Video Watchdog #180

videowatchdog180Coming soon to a newsstand near you – and via subscription or newfangled digital platforms – it’s Video Watchdog 180, featuring lots of content from yours truly: an in-depth, 10-page exploration of the films of writer/director Alain Robbe-Grillet, as well as a review of Grindhouse Releasing’s extras-laden Blu-ray edition of Ruggero Deodato’s ferocious (and still divisive) Cannibal Holocaust!

Click here for more info – and a full-color, 16-page sneak preview.

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Boro, L’Île d’Amour: The Films of Walerian Borowczyk

KucBoroComing this August. Includes a chapter on THE STRANGE CASE OF DOCTOR JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE (1981) by yours truly.

At time of writing, I only had a middling YouTube print to work from. Now, of course, there’s a spectacular restoration on BD/DVD courtesy of Arrow Films & Video.

More information on this volume can be found here. It will also be available to order from Amazon.

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Video Watchdog #178

178cover.pmdHot off the presses, the latest issue of Video Watchdog contains my review of Shout! Factory’s deep-stacked Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Joe Dante’s masterwork The Howling.

Click here for more info as well as a nifty preview of the contents.

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Best Films of 2014


Here is my list of the best films of the year, along with links to those I’ve had the chance to review:

1. Inherent Vice
2. Mr. Turner
3. National Gallery
4. The Immigrant
5. Under the Skin
6. Venus in Fur
7. Stranger by the Lake
8. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
9. Night Moves
10. The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

Honorable Mention: The Babadook, Boyhood, Citizenfour, Force Majeure, Goodbye to Language, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Listen Up Philip, The Naked Room, Nightcrawler, and Nymphomaniac

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R. I. P. Mike Nichols

the graduate

From cutting-edge standup to New Hollywood cinema and beyond, his influence was incalculable. Here’s my take on The Graduate, one of his all-time masterworks.

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Le Jour Se Lève (Marcel Carné, 1939)


Le Jour Se Lève typically gets shoehorned, along with a handful of other collaborations between director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, into a filmic historical movement known by the oxymoronic catchall “poetic realism.” But, in many ways, it’s more productive to view this relentlessly dour and disillusioned masterwork as a feel-bad forerunner of film noir.”

Read my whole review of Le Jour Se Lève, opening on Friday in a new 4K restoration at NYC’s Film Forum, at Slant Magazine.

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Demons 2 (Lamberto Bava, 1986)

demons2br“Looking spectacular on Synapse’s otherwise barebones Blu-ray, Demons 2 trades in its predecessor’s penchant for wall-to-wall gore in favor of surreal shocks and quasi-Cronenbergian craziness.”

Read my entire review of Lamberto Bava’s surreal successor to Demons, out this week in a movie-only Blu-ray edition from Synapse Films, at Slant Magazine.

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