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You Don't Nomi

Blu-ray Review: You Don’t Nomi

Released in the fall of 1995, Showgirls became the first big budget, wide release “NC-17” rated film. Despite the presence of director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas–both coming off the massive success of 1992’s Basic Instinct–and massive hype, Showgirls flopped with audiences and critics alike. The most panned film of the decade, it tarnished …

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Blu-ray Review: Airplane! (Paramount Presents Edition)

A frenzied parody of the underrated Airport series (which, incidentally, had already parodied itself by 1980 with the atrocious Concorde: Airport ‘79), many of the gags used in Airplane! have been copied and reworked countless times over the past forty years, resulting in a kind of staleness when seen in their original context. Added to …

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Marriage Story

Blu-ray Review: Marriage Story (Criterion Collection)

Writer/director Noah Baumbach explored divorce from the perspective of a 16-year-old boy in 2005’s The Squid and The Whale.  Marriage Story finds him exploring the deep emotions of a marriage ending from an adult perspective. When the movie begins, Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and Charlie (Adam Driver) are in the process of splitting up. Living in …

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Clueless

Blu-ray Review: Clueless (25th Anniversary) (Steelbook)

Loosely based on the Jane Austen novel, Emma, Clueless focuses on Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) a vapid, spoiled teenager living in Beverly Hills. One of the coolest girls in school, Cher drives a white jeep even though she only has a learner’s permit, and chats on her cell phone.  Cher’s mother passed away when she …

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Street Survivors

Blu-ray Review: Street Survivors – The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash

Held up for years because of legal battles between current and former Lynyrd Sknyrd members, Street Survivors is more of an Artimus Pyle biopic (no music by Lynyrd Sknyrd is used) than a film about the famed Southern rock band. Written and directed by Jared Cohn, Street Survivors is about the first-person experience of Pyle …

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Elvira

Blu-ray Review: Elvira – Mistress of the Dark (Arrow Video)

The buxom horror hostess Elvira (played by Cassandra Peterson) first appeared on a local Los Angeles station (syndicated to other markets). It wasn’t long before she was appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, guest starring on television shows, and serving as the October pitchwoman for a major beer company. It was only a …

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