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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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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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Joe’s Best Films of 2015

Joe’s Best Films of 2015

| January 4, 2016

It turns out I’ve seen a lot of movies this year.  While doing Doug Benson’s 365 movies in 365 days challenge, I managed to get out and see a number of new movies, and am hard pressed to think of any that I feel like I should have seen but didn’t have time for.  I’m […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Full Spoiler Review)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Full Spoiler Review)

| December 21, 2015

Gargantuan, is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Star Wars these past few months. Ever since Disney had wrangled the rights from George Lucas, people knew that this next phase of the legendary Hollywood franchise was going to be massive. No one could get away from anything Star Wars related. With […]

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Interview: Linnea Quigley comes to Chicago for Return of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary

Interview: Linnea Quigley comes to Chicago for Return of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary

| December 9, 2015

Dec. 12, 2015 – Brew & View at The Vic Theater, Chicago Linnea Quigley will be appearing at Brew & View at The Vic Theater (brewview.com) on Dec. 12 in Chicago for a 30th Anniversary screening of the Dan O’Bannon-scripted horror-comedy Return of the Living Dead. Linnea will do a Q & A after the film, […]

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Knock Knock

Knock Knock

| December 8, 2015

Eli Roth’s career trajectory went from cult to hit and back to cult again, in a bizarre cycle of attention-getting projects of varying scale and notoriety. Coming off the heels of the long-awaited The Green Inferno, which was finally released earlier this year after a two-year delay, we’re given back-to-back treats from one of the […]

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Amy

Amy

| December 1, 2015

The storied life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse has been the stuff of legend, hyperbole, tragedy, and ongoing interest ever since her untimely death in 2011 at the age of twenty-seven. In the years since, her style—both musically as well as aesthetically—has placed her firmly in the realm of cultural icons of the 21st century. Her […]

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

| November 15, 2015

Outside of Chicago, Essanay is remembered primarily for one thing and one thing only: Charlie Chaplin. After his tenure at keystone, Chaplin was wooed to come to Chicago by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, who offered him a then unheard of salary of $1,250 a week with a $10,000 sign-on bonus. Though Chaplin produced none of […]

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Sherlock Holmes (1916)

Sherlock Holmes (1916)

| November 12, 2015

We’re extremely fortunate to now be able to experience the 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes at all. Once thought lost to time, Sherlock Holmes was rediscovered in 2014 at La Cinémathèque française in Paris, and in the intervening year has been restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in conjunction with La Cinémathèque française, […]

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Home Invasion Films and the Emergence of Technology

Home Invasion Films and the Emergence of Technology

| November 7, 2015

One of the worst things that has happened to the horror genre is the invention of the cell phone. Unless handled very delicately, the cell phone solves almost every horror scenario from getting lost on the highway to being trapped with a killer. This is part of the reason why so many films contrive reasons […]

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