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BR: Romeo is Bleeding (1993)

BR: Romeo is Bleeding (1993)

July 25, 2016 | By

When Premiere magazine was in its finest form, printing a balance of ephemera, history, current interviews, portraits, and exposes, they also did an occasional tally of the ’10 best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood,’ updating the status of each as to whether a work had just been greenlit, went into turnaround…

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BR: Black Widow (1987)

BR: Black Widow (1987)

July 25, 2016 | By

Bob Rafelson’s 1981 adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice can’t be credited with launching a resurgence of noir in the 1980s (the honors to some degree probably belong to Lawrence Kasdan’s competing, sweaty 1981 neo-noir classic Body Heat), Rafelson did revisit the genre a couple of times…

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MP3: 1979 Revolution – Black Friday (2016)

MP3: 1979 Revolution – Black Friday (2016)

July 22, 2016 | By

No stranger to scoring video games, Nima Fakhrara’s music is as unusual as the interactive game’s design in which players can take several differing paths as they’re immersed in the world of the 1979 Islamic Revolution with turned Iran into a theocracy…

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MP3: Girl in the Photographs, The (2015)

MP3: Girl in the Photographs, The (2015)

July 22, 2016 | By

The last film executive produced by the late Wes Craven was graced by an inventive score by Nima Fakhrara (The Signal), which is built around “Colleen,” a short theme rendered on piano that trails off like an elegant, long forgotten chamber piece before restarting and re-emphasizing the theme’s inherent tragic tone…

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DVD: Healey’s Hideaway (2014)

DVD: Healey’s Hideaway (2014)

July 14, 2016 | By

Jeff Healey was Canada’s gift to the blues, and his passing at 41 from lung cancer was a huge loss to the Canadian music scene, especially since the child prodigy would’ve matured into an even greater musician…

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BR: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

BR: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

July 13, 2016 | By

Riding on the success of the vicious crime thriller One False Move (1992), Carl Franklin’s follow-up film was the first of a proposed series of films based on Walter Moseley’s former machinist-turned detective Easy Rollins…

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BR: Hickey & Boggs (1972)

BR: Hickey & Boggs (1972)

July 13, 2016 | By

Hickey & Boggs could be described as a classic orphan film – a movie that vanished after its theatrical release and kind of rolled around TV stations in absolutely grubby full screen transfers that made it appear this effort to re-team I Spy’s Robert Culp and Bill Cosby…

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BR: 1984 / Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

BR: 1984 / Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

July 4, 2016 | By

Comparative review / essay on the 5 attempts to dramatize George Orwell’s dystopian sci-fi classic 1984: the 1953 radio play, 1953 Studio One teleplay, 1954 BBC teleplay, 1956 film version, and the 1984 film version recently released on Blu by Twilight Time…

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Noel Mellor’s Adventures in VHS + Xtro (1982)

Noel Mellor’s Adventures in VHS + Xtro (1982)

June 25, 2016 | By

Review of Noel Mellor’s excellent book Adventures in VHS (2016), a related DVD review of Harry Bromley Davenport’s loopy Xtro (1982) + some extended Editorial Blather.

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Book: Adventures in VHS (2016)

Book: Adventures in VHS (2016)

June 25, 2016 | By

From a rare 1980s photograph of his old corner video shop, author and podcaster Noel Mellor imposed a unique challenge on his viewing habits: find the actual VHS tapes in that photo of long-gone Video World, re-experience exploitation classics on a VCR and old tube TV…

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