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Hellbound Train

Hellbound Train 4

The devil sticking his head out the titular vehicle.

Before Black History Month closed out, I started watching Pioneers of African-American Cinema on Netflix. It’s a collection of early cinema made by African Americans from 1918 to 1939. It’s the streaming version of a 2015 DVD/Blu-ray release by Kino Lorber, which I hope to pick sometime later this year since I’m a physical media guy. I haven’t had much time to check it out, but a week ago I did manage to watch the first film in the collection: Hellbound Train. Continue reading


Talking Pictures: Episode 12 – The 2018 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

This year’s Academy Awards are quickly approaching. Before the big night on Sunday, why don’t you take a listen to a friend, who’s a fellow film nerd, and I discuss each of the nominees this year for the Best Picture Academy Award:

  1. Black Panther
  2. BlacKkKlansman
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody
  4. The Favourite
  5. Green Book
  6. Roma
  7. A Star Is Born
  8. Vice


Four new purchases, three new (to me) films


Last week, Warner Bros. ran a four for $44 sale on their website. The rules were simple. If you bought four or more of certain qualifying DVDs or Blu-rays (we’re talking, like, 1,000 or something that qualified) and they’d all be $11 each. Continue reading