Film

The Sender

The Sender

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street made a huge impact on horror and pop culture in 1984 with its story of a killer stalking teenagers in their dreams. But a couple of years before Freddy made his debut, a much lower-profile horror film used a character who terrorized people with dreams. The Sender (1982) […]

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Portland Film Festival announced the feature film competition programs, opening and closing screenings, music and midnight sections, tribute presentations, northwest, and special screenings for the 2015 Portland Film Festival.  The 3rd Annual festival is a weeklong event of 214 screenings of feature length and short films from around the world, red carpet world premieres, tributes to filmmaking legends, […]

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The Last American Virgin

The Last American Virgin

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Last American Virgin (1982) is The Cannon Group’s attempt at a coming-of-age teen sex comedy that, while not entirely successful, stands apart from the others in its own right. In the realm of teen sex comedies, it serves as a logical descendant of Porky’s (released earlier the same year) and is a clear spiritual […]

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Student Bodies

Student Bodies

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a horror spoof in the vein of the Zucker brothers, the humor of Student Bodies (1981) remains completely relevant and relatable 34 years after its initial release. This could be seen as either a testament to the strength of writer/director Mickey Rose’s work on the film, or a sign of how developmentally arrested mainstream […]

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Skin Trade

Skin Trade

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 1980’s and 1990’s were a glorious time to be a fan of action movies and their larger than life stars. The “action hero” became a subgenre in Hollywood during this period. Names such as Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van Damme, Seagal, and Norris peppered the movie landscape with high octane, one-liner filled, martial arts, blow up […]

William Castle Horror Collection

William Castle Horror Collection

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the modern age of movies, showmanship has become a lost art form. Movie premieres are rather tame, with the principals involved in the project walking a red carpet and posing for pictures. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, premieres (as well as the movies themselves) were grand spectacles, occasionally with gimmicks used to bring in […]

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Vendetta

Vendetta

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

With 2012’s American Mary and the “T is for Torture Porn” segment of ABCs of Death 2 (2014) the directing duo of the Soska Sisters made a name for themselves as a pair who loves to bring the sick and twisted to the screen. That they pretty much immediately thereafter went to work for WWE […]

5 to 7

5 to 7

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

When aspiring writer Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin; Star Trek: Into Darkness) meets the gorgeous French Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe; Skyfall), the connection between them is immediate and powerful.  However, they don’t make it through their first date before Brian discovers that Arielle has a husband (Lambert Wilson: The Matrix: Reloaded).  Arielle and her husband have an […]

Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage and history of the Black experience in the United States and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant […]

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Last Days of the Nazis

Last Days of the Nazis

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the end of WWII, Allied forces arrested thousands of Nazis, as well as German citizens suspected of being complacent in Nazi crimes.  These people were interrogated to determine their activities during the war.  This mini-series from the History Channel tells the story of these interrogations, getting a history of the third reich from an […]

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