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Aisle Seat 10-18: A Harvest of Discs!
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/17/2016 - 9:00 PM
The magic’s gone in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (**, 144 mins., 2016, PG-13; Fox), the ninth (is that even possible?) X-Men film that’s easily the weakest from director Bryan Singer, who seemingly remained too long at the franchise party this time around.
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Aisle Seat 10-11: Of Exorcists, Slugs & Vamps
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/10/2016 - 9:00 PM
Late in August of 1990, William Peter Blatty’s anticipated THE EXORCIST III (***, 110 mins., R) arrived in theaters. The Morgan Creek production, released by Fox, drew strong initial interest from audiences – and even a few positive reviews – before crashing quickly in the dumping grounds of late summer. Now a cult favorite, Blatty’s own adaptation of his novel “Legion” has been resurrected as a Scream Factory Collector’s Edition, complete with a reconstruction – from the best surviving sources – of Blatty’s initial cut of the film, completed before anxious studio executives mandated a punchier, effects-laden conclusion be shot.
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Aisle Seat 10-4: THE THING Strikes Again
Posted By: Andy Dursin 10/3/2016 - 9:00 PM
One of the fondest memories I have, growing up during the Summer of 1982, was going to see “E.T.” eight times in theaters – and being utterly freaked out by the trailer for John Carpenter’s THE THING (****, 109 mins., R), Universal’s other big movie that summer, which was attached to prints of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic. While Carpenter’s film would eventually become the classic in its own right that it deserved to be, “The Thing” was initially pegged as a major disappointment that threw the director’s career off-track to such an extent that it never entirely recovered.
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Aisle Seat 9-27: Stephen King, Vestron Video & Other Horrors!
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/25/2016 - 9:00 PM
For a kid growing up in the ‘80s, Stephen King movies – which were flooding multiplexes every few months – were just a little bit out of reach. Their R-rated horror made them the kind of thing most of us elementary school kids didn’t get to see back in the day, though every now and then, you might be able to attend a birthday party where someone’s lenient Dad would rent a VHS of, say, “Christine” or “Children of the Corn,” damaging our sleep patterns for days to come.
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Aisle Seat 9-20: Kino Lorber, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/19/2016 - 9:00 PM
A product of the ‘80s in every way, GRANDVIEW, U.S.A. (**½, 97 mins., 1984, R) was “Grease”/”Blue Lagoon” director Randal Kleiser’s “contemporary” drama about a teenager’s coming of age, as well as the lives and loves of other residents of a small midwestern town. The movie can’t ever figure out specifically what it wants to be – either a typical ‘80s teen picture or a more adult soap opera – so it roughly splits itself in half, one portion dealing with star student C. Thomas Howell aspiring for more than the life his real estate mogul dad has in store for him, the other revolving around tough girl Jamie Lee Curtis’ frustration at running a demolition derby in town.
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Aisle Seat 9-13: 19th Anniversary Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/12/2016 - 9:00 PM
In Frank LaLoggia’s wonderful LADY IN WHITE (***½, 118 mins., 1988, PG-13; Shout Factory), Lukas Haas plays a young boy in early ‘60s upstate New York who encounters the restless spirit of a murdered girl. After being locked up in his school closet on Halloween and witnessing the apparition, Haas’ Frankie Scarlatti attempts to convince his family (father Alex Rocco, brother Jason Presson) that the haunting is real, and the girl’s killer is still at large in the quaint, picturesque town they reside in.
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Aisle Seat 9-6: Post-Labor Day Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 9/5/2016 - 9:00 PM
Paul Schrader’s tough 1979 thriller HARDCORE (108 mins., 1979, R) debuts on Blu-Ray this month from Twilight Time as part of the label’s continuing series of 3,000 copy limited editions. Schrader’s original script pits church-going, Midwestern father George C. Scott against the seedy underbelly of Southern California, where his daughter has run away from home and gotten involved in the porn industry.
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Aisle Seat 8-23: TV on Video Blowout
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/22/2016 - 9:00 PM
When THE WONDER YEARS (58 hours, 1988-93; Time Life) debuted following the Super Bowl in January, 1988, the American TV sitcom would be changed forever. The ABC comedy-drama from creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black made an immediate impact on viewers – with its perceptive nostalgia and lack of a laugh track, the series helped to innovate the stagnant genre and has remained a fan favorite ever since.
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Aisle Seat 8-16: Catalog Wrap & New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/15/2016 - 9:00 PM
The latest Shout Select Blu-Ray title, MIDNIGHT RUN (***½, 127 mins., 1988, R) is a top-notch ‘80s action/buddy comedy with bounty hunter Robert DeNiro tracking down an accountant (Charles Grodin) who just embezzled a whole bunch of cash from the mafia and gave it to charity.
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Aisle Seat 8-9: KL Studio Classics, Kino & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 8/8/2016 - 9:00 PM
If there was a fitting way to put a cap on what’s been the singular Worst Movie Summer in Hollywood history, it’s with Warner’s latest, confounding attempt to springboard their DC Comics characters into Marvel-sized box-office behemoths. This time it’s not Batman and Superman doing battle, but rather the villains of SUICIDE SQUAD (**, 123 mins., PG-13), a film that resembles Marvel’s “Avengers” less than it does a Warner August flop from years gone by: their ill-fated 1998 adaptation of TV’s “The Avengers,” which showed as many signs of post-production tinkering as this picture does.
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