THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE HINDENBURG DISASTER NEWSREEL

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can be found only on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil explains why we no longer fly in zeppelins to Berlin.



Posted on November 20, 2009 by

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON

0 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

I felt like I was attending a Barely Legal Chippendales show with my young cousin and horny aunt. I’ve been more comfortable staring directly into a stripper’s backside.


Posted on November 19, 2009 by

PROMETHEUS TRIUMPHANT: A FUGUE IN THE KEY OF FLESH

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 79 minutes

Shortchanging on plot, the film is still a fun celebration of a classical tradition.


Posted on November 19, 2009 by

TINTO BRASS’ THE HOWL (L’URLO) (DVD)

5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

Brass is an auteur who paints his thoughts as brightly as his name, never veering from his dreams.


Posted on November 19, 2009 by

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 121 minutes

The new “Bad Lieutenant” is like what would happen if Herzog had Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, Quentin Tarantino, and the Coen Brothers over for a mescaline hot tub party.


Posted on November 19, 2009 by

HOPPING THROUGH TIME AND GENRE: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER LINDA LARSON

Linda Larson’s film shakes up everything we know about life, death, and transcendence.



Posted on November 18, 2009 by

POISON SWEETHEARTS

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

There’s something about the spirit of this modern-day exploitation flick that tells me Quentin Tarantino would probably like it.


Posted on November 18, 2009 by

RIVER OF RENEWAL (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 55 minutes

“River of Renewal” represents everything that is wonderful about the non-fiction film genre.


Posted on November 17, 2009 by

PLANET B-BOY (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

The bonds, passion, and philosophy of the dancers are on display in this truly interesting and vibrant film.


Posted on November 17, 2009 by

NEW BLOOD FOR “NEW MOON”: INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL CUDMORE AND CHARLEY BEWLEY

Having stopped at Philadelphia as part of their press run for “New Moon,” these actors seemed delighted to be on the “Twilight” juggernaut.



Posted on November 16, 2009 by

2012

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 minutes

To be fair, the world has never been trashed in such realistic detail. Neither, on the other hand, has it been demolished so pointlessly.


Posted on November 16, 2009 by

INSIDE DARKNESS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 37 minutes

Ridiculous, basic, pretentious – just a few of the words that come to mind when viewing the short “Inside Darkness.”


Posted on November 15, 2009 by

GOOD EVENING FOLKS, WE’RE THE PINE BOX BOYS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

If Sergio Leone hosted a backyard barbecue, the Pine Box Boys would be tailor made to serenade any crusty cusses in attendance.


Posted on November 14, 2009 by

ABBY

ABBY
4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 9 minutes

The rhythmic surface of the film, with the constant barrage of beeps, interruptions, and overlapping voices, creates a lively and exciting musical texture.


Posted on November 14, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER: JUDY GARLAND

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can be found only on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil goes under the rainbow with a legendary star.



Posted on November 13, 2009 by

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