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Blue Velvet

Blu-ray Review: Blue Velvet (Criterion Collection)

Three years after the disappointment of Dune, David Lynch returned to form with Blue Velvet. The film begins, appropriately enough, with the opening credits superimposed over a beautiful piece of blue velvet swaying in the breeze. The tone of Angelo Badalamenti’s score is melodramatic and ominous. The small town of Lumbertown is a fantasy world; …

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Princess Mononoke

Blu-ray Review: Princess Mononoke (Collector’s Edition)

The first of Hayao Miyazaki’s films to make a real impact in North America, Princess Mononoke was originally released in Japan back in 1997, and two years later stateside. The story concerns A young warrior named Ashitaka is inflicted by a curse when saving his village from an attack by the mad boar God, Nago. …

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A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Blu-ray Review: A Face in the Crowd (Criterion Collection)

Greeted by mixed reviews and disappointing box office returns, 1957’s A Face in the Crowd has since earned classic status in the minds of many film scholars. In 2008, A Face in the Crowd was selected   for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or …

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Blu-ray Review: The Great Buster – A Celebration

Director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon) has long been known as leading Hollywood historian, having written books on such luminaries as Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and John Ford among others. For his latest project, Bogdanovich directs and narrates, The Great Buster: A Celebration, a star-studded salute to Buster Keaton, one of the …

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Blu-ray Review: Wanda (Criterion Collection)

Simplistic yet gripping, Wanda, the first and only film directed by Barbara Loden, left me wondering what could have been. Filmed in 1970 on a shoestring budget of $115,000, Loden, got the idea for the film from a story she saw on the news, also said that the elements of it were semi-autobiographical. Perhaps that’s …

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Blu-ray Review: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

First appearing in 1930, generations of girls have followed the adventures of teenaged sleuth, Nancy Drew. Evolving with the times, and changes in American culture and taste, a line of books featuring the heroine has been in constant publication for nearly ninety years. Smart, and tenacious, the young detective regularly solves cases the police have …

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Blu-ray Review: Big Wednesday

Inspired by director John Milius’ own experiences surfing in Malibu during the 1960’s, Big Wednesday is a coming-of-age story for the Vietnam War era. Co-written with fellow surfer and journalist Dennis Aaberg, Big Wednesday spans from 1962 to 1974, following three friends as they grow from carefree teens into adulthood. Jean-Michael Vincent stars as Matt …

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