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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Mad Max: Fury Road

Yes, Mad Max: Fury Road is as good as everyone says it is. Perhaps even better! No, you don’t need to watch the original trilogy beforehand, but it wouldn’t hurt, especially The Road Warrior (my favourite), and perhaps the original Mad Max to make … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Mommy (2014)

Xavier Dolan’s (Laurence Anyways) fifth film Mommy is a brilliant French-Canadian film from one of the scene’s most promising new talents. It’s about a single mother whose violent and emotionally unstable son returns to live with her, and the life … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Song of the Sea

2014’s Song of the Sea is a beautiful Irish animated film that appreciates both classical hand-drawn animation and Irish folklore while recognising issues such as lack of spirituality and urbanisation. The makers of Song of the Sea saw previous success with the fantastic … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Joy Division (2007)

Coming out the same year as the excellent fictionalised account Control but enjoying its BBC premiere just now, the 2007 documentary Joy Division is the essential documentary that examines the beginnings, rise, and fall of Ian Curtis and Joy Division. … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal has been on a roll lately, delivering some of his best performances in films such as End of Watch and Prisoners in recent times. Add 2014’s Nightcrawler to the list, in which he plays the creepy, sociopathic yet strangely charming Lou Bloom. He is … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: The Woodsman

I was writing a horror short story about a young boy lost in the woods that attempted to blur the line between reality and fiction (tentatively titled ‘The Woodsman’) when I came across the excellent 2004 film The Woodsman, which stars … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: The Addiction

Abel Ferrara’s 1995 film The Addiction is a philosophical and metaphorical revisionist take on conventional vampire themes and style. Gone are the ridiculous glittering vampires and even the glamorous vampires of lore (i.e. Dracula). Instead, the vampires of this film are sickly, … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Joe (2013)

While I’ve enjoyed quite a few films that Nicolas Cage has been in (notably Face/Off, Leaving Las Vegas, Bringing out the Dead, Raising Arizona, The Rock, Red Rock West, Windtalkers, and Bad Lieutenant: Port Call to New Orleans), I tend … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Cold in July

  Based on the novella by Joe Lansdale, Cold in July is an exceptional 2014 crime drama film directed by Jim Mickle. With its ’80s setting, striking visuals, revisionist narrative, and dark tone, inevitable connections will be made between it … Continue reading

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Suburbia (1984)

This raw and gritty film looks at the hardcore youth punk lifestyle in ’80s California. It’s brutal and uncompromising, and features some great live performances from The Vandals, T.S.O.L., and D.I. To give you an idea of the film’s brutality, … Continue reading

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