SALINGER (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 120 minutes

This film provides some wonderful surprises, including never-before-seen photos of Salinger going out and about during his years of alleged seclusion…


Posted on February 19, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: FILMING “THE TRIAL”

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 locates another unfinished Orson Welles film…



Posted on February 14, 2014 by

SHIRLEY TEMPLE (1928 – 2014)

The bubbly child star of the 1930s made a profound impact on the world…



Posted on February 11, 2014 by

CLENCH & RELEASE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 18 minutes

And not unlike the great stand-up comics of yesteryear, Lauriston leaves her invigorated audience hungry for more…


Posted on February 8, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: ROBOT MONSTER

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 has nice things to say about Ro-Man…



Posted on February 7, 2014 by

RAISING MATTY CHRISTIAN

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

And while some people mistakenly simply saw his life merely as a conquest over disability, Matty embodied a physical serenity that very few able-bodied individuals would ever hope to reach…


Posted on February 3, 2014 by

ACCIDENTALLY PRESERVED: VOLUME 2 (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 110 minutes

All told, this DVD collection is another victory for the preservation (accidental or otherwise) of our silent film heritage…


Posted on February 1, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE SECRET OF SELLING THE NEGRO MARKET

In 1954, the genuinely subversive aspect of “The Secret of Selling the Negro Market” was the presentation of African Americans as equal participants in the consumer society…



Posted on January 31, 2014 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: TO BE ALIVE!

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 enjoys one-third of an Oscar-winning short…



Posted on January 24, 2014 by

WHAT I HATE ABOUT MYSELF

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 28 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SHORTS SELECTION! It is an extremely fascinating short documentary, as well as being an extremely depressing one.


Posted on January 19, 2014 by

JIM MORRIS: LIFELONG FITNESS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SHORTS SELECTION! Today, the 78-year-old Morris is celebrated as one of the most prominent and inspiring vegan athletes…


Posted on January 19, 2014 by

THE CHAPERONE 3D

2 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SHORTS SELECTION! Without spoiling too much, it can be said that the bikers picked the wrong party to visit…


Posted on January 19, 2014 by

PUNCHES AND PEDICURES

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SHORTS SELECTION! This off-beat slice-of-life tale somehow does not translate into a compelling short documentary.


Posted on January 19, 2014 by

PABLO’S VILLA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SHORTS SELECTION! The story clearly deserves to be told with greater depth and scope.


Posted on January 18, 2014 by

GLASS EYES OF LOCUST BAYOU

4 Stars
Year Released: 2014
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 14 minutes

2014 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOCUMENTARY SHORTS SELECTION! Sadly, this documentary’s abbreviated running time only allows for the briefest of glimpses from Chambliss’ wacky work…


Posted on January 17, 2014 by

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