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BR: Stone Killer, The (1972)

BR: Stone Killer, The (1972)

June 16, 2017 | By

Reportedly the only film among the Charles Bronson-Dino De Laurentiis films never to make it to DVD, The Stone Killer took the cops uncovering a mass-criminal training scheme from John Gardner’s novel, replaced the multiple bank heist finale with a multiple mob hit, and swapped London for Los Angeles, but still leaving New York City as a key location where Dirty Harry variant Lou Torrey (Bronson) hops back & forth…

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DVD: X-15 (1961)

DVD: X-15 (1961)

June 16, 2017 | By

Richard Donner’s feature film directorial debut is a mixed blessing, an attempt at docu-drama that combined nascent space exploration through NASA’s early pilot-controlled, rocket-powered spacecraft and the fetishizing of aircraft gear & procedures…

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Film: Sacred (2016)

Film: Sacred (2016)

June 11, 2017 | By

Somewhat inferred in promo materials as a cinema first, Thomas Lennon’s Sacred is comprised of curated footage tied to aspects of faith, grouped into three chapters using footage shot by 40 teams of directors & cinematographers from around the world…

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DVD: Bodysong (2003)

DVD: Bodysong (2003)

June 11, 2017 | By

Since winning a BAFTA Interactive Award and Best British Documentary / British Independent Film Award, Simon Pummell’s ground-breaking feature debut still packs a punch, easing from abstract and mysterious to concrete themes tied firmly to the evolution and psychosis of the human body…

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Film: Score – A Film Music Documentary (2016)

Film: Score – A Film Music Documentary (2016)

June 5, 2017 | By

Film scoring hasn’t been wholly ignored by documentarians, but most works have been isolated to specific composers (Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Toru Takemitsu) and produced primarily for TV, making Matt Schrader’s feature-length theatrical release rather bold…

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The End of a Great Run: Billy Wilder’s The Fortune Cookie

The End of a Great Run: Billy Wilder’s The Fortune Cookie

May 23, 2017 | By

Review of The Fortune Cookie (1966), Billy Wilder’s last film of the 1960s, new on Blu via Twilight Time.

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BR: Fortune Cookie, The (1966)

BR: Fortune Cookie, The (1966)

May 23, 2017 | By

The hook in The Fortune Cookie is simple and sweet: after getting smacked and back-flipped while covering a football game, CBS cameraman Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) wakes up in a hospital to find brother-in-law / personal injury lawyer Willie Gingrich (Walter Matthau) has already set in motion a perfect plan to sue…

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The Return of Moby Dick

The Return of Moby Dick

May 22, 2017 | By

Review of John Huston’s stirring adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1956), released on Blu by Twilight Time.

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BR: Moby Dick (1956)

BR: Moby Dick (1956)

May 22, 2017 | By

Reportedly shot in 1954 and released two years later after a tumultuous production history, John Huston’s film of Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel may have been poo-pooed by critics, with great disapproval levied on Gregory Peck, but time has been very kind to the film…

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TJFF 2017: Rebekah Reiko & Yossi Fine’s Mandala Beats (2016)

TJFF 2017: Rebekah Reiko & Yossi Fine’s Mandala Beats (2016)

May 19, 2017 | By

Review of Mandala Beats (2016), Rebekah Reiko’s documentary on gifted Israeli bassist Yossi Fine, and his trip to the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in India. The short documentary had its World Premiere this past weekend at TJFF 2017.

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