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Shark Collection (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:39

dvd shark-collectionAs usual, humans are the main cause for the shark’s terrifying reputation.

 

Gangster (Inception Media Group, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:32

dvd gangsterFerris’s story, filled with drugs, stabbings, shootings, blindings, and other sickly violence, defines him as one of the most feared gangsters in history.

   

Hidden Kingdoms (BBC Earth)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 21 July 2014 13:49

dvd hidden-kingdomsThis pint-sized view of the wild has not been shown very often, and certainly not up close and personal, as it appears here.

 

Detour (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 July 2014 13:21

dvd detourDirector Edgar G. Ulmer capitalizes on the tropes of noir in a film whose necessary economy in storytelling is one of its great appeals.

   

Orphan Black: Season Two (BBC America)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Monday, 14 July 2014 13:04

dvd orphan-black2No amount of praise is sufficient to reward Tatiana Maslany for the excruciating amount of dedication she puts into her work on Orphan Black.

 

Maidentrip (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 July 2014 12:49

dvd MaidentripYoung people are sometimes capable of far more than we give them credit for.

   

Peter Brook: The Tightrope (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 July 2014 12:47

dvd Peter-BrookI can see this film being hugely interesting to acting students, who will be fascinated by seeing the process of preparation that lies behind expert performance.

 

Desert Riders: The Lost Children of the Sports of Kings (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 July 2014 12:44

dvd Desert-RidersRacing camels is a hazardous trade where broken limbs and even death are not unusual.

   

Being Ginger (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:51

dvd being-gingerCharm goes a long way, and so does a sense of humor; fortunately, the film has plenty of both to spare.

 

Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector (VHShitfest, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:48

dvd adjust-your-trackingIs it smart for 22-year-olds to make a documentary about something for which they weren’t alive to see the heyday?

   

Tiny: A Story about Living Small (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:45

dvd tinyThis is a film that unabashedly celebrates particular life choices, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, those who have made other choices may well feel left out.

 

Nosferatu the Vampyre (Scream Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 12 May 2014 20:34

dvd nosferatuThere are many brilliant moments in Herzog’s film, but also many moments when it goes off track.

   

Boys of Abu Ghraib (Vertical Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 10 May 2014 14:28

dvd abu ghraibThe less pleasant side of the American labels all the prisoners guilty and undeserving of any human consideration.

 

The Strange Woman (Film Chest Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 10 May 2014 14:24

dvd strange womanHedy Lamarr reveals herself to be both bad to the bone and committed to capitalizing on her feminine charms for the worst possible purposes.

 

 

   

Bayou Blue (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 10 May 2014 14:21

dvd bayou-blueInstead of trying to ignite outrage, directors Lambert and McMahon have created a calm film about a terrible subject.

 

I Am Divine (Wolfe Video, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:44

iamdivine 75And I trust all of you enough to let you in on my favorite actor: Divine. If you think I’m joking, I’m not.

   

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:26

Mystery Science_Theater_75For those of you who are fans of the connecting episodes, here are a few highlights from this set: Roger Whitaker pays a visit, Frank develops a combination perambulator/lawn mower, Joel invents a pipe with a built-in sprinkler system, and Tom Servo puts on an art show.

 

The Bigamist (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:20

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Still, the restored version of The Bigamist looks better than a lot of films from the period, and I’d have to say that watching the DVD is a far better experience than watching online.

   

Geography Club (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:49

geoclub 75There’s a dearth of films that have honest sympathy for what it’s like to be a teenager, particularly a teenager whose sexuality is not strictly mainstream

 

Wonderwall: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:43

wonderwall collectThe “wonderwall” of the title is the wall he’s peeking through to see the wonders of those often-naked young ladies.

   

Jump (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:35

Jump filmThe script depends heavily on coincidences, but Walsh keeps things moving at a rapid pace, with the sense of forward momentum aided by a lively soundtrack.

 

Gasland Part II (Cinedigm, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:27

gaslandpart2These companies consider who you and I would call American citizens exercising their Constitutional rights to be insurgents threatening company operations—and profits, of course.

   

Pablo (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:20

pablo dvdHe migrated to New York with his family, learned animation from a book, and began working for a company that made commercials.

 

The Red Skelton Show: The Lost Episodes (Timeless Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 12 March 2014 22:05

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It’s very funny and completely charming.

   

Short Term 12 (Cinedigm, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:59

dvd short-term12The residents have problems of the type you would expect to find in a fictional portrayal of this kind of facility, just as the barracks in World War II films always had a guy from Brooklyn and one from Texas.

 

The Gene Autry Show: The Complete Television Series (Timeless Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:54

dvd gene-autryWatching The Gene Autry Show feels like visiting an old friend, even if you’ve never seen this particular program before.

   

The Wind Rises (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 28 February 2014 00:28

TheWindRises 75While many purists prefer the original Japanese language track on Miyazaki’s films, I’ve by and large always been fine with the dubs Disney has done, as they tend to have high production values and usually have good actors as well. 

 

Come Back, Africa (Milestone Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 28 February 2014 00:02

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The real star of the film is the documentary footage of locations never before seen by most White people.

   

Our Nixon (Cinedigm/Docurama, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 24 February 2014 22:44

OurNixon 75For those who are experts on the Nixon era, Our Nixon will be a garden of delights, with each clip triggering memories and associations.

 

Buying Sex (First Run Features, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 24 February 2014 14:19

buyingsex 75_copyIf that sounds radical to you, consider this: since 2003, in New Zealand, prostitution has been legal, as is operating a brothel and street solicitation.

   

G.B.F. (Vertical Entertainment, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:56

GBF 75Parents are clueless, over-sexed or try too hard to connect with their kids, teachers are helpful oddballs and lurking among the cool kids is a gay guy just waiting to get out.

 

Birth of the Living Dead (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:19


Birthoflivingdead 75For those new to the film, Birth of the Living Dead is a great introduction to Romero lore, although due to numerous spoilers you should probably watch Night of the Living Dead before you watch this film.

   

How to Make Money Selling Drugs (Cinedigm/Tribeca Film, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:02

howtomakemoney 75As long as it stays in infomercial mode, How to Make Money Selling Drugs is both entertaining and informative—it’s quite specific about how the drug trade works, and features everyone from Russell Simmons to Freeway Rick Ross (the guy who invented crack) to an array of lawyers, policemen, and others whose living depends in whole or in part on the drug trade.

 

Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:05

UndressingIsrael 75Instead, you get a lot of eye candy and a glimpse into the lives of some friendly, pleasant people who seem to be pretty blessed by life. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the film for you.

   

Men at Lunch: The Untold Story of A City’s Legend (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 03 February 2014 08:14

Menatlunch 75Even if you have an endless appetite for documentaries about New York (as I do), watching Men at Lunch can be disappointing because there’s so much speculation backed up by so little proof, and so many topics broached without resolution.

 

Here’s Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection (MVD Visual, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 26 December 2013 11:18

Heres-Edie 75It’s enough to make you wish the variety show would make a comeback.

   

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