Michelangelo Frammartino's 'Le Quattro Volte' is a meditation on the mysterious cycles of life

‘Le Quattro Volte’ on Amazon Prime Video

Michelangelo Frammartino’s contemplative Le Quattro Volte (2010) from Italy is a meditation on the mysterious cycles of life inspired by the “four-fold transmigration” of souls that Pythagoras proposed: the soul passes from human to animal to vegetable to, eventually, the eternal. It’s also a kind of stylized documentary of existence in this little mountain village […]

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' coming to Amazon Prime in October 2015

Coming to Amazon Prime in October 2015

Amazon has announced what’s coming to Amazon Prime Video in October for Prime members to stream as part of their subscription. Highlights this month include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), the FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show, and the new Amazon original series Red Oaks: Season 1, created by David Gordon Green and produced by […]

Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman in TV's original modern fairy tale romance 'Beauty and the Beast'

TV’s original ‘Beauty and the Beast: The Complete Series’ on Amazon Prime

TV crime show and romantic fantasy meet as urban mythology in the original Beauty and the Beast, which ran for three seasons, from 1987 to 1990, on CBS. This is the original modern TV fairy tale starring Linda Hamilton as Catherine, a beautiful crusading lawyer, and Ron Perlman as Vincent, the tender-hearted man-beast who watches […]

Ray Milland stars in Roger Corman's 'Premature Burial' and 'X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes'

Roger Corman’s ‘Premature Burial’ and ‘X-The Man with the X-ray Eyes’ on Amazon Prime

Vincent Price starred in all of Roger Corman’s Poe adaptations but one. Ray Milland took the lead in Premature Burial (1962), playing Guy Carrell, an aristocrat with crippling fear that he will be buried alive due to a family history of catalepsy. Corman brings the fear home in the opening scene: an exhumation of an […]

Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest in Woody Allen's 'Hannah and her Sisters'

‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ on Amazon Prime

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Woody Allen’s biggest success of the eighties and his most popular film since Annie Hall, returns the director / writer to the same general territory of modern life and the challenges of sustaining romantic relationships, but this time within the context of family. Mia Farrow takes the title role of […]

Rinko Kikuchi in David and Nathan Zellner 'Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter'

‘Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter’ on Amazon Prime Video

In the early 2000s, an urban legend circulated about a young Japanese woman who watched film Fargo and travelled to Minnesota to search for the treasure buried in the snow. Filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner turned that apocryphal story into Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (2014), a deft, a sweetly offbeat indie drama starring Rinko Kikuchi […]