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BEN-HUR

Share This: Two stunning scenes and two boring actors without charisma. They neutered their characters. Messala ruined the Ben-Hur family simply out of necessity – he was just doing his job. Remaking, or re-imagining, or whatever, BEN-HUR was put in the hands of a very stylish director, Timur Bekmambetov. He’s the highest-grossing director in his […]

MAMBA

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Watching the action and spectacle of the 1930 Technicolor film MAMBA, you feel like you are watching an epic from the more technically advanced sixties, or seventies. “Mamba’ smashed all records at the Gaiety (Theater) for the two weeks of it’s run,” heralded a trade magazine of it’s day. “The jungle scenes are vividly portrayed in natural color…. Marvelous Technicolor effects. Mamba is supreme for any house, anywhere!” For over eighty years, MAMBA went unseen. It was a lost film.

PIES, FUNNY-MEN AND A MASTER MOVIE-MAKER

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Welcome to GLENN’S NITRATE LOUNGE, our newest Column by Glenn Andreiev.If you want to see a really great pie fight, go to the Museum of Modern Art. That is where THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY, a long lost Laurel and Hardy silent short, which features the greatest pie fight in film history, will screen on July 15th, kicking off SERIOUSLY FUNNY- THE FILMS OF LEO McCAREY.

BEST OF 2015
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Do you agree with our 2015 Best Of List?

CHRISTMAS COLUMN 2015
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CHRISTMAS COLUMN 2015 – As always, around this time of the year, there are some sumptuous films to be found, as well as some film-related books, for the special gift that asks a bit more of your wallet.

HALLOWEEN 2015 COLUMN
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This has been a quieter than usual Halloween season here at FIR. But there are a few choice treasures surfacing out there in digital-land.

First of all – scrape me off the ceiling and hold me down. Criterion has released their BluRay of KWAIDAN, and it’s a mind-boggler

REMEMBERING WES CRAVEN

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“Well, Wes is gone… All our friends are going to start dropping now. He was a trendsetter, so he was the first to go.”
Victoria Alexander