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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Blu-ray Review: "The Love of a Woman" (1953)

    Marie Prieur, a young doctor, decides to settle down on Ushant, a remote island in the English Channel. Little by little she manages to be accepted by the population. One day she meets André Lorenzi, a handsome engineer, and it is love at first sight. Life is wonderful for a while, but...

    This film is notable for being director Jean Grémillon's final film. Though little known outside of France, Grémillon was a devoted filmmaker from his country's golden age and beyond. He was a classical ...
  2. Film Review: "Cut Shoot Kill" (2017)

    Serena Brooks (Alexandra Socha), an ambitious young actress, signs on as the star of a horror film with a crew of backwoods filmmakers that have worked together for years. When the cast starts disappearing, Serena has to become her character if she wants to survive.

    Michael Walker could be considered an auteur, though not as well known as many directors who have been given that title. Working outside of the studio system, he has succeeded in both writing and directing his own pictures. ...
  3. Fantasia Film Review: "The Night Watchmen" (2017)

    Three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie (Max Gray Wilbur) and a fearless tabloid journalist (Kara Luiz), fight an epic battle for their lives against a horde of hungry vampires… and clowns.

    Where to begin on this one? First of all, it is hilarious, original, quirky, and a true midnight movie. Time will tell if this becomes a cult film, but it seems to have enough elements that repeat viewings are inevitable. Horror fans might be lured in by seeing the names James Remar ...
  4. Interview with Legendary Director Larry Cohen

    Larry Cohen is probably best known for his genre films: “Q: The Winged Serpent”, “It’s Alive”, and “The Stuff”, to name a few. He was also a pioneer in the blaxploitation genre, and continues to write scripts that become hugely successful movies like “Phone Booth” and “Cellular”. His time as a writer goes back over five decades (and counting), and he was already a well-established scribe in the 1960s.

    Recently, director Steve Mitchell made a documentary on Cohen’s career, called “King ...
  5. Fantasia Film Review: "Indiana" (2017)

    Michael no longer wants to partake in the paranormal business he and partner Josh started together. But Josh convinces him to take on one last case, far more troubling than anything they have ever worked on before and possibly the one that changes Michael's life forever.

    The film hooked me in with the very first line: a priest saying he gets more people to attend church with a sermon about Satan than one about Jesus. While that introduction really has little bearing on the rest of ...
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