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click to enlarge The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. - 1  -  -  - Fantoma  -  - Few have heard of revolutionary '60s director Kenneth - Anger, but the influence of his ultra-indie films can still - be felt today. One of the first openly gay directors, he - mingled his love of Hollywood scandal with his interest - in Aleister Crowley occultism, creating dreamlike - sojourns, the best of which are a part of this deluxe box - set. Included are Puce Moment, Eaux - d'artifice, Rabbit's Moon and two of the - most important films from the dawn of queer cinema, - Fireworks and Inauguration of the Pleasure - Dome. Fantoma not only has acquired beautiful - prints of each film, it's also packed the disc with special - features and commentaries, as well as a booklet with a - foreword written by Martin Scorsese. Anger is a seminal, - powerful figure, begging to be rediscovered.  -  Louis Fowler
  • The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1

    Fantoma

    Few have heard of revolutionary '60s director Kenneth Anger, but the influence of his ultra-indie films can still be felt today. One of the first openly gay directors, he mingled his love of Hollywood scandal with his interest in Aleister Crowley occultism, creating dreamlike sojourns, the best of which are a part of this deluxe box set. Included are Puce Moment, Eaux d'artifice, Rabbit's Moon and two of the most important films from the dawn of queer cinema, Fireworks and Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome. Fantoma not only has acquired beautiful prints of each film, it's also packed the disc with special features and commentaries, as well as a booklet with a foreword written by Martin Scorsese. Anger is a seminal, powerful figure, begging to be rediscovered. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The Comedians of Comedy -  -  -  - Anchor Bay Entertainment / Release - date: Jan. 30  -  - Much like the David Cross tour documentary Let - America Laugh, The Comedians of Comedy - is not a concert film per se. Yes, it has a few comedy bits - from this comedy dream team (Patton Oswalt, Brian - Posehn, Zach Galifianakis and Maria Bamford) but - instead of focusing on that, it documents life on the road - and the natural humor that develops from that life. It's - an interesting look into the minds of comedians, from - what they find funny to what they think audiences will - find funny. While we follow Oswalt and Posehn to comic - book stores and junk food binges at gas stations, - Galifianakis maddeningly maintains his distance, - cracking jokes at an arm's length at all times. It's - completely fascinating to spot the differences. - Alternative comedy fans will love this.   -  Louis Fowler
  • The Comedians of Comedy

    Anchor Bay Entertainment / Release date: Jan. 30

    Much like the David Cross tour documentary Let America Laugh, The Comedians of Comedy is not a concert film per se. Yes, it has a few comedy bits from this comedy dream team (Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Zach Galifianakis and Maria Bamford) but instead of focusing on that, it documents life on the road and the natural humor that develops from that life. It's an interesting look into the minds of comedians, from what they find funny to what they think audiences will find funny. While we follow Oswalt and Posehn to comic book stores and junk food binges at gas stations, Galifianakis maddeningly maintains his distance, cracking jokes at an arm's length at all times. It's completely fascinating to spot the differences. Alternative comedy fans will love this. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Stan Lee's Lightspeed  -  -  -  - Anchor Bay Entertainment  -  -  - As a comic book nerd, I understand the big debt of - gratitude we owe Stan Lee for creating some of the - greatest, most lasting comic characters of all time. But, - let's also be honest: He really hasn't created a good - character since the late '70s. And each time he - introduces a new one, it's a little embarrassing just how - bad it is. This movie, based on his latest creation is, well, - not very good at all. It's a basic Flash rip-off, - but, in cinematic form, it's a hilarious misfire that the - guys on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" would have - treasured. It's so brilliant in its pure cheesiness, there's - no way to hate it. Grab some beer and some like-minded - friends, and just riff the hell out of this one.  - Louis Fowler
  • Stan Lee's Lightspeed

    Anchor Bay Entertainment

    As a comic book nerd, I understand the big debt of gratitude we owe Stan Lee for creating some of the greatest, most lasting comic characters of all time. But, let's also be honest: He really hasn't created a good character since the late '70s. And each time he introduces a new one, it's a little embarrassing just how bad it is. This movie, based on his latest creation is, well, not very good at all. It's a basic Flash rip-off, but, in cinematic form, it's a hilarious misfire that the guys on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" would have treasured. It's so brilliant in its pure cheesiness, there's no way to hate it. Grab some beer and some like-minded friends, and just riff the hell out of this one. Louis Fowler

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