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Day: 31 August 2015

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Medium Cool’

★★★☆☆ Fact and fiction intertwine in Medium Cool (1969), the combustible feature debut of celebrated cinematographer Haskell Wexler. This impeccable, director-approved transfer really helps underscore the rawness and urgency of a flawed but dynamic piece of politically-charged vérité. A loose narrative is framed within the lead up to the actual 1968 Democratic National […]

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DVD Review: ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’

★★★★☆ Thomas Hardy gets a hearty update in the newest adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd (2015). A faithful adaptation of Hardy’s most notable work, this is a film built on realism, bringing the farmlands and estates of Dorset to life in the richest of Victorian palettes. Director Thomas Vinterberg, fresh from […]

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DVD Review: ‘The Decline of Western Civilization’

★★★★★ “I’ve been through one too many youth movements” quips one fanzine writer in part one of this seminal documentary trilogy, but the sentiment could well have come from director Penelope Spheeris herself. Bruised from the Hollywood system having tasted mainstream success with Wayne’s World (1992), Spheeris’ most notable work was kept from […]