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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962)

“Hag horror doesn’t get any better (read: demented) than What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? For the film’s 50th anniversary, Warner rolls out the red carpet with a sparkling Blu-ray transfer and impressive DigiBook packaging, even if the extras remain … Continue reading

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Tod Browning/Lon Chaney: The Unholy Three, The Unknown, London After Midnight, West of Zanzibar, Where East Is East

Between 1919 and 1929, director Tod Browning and actor Lon Chaney, Sr. made a total of ten films together, the best of them comprising what might be called the “masochistic melodrama” genre: Chaney’s protagonist, an obsessive, often embittered individual, usually … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: May 30 – June 2

A Generation (Andrzej Wajda, 1955) – 3/5 Kanal (Andrzej Wajda, 1957) – 5/5 Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda, 1958) – 5/5 A Generation – the first installment in Andrzej Wajda’s War Trilogy – portrays the experiences of an idealistic young … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: May 21 – 23

The Fury (Brian De Palma, 1978) – 3/5 Hard on the heels of his 1976 hit Carrie, De Palma revisits the telekinesis/psychic powers genre with lamentably diminished returns. Granted, there are standout set-pieces – the opening abduction scene, a sequence … Continue reading

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