Video Tapeworm

This Week’s Twin Peeks FURY 2014; $22.98; R We won’t go so far as to call this Brad Pitt WWII tank-tale a misfire, but it did seem an odd entry at theaters for late October. Pitt is the commander of a Sherman tank with Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman among his 4-man crew. After some … Continued

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This Week’s Twin Peeks THE BOX TROLLS 2014; $33.98; PG Regular readers know that we are unabashed loons for stop-motion animation – and this screwy fable has certainly raised that bar to new heights! In a sort-of-Victorian village, babbling creatures dressed in old cardboard boxes emerge at dusk to gather scraps of machinery and new, … Continued

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This Week’s Twin Peeks NON NON BIYORI 2013; $34.98-59.98; UR This week we present a contrast in “fan service”: a term suggesting the level of nudity, sex, violence and gore in Japanese animated offerings. “Biyori” is a perfect example of the “slice of life” genre: With no fan-service, it is the simple, ongoing tale of … Continued

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This Week’s Twin Peeks BOYHOOD 2014; $25.98; R A lot has been made of writer/director Richard Linklater’s impossible technique – filming the adolescence of a young boy by adding a few minutes of film every year for 12 years – but even without that gimmick, this would have been an amazing movie. Ellar Coltrane stars … Continued

Video Tapeworm

Bill here. Dave and I took the wives to see Counting Crows last week, where Dave caught the flu. I contend he caught it sniffing up that redhead in the tubetop. Doesn’t matter. According to him, it’s all just dreadful. What a drama queen. To help, I mixed up some homemade Tamiflu from stuff I … Continued

FILM/TV: The Ballad of Dave and Bill and Dave

Episode 2: The Shtick Hits The Fans David B. King and Bill Raker have been writing the VideoTapeWorm for LEO for almost two decades, but almost none of the current editorial staff or readers knew anything about them. We set out to solve this mystery by inviting David and Bill to the LEO offices. It … Continued

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This Week’s Twin Peeks ENTER THE DRAGON 1973; $28.98-49.98; R Arguably the greatest martial arts movie ever made – certainly the most iconic – this has already been released on every form of video known to humans. So why are we mentioning it again today? Because (1) this 40th anniversary Blu-ray version is about half … Continued

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This Week’s Twin Peeks LORD OF ILLUSIONS 1995; $24.98-29.98; R This had the potential to be author Clive “Hellraiser” Barker’s greatest movie – if only he hadn’t directed it. Scott Bakula plays a private eye investigating the murder of a sleazy magician, but the more he learns about the man and his magic, the more … Continued

FILM: The Ballad of Dave and Bill and Dave

Despite having appeared in nearly every LEO over the past 19 years, not one person in our office had ever met or spoken with the mysterious authors of The Video TapeWorm, David B. King and Bill Raker. Four months into my job as managing editor and the TapeWorm remained a cheesy enigma. I had to … Continued

Video Tapeworm

MISTER ED: THE COMPLETE SERIES 1958; $94.98-139.99; UR  Holy Expletive Deleted! The entire six-season, 143 episode run of America’s greatest talking horse sitcom! (Okay, “only” talking horse sitcom …) And best of all, it contains broadcast-length Season 1 episodes – previously only available in shorter “syndicated” form – and Season 6, available here for the … Continued