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BR: From Noon Till Three (1976)

BR: From Noon Till Three (1976)

January 21, 2017 | By

Frank Gilroy’s novel may have flowed from comedy to romance, black comedy to semi-tragedy, with an absurdist finale, but his own adaptation and direction resulted in a most peculiar western which was an impossible sell…

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BR: Murphy’s Law (1986)

BR: Murphy’s Law (1986)

January 21, 2017 | By

It’s hard to decide if J. Lee Thompson’s final years making movies for Cannon could be branded a reprieve from retirement for the veteran writer / editor / director, or the nadir of a skilled filmmaker who peaked with two magnificent back-to-back classics: the WWII epic The Guns of Navarone and the brutal revenge thriller Cape Fear…

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BR: Stardust Memories (1980)

BR: Stardust Memories (1980)

January 12, 2017 | By

Woody Allen’s examination of fame, adulation, and the worth of a comedian’s career is filtered through a Felliniesque lens that’s still a bit of a challenge 35+ years since its release, perhaps because, to paraphrase fan salvos aimed at central character Sandy Bates, ‘it’s not as funny as his older films…

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BR: Zelig (1983)

BR: Zelig (1983)

January 12, 2017 | By

Woody Allen’s Zelig drew plenty of attention for its bravura visual effects in which fictional Leonard Zelig (Allen, of course) and others were seamlessly blended with real newsreel and archival film footage, creative a perfect mockumentary that feels like some previously lost, one-time, feature-length Fox Movietone production that was initially aborted and later completed decades after the footage was discovered in some dank vault holding RKO oddities…

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DVD: Dying of the Light (2015)

DVD: Dying of the Light (2015)

January 5, 2017 | By

Shot between 2013-2015, Peter Flynn’s documentary is a bittersweet portrait and homage to the dying skill of the film projectionist in an age where digital cinemas leapt from 18% of screens in 2008 to 93% five years later…

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DVD: Cinemania (2002)

DVD: Cinemania (2002)

January 5, 2017 | By

Angela Christlieb and Stephan Kijak’s documentary still resonates 14 years after its release, more so because its snapshot of obsessive film fans remains immortal, bit Cinemania is also a unique snapshot of changes that affected the way many movie aficionados now digest classics and rarities…

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BR: Bullet Train / Shinkansen daibakuha (1975)

BR: Bullet Train / Shinkansen daibakuha (1975)

December 30, 2016 | By

Bullet Train stemmed from studio Toei’s desire to break into the international market with their own disaster film entry, and director Jun’ya Satôcame up with the concept of a train that had to keep running or risk a planted bomb exploding once the speed dropped below 80 km…

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BR: Cassandra Crossing, The (1976)

BR: Cassandra Crossing, The (1976)

December 30, 2016 | By

Deliberately peppered with a star-studded international cast for global appeal, The Cassandra Crossing is a ludicrously implausible disaster film / virus thriller that nevertheless manages to entertain and transcended some standout boneheaded scripting and continuity gaffes…

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The week Mons. Hitchcock talked shop with Mons. Truffaut

The week Mons. Hitchcock talked shop with Mons. Truffaut

December 22, 2016 | By

Review of Kent Jones’ 2015 documentary on the momentous meeting in 1966 between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut that resulted in a classic tome on filmmaking + a lengthy Editor’s Blog on the book’s personal impact.

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BR: Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

BR: Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

December 22, 2016 | By

By 1962, Francois Truffaut, then a hot director on the international film scene, had directed three film – The 400 Blows (1959), Shoot the Piano Player (1960), and Jules and Jim (1962) – and decided to draw from his work as a film critics and journalist at Cahiers du cinéma, and devote a significant chunk of time to setting up a series of discussions with idol Alfred Hitchcock over 8 days…

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