Monthly Archives February 2017

WEIRD LIKE US: Five Comics for Fan’s of FX’s LEGION

As Marvel Comics’ cinematic universe continues to fly to more otherworldly places, where every obscure and miniscule character in their oeuvre is if not already on the big or small screen, rumored to be coming soon to a theater, television, or streaming app near you. A lot of what gets lost in this bold new era or CGI, leather biking pants and hammy dialog is the essence of the characters they’re portraying. This is because the true essence of the characters lie in-between the flimsy, 22 page pulp rags that spawned them: comic books. But we’re past all that, aren’t
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Writer/Director Jackson Stewart

Filmmaker Jackson Stewart grew up terrified of horror films, but ended up creating one of the most talked about indie horror flicks of 2016, Beyond the Gates. A faithful throwback to 1970’s Italian horror and 1980’s board game horror (yes, that was a sub-genre), the film stars Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond) and Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End, The Guest) and is now available to purchase in the U.K., though horror nuts in the States will have to wait until May 2nd, unless your player knows no regions! I first met Jackson at Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival last year. My
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FIRE & ICE: A Tragically Funny Movie

Sometimes in life we are blessed with amazing collaboration projects where two amazing artists in their respected fields come together and birth something so great it doesn’t make sense that it could be real. This, however, is not the case with Fire & Ice, while we do have two brilliant and groundbreaking artists in their respective fields. When legendary animator Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Wizards, Lord of the Rings animated movie) and legendary artist Frank Frazetta teamed up together, no one could have fathomed that Fire & Ice was going to be a total bust. While technically Fire &
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In Theaters: A CURE FOR WELLNESS

I don’t understand who or what Gore Verbinski is as a filmmaker. Maybe I never have. He has proven that he can handle adventure (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), drama (The Weather Man), horror (The Ring), family fare (MouseHunt, Rango), even if some of his works result in box office disasters (The Lone Ranger). But, even The Lone Ranger is a ‘guilty pleasure’ sort of fun. With Verbinski’s latest effort, A Cure for Wellness, it’s hard to say what it is or even why one would feel the necessity to champion and foster it as a piece of art. It’s rare that I have
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Guns for Grizzlies: 10 Public School Movie Educators Surely Affected by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump Administration

When billionaire Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, many wondered if she possessed the qualifications and competency to hold the position, given her less than stellar confirmation hearing that included advocating for guns in classrooms in the event of grizzly attacks. Nevertheless, Betsy DeVos is now our Secretary of Education, for worse or for worse. What does this mean? For our nation’s school children, it’s too soon to tell. But we can safely make the argument that all ten of the following movie educators would be drastically affected by the policies of both Secretary DeVos and the Trump
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In Theaters: DON’T HANG UP

DISCLAIMER: I wanted to see how many times I could fit the word ‘bro’ into a review. Ah, teenagers. Remember the good old days when you could show them an educational video on the perils of teen sex, or drinking and driving, and that’d be enough to scare them straight? That sort of thing doesn’t really work anymore because – well – teenagers are assholes. Big, fat, hormonal assholes. And the type of teenagers depicted in Don’t Hang Up are some of the worst I’ve seen depicted in a film in a very long time. They are monsters, each and
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THEY CAME FROM THE 90’s – Reflections on a Complicated Decade, Part 1

DISCLAIMER: This series is shamelessly inspired by the bravura podcast, 80’S ALL OVER, hosted by Drew McWeeny and Scott Weinberg (https://www.80sallover.com/). If you have not heard of that podcast, do yourself a favor and start bingeing like your life depends on it. THE MISSION: Beginning with January of 1990, we’re exploring each and every month of the formative cinematic decade known as – The 1990’s. I’ll discuss my favorite film of the month, my least favorite film of the month, and the film that desperately needs rediscovering. Hopefully, it’ll encourage you to check out some lost gems, or check back
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THE REAL POLTERGEIST CURSE: How the Freelings Are the Worst Movie Parents Ever

The image everyone remembers: A young girl kneeling in front of a television broadcasting nothing but static, the eerie intermittent light bouncing of her face as she turns back to her bewildered parents and says, “They’re here.” That is Poltergeist, the horror classic directed by Tobe Hooper…or Steven Spielberg…or both. It’s one of the most iconic horror films of all-time and there’s plenty to scare us: killer clown dolls, skeletons popping out of the swimming pool, enormous death goblins smashing out of the closet. In the second film – Poltergeist II: The Other Side – it was a sickly looking
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Films From the Void: The Flesh Eaters

Jack Curtis’ 1964 sci-fi horror film, The Flesh Eaters, is one of those singular films that makes one wish there had been more. Directed, edited, and shot by Curtis, it was the only film he would make. Much like Herk Harvey with Carnival of Souls or Harold P. Warren and Manos: The Hands of Fate, Curtis made just one film, but it’s so definitively his, that it’s almost like the writer-director expended everything he had on the project. Curtis worked primarily as a voice actor — from radio shows in the ’40s to his best-known work on Speed Racer (as
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‘Salad Days’ director Scott Crawford on the forthcoming companion book, ‘Spoke’

Scott Crawford’s 2014 film, Salad Days, is an in-depth look at a decade of the Washington, D.C. hardcore scene, covering many of the bands and stories which made history. Be it luminaries like Ian Mackaye and Henry Rollins, or simply scenesters, zinesters, and hangers-on, the documentary covers the D.C. scene’s historical heyday. However, there were so many more stories Crawford wanted to tell, which is the reason for his upcoming book from Akashic, Spoke: Images and Stories from the 1980s Washington, DC Punk Scene. The book features images and stories from many of the people in Salad Days, but divided
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