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Jason Coffman

Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He writes reviews for Film Monthly and is a regular contributor to Fine Print Magazine (www.fineprintmag.net).

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Jason Coffman’s Top 20 for 2013

Jason Coffman’s Top 20 for 2013

| January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

So here’s my Top 20 for 2013. As always, this is not some kind of attempt at an objective “Best Films of 2013,” these are my personal 20 favorite films that were released in 2013 in the States (theatrical, VOD, cable, whatever) that I actually watched during 2013. If I didn’t see it during the […]

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You’re Next

You’re Next

| January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Adam Wingard’s You’re Next was a huge hit on the festival circuit in 2011 when it was picked up for distribution for Lionsgate, who promptly confused hardcore horror fans anxiously awaiting the film by announcing an August 2013 release date. As far as inexplicable movie studio maneuvers go, this is about as confounding as they […]

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Birth of the Dead

Birth of the Dead

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The pop culture obsession with zombies shows no signs of abating, with The Walking Dead currently shambling through its fourth season and somebody, somewhere still trying to get an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies off the ground, to say nothing of the never-ending stream of low-budget direct-to-disc films clogging up Redboxes and VOD […]

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Maniac

Maniac

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Alexandre Aja’s transition to the American film industry has been a strange one, mostly due to its relative success. While fellow French directors were brought to the States and foundered (Malefique‘s Eric Valette adapting Takashi Miike’s One Missed Call, for example), Aja seemed to take to remakes surprisingly well. His first English-language film, The Hills […]

Babysitter Massacre

Babysitter Massacre

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Like the immortal anti-heroes starring in the subgenre’s biggest franchises, the slasher film refuses to die. The main reason for this is probably because it’s always been a good way for low-budget filmmakers to make something marketable without going bankrupt. This is even more true today in the era of cheap, high-quality digital video cameras […]

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Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways

| October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

It is impossible to discuss the films of Xavier Dolan without acknowledging the fact that he is incredibly young. His debut feature, I Killed My Mother, played the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight when he was 18 years old. His latest film, the gorgeous, heartbreaking, and epic Laurence Anyways is finding its way to home […]

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The Haunting of Helena

The Haunting of Helena

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every few years it seems someone takes a crack at the “classy ghost story” style of horror story, from the glacially-paced and quiet (Pascal Laugier’s Saint Ange in 2004) to the more visceral (Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage in 2007), all of which try to conjure up a similar atmosphere of dread. It’s a tricky […]

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Hidden in the Woods

Hidden in the Woods

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Artsploitation Films has made a name for itself recently by releasing controversial films that other distributors are wary to touch. Their first theatrical releases, Kristina Buozyte’s Vanishing Waves and Maja Milos’s Clip, were a perfect way to introduce the film community to the Artsploitation Films style. Sharing depictions of graphic sexuality, the films otherwise couldn’t […]

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Frankenstein’s Army

Frankenstein’s Army

| September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Director Richard Raaphorst gained a lot of attention with his trailer for Worst Case Scenario, a Nazi zombie movie he was developing as far back as 2005. After years of struggling to find financing for that project to no avail, Worst Case Scenario was officially shelved in 2009. Which, coincidentally, was the same year Tommy […]

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You’re Next

You’re Next

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Adam Wingard’s You’re Next was a huge hit on the festival circuit in 2011 when it was picked up for distribution for Lionsgate, who promptly confused hardcore horror fans anxiously awaiting the film by announcing an August 2013 release date. As far as inexplicable movie studio maneuvers go, this is about as confounding as they […]

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