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The Harvest/La Cosecha

The Harvest/La Cosecha

| October 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

How bad is Mexico? It has to be really bad, or else The Harvest/La Cosecha could never have been made. Every year, according to the film, 400,000 children work as migrant farm laborers in the United States. As the father of one of the film’s subjects puts it, “We had absolutely nothing in Mexico,” though […]

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September 11: Memorial Edition

September 11: Memorial Edition

| September 18, 2011

September 11, in a decade, has had an opportunity to become all things to all people: A war cry, a cry for peace and tolerance, a call to religion, a call against religions, a binding agent for a country’s sentiments while simultaneously a heat source to deactivate that binding. And though it is clear that […]

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Wainwright Walks: Lake District

Wainwright Walks: Lake District

| August 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

“Mountain climbing is an epitome of life. You start at the bottom, the weaklings and the resolute drop out on the way up. The determined reach the top. Life is like that.” These are the words of Alfred Wainwright, late author, artist, and guide writer, who for three decades dedicated his artistic life to the […]

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The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life and Death of Robert E. Harrill

The Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life and Death of Robert E. Harrill

| February 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

There was something whimsical about Robert Harrill. His life wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t necessarily happy. But for the thousands of visitors who flocked to Fort Fisher, North Carolina each year, he provided a smile and a nugget of wisdom to each friendly face that passed by his tiny hovel. The Fort Fisher Hermit seeks […]

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The Institution

The Institution

| November 21, 2006 | 0 Comments

“The Institution” brings nothing new to the horror genre. Much of the plot and premise are standards of the horror industry: an abandoned asylum cut off from civilization, a legendary killer, a small group of twentysomethings with lives entangled and an intriguing back-story. Throw in a few splashes of blood and you have a standard […]

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LoveCracked!

LoveCracked!

| November 17, 2006

When a film promises horror and comedy inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and in the tradition of George Romero, with a Monty Python-esque twist added for good measure, it can make a viewer very skeptical. However, Biff Juggernaut Productions’ LoveCracked! delivers on its promises–and then some. Told in the style of a spoof documentary on legendary […]

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Next Door [Naboer]

Next Door [Naboer]

| November 3, 2006 | 0 Comments

Things just aren’t shaping up well for John (Kristoffer Joner) lately. His girlfriend has left him, and apparently already moved on to a new relationship. Worse still, she seems to have developed some fear of being alone with him. On top of this drama, the two weird women next door just won’t leave him alone. […]

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Head Trauma

Head Trauma

| October 29, 2006 | 0 Comments

There is a sense of foreboding in the air as George Walker (Vince Mola) reaches the dilapidated former home of his grandmother. Though it has been five years since her passing, George is only making his way back to the house he once lived in to stake his claim for the property. Unfortunately, the odds […]

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