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July 23, 2023

"Daigoro vs Goliath:" Kaiju Comedy Or Subversive Propaganda?

Daigoro vs Goliath is a 1972 Japanese Kaiju movie that seems to target very young children, even younger than films like Son of Godzilla from […]
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July 19, 2023

Attack Of The Beast Creature

Do you like looking at trees? Do you like looking at people looking at trees? Well, do I have a movie for you! It’s absolutely […]
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July 16, 2023

Arch Abler’s Post-Apocalyptic Film "Five"

How many movies from the 1950s open with the same footage of an atomic bomb exploding? How many begin with an atomic bomb exploding followed […]
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July 9, 2023

Bill Plympton’s "Mutant Aliens"

I was first introduced to Bill Plympton in the mid-1980s when, as an adolescent, I sat in front of the newly founded MTV, greedily absorbing […]
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July 2, 2023

William Castle’s Meta Horror Movie "The Tingler"

William Castle’s 1959 film The Tingler is legendary. Not for the movie itself, but for what Castle did to the audience. I had heard before […]
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June 25, 2023

A Forgotten Soviet Era Gem “The New Devil of Hellsbottom”

With the number of films produced in the twentieth century, I suppose it is inevitable that some truly wonderful ones will slip through the cracks. […]
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June 21, 2023

"Black Devil Doll From Hell" and "Black Devil Doll"

It’s not easy to make a movie. It’s really very, very hard, so maybe cut Chester Novell Turner a little slack. When he set out […]
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June 18, 2023

"Fist Of The North Star:" From Manga to Anime to Live Action

Yoshiyuki Okamura and Tetsuo Hara’s manga, Fist Of The North Star, was the best-selling manga of the 1980s. Okamura AKA Buronson wrote the stories and […]
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June 7, 2023

Trying To Make Sense Of "The Garbage Pail Kids Movie"

I think the best place to begin is with the Cabbage Patch Kids craze. I was in junior high when the round-faced little dolls hit […]
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May 21, 2023

 John Cassavetes’s Incomparable Film "A Woman Under The Influence"

A Woman Under The Influence is an extraordinary film. I imagine what comes to mind first for most people when they think of A Woman […]
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May 17, 2023

The Fishman Diaries: It’s Alive

Stay in the city, never leave the safety of concrete and skyscrapers. The bucolic corn fields and rolling green hills of middle America are full […]
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May 14, 2023

B-Robo Kabutack: Christmas War

I’m 9 minutes and 24 seconds into B-Robo Kabutack: Christmas War and already I am overwhelmed. So many insane things have pummeled my eyeballs, I […]
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May 10, 2023

"Thrilling Bloody Sword:" More Gonzo Entertainment From Taiwan

Thrilling Bloody Sword opens with the theme from the Battlestar Galactica television show. Not the cool Battlestar Galactica from 2004, but the ridiculous one from […]
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May 3, 2023

Hal Hartley’s "Amateur"

The first time I saw Hal Hartley’s Amateur, I had chicken pox and a 104°F temperature. I watched it before I went to bed, and […]
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April 23, 2023

A Horror Movie Filmed in Esperanto, With William Shatner. Why?

Director Leslie Stevens said he filmed his 1966 film Incubus in Esperanto to give it an “otherworldly” feeling. If what he meant by “otherworldly” was […]
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April 16, 2023

Jess Franco’s Inexplicable Film "Sex Is Crazy"

Would you drink a smoothie made from The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Holy Motors, Inland Empire, and a smattering of smutty Spanish soft-core porn? […]
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April 12, 2023

Favorite Scenes No.30: All Quiet On The Western Front

In 1930, Lewis Milestone directed a film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet On The Western Front. It was made before the institution […]
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April 6, 2023

 The Most Jewish Movie Ever Made

This has got to be the most Jewish movie ever made. This movie makes Woody Allen’s films look like nativity plays. The film is called […]
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March 29, 2023

A Small But Surprisingly Graphic Detail In The Best Years of Our Lives

William Wyler made The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946. I doubt he could have made it in 1945. In 1945, America was still […]
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March 26, 2023

Timothy Carey’s "The World’sGreatest Sinner" Is Prophetic

Let me be the first to admit I had never heard of Timothy Carey. I watched The World’s Greatest Sinner because the title was titillating, […]
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March 22, 2023

Daniel L. Symmes’ Psychedelic Experiments In Three Dimensional Porn

Daniel Symmes made two 3D porn films. They were released as a double feature in 1977. The first film is a 28-minute “featurette” called Experiments […]
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March 19, 2023

The Challenging Ethics Of Peter Robinson’s Documentary Asylum

Peter Robinson’s Asylum is a documentary made in 1972. From the very beginning, everything about the film is problematic and uncomfortable. Even now, just trying […]
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March 15, 2023

"Night on The Galactic Railroad:" If Tarkovsky Made an Anime? 

What if Tarkovsky was smacked on the head by an errant boom mic and woke up thinking he was a Japanese anime director? Oh, and […]
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March 12, 2023

Abbas Kiarostami’s Early Documentary "First Graders"

Abbas Kiarostami’s documentary film First Graders is irresistible. It’s simple and straightforward, but it grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go. Kiarostami is a […]
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