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Fri., July 17, 2015

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Directed by Jay Levey. US. 1989. PG-13. 97 minutes. MGM. 35mm.
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“By all rights, this film debut of rock spoofer Weird Al Yankovic should at best be a sporadically amusing, teenage, suburban mall-pleaser. But surprisingly, it is much more – a genuinely funny and fast-paced riff on TV, movies and Americana. Weird Al plays a daydreaming nobody who inadvertently gets control of a near-zero rated television station. Of course, he makes the station a huge success. Hilarious take-offs . . .

MST3K: Devil Doll

Fri., August 21, 2015

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Directed by Lindsay Shonteff. UK. 1964. NR. 81 minutes. MST3K and Gordon Films. DVD.

Ventriloquists’ dummies are unsettling. Let’s not mince words, on scale of one to creepy, they’re The Hamburglar, residing somewhere in that uncanny valley of inhuman nightmare fuel. 60’s film Devil Doll ratchets up the unease by supposing a human soul could be forced into a dummy by an evil hypnotist, and we’re forced to endure a feature length supernatural suspencer with all the taught tension of . . .

Akira

Fri., September 18, 2015

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Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Japan. 1988. R. 124 minutes. Funimation. 35mm.

“In spite of its increasingly daring and experimental visual stylings, the Japanese animation industry has yet to produce a film that truly rivals Katsuhiro Otomo’s much-heralded animated film adaptation of his 2,000-page comic book Akira. The 1988 cyberpunk extravaganza—in which a weak, put-upon biker punk named Tetsuo is suddenly endowed with phenomenal psychic powers, and uses them to exact violent retribution on any and . . .