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James Quinn’s twenty minute short film, The Law of Sodom, is an experience that I’ll never forget. The Law of Sodom is a searing portrait of the hell that is schizophrenia. Quinn (who also stars in the film) takes us on a surreal journey into the darkest depths of the mind. To put it mildly, this […]
The good folks at Shout Factory have finally released Rob Reiner’s Misery on Blu-ray. When best-selling author, Paul Sheldon, nearly dies in a horrific car accident, salvation arrives in the form of his self-proclaimed “number one fan”, a nurse named Annie Wilkes. As she nurses him back to health, the bed-ridden Paul comes to realize […]
Carroll Ballard’s 1986 film, Nutcracker: The Motion Picture, has finally arrived on Blu-ray, courtesy of Olive Films. Carroll Ballard’s gorgeous adaptation of the Tchaikovsky ballet utilizes enormous sets and costumes – designed by Maurice Sendak – and the talents of the Pacific Northwest Ballet to create a wholly unique holiday experience. Never before has the […]
When Chris Columbus decided to direct the film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s hit Broadway musical, Rent, fans (lovingly called “Rentheads”) immediately became skeptical. Chris Columbus was the guy who gave us Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – all perfect examples of innocuous family fare – and now he was […]
Cohen Film Collection has released James Ivory’s 1987 film, Maurice, to Blu-ray. Maurice is a beautiful coming of age tale that concerns a young man named Maurice Hall (James Wilby), who is forced to come to terms with his sexuality after he falls in love with a man named Clive – played by Hugh […]
Flicker Alley has released the long lost 1925 classic, The Lost World, on a beautiful deluxe Blu-ray edition. One of the first silent “creature features” ever made, Harry O. Hoyt’s adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel paved the way for the iconic Hollywood film, King Kong. This Blu-ray features a new score from composer, Robert […]
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema (or Theorem) is arguably one of the filmmaker’s most sacred works. At first, it all seems deceptively simple, like some crude art-house sex comedy. Before you know it, you’ve had a profound cinematic experience. A strange visitor (the magnetic Terence Stamp) shows up at the home of a bourgeoise family. Their […]