Posts Tagged "film"

Cops vs. Thugs (1975)

About a dozen years ago a friend of mine’s little brother gave me some Japanese movies on dvd to check out. Among the pile were the five films of the Yakuza Papers directed by Kinji Fukasaku. I watched all five films in quick succession and really enjoyed their gritty portrayal of yakuza life. Fast forward […]

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Red Christmas (2017)

There was a time when I was a champion for Artsploitation Films. They had a roster of strong independent and foreign films from new or unfamiliar directors. They released fantastic films and took big risks. I loved them for gambling on unknown foreign directors making films that fit into a world that wasn’t quite art […]

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The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)

Every now and then I get an itch that can only be relieved by a giallo. For the uninitiated, giallo films were murder mysteries made in Italy predominantly in the early to mid 70’s. They were often very stylish with bombastic soundtracks, lurid murder scenes, beautiful women, and impressive cinematography. They were often more about […]

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Effects (1980)

About five years ago I rented Effects on dvd, released by Synapse. I saw that it starred Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead), Tom Savini, and oddly John Harrison (score, Creepshow) and was filmed outside Pittsburgh. It’s a Romero film without Romero at the helm, made by alums of his films. I watched it and […]

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The Creep Behind the Camera (2017)

Before I get into the review proper for this one it’s important to point out that this film is based on the making of The Creeping Terror. For those that don’t know (I didn’t), the Creeping Terror was a super cheap monster movie released in 1964 and quickly forgotten until in 1993 Mystery Science Theater […]

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Dillinger (1973)

The name John Milius is synonymous with terms like macho, violent, and male. Writer of Apocalypse Now and director of films like Red Dawn and the ultimate macho movie, Conan the Barbarian, Milius has made a name for himself as a master macho storyteller. Dillinger, made by American International Pictures, was one of his first […]

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VHS Massacre (2017)

I grew up in the glory days of small video stores with shelves stacked with wonderful (and terrible) films for me to salivate over. As a kid i spend my summers watching stacks of VHS tapes picked out from the local mom & pop video store so of course i’m a sucker for vhs era […]

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Cathy’s Curse (1976)

Severin Films is a distributor I always keep an eye on. They always do a fantastic job restoring the films they release and loading them up with special features. They dig deep to find funky flicks that more often than not have been forgotten by most. Canadian film Cathy’s Curse is one such film. Languishing […]

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Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)

Takashi Miike is a devisive director. He’s spent his very prolific career cranking out hyper violent cheap yakuza films, bizarre and often highly disgusting personal films, dramas, a musical, family fantasy films, and high class respectable art cinema. He’s had a varied career to say the list. Best known for Audition, Ichi the Killer, 13 […]

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Cinema Paradiso (1989)

Cinema Paradiso is a film that I’ve heard and read about for years. It often lands on Best Of lists and can be found in many film books. For whatever reason I never checked it out. I never really knew what the movie was about and the poster art left me cold. Something about the […]

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