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A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for July.
Twins of Evil (1971) Synapse Blu-ray/DVD combo Available Now
One of the greatest Hammer horror films ever made. This stylish, sexy vampire tale revolves around two orphaned twin sisters (Playboy centerfold models Mary and Madeleine Collinson) who are sent to live with their uncle (Peter Cushing), the leader of a witch-hunting sect. When one of the twins is turned into a vampire by a devil-worshipping Count (Damien Thomas), she attempts to keep her new life a secret from her sister and their puritanical uncle. Directed by John Hough (whose eclectic genre career included Disney's Escape to Witch Mountain), Twins of Evil showcases Hammer at its "R-rated" best. This new Synapse release features an all-new 1080p high definition transfer and several exclusive extras, including:
- Bradley Harding
As part of the ramp up to promote her terrific new HBO series “Girls” -- which we really can’t say enough good things about -- BAMcinematek in Brooklyn invited filmmaker Lena Dunham to program a series entitled “Hey, Girlfriend! Lena Dunham Presents” featuring a diverse slate of films all centered around female relationships. The series features little-seen gems like “Times Square” and “Girlfriends” as well as more established cult films like “Clueless,” “Mulholland Drive,” and Whit Stillman’s 1998 indie-classic “The Last Days of Disco,” which until today had been the filmmaker’s most recent feature (read our recent retrospective on the filmmaker here). If you’ve never seen it, ‘Disco’ stars at the time virtual unknowns (though never better) Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny as friends and roommates in early '80s New York. Featuring an ensemble cast including Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Beals and Stillman regular Chris Eigeman, »
- Cory Everett
Charlie: Do you know the film, "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise?" When I first saw that title, I though, "Finally, someone is going to tell the truth about the bourgeoisie." What a disappointment. It would be hard to imagine a less fair or accurate portrait.
Cynthia: Well of course, Bunuel is a surrealist. Despising the bourgeoisie is part of their credo.
Nick: (disgusted) Where do they get off?
Charlie: The truth is the bourgeoisie does have a lot of charm.
Nick: Of course it does, the surrealists were just a bunch of social climbers.
Famously dubbed the “the Wasp Woody Allen” and the “Dickens of people with too much inner life” by reviewers and critics when his comedy-of-manners indie pictures arrived in the early 1990s, Whit Stillman’s ironic, clever and urbane examinations of upward and downward social mobility and the shallow concerns and preoccupations of the young, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
3 items from 2012
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