Author Archive: Jason Coffman

Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He is author of "The Unrepentant Cinephile," and a regular contributor to Daily Grindhouse and Film Monthly as well as a member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. He is co-director of the Chicago Cinema Society and proud owner of 35mm prints of Andy Milligan's "Guru, the Mad Monk." Follow his long-form film writing on Medium: www.medium.com/@rabbitroom

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A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story

| July 14, 2017

David Lowery’s 2013 feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints earned its fair share of comparisons to Terrence Malick, and Disney’s choice to have Lowery helm the Pete’s Dragon remake seemed odd on the surface. It seemed even more strange given Lowery’s other film work as an editor on Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine (2012), Shane Carruth’s […]

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A Cure for Wellness

A Cure for Wellness

| June 9, 2017

Gore Verbinski has had a fairly odd career trajectory for a major studio director. His feature debut was Mousehunt, a family film with a dark bent reminiscent of Barry Sonnenfeld’s Addams Family films, followed up by the Brad Pitt/Julia Roberts vehicle The Mexican. Verbinski’s first major hit was The Ring, an exemplary American remake of […]

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The Jacques Rivette Collection

The Jacques Rivette Collection

| May 26, 2017

Among the major directors of the French New Wave, Jacques Rivette’s films have largely been difficult to come by on home video in the States. Arguably his best-known film Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) has still never seen a Stateside DVD release. Fortunately for cinephiles, some of Rivette’s films have seen recent Blu-ray releases […]

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Kijū Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

Kijū Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

| May 12, 2017

Many American cinephiles are familiar with the French New Wave, but in the 1960s a number of countries were seeing their own versions of that movement in cinema. In Japan filmmakers like Nagisa Oshima, Koreyoshi Kurehara, and Seijun Suzuki were taking a wrecking ball to tradition and expanding Japanese cinema in new directions. A number […]

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Beyond the Gates

Beyond the Gates

| May 10, 2017

Throughout horror history, there have been a vast array of options for encountering supernatural evil. Ouija boards are a perennial favorite, the internet has been hot lately, and in the 1980s there was even a cursed 976 number. In the last several years, the horror films of the 1980s have been mined heavily for inspiration […]

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Django, Prepare a Coffin

Django, Prepare a Coffin

| April 28, 2017

Sergio Corbucci’s Django was one of the most successful and influential “spaghetti westerns” produced in the wake of Sergio Leone’s legendary “Man with No Name” trilogy that kicked off with A Fistful of Dollars in 1964. Franco Nero’s iconic performance as the coffin-dragging badass is one of the most recognizable characters in the Euro-western pantheon, […]

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Teenage Ghost Punk

Teenage Ghost Punk

| April 24, 2017

The family-friendly straight to video and VOD movie is a strange subsection of independent cinema. There have always been occasional oddities that threw off kids browsing the all-ages section at their local video store with something inexplicably weird. In the late 80s and 90s, low-budget independent production companies cranked out bizarre “kids’ movies” like Munchie […]

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Naciye

Naciye

| April 24, 2017

Turkish genre cinema has not traditionally been a big import to the States. Most of the films that end up playing on North American screens are arthouse fare like Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep and more recently Ceyda Torun’s cat documentary Kedi. When “Turkish horror” is invoked, most genre fans who are familiar with the […]

Child Eater

Child Eater

| March 31, 2017

In a recent review for the movie Bloodrunners, I lamented the lack of ambition of too many independent horror filmmakers. While I do believe that lack of ambition is a problem for the genre and independent film scene as a whole, I also must recognize that there are pleasures in seeing familiar material well-executed. It’s […]

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Indiscretion

Indiscretion

| March 28, 2017

It’s frustrating that the major film studios haven’t done much to capitalize on the box office success of the Fifty Shades of Grey films. The closest any mainstream studio has come to the softcore drama or erotic thriller are the films in Sony’s new annual Fall series of PG-13 thrillers starting with 2014’s No Good […]

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