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  • Season of the Witch (1972)

    Welcome back, dear readers, to my plunge into Arrow Video’s George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn (6-Disc Limited Edition) box set. Today, I look at the second movie included in the collection and the third movie in George A. Romero’s filmography, Season of the Witch (1972). As different as...
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)

    Film as a medium is often an entertainment, occasionally it rises to the level of art, but it is always a historical record.  This is obvious when one thinks about documentaries or newsreels, but even narrative film captures a point in time and unintentional historical information, such as modes...
  • There’s Always Vanilla (1971)

    George A. Romero gave birth to the modern zombie film with the 1968 release of Night of the Living Dead, which he followed up with Dawn of the Dead in 1978. That’s a big gap, and one in which Mr. Romero was not idle.  Now, thanks to Arrow Video,...
  • Oscar (1967)

    Rich industrialist Bertrand Barnier (Louis de Funès) is about to have a bad day.  First, he is awakened at an early hour by an employee, Christian Martin (Claude Rich), who both requests a 100% raise and admits to having embezzled 60 million francs from the company.  Still, Bertrand can’t arrest...
  • Wide Open (1930)

    Film critic Nathan Rabin coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” to refer to an entire class of imaginary female characters designed by screen writers to bring timid or brooding male characters out of their shells or their particular funk.  The term was used specifically in reference to Kirsten...
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

    The classic Universal creature features of the 1930s and 40s served as my entry point into horror cinema.  Filmed in black and white, the films oozed atmosphere, but they never featured anything truly terrifying that my six year-old self couldn’t handle.  The monsters were slow-witted and lumbering, but even...
  • Kill, Baby… Kill! (Operazione paura,1966)

    In my last review, we took a look at Sergio Martino’s The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975), a solid “mash-up” of two Italian film genres, “giallo” and “poliziotteschi.” Today we’re going to take a look at a standout in Italian gothic horror, written and directed by one of its...
  • Take a Good Look (1959-1961)

    It’s only October, but I can already name the best video release of the year.  That honor goes to Shout! Factory’s Ernie Kovacs: Take A Good Look: The Definitive Collection, which contains every surviving episode of a short-lived game show hosted by avant-garde television comedian Ernie Kovacs. Kovacs has...
  • Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

    If you’re a fan of documentaries or of movies in general, you won’t want to miss Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story.  This delightful film documents the ups and downs in the careers and marriage of two of the unsung heroes of American cinema, Harold and Lillian Michelson....
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