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Shame (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

Directed by Ingmar Bergman and released in 1968, Shame (or Skammen in its native Sweden) stars Bergman regulars Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann star as Jan and Eva Rosenberg. They're two musicians who live a quiet life together on a remote farm located on an island far removed from the war-torn mainland. They live there hoping that the civil war that they've tried to get away from will end sooner rather than later, but it's clear that they're stressed out about all of this. When troops eventually do make their way onto the island, their situation obviously becomes much worse. As the military struggle around them pulls them deeper in, their personalities change and so too does their relationship with one another, eventually being forced to abide by Colonel Jacobi (Gunnar Bj nstrand) in order to get the food they need to survive.

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I Am Not a Witch
by Tyler Foster

In present-day Zambia, fear of witches remains high: the public identifies women they believe to be witches, and those women are put into public service by the government, working in the fields with white ribbons attached to big spools preventing them from running away. They are also a tourist attraction, sitting politely for tourists (especially foreigners) who want to gawk and take pictures of these mysterious and supposedly dangerous people. Things change when nine-year-old Shula (Margaret Mulubwa) is charged with witchcraft and put into service, expected to render guilty verdicts in local court cases. Before long, the huckster government agent in charge of Shula's care, Mr. Banda (Henry B.J. Phiri) is exploiting her in order to make money, unaware that Shula increasingly recognizes the unreasonable and unfair paranoia that have changed the course of her life forever.

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Heavy Trip
by Francis Rizzo III

In 10 Words or Less

It's not This is Spinal Tap, but it's fun

Reviewer's Bias*

Loves: comedies, quirky foreign films
Likes: Finland, music-focused films, road movies
Dislikes: DVD-only releases
Hates: death m...Read the entire review »


Rent It
At Eternity's Gate (Blu-ray)
by Justin Remer

The Movie:

NOTE: The images accompanying this review are promotional stills that do not represent the quality of the Blu-ray under review.

Vincent Van Gogh has proved perpetually interesting to filmmakers, if only because the broad strokes of his life story illustrate the torment and the triumph of the unappreciated artist. What creative person doesn't feel like an outcast pushed to the brink, if only now and again? Visual artist-turned-filmmaker Julian Schnabel specializes in off-kilter biography (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Bef...Read the entire review »


Skip It
Death House
by Olie Coen

Director: B. Harrison Smith
Starring: Cortney Palm, Cody Long, Dee Wallace
Year: 2017

It's nice to be one of the few people who has seen an under-the-radar, low-budget, throw-cares-to-the-wind horror flick, because there's a sense of community that comes with watching something that precarious, that delicately connected and held together. It might be strange to think of horror as being fragile, with the monsters and the decapitations and the blood and whatnot. But that's exactly what the genre is, a delicate balance between production, money, fandom, and expression, with the resulting final product usually something that almost no one sees. I try to keep that in mind when I watch b-horror, the time and energy and work that g...Read the entire review »

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