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  1. Beautiful and Bizarre: "White of the Eye" (1987)

    In the wealthy and isolated desert community of Tucson, a sound expert (David Keith) is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in their homes. Tucson is the perfect home for this killer, as it provides a mix of the "civilized" and the wild.

    This is one of those titles that has faded more or less into obscurity. As I understand it, the movie was released in 1987 to critical acclaim but low box ...
  2. Oscar Preview #13: The Danish Girl

    A semi-fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

    As far as Oscar reviews go, this one will be a little bit shorter. The film has four nominations, and it has only a slim chance to win any of them. For Costume Design and Production Design, it seems very unlikely that the film has a chance at all. On the costume, ...
  3. Film Review: The Pack

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    Being up front and truthful is the key to providing descriptive reviews, so let me be the one to break the news to all werewolf fans, Nick Robertson's THE PACK, is in fact NOT a lycanthrope flick...sorry to ruin some people's weekends.

    The film follows the small (and not very happy) family, The Wilsons - Dad's a proud farmer, and for all intents and purposes, not a very good shot (he'll get better, though) - wife and animal rescuer Carla, ...
  4. Oscar Preview #12: Carol

    An aspiring photographer (Rooney Mara) develops an intimate relationship with an older woman (Cate Blanchett).

    Before going in to this film, I initially believed it was one that should have made the cut for Best Picture in place of "Brooklyn", especially given how little "Brooklyn" had going for it. Having now seen them both, I think the right decision was made. Perhaps "The Danish Girl" deserved the boost, but "Brooklyn" is the superior film ...
  5. The Lesser of Two Movies: "Bordello of Blood" (1996)

    The cryptkeeper (John Kassir) returns to tell the story of a funeral parlor that moonlights as a vampire bordello.

    The story of this film's creation and why it failed is amazing. It all starts with a script called "Dead Easy", which was a psychological thriller, and time was spent on it scouting locations in New Orleans. Then Universal pulled the plug because they had to do "Bordello of Blood". Producer A. L. Katz had no interest in "Bordello", but had ...
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