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NewFest: Celebrating the Queer in Celluloid

It's that time of year again -- or what used to be that time of year. NewFest is here (September 6-11). Yes, the celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and what-have-you cinema is back for its 25th anniversary. The main venue will be the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, considered by some to be the best cinema in Manhattan, one that boasts a truly superior sound system.

(Anyone who ever attended NewFest when it was held at the New School with its second-rate visuals and third-rate resonance will rejoice.)

In the past, this deliciously raucous event has screened a mixed bag of semi-brilliant to much-less-so offerings, many you'll never ever get to see anywhere else on a "big" screen whether you reside in the Big Apple or in Idaho. On the plus side, watching a woefully dreadful movie with a roomful of knowing Glbtq cinephiles is often a hoot.
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DVD Playhouse--May 2011

DVD Playhouse: May 2011

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Allen Gardner

Blow Out (Criterion) Brian De Palma’s greatest Hitchcock homage, with a dash of Antonioni thrown in for good measure. John Travolta gives one of his best turns as a sound-effects engineer who unwittingly records a political assassination, then finds himself hunted by a ruthless hitman (John Lithgow, a memorably creepy psycho) after saving the life of the kindly, albeit dim-witted call girl (Nancy Allen, excellent) who was with the deceased. Terrific blend of suspense and very black humor, perhaps De Palma’s finest hour as an auteur. Beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with De Palma, Allen, cameraman Garrett Brown; Photo gallery; De Palma’s 1967 feature Murder a la Mod; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 2.0 surround.

Kes (Criterion) Ken Loach’s landmark 1970 film is both a heart-rending portrait of adolescence, and a pointed socio-political commentary on life in the North of England.
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Boris Karloff: This Is "Thriller"

California-based Image Entertainment reports it has acquired North American rights to the 1960's horror anthology TV series "Thriller" from NBC/Universal, hosted by actor Boris Karloff ("Frankenstein").

Created by Hubbell Robinson for Revue Studios (later purchased by Universal) and produced by Canadian Fletcher Markle, William Frye, and Maxwell Shane, writers for the series included Robert Bloch, adapting his own stories including "The Weird Tailor".

Karloff acted in several of the episodes alongside guest stars including William Shatner ("Star Trek"), Scott Marlowe, Judson Pratt, Leslie Nielsen ("Forbidden Planet"), Mary Tyler Moore, Elizabeth Montgomery ("Bewitched"), Rip Torn, Richard Chamberlain, Cloris Leachman, Robert Vaughn ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E."), John Carradine and Ursula Andress. Other notable performers included Dayton Lummis as 'Clarence' in "The Cheaters" (1960) and Laura Craig in "Mr. George" (1961).

In his book "Danse Macabre", author Stephen King, aside from admitting that his best stories were cribbed from EC horror comics of the 1950's,
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