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The Beast/Immoral Tales

The Beast (1975). 93 min. Immoral Tales (1974). 103 min. Written & Directed by Walerian Borowcyk French with English subtitles Back in the early 1970s, as porn was poking it’s way into the mainstream, a few daring filmmakers raised on arty fare like Bergman and Fellini tried to incorporate some deep ideas with blatant erotica, […]

Toronto Documentaries | TIFF

The Fun Starts Here Who would have thought that the funniest moments at the Toronto International Film Festival would revolve around climate change and activism? Ten years ago, the message-delivering pranksters, the Yes Men, first spread their alarming messages in their eponymous documentary. Instead of staging street protests, they pull off media stunts to the […]

Life Itself

Directed by Steve James Produced by Zak Piper, James and Garrett Basch Released by Magnolia Pictures USA. 118 min. Rated R Perhaps the most shocking thing about the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself is the revelation that Ebert became a full-time paid film critic at a major newspaper in the third largest city in the […]

Saving Mr. Banks

Directed by John Lee Hancock Written by Kelly Marcel & Sue Smith Produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie & Philip Steuer Released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK/USA. 125 min. Rated PG-13 With Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B. J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy […]

Bettie Page Reveals All

Produced & Directed by Mark Mori Written by Douglas Miller Released by Music Box Films USA. 101 min. Rated R Narrated by Bettie Page The black bangs, the sweetly naughty come hither look, the mind-boggling curves. Bettie Page is arguably the most iconic pinup model of all time, with her alluring image gracing everything from […]

Birth of the Living Dead

Edited, Written, Produced & Directed  by Rob Kuhns Released by First Run Features USA. 76 Minutes, Not rated Feat George Romero, Elvis Mitchell & Larry Fessenden The first thing you must know before you see this documentary about the cultural impact of 1968’s Night of the Living Dead is that it’s not necessary in the […]

Interior. Leather Bar

Directed by James Franco & Travis Mathews Produced by James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Travis Mathews, Iris Torres & Keith Wilson. Written by Mathews USA.  60 min. Not rated With Val Lauren, James Franco, Travis Mathews, Christian Patrick, Brenden Gregory, Brad Roberge, Colin Chavez, A.J. Goodrich, Michael Lannan Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to […]

Harry Dean Stanton

Directed by Sophie Huber Produced by Christian Davi, Chiemi Karasawa, Christof Neracher, Thomas Thümena Released by Adopt Films Switzerland. 77 min. Not rated With Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Deborah Harry, Win Wenders, Sam Shepard & Kris Kristofferson Roger Ebert once noted that no film with character actor Harry Dean Stanton could be all that […]

The Artist and the Model

Directed by Fernando Trueba Produced by Cristina Huete Written by Jean-Claude Carrière & Trueba French with English subtitles Released by Cohen Media Group. Spain/France. 105 min. Not rated With Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale, Götz Otto, Chus Lampreave, Martin Gamet & Christian Sinniger Even if you’re not great with names, you’ll recognize 83-year-old actor […]