Posts by Justin Harlan

PROFILES IN CINEMA: Ron Marchini

In a week where the legendary Adam West has passed away (RIP Batman!), it seems especially fitting to launch this column with a martial arts champion and action film star who counted West as a friend, working with him in Paul Kyriazi’s Omega Cop. That action star is Ron Marchini. Ron Marchini is an American karate master who spent the late 60s and early 70s revered as the best defensive fighter in the country. He ranked as high as 3rd amongst martial artists in the United States in 1972. Marchini grew up in California, where he began practicing karate at
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Found on @Fandor CINE-WEEN Edition: SEYTAN

Those crazy Turks and their oddball horror ripoffs, right?!?! Well, maybe you don’t know much about Turkish horror and that’s okay. Long before they scared the shit out of us all with Baskin, they simply shit on us all with their awful “remakes” of popular American horror films. Over at one of the other 37 sites I write for (I think it’s only 4, but it feels like 37), I discussed this weird practice from the 50s through the 80s where the Turks ripped off the US horror greats. In an article entitled “I’m Not a Chicken, You’re A Turkey:
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(CINE-WEEN) THE MIND’S EYE: Psychokinetics Gone Wild

Much like in the classic 1981 Cronenberg sci-fi/horror, Scanners, The Mind’s Eye is a film about the exploration of psychokinetic powers. In fact, the science fiction thriller recently released on home video is much like Scanners in many ways. Film School Rejects even dubbed it “the best Scanners sequel we never got.” The story focuses on Zack Connors (Graham Skipper), an incredibly powerful psychokinetic whom seems to oft find himself a fugitive because of his abilities. In lieu of a prison sentence or other ramifications, Dr. Michael Slovak (John Speredakos) convinces him to join in a study, luring him into
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(CINE-WEEN) THE BINDING: A Personal Reflection of Biblical Proportions

Let’s start with a brief Bible lesson. “The Binding,” or “The Binding of Isaac,” is the story in Genesis, Chapter 22, where God instructs Abraham to prove his love and obedience through sacrificing his son, Isaac. Abraham prepares for the sacrifice before God, pleased with Abraham’s willingness to do anything to prove himself, sends an angel to stop him. The end. The story is one where scholars wrestle and disagree about the details and meaning. Did God ever intend for Isaac to be sacrificed? Did He use this as an example to warn against the practices of sacrificing? Did Abraham misinterpret
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Found on @Fandor: A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM

With the upcoming release of Now You See Me 2, what could be a better that finding a lesser known Michael Caine film on Fandor? A simple search for Michael Caine on Fandor yielded 3 results: 1975 romantic comedy The Romantic Englishwoman, 1979 cult film Ashanti, and 1990 dark comedy A Shock to the System. You know him as Alfred Pennyworth, Nigel Powers (Austin’s Dad, of course), Jack Carter, Charlie Croker (later portrayed by Mark Wahlberg), Ebenezer Scrooge, that crazy old man Jasper from Children of Men, and countless other roles; but, there’s a good chance you don’t know him
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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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WILD ZERO Says “Fuck Your Standards”

To say that Japan’s history with human sexuality is complicated would be an understatement. While every culture has some idiosyncrasies in how it deals with gender and sexuality, Japan may have some of the most interesting historical transformations in sexual mores and taboos. Take the Bishōnen, for example, which literally translates in English to “beautiful young boy”. The Bishōnen were the predecessor to the androgynous glam rockers here in America, like Bowie or Reed. The Bishōnen were considered to transcend gender. In many ways, those who identified as Bishōnen were much alike what we now refer to as transgender, or
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And Don’t Forget the Joker: Lemmy in Film

Only 4 days after he celebrated his 70th birthday at the Whiskey, surrounded by many of the people who loved him most, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister passed away on the couch of his Los Angeles apartment. Just before heading over to his party, one of the few men who is revered as a demigod by both punks and metalheads was sitting with my uncle Scott at his favorite stool at the Rainbow having what he didn’t know would be one of the last of their frequent discussions. Lemmy was a good man; he was not only a rock legend, but also
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