The Hills Have Eyes - Part 2

Blu-ray Review: The Hills Have Eyes – Part 2

Taking place eight years after the original, Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes Part 2, begins with Bobby Carter (Robert Houston) one of the trauma victims from the first film having started a new motocross team. He’s even invented a kind of “super fuel” that gives his riders an advantage. Unfortunately, the next competition is …

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A Bucket of Blood

Blu-ray Review: A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Dimwitted busboy and waiter Walter Paisley (Dick Miller) dreams of being more than a punching bag. Patrons mock him and his boss (Anthony Carbone) busts his chops for swooning over one of their regular customers, Carla (Barboura Mouris). Walter longs to be one pretentious, coffee drinking artists he serves at the hipster beatnik bar where …

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The Letter (1940)

Blu-ray Review: The Letter (1940)

Bette Davis (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?) teamed for the second time with Director William Wyler for an adaptation of the of the W. Somerset Maugham play The Letter. A critical and box-office hit, the film was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, Actress and Director. Featuring the kind of dark cinematography which would …

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The Major and the Minor

Blu-ray Review: The Major and the Minor

After releasing The Apartment in 2018, Arrow Academy has dug even deeper into director Billy Wilder’s filmography for The Major and The Minor. Released in 1942, this was Wilder’s first Hollywood film as a director. While it certainly can’t be considered among her s best, The Major and The Minor does show flashes of the …

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My Favorite Year

Blu-ray Review: My Favorite Year

Released in 1982, My Favorite Year is a playful and affectionate look at the Golden Age of television. Oozing with nostalgia, it’s allows the always charming Peter O’Toole (The Night of the Generals) to be unforgettably humorous. Written by Dennis Palumbo and Norman Steinberg and based on real people and events (exaggerated for the big …

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Mean Girls (2004)

Blu-ray Review: Mean Girls (15th Anniversary Edition)

Mean Girls: 15th Anniversary Edition showed up at my door yesterday. Starring Lindsay Lohan, it’s considered by many to be the best film of her career to date. Subsequent personal problems and brushes with the law have made her a tabloid fixture and a rare sight on the big screen in recent years. Based on …

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A Touch of Class

Blu-ray Review: A Touch of Class

Reminiscent of the great screwball comedies of the ’30s, A Touch of Class received considerable acclaim during its initial release in 1973–including an Oscar nomination for Best Picture–hasn’t aged particularly well. The performances of Glenda Jackson (who won her second Oscar for her work) and George Segal (who won a Golden Globe), are still highly …

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1984

Blu-ray Review: 1984 (Criterion Collection)

Michael Radford’s 1984 is a rather faithful retelling of George Orwell’s novel of the same name. Published in 1948, 1984 predicts the fall of Western Culture. In the year 1984, civilization has been decimated by war and civil unrest. Oceana is the last thriving totalitarian superstate in the world. Ruled by the Party under the …

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