Monthly Archives September 2020

Documentaries RED WHITE & WASTED and DTF Provide a Dark View of Human Behavior

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself diving into each and every oddball suggestion that finds its way into my inbox. Bigfoot movie? Sure. Weeklong festival coverage? Let’s do it. Potentially awful theatrical release? Fuck it. However, what seems to keep grabbing my attention are the numerous documentaries I’ve seen over the last month. Given the fact that many of them deal with social situations, I’m guessing the appeal is simply viewing experiences which, right now, seem like visiting another planet. Granted, there is a bit of a sliding scale. It’s a vast difference between the recent Vinyl
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THIS JUSTIN: My Love/Hate Relationship With The Conjuring Films

In early 2013, the trailer for James Wan’s The Conjuring arrived in theaters. I remember thinking it looked absolutely stunning and downright frightening: an increasingly panicked Lili Taylor going from room to room, thinking her children are playing a prank on her, only to end up locked in the basement, and then that perfect shot of the disembodied hands clapping behind her and the screen cutting to black. So good. Even rewatching it I felt this delicious chill up my arms. It’s an extremely effective trailer, and I think it leads to a (largely) effective franchise of films. However, my
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Shawn Foree of Digital Leather on the Sonic Change-Up of New Wave Gold

The latest album by Shawn Foree under the name Digital Leather, New Wave Gold, comes as the musician is approaching two decades of making music. It’s a bit of a change-up from the more raw, electronic garage punk for which Foree has become known, with a warmer, more organic feel to the recordings. Digital Leather hasn’t necessarily mellowed, but it’s definitely had some of the rough edges rounded off on this album, out Friday via No Coast Recordings. I hopped on the phone to speak with Foree about the new album. Do you even know what number album New Wave
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No Choice But To Fight – An Interview With Alice Bag

It was 2006 and my older sister had left half of her stuff behind in her old room at my dad’s house; boxes of stuff I had every intention of rummaging through. Buried in a box of scratched CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes was a copy of Penelope Sepheeris’ legendary documentary, The Decline of Western Civilization. Decline is legendary for capturing the LA punk scene of the late 70s early 80s in its prime, featuring: X, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, FEAR, Circle Jerks, Germs, and Alice Bag Band. Upon each viewing, I was always floored with Alice Bag’s strong stage
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Fantasia 2020: The Paper Tigers is a Charming Kung Fu Redemption Story

Last week saw the world premiere of The Paper Tigers, Tran Quoc Bao’s debut feature, at Fantasia Fest. The film is a kung fu comedy with real heart behind all the kicks and jokes. Like a combination of Mystery Team and Crippled Avengers, with a soupçon of every “coming out of a retirement for one last fight” film ever made, it’s a real delight. “Three childhood Kung Fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men – now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and overcome
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