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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter [HD]
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter [HD]
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Japanese film!, July 3, 2015
This is an American, indie film made in Japan by two American brothers. I wish I had known. When I saw their co-writing screen credit and that one is the director, I thought, gee, how Cohen Brothers. And then, lo and behold the videotape the Japanese character watches is . . . Fargo! And the film has to keep the "joke" going. I was grossed out and turned the film off. Happy I only rented it.


The Heretical Archive: Digital Memory at the End of Film
The Heretical Archive: Digital Memory at the End of Film
by Domietta Torlasco
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.25
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pompous, Pretentious, Incredibly Narcissistic Book, July 3, 2015
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Wow. I really wish I had "looked inside" this book before ordering it. I advise anyone thinking of ordering it to do so. I will be returning my copy because I tried and failed to read it. I was worried about the title, sine there is only the archive, which is always more or less anarchivic, to use Derrida's word from Archive Fever, a possible destruction so radical it overrides even classification of archives by content, as if there were orthodox and heretical archives, patriarchal and matriarchal archives, and so on. The book quickly sank for me not only because the author's workman-like summary rather than close reading of Archive Fever is inadequate but because the author's prose itself is incredibly pompous and self-regarding even by academic standards. I don't mind the autobiographical mode this author adopts. Derrida tells some very funny personal anecdotes in Archive Fever. But when the topic of the book is not the focus and the focus instead becomes the author's inclusion of autobiographical history that is totally irrelevant to the point she is making, and when the point she is making rings hollow while the author clearly thinks she is saying something original and profound, well I just had to put the book down. Please do "inside" check for yourself. Perhaps your may find this book less off-putting than I did and find intellectual substance where I found a void. I have to wonder about the acquisitions editor at UMinn, though. That person (or persons) certainly has a very bad track record with respect to books it publishes on film studies and media archaeology. I'm going to print the return label now.


Raising Cain: Blackface Performance from Jim Crow to Hip Hop
Raising Cain: Blackface Performance from Jim Crow to Hip Hop
by W. T. Lhamon
Edition: Paperback
Price: $26.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative!, June 28, 2015
I used this book when I was writing an article on performing race and found it invaluable.


Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind
Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind
by Josh Karp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.62
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A biography that reads like a novel, June 9, 2015
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A biography that reads like a good novel. If you like biographies--if you like realistic novels--you will like this well-written book. But if you are looking for scholarship, you probably won't find much value in this book.


Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles [Blu-ray]
Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles [Blu-ray]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of unseen Welles's footage, June 9, 2015
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A very well made documentary.


Orson Welles at Work
Orson Welles at Work
by Jean-Pierre Berthomé
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $61.65
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to Welles Criticism, June 9, 2015
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This is a very handsomely published book, with chapters on each of Welles's films and lots of stunning photographs. Thomas is a meticulous researcher of Welles and excellent writer.


Orson Welles in Italy
Orson Welles in Italy
by Alberto Anile
Edition: Paperback
Price: $27.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars An very informative, very well-written account of Welles's years in Italy., June 9, 2015
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I learned a lot and enjoyed reading it.


Casino Royale (1967) - IMPORT
Casino Royale (1967) - IMPORT
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is a different, better blu-ray edition!, June 4, 2015
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"This Blu-ray probably looks like the film Casio Royale and it advances beyond the last DVD editions in several key areas - notably detail and colors. Depth is far more evident than the SD renderings and Bacharach's lively score via Herb Alpert is intoxicating in lossless. Let's not forget Dusty Springfield singing "The Look of Love". Both tracks are worth the price of the disc alone. There are multiple foreign language DUBs as well as subtitle choices signifying this to be a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide. Extras : we get the DVD commentary by James Bond Historians Steven Jay Ruben and John Cork filling in plenty of Bond references for us as well as the more serious Making of Casino Royale over 40-minutes and 4 chapters worth of looking at the franchise. There is also a theatrical trailer in 1080P." from dvdbeaver review


Wayward Pines Season 1
Wayward Pines Season 1
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well-filmed, badly written series that goes from so-so to terrible, May 24, 2015
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The first episode is decent. It appears that the series modeled on The Prisoner with a hint that the protagonist is actually dead (Sixth Sense reboot) or has escaped from Shutter Island (there's a doctor, but he too seems to be insane). The opening title sequence is awesome. Unfortunately, the music for the sequence is not. The cinematography is really good. Shots are very well-composed, and the scenery is really beautiful. The cast is excellent. The real problem is the dialogue--almost non-existent--and the plot--also almost non-existent. Instead of plot development, one scene shifts the genre of the series into another genre, the next scene to another, back to the earlier genre, and so on, until the first episode stops, apparently only because time is running out, at the Prisoner. The series seems timed to benefit from news about the reboot of Twin Peaks in 2016 (Matt Dillon as Agent Cooper). Shyamalan is no David Lynch. Update: after watching the second episode, I wouldn't have given up except that a friend had recommended the series. I watched third--really badly written--and the fourth--even worse. By this time, the Prisoner model is gone. I have no idea what has taken its place. Turns out my friend stopped watching after the second episode. The series i snow in a death spiral. Too bad.


Prague (Prag)
Prague (Prag)
DVD
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A very well-written, well-acted, thoughtful film of scenes from a marriage falling apart., May 9, 2015
The director may not be up to Ingmar Bergman, but my wife and I both enjoyed watching this film and continued talking it about it the day after we watched. There is only one weak plot point, near the end, when the wife makes an announcement she should have made near the start.


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