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The Expendables

November 30, 2010

 The Expendables

For fans of action films from the 1980s and early 1990s, it has always been a pipe dream to see their favourite action stars team up or, better yet, battle each other. Think of it as the cinematic equivalent of fantasy football. With The Matrix (1999),... 

Fantasia/Fantasia 2000

November 29, 2010

 Fantasia/Fantasia 2000

It seems amazing now but in the late 1930s Mickey Mouse’s popularity was waning. Donald Duck was proving to be more popular with movie-going audiences. However, Mickey was Walt Disney’s favourite character and he devised a special short film that... 

Cop on the Edge IX: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD

November 26, 2010

 Cop on the Edge IX: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD

One of things I always regreted as a kid is the lack of technology that we have today when it comes to filmmaking. I was a very creative child (at least, I thought so) and would spend days working on small video projects with my mates using my dad’s... 

Cher: The Film Collection

November 22, 2010

 Cher: The Film Collection

Here’s a film that I bet William Friedkin would like to forget. At a time when popular musical acts like The Beatles and The Monkees were starring in movie musicals, Sonny and Cher decided to cash in on the trend too with Good Times (1967). Bored between... 

The Night of the Hunter: Criterion Collection

November 17, 2010

 The Night of the Hunter: Criterion Collection

It is one of the great tragedies of cinema that The Night of the Hunter (1955) was Charles Laughton’s lone film directing credit. An acclaimed character actor by trade, he decided to adapt David Grubb’s 1953 novel of the same name into a haunting... 

Antichrist: Criterion Collection

November 15, 2010

 Antichrist: Criterion Collection

For years, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has been something of a cinematic wild card, a provocateur whose films deeply divide audiences and critics alike. At times, he even seems to cultivate an enfant terrible reputation by making bold and controversial... 

House: Criterion Collection

November 5, 2010

 House: Criterion Collection

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House was originally released in 1977 on the bottom half of a double bill with the tantalizing tagline, “How Seven Beauties Were Eaten!” Inspired by several story ideas from his eleven-year-old daughter, Obayashi directed a gonzo... 

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