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Maniac, Flashdance and Fatal Attraction: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Picks

Maniac

In late 1979, Joe Spinell was a successful character actor who had appeared in major films by Coppola, Friedkin, Scorsese and Mazursky, but he wanted to go beyond supporting work to make a name for himself as a horror icon.…  Read more

By May 30, 2020

Canon Reformation (4): Vanilla Sky, Dig!

Tom Cruise in Vanila Sky

Low on the list of “unexpected things in the last two months that wouldn’t have occurred under pre-pandemic circumstances” but still notable: Rachel Handler publishing a long interview on Vulture with Cameron Crowe about Vanilla Sky. This is an infamously unloved…  Read more

By May 28, 2020

The Great Escape, “Tell Me” on Criterion Channel, and More: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendations

Growing Up Female

The Great Escape was a dream project for director John Sturges for years before the success of The Magnificent Seven finally enabled him to make it in 1962, and the countless hours he spent thinking about and planning the WWII…  Read more

By May 24, 2020

Sundance Institute Announces 22 Documentary Fund Grantees

The Sundance Institute announced today the 22 projects from filmmakers all over the world that will receive funding from its Documentary Fund. Filmmakers from 19 countries with projects in all stages of production will receive unrestricted grant support totaling $525,000.…  Read more

By May 20, 2020


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