Hail mother!, Full of Grace

  “Blessed art thou among women/ And blessed is the fruit of thy womb,/ Jesus.” -Hail Mary “The whole book’s gender biased…Read that book again sometime. Women are painted as bigger antagonists than the Egyptians and Romans combined. It stinks.” -Salma Hayek, Dogma Spoilers to follow As of this ...

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Review: SLIMED

Slimed, an independent blast of schlock wonder was finished nearly ten years ago, and it’s packed with everything writer/directors Eric Manche and Jeff Nitzberg wanted in a movie: “absurdity, action, comedy, apocalyptic stakes and evil hand puppets.” Yep. Hand puppets. This movie has everything you ...

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In Theaters: mother!

My original plan for this review, since I was hoping to Mandate it, was to get the best of both worlds by recording my own immediate thoughts on the film and then transcribing them into a review. It would have been easier and a different take on your standard babble trying to describe what you just ...

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Netflix Weekly: LITTLE EVIL

Is there such a thing as the “feel good” horror sub-genre? I think there is. You know what I mean, right? You put on a horror movie sometimes, not to be scared, but to chill and get lost for a couple of hours. Take Little Evil as a recent example. Little Evil tells the story of Gary (Adam Scot ...

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Review: IT (2017)

I’ve often spoken of how nostalgia is a very powerful factor in how we view art. It is a lens that is both effective and unreliable when consuming art; if we develop an attachment to something at an age that we might not be too discerning between good art and bad art, that attachment lingers. I mean ...

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WE GOT ISSUES: Aleister & Adolf

This graphic novel, quite simply, is a treatise on belief and magic, delivered through storytelling and torn from history. Bookended by events which transpired during the rise of the internet in the mid-1990s, the meat of this narrative takes place over the course of World War II, when Aleister Crow ...

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Films from the Void: OGROFF

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 ...

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Bookshelf: LIGHTS, CAMERA, GAME OVER!

In his new book, Lights, Camera, Game Over: How Video Game Movies Get Made (out now via Schiffer Publishing), writer Luke Owen tackles a diverse array of film adaptations. From 1993’s Super Mario Bros., all the way through 2015’s Adam Sandler vehicle, Pixels, it’s a remarkable set ...

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7 MEXICAN INDIE ACTS AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW

When I moved to the Rio Grande Valley from Tennessee, I must say nothing prepared me for the unexpected culture shock of deep south Texas. If that sounds like a complaint, please believe it isn’t: proud Latin culture is one of the greatest components to the RGV, and the full immersion of Mexican art ...

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Netflix Weekly: DEATH NOTE

Death Note is unfamiliar territory to me, in a sense. Personally speaking, I don’t fall into the tug-of-war that is medium comparison that often. What I mean is, I usually don’t know a movie’s source material before I see it. I rarely read the book beforehand (a lot of times afterwards), and, while ...

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Remembering BRAIN DAMAGE

I love it when I go into a movie knowing little to nothing about it. Really, truly nothing about it. All I knew before I popped in Arrow’s blu-ray to Brain Damage was that it has a cult following, and growing up, it was featured on a lot of lists for most disgusting horror movies. One of the things ...

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Netflix Weekly: WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY

The latest of Netflix’s offerings, What Happened to Monday, is a mighty peculiar film. While the themes of identity in a futuristic setting aren’t something new, the story it weaves within said themes is undeniably interesting, and it has the potential to craft something emotionally deep and complex ...

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Films from the Void: JUNGLE TRAP

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 sen ...

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Netflix Weekly: OKJA

I can’t help but think (briefly) about the controversy Okja met at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (I’ll just say I understand the mentality, but don’t concur with the actions taken). I just want to look at Okja the way that it should be seen as: a film. It’s great I get to talk about it for Netfli ...

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FANTASIA 2017: TIGER GIRL

You may remember director Jakob Lass from the buzz surrounding his 2013 indie hit, Love Steaks – the film that initiated the director’s practice of what he himself refers to as the FOGMA Manifesto. It’s a technique of filmmaking that gives a definite wink to the Danish film renaissance of Dogm ...

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FANTASIA 2017: TRAGEDY GIRLS

I’m not sure where I stand with Tragedy Girls. Maybe I’ll have a better understanding by the time I finish this review. I have always been a proponent of films that make you root for the bad guys, and films that make you question yourself in how you’re reacting to certain characters and situations – ...

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FANTASIA 2017: PORK PIE

You know what can be just as fun as seeing a movie that’s either really good or really bad? A movie that has a surprise, within a surprise. And I’m not referring to big plot twists or insane character revelations, I’m talking about the movie’s level of condition. Just when you think it’s going to zi ...

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FANTASIA 2017: TOKYO IDOLS

Japanese idol culture isn’t a new fad by any means, but its popularity has been steadily increasing in the last few decades. You can attribute a myriad of reasons to that popularity, but it’s mainly due to the dedication and enthusiasm of the culture’s young stars. Although some boy groups do exist, ...

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FANTASIA 2017: FRIENDLY BEAST

A little fun fact about me: I really enjoy movies that take place in one night, or during a twelve-ish hour sequence. Actually, let me correct that last statement. I freaking love movies that take place in one night. Situations have to be taken care of in an allotted amount of time that brings out t ...

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REVIEW: DUNKIRK

I’ve never been someone you want to engage with in a discussion about Christopher Nolan. For me, he’s always been one of those “middle of the road” filmmakers. I don’t love him enough to get excited about his work, and don’t dislike him enough to tear it down. I actually think, for a fil ...

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NEW MUSIC MONDAY: Volume One

It’s easy to get stuck in a rotation (or worse, a rut) where you listen to the same 10 bands, 20 records on repeat and can’t seem to find the right additions to your log of jams. With the democratization of the internet, finding music is (technically) easier than ever, but, with a millio ...

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FANTASIA 2017: EXPO 67 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

Do you ever wonder what happened to the World’s Fair? We don’t hear too much about them anymore. But those massive international events that seemed to define multicultural progression and optimism in the twentieth century aren’t exactly gone – it’s just America’s involvement in them that is (t ...

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FANTASIA 2017: BITCH

The name “Marianna Palka” should be known by more people. The very fact that it isn’t makes my heart hurt in a substantial way. Most people know Palka more as an actress, most recently as Reggie in the Netflix series GLOW, but her work as a writer/director has produced two of the most original and r ...

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FANTASIA 2017: BETTER WATCH OUT

Nothing gets me excited quite like a Christmas horror film. Black Christmas is the gold standard, but other films like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Child’s Play have kept the sub-genre alive and kicking.  But we don’t get many, at least not quality ones. Krampus exceeded all expectations and we ha ...

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FANTASIA 2017: GAME OF DEATH

A new horror movie about millennials’ heads exploding? Sign me up any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Game of Death is the movie in question, and it’s another horror flick by way of those horror masterminds…the French Canadians? In truth, Canada has produced some terrific little horror gems the ...

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CINEPUNX Remembers George A. Romero

Regular listeners to the flagship show of this collective, Cinepunx, will have heard the story a few times of my introduction to horror when a less than attentive parental figure allowed me to join my not yet “step” siblings to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street. This is, honestly, a pretty ...

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FANTASIA 2017: The House of the Disappeared

One aspect of filmmaking that will always interest me is how directors view/feel about their audience. From filming to editing to marketing, directors surely have a mindset as to how their participating watchers will feel during a particular scene, or sequence of buildup, or that sharp left that seg ...

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FANTASIA 2017: SUPER DARK TIMES

I am a sucker for a coming-of-age flick. Always have been. I remember being ten-years-old and weeping like a willow when Vada walked up to Thomas Jay’s casket in My Girl; or when Gordie had his breakdown in Stand By Me; or when Charlie hit the dance floor in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. That kin ...

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In Theaters: WISH UPON

  With age, wisdom is supposed to come. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment or maybe I’m just an idiot, but no matter the reason, I found myself last week sitting in the theater to watch the supernatural horror film, Wish Upon. It’s one of those films that the signs were there that it was going ...

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REVIEW: THE BIG SICK

I have always had this one rule that has been a sort of trigger while watching a movie: if this one thing happens, the film is going to be awful. One rule. It gets broken; I check out. And that rule is: if a film shows any part of Night of the Living Dead, I’m done. Why? Because it’s the easiest thi ...

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FANTASIA 2017: THE HONOR FARM

“If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended; that you have but slumbered here, while these visions did appear.” Those, of course, are Puck’s famous words from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. And, having sat through all 74-minutes of Karen Skloss’s bizarre fever dream of ...

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REVIEW: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

When you’re watching a film that is, essentially, a battle between apes and humans, and you’re rooting for the apes, you know the filmmaker has done something right. That filmmaker is Matt Reeves and the ‘something’ he has done right is a trilogy that ranks right up there with the greatest of all-ti ...

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REVIEW: THE BEGUILED

Oh, Sofia Coppola – the all-time purveyor of manic pixie dream girls in all their forms and fashions. She has made a career out of exposing the complexities, the vanities, and the authentic realness of women and that sometimes gets lost in most mainstream pictures. Add to that her distinct and unmat ...

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REVIEW: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

As a kid, Spider-Man was totally my bag. For me, there was Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. And, until Sam Raimi entered the picture, the only cinematic representation I had was the 1977 film, which is more ridiculous camp than anything else (though it does retai ...

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Films From The Void: BURNT OFFERINGS

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 sen ...

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Remembering STREETS OF FIRE

I need to watch more Walter Hill films. I’m not kidding; the amount of Hill films I have seen is embarrassingly low (good luck trying to get me to admit the number viewed). This great shame is brought on even more lately with the release of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver (Hill’s 1978 crime thriller The ...

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THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS: Punx in Disguise

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the premiere of one of the most surprisingly subversive shows in television history Typically when we think about entertainers who have changed America, we think of cultural troublemakers such as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Phyllis Diller, or Norman Lear. Each ...

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