Film

Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

| March 24, 2017

I once heard writer/director Fred Dekker declare at a Q&A here in Chicago that the film he made of which he is the proudest is Robocop 3 (1993). Given that he’s the man responsible for the cult classic Night of the Creeps (1986) and one of my personal favorites, The Monster Squad (1987), his pride […]

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The Delinquents

The Delinquents

| March 20, 2017

If you’ve only ever seen director Robert Altman’s post-MASH (1970) films, then his first solo-directed feature, The Delinquents (1957), will surely come as a surprise. It’s precisely the sort of alarmist, juvenile delinquency picture you’d see so much of in the 1950s. It’s all hot-rodding, barroom brawls and illicit parties, foregrounded with a warning that […]

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Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

| March 20, 2017

People seem to like Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter (1984) well enough. At the very least, people acknowledge its existence as yet another Stephen King movie that was “pretty good,” as the one with a tiny Drew Barrymore in it. Why I encounter so many who don’t outright love the movie is completely beyond me though! […]

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Robocop 2: Collector’s Edition

Robocop 2: Collector’s Edition

| March 20, 2017

The satire of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop (1987) remains as relevant today as it was when it was released. As unsettling as it is exciting, the sci-fi actioner Robocop remains a beloved and well-respected classic thirty years after its release, and not just a genre classic either—a bona fide classic all around. Given its incredible success […]

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After the Storm

After the Storm

| March 17, 2017

The complexities of failure and one’s acceptance of it are compellingly examined in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film After the Storm. The story follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a struggling novelist employed at a private detective agency in Tokyo. Ryota claims the job is temporary, and his only reason for taking the position is to conduct […]

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The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania

The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania

| March 14, 2017

Wrestlemania, the biggest wrestling event of the year, is mere weeks away. It’s all the WWE has talked about for months, as “The Road to Wrestlemania” is a long and winding one that gives hardcore fans many things to complain about even as more casual fans find themselves getting excited about the prospect of high […]

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Jackie

Jackie

| March 7, 2017

Pablo Larrain’s Jackie is many things. It is heartbreaking yet triumphant, claustrophobic yet expansive, classical yet innovative; but most of all, it is a great film. From an acting, directing and editorial standpoint, Jackie is a terrific achievement, impeccably executed yet almost never ostentatious or distracting. These traits are complimented by the film’s unique and […]

Bloodrunners

Bloodrunners

| March 7, 2017

The independent horror landscape is glutted with far too many similar productions. Slasher and zombie movies, done as cheaply as possible, are the most common. Ambition is sorely lacking in most of these films, which at best seem like earnest labors of love hampered by resources and inexperience and at worst seem like cynical attempts […]

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The Eyes of My Mother

The Eyes of My Mother

| March 7, 2017

The striking visuals and alienating atmosphere of The Eyes of My Mother is something that I will take with me until I die. It will be a lingering haunt that will creep up when I least expect it. It will ruin intimate moments with loved ones, family gatherings at birthday parties… possibly the birth of my […]

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Devil in the Dark

Devil in the Dark

| March 6, 2017

Since the advent of cheap camera drone technology over the last few years, more and more films have succumbed to the temptation of far too many gratuitous drone shots. There’s no question that good drone footage can enhance a film’s production value, but it’s easy for a filmmaker excited for this new toy to overuse […]

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