Author Archive: Josef Steiff

Josef Steiff

Joe Steiff would gladly spend his days and nights watching movies and TV with a little writing on the side. Oh, and teach at Columbia College in Chicago. And maybe play Mass Effect. But sleep gets in the way. He's made a few films. edited Popular Culture and Philosophy volumes on Battlestar Galactica, Anime, Manga and Sherlock Holmes for Open Court Books, wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Independent Filmmaking and is a co-author of Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers.

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Apartment 12

Apartment 12

| January 16, 2006 | 0 Comments

For all of you who love romantic comedies, here’s a good one you may not have seen. Now on DVD, APARTMENT 12 first garnered attention at the Birmingham Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in 2001 under the title LIFE/DRAWING, winning the Best Feature Award, and director Dan Bootzin (who co-wrote the script with producer Elizabeth Rivera […]

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Eating Out / Fighting Tommy Riley

Eating Out / Fighting Tommy Riley

| June 23, 2005 | 0 Comments

A friend and I were recently talking about how tired we are of the gay cinema cliché of male prostitution. Is male prostitution a daily part of the average gay man’s life? Really? Is it what we aspire for, to buy another guy for sex or to be bought in some warped capitalistic (and moralistic) […]

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Joe’s Best & Worst Films of 2004

Joe’s Best & Worst Films of 2004

| January 27, 2005 | 0 Comments

2004 YEAR IN MOVIES 2004. A year of movies that flirted with or even romanticized pedophilia (Birth, anyone?) and sex with the under-aged (some desperate housewife), though only one tried to deal with the issue head on (The Woodsman). Reality shows hit new lows, and for some reason people still bow at the altar of […]

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Dark Shadows DVD Collection, Volumes 7-10

Dark Shadows DVD Collection, Volumes 7-10

| November 2, 2004

When last we left off, 20th Century governess, Victoria Winters, was on trial for witchcraft in 17th Century Salem. If you think that¹s strange, just wait till you watch what happens once she resumes her life in the late 1960s. Upon her return, Barnabas fears his secret life as a vampire is about to be […]

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Godsend

Godsend

| May 12, 2004 | 0 Comments

Okay, by now you’ve heard me say several times that the best horror films reflect society’s (often hidden) anxieties about social issues and technological advancements. The worst–well, they fail to capture the imagination and often become laughable, as they lose faith in their premise and substitute a variety of stock machinations that destroys any sense […]

Hellboy

Hellboy

| April 5, 2004 | 0 Comments

Somewhere along the line, comic books became the moral center of the universe. No, really. Granted, I have a fairly limited view here, having by no means seen every film released in the past month much less the last year or decade. Nor have I read or am even aware of every graphic novel or […]

Secret Window

Secret Window

| March 17, 2004

I think it’s safe to say that Stephen King has not yet enjoyed the levels of success in film and television that he has in prose writing, whether novels or short stories. This may have to do with the fact that many of his stories work best when they tap the imagination, a feat far […]

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

| February 9, 2004 | 0 Comments

Something odd is happening in the early 21st Century–we are in the midst of a rash of films, on both the large and small screens, about changing one’s destiny. I don’t mean the usual way in which one changes his/her destiny in character driven dramas by looking inside, gaining some insight and having a revelatory […]

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Joe’s Best and Worst Films of 2003 And The World They Reflected

Joe’s Best and Worst Films of 2003 And The World They Reflected

| February 1, 2004 | 0 Comments

2003. I’m warning you now, I’m a grumpy reviewer this year. Maybe I’m starting to lose hope that the new century is going to bring a better world. Maybe it’s because Britney Spears promised us at least a year’s break, but it sure as hell didn’t seem like it; I can’t remember a single month […]

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The Barbarian Invasions [Les Invasions Barbares]

The Barbarian Invasions [Les Invasions Barbares]

| January 12, 2004 | 0 Comments

The title The Barbarian Invasions refers to the notion of being attacked from within, overtly linked to a television analysis of the Twin Towers attack, but echoed more poignantly in the cancer wracking main character Remy’s body as he struggles within what appears to be a collapsing Canadian health care system. Wrapped around all of […]

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