1980

A review of Brian De Palma’s controversial 1980 thriller Dressed to Kill, recently released in a restored uncut version for The Criterion Collection on Blu-ray.

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When it came out ‘Raging Bull’ barely made its money back and almost ended Martin Scorsese’s career. By the end of the 1980s it had won almost universal critical praise.

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Michael Caine and Peter Billingsley headline two obscure cult thrillers from the 1980s out now on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy the Scream Factory arm of Shout! Factory. Do they hold up?

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“You wanna do the world a real service? Tell funnier jokes.” More than anything else, it’s the breadth of Woody Allen‘s craft as a filmmaker that has never been fully recognized or appreciated. With a body of work varied enough to include “Love and Death,” “Interiors,” “Husbands and Wives,” and “Everyone Says I Love You,” [...]

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George Jones has been called the Frank Sinatra of country music. He is the ultimate country crooner and has a voice that sounds like he is in severe emotional pain. By March of 1980, he truly was. His career was in the toilet, his life was a blur of nonstop cocaine and alcohol abuse, his [...]

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William Peter Blatty is famous for having written The Exorcist. Regretfully, his popular notoriety tends to end there.  At the risk of coming across as hyperbolic and nerdy, I’ll say that it is altogether distressing to me that a work of his called The Ninth Configuration (a.k.a. Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane) doesn’t often come up [...]

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