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Brucesploitation!: David Gregory's doc ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE is "a funny, bittersweet slice of monofocused nostalgia". On US Blu-ray from today via Severin Films https://projectedfigures.com/2023/08/28/four-frightfest-2023-documentaries/#EnterTheClonesOfBruceLee
02:01 AM - May 21, 2024
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"a damaged adolescent slipping through the cracks of her disrupted relationship with her mother": Luna Carmoon鈥檚 feature debut HOARD (2023) will be in UK cinemas from next Friday (17 May) via Vertigo Releasing https://projectedfigures.com/2024/05/09/hoard-2023/
03:58 PM - May 09, 2024
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Simple (North) Men: Thomas Daneskov's madcap, mildly melancholic escape into masculinity WILD MEN (VILDM脝ND, 2021) is on BFIPlayer from today #WildMenFilm .
https://projectedfigures.com/2023/01/16/seven-glimpses-outward-from-the-glasgow-film-festival-2022/#...
02:31 AM - May 03, 2024
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Brucesploitation!: David Gregory's doc ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE is "a funny, bittersweet slice of monofocused nostalgia". Available on US digital from today via Severin Films https://projectedfigures.com/2023/08/28/four-frightfest-2023-documentaries/#EnterTheClonesOfBruceLee
01:37 AM - Apr 30, 2024
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Bird with crystal plumage: Luigi Bazzoni's enigmatic Marienbad-like giallo FOOTPRINTS "goes down a rabbit hole of alter egos, repressive parenting, lost love, d茅j脿 vu and dissociative identity disorder." Extraordinary! On Blu/digi now via Shameless
https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-i
02:42 AM - Apr 29, 2024
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"Like its central motif of a mermaid, this mystery romance is a hybrid creature, split between truth and fiction, idealism and cynicism": Lou Ye's vertiginous SUZHOU RIVER (2000) on Blu from today via Radiance Films. Capsule for Little White Lies https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-
01:58 AM - Apr 29, 2024
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"all this debauchery, far from being sin, might represent a bubble of liberty in a repressive world": Walerian Borowczyk's artful nunsploitationer BEHIND CONVENT WALLS (1978) on Ltd Edn Blu from today via Arrow Video (and on Arrow Player)
https://projectedfigures.com/2023/02/19/10-nunsploitation-fil
01:41 AM - Apr 29, 2024
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Video nasty habit: Giulio Berruti's giallo-esque KILLER NUN (1979) is now available uncut on region-free Blu-ray (in a new restored 1080p encode) from Shameless Films https://projectedfigures.com/2023/02/19/10-nunsploitation-films/#KillerNun
06:08 AM - Apr 24, 2024
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"a stylised succession saga of murder and madness, and a romantic melodrama with claws": Paul Leni's THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1927) on Blu-ray from today via Eureka Entertainment. Capsule for Little White Lies https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-april/
02:17 AM - Apr 22, 2024
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"illusion, reality, collective mesmerism, corporate control, or a personal breakdown viewed from the inside": Seventies chatshow found footage LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL now on Shudder https://projectedfigures.com/2024/02/18/midnight-in-austin-four-world-premieres-at-sxsw-2023/#LateNi...
03:42 AM - Apr 19, 2024
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Livid with spoilers: ensemble abduction thriller ABIGAIL is an agile genre-leaping play on viewers' expectations, whose surprises would have benefitted from more radio silence in its own promotional campaign. In UK cinemas now. Review for Little White Lies https://lwlies.com/reviews/abigail/
02:54 AM - Apr 19, 2024
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His and hearse: "Or莽un Behram鈥檚 nekromantic road/cult movie charts a lonely hearse driver鈥檚 relationship with his not quite dead cargo." THE FUNERAL (CENAZE, 2023) screens 9pm tonight at BIFFF. Astonishing! https://projectedfigures.com/2024/03/09/the-funeral-cenaze2023/
04:17 AM - Apr 16, 2024
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Brucesploitation!: David Gregory's doc ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE is "a funny, bittersweet slice of monofocused nostalgia". Screens 5pm today at Fantaspoa https://projectedfigures.com/2023/08/28/four-frightfest-2023-documentaries/#EnterTheClonesOfBruceLee
04:04 AM - Apr 15, 2024
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"the first, tentative taste of a very adult lesson about patriarchy and pecking order in Japan鈥檚 social hierarchies": I WAS BORN, BUT... (1932) out on Blu-ray from today as part of BFI's set TWO FILMS BY YASUJIRO OZU. Capsule for LWLies https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-april/
03:26 AM - Apr 15, 2024
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"scenes of Tarantino-esque mayhem, messy rebirth and ultra-violent destruction serve to dramatise Sun-woo鈥檚 conflicting inner desires as he shadow-boxes with himself": Kim Jee-woon's A BITTERSWEET LIFE now on digital via Blue Finch https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-april/
06:32 AM - Apr 11, 2024
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"like a comic Korean rejoinder to Fight Club": Kim Jee-woon鈥檚 second feature THE FOUL KING (BANCHIKWANG, 2000) is now on digital via Blue Finch. Capsule for Little White Lies https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-april/
06:13 AM - Apr 11, 2024
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"questions are raised as to whether what unfolds is illusion, reality, collective mesmerism, corporate control, or a personal breakdown viewed from the inside": LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL (2023) is now in Australian cinemas https://tinyurl.com/hctbyapt
04:38 AM - Apr 11, 2024
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With a "tangible depth and texture", Nacho Cerd脿's knowingly derivative haunted house movie THE ABANDONED (LOS ABANDONADOS, 2006) "approaches something like the Platonic ideal of its genre". On Limited Edition Blu-ray from today via Unearthed Films
04:12 AM - Apr 09, 2024
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"The typhoon that these schoolmates use as an excuse not to go home also serves as an objective correlative for their raging, potentially dangerous emotions": Shinji Somai's TYPHOON CLUB (1985) screens 8pm tonight at The Cube Microplex. https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-november/
02:49 AM - Apr 03, 2024
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"All at once reconstruction of a lost empire, ripping boy鈥檚 own adventure, and eschatological allegory, Mel Gibson鈥檚 Mayan movie comes as something of a Revelation": APOCALYPTO (2006) https://projectedfigures.com/2024/03/26/apocalypto-2006/
04:25 AM - Mar 26, 2024
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鈥淓ither I鈥檓 going out of my mind or something very, very strange is happening鈥: Lucio Fulci's Lovecraftian CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (1980) cracks the screen with its infectious irrationality. On 4K UHD from today via Arrow Video. https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-march/
03:40 AM - Mar 25, 2024
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FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION: BEAST STABLE (1973) is "a sombre, haunting and at times achingly beautiful film that allows its heroine to ascend to a realm of pure myth."
Happy birthday, Meiko Kaji! https://projectedfigures.com/2016/07/28/female-prisoner-scorpion-beast-stable-1973/
07:06 PM - Mar 24, 2024
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"foregrounds debates about the veridicality of what we are seeing, and... introduces enough narrative layers to confound everything (while conjuring entities that 鈥渢hrive on confusion鈥)": LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL (2023), from today in UK cinemas via Vertigo, US via IFC https://shorturl.at/dptAI
05:26 AM - Mar 22, 2024
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"makes the whole slash-and-dash genre look like child's play": David Moreau & Xavier Palud's THEM (ILS) invades Australian homes from today on Blu via Umbrella Entertainment, including a booklet essay from me. Meanwhile, here's my old review: https://projectedfigures.com/2022/05/28/them-ils-2006/
03:23 AM - Mar 20, 2024
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"As [Sonny] Chiba鈥檚 first martial arts film, this was also PR for the badass actor": Ry没ichi Takamori's BODYGUARD KIBA (1973) platforms a high-kicking hard man's services. Now on a double Blu with its sequel via Eureka!. Capsule for LWL https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-march/
04:38 AM - Mar 18, 2024
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"a martial arts film of a rather philosophical bent, constantly calling into question the meaning and value of the very conflicts that constitute its genre" Joseph Kuo's THE SWORDSMAN OF ALL SWORDSMEN (1968) now on Ltd Edn Blu from Eureka https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-march/
04:13 AM - Mar 18, 2024
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"a ghost story of maternity and madness that is, beyond all its dripping atmosphere and uncanny creepiness, awash with moving waves of melancholy and loss": Hideo Nakata's DARK WATER (2002) on 4K UHD from today via Arrow Video. https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-march/
03:52 AM - Mar 18, 2024
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"the closer this intense action star comes to the r么les he typically plays, the more absurdly postmodern the exercise becomes": Y没dai Yamaguchi's meta martial arts movie ONE PERCENTER (2023) now on Blu/digi via Third Window. Capsule for LWL https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-march/
07:59 AM - Mar 13, 2024
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"Falling somewhere between Taxi Driver, Maniac and neon-lit neo-noir, Ferrari鈥檚 tawdry feature anatomises Manhattan vice in much the way that the killer carves up his victims": FEAR CITY (1984) now on Blu via 101 Films. Capsule for LWLies https://lwlies.com/articles/what-to-watch-at-home-in-march/
07:48 AM - Mar 13, 2024
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"a winning combination of small-scale parochialism and big-screen monster mayhem, all filled to the gills with a warm wit": Kevin Lehane's creature feature GRABBERS (2012) puts the B in bibulous. Now on Shudder (US)
https://projectedfigures.com/2016/06/08/grabbers-2012
05:42 AM - Mar 01, 2024
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