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Luigi Bastardo

Luigi Bastardo is the disgruntled alter-ego of a thirtysomething lad from Northern California who has watched so many weird movies since the tender age of 3 that a conventional life is out of the question. He currently lives in Chico, CA with four cats named Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Margaret. Seriously.

DVD Review: ‘The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts – Complete Collection’

Over a decade ago, the Comedy Central network began their attempts at recreating the spirit found in the old Dean Martin roasts of yesteryear. Please note how I said “attempts”. Frankly, they just didn’t seem to get it then – and I think they might still be struggling with the …

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Blu-ray Review: ‘3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman’ – The Criterion Collection

Many of us hold our regular visits to the cinema during our youth in high regards. Whether it was a weekly visit to the matinee double features with friends, or the frantic anticipation of standing in line for the next big Franchise of the Day flick, we have fond memories …

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DVD Review: ‘The New Three Stooges: Complete Cartoon Collection’ – Oy Gevalt!

I have always been the first to admit in any conversation that I’m a devout fan of The Three Stooges (the real Three Stooges, that is – and not that recent feature-length garbage the Farrelly Brothers are currently up on charges for under the heading of “Crimes Against Humanity”) – …

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Lord of the Flies’ (1963), The Criterion Collection – Kids Can Be So Cruel

There’s a saying in the film industry that suggests one never work with animals or children due to their inability to act on cue. Or act, period, for that matter. In 1961, British director Peter Brook threw all caution to the wind and decided to film an adaptation of William …

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Bates Motel’ (2013), Season One – Psychoville

In the early days of film, it was often said that “sequels aren’t equals”. And, nine times out of ten, those who quoted such Tinseltown scripture were sadly not mistaken. I vividly remember seeing the trailer for Psycho II in theaters as a young lad, to wit many of those …

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