Amazon Women On The Moon (1987) ***1/2

Midnight Special (2016) ***

A pretty cool little flick, but it felt underdeveloped. It's Spielberg without the charm. It's like a pilot episode and series finale for a really promising show without the necessary exposition in the episodes in between. I like films that keep details mysterious but this one took that approach to the nth degree. It also needs to lighten up.


Traumnovelle (1969) ***1/2

This Austrian/German TV movie is based on the same novella that Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT was based on and the similarities are quite striking. Kubrick definitely realized the story to a degree that this film was unable to, thanks in part to a doubled run-time, but the scenes and plot points are largely the same. Some of the dialogue is even identical. I hope some day this gets a home video release, as I watched a YouTube rip - the only known version I've seen anywhere.

Focus On Film: Episode 40 – July 2016 Criterion Titles

Focus On Film Episode 40 is up!

In this episode:

"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella

Purple Rain (1984) ***1/2