Monthly Archives November 2018

BAFF 2018: Scandanavian Shorts

Looking through the schedule for this year’s Buried Alive Film Festival 2018, I was struck by the fact that there was a solid handful of shorts from Scandinavia. There’s the Finnish Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre, the Dutch Netflix and Chill, and the Norweigian Rosalina. So, I watched all of them in one afternoon, looking for a pattern or a connection. I didn’t find much of one, aside from the fact that all three were brilliantly shot, with each short having well-done cinematography which uniquely defines each visually. They were also uniformly entertaining and well worth seeking out as soon as you’re
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BOOKSHELF: Karina Longworth’s SEDUCTION Tells the Stories of Women in Howard Hughes’ Shadow

In her new book, Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood, Karina Longworth uses the story of movie mogul and industrialist Hughes to examine the lives of myriad young women in the early days of Hollywood. Given that Longworth, host of the inimitable and interesting You Must Remember This podcast, has a knack for interweaving detailed stories of forgotten Hollywood, it should comes as no surprise that Seduction is a fascinating read. Better than that, though, is the way in which Longworth is able to take the concept of her podcast and expand it widely. As she states
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Keeping Up With The Criterions: DESERT HEARTS (1986)

The summer of 2018 will always live in infamy for me as the summer where I bought way too many Criterion Collection blu-rays during one of the 50% off sales. Honestly, I’m swimming in Criterions, and I don’t know how I’m going to make it through them all. So here, in this column, I invite you to keep up with the Criterions with me. Come along, won’t you? The world built by Donna Dietch in her 1986 film Desert Hearts is pretty unexpected. The film is set in 1959, and what the title tells us we should be in for
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NIGHT VISIONS: Revisiting The Henry Rollins-Hosted Horror Anthology Show

Horror anthologies are nothing new or buried deep within the genre. Movie series such as Creepshow, V/H/S, and Volumes Of Blood have told multiple stories within a single film, among many others. Televised horror anthologies have also been around for quite some time, with The Twilight Zone being the most notable throughout television history, spawning three television series, a radio series, and amusement ride at multiple Disney theme parks. Many programs have followed in its eerie storytelling footsteps: HBO’s Tales From The Crypt, Tales From The Darkside, The Outer Limits, Monsters; even a reboot of The Twilight Zone featuring Jordan
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