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Trigger

November 22, 2011

 Trigger

Unlike his contemporaries, chief among them, Atom Egoyan, Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald has never been able to break out internationally with his films. Sure, he’s come close with the likes of Hard Core Logo (1996) and, more recently, Pontypool... 

Island of Lost Souls: Criterion Collection

November 21, 2011

 Island of Lost Souls: Criterion Collection

Based on H.G. Wells’ 1896 novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Island of Lost Souls (1932) was a controversial film for its time being banned in 12 countries, including England, for its blatant references to vivisection and a blasphemous reference to God.... 

Love, Cheat & Steal

November 18, 2011

 Love, Cheat & Steal

During the 1990’s, neo-noirs were all the rage with some good (The Hot Spot), some not so good (Malice) and some great (L.A. Confidential). Lie, Cheat & Steal (1993) falls somewhere in the middle with its cast of B-movie stars and paint-by-numbers... 

Bright Angel

November 15, 2011

 Bright Angel

The 1990’s was a time when up and coming actors like Dermot Mulroney and Lili Taylor really came into their own, appearing in notable independent films like Living in Oblivion (1995) and The Addiction (1995) respectively. Some of these films connected... 

Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary Edition

November 10, 2011

 Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary Edition

By 1984, director David Lynch was on top of the world. He had received critical acclaim and eight Academy Award nominations for The Elephant Man in 1980 and was on the verge of releasing his next film, Dune (1984), an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic... 

Identification of a Woman: Criterion Collection

November 9, 2011

 Identification of a Woman: Criterion Collection

Identification of a Woman (1982) is often regarded as an aging auteur resting on his laurels, a minor work that won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival but was also savaged by several American film critics. To be fair, it is not Michelangelo Antonioni... 

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

November 8, 2011

 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Despite wrapping up the numerous narrative threads in the third Pirates of the Caribbean film (2007), its massive commercial success pretty much assured another installment in this popular franchise. The only question would be who from the last film would... 

The Quatermass Xperiment

November 4, 2011

 The Quatermass Xperiment

Based on the popular 1953 BBC television serial The Quatermass Experiment, written by the legendary Nigel Kneale, Hammer films adapted it into a feature film known as The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). Director Val Guest condensed the serial and changed... 

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