on the right day and I’ll proclaim Straight Time (dir. Ulu Grosbard) the best film of 1978. Based ...
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The Sergio Martino Collection Blu-ray Review: A Giallo Giant Gets His Due

So, you’ve seen the Dario Argento gialli (highlights include The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Suspiria, and Tenebrae), ...
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Back Street Blu-ray Review: Suffer the Silk

I’m not sure I believe in the idea of a ‘guilty pleasure’; but if I did, Back Street (1961) is ...
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Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker Blu-ray Review: Psycho-biddy Pie

In this video nasty from 1982, Billy (Jimmy McNichol) is a high school basketball star who lives with his kooky ...
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Thunderbolt Blu-ray Review: A Snooze-fest of Sound and Shadow

A remake of his earlier gangster film Underworld (1927), director Josef von Sternberg’s Thunderbolt (1929) is his first talkie. Even ...
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Major Dundee Blu-ray Review: Get Whipped and Bury Your Dead

Director Sam Peckinpah was a few things: a drunk, misogynist boor; an auteur who was always getting screwed by the ...
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Book Review: The Art and Making of The Stand by Andy Burns

Priced at $45, The Art and Making of The Stand (Titan Books) is a coffee-table bit of glossiness devoted to ...
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Mission: Impossible (25th Anniversary Limited Edition) Blu-ray Review: MacGuffin Royale

In the summer of 1996, Paramount Pictures brought three TV shows that originated in the 1960s to the big screen: ...
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Switchblade Sisters Blu-ray Review: The Big Bad Girl Rumble

Re-watching one of 1975’s best grindhouse titles, Switchblade Sisters, I’m impressed: Though it sunk like a stone when it first ...
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The Greatest Show on Earth Blu-ray Review: The Show Must Go On… and On… and On

Epic corn was director Cecil B. DeMille’s metier, and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952; 152 minutes), his circus opus ...
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Baby Doll Blu-ray Review: Let’s Play House, Baby

Scripted by playwright Tennessee Williams, who got sole credit for this adaptation of two of his shorter plays, “Twenty-Seven Wagons ...
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Book Review: Later by Stephen King: Growing Up with Ghosts

Dismiss his output from the last few decades all you like: Stephen King is a master of sentence construction. And ...
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Lady Sings the Blues Blu-ray Review: Good Morning Heartache

Allow me to state this upfront: In Lady Sings the Blues (1972; director, Sidney J. Furie), Diana Ross gives a ...
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Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: We Are Not Monsters

The first five minutes of HBO’s adventure horror series, Lovecraft Country (Season One), tells you everything you need to know ...
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San Francisco Blu-ray Review: The King of the Barbary Coast Finds His Queen

The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is the backdrop for this handsomely mounted 1936 MGM production, which spends far too ...
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The Pajama Game Blu-ray Review: Fosse Rising

The Pajama Game (1957) is very much of its time. That’s part of its charm. Adapted from a hit Broadway ...
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Mank Movie Review: The Big Crack-up

In the past few years, Netflix has enticed some of our best filmmakers—Joel & Ethan Coen, Alfonso Cuaron, David Fincher, ...
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