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  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    This was in my queue forever. Overall, I found it to be a fun, pulpy romp.
    Really happy that Zahler is fighting the fight and making original modern genre cinema. Some of the most disturbing onscreen violence I've seen in quite some time.

    I think speeding up the pace would greatly help. But I also have to respect that this is clearly what Zahler wants... Brawl is 132 mins and Dragged Across Concrete is 159 mins. He likes his films on the long side.

  • The New Kids

    The New Kids

    Finally saw it after all these years. Pretty much what I expected except for the backwoods Floridian locale. Fun stuff with very 80's opening credits. For Sean S. Cunningham completists.


    Also, Lori Loughlin. This was a pretty timely watch, wasn’t it?

    Watched it on Amazon Prime. Not sure who is responsible for the HD scan but looks good.

  • Furie

    Furie

    Vietnamese female version of Taken. Very cool that the final showdown is between two kick ass women. Nice to see Veronica Ngo (The Last Jedi) jumping between Hollywood and Vietnam's blossoming film industry.

    Lighting is very inspired... multi-colored neon and even giallo-esque Red, Green and Blue splashes of light. Great FX... I don't know how they did some of the 'day for night' sequences. I looked up the FX supervisor Thierry Nguyen and he has quite a filmography (Mad Max,…

  • Birds of Passage

    Birds of Passage

    Very engaging Shakespearean vibe that builds momentum. Many elements of Animal Kingdom, Scarface and Godfather. Focused on the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia.

    Glad I saw it on the big screen. Nicely shot by David Gallego on 35mm Techniscope (3-Perf). Lenses: Ultra Prime, ARRI Alura 45-250mm T2.6 F Telephoto Studio Zoom, Angénieux OPTIMO Zoom T2.8 OPTIMO 45-120.

    Good article on film's look:
    www.moviemaker.com/archives/winter-2019/birds-of-passage-david-gallego/

  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    Saw it years ago on VHS and quite honestly forgot it was so experimental and stylized. I also forgot that opening scene with Mario Van Peebles. I understand that his father was directing him but wow... definitely questionable - from wiki - "The Region 2 DVD release from BFI Video has the opening sex sequences altered. A notice at the beginning of the DVD states "In order to comply with UK law (the Protection of Children Act 1978), a number…

  • The Angel

    The Angel

    Great performances, production design and cinematography. It can be argued that the film glamorizes a criminal that destroyed lives.

    Premiered in Un Certain Regard 2018.

    Watched on DVD.

  • Forty Deuce

    Forty Deuce

    Finally! Been waiting decades to see this. A friend was nice enough to find me a DVD-r which comes from a recording (probably VHS) off of French TV. Nonetheless, it seems to be the only way to see this film.

    First screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. I don't know the particulars but for whatever reason, this Paul Morrissey film never got a home entertainment release.

    Great concept and I love the '81…

  • Miss Lovely

    Miss Lovely

    Seven years. I let seven years go by. I should have watched this in 2012. It's not like I didn't hear about it. I've been intrigued since I read about it going to Un Certain Regard.

    So I went to Mumbai Film Festival and met Ashim Ahluwalia, the film's director, co-writer and editor. He's awesome. We talked genre films. He told me about Indian genre films. We shopped for genre film posters. Great guy and cinephile.

    And I had to…

  • Dark of the Sun

    Dark of the Sun

    I didn't know anything about this film except that it had a chainsaw fight and Tarantino used a track from the score in Inglourious Basterds.

    Aged a little too much for me to be fully engaged but had fun. Pulpy and violent. I read that multiple cuts were made to the film before and after being submitted to the ratings board and it's still quite graphic. They must have run out of light a few times because I've never seen…

  • Band Aid

    Band Aid

    Strong debut. Great dialogue and performances. I found myself quite uncomfortable (in a good way) because the quarrels were very realistic. Heard some of my self in the arguments.

    And Fred Armisen should be in more films.

    Premiered at Sundance in 2017. Watched the Shout Factory Blu-ray.

  • The Great Alligator

    The Great Alligator

    New Code Red Blu-ray has a great scan and nice extras. The miniatures are hysterically bad which makes the film entertaining but definitely one of my least favorite Sergio Martino films.

    Code Red Blu-ray Special Features: New HD scan with extensive color correction done here in the U.S, New interview with Gianlorenzo Battaglia, New interview with Claudio Morabito, New round table discussion with Paolo Ricci, Giancarlo Ferrado and A Geleg interview with Sergio Martino and Anton Geleg Trailer

  • The Other Side of Midnight

    The Other Side of Midnight

    Susan Sarandon running around in a wet, transparent nightgown made my day.

    Watched the Twilight Time Blu-ray:

    Special Features: Isolated Music Track (with some effects) / Audio Commentary with Producer Frank Yablans, Director Charles Jarrott, Author Sidney Sheldon, and Film Historian Laurent Bouzereau / Original Theatrical Trailer