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MY NIGHT WITH WIDOW JANE

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Deep in the heart of Red Hook, at 218 Conover Street (wasn’t Giles Conover one of Sherlock Holmes’ adversaries?), is an elegant yet unobtrusive-looking warehouse built out of red brick. On close scrutiny one might think it suspiciously well kept-up. But its real value remains hidden.

FIR’S CHRISTMAS SEASON COLUMN 2016-2017

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It’s that celebratory season, before and after Christmas and New Year’s, when we go out on forays to find the best DVDs and BluRays worth going the extra bucks for. Here are some:

CAMP DAVID, OCTOBER, 2016.

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Curtis Harrington, director of the soon-to-be-released MATA HARI, returns to feature films after working for several years in television. This is surely cause for celebration for aficionados of bizarre and stylish filmmaking.

HALLOWEEN 2016 COLUMN

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As always, this is the time of year when the distributors release their current or rejuvenated horror flicks for a primed holiday audience. The three best horror flicks of the year thus far, in your editor’s humble opinion, are THE GREEN ROOM, MAI-CHAN’S DAILY LIFE, and DON’T BREATHE.

PIONEERS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMA (KINO/Lorber)

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Kino Lorber’s PIONEERS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMA is a home video version of an actual time machine.
 
The films in this collection, made mostly by budget-minded African-American filmmakers, give an honest idea of what life was like before World War II.

RESCUING KING OF THE KONGO

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KING OF THE KONGO has it all! Scary gorillas, hissing dinosaurs, pumped-up jungle explorers, Boris Karloff and sound.

WE’RE WAVING AT GENE WILDER

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Gene Wilder first amused and impressed me in a wonderful sequence in BONNIE AND CLYDE in 1967. He provided what was to be the last burst of ‘fun’ in the movie before things went terribly downhill for Clyde Barrow and his gang