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The Karate Kid. No, I don’t mean The Karate Kid with Will Smith’s baby boy and Jackie Chan — I mean the only real Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita! I have great ...

Fascinating but disturbing

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Mark Caro opened up a whole new world of cinema for me with Delicatessen. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic future where food is scarce. A landlord of an apartment building, ...

Auntie Mame, Heist

“Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Rosalind Russell is the larger-than-life Mame, a quirky socialite who becomes the guardian of her young nephew at the outset of the Depression. ...

Prince of Darkness, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera

To me, Prince of Darkness is one of John Carpenter’s scariest films. Not so much having to do with blood and gore but rather because of the psychological suspense and taking a controversial topic and ...

The League of Gentlemen, Fanboys

Little known in the U.S. and not to be confused with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The League of Gentlemen is a jet-black, surreal, BBC comedy — sort of Monty Python meets the Addams Family ...

DVD picks from a lover of apocalyptic media

After nuclear fallout, rockers from all over trek to Vegas where they hope to claim the crown from the recently deceased king, Elvis. Anti-hero Buddy (Jeffrey Falcon) — dressed in a suit and armed with ...

DVD picks from a Mexican movie fan

The Vampire Collection is one of the finest Mexican cinema golden era horror releases to date. Germán Robles stars as Count Lavud. He excels as one of cinema’s all-time best vampires. Both El Vampiro and ...

DVD picks from a vault-dweller/horror geek

When I saw the Divimax release of George Romero’s Day of the Dead on the shelf, I knew that it was something special. More than simply an enhanced widescreen version of the film, this fold-out ...

Excalibur, A Knight’s Tale

Excalibur was released when I was rekindling my interest in armor that began when I was ten. Excalibur’s “look” departed from earlier films: the armor had weight, affected the actors’ movements.... Excalibur treated armor respectfully ...

Ivanhoe, Kingdom of Heaven

When I was a kid I remember seeing Ivanhoe — starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine — when I was home sick from school. The jousting scene was the first time I had ...

Joan of Arc, Knights of the Round Table

In 1948, Hollywood cast Ingrid Bergman as the title character in Joan of Arc, about the famous French folk heroine and saint who led the French army to several victories During the Hundred Years’ War. ...

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