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The Muppet Show: Season 3

May 30, 2008

 The Muppet Show: Season 3

By Season 3, The Muppet Show was at the peak of its powers with its format firmly in place and a wide variety of celebrity guests from all genres of the entertainment industry. For example, Saturday Night Live regular Gilda Radnor guest hosts one episode... 

Cassandra’s Dream

May 29, 2008

 Cassandra’s Dream

Cassandra’s Dream (2007) continues Woody Allen’s current string of European-based films. Whether for financial reasons or wanting a change of pace, the New York-based filmmaker left his favourite city in favour of London with Match Point (2005), Scoop... 

Night of the Living Dead: 40th Anniversary Edition

May 27, 2008

 Night of the Living Dead: 40th Anniversary Edition

In recognition of its 40th anniversary, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) has been given the special edition treatment on DVD…again. Since entering the public domain, everybody and his brother has released this film on home video... 

The Walker

May 21, 2008

 The Walker

After dabbling briefly with a major studio with Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005), writer/director Paul Schrader returns to the relatively safe confines of the independent film scene with The Walker (2007). This new film continues his fascination... 

National Treasure: Book of Secrets: Collector’s Edition

May 20, 2008

 National Treasure: Book of Secrets: Collector’s Edition

The first National Treasure film (2004) was something of a pleasant surprise – an inoffensive action/adventure film for the entire family that proved to be a bonafide box office hit. It also gave Nicolas Cage a much needed boost after a string of lackluster... 

Diary of the Dead

May 19, 2008

 Diary of the Dead

After taking his informal series of zombie films to their logical conclusion with Land of the Dead (2005), George A. Romero has come full circle by returning to his low-budget, guerrilla-style filmmaking. With Diary of the Dead (2007), he has started... 

The Lovers: Criterion Collection

May 16, 2008

 The Lovers: Criterion Collection

When Louis Malle’s film The Lovers (1958) debuted at the Venice Film Festival, it caused outrage in Catholic Italy. Two months later, it was released in France and shocked and angered Conservative audiences with its sexual frankness. However, the film... 

Death of a Cyclist

May 15, 2008

 Death of a Cyclist

Director Juan Antonio Bardem has been cited as being a vital factor in launching modern Spanish cinema. His film, Death of a Cyclist (1955), was one of the first Spanish films to win the critics prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Bardem was inspired by... 

Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection

May 13, 2008

 Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection

In order to cash in on the hype of the new Indiana Jones film, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the studio has re-released the trilogy on DVD with brand new extras none of which appeared on the first set. The studio has seemed to adopt a case... 

I’m Not There: Two-Disc Collector’s Edition

May 2, 2008

 I’m Not There: Two-Disc Collector’s Edition

If you want to do a decent biopic on a musician it helps to have their approval (or that of their estate) so that you have access to their catalogue of music. This has gotten harder with the debacle that was Oliver Stone’s take on The Doors (1991).... 

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