When actor Laurence Olivier unleashed his cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Richard III in 1955, he was certainly no stranger to the Bard, having acted in several theatrical productions over the years and starred and directed acclaimed film versions of Henry V (1944) and Hamlet (1948). Perhaps burnt out from double duties on these films, Olivier was not interested in doing it again on Richard III. However, producer Alexander Korda managed to coax him back to not only act and direct the film, but produce it as well. For those not familiar with Shakespeare’s play, Richard III is about Richard (Olivier), the Duke of Gloucester, who... Read DVD Review
Gate of Hell (1953) belongs to the golden age of Japanese cinema that saw several of its filmmakers achieve international acclaim, including Teinosuke Kinugasa whose film won the Grand Prix prize at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival and the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. This makes its virtual disappearance all the more frustrating, which was due to the colors fading from existing prints. The... Read DVD Review
The Blob (1958) is one of the classic monster movies made during the 1950s. Common origins for a lot of creatures from these kinds of movies were either as a result of atomic energy or from outer space. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.’s movie opts for the latter with a simple premise that is surprisingly effective and that’s due in large part to the no-nonsense direction, Theodore Simonson and Kate Phillips’... Read DVD Review
“Not many people got a code to live by anymore,” says Bud (Stanton), the veteran repo man to his protege, Otto (Estevez) near the beginning of Alex Cox’s Repo Man (1984). This film is all about personal codes and philosophies. It seems that everyone has their own take on life, from Bud’s Repo Code (“I shall not cause harm to any vehicle or the personal contents thereof,... Read DVD Review
Inspired by the experiences of Andre Devigny, a French lieutenant in World War II who managed to escape from Fort Montluc prison in German-occupied Lyon in 1943, Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped (1956) is regarded as one of the best prison-break films ever committed to celluloid. Bresson identified personally with Devigny’s story, having experienced first-hand the way the Germans treated prisoners... Read DVD Review
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