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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Blu-ray Review: "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988)

    In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to double-cross each other for the loot.

    This film's genesis begins way back in the 1960s, when writer John Cleese and director Charles Crichton met and even (unsuccessfully) proposed a comedy film... the steamroller gag allegedly gestated all that time. By the 1980s, both Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis had helped on early drafts to make it more American (Cleese modestly suggests that 13 different people ...
  2. Blu-ray Review: "Suspicious Death of a Minor" (1975)

    A young prostitute is found brutally killed and is up to detective Germi (Claudio Cassinelli) the investigation of the case, as the search progress he uncovers a girls trafficking ring with connections to powerful people.

    The script comes from Ernesto Gastaldi, possibly the most prolific writer in the Italian film industry. He wrote scripts for Bava, Fulci, Leone and more. If he has not written an autobiography, he really should... few scribes can claim to have put so many trashy ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "The Dead Next Door" (1989)

    Zombies are everywhere. So who are you going to call? The Zombie Squad! These lucky paramilitary units track down and kill zombies so we can live safely. Unfortunately, the biggest hazard of the job isn't death -- it's undeath.

    The creation of the film is just as interesting as the film itself. For example, producer and casting director Jolie Jackunas came on board early because she and Bookwalter had a mutual friend in Sam Raimi. Exactly how Bookwalter knew Raimi remains unclear, ...
  4. Film Review: "Woodpeckers" (2017)

    Julián Sosa (Jean Jean) finds love and a purpose to living in the last place he imagined: Najayo prison in the Dominican Republic. Through an invented sign language from one prison to another he encounters Yanelly (Judith Rodriguez Perez), separated by 150 meters and dozens of guards; he attempts to win her love while keeping it a secret from her dangerous ex-boyfriend.

    First and foremost, the film and its creators must be commended for use of the actual prison locations. The prison ...
  5. Blu-ray Review: "Don't Torture a Duckling" (1972)

    A journalist (Tomas Milian) and a morally-suspect young woman (Barbara Bouchet) try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that is rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders.

    The script was constructed by a handful of writers, including Gianfranco Clerici, who is probably best known for his controversial "Cannibal Holocaust". This film in many ways is also controversial. Children are shown both as murder victims (which is taboo) and as ...
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