The Shelf

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This category refers simply to lower budget films which unfortunately (or deliberately) went straight to video. In terms of distribution, my point of reference is the US market.

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Bad Blood

Coldblooded

Cool Blue

Crying Freeman

Dellamorte Dellamore

Drive

Encounter at Raven’s Gate

Fissure

Freaked

The Gong Show Movie

A podcast with Mark Jones, the director of Fraternity Massacre at Hell Island

The Oxford Murders

The Point Men

Redwoods

Save Me

Shank

Skeleton Crew

Tenure

The Toolbox Murders

Now on DVD and Blu-Ray

Roadracers

By Adam Lippe

Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

Black Dynamite has nothing new to say about Blaxploitation films, it just does a decent job of copying what an inept [...]


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Featured Quote (written by me)

On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.