70s Rewind: CONRACK, Jon Voight as a Real-Life White Savior

Jon Voight stars as the titular character, a young white teacher who comes to an island off the coast of South Carolina in March 1969. He's been hired to fill in for a teacher on a health leave, only to...

Criterion in July 2018: DRAGON INN and A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, Plus Sex, Baseball, Hollywood

Home video fans may want to start looking for second jobs for the summer (or winter, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere), because the Criterion Collection is teasing a wealth of goodies in July. The first two that grabbed my...

Review: THE FENCER, History Crosses Swords at School

Endel is hiding. In The Fencer (Miekkailija), which has recently been issued as a fine-looking DVD from Music Box Films and is also available to watch via various VOD platforms, Endel Nelis (Mart Avandi) has returned to his Estonian homeland...

Exclusive INCOMING Trailer: Scott Adkins Goes to Space

"The Geneva Convention doesn't apply ... in space." If there is one thing in this crazy film world that we can depend upon, it's that Scott Adkins will always kick butt, no matter if he's embodying a mixed martial artist,...

Exclusive LOWLIFE Clip: A Pregnancy Thing

Though I've not yet seen Lowlife, which opens today, it certainly sounds like my kind of movie. We have a great, exclusive clip, which showcases a pregnant woman, a concerned man, another man with a swastika on his face, and...

Review: A QUIET PLACE, ... ! ... ? ... ?! ... ! .... !! ..... !!! ... !!!!!

Imagine a world that has been silenced by mysterious creatures. The deadly threat inherent in the premise is riveted home in an opening sequence that immediately sets the neat and efficient A Quiet Place apart from other neat and efficient...

70s Rewind: FAT CITY, Broads, Booze and Boxing, Bleakly

To be honest, I didn't feel that good before I finally started watching John Huston's adaptation of Leonard Gardner's novel the other night, but afterward, it was only the sheer exhaustion of a long day's work that allowed me to...

Notes on Streaming: WILD WILD COUNTRY Digs Deep Into Fear and Religion

Where were you in 1981? In June of that year, I attended a lonely Saturday morning screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Unable to convince any of my friends to accompany me to a movie widely perceived as a...

Marijuana and THE GREEN STANDARD To Be Debated in U.S.

In the 1970s, we argued in my Los Angeles high school about the relative merits of "softer" drugs, like marijuana, versus "harder" drugs, like heroin. They were all evil, according to nearly all adult authorities, which made all of them...

Exclusive Clip From CAPTURING THE FLAG: We Must Have Power

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the upcoming Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, Capturing the Flag captures a day that is still reverberating throughout the United States. Synopsis: Capturing The Flag tells the story of...

70s Rewind: THE DROWNING POOL, Paul Newman Makes Me Sweat

A sequel that arrived nine years after the original, The Drowning Pool follows Los Angeles private detective Lew Harper on a case that made me sweat from Louisiana languor. Paul Newman is sterling in the lead role, stepping easily back...

70s Rewind: VIGILANTE FORCE, Brotherly Love and Action Galore

As we edge into a world where Hollywood blockbusters threaten to consume every weekend in every theater in every country throughout the world, it's a relief to sit back, relax, and watch Vigilante Force (1976), which is far more entertaining...

Watch Scott Adkins in THE DEBT COLLECTOR Trailer: You Better Pay Up Now

I will readily admit that I have fallen into debt in the past and experienced not so charming people encouraging me to pay up. But. If Scott Adkins knocked on my door and asked me to pay what I owed,...

Exclusive ELIS Clip: First Performance

Where does greatness begin? In our exclusive clip from Elis, greatness begins in a crowded club where Elis Regina gives a scintillating performance. The singer began her career at the age of 11 and recorded her first album when she...

Notes on Streaming: A.I.C.O. INCARNATION Bursts Into Action Early and Often on Netflix

The animated series A.I.C.O.: Incarnation, which premiered on Netflix worldwide on March 9, 2018, is terrific. Produced by Japanese studio Bones, directed by Murata Kazuya, and written by Nomura Yuuichi, the series is filled with nicely-choreographed action, while also taking...

Criterion in June 2018 Gets Very Weird: FEMALE TROUBLE, MANILA IN THE CLAW OF LIGHT and More

We like weird around these parts, so I'm delighted to peruse the latest lineup of upcoming releases from the venerable Criterion Collection and declare it "weird." Largely because I've never heard of some of these films, which I now admit...

Review: 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE, Sympathy for the Terrorist(s)

Recognizable actors always help a film to secure financing and may increase the interest of potential audiences, but they often work against the aims of a film based on real-life events. That may be especially true for films that endeavor...

70s Rewind: SCORPIO, Cynical Spies Like Us

Cynical times prompt cynical films. The early 1970s were a cynical time for many people. The bloom and possibilities of the 1960s were rapidly fading. In 1972, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon easily won re-election, even as the Watergate investigation...

Night Visions: First Wave for Finland's Springtime Genre Fest Spotlights Sundance Plus Cult Classics

A cool and pleasant chill will likely be in the air in Helsinki, Finland next month. Not just in the fresh breezes that blow in off the water in April, capable of chilling visitors to the bone, however, but on...

Review: THE HURRICANE HEIST, Sheer Entertainment

Ah, the 1980s, when big concepts ruled the box office! Patently ridiculous (often), The Hurricane Heist is riotously entertaining (always). The title itself fits neatly into the 'big-concept' ideal that became popular during the 1980s and continued into the 1990s:...