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Directed by Errol Morris.

Directed by Errol Morris.

In the interview with director Errol Morris that’s featured on the Criterion blu-ray of Vernon, Florida (a double feature alongside Gates of Heaven), Morris reveals the unlikely origins of this documentary. Originally intended as an expose on insurance fraud in this small town, known as “Stump City” due to its inhabitants having a predilection for cutting their own limbs off to get some cash, when asking around Vernon, several people persuaded Morris that he might want to look elsewhere. If you get the meaning. He instead decided to just film a selection of people in the town, letting them ramble on about whatever the hell they want. The result is far stranger, and likely far more captivating, than the original story would have been.

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I can’t say I care too much about the individual releases here, other than an early DePalma effort with Dressed to Kill, but hey! A new Eclipse Series set! Already, 2015 will have double the number of Eclipse sets that 2014 saw (the lone Late Ray one) with this and the Keisuke Konishita collection.

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Pictured: One of cinema’s greatest geniuses.

After leaving the project due to creative differences, USA Today reports that David Lynch has worked out a deal with Showtime to direct the entirety of this new season. Showtime president David Nevins also said it will be more than the previously announced nine hours, perhaps a full 13 or more episodes. He also states that pre-production is beginning now, so hopefully the show will come out sooner rather than later. It’s best to not give Lynch too much time to change his mind.

Pictured: The negotiations to make Harrison Ford cameo in the upcoming film.

Pictured: The negotiations to make Harrison Ford cameo in the upcoming film.

The president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, has confirmed (via Vanity Fair) that there will be a new Indiana Jones film.

That’s pretty much it, nothing on when it could be happening, or who will star in it. It’s pretty much non-news, because everyone knew it was happening anyway. This is really just an excuse for me to exercise my typing fingers. Clickety clackity clack. I should start collecting typewriters like Tom Hanks. They have those things that you slide across and it goes CHING! which is really cool. The downside is that you need ink ribbons to save.

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Daredevil, Netflix’s premiere Marvel series, which debuted earlier this month, has been a rousing success so far, both with critics (including me!) and the general audience. Quite a comeback for a character who had been soured for so many by the truly wretched movie adaptation over a decade ago.

With everyone raving about it, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Netflix has ordered a second season, to premiere next year. The first season’s showrunner, Steven DeKnight, will be departing, but I don’t think anyone should get too worked up about that — the episodes he wrote are, in my opinion, the weakest. Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) will remain onboard, and the new showrunners will be Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who were involved with shows called… Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sons of Anarchy? Never heard of them. They were probably flops.

Netflix still has more Marvel series in development, including AKA Jessica Jones, awkwardly named so because Alias was already taken, and Luke Cage, featuring a giant black man who punches things to solve problems.

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A GREAT MONTH. GREAT! The double-feature of the two most notable The Killers adaptations finally gets a Blu-Ray release, along with Hiroshima mon amour,  Alain Resnais’ postwar cross-cultural love story, and one of Daniel Day-Lewis’ earliest films, My Beautiful Laundrette. Also included, though with no box art so far, is Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, a movie I hated.

No new Eclipse set, unfortunately, but I guess at this point it’s best to not expect them and instead just be pleasantly surprised at their rare appearances.

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Season 9 is now available on Netflix.

Netflix’s first original season of Trailer Park Boys, season 8, was pretty successful in my opinion. It hewed closer to the series’ roots in quasi-comedy than the later, more outlandish pre-cancellation seasons, and continued the development of characters in a meaningful way, despite the show’s natural endpoint from Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys being more or less ignored.

Season 9, while teetering back towards the Conky/Steve French end of the cartoonish spectrum, luckily maintains the heart and profane wit that’s at the core of the show.

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This is an odd month, to say the least. Criterion is releasing a Blu-Ray box set of movies, but also putting the two new ones  out individually, something they haven’t done in quite a while. At the same time, Five Easy Pieces also gets a standalone Blu-Ray, even though it’s been available in the America Lost and Found box set for quite a while.  This version apparently features a new transfer, but I doubt I’ll be double-dipping this time.

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