Monthly Archives: August 2013

Antiviral (Brandon Cronenberg, 2012)

“Brandon Cronenberg’s flawed but promising feature debut gets an almost immaculate Blu-ray transfer, as well as some solid supplements, from MPI Media Group.” Read my review of Antiviral, which hit the streets earlier this month, only at Slant Magazine. Advertisements

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Southland Tales (Richard Kelly, 2006)

“Gazing up from the troughs of the mid-Bush years, Richard Kelly expediently scheduled his then-future shocks for the next election year, so it seems evident he had some idea of effecting real-world change with his satirical screed. Precisely in what … Continue reading

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Escape from New York (John Carpenter, 1981)

“Although it didn’t see the light of day until Ronald Reagan’s triumphalist Morning in America had dawned over the land, Escape from New York was initially conceived in the disenchanted aftershock of the Watergate scandal, when confidence in the nation’s … Continue reading

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Swamp Thing (Wes Craven, 1981)

“Swamp Thing lurches onto Blu-ray looking better than ever, complete with an impressive roster of supplementary materials, from Scream Factory.” Read my entire review of Wes Craven’s cult fave, which drops this week on a Blu-ray/DVD set, only at Slant … Continue reading

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Bug (Jeannot Szwarc, 1975)

“Bug is a cautionary tale about a swarm of “firebugs” – impossibly ancient subterranean insects that digest carbon ash and can set things on fire – unleashed on a California desert town by an earthquake. With its loosely hinged bipartite … Continue reading

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A Boy and His Dog (L. Q. Jones, 1975)

“America in 2024 is as harshly divided as the diametrically opposed landscapes against which the film’s action takes place—the barren aridity of life aboveground and the ersatz fecundity in the “downunder” called Topeka whose citizens cling desperately to outmoded forms … Continue reading

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