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2 Films by Claude Sautet (C sar et Rosalie / Les choses de la vie) (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Film Movement's 2 Films by Claude Sautet serves as an excellent introduction to the French director and screenwriter. I confess that while Sautet's crime drama Classe Tous Risques (1960) remains a personal favorite, I was only vaguely aware of his later films. But clips from several appear in Bertrand Tavenier's documentary My Journey Through French Cinema and piqued my interest. Film Movement's earlier release of Sautet's superb Max and the Junkmen (Max et les ferraileurs, 1971), starring the late Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider, furthered that growing interest, and these new releases - Les choses de la vie (1970) and C sar et Rosalie (1972) - are about equally good, if in different ways. This release is subtitled "Starring Romy Schneider," as she's in both films, albeit more of a supporting part in the earlier one. Piccoli dominates Les choses de ...Read the entire review »

 

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The Kiss of the Vampire (Blu-ray)
by Adam Tyner

If only newlyweds Gerald (Edward de Souza) and Marianne (Jennifer Daniel) had thought to bring a spare can of petrol in their motorcar. Having driven merrily to wherever it is they'd planned to honeymoon, this review would've been of an altogether different film. But alas, their fuel tank runs dry just outside a hopelessly remote Bavarian village. The local innkeepers have had but one paying guest in years: Professor Zimmer (Clifford Evans), sneered at as the local drunk and a man with seemingly nothing more to offer than vague, ominous warnings. There's little sign of life in the village, and certainly no one comes to the inn's pub anymore to share a pint.

Not that it's a terribly tall order, but Dr. Ravna (Noel Willman) proves to be a far more inviting host,...Read the entire review »

 

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The Woman (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

Lucky McKee's 2011 filmThe Woman, which was co-written by the late, great horror author Jack Ketchum (he of The Girl Next Door infamy introduces us to Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers), a wealthy small-town lawyer who is, on the surface at least, a fine, upstanding member of his community. When he goes out hunting one day, he spies a feral woman (Pollyanna McIntosh), washing in a river near the cave she lives in. Clearly both aroused and intrigued by what he sees, he decides to capture her, bring her home and chain her up in the cellar of the family home with the intention of civilizing her.'

His meek and put upon wife, Belle (Angela Bettis, who played the lead in McKee's excellent 2002 film May) is clearly confused, as is their teenaged daughter Peggy (Lauren Ashley Carter), while their pubescent son Brian (Zach Rand), who does whatever his father a...Read the entire review »

Not for Publication (Blu-ray)
by Tyler Foster

Reporter Lois Thorndyke (Nancy Allen) wants nothing more than to report on real news. Her father's paper, The Enforcer, used to do just that. Unfortunately, these days it's been taken over by a grease-covered sleaze-peddler named Troppogrosso (Richard Paul), renamed The Informer, and turned into a tabloid searching for "the three "S"s: sex, scandal, and sin." Lois does the best she can, writing under the pen name Louise Thorne, hoping one day to restore the paper to its former glory. Meanwhile, she spends her days working for local politician Mayor Franklyn (Laurence Luckinbill), who has a progressive vision for the city that includes a major new low-income housing project that Franklyn partially funded out of his own pocket. When Lois hires a new, naive photographer, Barry Denver (David Naughton), who's more used to shooting birds than secret sex orgies, she stumbles upon a story tha...Read the entire review »


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