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Horror Movie Month: “Vampyr” (1932)

Horror Movie Month: “Vampyr” (1932)

“There exist certain beings whose very lives seem bound by invisible chains to the supernatural. They crave solitude. To be alone and dream – their imagination is so developed that their vision reaches beyond that of most men.”  Let’s end our Horror Movie Month with a movie that crosses boundaries in a similar vein as “House” from last year in that it’s a horror movie from the Criterion Collection. We owe so much in terms of horror films to the…

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The Criterion Reviews: “Heart of a Dog” (2015)

The Criterion Reviews: “Heart of a Dog” (2015)

“What are days for? To wake us up. To put between the endless nights. What are nights for? To fall through time in to another world.” Welcome back to another Criterion Collection review. It has been a while since we’ve done one of these hasn’t it? Why the long break? Honestly because I got stuck writing one that I wasn’t prepared for, could never get it to work, and decided to take a break from them that turned out to…

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The Criterion Reviews: “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” (1979)

The Criterion Reviews: “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” (1979)

Let’s move into something a little bit lighter for our next Criterion review. With all three of my past reviews being dark historical documentaries (“Night and Fog” / “Shoah”) or crazy horror (“House”), something a bit more fun and light-hearted was very much needed to offset the darkness of the past 3. And so I was shocked to discover one of the biggest surprises contained within the ranks of the Criterion collection: “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” (1979). Yes….I am dead…

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The Criterion Reviews: “Shoah” (1985) 

The Criterion Reviews: “Shoah” (1985) 

When I decided to start reviewing Criterion Collection films, I knew some of them were going to be extremely difficult to get through. That was proven true with my very first Criterion review of “Night and Fog” a few months ago. But never in my mind did I ever think I would come across a film that would be difficult to even review much less watch and of course I chose one such film as the one to watch and look…

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The Criterion Reviews: “House” (1977)

The Criterion Reviews: “House” (1977)

For our second Criterion Review, let’s take a look at something a bit lighter, a bit less serious, and a bit more….well a lot more weird. As long time readers of my site know, I’m only recently starting to get into and accept/watch more horror films as a whole. My Horror Movie Month series in October has been my first real serious foray into the horror genre and while it’s still not my favorite in the world, I do respect it…

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The Criterion Reviews: “Night and Fog”(1955)

The Criterion Reviews: “Night and Fog”(1955)

Among the film, DVD and Blu ray, and overall movie going scene there exists a special collection known as “The Criterion Collection”. Created starting in 1984, this is a collection of films brought together and distributed to film aficionados like myself that are considered classic, arthouse, different, or important to the film medium as a whole. Needless to say, this is a very exclusive, extensive, and powerful collection of films that exemplify film at its most unique, its most universal,…

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