Meeting The Criterion: It's A Criterion Christmas And You Get RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or director... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks HUNGER GAMES, HOMESMAN, Mike Nichols and Much More!

There was another lag in getting video feeds for the last couple weeks, so here for your viewing pleasure are three Twitchvisions to gorge on!This week we look back at the career of EGOT winner Mike Nichols, as well as... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Philip Seymour Hoffman

This week, the third film in the Hunger Games franchise is released in cinemas, subtitled Mockingjay Part 1. Pierce has seen it and had some issues with it, as shared in his review (link). Good or bad, The Hunger Games... More »
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The Stack: Canfield Talks SPACE STATION 76, Animated RICK AND MORTY, Vintage William Castle, And More

Welcome back to The Stack. This is the final episode before I kick off our Holiday Gift Guide this Tuesday November 25. This is also the beginning of a new, shorter format. But The Stack is still packed with home entertainment... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: Trumbullvision

Earlier this month, as part of the Stanley Kubrick exhibit and retrospective at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, visual effects wizard Douglas Trumbull was in town to demo his proof-of-concept film for his next generation high-frame-rate presentation format, MAGI. Sort of... More »
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The Stack: Canfield Talks OBVIOUS CHILD, 70s Horror JENNIFER And Dark, Daffy LFO

Welcome back to The Stack! Dave Canfield here comin' at ya with more home entertainment goodness. First up from the good folks at Kino Lorber is the nearly forgotten Carrie (1976) knock-off Jennifer (1978), which even used the tag line, "...makes... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Raoul Walsh's THE THIEF OF BAGDAD

Douglas Fairbanks, "the first King of Hollywood", is today remembered as the star of numerous silent swashbuckling epics, including The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood. However, he attained the popularity and industry clout to get such... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Michael Caine

Last week, Interstellar was released in many parts of the world, a film with a fine cast indeed, among them the instantly recognizable Michael Caine. At 81 years of age, Michael Caine has more than five decades of golden classics... More »
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Team Twitch: On INTERSTELLAR

(All In Good Time, or: just how stellar was Interstellar?) By now Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has been orbiting most of the world in wide release for a week, and it sure has left its mark. It's raking in money, although... More »
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Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Werner Herzog

After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: Masculinity Is Mythology

There's a great unraveling in Force Majeure, the Swedish film tagged to move ahead to the foreign language Oscar nomination. It is the unraveling of a male ego. The film arrives at an unintentionally sharp moment: this has been a... More »
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Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks NIGHTCRAWLER, FORCE MAJEURE, Stanley Kubrick, And More

A double bill this week, where we talk about new openings like Nightcrawler, Force Majeure and Maps to the Stars, as well as the new Kubrick exhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.As a bonus, there's also the coverage from the... More »
  

A Celebration of Kubrick: Exceptional Exhibit Hits Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox

2001: A Space Odyssey, Paths of Glory, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange - if only for these works of cinematic genius Stanley Kubrick would be forever remembered in the history of the medium. If you add in... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Lance Henriksen

Last week in Japan, legendary director Oshii Mamoru's new live-action film Garm Wars: The Last Druid was shown to the public, and rest assured we will chime in soon about it. Reviews have been wildly divided, to say the least,... More »
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The Stack: Canfield Talks Vintage William Castle And Much More

The Stack is back with a last look at what's truly "out there" for Halloween. First up is some vintage Blu-ray goodness from Kino, The Death Kiss starring Bela Lugosi and a late career entry from Boris Karloff, Cauldron of Blood... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: Film Critics In Deep Space

Two weeks before Gone Girl was released in theatres, the embargo lifted on its reviews and every online publication that had the clout to enlist a reviewer to see the film ahead of time posted their fully-digested thoughts on the... More »
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The Many Faces Of Keanu Reeves

Whoa! John Wick is hitting its theatrical release this week, and as Peter Martin says in his review (click), it's surprisingly good by virtue of not being bad. Part of the film's success is due to the starring role of... More »
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5 Reasons To Attend This Weekend's Film Independent Forum In LA

If you're like me, you often look at the list of filmmaker panels at film festivals and bemoan the fact that you just have to miss what might be a great conversation in order to go catch a movie. But... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: Marvel vs. DC Could End The Moviegoing World

Here's why I worry about megafranchises: what's bigger than a megafranchise? As much as I admire what Marvel is doing - stacking their product horizontally as well as vertically for added tensile strength, creating therefor the proverbial Brick Shithouse of... More »
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Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks FURY, BOOK OF LIFE, TU DORS NICOLE, And More

This week sees Brad Pitt and company blow stuff up real good in Fury, Guillermo del Toro help bring Day of the Dead celebrations to the fore in kids film The Book of Life, a charming, foggy film from Quebec... More »
  
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