Monthly Archives: November 2009

Born of Fire Released on DVD

Mondo Macabro, the terrific distributor of the cine-strange just released a DVD version of what one reviewer called “one of the strangest films of the decade.” Born of Fire (1983) is director Jamil Dehlavi’s bizarre tale of a flautist (Peter … Continue reading

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Indonesian Cine-insanity

I’ve chosen the next feature I would like to include in a midnight movie lecture next year: Lady Terminator.  It’s one of the best examples of the crazy cinema from Indonesia during a golden age of exploitation cinema that country’s … Continue reading

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The Format That (Almost) Wouldn’t Die

The digital revolution in movie-making and movie watching is quickly making VHS look rather ancient. However, I’ve always been one to suggest to others not to get rid of your VCR so quickly. I’m amazed at just how many people … Continue reading

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Get Mobbed

Il Divo, director Paolo Sorrentino’s very good film about one of Italy’s most corrupt prime ministers has been released on DVD. If you decide to rent it, I would also recommend watching (as a sort of double feature) the even … Continue reading

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“Couples Retreat” Controversy

Controversy’s underway as the UK posters for the horrendous Vince Vaughn “comedy” Couples Retreat airbrushes the African-American couple out of the poster. Actually, the real problem is not that they left that couple out. It’s that they left the other … Continue reading

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Update on 2009 films

I’m now up to 40 films viewed this year that could qualify for either the best or worst list. I’ll keep plugging away!

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MPAA to Movie Theaters: “Fuck You!”

The MPAA proves, once again, they are the devil.  They are urging the FCC to undercut theaters and allow first-run movies to head directly to millions of homes across America, because the movie-going experience to many is too constrictive (I … Continue reading

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