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Book Review: Atlas Comics Library No. 2: Venus Vol. 2

Venus tells a very revealing story - not about its characters or world, but about the world of comic book ...
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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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Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Vol. 3 Blu-ray Review: Another Choice Collection of Classic Cartoons

The Warner Archive Collection has gone back through the vaults to present the Looney Tunes Collector's Choice Vol. 3. This ...
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From the Couch Hole: The Calendar on Your Wall Was Ticking the Days Off

Previously on FTCH, last week the eclipse was just a jade in the shade in the New Empire. The Baja ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge “Only a Poor Old Man” by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge “Only a Poor Old Man” is Volume 12 in Fantagraphics' The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. ...
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Arcadian Movie Review: Let Nicolas Out of His Cage

Ben Brewer’s Arcadian opens with Paul (Nicolas Cage) running for his life in what appears to be an apocalypse-level event ...
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Gigi Movie Review: Weak Heads and Careless Bodies

Gigi (1958), a musical romantic comedy, won all nine of its Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director ...
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A Day at the Races Blu-ray Review: Better Than a Bowl of Tootsie-Fruitsie Ice Cream

After A Night at the Opera, the Marx brothers spent A Day at the Races, their seventh film and second ...
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Book Review: Blessed Be by Rick Altergott

In the opening of Rick Altergott’s first graphic novel, Blessed Be, a Flowertown judge sentences Tommy Cottonwood, a local drug ...
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Lisa Frankenstein Blu-ray Review: Captures How Life and Death Everything Feels As a Teenager

Being a teenage girl is already rough. But it gets rougher if you aren’t like the other girls and tend ...
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From the Couch Hole: Time Can Erase the Things We Said

Previously on FTCH, last week the Ghostbusters were called in by the mysterious stranger. They went to Skull Island and ...
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They Drive by Night Blu-ray Review: They Live by Day

One of the interesting things about becoming a classic movie fan is how you wind up just wandering around an ...
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Coup de Chance Movie Review: He Caught His Wife Having an Affair with Their Marriage Counselor

Woody Allen’s 50th feature film, Coup de Chance (Stroke of Luck), is a comedic thriller that opens, of course, with ...
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Heroes: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Review: Save the Cardboard, Save the World

“Save the cheerleader, save the world.” With that simple theme, NBC’s superhero TV series captured the nation’s attention years before ...
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A Fistful of Dynamite Blu-ray Review: Viva la Sergio Leone Revolucion

For many filmgoers, Sergio Leone made four movies, four Westerns that helped to define the perception of the Spaghetti Western. ...
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The Crime Is Mine Movie Review: 2 Broke Girls

Madeleine and Pauline are five months behind on their rent, struggling to make their way as young adults in 1930s ...
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The Lion in Winter (1968) Blu-ray Review: Cutthroat Politics, Medieval Style

The Lion in Winter is largely about terrible people who might love each other, when they're not plotting against each ...
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Colt .45: The Complete Series Blu-ray Box Set Review: Revolving Peacemaker

Ask anyone not collecting Social Security to name an old Western TV series and you’ll likely get one of two ...
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Stand and Deliver Blu-ray Review: A Classic Classroom Drama

Stand and Deliver (1988), directed by Ramon Menendez, is the story of a high school math teacher who dreamed the ...
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The Best Years of Our Lives Movie Review: People Are Playing Golf…Just As if Nothing Had Ever Happened

Director William Wyler’s best picture winner, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), deftly interweaves the stories of three men ...
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From the Couch Hole: In This Life I’ve Seen Everything I Can See

Previously on FTCH, last week on Star Island, the Shogun smelled old books and sizzlin' cheese burgers. Godzilla and Kong ...
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Una Familia de Tantas (A Family Like Many Others) Blu-ray Review: A True Cine Mexicano Classic

Una Familia de Tantas (A Family Like Many Others) is a well-made family drama directed by Alejandro Galindo that won ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI Blu-ray Review: A Worthy Entry to the Series

Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema is an on-going series of boxed sets each containing three noir films from ...
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Looney Tunes Collector’s Choice Vol. 2 Blu-ray Review: Another Wonderful Collection of Classic Cartoons

Fans should be happy that Looney Tunes Collector's Choice Vol. 2 expands upon the previous volume's offerings in the number ...
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Wednesday: Season 1 Blu-ray Review: Two Snaps Up

The Addams Family empire has quite a streak going. Starting with 150 single-panel comics (mostly published in The New Yorker) ...
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Book Review: Alfred Hitchcock Storyboards by Tony Lee Moral

As author Tony Lee Moral states in his Introduction, “No other director is more strongly associated with storyboarding than Sir ...
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Book Review: How War Begins: Dispatches from the Ukrainian Invasion by Igort

Italian cartoonist Igort began serializing reports from Ukrainian citizens in the early days of their ongoing invasion by Russian forces. ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVIII Blu-ray Review: One Out of Three Ain’t Bad

I suppose there were always low-budget movies. As soon as somebody started making money from moving pictures, somebody else probably ...
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From the Couch Hole: We Can All Get Together and Ease Up Our Mind

Previously on FTCH, last week Morbius and Monsieur Spade narrated the anatomy of the fall. Venom didn't give the best ...
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The Fox (2022) DVD Review: Two Against the World

This German/Austrian co-production dramatizes the real-life story of an Austrian soldier who adopted a fox cub during World War II. ...
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The Giant Gila Monster Special Edition Blu-ray Review: Hey, Kids! It’s a Rocking, Horror Double Bill with The Killer Shrews

The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews return! These two low budget sci fi/ horror flix directed by Ray ...
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Strange Way of Life DVD Review: A Strong, Romantic, Cowboy Drama

Writer-director Pedro Almodovar’s Strange Way of Life is a short (30 minutes) cowboy drama/romance starring Ethan Hawke as Sheriff Jake ...
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The Long Riders Blu-ray Review: O Brother, Who Shot Thou?

While the western genre is amongst my favorites for film and television, there are still some that I’ve overlooked or ...
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The Ring Collection 4K UHD Review: Video Terror’s Diminishing Returns

The Ring (2002) might be one of the most influential horror movies of the new century. Based on the Japanese ...
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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom 4K UHD Review: Inventive Action Sequences Keep the Story Alive

James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is funny, action-packed, filled with strong performances, and it is one of the ...
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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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Book Review: Anna by Mia Oberländer

Anna is tall. Like, freakishly tall, with legs so long she’s able to stride over small mountains in a single ...
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Good Burger 2 Blu-ray Review: Still Serving Up the Laughs

It has been two and a half decades since Good Burger hit the screens to tell the story of Dex ...
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Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell DVD Review: Inside the Heart of Vietnam

This award-winning entry from last year’s Cannes Film Festival takes viewers on a mournful quest through present-day rural Vietnam. As ...
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The Questor Tapes Blu-ray Review: An Android Seeks Its Creator in This TV Pilot from Gene Roddenberry

With a story by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and a screenplay credited to Roddenberry and Star Trek show runner ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVII Blu-ray Review: The B-Sides of Edward G. Robinson

Something I've been thinking about lately is how when I was growing up I had a pretty decent knowledge of ...
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From the Couch Hole: Beautiful Faces and Loud, Empty Places

Previously on FTCH, we returned to Dune for chocomania with the Shogun. The blade runner said, "Wish you were here" ...
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The Lady Eve Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Preston Sturges Presents a Two-Sided Love Triangle

Based on Monckton Hoffe's “Two Bad Hats,” The Lady Eve is Preston Sturges's third outing as writer/director, and with it, ...
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Suits: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: Game of Phones

Suits completed its nine-season broadcast run in 2019, but following its addition to Netflix last year, it’s more popular than ...
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Death Rides a Horse Blu-ray Review: Revenge Riders of the Dust Storm

In Death Rides a Horse (1967; dir. Giulio Petroni), Bill (a stiff but watchable John Philip Law) is a young, ...
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Much Ado About Dying Movie Review: Beautifully Uncomfortable

The burden of care-giving for another person at the end of their life is not something everyone will have to ...
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Frida (2024) Movie Review: An Artistic Tribute to Kahlo from Kahlo

Frida Kahlo used herself as the subject of many of her paintings because, as she said, “I am the subject ...
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Bombs Over Burma DVD Review: Chungking Express

Anna May Wong stars as an elementary school teacher in China who moonlights as a World War II spy. The ...
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Bigfoot: Beyond the Legend Blu-ray Review: I’m Honestly at a Loss After Watching This

Bigfoot: Beyond the Legend looks at the legend of Bigfoot using historical accounts, testimony, and information from Bigfoot experts and ...
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Here’s Flash Casey DVD Review: His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, and Andy Hardy Walk into a Bar…

Here’s Flash Casey (1938), directed by Lynn Shores (Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum), stars Eric Linden and Boots Mallory ...
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The Great Ziegfeld Blu-ray Review: There’s No Business Like Show Business

The Great Ziegfeld, winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, tells a story that, in quite an unusual on-screen ...
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Witness Blu-ray Review: Harrison Ford Among the Amish

Harrison Ford, Kelly McGinnis, and Lukas Haas star in Witness (1985), a crime thriller that takes place mostly in the ...
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Book Review: Tender by Beth Hetland

Tender, Beth Hetland’s first graphic novel, is a psychological thriller with a big dose of body horror. It is meant ...
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The Prince of Egypt: The Musical Blu-ray Review: Holy Moses

DreamWorks makes another attempt at a live musical theater adaptation of one of their animated films, this time reaching all ...
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The Whip and the Body Blu-ray Review: Colorful Kink from Mario Bava

The thing about Mario Bava is that he became something of a bridge between classical and modern horror. He made ...
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From the Couch Hole: Same Old Show, In a Different Town, On Another Time

Previously on FTCH, inside Llewlyn Davis they found Coca-Cola spiced with hot honey. The drive-away dolls have been searchin' such ...
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Driving Madeleine Blu-ray Review: Driving Madame Daisy

Wait, haven’t we seen this movie before? Yes, the concept is similar to Driving Miss Daisy, with shades of Green ...
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The Rolling Stones: Live at the Wiltern Blu-ray Review: 20 Licks Up Close and I Like It

To commemorate the band's 40th anniversary in 2002, the Rolling Stones released Forty Licks, notable among the many Stones compilations ...
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Book Review: The N-Word of God by Mark Doox

Two-thirds of the way through Mark Doox’s The N-Word of God, the character Saint Sambo asks if you consider yourself ...
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Jeanne Moreau, Filmmaker Blu-ray Review: Girl Power

Any casual fan of French cinema recognizes the name of esteemed actress Jeanne Moreau. Of far less common knowledge is ...
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Archangel (1990) Blu-ray Review: Dreamlike Semi-silent Melodrama

Guy Maddin does not make movies in any particular genre. He makes "Guy Maddin" movies, which are unlike anything else ...
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Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Blu-ray Review: A Must-own for Fans of the D

The comic hard-rock duo Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) teamed up with director Liam Lynch to write and ...
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Book Review: Reading Love and Rockets by Marc Sobel

Continuing their celebration of four decades of Love and Rockets, Fantagraphics presents this comprehensive overview of the first 50 issues ...
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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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Migration Blu-ray Review: Funny but Flies South Quick

Benjamin Renner’s Migration is an animated adventure story from Illumination. It concerns itself with a family of mallards who have ...
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The Bridge: The Complete Series DVD Box Set Review: The Saga of Saga

After a four-season, 38-episode run originally broadcast between 2011-2018, the full story of Swedish detective Saga Noren is now available ...
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From the Couch Hole: Good Things in Life Take a Long Time

Previously on FTCH, the Lord of Light arrived in his midnite cruiser with maple syrup grahams. On Dune, the color ...
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Tupac: Live at the House of Blues (2010) Blu-ray Review: Tupac and Snoop Back in ‘96

Tupac: Live at the House of Blues was recorded in 1996 just months before Tupac was fatally shot and killed. ...
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The Heroic Trio/Executioners Criterion Collection 4K UHD Review: Insane Hong Kong Lady Action

In the pre-Internet era, information about different cultures’ cinema was obscure. It was rumor. It was some still in a ...
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The Hobby Movie Review: What Was Once About Collecting Is Now About Investing

The documentary The Hobby bills itself as “a character-driven, feel-good deep dive into the high-stakes, eccentric world of card collecting.”  ...
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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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Book Review: Return to Eden by Paco Roca

Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca returns with his most personal graphic novel to date, a nostalgia-soaked ode to the Franco-era Valencia ...
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Wonka Blu-ray Review: A Sweet Audiovisual Treat with Heart

When I first heard this film was Willy Wonka's origin story with Timothée Chalamet playing the titular role, I admit ...
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Contagion 4K UHD Review: If I Could Throw Your Computer in Jail, I Would

Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, written by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), is about a pandemic which spreads quickly and kills ...
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Black Tight Killers Blu-ray Review: Branded to Thrill

Yasuharu Hasebe’s delirious caper oozes with style, and is better than ever in this new hi-def transfer restored by Radiance ...
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The Golden Coach Blu-ray Review: Jean Renoir’s Tribute to Theater

When a traveling theater company rolls into a rich Peruvian town, the star actress named Camilla (Anna Magnani) quickly attracts ...
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From the Couch Hole: So Glad That You’re Here Again

Previously on FTCH, there was a murder at the end of the world on Dune. The messiah asked for black ...
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Verotika Blu-ray Review: A Comic Book Horror Anthology Come to Life

Verotika (2019) is writer/director Glenn Danzig’s debut and is an anthology horror movie based on characters from his Verotik comic ...
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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Movie Review: I Am Your Captain, Your Judge, and Your Jury

Frank Lloyd’s Mutiny on the Bounty was nominated for eight Academy Awards and came away with one, Best Picture. The ...
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The Promised Land Movie Review: Mads Mikkelsen Harvests Another Winner

When a destitute retired army captain sets out on a quixotic quest to cultivate inhospitable land, he runs afoul of ...
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La Syndicaliste Blu-ray Review: The Woman Who Maybe Cried Wolf

Director Jean-Paul Salomé and star Isabelle Huppert team up again in this fascinating drama that is not at all what ...
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Book Review: John Ford (Revised and Expanded) by Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington

Joseph McBride previously published biographies of Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, and three books on Orson Welles. He also wrote a ...
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Wolfman’s Got Nards Blu-ray Review: The Monster Squad Squad Speaks

The Monster Squad and Wolfman's Got Nards, the 30th anniversary documentary about the film and its fans, are available together ...
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The Monster Squad Blu-ray Review: And the Children Shall Lead

The Monster Squad and Wolfman's Got Nards, the 30th anniversary documentary about the film and its fans, are available together ...
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Faithless (1932) Blu-ray Review: Tallulah Bankhead Makes It Worth Watching

The story goes that as a teenager Tallulah Bankhead won a contest in the Picture Post magazine which sent her ...
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Mademoiselle (1966) Blu-ray Review: Lust and Terror In France

Someone is wreaking havoc in a French provincial village. The cattle's drinking water has been poisoned, fires have been set ...
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From the Couch Hole: Looking from a Window Above

Previously on FTCH, Dr. No met Jim Dandy in their past lives in Babylon. From May to December, we had ...
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Annie Hall Movie Review: Look, There’s God Coming Out of the Restroom

From the opening lines of Annie Hall, we know there will be no chance for romance between Alvy Singer (Woody ...
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2024 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films Review

Starting February 16, the 19th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 700 theaters globally and in ...
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2024 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Films Review

Starting February 16, the 19th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 700 theaters globally and in ...
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2024 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films Review

Starting February 16, the 19th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 700 theaters globally and in ...
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Book Review: Long Haul by Cullen Bunn and Heath Amodio

Long Haul is the latest graphic novel from Sandy Carpenter’s Storm King Comics’ Dark & Twisted line which focuses on ...
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Darkman 4K UHD Review: A Must-See for Sam Raimi Fans

In Sam Raimi’s Darkman (1990), Liam Neeson, in his first starring action role, plays Dr. Peyton Westlake, a researcher in ...
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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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Casino Remastered Edition Blu-ray Review: Paradise in the Desert Lost

Directed by Martin Scorsese who co-wrote the script with Nicholas Pileggi, based on the latter's Casino: Love and Honor in ...
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From the Couch Hole: All the Lights Are Changing Green to Red

Previously on FTCH, the little women were poor things that had to call an exorcist who said "This is a ...
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Ghostwritten (2024) Movie Review: The Story Needs More Spelled Out

As a writer, there are days where inspiration becomes elusive. But what happens when those days turn into months and ...
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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Blu-ray Review: If You Want to Hit Him, It’s Alright by Me

Norman Jewison’s The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is one of those rare comedies that holds its laughs ...
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Coming Home Blu-ray Review: Romantic War Drama at the Top of Its Game

There is nothing subtle about Hal Ashby’s Coming Home. It is not an anti-war film, it is, specifically, an anti-Vietnam ...
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Footloose (1984) 4K UHD Review: Rambunctious, Though Mostly Tired

After the death of his father, Ren McCormack (Keven Bacon), and his mother (Frances Lee McCain) move from Chicago to ...
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Book Review: Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Iron Man by John Rhett Thomas

Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Iron Man is the first release in the 24-book Marvel Studios: ...
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Scarlet Street Blu-ray Review: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Aside from the direction by Fritz Lang, I didn’t have much initial interest in watching this film. Edward G. Robinson ...
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Willy’s Wonderland 4K UHD Review: Nicolas Cage Brings a Whole Lot of Fun

Kevin Lewis’s Willy’s Wonderland stars Nicolas Cage, a possibly mute, probably just super quiet, nameless drifter driving the backroads, who ...
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Book Review: Hypericum by Manuele Fior

Italian cartoonist Manuele Fior’s latest graphic novel, his sixth picked up for U.S. release by Fantagraphics, follows two distinct stories ...
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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Blu-ray Review: Twisty Drama in the Courtroom

A filmed courtroom drama has a double-edged sword. It's of course easy drama, the conflict is already fixed. Defense vs. ...
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Waitress: The Musical Blu-ray Review: Small-Town Servers Accentuate the Positive

Following the conclusion of its four-year original Broadway run in early 2020, Waitress: The Musical returned to Broadway in late ...
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Book Review: 50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins by Dave Karger

TCM host and entertainment journalist Dave Karger assembles a series of interviews with a who's who (or for those that ...
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Burnt Offerings Blu-ray Review: Not the Average Haunted House Movie

Burnt Offerings (1976) starring Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, and Burgess Meredith may well be director Dan Curtis’ masterpiece. ...
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Perfect Days Movie Review: Wim Wenders Examines Perfect Solitude

Acclaimed German director Wim Wenders might seem an odd choice to helm a narrative feature about an elderly toilet cleaner ...
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Fathom Events Presents My Fair Lady for Its 60th Anniversary

Right after we married, my wife and I took our honeymoon in Stratford, Ontario. Just like its namesake in England, ...
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From the Couch Hole: I’ve Been So Many Places In My Life And Time

Previously on FTCH, the Barbie in the multiverse of madness was the rabbit hunter, so beware of darkness. The Golden ...
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Loaded Guns Blu-ray Review: Firing Blanks

By any conventional measure, Loaded Guns is a terrible movie. The wisp of a plot goes nowhere, the acting is ...
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He Walked by Night Blu-ray Review: You’ll Watch by Daylight

Part film noir, part ripped from the headlines semi-documentary, He Walked by Night influenced countless movies and television shows and ...
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The Lovely Bones DVD Review: Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci are Bright and Shiny Stars

Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones is based on the novel of the same name (2002) by Alice Sebold and stars ...
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Jennifer 8 Blu-ray Review: Ambitious but Flawed Crime Story

Jennifer 8 wants to be more than a serial killer story. It has the elements to be more. Friends with ...
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The Road to Hong Kong Blu-ray Review: The Formula Works to the End of the Map

A few months before the release of James Bond in Dr. No in theaters around the world, Bob Hope and ...
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Red Planet Mars Blu-ray Review: Peter Graves and Andrea King Put Some Life into a Surprisingly Religious Story

Red Planet Mars by director Harry Horner is a strange beast. It would like to be a sci-fi/thriller plopped down ...
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Joe’s Apartment Blu-ray Review: Riding Cockroaches Into the Sunset

Joe’s Apartment is a black comedy/musical/romance written and directed by John Payson. It stars Jerry O’Connell as down-on-his-luck New York ...
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There Is a Monster Movie Review: A Labor of Love That Misses the Mark

There Is a Monster is the story of Jack, a photographer who is hoping for his big break while dealing ...
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Book Review: The Bitter End and Other Stories, Illustrated by Reed Crandall

Fantagraphics presents yet another unparalleled collection in their EC Artists series with The Bitter End and Other Stories. This time ...
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From the Couch Hole: Watch Out, Take Care

Previously on FTCH, we were full of pork belly in 2001 when we met at the Einstein Intersection with Monsieur ...
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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part One Blu-ray Review: It Starts with a Flash

Based on DC Comics' 12-issue miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez, ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XVI Blu-ray Review: I’m Thrilled They Keep Releasing Them

Kino Lorber continues their long tradition of releasing relatively obscure film noir. This collection features three very different films ranging ...
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The Odd Couple: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review: Opposites Attract Laughs

The Odd Couple, which earned playwright Neil Simon his first Tony, is about a pair of mismatched divorcees sharing an ...
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Eureka (1983) Blu-ray Review: Greed, Grudges, and Gruesomeness

Eureka is four films in one, in succession. First, it's an experimental art film about a man obsessed with finding ...
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The Outside Man Blu-ray Review: Outsider Deray Crafts an Insider Look at 1970s L.A.

While this film may look like a typical 1970s U.S. crime drama at first glance, dig a little deeper and ...
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Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Enjoyable Six-Pack of Chan’s Early Films

Jackie Chan movies entered into the Criterion Collection in 2019 with the one-two punch of Police Story/Police Story 2. The ...
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Has Anybody Seen My Gal Blu-ray Review: Keep Looking, the Old Man Is in the Way

This 1952 charmer masquerades as a Rock Hudson/Piper Laurie rom-com, but pay close attention to that waving man behind the ...
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Journey to Bethlehem Blu-ray Review: Joyful, Joyful, Movie, I Adore Thee

As a Christian, I will admit that movies catered toward my demographic are mostly hard to stomach. They usually come ...
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Run Silent, Run Deep Blu-ray Review: Gable and Lancaster Are great

When my brother joined the Navy in the mid-1990s, he volunteered for submarine duty. It paid more than serving on ...
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From the Couch Hole: Just Like a Song in Days of Yore

Previously on FTCH, we started the year on Dune with a 'Shroom Swiss burger. The heroes used the Iron Claw ...
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Slamdance 2024 Review: Chaperone: Highs and Lows in Hilo

Misha is going nowhere fast. Nearly 30 years old, she’s in a perpetual state of arrested development, plodding along in ...
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American Dharma Movie Review: Duty, Fate, and Destiny

American Dharma is a documentary film in which director Errol Morris interviews Steve Bannon, who, among many other roles, was ...
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Thinner: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Lose the Fat to Find a Good Story

Tom Holland’s (dir. Fright Night, Child’s Play) Thinner, based on the novel by Stephen King, is a body horror/thriller starring ...
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Kingdom of the Spiders DVD Review: Shatner vs the Tarantulas 

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) stars William Shatner and Tiffany Bolling locked in battle with thousands of spiders in this ...
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Book Review: Atlas Artist Edition No. 1: Joe Maneely: “The Raving Maniac” and Other Stories

Before Marvel Comics was Marvel Comics, it was Atlas Comics. Fantagraphics kicks off a new archival series in their ongoing ...
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Strange Invaders Blu-ray Review: I Married a Woman from Outer Space

Strange Invaders (1983) directed and co-written by Michael Laughlin, is a quirky ode to science fiction movies of the 1950s ...
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From the Couch Hole: We Could Steal Time, Just for One Day

Previously on FTCH, way back in 2023, the boy and the heron went to a castle in the sky for ...
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Why We Fight (2020) Blu-ray Review: Three Athletes Tell Us Why They Do

Why We Fight is a look at three combat sports athletes and why they are so passionate about the Martial ...
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Book Review: Smoking Kills by Thijs Desmet

Smoking Kills by Thijs Desmet has a simple premise. Though we don’t know how long he has been in the ...
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A Disturbance in the Force: How the Star Wars Holiday Special Happened Blu-ray Review: Bringing Balance and Answers After 45 Years  

Making its sole television appearance on November 17, 1978, the Star Wars Holiday Special is an event that remains forever ...
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The Trip to Italy Movie Review: She’s Got a Lovely Gait. Probably Padlocked.

The Trip to Italy is the second of four films directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan and Rob ...
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From the Couch Hole: Best of the Rest 2023 – You Can Burn The Midnight Oil With Me

From 2005-2013 and 2014-2022, I punctuated each year with an ever increasingly complex Best of List. In 2021 I returned ...
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The English Patient Movie Review: When Were You Most Happy?

Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient is an epic war drama with two romances thrown in for spice. All three parts: ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “Maharajah Donald” by Carl Barks

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “Maharajah Donald” is Volume 4 in Fantagraphics’ The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. The book collects ...
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Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League DVD Review: Rude and Crude…They Are the League

Anti-Nowhere League did this and they did that. Animal did it with a shiny axe. So what? Winston shoved a ...
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TV Review: Star Wars Holiday Special

In 1978, Star Wars fans had little content beyond the film to immerse themselves. There was the movie novelization ghost ...
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The Trip (2010) Movie Review: Everything’s Exhausting When You’re Past 40

Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip is a strange beast: a television series made up of six episodes that were cut and ...
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Please, Not Now! Blu-ray Review: Brigitte Bardot Will Have You Saying Please, Now!

Brigitte Bardot is here to heat up the New Year in this steamy comedy from provocative writer/director Roger Vadim (Barbarella). ...
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The Facts of Murder Blu-ray Review: A Blending of Italian Genres

During the fascist regime of Mussolini, films and stories about crime were either deeply censored or outright banned in Italy. ...
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Charles M. Schulz wrote and illustrated nearly 18,000 of his beloved Peanuts (a name he was never fond of) comic ...
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In Delbert Mann’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Marty, starring Ernest Borgnine, you will find yourself cheering for Marty during ...
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Irish sailor Michael O'Hara (Orson Welles, who also wrote, directed, and produced) is the film's narrator and he tells the ...
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James L. Brooks produced, wrote, and directed Terms of Endearment based on the popular novel by Larry McMurtry. He also ...
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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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Scrooged 4K UHD Review: The Ghost of Murray’s Sense of Humor

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Staying Alive Blu-ray Review: They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright on Broadway

I might be in the minority but I think Staying Alive is a better film than Saturday Night Fever. (Yes, ...
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The Mask of Zorro (1998), while not a perfect movie, had a near-perfect sense of tone, and fantastic casting. Antonio ...
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The Devil Doll Blu-ray Review: Tiny Human Dolls Help Lionel Barrymore Get Revenge

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The Challenge Blu-ray Review: Accept This Challenge

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Alien Outlaw Blu-ray Review: Happily Senseless Sci-fi Western

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Black Sabbath Blu-ray Review: A Touch of Bava in the Night

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The Dark Power Blu-ray Review: A Solid Creature Feature

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Le Mépris (Contempt) 4K UHD Review: Contemplative, Frustrating, and Painfully Sad

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Cujo Blu-ray Review: A Straightforward Thriller with Modest Chills

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Paramount Scares Volume 1 4K UHD Review: An Embarrassment of Riches

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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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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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In the annals of cinema, the raunchy R-rated comedy predominantly featured the profane and sexual antics of 20-something, white men, ...
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RWBY Volume 9 continues the story of Team RWBY (pronounced Ruby), who are made up of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, ...
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The Black Phone 4K UHD Review: Unnerving Kidnapping Tale

Proper new screen horror villains are rare. While it seems like they pop up all the time, the ones that ...
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Night of the Demons 2 Blu-ray Review: Angela Comes Back, Better

Night of the Demons 2 is a direct-to-video sequel to Night of the Demons, released six years later. It's cheaper, ...
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Night of the Demons 4K UHD Review: Shameless & Shameful Evil Dead Rip-off

When I saw the opening credits of Night of the Demons, I had the feeling that the animated floating demons ...
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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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From the Couch Hole: Don’t You Love the Farce

Previously on FTCH, there was a haunting in Venice and Carmella Creeper is dead again in The Void. In Flavortown, ...
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Crime and Punishment (2002) Blu-ray Review: Too Much Punishment

Crispin Glover plays Roskolnikov in Menahem Golan’s adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment. Roskolnikov has recently published a ...
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Farewell My Concubine 30th Anniversary Movie Review: Leslie Cheung Shines Once More

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Chen Kaige’s searing epic is returning to U.S. theaters with a new 4K restoration ...
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The Exorcist 4K UHD Review: William Friedkin’s Masterpiece

William Friedkin's The Exorcist is based on the novel and screenplay by William Peter Blatty. The film opens in Iraq, ...
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New York Stories Blu-ray Review: A Disappointing Trio from Three Great Directors

To quote the concluding narration from the Naked City (1958-1963) TV series, “There are eight million stories in the naked ...
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After Dark, My Sweet Blu-ray Review: A Strong Film Noir from Director James Foley

Based on the novel by Jim Thompson, After Dark, My Sweet, stars Jason Patric (in an early outing meant to ...
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Book Review: “You Talkin’ To Me?” The Definitive Guide to Iconic Movie Quotes by Brian Abrams

Someplace, somewhere, sometime at the appropriate moment we've all blurted out a quote lifted right from what we deem a ...
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Scooby-Doo! and Krypto, Too! DVD Review: Plays Cards Across a Vast Spectrum of Fandoms

The 35th entry into the Scooby-Doo! Direct-To-Video Movie series arrives on September 26, 2023. Scooby-Doo! and Krypto, Too! continues a ...
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Book Review: Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck in Les Misérables and War and Peace by Giovan Battista Carpi

Disney presents a new addition to the Fantagraphics series of collected cartoons. In this volume we get both “The Secret ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “Christmas on Bear Mountain” by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Donald Duck "Christmas on Bear Mountain" is Volume 5 in Fantagraphics' The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. The ...
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La Bamba Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Soars Far Above Other Hollywood Biopics 

La Bamba (1987) is the story of Richard Valenzuela, known better as Ritchie Valens, a name associated with a song ...
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From the Couch Hole: I’ve Been Out Walking

Previously on FTCH, Archer and Gator were not accused in the killing of a Chinese bookie. I ranked the best ...
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School of Rock 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook Review: It Still Rocks

Richard Linklater’s School of Rock was released 20 years ago and is still proof that a family film doesn’t have ...
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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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American Pop Blu-ray Review: Try, Try, and Try Again

Ralph Bakshi’s animated voyage through 20th century popular music has finally arrived on Blu-ray. While music is an integral part ...
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Three Days of the Condor Blu-ray Review: The Book Reader Who Stayed Out in the Cold

As far as paranoid ‘70s thrillers go, Sydney Pollack’s Three Days of the Condor—about Joe Turner (Robert Redford), a hip ...
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Cocaine Bear 4K UHD Review: Fans of the Genre Might be Pleased

In 1985, a drug dealer dumped cocaine out of his Cessna and then fell from the plane to his death. ...
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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Beyond Halloween Town: The Story, the Characters, and the Legacy by Emily Zemler

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My Sailor, My Love Movie Review: A Delightful Feature on Later-Stage Romance

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From the Couch Hole: As the Ocean Crawls Onto the Shoreline

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The Wild Party Blu-ray Review: A Wild Night Is Calling

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Book Review: Totem by Laura Pérez

In Laura Pérez’s beautiful, bewildering graphic novel, a flashback begets another flashback, unidentified characters drift in and out of the ...
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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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Little Women (1933) Blu-ray Review: Sentimental but Sweet

In college, I did work study for the university dinner theater. It was a great job, and I had loads ...
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Crime + Punishment in Suburbia Blu-ray Review: Mostly Punishment

Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, written by Larry Gross in the early 1990’s and directed by Rob Schmidt in 2000 ...
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Spinout Blu-ray Review: Hey, Elvis! You Gotta Win This Race!

Elvis Presley leads a small rock ‘n’ roll band, likes racing fast cars, and gets into all kinds of trouble ...
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The Prodigal Son Blu-ray Review: Sammo Hung Meets Wing Chun

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

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Gay Purr-ee Blu-ray Review: Judy Garland Gets Animated

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The Big Knife Blu-ray Review: Stabbing Old Hollywood

Hollywood loves making movies about Hollywood. Usually, they are fawning tales about the magic of the movies, or about how ...
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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 4K UHD Review: Batman in Love

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Malone Blu-ray Review: Burt Reynolds Shows Off a Particular Set of Skills in a Generic Actioner

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From the Couch Hole: In the Days Between the Hours

Previously on FTCH, the muskrat love between Frances and Margot got the Mayans kicking and screaming at the wedding. The ...
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The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection DVD Review: A Fantastic Set

This three-disc set features 75 digitally remastered cartoons from the Walter Lantz Archive. The biggest star to come out of ...
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Foolish Wives Blu-ray Review: The First Million Dollar Picture

Erich von Stroheim, the director of Foolish Wives, was well known for his aristocratic and military background. He was a ...
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