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The Song Of Solomon (Blu-ray)
by Kurt Dahlke

The Song of Solomon:

Horrormeister Stephen Biro treads interesting ground in this world, not the least of which belongs to his studio, Unearthed Films, which releases some of the strongest horror around, with an emphasis on outrageous gore. Head-spinning and puking aside, outrageous gore is not what you tend to think of in regards to the exorcism genre, but that's what you get in Song of Solomon. Despite a few shaky performances, this profoundly disturbing movie leaves everything on the floor, continually topping itself in the shocks department on the way to a whacked-out ending that blends hope and cynicism in a startling way.

Things start off with a bang, as an aggrieved father (Biro in a manic cameo-of-sorts) gives himself a 'Cuban Necktie' in front of his disturbed daughter. When a family counselor fails to solve spooky daughter Mary's (Jessica Cameron) problems, the ...Read the entire review »


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Age of Consent / Cactus Flower (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

As mismatched a double-feature disc this might be, Mill Creek's pairing of Age of Consent with Cactus Flower (both 1969) is an incredible bargain for two very good films. An extras-loaded British Blu-ray of the former all by itself sells for more than double the price.

Excepting for the short (55 minutes) The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972), Age of Consent was effectively director Michael Powell's last feature. One of the great British filmmakers, Powell's talents first became evident in the late 1930s on such films as The Edge of the World (1937) but really exploded when he partnered with Hungarian emigre Emeric Pressburger as The Archers, co-writing, producing, and directing a long series of uniquely dramatized, visually sumptuous film...Read the entire review »


Orgies Of Edo (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

Directed by Teruo Ishii for Toei Studios in 1969, Orgies Of Edo was part of the pink film' series that the studio was behind wherein stronger sex and violence in motion pictures was used to lure viewers away from the TV set and back into the theaters. The film is a three-part anthology picture that uses the doctor Gentatsu (Teruo Yoshida) of a small town to bridge together its separate stories as he makes observations about the decadence of the Edo period that lasted from 1603 through 1868 in Japan.

In the first story, the doctor meets a young woman named Oito (Masumi Tachibana). She is pregnant but has been beaten severely and shows serious damage to both her stomach and her genitals. Her condition is bad enough that the life of her unborn child is in danger. As she struggles to stay away, she talks about how she and her sister, Kinu (Kei Kiyama), were severely...Read the entire review »

Dust 2 Glory (Blu-ray)
by Ryan Keefer

The Movie:

The first few minutes of Dust 2 Glory are intriguing and set up in its way why people go to the Baja California Peninsula to attend an off-road racing event called the Baja 1000. Hours after the 2015 race ended, a man named Lyndon Jones completed the race. Volunteers and racers were the ones left to give him a welcome and interview. Why do you ask? The 51-year-old Jones decided to get on his motorcycle, make his way down and do the race, with no replacement equipment, no support team to help him if he broke down, and a minimum of communications. He just wanted to do the race, and completed it before dying the following spring.

With that setup in mind, Dana Brown (Made), son of Bruce (of Endless Summer...Read the entire review »

Pin Cushion
by Olie Coen

Director: Deborah Haywood
Starring: Lily Newman, Joanna Scanlan
Year: 2017

I have to be careful, because sometimes I simply enjoy a movie because I'm one of the few who has taken the opportunity to try it out, and sometimes that experience is worth more than the film itself. An indie flick comes along, it goes entirely under the radar, it's not a hidden gem by any means, but just watching gives those few in the audience a feeling of personal attention, and you find yourself rooting for a story and its character with a voracity that perhaps it doesn't deserve. This film is one that's not strong enough to warrant the praise on its own, it needs its status to drum up support. And although I am all for giving support to independ...Read the entire review »


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Papillon (2017) (Blu-ray)
by William Harrison


Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek are excellent in this well-shot, competently directed and perhaps unnecessary remake of the 1973 film. Based on autobiographies of French criminal Henri Charriere, as well as the original film, Michael Noer's Papillon covers much of the same ground as its predecessor. Charriere, nicknamed "Papillon" or "Butterfly" in English, is framed for murder and sent to prison in 1933 at the Devil's Island penal colony in French Guiana. There, Papillon befriends and protects counterfeiter Louis Dega (Malek), and the men form a bond that lasts years despite their separation during periods of their incarceration. Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman were iconic in these roles, and despite the strong work by these new leads, one cannot help but wonder whether Papillon is already ...Read the entire review »

The Darkest Minds (Blu-ray)
by Tyler Foster

In the near future, a mysterious illness sweeps the nation, one which specifically affects children and young teenagers. Many children die, and the ones who are left alive are found to have developed strange supernatural abilities, ranging from enhanced intelligence to types of telekinesis. The living children are put into camps and sorted by abilities using colors, with the most dangerous types, Reds and Oranges, killed on sight. Ruby (Amandla Stenberg), a young girl with some of these special powers and burdened with terrible evidence of how effective they can be, manages to hide that she is a mind-manipulating Orange for several years. She is discovered, but before she can be sentenced to death, benevolent doctor Cate Begbie (Mandy Moore) rescues her. Unsure of Begbie's associates, Ruby runs away, and finds safety in the form of other escaped teenagers, including muscular Blue Liam (Harris Dickinson...Read the entire review »

Out of Time (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)
by William Harrison


I saw Denzel Washington's Out of Time in theaters back in October 2003 and then forgot about it for 15 years. It is certainly not a terrible movie, but it feels very much like the dated and overcooked early 2000s thriller that it is. Directed by Carl Franklin, who has only shot one movie since, Out of Time sees Washington play the chief of police in a fictional Florida Keys town. Chief Matthias Whitlock is divorcing detective Alex Diaz-Whitlock (Eva Mendes) and sleeping with the married Anne-Merai Harrison (Sanaa Lathan). When Harrison and her abusive husband Chris (Dean Cain) turn up dead, Whitlock becomes the beneficiary of Harrison's life insurance policy and the chief suspect in her murder. Mildly diverting and offering decent, if somewhat melodramatic, lead performances, Out of Time is neither a classic nor a disaster.

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