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Disc Deals For The Week: October 4th Through October 11th 2015

12 hours ago

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Up to 50% Off Movie Classics Up to 45% Off TV Classics (many Warner Archive releases in here) Up to 48% Off “iZombie” and “Jane the Virgin” Save on Kids & Family Favorites 70% Off Horror Titles Blu-rays under $10 Criterion Collection deals »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Joshua Reviews Jafar Panahi’s Taxi [Theatrical Review]

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For most filmmakers, being banned from practicing his or her craft by their own government would be cause for a career to come to an end. However, Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi has proven time and time again that he is not “most filmmakers.”

By now, most cinephiles have become privy to the injustice surrounding Jafar Panahi, but for those who may not be familiar with the name, it’s a story of gross governmental censorship. In 2010, Panahi was placed under arrest along with his wife, daughter and 15 other friends, and ultimately charged with crafting propaganda against the Iranian government. Later that year he was sentenced to six years in jail and a 20-year ban from writing, directing or even giving a simple interview to any press outlet.

As he awaited his an appeal on his sentence he made 2011’s This Is Not A Film, arguably the single greatest directorial achievement so far this decade, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Off The Shelf – Episode 65 – New DVD & Blu-ray Releases For September 29th 2015

1 October 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of September 29th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Shirts Iron Giant Blu-ray Thunderbean’s Willie Whopper up for sale on Amazon News Agfa’s Something Weird Kickstarter Arrow Release Date Changes Hannibal Season 3 on December 8th Twilight Time October titles Up for Preorder Panic in the Year Zero (Kl Studio Classics) Dangerous Men (Drafthouse Films) X-Files Blu-ray Warner Archive’s October titles: Atom Ant, Wind Across The Everglades New Releases The Bear Black Coal, Thin Ice Christine The Connection Cinco De Mayo [Blu-ray] The Duke Of Burgundy Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Five Films by Patricio Guzman Forbidden Zone Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid The Honeymoon Killers »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Watch A Clip From The Warner Archive’s Release Of Twice Upon A Time With The Commentary Track

29 September 2015 4:30 PM, PDT

This past summer, the folks from the Warner Archive brought some clips from their newly restored DVD release of John Korty’s Twice Upon A Time to Comic Con.

George Lucas executive produces the animated delight Twice Upon a Time from directors John Korty and Charles Swenson. In its once-upon-a-time world, our heroes are Ralph, the all-purpose animal, and his constant companion, Mumford, who only talks in sound effects. Their mission is nothing short of saving the cosmos from the dastardly plot of Synonamess Botch, who wants to unleash a barrage of nightmare bombs to ensure nonstop bad dreams. They cross paths with a colorful army of characters, including their Fgm (a fairy godmother from the Bronx), the musclebound – and pea-brained – Rod Rescueman and Scuzzbopper, Botch’s scheming court jester and screamwriter. The off-the-wall characters and story are portrayed with an innovative animation technique, lumage, which gives depth, texture and translucent color to every scene. »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Criterion Picks On Fandor: Fassbinder

29 September 2015 7:00 AM, PDT

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on eight films from Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Fall in love with a giant of New German Cinema with a selection of curated highlights from the prolific yet truncated career of iconoclast director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

The wildly prolific German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder paid homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows. A lonely widow meets a much younger Arab worker in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise, and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats The Soul, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Icarus Films Releasing New Five Film Patricio Guzman Box Set; ‘A Country’s Journey’

29 September 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

Every film fan and their mother has a list of favorite or greatest films. AFI does a new one what seems like each week, and in an age of Buzzfeed writers with any sort of knowledge of film will try and draw every last hit out of their favorite films. However, few are quite as prestigious than the once a decade Sight and Sound list of greatest motion pictures. Doing both a narrative fiction and a documentary list, a filmmaker would be honored to have one of his or her works listed anywhere on any of these lists.

What about two in the top 20?

That’s the case for documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzman. A legendary Chilean auteur, Guzman is a staple of the art cinema circuit, with a handful of his films making the rounds at iconic festivals like Cannes (six of his films have debuted on the Croisette), and »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Joshua Reviews Bryan Carberry And Clay Tweel’s Finders Keepers [Theatrical Review]

29 September 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

Documentary cinema is in a golden age. While films and filmmakers seem to crop up out of the world of non-fiction cinema daily, and niches continue to become more and more esoteric, there is an increasing number of filmmakers pushing the boundaries of what the medium can offer viewers. Be it aesthetically or narratively, there are some films that have to truly be seen to be believed. Because only in documentary cinema can a film turn a story about an amputated foot into a powerful meditation on the modern American Dream.

Entitled Finders Keepers, directors Carberry and Tweel have not only made a film that follows an impossible to believe story, but they do so in one of the most vital and lively films of 2015. Finders Keepers introduces us to John Wood, a North Carolina man whose life is forever changed when it’s discovered that his amputated leg has »

- Joshua Brunsting

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