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Book Review: From France With Love: Gender And Identity In French Romantic Comedy By Mary Harrod (I. B. Tauris)

1 August 2015 9:32 PM, PDT

From France With Love: Gender And Identity In French Romantic Comedy

By Mary Harrod (I. B. Tauris, £62/ $99)264 pages. Hardback. Isbn: 9781784533588

Review by Diane Rodgers

French romantic comedy has been enjoying something of a popularity boom, beginning slowly in the 1990s and showing no sign of waning two decades later.  The 'comédie romantique' (still a relatively new term in the French language) now firmly standardised as a popular film genre in France. The rom-com genre has outperformed all others financially, responsible for around 50% of domestic box office takings and the lion's share of French film production. So why, Mary Harrod poses, has the area been so badly neglected by scholarly research?

This book is not, perhaps, for those with a casual or passing interest in the genre; some degree of academic knowledge and awareness of related literature is assumed here. However, throughout the study, Harrod makes a strong case for academic »

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Underrated 1980S Horror Gems

30 July 2015 9:08 PM, PDT

By Brandon Engel 

We've all seen Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Hellraiser. But for true horror aficionados, much of the charm of the genre lies in low budget, low production value, and extreme, outrageous effects and plots. Read on to learn more about five of the forgotten horror films of the 80’s that, while an exercise in bad taste, will provide the horror fan with a truly enjoyable viewing experience.

Pumpkinhead

While poorly received upon its 1988 debut, Pumpkinhead has built up a cult following in the years since its release. The movie tells of a small rural town besieged by an ancient, gigantic monster (the titular character), who is called into being by a father who wants to exact revenge on the teenagers who have injured his young son in a dirt biking accident. The film, which starred genre favorite Lance Henriksen as the vengeful patriarch, spawned one direct to »

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Richard Benjamin To Attend "The Sunshine Boys" 40th Anniversary Screening In L.A., August 4

29 July 2015 4:06 AM, PDT

Herbert Ross’s 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, which stars Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 111-minute film on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Actor Richard Benjamin is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Fortieth anniversary screening of The Sunshine Boys (1975), Tuesday, August 4 at 7 Pm at the Royal.

Walter Matthau, George Burns, and Richard Benjamin star in the film version of Neil Simon's hit Broadway comedy about a pair of feuding vaudeville stars who are pressured to reunite for a TV special. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, and Burns won the Oscar for his first significant film role since Honolulu in 1939. The »

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"Dark Was The Night" Now In Theaters And On Demand

27 July 2015 1:13 PM, PDT

Cinema Retro has received the following press release:  

Dark Was The Night received an overwhelming response at ScreamFest and the Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival Sidebar Scary Movies Series and is now in theaters across the country and available Day and Date on VOD, and Digital platforms including ITunes and Amazon instant video.

Kevin Durand (The Strain) and Lukas Haas (Inception) star as local policemen who go to battle against an ancient evil. The script, from Tyler Hisel, appeared on the 2009 Black List of best un-produced scripts, a rarity for the monster genre, under the title The Trees.  Rounding out the cast are Bianca Kajlich (Undateable), Sabina Gadecki (the Entourage movie), Heath Freeman (Skateland), Steve Agee (@midnight) and Nick Damici (Late Phases).

Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community.  Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his »

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