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Manhattan Baby (Lucio Fulci, 1982)

“Blue Underground delivers Lucio Fulci’s Manhattan Baby with a gorgeous HD transfer, terrific new bonus features, and a CD of Fabio Frizzi’s glorious score.”

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Short Cuts (Robert Altman, 1993)

“Robert Altman’s sprawling tragicomic testament to fate and infidelity gets an impressive 4K upgrade from the Criterion Collection.”

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Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

“Criterion showcases Richard Linklater’s longitudinal masterwork with a gorgeous HD transfer and an entire second Blu-ray’s worth of supplements.”

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The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (Riccardo Freda, 1964)

“An essential title for fans of Italian Gothic cinema, The Horrible Dr. Hichcock gets a reasonably good-looking, if barebones, Blu-ray release from Olive Films.”

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Daughter of Dracula (Jess Franco, 1972)

“Of interest mostly to the complete Jess Francophile, Daughter of Dracula gets an attractive HD transfer and some essential context from Kino’s Redemption Films line.” 7 more words


Strangers on the shore - sex on the beach

STRANGER BY THE LAKE  directed by Alain Guiraudie (France, 2013)

This absorbing and uncompromising movie is the kind of a psychological thriller Alfred Hitchcock might have made if he’d been gay. 435 more words


Today in Madonna History: August 20, 2001

On August 20 2001, Sal Cinquemani published this review of Madonna’s MUSIC album in Slant magazine:

After her hugely successful and critically-lauded Ray Of Light, Madonna could have gone in one of several possible directions: (1) a more hardcore trance route, enlisting a world-class DJ like Sasha (who remixed a few tracks from Ray Of Light and whom Madonna allegedly dismissed after collaborating on several tracks early in the recording process of this new album); (2) staying in safe territory by writing and recording once again with William Orbit, the mastermind behind Ray Of Light; or (3) a weird, more experimental direction, commissioning someone like French electronica guru Mirwais Ahmadzai. 638 more words