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Video Watchdog #178

Hot 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 … Continue reading

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R. I. P. Mike Nichols

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 … Continue reading

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Demons 2 (Lamberto Bava, 1986)

“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 … Continue reading

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The Vincent Price Collection II (Various, 1959-1972)

“The Vincent Price Collection II trumps the sophomore slump through the inclusion of several top-notch films, an overall excellent audio-visual presentation, and a bevy of bonus materials from Shout! Factory.” Read my whole review of Shout! Factory’s admirable followup, out … Continue reading

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Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski, 2013)

“Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur is a deceptively simple two-hander. Superficially, the film seems to unfold as a textbook study of role reversal (that staple of the psychodrama) in the tragicomic mode.” Read my whole review of Polanski’s perversely engrossing … Continue reading

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