Category Archives: film

Curtains (Jonathan Stryker, 1983)

“Synapse’s impressive, nearly pristine Blu-ray presentation reopens Curtains for a fresh round of appreciation for its slapdash charms.” Read my full review of Canadian cult favorite Curtains, out last month on Blu-ray from Synapse, at Slant Magazine.

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Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggero Deodato, 1980)

“A cut above most Italian cannibal cinema, Cannibal Holocaust provides viewers with sufficient pluck some thematic meat to sink their teeth into. Grindhouse’s deluxe Blu-ray edition serves up a supplement-laden smorgasbord.” Read my full review of Deodat’s pioneering tropical torture … Continue reading

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Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma, 1974)

“Fortunately for Phantom of the Paradise fanatics, they won’t need to sell their souls for Shout! Factory’s fantastic dual-format release, not even for ‘The Hell of It.’” Read my review of De Palma’s cult musical masterwork, out now from Shout! … Continue reading

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Jodorowsky’s Dune (Frank Pavich, 2013)

“Jodorowsky’s Dune, equal parts late-life encomium for a cinematic visionary and elegy for a failed film project, gets a fair shake from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with a solid dual-format A/V transfer and a brace of fairly interesting deleted scenes.” … Continue reading

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Cannes Film Festival 2014 Coverage

Now you can find all my coverage of this year’s Cannes Film Festival for Slant Magazine in one handy place. Click here.

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Video Watchdog #177

As promised, the latest issue of Video Watchdog contains not one but two (count ‘em!) reviews by yours truly, and it’s a double helping of Criterion Collection wonderfulness: Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone and John Frankenheimer’s Seconds. Available in … Continue reading

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Wonderwall (Joe Massot, 1968)

“Wonderwall is a heady trip best taken for the sensory provocation of its eye-popping set designs and the spaced-out world music ambience of its soundtrack. Barring a few minor caveats, Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray transfer renders that prospect more stimulating than … Continue reading

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