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  1. Blu-ray Review: "Cinema Paradiso" (1988)

    A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

    In many ways, this film anticipates "The Long Day Closes" and "Hugo". While "Cinema Paradiso" is probably not the first movie about enjoying movies, it is easily the most successful and critically acclaimed. Terence Davies was likely influenced, and there is no doubt that Martin Scorsese was. ...
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  2. Film Review: Havenhurst

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    Those old apartments - the stories they could tell, and the secrets that reside within the walls could be enough to amuse, bewilder and frighten many timid souls...and then we come to Havenhurst, from director Andrew C. Erin - so grab your bags and let's meet at the front steps to dissect this flick, shall we?

    Starring Julie Benz as Jackie, an alcoholic fresh out of rehab, her next order of business is to take the offer of a new residence ...

    Updated 02-09-2017 at 12:18 PM by bronxtko

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  3. DVD Review: Dead West

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    As these first couple of months begin to wane away early into 2017, I've been less than impressed with the glut of "horror" films that promise to lead the pack ahead of the wanna-bes that follow...yep, STILL WAITING. While we're on the topic, let's tackle Jeff Ferrell's Dead West.

    Brian Sutherland holds down the lead here as a drifter who we simply know as "The LadyKiller", and with good reason - he drives from town to town, charming ...
  4. Blu-ray Review: "Ley Lines" (1999)

    A trio of Japanese youths of Chinese descent escape their semi-rural upbringing and relocate to Shinjuku, a special ward in Tokyo, where they befriend a troubled Shanghai prostitute and fall foul of a local crime syndicate.

    Like many of Miike's works, including the two previous "Black Society Trilogy" entries, the film examines the underbelly of respectable Japanese society and the problems of assimilation faced by non-ethnically Japanese people in Japan. Although it may ...
  5. Blu-ray Review: "Rainy Dog" (1997)

    A Japanese assassin (Show Aikawa) stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet, when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him. In a broad sense, the narrative follows in the tradition of Kenji Misumi's "Lone Wolf and Cub" (1972), as well as Luc Besson's "The Professional" (1994), which had a strong influence on Miike. In all three, a much-too-young child follows in the footsteps of a killer.

    Show Aikawa, who also appears ...
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