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RiffTrax Live: From Garbage to Glory

RiffTrax Live: From Garbage to Glory

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some movies are made with serious intentions. By that, I mean they were meant to be dramatic and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, a great number of these low budget flicks end up being unintentionally hilarious. And if anyone can take a train wreck and turn it into gold, it would be the creative genius’ behind RiffTrax. Michael […]

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Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Curly, the long-standing icon of the legendary comedy troupe The Three Stooges, is still a mystery to many—even those who knew him personally.  Joan Howard Maurer, Curly’s niece, went about trying to figure out this complicated clown, one whose complexities were buried under a childlike sheen of simplicity and an ability to send people into […]

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Don Jon

Don Jon

| October 6, 2013 | 1 Comments

I’m a big fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Beyond his appearing in some of my favorite movies over the past several years (Brick, Looper) it’s a real joy to watch him interviewed because you know how sincerely he loves being an actor and entertaining people, and how aware he is of the life he’s been blessed […]

Fright Night 2: New Blood

Fright Night 2: New Blood

| October 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fright Night 2 (2013) is a fairly unremarkable film save for one thing: it’s the only sequel to a remake I’ve ever seen that is itself a remake of the same film of which the movie to which it is a sequel is a remake. Since that’s probably a bit difficult to follow, let me […]

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Devil in My Ride

Devil in My Ride

| October 1, 2013 | 1 Comments

While a popular route for first-time feature filmmakers, the horror comedy is an extremely difficult balancing act. Many filmmakers lean too far in one direction or the other– too much comedy and not enough scares and you risk looking goofy. Too much gore and not enough laughs can easily look mean-spirited. Many independent filmmakers try […]

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The Movieside Massacre 2013

The Movieside Massacre 2013

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

his year, Movieside Film Festival returns with yet another unbelievable 24-hour horror movie marathon in Chicago, to be held from noon to noon, October 12-13. The Massacre 2013 will be held at the gorgeous Patio Theater (6008 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago) and trust me, this is one event you definitely don’t want to miss! Just […]

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Mama’s Family: The Complete Collection

Mama’s Family: The Complete Collection

| September 25, 2013 | 1 Comments

It’s easy to see how the sitcom Mama’s Family (1983-1990) appealed to so many viewers that it wound up running for six seasons—with a total of 130 episodes. And it’s not just because it spun off from the wildly popular Carol Burnett Show either. In truth, it’s because Mama’s titular family, the Harpers, are just […]

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The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers

The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers

| September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

To celebrate the studio’s 90th anniversary, Warner Bros. has slated a vast array of DVD and Blu-ray compilation sets for home video release this year highlighting the studio’s impressive catalogue. Among these releases are box sets collecting 50 and 100 of the most celebrated films the studio’s ever released, 20 Academy Award-winning Best Pictures, adaptations […]

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The World’s End

The World’s End

| August 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Much has changed since the 2004 release of Shaun of the Dead. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have garnished enough international fame to rub elbows with Hollywood productions, including Speilberg’s The Adventures of Tin-Tin. The duo also once again collaborated with director Edgar Wright for the laugh-riot Hot-Fuzz in 2007; they also worked with Superbad director […]

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The Battery

The Battery

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Apocalypse fatigue is a real problem for fans of independent horror cinema. Post-apocalypse (or “PA,” henceforth) films are an attractive proposition for low-budget filmmakers: get a small cast out in the middle of nowhere for a small shoot, and it’s not too tough (in the States, anyway) to fake the end of the world. Scout […]

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