Video and DVD

The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

| January 6, 2016

When I first witnessed the trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, I honestly thought it was a joke. It seemed so surreal and bizarre that in Indonesia there would be men that were celebrated for slaughtering millions of people and then going to recreate such atrocities in videos. After I saw the film, […]

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Artsploitation Films 2015 Update

Artsploitation Films 2015 Update

| January 6, 2016

Artsploitation Films returned in 2015 after a hiatus with a strong slate of varied international films. Their stated mission is to distribute “intriguing, unsettling, unpredictable and provocative films from around the world,” and the films they have released since their return have certainly lived up to that standard. We at Film Monthly have covered some […]

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Deathgasm

Deathgasm

| January 5, 2016

New Zealand has a proud history of horror comedies, and in 2014 Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound became a new entry into that country’s canon of fun, inventive genre cinema. In 2015, two more horror comedies made a big impression on the international film scene: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows and […]

The Green Inferno

The Green Inferno

| January 5, 2016

“I wanted to make a Werner Herzog movie” – Eli Roth, talking about the impetus behind his latest film The Green Inferno. Eli Roth’s long-awaited follow-up to his cult smash Hostel series finally gets a release this weekend. The Green Inferno is already the stuff of horror legend—with a storied production and delayed release (it […]

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The Maneater

The Maneater

| January 4, 2016

At first, this one reminded me of a Shakespearean story.  Jez (Mylene Jampanoi) and her occasional lover Erika (Mathilde Bisson) make a wager that Jez can’t successfully seduce a local priest, David (Marc Ruchmann), who recently performed her father’s funeral service.  It’s a good setup with some interesting characters, and the struggle David faces between […]

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Kill Game

Kill Game

| January 4, 2016

A warning: This is not going to be so much a review of Kill Game as a rant about problems common to many modern horror films in general. So if that’s not what you’re looking for, feel free to move on, thanks for your time, sorry to disappoint. Suffice to say I was not a […]

Hitman: Agent 47

Hitman: Agent 47

| December 29, 2015

It’s hardly a surprise that a video game-to-film adaptation should be met with critical scorn upon release, as Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) was. It’s a trend dating back to the colossal critical, creative, and commercial failure of Super Mario Bros. (1993). But nowadays it seems, as soon as a video game adaptation is announced even, […]

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Slow Learners

Slow Learners

| December 18, 2015

Best friends Jeff (Adam Pally; Happy Endings) and Annie (Sarah Burns; I Love You, Man) haven’t been having a lot of luck when it comes to love lately.  Not ones to cynically blame others for their misfortune, the pair are forced to look within to answer the question of why they’re such losers, and then […]

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The Unauthorized Full House Story

The Unauthorized Full House Story

| December 13, 2015

I haven’t seen enough of these to say for sure, but I think that made for TV movies about old TV sitcoms and the pseudo-drama that went down on set might be my new favorite film genre.  It’s a bit niche, but the ones I’ve seen have been bad movies at their absolute best.  Maybe […]

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One Eyed Girl

One Eyed Girl

| December 11, 2015

Low-key psychological horror/thrillers of the 1970s have become a popular touchstone for genre filmmakers over the last few years, resulting in some critically-acclaimed takes on familiar material. The best known of these may be Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) and Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth (2015), but there have been a number […]

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