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Get Carter

1 September 2015 10:00 PM, PDT

Director Mike Hodges’ Get Carter is the quintessential hard-boiled British crime film. Remarkably influential, it paved the way for like-minded fare such as The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa. Michael Caine plays Jack Carter, a ruthless London mobster who travels back to his Newcastle hometown to investigate the death of his brother… and woe betide anyone who stands in the way of this cooly efficient killer. The film underperformed at the box office due to poor promotion but is now recognized as one of the finest thrillers of the decade. MGM was fond of blaxploitation remakes, and George Armitage’s 1972 Hit Man borrows a lot from Get Carter, but it wasn’t until 2000 that an actual remake starred  Sylvester Stallone, to dismal effect.

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DVD Savant: The Robin Hood of El Dorado

1 September 2015 10:59 AM, PDT

The Robin Hood of El Dorado Warner Archive Collection The Robin Hood of El Dorado DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1936 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 85 min. / Street Date May 26, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 18.49 Starring Warner Baxter, Ann Loring, Bruce Cabot, Margo, J. Carrol Naish, Soledad Jimenez, Carlos De Valdez, Eric Linden, Edgar Kennedy, Charles Trowbridge, Harvey Stephens, Marc Lawrence. Cinematography Chester Lyons Film Editor Robert J. Kern Original Music Herbert Stothart Written by William A. Wellman, Joseph Calleia, Melvin Levy, from a book by Walter Noble Burns Produced by John W. Considine Jr. Directed by William A. Wellman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I'm always up to see a new William Wellman movie. Several of his pre-Code pictures have become personal favorites -- Other Men's WomenSafe in Hell, Wild Boys of the Road. Produced at MGM, 1936's The Robin Hood of El Dorado displays Wellman's usual polished direction and careful concern for characters, »

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DVD Savant: Daniel

1 September 2015 10:58 AM, PDT

Daniel Olive Films Savant Blu-ray Review Daniel Blu-ray Olive Films 1983 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date August 25, 2015 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Asner, Ellen Barkin, Julie Bovasso, Tovah Feldshuh, Joseph Leon, Carmen Mathews, Amanda Plummer, John Rubinstein, Maria Tucci, Daniel Stern. Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak Film Editor Peter C. Frank Written by E.L. Doctorow from his novel The Book of Daniel. Produced by E. Lk. Doctorow, Burtt Harris Directed by Sidney Lumet

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In his book Making Movies, director Sidney Lumet says that he's not always personally invested in the subject matter of his projects. His Daniel would appear to be close to his family's tradition of liberal activism. As a child, he performed a major role in the unusual 1939 'social problem' film One Third of a Nation, a melodrama pointing up a crisis of unsafe housing across the nation. »

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DVD Savant: Murder, My Sweet

1 September 2015 10:57 AM, PDT

The Warner Archive Collection  Savant Blu-ray Review Murder, My Sweet Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 95 min. / Street Date September 15, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki. Cinematography Harry J. Wild Art Direction Carroll Clark, Albert S. D'Agostino Film Editor Joseph Noriega Original Music Roy Webb Written by John Paxton from Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler Produced by Sid Rogell, Adrian Scott Directed by Edward Dmytryk

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Many films noirs seem to come from the same stylistic universe, in terms of themes and visuals. But a few of the earliest classics set forth templates that evoke unmistakable images -- the laconic detective, the sultry women in his path, the assortment of eccentrics and grotesques that lurk in a nighttime, urban setting. Edward Dmytryk's Murder, My Sweet is an ironclad template for the style. It »

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This Week’s Quiz – Let’s Get Animated! Part 1

1 September 2015 9:58 AM, PDT

This week we're taking a look at feature animation, from the golden age to the present day. It's a big subject and calls for two quizzes... so enjoy the (mostly) golden age Tfh Movie Challenge today and come back Thursday for Part Two! [gravityform id="33" title="false" description="false" ajax="true"] Be sure to click the button for your score, it helps us tally numbers for our upcoming leaderboard! »

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DVD Savant: I, Madman

31 August 2015 10:28 AM, PDT

  I, Madman Savant Blu-ray Review I, Madman Blu-ray Scream (Shout!) Factory 1989 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date July 21, 2015 / 24.97 Starring Jenny Wright, Clayton Rohner, Randall William Cook, Stephanie Hodge, Michelle Jordan. Cinematography Bryan England Production Designer Matthew C. Jacobs, Ron Wilson Visual Effects Jim Aupperle, Randall William Cook Film Editor Marcus Manton Original Music Michael Hoenig Written by David Chaskin Produced by Rafael Eisenman Directed by Tibor Takács

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

A rich vein of horror seldom tapped in the movies is to be found in vintage pulp magazines, the kind of bone-chilling 'dread' stories that make one feel insecure and off-balance. This 1989 release from Trans World Entertainment brings back memories of creepy illustrations in old horror anthologies. The classic example is this: in a dusty corner of a forgotten library, a sleepy old researcher is dozing off over an ancient book. But from out of a picture in the book reaches a skeletal hand. »

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DVD Savant: Innerspace

31 August 2015 10:27 AM, PDT

Warner Home Video Savant Blu-ray Review Innerspace Blu-ray Warner Home Video 1987 / Color /1.78:1 / 116 min. / Street Date August 4, 2015/ available through Warner Bros. / 13.09 Starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis, Vernon Wells, Robert Picardo Cinematography Andrew Laszlo Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Muren Art Direction James H. Spencer Film Editor Kent Beyda <Original Music Jerry Goldsmith Written by Jeffrey Boam, Chip Proser, story by Chip Proser Produced by Michael Finnell, Peter Guber, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Jon Peters, Chip Proser, Steven Spielberg Directed by Joe Dante

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Warner Home Video shows some class with this Blu-ray revisit of a genuine 1980s audience-pleaser, the sci-fi comedy Innerspace. It's one of the best achievements from the cinematic toy box of Joe Dante, the Roger Corman acolyte who graduated to direct some of the most entertaining fantasy pictures of the last thirty years. Savant's been a Dante booster since »

- Glenn Erickson

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Prime Cut

30 August 2015 10:00 PM, PDT

Director Michael Ritchie’s lurid crime tale finds hot buttons to push you didn’t know existed. Lee Marvin plays a mobster trying to collect a debt from meatpacking boss Gene Hackman who runs a human trafficking ring populated by female virgins who, while awaiting the auction block, bide their time in cattle pens (naked, no less). Despite the dicey material (including scenes of animal slaughter), the film opened to fairly positive reviews.  Ahh, the amazing ’70s! Notable as the first credited role for a frequently nude Sissy Spacek and a supporting turn from Gregory Walcott (Plan 9 From Outer Space!)

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