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BR: Baby Boom (1987)

BR: Baby Boom (1987)

April 20, 2017 | By

Former husband and wife team of Charles Shyer and Nancy Myers (Private Benjamin, Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II) concocted this surprisingly effective update of a classic screwball comedy, and although the pair may not have intended Baby Boom to be a time capsule of mores and conflicts of women juggling career and family in the mid-1980s…

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Little Drummer Girl, The (1984)

Little Drummer Girl, The (1984)

April 20, 2017 | By

The absurdity of John Le Carré’s plot may have been the key attraction for Hill: an American actress working in a London rep theatre is recruited by the Israeli secret service to pretend she’s the lover of the bomber’s brother, acting out the role with her own real background until the bomber’s identified and ultimately neutralized…

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Film: Dante’s Inferno / L’Inferno (1911)

Film: Dante’s Inferno / L’Inferno (1911)

April 9, 2017 | By

What may have helped keep audiences attentive was Dante’s story and risqué material that’s still quite provocative: this first film version of The Divine Comedy features partial nudity and magnificently surreal images which undoubtedly influenced future filmmakers with its vivid mis-en-secene…

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BR: Comes a Horseman (1978)

BR: Comes a Horseman (1978)

April 5, 2017 | By

Comes a Horseman may be regarded as a revisionist western – its setting near the end of WWII offers an interesting series of culture clashes between returning war veterans, locals, traditionalist cow herders, and the emerging postwar economy that would boom with oil and mineral mining in formally pristine environments…

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September Storm Resurfaces in 3D!

September Storm Resurfaces in 3D!

April 1, 2017 | By

The first of a month feature: 3D films on Blu, starting with Byron Haskin’s September Storm (1960), the forgotten 3D classic restored by the 3-D Film Archive, and released on Blu via Kino Studio Classics and Unobstructed View (Canada).

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BR: September Storm (1960)

BR: September Storm (1960)

April 1, 2017 | By

The idea a producer would go to the trouble of filming a 3D movie with underwater gear and see it released flat by studio Fox, then disappear from distribution makes the creation of September Storm an absurdity, and yet in spite of these unintentional mishaps, this orphan film became a high-profile restoration project for the 3-D Film Archive…

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Suburban Tales VI: Stranger Things (2016)

Suburban Tales VI: Stranger Things (2016)

March 29, 2017 | By

Nope, it’s not (yet) on physical media, so here’s a review of Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016), Netflix’s hit series, available only from the burgeoning broadcaster.

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TV: Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)

TV: Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)

March 29, 2017 | By

Cosmetically, Stranger Things is packed with superb set décor from the era, costumes, cars, and a level of consumer technology that’s very limited; not unlike J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 (2011) where the sleuthing kids had to wait for their roll of Super 8 film to be developed before realizing their unique predicament…

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Adventure Time in Havana, Honduras, and Burma!

Adventure Time in Havana, Honduras, and Burma!

March 26, 2017 | By

It’s Intrigue and Adventure Time with Carol Reed & Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana (1959) on Blu from Twilight Time + Allan Dwan’s Escape to Burma (1955) and Jacques Tourneur’s Appointment in Honduras (1953) in a VCI RKO-themed double-bill!

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DVD: Escape to Burma (1955)

DVD: Escape to Burma (1955)

March 25, 2017 | By

One of the last batch of films released by dying major RKO Radio Pictures, Escape to Burma was another efficient low-level A picture produced by Benedict Bogeaus with major stars shot on a modest budget, offering some romance, action, exotic escapism, and a tight story that worked as long as you didn’t think too hard and notice its seams…

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