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Littlerock (Blu-ray)

May 16th, 2012 No comments

Recommended The Movie: Littlerock is the story of Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), siblings from Japan, on their way to San Francisco.

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Being John Malkovich (Blu-ray)

May 13th, 2012 No comments

Highly Recommended Directing and writing debuts are rarely as successful as Being John Malkovich (1999), which brought filmmaker Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman into the public eye. Years before, the former cut his teeth on some of the decade’s best music videos , while the latter scribbled behind the scenes of several sketch comedy shows (including Chris Elliott’s underrated Get A …

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Don Juan Demarco (Blu-ray)

May 10th, 2012 No comments

Highly Recommended Don Juan Demarco Review Iwanted to begin thisreview with a slant on how Don Juan Demarco is that rareexception tothe rule; a genuinely surprising and satisfying romantic comedy. Butit’s tooaffecting and whimsical to merely be referred to alongside the likes ofschlocklike Fool’s Gold (2008), Alex and Emma (2003), and FailuretoLaunch (2006). Okay, so I technically just did …

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The Grey (Blu-ray)

May 7th, 2012 No comments

Recommended Survival horror isn’t exactly a new genre. From John Carpenter’s The Thing to Lord of the Flies and The Descent , these films often focus on unwitting strangers who gradually get picked off by predators, environmental disasters or, in some cases, each other.

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The Wizard of Gore / The Gore Gore Girls (Blu-ray)

May 4th, 2012 No comments

Recommended The Movies: Hot on the heels of their Blood Trilogy Blu-ray release, Something Weird Video once again returns to the well that is the filmography of Herschell Gordon Lewis with a high definition double feature release of The Wizard Of Gore and The Gore Gore Girls .

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Albert Nobbs (Blu-ray)

April 30th, 2012 No comments

Recommended The Movie: Seeing Meryl Streep win the Academy Award for her work in The Iron Lady was nice to witness, but lost in the tidal wave of praise for that performance was the fact that Glenn Close had returned for another round of critical acclaim, earning her sixth Oscar nomination for her work in Albert Nobbs . And while Streep had not won her second Oscar in a while, Close has yet to …

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The Red House (Blu-ray)

April 29th, 2012 No comments

Recommended Reviewed by Glenn Erickson The crows in Dumbo might have been predicting a major theme for the 1940s when they prescribed a new approach to problem solving: “Cology! You know, Psy – cology!” Psychiatry, psychology and related mental manias were made a factor in thrillers, domestic dramas, even westerns. And as film noir favored characters suffering from angst, alienation and …

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The Organizer (Blu-ray)

April 26th, 2012 No comments

Highly Recommended THE FILM: Please Note: The images used here are taken from promotional materials, not the Blu-ray edition under review. An old-fashioned, progressive social-problem film, Mario Monicelli’s energetic, down-to-earth 1963 strike drama The Organizer combines the lyrical beauty of socialist realism with a Neorealist tough-mindedness of sensibility, avoiding the much-maligned slack …

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Late Spring (Blu-ray)

April 25th, 2012 No comments

Highly Recommended THE FILM: Please Note: The images used here are taken from the 2006 DVD edition , not the Blu-ray edition under review. In answer to the longstanding cinematic riddle that asks how you can transport your audience into a profound emotional state and move them in a way they’ve never been moved before, all while steering clear of contrivance, cheap manipulation, or sentimentality …

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Alambrista! (Blu-ray)

April 23rd, 2012 No comments

Highly Recommended THE FILM: Please Note: The images used here are taken from promotional materials, not the Blu-ray edition under review. I’ve never been entirely convinced that the kind of stubbornly purist realism propounded and practiced by the late John Cassavetes is as pure and effective as the often great , sometimes crackpot Mr. Cassavetes seemed to believe; it’s touching but na ve, it …

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