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BR: My Sister Eileen (1955)

BR: My Sister Eileen (1955)

August 8, 2018 | By

With colour and CinemaScope, the 1955 version of Ruth McKenney’s tales retains most of the same characters from the original film, with some unique modifications. Gone is the setting of WWII and the need to economize, as are opening scenes in which sisters Ruth (Betty Garrett) and Eileen (Janet Leigh) make it clear…

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DVD: My Sister Eileen (1942)

DVD: My Sister Eileen (1942)

August 8, 2018 | By

Although based on the stage play by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov (and derived from Ruth McKenney’s short stories), the first film version of the play is a classic screwball comedy that benefits immensely from the casting of Rosalind Russell…

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BR: Let’s Make Love (1960)

BR: Let’s Make Love (1960)

July 26, 2018 | By

Marilyn Monroe’s final film for 20th Century-Fox is a sort-of remake of the studio’s 1937 Irving Berlin-penned musical On the Avenue, augmented with different classic songs by Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn…

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DVD: On the Avenue (1937)

DVD: On the Avenue (1937)

July 26, 2018 | By

Boasting songs by Irving Berlin and top crooners Dick Powell and Alice Faye, On the Avenue has aged extraordinarily well, perhaps because of a crucial combination of amiable top-level talent…

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BR: My Gal Sal (1942)

BR: My Gal Sal (1942)

July 10, 2018 | By

In this highly sanitized musical biography of musician-composer Paul Dresser, Victor Mature follows the young teen’s life as musician to itinerant performer with a medicine vending troupe, and later & greater success in New York City after enjoying a series of hit songs in popular musicals…

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BR: Zombie 3 (1988)

BR: Zombie 3 (1988)

July 9, 2018 | By

When he directed Zombie (1979), Lucio Fulci was in top form, balancing the lush colours of tropical locations with finely detailed makeup that enabled assorted dead to emerge from the ground, eating whomever was dumb enough to get in their way…

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BR: Zombie 4: After Death / After Death / Oltra la morte (1989)

BR: Zombie 4: After Death / After Death / Oltra la morte (1989)

July 9, 2018 | By

Not unlike the Demons series, the Zombie franchise consists of an original and a true sequel, and several unrelated films, rebranded by producers for extra recognition and push on video rental shelves. Zombie 4 repeats several scenes from George Romero’s…

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BR: Blue Denim (1959)

BR: Blue Denim (1959)

June 22, 2018 | By

You could argue that when Fox chose to adapt James Leo Herlihy and Willam Noble’s eponymous play a year after its 1958 Broadway run under the stage direction of wonderboy Joshua Logan (Picnic), it was an attempt to transcend the wave of sordid, exploitive teen-centric dramas which packed upbeat music, titillating behaviour…

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Viva Amiga’s Zach Weddington (and a bit of gear talk)

Viva Amiga’s Zach Weddington (and a bit of gear talk)

June 14, 2018 | By

Podcast interview with Zach Weddington on Viva Amiga, his affectionate documentary on the pioneering multimedia computer (plus a bit of gear talk).

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Bruno Mattei’s Rip-Off Trilogy, Part I: Shocking Dark (1989)

Bruno Mattei’s Rip-Off Trilogy, Part I: Shocking Dark (1989)

June 13, 2018 | By

Part 1 of Bruno Mattei’s Rip-Off Trilogy begins with Shocking Dark / Terminator 2 (1989), new on Blu from Severin Films.

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