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BR: When the Wind Blows (1986)

BR: When the Wind Blows (1986)

February 28, 2015 | By

After producing an animated version of Raymond Briggs’ beautiful, now-classic, all-ages Christmas weepie The Snowman (1982), John Coates set his sights on something more in tune with the more timely subject of nuclear war / utter annihilation…

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DVD: Snowman, The (1982)

DVD: Snowman, The (1982)

February 28, 2015 | By

Raymond Briggs’ classic Christmas tale of a boy’s ephemeral friendship with a snowman on Christmas Eve was first published in 1978, and was rendered into an Oscar-nominated short by director Dianne Jackson for Britain ‘s Channel 4…

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DVD: Threads (1984)

DVD: Threads (1984)

February 28, 2015 | By

Twenty eight years after its broadcast, this grimy, grainy, BBC production has yet to be eclipsed as one of the most grueling viewing experiences made for mainstream television…

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DVD: The War Game (1965) / Culloden (1964)

DVD: The War Game (1965) / Culloden (1964)

February 28, 2015 | By

Banned by the BBC for over 20 years, The War Game (1965) is an Oscar-winning, short documentary that remains one of the most potent anti-war, anti-nuclear films ever made, but to understand why Peter Watkins’ film was rejected and suppressed, one has to flip back and do a tally of all the horrible things that had occurred within a few years prior to its making: the erection of the Berlin Wall…

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Film: Concerning Violence (2014)

Film: Concerning Violence (2014)

February 24, 2015 | By

Using a blend of text, archival audio and film footage, Finnish director Göran Olsson (The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975) adapts words from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth (1961) to itemize the consequences and lingering ills of (primarily) European colonialism, and its messy legacy in Africa…

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BR: Audrey Rose (1977)

BR: Audrey Rose (1977)

February 23, 2015 | By

Robert Wise had already proven his flair for slow-burning horror in The Haunting (1963) and procedural sci-fi with The Andromeda Strain (1971), and his background as an editor ensures the strategic shocks really pack an emotional wallop, but he’s essentially building on an already solid core of adult characters forced to watch a child they love be afflicted by awfully traumatic nightmares…

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DVD: Bloody Flesh / Flesh of Your Flesh / Carne de tu carne (1983)

DVD: Bloody Flesh / Flesh of Your Flesh / Carne de tu carne (1983)

February 23, 2015 | By

With few Colombian films available on video in North America, there’s a huge unfamiliarity with the country’s history and culture up here, making it a little tough to fully grasp the political and cultural references in Carlos Mayolo’s political critique that’s housed within a supernatural container…

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DVD: Interview, The (2014)

DVD: Interview, The (2014)

February 21, 2015 | By

After the ridiculous hype and controversies transformed Seth Rogan’s comedy of two bumbling morons ‘requested’ by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s Dear Leader #3, Kim Jong-un, into a symbol of free artistic speech, what finally arrives on video…

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BR: Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

BR: Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

February 19, 2015 | By

Not unlike The Train (1966), the original director of this adaptation of Thomas Gaddis’ 1955 book about lifer Robert Stroud involved a director being replaced by John Frankenheimer, and as Twilight Time commentators Nick Redman, Julie Kirgo, and Paul Seydor note in unison, the choice of Michael Crichton…

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BR: Swimmer, The (1968)

BR: Swimmer, The (1968)

February 19, 2015 | By

More than 20 years after the release of Frank and Eleanor Perry’s adaptation of John Cheever’s short story, Burt Lancaster was asked by an audience member during the taping of a Phil Donahue talk show of his thoughts on the film. The imposing actor paused for a moment, long enough for a smile to emerge, and he responded by saying he knew the film wasn’t going to be a box office, and yet it remained a special film…

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