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February 18, 2024

Favorite Scenes No. 35: “Hellraiser”

 In 1987, Clive Barker decided to try his hand at directing. He was dissatisfied with previous film adaptations of his writings and opted to direct […]
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February 11, 2024

Be Sure To Get Some Rest And Hydrate Before Watching “Aachi & Ssipak”

Jo Beom-jin’s 2006 anime Aachi & Ssipak has enough action squeezed into its 90-minute runtime to make ten films. It’s about as fast-paced as a […]
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February 4, 2024

Stéphane Lafleur’s Film “Viking” is Ingenious

Stéphane Lafleur’s 2022 Film Viking has an ingenious premise that opens the door to an entirely different way of rendering characters and dialogue. It begins […]
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January 28, 2024

I Admit It, I Enjoyed “Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend”

At some point, you have to own up to the fact that you are not an aloof and ironic observer watching an ultra-violent, sex-soaked orgy […]
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January 14, 2024

A History Lesson From “Macabre Legends Of The Colony”

For some reason, some wacko named Arturo Martínez decided to make a “historically based” luchador film. Now, I understand that it’s just a wrestling flick, […]
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January 7, 2024

The Inexplicable Existence Of “Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep!”

I am a 55-year-old fan of a Japanese children’s cartoon called Crayon Shin-chan. I’m not sure how I got here, but there is no use […]
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December 31, 2023

Favorite Scenes No. 34: Amadeus

Miloš Forman directed Amadeus in 1984. It was a movie version of the hit play by Peter Shaffer from 1979. Shaffer never claimed that the […]
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December 27, 2023

Chi Chi Larue’s "Bi-ology: The Making of Mr. Right"

I don’t know what Bi-ology is. I know it’s a film, and there were naked people in it, but I’m pretty confused about the rest. […]
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December 24, 2023

Victor Sjöström’s “He Who Gets Slapped”

He Who Gets Slapped is an unusual film. It took a special confluence of factors to create something so layered and rich. It was made […]
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December 15, 2023

The First Film Based On Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818. She wrote it as part of a friendly contest between her, her husband Percy, John Polidori, and Lord Byron. […]
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November 29, 2023

Joe D’Amato’s “Tarzan X - Shame Of Jane”

Joe D’Amato has made more than 200 films. That’s a lot, even for a porn director, but Joe isn’t just a porn director. He’s made […]
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November 19, 2023

The Strange Psychology of “Doraemon: Nobita's Three Visionary Swordsmen”

I was unfamiliar with Nobita and Doraemon when I first went to watch Nobita's Three Visionary Swordsmen. I recognized the image of Doraemon, he pops […]
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November 12, 2023

Goran Stolevski’s “You Won't Be Alone”

Goran Stolevski’s 2020 debut film You Won't Be Alone is a poem. There is almost no dialogue between characters, but we are able to hear […]
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November 5, 2023

“In My Skin,” Body Horror Cronenberg Can Only Dream Of

In 2002, French filmmaker Marina de Van wrote, directed, and starred in In My Skin. It is a body horror film, but it’s free of […]
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October 29, 2023

Crayon Shin-Chan: The Hidden Treasure of the Buri Buri Kingdom 

Crayon Shin-Chan is a very popular manga and anime series in Japan. It began in 1990 and is still ongoing. It also happens to be […]
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October 22, 2023

Piotr Szulkin’s Visionary Tetralogy Part 2: “O-Bi O-Ba” and “Ga-Ga”

Like Golem (1979) and The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981), Piotr Szulkin’s O-Bi, O-Ba: The End Of Civilization (1985) is an ugly film. […]
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October 18, 2023

Piotr Szulkin’s Visionary Tetralogy Part 1:“Golem” and “War Of The Worlds”

Piotr Szulkin (1950-2018) was a Polish director, screenwriter, animator, novelist, theatrical director, and painter. In 1979, he released the first of four films that would […]
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October 15, 2023

William Kentridge’s Film “Felix In Exile”

William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg in 1955. He is white. He spent the first forty years of his life living under apartheid. Both of […]
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October 11, 2023

The Weird World of LSD

Robert Ground’s The Weird World of LSD is not a sober public service announcement about the dangers of lysergic acid diethylamide. It’s really just a […]
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October 8, 2023

The Newly Discovered Korean Kaiju Epic “Space Monster Wangmagwi”

All that Ahn Hee wanted was to have the beautiful wedding day she had always dreamed of, but no one seemed to care. The police […]
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October 6, 2023

Ron Jeremy’s Sex World Girls

As a cinephile, I have some guiding principles that help me choose what to watch. One simple directive is to watch any and all science […]
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October 1, 2023

24 Thoughts On Michael Haneke’s "71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance" 

Austrian director Michael Haneke wrote and directed 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance in 1994. It consists of 71 scenes. Our lives have a […]
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September 24, 2023

Don’t Go See Porndogs: The Adventures of Sadie, You’ve Been Warned

You can go ahead and read this article, but don’t watch the film, just don’t do it. I know, you’ll say “but I like bad […]
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September 17, 2023

Adventures In Underground Film With Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis 

“For me, Mod Fuck Explosion was the culmination of the right amount of narrative and the right amount of sheer spectacle. Combine ‘em and you’ve […]
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