Archive for August, 2015

The Babysitter

The Babysitter

| August 28, 2015

1990s nostalgia has been growing in popularity over the last several years, which is a pretty weird thing for anyone who lived through that decade. Aside from a number of films specifically referencing 90s culture (Joseph Kahn’s Detention springs to mind as a prime example), there have been new home video releases of numerous overlooked […]

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Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

| August 27, 2015

The definitive documentary on Chicago native Don Cornelius and his revolutionary television dance show recently screened at the 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America should be required viewing for everyone. Cornelius would have been 79 in September, and his legacy as having the longest running dance show can’t be denied. […]

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The Sender

The Sender

| August 26, 2015

Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street made a huge impact on horror and pop culture in 1984 with its story of a killer stalking teenagers in their dreams. But a couple of years before Freddy made his debut, a much lower-profile horror film used a character who terrorized people with dreams. The Sender (1982) […]

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

| August 26, 2015

Portland Film Festival announced the feature film competition programs, opening and closing screenings, music and midnight sections, tribute presentations, northwest, and special screenings for the 2015 Portland Film Festival.  The 3rd Annual festival is a weeklong event of 214 screenings of feature length and short films from around the world, red carpet world premieres, tributes to filmmaking legends, […]

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The Last American Virgin

The Last American Virgin

| August 25, 2015

The Last American Virgin (1982) is The Cannon Group’s attempt at a coming-of-age teen sex comedy that, while not entirely successful, stands apart from the others in its own right. In the realm of teen sex comedies, it serves as a logical descendant of Porky’s (released earlier the same year) and is a clear spiritual […]

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Student Bodies

Student Bodies

| August 25, 2015

As a horror spoof in the vein of the Zucker brothers, the humor of Student Bodies (1981) remains completely relevant and relatable 34 years after its initial release. This could be seen as either a testament to the strength of writer/director Mickey Rose’s work on the film, or a sign of how developmentally arrested mainstream […]

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Skin Trade

Skin Trade

| August 25, 2015

The 1980’s and 1990’s were a glorious time to be a fan of action movies and their larger than life stars. The “action hero” became a subgenre in Hollywood during this period. Names such as Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van Damme, Seagal, and Norris peppered the movie landscape with high octane, one-liner filled, martial arts, blow up […]

Cyborg 009 Re:Cyborg

Cyborg 009 Re:Cyborg

| August 25, 2015

Kenji Kamiyama, the protege of the legendary Mamoru Oshii, has done plenty of work to distinctly separate himself from his brilliant mentor. Even when working within the same franchise, Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell, Kamiyama has managed to balance the intelligence of Oshii’s work, with a penchant of crafting smart scripts and brilliant action […]

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BOGDANOVICH RETURNS TO CINEMATIC FARCE. Exclusive Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles.

BOGDANOVICH RETURNS TO CINEMATIC FARCE. Exclusive Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles.

| August 21, 2015

It would be fair to say that iconic director, author and some time actor Peter Bogdanovich is nothing if not a Hollywood survivor. An enfant terrible from Hollywood’s independent landscape of the 70s and 80s, the acclaimed director of such classics as The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon and What’s up Doc? continues to defy […]

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William Castle Horror Collection

William Castle Horror Collection

| August 18, 2015

In the modern age of movies, showmanship has become a lost art form. Movie premieres are rather tame, with the principals involved in the project walking a red carpet and posing for pictures. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, premieres (as well as the movies themselves) were grand spectacles, occasionally with gimmicks used to bring in […]

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