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Monthly Archives: July 2016

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release of Nikkatsu Diamond Guys: Volume 2, which is a collection of three films from the oldest studio in Japan. Starting in the late 1950’s, the studio began to model old Hollywood by finding talent and contracting them to their Diamond Line for a series of wild genre motion pictures. This collection is… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray release of the sci-fi comedy film Return of the Killer Tomatoes. It is a true masterpiece of the ridiculous that is reminiscent of comedic elements from the likes of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, and the Zuckers. The story takes place ten years after the original movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and the… Read more »

05 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

“A comedian does funny things. A good comedian does things funny.” – Buster Keaton Comedy, by definition, is the genre that includes humorous situations with the purpose to entertain people and generate laughter. Without being too technical, and without getting too deep into the roots of comedy and how it was born, we can say that a good comedy movie… Read more »

04 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A great scene can do a lot for a movie. Even if the film itself is relatively unimpressive, a standout scene of great action, emotional drama or visual wonder can ensure that you never forget about that movie. In the 1990s the film industry was undergoing major changes. CGI was taking off and finding its place in the industry as… Read more »

02 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Humans are like lions; if they have the opportunity to seize power from somebody, they’ll take it, as “The Lion King” clearly depicts. Humanity’s desire to rule over others is so universal and anthropologically ancient that almost everybody can identify with it, from the monkeys in “2001: Space Odyssey” to the Third Reich in Nazi Germany. The struggle for power… Read more »

02 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

With 18 films on their resume, the Coen brothers can be considered some of the most distinguished filmmakers working today. They have tried almost every genre – comedy, rom-com, drama, western, and dark noir – and somehow, they have managed to create an special trademark in every one of their works. Simply, it ain’t no film but a Coen brothers… Read more »

01 July 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Alfred Hitchcock, the celebrated English film director and producer is well-known today for his well crafted and finely tuned psychological thrillers and black comedies. His filmmaking has had an enormous impact on not only the artistry that pervades modern thrillers to this day, but also upon the cultural consciousness of what thrillers and black comedy can be. Perhaps most importantly,… Read more »

01 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Cinephilia is the term used to refer to a fervent love for films. It also includes interest in film criticism, film theory, and cinemas themselves. Cinephiles are mostly referred to as “movie buffs”. It is interesting to find characters such as these within films, since it creates a certain depth – A person watching a movie in which the character loves… Read more »

01 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists