Motherless Brooklyn

Blu-ray Review: Motherless Brooklyn

A film he’s wanted to make since buying up the movie rights since before Jonathan Lessem’s novel was published in 1999, Edward Norton wrote, directed and starred in Motherless Brooklyn. Set in 1950’s New York City, Lionel Essrog (Norton) is a private detective who suffers from both OCD and Tourette’s syndrome (though he has no …

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Blue Collar

Blu-ray Review Blue Collar

After finding success as a screenwriter on films such as Taxi Driver (directed by Martin Scorsese) and Obsession (directed by Brian DePalma), Paul Schrader earned enough clout to direct his own material. Schrader’s directorial debut Blue Collar follows three auto workers who can’t catch a break. Zeke (Richard Pryor) and Jerry (Harvey Keitel) are family …

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The Addams Family (2019)

Blu-ray Review: The Addams Family (2019)

Created by cartoonist Charles Addams, “The Addams Family” debuted in the New Yorker Magazine in 1938. Through the years, “The Addams Family” has been adapted into a live action format several times. The 1960s TV series starring John Astin as Gomez and Carolyn Jones as Morticia, is probably the most beloved, but two 1990’s feature …

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Holiday (1938)

Blu-ray Review: Holiday (Criterion Collection)

Based on a play by Philip Barry, Holiday is the third film starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn and their third with director George Cukor. Released in 1938 around the time Katherine Hepburn was being called “box office poison,” she gives one of her more heartfelt performances. A romantic comedy, Holiday has a surprisingly serious …

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Room at the Top

Blu-ray Review: Room at the Top

As the New Wave emerged in late 1950’s France, Britain too, was experiencing its own cultural movement with the rise of the “kitchen sink” drama. Kitchen sink dramas presented gritty, realistic stories of domestic or socioeconomic situations involving working class families or individuals struggling to get ahead in postwar England. Released in 1959, Room at …

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