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Monday, October 13 2014

‘Obvious Child’ Looks at Unplanned Pregnancy from a New Angle

Even when Obvious Child lacks interesting conflict, it still admirably presents women in a way atypical from mainstream cinema.


Friday, October 10 2014

Love in a Gilded Cage: ‘Blanche’

A master of visuals, Walerian Borowczyk's stunning recreation of medieval life presents a world which seems as real and defined as the space in our own living rooms.


Thursday, October 9 2014

Verhoeven Had a Lot to Learn After ‘Flesh + Blood’

Flesh + Blood has at least this to its credit: it's not as bad as Howard the Duck.


Wednesday, October 8 2014

‘Cotton Comes to Harlem’ Has Quality Activism and Acting

Ossie Davis's directorial debut raises questions and statements about race and culture in America that resonate strong today.


Tuesday, October 7 2014

Cold War Tensions Turn to Unintentional Comedy in ‘Meteor’

Meteor is one of a breed of '70s disaster flicks, but only real standout about this new re-release is its large price tag.


Monday, October 6 2014

‘Donnie Brasco’ Shows It’s Easy to Get Lost in the Underworld

When Mike Newell's relatively low-key mob movie was released in 1997, Al Pacino and Johnny Depp were at very different junctures than they are today.


‘Last Action Hero’ Is a Parody That Misses Its Own Point

The irony of Last Action Hero is that many of the best jokes work better in hindsight; however, most of the jokes are so dated that it is hard to imagine the film cultivating new fans.


Friday, October 3 2014

‘Seizure’ Rides on Oliver Stone’s Name

Oliver Stone's feature film debut is a wicked little horror movie that predicted the home terror films of later eras.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

‘Ivory Tower’ Is a Scattered Look at an Important Topic

Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower opts to generate heat rather than shed light on key issues in American higher education.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Remains the Ultimate Revisionist Western 40 Years Later

It opens with images of mortality and ends with a monster’s operatic dance with a chain saw under a deathly, brooding Texas sun—it’s about America, man.


Monday, September 29 2014

You May Not Get It, But David Lynch Knows What He’s Doing in ‘Eraserhead’

It takes 89 minutes to watch David Lynch's Eraserhead, but it could take 89 years to figure out what the hell it was that you just saw.


Friday, September 26 2014

There’s No Horsing Around in ‘A Brony Tale’

A Brony Tale isn’t as fun as it should be, but it does manage to say a lot of interesting things about stereotypes and fandom.


Thursday, September 25 2014

‘The Stream’ Is a Deluge of References

Aching for the past dam(n)s The Stream.


Wednesday, September 24 2014

Fair Enough at the Very Least: ‘The Legend of Billie Jean: Fair Is Fair Edition’

One might believe in the "Legend" of Billie Jean Davy if the distributor cared a little more about extras.


Tuesday, September 23 2014

‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ Is a Charming Collection of Anachronisms

The classic farcical Sondheim musical springs to Blu-ray with all the hilarity of the classic movie, but only half the songs of the classic stage play.


‘Fear in the Night’ Speaks the Indecipherable Language of Noir

Noir, as a definitive term, is elusive and always out of reach, as are dreams. So what are we to do with Fear in the Night, a noir that traffics in dreams?


Monday, September 22 2014

‘Cesar Chavez’ Deifies Instead of Humanizes Its Hero

Too reverential for its own good, this film feels like a social studies class instead of a work of art.


‘All That Jazz’ Is Bob Fosse’s Cinematic Self-Flagellation

This excellent, entertaining, and accurate bio-pic of Bob Fosse's life and death was actually co-written and directed by Bob Fosse eight years before he died.


Thursday, September 18 2014

In ‘The Galapagos Affair’, Paradise Remains Stubbornly Absent

In this gripping true-crime story, an absurdist stew of petty tensions and quasi-Nietzschean dynamics rip apart the tiny colony of Europeans who settled one of the Galapagos islands in the '30s.


Mysterious Forces and Femme Fatales: ‘Out of the Past’

In Torneur's classic film, the femme fatale knows she's an object in a world of violent men she has no reason to respect.


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