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Night Game

Night Game

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two things drew me to Peter Masterson’s Night Game (1989): 1) Roy Scheider, and 2) the promise of some sort of hook-handed baseball-themed serial killer hacking his way through attendees of a Houston Astros game. Though I received only the former of the two, the film is by no means a disappointment, proving itself an […]

Vincent & Theo

Vincent & Theo

| March 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vincent & Theo (1990) is a film to lose yourself in, a work as close to a cinematic version of one of Vincent van Gogh’s own self-portraits as perhaps any filmmaker can get. Perhaps the analogy is too obvious. Then again, perhaps this praise is merely my bias toward Robert Altman seeping in—after all, as […]

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2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago

2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF), presented by Transcendence Global Media, NFP, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special events, will showcase a captivating exploration of film in the areas of nonviolence, tolerance and social justice – with corresponding panels and filmmaker Q&As – at the Chicago Cultural Center’s […]

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Late Phases

Late Phases

| March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

What amazes me about this world is that a movie can get produced that’s 100% up my alley—that speaks to the crazed, horror fanboy inside me—and yet somehow make it all the way to home video without it ever having made so much as a blip on my radar prior to that video announcement. Late […]

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R100

R100

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you’re a fan of depraved Japanese cult cinema, like early Takashi Miike or Noburo Iguchi films, you simply owe it to yourself to see Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100, which is the most, bats#!t, gonzo, absurdist film I’ve ever seen and that’s a great thing. Nao Omori plays Takafumi Katayama, a lonely salaryman whose wife has […]

Map to the Stars

Map to the Stars

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

‘Shock-jock’: someone who expresses opinions in a deliberately offensive or provocative way. These are my thoughts toward David Cronenberg. Love or hate him, the films of the veteran director are always swathed in controversy. A quick Wikipedia search labels this vehicle as ‘body horror’. As some sort of mutilation or gross-out sequence is featured in nearly all of Cronenberg’s […]

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African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates Black History Month

African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates Black History Month

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The African Diaspora International Film Festival is pleased to announce the Celebrating Black History Month film series at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York from February 27 to March 1, with an international spin that puts the notion of Black History month in the perspective of a quest to critically understand what the Black […]

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Dangerously Close

Dangerously Close

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you see the list of musicians whose songs appear in Albert Pyun’s Dangerously Close (1986), you might think, if you know nothing about it as I did going in, that this movie’s going to be all kinds of 80s-style fun. After all, you’ve got the likes of Robert Palmer, Fine Young Cannibals, The Smithereens […]

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Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I was told not to bother with Dumb and Dumber To (2014). “It’s not as good as the first,” people kept telling me. Now, I didn’t doubt them, because most sequels aren’t as good as the first installment. That’s just the usual way of things, plus it’s not like the Farrelly brothers have been at […]

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that good movies do not come out in February.  That being said, Fifty Shades of Grey is awful. I’ve felt a growing responsibility to see this film over the past couple of weeks.  Seeing many articles about people boycotting the film because it glamorizes domestic violence […]

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