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DVD Review: Black Hollywood: Blaxploitation and Advancing an Independent Black Cinema

This 1984 documentary manages to be both history lesson and an opportunity to revisit your assumptions of that history. While Black Hollywood covers much familiar ground, it also opens one’s eyes to some of the pivotal figures in the often exploited, but nevertheless defiant role of African-Americans in Hollywood.A thumbnail sketch of that role is […]

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Review: Renaissance Village (NTI Upstream; 85 minutes)

The individual stories of those who lived through Hurricane Katrina get lost in the story of the event that has taken on a life of its own. Both sides of the political seesaw have used the tragic flooding of one of America’s great cities, and the subsequent displacement of its poorest residents, whether it be […]

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Book Review: The History of Independent Cinema by Phil Hall

History of Independent Cinema by Phil Hall

Even limiting the scope to American film, Phil Hall set for himself a daunting task in The History of Independent Cinema.

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DVD Review: In The Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger (2004; Fox Lorber)

Henry Darger has become a celebrity of sorts within the last decade or so, providing dealers and collectors with another cash cow in the Outsider Art genre.

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DVD Review: Points on a Space Age (MVD video)

Points on a Space Age

Maybe the old bit about a prophet not being accepted in his own land could have been upended if the prophets had had decent musical chops.

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Saving the Westmont: Interview with Theatre Historian/Activist Allen F. Hauss

by Phil Hall (reprinted from Film Threat, April 18, 2009)For the serious movie lover, there are few things more depressing than a theatre that is shut down. The rise of the conglomerate-owned multiplexes in the 1970s helped to speed the decline of many independently owned community theatres, and today many of the smaller venues exist […]

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Jim Jarmusch Clips and Trailers: Coffee & Cigarettes, The Limits of Control

Been thinking about the effects of coffee and saw this Jim Jarmusch clip (from Coffee and Cigarettes) on alternative medicine recently. Good stuff. Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control is out this month. Here’s the trailer:

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Short Film: The Grand Inquisitor

The Grand Inquisitor, from Underground Film: “A film by Eddie Muller. Legendary blacklisted Hollywood actress Marsha Hunt makes a stunning return to the screen in this haunting short film that writer-director Eddie Muller describes as ‘a noir fairy tale,’ based on actual events. A young woman (Leah Dashe) discovers a cache of used books she […]

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DVD Review: Un Chant D’Amour

Long banned or heavily edited, this legendary transgressive short masterpiece is finally available in the States in its complete form. As the only film directed by poet, playwright, novelist, criminal and Saint Jean Genet, it naturally is saturated with images and emotions even his own overheated writing could rarely evoke. Un Chant D’Amour, first released […]

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Tell No One on DVD this week

Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One, a French thriller based on a bestselling American novel by Harlan Coben, is out on DVD this week.

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DVD Review: Kiss Napoleon Goodbye

Kiss Napoleon Goodbye

This 1990 film borrows much from the NYC underground of the ’80s, but holds back from delivering more than cut-out characters expressing tentative emotions.

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Book Review: Reading Brokeback Mountain: Essays on the Story and the Film

Reading Brokeback Mountain

Thankfully, unlike those simpler films of lesser quality, many dynamics to Brokeback are still unchartered.

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Review: What Just Happened?

Based on a 2002 memoir by producer Art Linson (Fight Club, Into The Wild), What Just Happened? continues the line of self-obsessed Hollywood vehicles like The Player and Entourage, wherein the evils and shallowness of the business are brutally explored but nevertheless celebrated. Here, director Barry Levinson manages to get a good performance from Robert […]

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Review: Timecrimes (Spain, AKV Entertainment)

One of the more odd theories to come out of recent speculation into multiple universes is the idea that there may be enough dimensions so that, somewhere, everything happens:You took a left instead of a right, you became a famous novelist, you bought the good car instead of the shitty one, etc. That would take […]

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The Phenomenology of Conspiracies: X-Files: I Want to Believe

Mulder and Scully in X Files

At its most compelling, the series The X-Files problematized the nature of objectivity and reason.

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