• The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    Great debut that made the absolute most of its tiny budget. Engaging concept, great performances and very inventive camera work. The long one takes (some that are seamlessly CGI patched) are so impressive.

    Has a real transformative quality. I felt I was in this small New Mexico town in the middle of the night in the late 50's. And color timing is very interesting. Almost looks like fogged film.

    Looking forward to what these filmmakers do next.

  • Sweat

    Sweat

    Fresh and engaging. Magdalena Koleśnik, who is in essentially every scene, carries this film with ease.

    Watched on Mubi.

  • Cubby

    Cubby

    Solid first feature that has a retro 90's indie film feel. Shot on 16mm with cool use of music and animation. Great supporting cast.

  • Over the Edge

    Over the Edge

    Great revisit of the film on 35mm at the New Beverly.

    The scene in which Pamela Ludwig does a little air guitar to Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” while brandishing a loaded pistol is not only a classic scene but one that stings even harder in today's gun crazy world. My one criticism is that Matt Dillion is so charismatic in his role that I lost interest in Michael Kramer, the lead.

    Cinematography by Andrew Davis!

    The film has just been restored…

  • Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly

    Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly

    35mm lensed festival darling from 2009 focuses on eight individuals that have various obsessions having mostly to do with identity -- representing modern day Indonesia.

    Watched on DVD

  • Death Collector

    Death Collector

    Remember this VHS box cover quite vividly from back in the day. Always wondered what this film is... now I know. Thank you Culture Shock Releasing.

    - New 4K scan from the Tom Garrett's personal 16mm print
    - Special Introduction from Tough-Guy Film Expert Mike Malloy (10 minutes)
    - "Building a Void: The Road to Death Collector" New documentary featuring interviews with Director Tom Garrett and cast members Ruth Collins and Loren Blackwell (14 minutes)
    - "One Day, One Scene,…

  • Madame Rosa

    Madame Rosa

    Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film. Beautiful and complex film with the amazing Simone Signoret. Beautifully shot by Néstor Almendros.

    Watched the Kino Lorber Blu-ray

    Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger

  • Buster and Billie

    Buster and Billie

    Would not have known about this film if not for the new indie restoration and release on Blu-ray. No extras whatsoever which is too bad because I would like to know more about the making of this small yet impactful indie.

    From www.busterandbillie.com -- "After the theatrical release in 1974, the original master negatives of the film were thought to have been lost or destroyed. For 45 years it was assumed that, other than old rental VHS tapes, Buster And…

  • Fool for Love

    Fool for Love

    First time watch for me. Robert Altman's fourth filmed play in a row, after Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), Streamers (1983) and Secret Honor (1984). This one seems the most cinematic to me most because it is shot wide-screen and has a shot-on-location feel.

    Watched the new Scorpion Releasing/Kino Lorber Blu-ray
    Extra:
    Robert Altman: Art and Soul - Featurette

  • Crazy Nights

    Crazy Nights

    Wow. That was insane. But what else would one expect from Joe D'amato.

    From the Full Moon website -
    Amanda Lear - who famously dated David Bowie, was the cover girl for many Roxy Music records and long served as Salvador Dali's lover and muse - was at the peak of her popularity when she signed on to film CRAZY NIGHTS. Originally pitched as a musical centered around her fame called FOLLOW ME, Lear believed the movie to be incomplete…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    First time watch on the big screen for me so it felt like watching the film for the first time. Interesting how the motorized handcar sequence with that steady beat really stood out as the highlight for me. The hypnotic use of the mechanical clanking of the train accentuated with an ambient score by Eduard Artemyev really drew me in as if I was entering the "zone" with the characters. Love these bold moves by Tarkovsky.

    Watched at Braindead Studios on Fairfax... former home of the Silent Movie Theater and Cinefamily.

  • Censor

    Censor

    Any cinephile who has studied the history of genre films will adore this film. Great feature directorial debut.

    Shot primarely on 3 perf 35mm.

    Arricam LT, Canon K35 Lenses
    Arricam ST, Canon K35 Lenses
    Sony CineAlta Venice, Canon K35 Lenses

    35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219)
    AXS-R7

    Watched on the big screen at Laemmle Glendale.