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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

A crime procedural of a prison movie that seems overly familiar until you realize how much other films, like "The Shawshank Redemption," have borrowed from it.

Heartland: Ben Rock, “Future Boyfriend”

In this podcast Christopher Lloyd talks with old friend Ben Rock about how a guy known for "gross and disturbing" movies got a short into the life-affirming Heartland Film Festival.


Heartland: Year by the Sea

A warm bowl of chicken soup for the soul, "Year by the Sea" sets up all of the beats you'd expect, then dutifully executes them.

Heartland: Keep Quiet

A riveting documentary in which a leader in an anti-Semitic Hungarian right-wing political party discovers his Jewish heritage.


Heartland: Service to Man

This drama set in the 1960s provides an interesting twist on the familiar tales of racism and integration.

Heartland: Trivia Night

An unpleasant comedy that struggles to be dark as it looks at individuals who live in the world of competitive trivia.

Bugs on the Menu

Heartland: Bugs on the Menu

A documentary that looks at an untapped food source for mankind.
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Buried Treasures: Crash

"Crash" is nothing short of the greatest film about race relations ever made.

Charlie (Jeff Daniels) and Audrey (Melanie Griffith) put on a good show for her mother in "Something Wild," a 1986 Orion Pictures release directed by Jonathan Demme.

Class of 1986: ‘Something Wild’

One of Jonathan Demme's masterworks — just spiky enough to draw blood and an uncommonly gripping romance about rebellion, reinvention … and maybe redemption.
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Gil Birmingham, “Hell or High Water”

Actor Gil Birmingham of "Hell or High Water" sits down with The Film Yap to talk about this new neo-Western and his unlikely career.

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The Gladiator Sequel that Never was: A film to end all films

If you have never seen Ridley Scott’s Gladiator epic from 2000, you have missed out on a truly seminal movie. Starring the brilliant Russell Crowe as the courageous Maximus Decimus Meridius, Gladiator boasted a superb narrative while it revived the careers of Crowe, Joaquin Pheonix and director Ridley Scott.   The ending of this film […]
The Phantom (Billy Zane) and his trusty steed, Hero, battle evil forces in "The Phantom," a 1996 Paramount Pictures action-adventure directed by Simon Wincer.

Class of 1996: ‘The Phantom’

Considering its lack of personality in hindsight, perhaps “The Phantom” would have been better served betting the house on its old-school aesthetic.

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Film on Vinyl: ’90s Cartoon Classics

The '90s gave birth to some of the best cartoons every created, and Enjoy the Ride Records has bottled them all up into one amazing compilation.