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1970s Crime Classics That Said ‘Screw You Hollywood’!

28 November 2012 12:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

During the late 1960s, the world – and more specifically the United States – was in the midst of serious change as it took a long, hard look in the mirror. Coming off of the drug-addled haze of free love, the madness of the Vietnam war, and the hypocrisy of authority, people were no longer afraid to make a statement about the ugly side to human nature and of what man was truly capable. Hollywood was always known to play it safe, even with its grittier films about life’s seedy underbelly and living on the edge. Few films dared to break the mould prior to the 70s, but there were a few that would set trends for the upcoming years, such as groundbreaking trailblazers Point Blank (1967), In The Heat Of The Night (1967), Bonnie & Clyde (1967) or Bullitt (1968).

So, with Friday’s Us release of Killing Them Softly, Thn has decided to take »

- Craig Hunter

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DVD Review: Creature Feature Collection

8 November 2012 4:41 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Creature Feature Collection

Contains: Snow Beast, Monsterwolf, Swamp Shark | Released by Signature Entertainment

Signature Entertainment re-release three of their Tesco-exclusive creature features in a special three pack which is now available at all good retailers. We’ve previously reviewed two of the three so I thought I’d repost those together here just in case you’re wondering whether this new collection is worth picking up (Hint: If you love cheesy monster movies and crazy killer-shark flicks it most definitely is!). So without further ado, here’s reviews of Snow Beast and Swamp Shark:

Snow Beast (2011)

Stars: John Schneider, Jason London, Danielle Chuchran, Paul D. Hunt, Kari Hawker | Written by Brittany Wiscombe | Directed by Brian Brough

Snow Beast, shot in 2011, and not to be confused with the 1977 TV movieSnowbeast which starred Bo Svenson and Yvette Mimieux, and is set in the same locale (a snowy hillside) and featuring almost exactly the same plot, »

- Phil

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B3K Movie of the Day: Snow Beast (2011)

26 July 2012 2:34 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Some days you just want to sit down in front of the goggle-box and watch a complete slice of freshly cut, smelly-as-all-hell cheese and today’s Movie of the Day fills that bill to perfection! Snow Beast is yet another entry in the (small) canon of films that deal with what seems to be America’s fascination with the sasquatch, aka bigfoot.

Filmed in 2011 the film has a lot in common with the 1977 TV movie Snowbeast which starred Bo Svenson and Yvette Mimieux, and is set in the same locale (a snowy hillside) and featuring almost exactly the same plot, only this time rather than presenting a new take on the legend, the filmmakers have gone for comedy-gold and recreated what was, and still is, so fantastic about those old sasquatch movies – man in a rubber suit special effects.

Apart from looking like it was shot on digital, watching Snow »

- Phil

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The Walking Tall Trilogy Review

22 June 2012 7:08 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The Walking Tall Trilogy (DVD) Directed by: Phil Karlson / Earl Bellamy / Jack Starrett Starring: Joe Don Baker / Bo Svenson Advertised as the “original revenge film,” Walking Tall is a '70s classic that I’m not sure would appeal to today’s audience even though there seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of heroes in revenge films with films like Taken. The movie was popular enough to spawn two sequels in the '70s, a television movie, a television series (albeit short-lived) and eventually a remake with its own two direct-to-dvd sequels. This review covers the '70s theatrical films that have been released as a trilogy in a single package. When Walking Tall was originally released in 1973, I was only eleven years old, but for some reason, I have a strong memory of this film’s impact. The movie was R-rated, so neither I nor any of »

- Reed

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5 May DVD Titles You Should Know About Including '1900,' 'Castle In The Sky' & 'Flareup'

3 May 2012 9:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well we're back again with the bumper crop of must-have DVDs and Blu-rays for the month of May – from historic Italian epics to underground American sensations to a chilly, expressionistic film noir to movies where Raquel Welch plays a Vegas showgirl fleeing a murderer – we’ve got them all hear for you. So look on below to see what's worth your money this month....

"1900" (1976) Blu-ray

Why You Should Care: At the time of its release, Bernardo Bertolucci's historical epic was said to be the most expensive (requiring the financial commitment of three major studios – 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and United Artists) and ambitious ever mounted in Italy. It's a tale of two friends (played by Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu), born on the same day at the dawn of the 20th century, and the way that their lives crisscross, intersect, and diverge wildly over the rocky course of history. »

- Drew Taylor

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