Author Archive: Jason Coffman

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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Dark Touch

Dark Touch

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Marina de Van is perhaps best known for her debut feature In My Skin (aka Dans ma Peau, 2002), which was a precursor to the brief wave of French horror films that saw filmmakers like Alexandre Aja, Xavier Gens and Pascal Laugier come to international attention with brutal, graphic films that pushed the boundaries of on-screen […]

Interview: Crispin Glover Brings Films, Big Slide Show to Chicago

Interview: Crispin Glover Brings Films, Big Slide Show to Chicago

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

While perhaps best known as an actor in such films as Back to the Future, Crispin Glover is also truly interesting artist and filmmaker who uses his appearances in major-studio Hollywood films to finance his own films and artistic pursuits. Mr. Glover has directed two feature films so far, the first two in a trilogy […]

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Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D

Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before a potential audience member even has a chance to think about it, the title Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D conjures a host of concepts and impressions. Dario Argento is a legendary horror filmmaker, but his recent output has been weak. In particular the long-awaited conclusion to his “Three Mothers” trilogy, Mother of Tears, was a […]

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+1 (Plus One)

+1 (Plus One)

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Director Dennis Iliadis shocked horror audiences with his work on the 2009 remake of Wes Craven’s classic The Last House on the Left, mostly because despite virtually everyone agreeing that this was a film that absolutely did not need a remake, the remake itself was actually considerably better than it should/could have been. Iliadis had only […]

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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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