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BR: Brick Mansions (2014)

BR: Brick Mansions (2014)

August 26, 2014 | By

Like virtually every attempt by Luc Besson to spin off a franchise, this English version of District 13 / Banlieu 13 (2004) is a fair carbon copy of the original, retaining the flaws of Besson and Bibi Naceri’s screenplay in which an opening chase showcasing Parkour…

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BR: Born Yesterday (1950)

BR: Born Yesterday (1950)

August 26, 2014 | By

Kanin’s play is often regarded as a comedy, but it’s not. Born Yesterday, even in film form, is a dark portrait of a tough yet vulnerable young woman (Billie Dawn) who manages to escape and emotionally and occasionally physically abusive relationship…

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BR: Radio Days (1987)

BR: Radio Days (1987)

August 25, 2014 | By

Made the same year as September (1987), Woody Allen goes a little Fellini in this highly nostalgic evocation of a childhood in Rockaway, NYC, with friends, family, impressionable radio personalities, and getting smacked in the head a few times for being a little insolent…

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Beta: Corrupt Ones, The  / Peking Medallion, The / Die Hölle von Macao (1967)

Beta: Corrupt Ones, The / Peking Medallion, The / Die Hölle von Macao (1967)

August 17, 2014 | By

This crazy cocktail of Asian exotica, sadism, and search for ancient treasure may have been a production targeted at international markets using an international cast of TV and feature film stars, but this German-French-Italian co-production is still a low budget effort trying very hard to transcend the limits of its budget…

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BR: Countess Dracula (1971)

BR: Countess Dracula (1971)

August 16, 2014 | By

After sharing the screen with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood in the WWII film Where Eagles Dare (1968), luscious, voluptuous actress Ingrid Pitt appeared in a pair of classic, iconoclastic vampire films for Hammer, but instead of enjoying a steady career in other genres…

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Film: Sound of Horror / El sonido de la muerte (1966)

Film: Sound of Horror / El sonido de la muerte (1966)

August 16, 2014 | By

This small footnote in Spanish film will maintain a place in horror history largely because it co-starts the pretty Soledad Miranda, and it offered a small role to future Hammer horror queen Ingrid Pitt…

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BR: Vampire Lovers, The (1970)

BR: Vampire Lovers, The (1970)

August 16, 2014 | By

Reportedly the most faithful adaptation of Sheridan le Fanu’s “Carmilla,” The Vampire Lovers is perhaps most lovingly remembered by the many young men who watched wide-eyed as not one but several women bared their boobies in this tale of a vampiress with a taste for pretty young girls…

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Soundtrack Reviews

Soundtrack Reviews

August 5, 2014 | By

Soundtrack reviews of Nima Fakhrara’s The Signal and Marco Beltrami’s Snowpiercer (both from Varese Sarabande) + Ceiri Torjussen’s Test (MovieScore Media) and Jeff Grace’s Hellbenders (Screamworks).

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CD: Hellbenders (2012)

CD: Hellbenders (2012)

August 5, 2014 | By

J.T. Petty’s first crack as a writer-director was scored by versatile Jeff Grace (The Roost, The Innkeepers), and the story’s balance of antiquated evil in contemporary times is reflected in a score that similarly juggles old and new world sounds…

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CD: Signal, The (2017)

CD: Signal, The (2017)

August 4, 2014 | By

Newcomer Nima Fakhrara delivers a striking futuristic score using a blend of electronics and ancient organic sounds for The Signal, somewhat evoking the glassy tones of Cliff Martinez (Solaris). After a loosely constructed main theme, The Signal quickly…

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