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Skate Kitchen (Blu-ray)
by Tyler Foster

The set-up for Crystal Moselle's Skate Kitchen -- the existence of the film itself, not the story in it -- could've happened to anyone. Moselle, who made her mark with the documentary The Wolfpack three years ago, ran into the real all-girl Skate Kitchen crew on the New York subway and found the young women so fascinating that she approached them with the hope of doing a project together. However, it's hard to imagine the results turning out any better than Moselle's finished film, a fictionalized drama that casts the real skateboard crew in a story written by Moselle, Aslihan Unaldi, and Jennifer Silverman. Not only do the young women, all first-time performers, carry the movie with an unforced ease and naturalism, but Moselle captures the vital essence of what makes their skating so important, not to mention frank depictions of female friendship, of trying to find your people and yo...Read the entire review »

Made for Each Other (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Described as a romantic comedy but really more of a drama with humorous moments, Made for Each Other (1939) teams Carole Lombard with Jimmy Stewart, and their performances, along with those of the supporting cast, sell this simple story, and make its outrageously over-the-top last act palatable. The script, credited to Jo Swerling with uncredited contributions from Frank Ryan and perhaps others, also deftly allows for Stewart's character to be weak and unassertive, without causing the movie audience to resent his failings.

The new Blu-ray is mastered from a composite of elements; the first reel is in pretty poor shape, but most of the remainder of the picture looks quite good.

Aspiring New York City attorney John Mason (Stewart) returns from a business trip t...Read the entire review »

 

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Blood And Black Lace (VCI Release) (Blu-ray)
by Thomas Spurlin

The Film:


Mario Bava is a master of extracting substance from within his style, where the moving parts of emotions and motivations oftentimes lead to deeper horror experiences than one might expect. Whether he's lurking in the heavy shadows of black-and-white gothic tales or operating with vivid pools of colored lights from across the spectrum, his direction -- and influence over the camerawork -- conscientiously focuses upon the characters in such a way that even some of the smallest, seemingly inconsequential characters have a little something else going on beneath the surface. In a murder mystery like Blood and Black Lace, this feeds into credible uncertainty as to who's responsible for killings. Taking place mostly within a modeling-slash-b...Read the entire review »

The Original Christmas Specials Collection (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

There's good news and not-so-good news regarding The Original Christmas Specials Collection, a 5-show set of enduring holiday season shows produced by Rankin/Bass, who came to specialize in such product. The five specials included, not at all clear from the front cover art, are Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), Cricket on the Hearth (1967), The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Frosty the Snowman (1969), Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970).

The good news is that this set includes some fine new extra features, including several informative audio commentaries and a feature-length documentary about the coThere's good news and not-so-good news regarding The Original Christmas Specials Collection, a 5-show set of enduring holiday season shows produced by Rankin/Bass, who came to specialize in such product. The five specials included, not at all clear from th...Read the entire review »

 

Rent It
Bright Lights, Big City (Blu-ray)
by Francis Rizzo III

In 10 Words or Less

You can't snort your problems away

Reviewer's Bias*

Loves: Extras on catalog releases, the 80s
Likes: Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland
Dislikes: Not getting new ...Read the entire review »

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