Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (Allan Arkush, 1979)

91d4EoKdR2L._SL1500_“The release of George Lucas’s American Graffiti in 1973 unleashed a groundswell of films and television shows that wistfully gazed back at the “good old days” of the late 1950s and early ‘60s, before the “loss of innocence” signaled by the JFK assassination and the escalation of the Vietnam War. Fueled by a double LP’s worth of period needle drops, Lucas’s film presents an anodyne, nostalgia-hazy view of the era intended as a kind of comfort food for the turbulent early ‘70s. Conversely, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School taps into the primal energy and anarchic brio of early rock music as the ideal analogue for the emergence of the punk movement in the face of late-‘70s social anomie and economic stagnation.”

Read my entire review of Shout! Factory 40th anniversary Blu-ray over at Slant Magazine.

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Charley Varrick (Don Siegel, 1973)

81YQ+2VdjuL._SL1500_“Flush from the success of Dirty Harry, Don Siegel at last found himself possessed with sufficient clout to imprint his next work, Charley Varrick, with the auteurist stamp “A Siegel Film,” a rubric that appears on screen before any other title cards. Siegel’s identification with the film’s doggedly professional protagonist extended even to its working title, Last of the Independents, a slogan we see emblazoned across the side of the eponymous character’s crop-dusting company van.”

Read my entire review of Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray over at Slant Magazine.

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63 Up (Michael Apted, 2019)

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Intimations of mortality inform much of 63 Up, the ninth and latest installment of director Michael Apted’s monumental Up series, which has checked in with a representative cross-section of 14 Britons every seven years since 1964, when they were seven years old.”

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Cluny Brown (Ernst Lubitsch, 1946)

71SqtZKf9-L._SL1500_“Ernst Lubitsch’s final finished film is a deceptively lighthearted exploration of class and gender issues in Britain on the brink of World War II.”

I review the AV quality and bonus materials on Criterion’s recent release over at Slant Magazine.

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An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981)

americanwerewolfinlondonbr“John Landis’s landmark horror-comedy gets the deluxe Blu-ray treatment, with a colorful new transfer, as well as a pack of new bonus materials.”

Read my entire review of this new title over at Slant Magazine.

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The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher, 1968)

81CB4gLTC2L._SL1500_“Terence Fisher’s standout Hammer Films horror title gets a sterling Blu-ray transfer and a satisfyingly comprehensive slate of bonus features.”

Read my review of the AV quality and extras for this release over at Slant Magazine.

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The 50 Greatest Horror Movies of the 21st Century

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Here’s a revised and updated version of this list, to which I contributed 5 capsule reviews as well as the introduction.

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