Monthly Archives May 2016

For the Sake of Russia: FLIGHT and "Toska"

FOR THE SAKE OF RUSSIA  focuses on Russian film and dissecting popular myths about Russian or Soviet life, characterizations of the Russian Soul as seen through film, and of course the occasional gangster movie.     Flight is a film based on a play by Mikhail Bulgakov, you know, the guy that wrote your favorite book Master & Margarita. Bulgakov’s taste for the zany is a little less prevalent here, but his ability to reflect on the Russian Soul is ever present. The Russians have a term for a very specific type of depression – тоска (toska), and that’s what
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Class of ’99 and The Faculty

“Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” by Class of ‘99 from The Faculty   When I re-watched The Faculty a few weeks back, I came to the conclusion that it’s basically the epitome of the late ‘90s: an angsty film which focuses on the underdog kids, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and featuring an alt rock soundtrack. It’s most similar to the likes of Disturbing Behavior, but could also fall in line with the likes of The Craft. It’s weird to revisit a movie like this, which is essentially one of those things that brings up memories for those who saw
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Out of Step: HUSH (now on Netflix)

Hush is a horror film that Netflix has recently bestowed upon the masses—the masses that are eager to watch another survival horror film set to the backdrop of nihilism. Nothing matters, as Maddie, the protagonist with “writer brain” (that is, a mind that peeks at a plot and imagines all possible endings, choosing the best one to put on paper), transitions from scrambling to finish her latest novel to scrambling to defeat an unnamed assailant before he kills her. Essentially, a masked stranger descends upon Maddie’s home, tucked away in the woods, and proceeds to carry out his undisclosed plan
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Found on @Fandor: STRAIGHT TO HELL (RETURNS)

(Editor’s Note: Welcome to the first edition of our new column, FOUND ON FANDOR! The concept it simple, Fandor is a streaming service focused on a love for cinema. Imagine Netflix, but filled with rare and wonderful films from all over the world. So like, you know, good. This first edition written by awesome friend of the site Justin Harlan focuses on the film Straight to Hell. Coincidentally there was an amazing piece on this very film over at BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. that you can find here! We are not usually in the business of promoting other websites BUT this piece is really
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Films From The Void: THE BEAST WITHIN (1982)

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all.   The 1982 horror film, The Beast Within, can be seen to be several different kinds of movies rolled into one, with each hiding within the other. It’s essentially the plot of Phillippe Mora’s film, hiding in plain sight. For instance,
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