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June 2015

‘Staircase’ Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.


‘Blind Woman’s Curse’ Is Full of Delirious Action With Swords and Cats

This bewildering, reckless, and captivating Japanese monstrosity is a colorful, widescreen explosion of cross-genre craziness.


Betsy Palmer: The Ultimate Horror Badass

In remembrance of her amazing career and importance to horror fans everywhere, we offer this look back at Betsy Palmer (1926 - 2015) and the film that made her a legend.


‘The Scorpio Letters’ Is an Anesthetizing Two Hours

Emerging at the tail end of the '60s spy genre is The Scorpio Letters, a modestly attractive and forgettable vehicle.


May 2015

‘Wanted’ Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.


Double Take: ‘Fantasia’ Muses on Music

Fantasia stands alone as a virtuoso tribute to the virtuosity of its music.


The 10 Most Ridiculous ‘Mad Max’ Rip-Offs

Mad Max was a vision so viable it lead to a string of sloppy imitators. Here are 10 films that followed George Miller's post-apocalyptic designs to a fault.


‘42nd Street’ Is Still a Young and Healthy Musical

42nd Street invented or perfected all the clichés of the backstage musical.


Chaos Reigns in ‘Mad Max - Fury Road’

George Miller’s magnificently crazed half-sequel, half-do-over reimagines the original post-apocalyptic action saga as an even more savage, but yet strangely thoughtful, battle for survival in the wreckage.


Yakuza Formula Plus Cool Style Equals ‘Massacre Gun’

The chipmunk-cheeked Joe Shishido leads up this 1967 "borderless action" film from Japan.


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Could 'Heroes Reborn' Be the Stealth Reboot the Series Always Needed?

// Channel Surfing

"Heroes: Reborn looks like what the original Heroes could have been in an alternate, better universe.

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