Jim Tudor

DOUBLE DOOR (1934) – Blu-Ray Review

Several years before Orson Welles went after media mogul William Randolph Hearst with Citizen Kane, the Wendel family- an affluent clan of New York real estate barons- became the target of 1934’s Double Door.  Film historian Tom Weaver describes the real-life Wendels (led by the spinster sisters Ella and Rebecca) to have been “…as weird as they were rich…. And they were very rich!” 

ILLUSTRIOUS CORPSES (1976) – Blu-ray Review 

Kino Lorber Studio Classics’ Blu-ray edition of Illustrious Corpses is a very welcome addition to the world of high definition physical media.  Despite the film’s reputation, it hasn’t previously been among the easiest to find entries in respected World Cinema.  Rosi’s film is a ponderous and largely non-verbal one, all the more ideal when it comes to star Lino Ventura.

RED ROCKET – Film Review

There might only be one way to read the thing, but it all adds up as a sharply edged commentary on the gross inexplicitly of the past five years.  Saber’s allure may be all empty calories, quick fixes, and endorphin rushes, but Red Rocket blasts audiences with a thoroughly magnetic romp with a ridiculously unshakable main character.