THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE THIEF AND THE COBBLER

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil considers a legendary unfinished animated epic…



Posted on June 27, 2014 by

LIFE ON THE V: THE STORY OF V66

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 96 minutes

Within two years of its launch, V66 was off the air and WVJV-TV was sold to the Home Shopping Network.


Posted on June 22, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: MAKING A LIVING

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil recalls a disastrous movie debut…



Posted on June 20, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: A SHAUN CASSIDY SPECIAL

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil chews on some vintage bubble gum pop…



Posted on June 13, 2014 by

THE FIERY ANGEL (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 124 minutes

Galina Gorchakova’s Renata is a masterwork of mixed passions…


Posted on June 8, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE GOLDEN PALACE

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil thanks you for being a friend…



Posted on June 6, 2014 by

SALOME (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 109 minutes

The story’s wild mix of envelope-pushing political, religious and emotional obsessions has a strong resonance in a contemporary world…


Posted on May 31, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: PARABLE

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil meets the clown from Nazareth…



Posted on May 30, 2014 by

MEET THE ROBERTSONS (DVD)

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 60 minutes

Rarely has nonfiction filmmaking been so thoroughly incompetent…


Posted on May 24, 2014 by

DESERT RIDERS

4 Stars
Year Released: 77167
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

As Vic Sarin’s disturbing documentary shows, camel jockeys recruited for this sport came at a brutal price: boys as young as three who were either trafficked or sold by their parents in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sudan and Mauritania…


Posted on May 23, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: ONE GOT FAT

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil goes ape for bicycle safety…



Posted on May 23, 2014 by

THE GREAT FLOOD (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

Morrison eschews narration for this production, using an imaginative score by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell to offer an acoustic illustration of this extraordinary catastrophe…


Posted on May 22, 2014 by

BOARDWALK (DVD)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

It is a depressing central story, but it wobbles by throwing in a surplus of soap opera subplots that create a messy melodrama.


Posted on May 17, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: MATCH GAME

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil gets ready to match the stars…



Posted on May 16, 2014 by

BENEATH THE BLINDFOLD

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 55 minutes

This compelling nonfiction feature offers a sympathetic view of strong people that overcame merciless efforts to destroy their lives…


Posted on May 15, 2014 by

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