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Aisle Seat 7-22: Summer Sizzler Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
As someone who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, my knowledge of the Golden Age of Radio is virtually non-existent. I recall my dad referring to “The Shadow” a few times, and remember listening to Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast, but it’s an art form I wish I always had more exposure to.
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Aisle Seat 7-15: Apes, Shout, Olive & More
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/14/2014 - 9:00 PM
Sturdy and entertaining, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (***, 130 mins., PG-13) finds ape and man – what’s left of it in a post-plague San Francisco – existing tenuously in this worthy sequel to 2011′s surprising “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
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Aisle Seat Video Vault: Stephen King's CAT'S EYE & MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE
Posted By: Andy Dursin 7/7/2014 - 9:00 PM
For a ten-year-old back in 1985, Stephen King movies – which were flooding multiplexes every few months – were just a little bit out of reach. Their R-rated horror made them the kind of thing most of us elementary school kids didn’t get to see back in the day, though every now and then, you might be able to attend a birthday party where someone’s lenient Dad would rent a VHS of, say, “Christine” or “Children of the Corn,” damaging our sleep patterns for days to come.
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Aisle Seat 7-1: A 4th of July Spectacular
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/30/2014 - 9:00 PM
Before H.R. Giger and Dan O’Bannon created “Alien” for director Ridley Scott, the duo worked alongside fellow artists Chris Foss and Jean “Moebius” Girard as part of director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempt at bringing Frank Herbert’s “Dune” to the screen in the mid 1970s. That collaborative effort has been chronicled in the entertaining new documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (***, 90 mins., 2013, PG-13; Sony), which details the now 84-year-old’s attempt at adapting the legendary sci-fi novel to the screen through his own unique vision.
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Aisle Seat 6-24: Summer Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/23/2014 - 9:00 PM
Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic confection, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (***, 99 mins., 2014, R; Fox), is primarily set in a fictional European country in the 1930s, before the outbreak of war, where Gustave H., a “fruity” ladies man (Ralph Fiennes), schools a young bellhop, Moustapha Zero, in the art of customer satisfaction among other misadventures.
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Aisle Seat 6-10: All That Heaven Allows, Robocop '14
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/9/2014 - 9:00 PM
Described quite accurately in its earliest blurbs as a sci-fi variation on “Groundhog Day,” the latest Tom Cruise futuristic adventure EDGE OF TOMORROW (***, 113 mins., 2014, PG-13) is another sturdy, entertaining addition to the star’s growing roster of genre outings.
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Aisle Seat 6-3: RED RIVER, Warner Archives, Lone Survivor
Posted By: Andy Dursin 6/2/2014 - 9:00 PM
The gorgeously shot — kudos to director Robert Stromberg and cinematographer Dean Semler — but flawed “revisionist fairy tale” MALEFICENT (**½, 97 mins., PG) takes the perspective of the title villainess (a perfectly cast Angelina Jolie) as she curses Aurora, the King’s daughter (Elle Fanning), to a lifetime slumber upon her reaching the age of 16. Until that time, Maleficent actually becomes — grudgingly — some kind of fairy godmother to the girl, who lives in the forest, secluded from the castle and her increasingly deranged father, who wants only to destroy Malefcent and her fairy kingdom. 
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Aisle Seat 5-27: Twilight Time, Shout, Dan Curtis' Dracula
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/26/2014 - 9:00 PM
Twilight Time’s May offerings offer another tremendous array of high-def catalog entertainment for movie buffs, with John Ford’s underrated 1961 western TWO RODE TOGETHER (***, 109 mins.) leading the charge as a genre outing ripe for rediscovery.
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Aisle Seat 5-20: Wind and the Lion, Pompeii 3D
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/19/2014 - 9:00 PM
The cinematic equivalent of a losing baseball team that comes up to bat and delivers a game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the much-anticipated new GODZILLA proves to be a rare beast indeed: a film that seemed to generate audible frustration among the fans I saw the movie with for nearly two-thirds of its running time. However, when director Gareth Edwards delivers the goods –at long last – during the movie’s climax, those same naysayers beamed with exaltation, cheering on the Big G and furiously applauding as the end credits rolled.
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Aisle Seat 5-13: Her, Chances Are, Happy Days
Posted By: Andy Dursin 5/12/2014 - 9:00 PM
With the highly anticipated new “Godzilla” opening in theaters this Friday, a number of epics starring the Big G and assorted giant monsters have been newly released on Blu-Ray. These run the gamut from Universal’s “King Kong Vs. Godzilla” (covered here) to Mill Creek’s low-priced Gamera anthologies. Now Sony has thrown their hat into the ring with four Double Feature Blu-Rays featuring eight of Toho’s more contemporary Godzilla pictures.
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