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I Am Divine (Wolfe Video, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:44

iamdivine 75And I trust all of you enough to let you in on my favorite actor: Divine. If you think I’m joking, I’m not.

 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:26

Mystery Science_Theater_75For those of you who are fans of the connecting episodes, here are a few highlights from this set: Roger Whitaker pays a visit, Frank develops a combination perambulator/lawn mower, Joel invents a pipe with a built-in sprinkler system, and Tom Servo puts on an art show.

   

The Bigamist (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:20

Thebigamist 75

Still, the restored version of The Bigamist looks better than a lot of films from the period, and I’d have to say that watching the DVD is a far better experience than watching online.

 

Geography Club (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:49

geoclub 75There’s a dearth of films that have honest sympathy for what it’s like to be a teenager, particularly a teenager whose sexuality is not strictly mainstream

   

Wonderwall: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:43

wonderwall collectThe “wonderwall” of the title is the wall he’s peeking through to see the wonders of those often-naked young ladies.

 

Jump (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:35

Jump filmThe script depends heavily on coincidences, but Walsh keeps things moving at a rapid pace, with the sense of forward momentum aided by a lively soundtrack.

   

Gasland Part II (Cinedigm, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:27

gaslandpart2These companies consider who you and I would call American citizens exercising their Constitutional rights to be insurgents threatening company operations—and profits, of course.

 

Pablo (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:20

pablo dvdHe migrated to New York with his family, learned animation from a book, and began working for a company that made commercials.

   

The Red Skelton Show: The Lost Episodes (Timeless Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 12 March 2014 22:05

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It’s very funny and completely charming.

 

Short Term 12 (Cinedigm, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:59

dvd short-term12The residents have problems of the type you would expect to find in a fictional portrayal of this kind of facility, just as the barracks in World War II films always had a guy from Brooklyn and one from Texas.

   

The Gene Autry Show: The Complete Television Series (Timeless Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:54

dvd gene-autryWatching The Gene Autry Show feels like visiting an old friend, even if you’ve never seen this particular program before.

 

The Wind Rises (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 28 February 2014 00:28

TheWindRises 75While many purists prefer the original Japanese language track on Miyazaki’s films, I’ve by and large always been fine with the dubs Disney has done, as they tend to have high production values and usually have good actors as well. 

   

Come Back, Africa (Milestone Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 28 February 2014 00:02

ComebackAfrica 75

The real star of the film is the documentary footage of locations never before seen by most White people.

 

Our Nixon (Cinedigm/Docurama, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 24 February 2014 22:44

OurNixon 75For those who are experts on the Nixon era, Our Nixon will be a garden of delights, with each clip triggering memories and associations.

   

Buying Sex (First Run Features, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 24 February 2014 14:19

buyingsex 75_copyIf that sounds radical to you, consider this: since 2003, in New Zealand, prostitution has been legal, as is operating a brothel and street solicitation.

 

G.B.F. (Vertical Entertainment, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:56

GBF 75Parents are clueless, over-sexed or try too hard to connect with their kids, teachers are helpful oddballs and lurking among the cool kids is a gay guy just waiting to get out.

   

Birth of the Living Dead (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:19


Birthoflivingdead 75For those new to the film, Birth of the Living Dead is a great introduction to Romero lore, although due to numerous spoilers you should probably watch Night of the Living Dead before you watch this film.

 

How to Make Money Selling Drugs (Cinedigm/Tribeca Film, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:02

howtomakemoney 75As long as it stays in infomercial mode, How to Make Money Selling Drugs is both entertaining and informative—it’s quite specific about how the drug trade works, and features everyone from Russell Simmons to Freeway Rick Ross (the guy who invented crack) to an array of lawyers, policemen, and others whose living depends in whole or in part on the drug trade.

   

Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:05

UndressingIsrael 75Instead, you get a lot of eye candy and a glimpse into the lives of some friendly, pleasant people who seem to be pretty blessed by life. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the film for you.

 

Men at Lunch: The Untold Story of A City’s Legend (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 03 February 2014 08:14

Menatlunch 75Even if you have an endless appetite for documentaries about New York (as I do), watching Men at Lunch can be disappointing because there’s so much speculation backed up by so little proof, and so many topics broached without resolution.

   

Here’s Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection (MVD Visual, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 26 December 2013 11:18

Heres-Edie 75It’s enough to make you wish the variety show would make a comeback.

 

The Falls: Testament of Love (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 23 December 2013 19:35

The-Falls-Testament-of-Love 75Like The Falls, Testament of Love has the feel of a modestly-budgeted television production that succeeds thanks to its sincerity and the likeability of its lead actors.

   

Russian Ark (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:44

Russian-Art 75Watching Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark is like being a kid hiding on the staircase and watching an adult dinner party.

 

Johan Falk Trilogy (MHZ Networks Corp., NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:37

Johan-Falk 75The series seems like a good fit for American audiences — plenty of action, improbable plots, lots of beautiful blondes, and a charmingly relaxed attitude toward sex.

   

Parkland (Millennium Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 24 November 2013 19:29

Parkland 75The problem is that for all those virtues, Parkland is not particularly interesting after the first 15 minutes or so.

 

Roger Corman’s Horror Classics Vol. 1 (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 24 November 2013 19:09

 

Roger-Corman 75The most interesting of the three films is A Bucket of Blood because it preserves on film a theatrical version of beatnik life.

   

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:14

MST 75But no one comes to MST3K looking for lessons, and this box set is particularly generous with bad films (six in all) and extras.

 

Borgen: Season Two (MHz Networks)

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Written by Brittany Larimore Tuesday, 19 November 2013 23:36

Borgen-Season-Two 75It suffers from predictable material, unequal pacing within the script, and a naïve approach to political discussions.

   

Nosferatu (Kino Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 15 November 2013 17:27

Nosferatu 75Nosferatu is a masterpiece of silent cinema that includes some of the creepiest images ever recorded on film.

 

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 04 November 2013 11:31

Deceptive-Practices 75He’s never less than intriguing, and always leaves you with the impression that whatever you already know about him, there’s still much more yet to be discovered.

   

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (Cinedigm, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 03 November 2013 19:41

Roman-P.- -75The statutory rape conviction is the elephant in the room throughout.

 

Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (Will Pork Productions/Believe Limited, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 20 October 2013 09:47

Turtle-Hill-Brooklyn 75Its general tone of hipsterish pleasantness is a welcome sign of how much gay life has changed in 45 years.

   

Shout at the Devil (Timeless Media Group, PG)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 11 October 2013 13:47

Shout-at-the-Devil 75Shout at the Devil is tedious in a way that no amount of gun fights, shipwrecks, crocodile attacks, or cartoonish camera mugging can help.

 

Laurence Anyways (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 07 October 2013 20:51

Laurence-Anyway 75The ending is surprisingly affecting, and it played well in my memory long after having seen it.

   

The Secret of Crickley Hall (BBC America, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:18

The-Secret-of-Crickley-Hall 75This may not be the most original of series, but watching it play out is fun.

 

Detective Montalbano Episodes 23 & 24 (MHZ Networks, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 02 October 2013 19:09

Detective-Montalbano 75Location shooting (mostly in Ragusa) is a big part of the show’s appeal.

   

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