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Monk: Season Eight Blu-ray Review: Monk’s Journey Comes to an End

With Season Eight, our favorite agoraphobic detective's journey (emotional, physical, and mental) comes to an end, with tears and all. ...
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The Mask of Fu Manchu Blu-ray Review: Pre-Code Lunacy with Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), directed by Charles Brabin, is a melodramatic pre-Code horror movie that stars Boris Karloff ...
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Le samouraï Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Well-Executed French Neo-noir

Directed and co-written by Jean-Pierre Melville, Le samouraï stars Alain Delon, as professional hitman Jef Costello, whose detached coolness, which ...
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Blu-ray Review: Together Again for the First Time

Adam Wingard's Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is the fifth film in the Monsterverse franchise, and for those keeping ...
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Bandits of Orgosolo Blu-ray Review: It Don’t Feel Good to Be a Bandit

Orgosolo is a tiny village on the Italian island of Sardinia. Recent tourism has raised the island's economic prospects, but ...
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Prey (2022) Movie Review: A Great Script and Talented Cast Breathe New Life into an Aging Franchise

Dan Trachtenberg’s Prey (2022) is the fifth film in the Predator franchise, and seventh in the complete franchise. It serves ...
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Class Blu-ray Review: Pre-Brat Pack Comedy Drama That Pops Like Flat Champagne

Class (1983) directed by Lewis John Carlino and featuring music by Elmer Bernstein is an unbalanced comedy drama that finds ...
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Justice League Dark Movie Review: I Will Take You There, So You Are No Longer Here

Justice League Dark is an animated DC superhero film which holds the spot as the 28th film of the DC ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Missing from Fire Trail Road

May Ellen Johnson-Davis disappeared from the Tulalip Indian reservation near Seattle on November 25, 2020. Two years later, director Sabrina ...
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Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Movie Review: A Fast-Paced Action Thriller

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is an animated DC superhero film which holds the spot as the 29th film of ...
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Book Review: Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Captain America: The First Avenger by Matthew K. Manning

Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Captain America: The First Avenger is the fourth release in the ...
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Dexter’s Laboratory: The Complete Series DVD Review: As Inventive As Its Main Character

With its origins in an animated short film he made while attending CalArts, Genndy Tartakovsky created Dexter's Laboratory, a sci-fi ...
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Batman: The Killing Joke Movie Review: Two Guys Are in a Mental Asylum

Sam Liu’s Batman: The Killing Joke is the 27th of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. It was written by ...
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Orlando, My Political Biography Blu-ray Review: A Highly Original Celebration of Personal Identity

Virginia Woolf's Orlando (1928) remains one of the seminal literary works of the twentieth century. One of the first of ...
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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XIX Blu-ray Review: Loads of Stars, Tons of Thrills

Kino Lorber continues their excellent series of releasing relatively obscure film noirs. For this, their 19th set in the series, ...
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From the Couch Hole: I’ll Never Find a Better Prize

Previously on FTCH, Deadpool couldn't fight the feeling that he liked the Police and Nashville Hot pretzels. Wolverine's origin came ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: The Stanford Prison Experiment: Unlocking the Truth

The Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) was conducted by Dr. Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University in August 1971. It was intended ...
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Victims of Sin Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Zoot Suit Riot

If you’re new to Mexico’s rumbera musical genre, imagine classic Hollywood musical tropes filtered through a crime-ridden back alley, removing ...
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Son of Batman Movie Review: I Owe My Grandfather a Death

Son of Batman is an animated DC superhero film which holds the spot as the 20th film of the DC ...
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Revival69: The Concert that Rocked the World Movie Review: Deep Dive into a Historic Concert

In September 1969, Toronto experienced their own Woodstock: the Toronto Rock ’N Roll Revival Festival, a landmark event featuring music ...
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Arthur Dong’s LGBTQ Stories Blu-ray Review: Necessary Documents

Although Pride month will be over in just a few days, our endless fight to as LGBTQ individuals will never ...
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Macbeth (1948) Blu-ray Review: Orson Welles Gets Shakespearean

William Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers in the English language. Macbeth is arguably his greatest play. Orson Welles ...
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Never Open That Door Blu-ray Review: Two Stories of Humanity Against Inhumanity

Film noir is universal. It reaches all over the world. The United States isn't the only country that can produce ...
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The Case of the Bloody Iris 4K UHD Review: A Typically Stylish Giallo

The Case of the Bloody Iris exemplifies the appeal of the giallo completely. Giallo is the Italian precursor to the ...
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Sympathy for the Underdog Blu-ray Review: Crime Takes a Holiday

Director Kinji Fukasaku began a string of memorable 1970s yakuza films with this newly restored gem. The film follows a ...
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Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) Blu-ray Review: Hitchcock Comedy, for Better or Worse

There's an underrated aspect of Hitchcock's films, and that is their comedy. The comedy tends to be ironic, and based ...
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Act of Violence (1948) Blu-ray Review: Terrific Film Noir with Heart

A trench-coated figure hobbles toward us in shadow. The New York City skyline hovers over him at an odd angle. ...
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Dune Part Two Blu-ray Review: Will the Prophecy Be Fulfilled?

Director/co-writer Denis Villeneuve continues his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel with Dune Part Two, an interplanetary political epic that equals ...
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The Boys in the Boat Blu-ray Review: Wasted Potential and Talent

Legendary actor and inconsistent director George Clooney brings the #1 New York Times Bestselling Non-Fiction novel to the big screen ...
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Book Review: Suffrage Song: The Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U.S. by Caitlin Cass

The saying “Those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it” gets thrown around in a lot of different ...
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Cat Ballou Blu-ray Review: The End of the Western

When I talk to people younger than myself about Westerns, the first name they generally mention is "Clint Eastwood." What ...
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Into the Wild Blu-ray Review: The Lost Boy

Sean Penn’s adaptation of Into the Wild was what initially inspired me to then read the book on which it’s ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Satisfied

Filled with Renée Elise Goldsberry’s self-recorded archival clips, this new documentary traces her meteoric ride on the Hamilton express at ...
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From the Couch Hole: It’s Time to Bring This Ship Into the Shore

Previously on FTCH, Frankie went to Hollywood in a Ferrari during a purple rain. The crime story was about the ...
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Eight Men Out Blu-ray Review: We’re Talking Baseball…Scandals, and Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

Bottom of the ninth, writer/director John Sayles steps to the plate. He takes a big swing and hits a home ...
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Book Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “The Old Castle’s Secret” by Carl Barks

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “The Old Castle's Secret” is Volume 6 in Fantagraphics’ The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. The ...
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American Fiction Blu-ray Review: Will Be Talked About for Years to Come

There are some movies that just come and go, meaning that you watch them once and move on. Cord Jefferson's ...
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Team America: World Police 4K UHD Review: Pulls the Right Strings

From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the long-running TV series South Park (328 episodes between 1997 - ...
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Querelle Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Man in Every Port

In director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Querelle (1982; adapted from a book by Jean Genet), a Belgian sailor, Querelle (Brad Davis), ...
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Book Review: Mark Twain’s War Prayer, Illustrated by Seymour Chwast

By the end of his life, Mark Twain (1835-1910) had made and lost fortunes many times over. He had suffered ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Luther: Never Too Much

Luther Vandross built a recording career on love songs featuring his unforgettable voice, but director Dawn Porter takes a deep ...
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South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut 4K UHD Review: Still Funny but Aging Rapidly

South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut, directed by Trey Parker, and written by Parker, Matt Stone, and Pam Brady, is ...
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Remembering Gene Wilder Blu-ray Review: A Loving Portrait of the Man, the Myth, and the Legend

Gene Wilder, legendary Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor, writer, and filmmaker was one of the geniuses of his generation. A versatile, ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Desire: The Carl Craig Story

Widely regarded as one of the key figures and champions of the Detroit EDM scene, Carl Craig is both a ...
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Chinatown 4K UHD Review: Noir Gold; or “The point is, the girl dies”

As a masterpiece, Chinatown needed its two main creators, screenwriter Robert Towne (who won the movie’s sole Oscar) and director ...
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Thunderheart Blu-ray Review: A Gritty Neo-Western

Thunderheart (1992) was directed by Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist), written by John Fusco (Young Guns I & II) ...
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All That Breathes Blu-ray Review: A Profound, Lyrical Film

I also appreciate cinematic stories about the relationships between humans and wildlife, where our bonds are much stronger than we ...
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Welcome Back, Kotter: The Complete Series DVD Review: A Funny Show Even When Dealing with Serious Topics

Welcome Back, Kotter is a reference to Gabe Kotter (co-creator Gabe Kaplan, whose life and stand-up material inspired the show), ...
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From the Couch Hole: Keep the Vampires from Your Door

Previously on FTCH, Furiosa met with the Idea Man to say, "Please let me get what I want." That included ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Soldiers of Song

Ryan Smith’s Soldiers of Song starts off as if we’re about to watch a trailer for the documentary that’s going ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Hacking Hate

Simon Klose's Hacking Hate is a compelling documentary that is more chilling than any horror movie as it explores online ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Shelf Life

Documentarian Ian Cheney's Shelf Life is an anthological look at cheese, a food item so ubiquitous that many take it ...
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Monk: Season Six Blu-ray Review: A Particularly Winning Season

As I have mentioned in reviews of past seasons of Monk (2002-2009), there is a formula and familiarity there, but ...
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Book Review: Prince Valiant Vol. 28: 1991-1992 by Hal Foster, John Cullen Murphy, and Cullen Murphy

Twenty years into his reign on Prince Valiant, replacement artist John Cullen Murphy and his son and writer Cullen Murphy ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Pirópolis

From the film’s opening shot to the final haunting minutes, Nicolás Molina’s Pirópolis grabs your attention, immerses you into the ...
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The Burglars Blu-ray Review: Some Great Action Set Pieces

The Burglars opens with a long, mostly silent, jewel heist. It is reminiscent of a similar scene in Jules Dassin's ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: They All Came Out to Montreux

How did a tiny Swiss lakeside town become the site of a legendary music festival? Why is it called the ...
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Saigon (1948) Blu-ray Review: Alan Ladd & Veronica Lake’s Last Film Together

During World War II and for about a decade after, there were a slew of American movies set in exotic ...
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Book Review: Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies: The Collected Conceits, Delusions, and Hijinks of New Yorkers from 1974 to 1995

For over two decades, cartoonist Stan Mack contributed weekly comic strips to the Village Voice recounting his overheard observations of ...
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Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Movie Review: When Worlds Collide

Previously intended to be a movie that connected the DC Animated Universe Justice League and Justice League Unlimited TV series ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Boys Go to Jupiter

In Julian Glander’s candy-colored, CG-animated vision of suburban Florida, slacker friends co-exist with odd sentient creatures and an orange juice ...
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Nude for Satan DVD Review: Nudity, a Suave(ish) Satan, and Lots of Surreal Confusion

Nude for Satan (1974) is a low-budget, Italian, erotic, horror movie from the warped mind of writer director Luigi Batzella ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: The Dog Thief

One of the best things about film festivals, such as Tribeca and others, is having the opportunity to see movies ...
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Against the Storm (Herbert Kline in a Darkened Europe) Blu-ray Review: Capturing Pivotal Moments from History

As I may have mentioned in previous reviews, I really love documentaries. They dare to tell the truth about the ...
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Book Review: The Complete Web of Horror

Web of Horror was a very short-lived horror magazine that ran from late 1969 until early 1970. After a grand ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Brats

For years, I thought that films with the “Brat Pack” term attached to them were only written and/or directed by ...
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The Old Oak Blu-ray Review: When the Bough Breaks, the Village May Fall

Ken Loach’s latest film takes a micro look at the impact of refugees on English towns, putting faces to a ...
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The Good Die Young Blu-ray Review: The Transfer Deserves Better

Four men from different walks of life. Four men who were strangers four weeks ago. Four desperate men. Four men ...
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From the Couch Hole: Good Times for a Change

Previously on FTCH, I played your song out on Fury Road. I saw the TV glow in a quiet place ...
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Tribeca 2024 Review: Some Rain Must Fall

There has been a recent trend in which independent features are shot in 4:3 box format, as opposed to the ...
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Blue Beetle Movie Review: A Family Drama that Deserves a Lot of Attention

Blue Beetle, one of the strongest entries in the DC Extended Universe, was directed by Angel Manuel Soto and written ...
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Fletch Lives (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Subpar Sequel

Four years after the success of Fletch, Chevy Chase returned as journalist I. M. Fletcher in Fletch Lives. Rather than ...
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Misunderstood (1966) Blu-ray Review: An Unusually Mature Portrait of Childhood

I have seen more of my share of films about the trials and tribulations of coming of age, but only ...
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Of Mice and Men (1992) Blu-ray Review: A Fine Adaptation, but a Terrible Blu-ray

Gary Sinise had a brief period in his career where he also directed himself in certain movies. One of those ...
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Book Review: Petar & Liza by Miroslav Sekulic-Struja

In Miroslav Sekulic-Struja’s Petar & Liza, a graphic novel translated by Jenna Allen, the former country of Yugoslavia is awash ...
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A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu

Previously released on Criterion DVD in 2004, this Ozu double feature finally gets a Blu-ray upgrade with newly improved technical ...
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The Sect Blu-ray Review: Can’t Help but Find It Fascinating

Italian horror movies are justifiably famous now, despite their inconsequential plots, gratuitous violence, and relentless nudity. However, they also have ...
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Defending Your Life Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Love in the Time of Purgatory

Defending your life is a task all face in the afterlife in Albert Brooks' film of the same name which ...
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Book Review: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two by Emil Ferris

After a seven-year gap, Emil Ferris returns with the eagerly anticipated conclusion of the story of Karen Reyes, a monster-obsessed, ...
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Household Saints Blu-ray Review: The Entire Cast Is Terrific

As a dedicated movie viewer who is usually more interested in smaller and indie films, I always gravitate towards those ...
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From the Couch Hole: Or a Man Who Makes Potions in a Travelin’ Show

Previously on FTCH, the ring of terror was beyond Thunderdome over the cheeseburger melts. Madame Web took the sweet child ...
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Book Review: Kamen’s Kalamity and Other Stories

Fantagraphics adds to its EC Comics Library with Kamen’s Kalamity and Other Stories. Another collection featuring artist Jack Kamen in “27 ...
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Friendly Persuasion Blu-ray Review: William Wyler Handles the Material Well

A few minutes into Friendly Persuasion I had to pause the film. All of the characters were speaking with “Thee's” ...
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The War of the Worlds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Special-Effects Spectacle

Based on the 1898 novel by H. G. Wells, Byron Haskin's The War of the Worlds transports the story of ...
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The Trip to Greece Movie Review: Stan Laurel and Tom Hardy Walk Into a Restaurant

The Trip to Greece is the fourth in The Trip quartet following The Trip (2011), The Trip to Italy (2014), ...
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Book Review: The Big Bundle by Max Allan Collins

Private-detective books are great fun. They have the rock-solid dramatic structure of the cop solving a crime, with the added ...
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The Vanishing Shadow (1934) Blu-ray Review: What a Hoot

Before “Crash” Corrigan found an Undersea Kingdom (1936) or Buster Crabbe became Flash Gordon (1936) and even before Gene Autry ...
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Dogfight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: More Than It Seems

Lili Taylor and River Phoenix shine bright in Dogfight (1991) directed by Nancy Savoca and penned by Bob Comfort. Set ...
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From the Couch Hole: Where Do We Go Now?

Previously on FTCH, from me to you the Earth Mama makes the best root beer floats. The Road Warrior was ...
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City of Hope (1991) Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Mosaic of Urban Life

John Sayles's City of Hope (1991) is his seventh film as writer and director. He also is the editor and ...
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Chokeslam Blu-ray Review: A Pro Wrestling Rom-Com

Chokeslam (2016), written and directed by Robert Cuffley, is an entertaining little romantic comedy with a pro-wrestling twist. Stars Amanda ...
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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Movie Review: They Had It In Them to Make It Epic

Director George Miller makes an epic return to the Wasteland for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. Through five action-packed vignettes ...
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Monk: Season Five Blu-ray Review: This Season Showcases Monk’s Self-absorption and Selfishness

Despite the fact there isn't any real character growth and the show's formula is still there, Season Five of Monk ...
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Fletch (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Chevy Chase’s Star Turn Anchors This Comic Mystery

Journalist I. M. Fletcher first appeared in Gregory Mcdonald's novel Fletch (1974) working undercover to expose the flow of hard ...
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Book Review: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two by Emil Ferris

With her debut graphic novel, My Name is Monsters, Emil Ferris created something beautiful, and strange, daring, and utterly unique. ...
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Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two Blu-ray Review: Doesn’t Stand on Its Own

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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One from the Heart: Reprise 4K UHD Review: Coppola’s Folly Redeemed?

After the Godfather films, Francis Ford Coppola went from disaster to disaster. Apocalypse Now is the famous problematic film… but ...
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From the Couch Hole: If There’s Anything That You Want

Previously on FTCH, Mad Max said, "One day I'll fly away. So talk to me." The Sympathizer stocked the house ...
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Appaloosa Blu-ray Review: A History of Law-Abiding Violence

Ed Harris may be mainly known for his work as an actor, but the skills he has behind the camera ...
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Orphan (2009) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Surprisingly Strong Psychological Thriller

Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan, starring Vera Farmiga as the mom, Kate, and Peter Saarsgard as the dad, John, is a psychological ...
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You’ll Never Get Rich Blu-ray Review: A Wealth of Talent

This 1941 musical is blessed with an abundance of talent, led by co-stars Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth and songs ...
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Killer Klowns from Outer Space 4K UHD Review: The Bloody Circus Comes to Town

Killer Klowns from Outer Space, written, directed, produced, and starring the Chiodo Brothers (pronounced kee-oh-do) is a comedy/action/horror movie that ...
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The Powerpuff Girls: The Complete Series DVD Review: Fighting Crime, Trying to Save the World

The Powerpuff Girls was an American animated series on the Cartoon Network from 1998 to 2005 (six seasons and 78 ...
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Peter Gabriel: Back to Front 4K UHD Review: Old Dog, New Tricks

Artists touring old albums has been, since about the mid '00s, seemingly how they make their money. It's hard to ...
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Fear and Desire (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Collection of Kubrick’s Early Works

After making three documentary shorts, included in the disc's Bonus Features, Fear and Desire is Stanley Kubrick's feature-film directorial debut, ...
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Book Review: Hollywood Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film by Alonso Duralde

The LGBTQ community (which I'm proud to be a part of) has made great strides especially in pop culture for ...
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Once Upon a Time in the West 4K UHD Review: Weird West

In Once Upon a Time in the West (1969; dir. Sergio Leone), a just-widowed beauty, Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale); a ...
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Book Review: Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Thor by Matthew K. Manning

Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Thor is the third release in the 24-book Marvel Studios: The ...
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Vitagraph Comedies Blu-ray Review: A Beautifully Restored Archive of Early Silent-Era Films

Vitagraph Comedies are a collection of 40 short films curated by the Library of Congress and distributed by Kino Lorber. ...
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The Little Drummer Girl Blu-ray Review: Keaton Marches to Her Own Beat

John le Carré’s spellbinding 1983 novel about an actress caught up in the battle between Palestine and Israel is sadly ...
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Gravity (2013) Blu-ray Review: Out of This World

One of the most intense cinematic experiences I remember having in the last decade was seeing Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity on ...
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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998) and Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island (2019) Blu-ray Review: Wallow in the Warmth of a 20-Year Story Arc

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island starts with the gang (Scooby-Doo/Scott Innes, Shaggy Rogers/Billy West, Daphne Blake/Mary Kay Bergman, Fred Jones/Frank Welker, ...
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Pin Cushion (2018) DVD Review: A Dark Coming-of-Age Tale

Written and directed by Deborah Haywood, Pin Cushion (2018) stars Joanna Scanlan and Lily Newmark as a quirky mother and ...
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From the Couch Hole: I Follow the Night

Previously on FTCH, the Eightfold Fence Musical was full of Sprite Chill. It was half a world away when the ...
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Making a Killing (2018) DVD Review: The Mayor, the Priest, and the Mortician Walk Into a Bar…

Making A Killing (2018) is written and directed by Devin Hume; stars Michael Jai White, Mike Starr, Jude Moran; and ...
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The Monster (1994) Blu-ray Review: Delivers Quite a Bit of Silliness

The Monster, Roberto Benigni's fifth joint, finds the co-writer/co-producer/director star as Loris, a display designer who is mistaken for the ...
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The Soldier’s Tale Blu-ray Review: Will Make One Miss Hand-drawn Animation

There have been many cinematic iterations of the ordinary man selling his soul to the Devil for instant wealth and ...
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The Big Country Blu-ray Review: A Comfortable Ride on a Slow Horse

When James McKay (Gregory Peck) rides into William Wyler’s The Big Country, everybody believes he is a foppish dandy. Even ...
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White Squall Blu-ray Review: Boys Bonding on Boats

Ridley Scott’s White Squall is an action/adventure/disaster tale based on a true story that takes place on a brigantine ship ...
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Monk: Season Four Blu-ray Review: Pretty Entertaining

Despite the fact that season four of Monk (2002-2009) is not as strong as season three (arguably the best of ...
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Devil’s Doorway Blu-ray Review: Has Interesting Ideas for a Western but the Presentation Fails

Hollywood's depiction of minorities in general and Native Americans in specific has never been particularly good, and all too often ...
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Hendrie DVD Review: A Portrait of the Artist as a Radio Man

Hendrie tells the story of Phil Hendrie, whose call-in radio show spoofed call-in radio shows and revealed his lightning-quick, improv ...
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The Rain People Blu-ray Review: She’s Driving Her Life Away

The Rain People (1969) is a stylish road drama written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola that stars Shirley Knight, ...
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Lorenzo’s Oil Blu-ray Review: We Leave Science to Its Own Concerns

George Miller’s Lorenzo’s Oil is for a limited audience: those who want to watch a child suffer horrifically for two ...
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The Crow: 30th Anniversary Edition (1994) 4K UHD Steelbook Review: Grim Classic Adaptation Returns

There's no getting around Brandon Lee's death when discussing The Crow. An actor's death during the production or release of ...
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Book Review: Forbidden Cocktails: Libations Inspired by the World of Pre-Code Hollywood by André Darlington

Sex. Scandal. Drinking. These are just a few of the titillating things that made pre-Code Hollywood movies so good. But ...
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The Beekeeper (2024) Blu-ray Review: Jason Statham Packs a Sting

The Beekeeper is the latest addition in a long line of movies starring Jason Statham as a man tasked with ...
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From the Couch Hole: I’ll Book Myself Into a Soul Asylum

Previously on FTCH, the 13th apostle was the sympathizer for the war on the Planet of the Apes. There was ...
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Over the Edge Blu-ray Review: It’s (Not) Only Teenage Wasteland

Over the Edge (1979) directed by Jonathan Kaplan, features Michael Kramer, Pamela Ludwid, Vincent Spano, and Matt Dillon, in his ...
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Book Review: Nobody’s Angel by Jack Clark

When you're a movie fan and reading a taxi driver story, it's easy to have a certain film foremost in ...
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Book Review: Into the Night by Cornell Woolrich and Lawrence Block

Madeline sits in her small room in the dark. She turns off the radio so she can hear her thoughts. ...
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The Border (1982) Blu-ray Review: Great Stars in Search of a Script

Jack Nicholson stars as Charlie Smith in Tony Richardson’s The Border. Charlie is a border agent in California living with ...
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Tormented (1960) Blu-ray Review: Tom Stewart Killed Me!

Tormented is not a good film. Let's get that right out the gate. Despite its length (74 mins), the pace ...
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Resistance – They Fought Back Movie Review: A Captivating Look at the Jewish Uprising

The Jewish resistance that took place during the Holocaust is something that isn’t as heavily discussed or documented in history ...
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The Church (1989) Blu-ray Review: Demons Take Hold of a Gothic Cathedral

Dario Argento presents The Church (1989) aka La Chiesa directed by his protege Michele Soavi (The Sect, Cemetery Man) and ...
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Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg Movie Review: More than the Stones’ Muse

Anita Pallenberg is usually referred to as the Rolling Stones’ muse, or as Keith Richards’ longtime partner. That’s how she’s ...
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TCM Classic Film Festival 2024 Review

The 2024 Turner Classic Film Festival offered a variety of programming options focused on the central theme of “Most Wanted: ...
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From the Couch Hole: All My Little Plans and Schemes

Previously on FTCH, there was a civil war because of the Martian chronicles about the best limited television show of ...
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Book Review: Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – The Art of Iron Man 2 by John Barber

Skipping over Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk, the second movie in The Infinity Saga, Marvel Studios: The Infinity Saga – ...
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Phantasmagoria DVD Review: Great Music and Visuals in Search of a Story

Cosmotropia de Xam’s Phantasmagoria is based on the novel The Omen Complex by Sue R. Lizm. It stars Rachel Audrey ...
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Mean Girls (2004) and Mean Girls (2024) 4K UHDs Review: So Fetch They’re Grool

It is interesting that the book Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boys, and the New ...
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Cathy’s Curse Blu-ray Review: Here She Comes, It’s Cathy’s Cursed Rag Doll

I stumbled upon Cathy’s Curse (1977) in one of those legendary 50 horror movie sets from Mill Creek that included ...
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High Noon (Special Edition) Blu-ray Review: Gary Cooper Stands Alone

I knew who Gary Cooper was years before I'd ever seen one of his movies. He was famous even to ...
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3 Godfathers (1948) Blu-ray Review: Director John Ford in Living Color

The Warner Archive Collection has released John Ford's 3 Godfathers (1948). This is the director's third independently produced film and ...
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Rolling Thunder 4K UHD Review: Dead Inside

In director John Flynn’s Rolling Thunder (1977), Major Charles Rane (William Devane) has just come home to San Antonio after ...
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The Peasants Blu-ray Review: Drama with a Fresh Coat of Paint

The latest film from married writers/directors DK and Hugh Welchman follows the formula of their breakout prior effort, Loving Vincent. ...
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All That Money Can Buy (aka The Devil and Daniel Webster) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

The ancient tale of man selling his soul to the Devil in exchange for wealth and prosperity has been adapted ...
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The Coffee Table DVD Review: I Said the Smartest Thing to Do Was Get a Vasectomy

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