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Daily Archives: May 8, 2016

The word “horror” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “painful and intense fear, dread…” Not a surprising summation of what the Horror Film genre tries to instill. In the past decade, theatrical horror films have been dominated by the company Blumhouse Productions. Their spotty releases have included “Paranormal Activity”, “Sinister”, as well as the “Insidious” and “The Purge” soon-to-be franchises. It… Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There are numerous examples of popular movies that feature a nun as one of the main characters; this includes The Sound of Music, Sister Act, The Singing Nun, and Doubt. This list is not about those films. It deals mostly with the exploitative subgenre that is known as nunsploitation, one that was prevalent in Europe and Japan during the 1970’s…. Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Jonathan Demme is right now on what’s probably the last years of his career. The legendary filmmaker was born in New York in February 22, 1944, and has been directing since he was thirty, when he debuted with Roger Corman-produced comedy Caged Heat, a movie that set him on an early run of wacky action/comedy movies that did nothing to… Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Over the last several years, major Japanese studios have started to follow the tactics of their Hollywood equivalents by finally adapting their own comics, called manga, in the way they deserve. This tendency is not exactly new, since films based on manga/anime have been shot since the 70s. However, it is the first time that so many expensive and subsequently… Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Before the internet and YouTube, the ways that you became informed about cult cinema was from reading books, fanzines, and watching some beat up VHS copies of the movies. There were many great books that came out during this time, including a trilogy from author Danny Peary and a guidebook from Videohound dealing with cult pictures. There were also tones… Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

“You don’t know much about women, do you Stephen Meek?” – Emily Tetherow (played by Michelle Williams)   Go West, young ma’am “Oregon Territory, 1845” reads a rough-hewn hand-drawn title card that opens Meek’s Cutoff (2010), the fourth feature by 52-year-old, Miami-born filmmaker Kelly Reichardt (her sixth, Certain Women, hits select North American theaters later this year). Over the wailing… Read more »

08 May 2016 | Features, Reviews