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Topsy-Turvy: Criterion Collection

March 31, 2011

 Topsy-Turvy: Criterion Collection

You have to hand it to Mike Leigh, a filmmaker who has the confidence to make a $20 million period musical with limited commercial appeal. In 1999, he released Topsy-Turvy, a musical drama chronicling W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s creation of The... 

The Resident

March 29, 2011

 The Resident

Hammer Films was a force to be reckoned with in the 1960’s and the 1970’s as the British studio was the go-to place for edgy and outrageous horror films many of which featured Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Then came the 1980’s and their style... 

Black Swan

March 24, 2011

 Black Swan

Let’s be honest, there aren’t many ballet-centric films out there and even fewer that are good, with notable exceptions like The Red Shoes (1948) and the underrated Robert Altman film The Company (2003). So Darren Aronofsky had his work cut out for... 

The Times of Harvey Milk: Criterion Collection

March 21, 2011

 The Times of Harvey Milk: Criterion Collection

With the release of Gus Van Sant’s superb biopic Milk (2008), which featured an Academy Award-winning performance by Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, there was renewed interest in the inspiring human rights activist and one of the earliest openly gay American... 

Every Day

March 11, 2011

 Every Day

The 1980’s were quite possibly the last decade that Hollywood produced decent character-driven dramas for adults. In the 1990’s, visual spectacles based on comic books, television shows, and so on that were enhanced by special effects became the norm.... 

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

March 7, 2011

 The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

In the past few years, vampire-themed programs have surfaced on television with True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and, recently, Being Human (both U.K. and the U.S. remake). Sure, there have been more across the board, supernatural fare with shows like... 

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