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Shorts to Watch For: ‘Sic Transit Glory’

Going against the grain of the current glut of punchline-driven, quick-plotted short films trying to clamor for attention, Sic Transit Glory is an insightful piece dealing with human emotion at a depth many shorts fail to reach due to their limited runtimes. Set for release this fall, the fourth short by emerging writer/director Joshua McQuilkin is a moving visual poem reflecting on the pain of a dying friendship. From the […]

‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’-Cheesiness At Its Best

Yes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is cheesy. Yes, it’s totally a throwback to the 1960s, not just in content but in style. Yes, it’s predictable and unrealistic. And yes, if you like spy movies, you should totally go see it. Not because it’s artful, but because it’s fun–as was the 60s TV series from which it hails. If you want a movie with style, action and a bit of comedy, […]

No, It’s Really Good: Jingle All The Way (Film Review)

Most individuals with discerning taste would instantly dismiss Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990’s failed attempt at a comedic reinvention as nothing more than an actor who has a terrible agent or misguided career goals. However, I’d like to play devil’s advocate for the 1996 pseudo chuckle-fest Jingle All The Way. In the holy quadinity of Schwarzenegger’s comedic efforts Jingle All The Way is far and away the most subversive. Oh, sure, Junior, […]

Her (Film Review)

Spike Jonze, without a doubt, is one of the most interesting and district filmmakers currently working. His narrative sense and knack for comedy intricately combine to make a viewing experience unlike any other. Her is a film about a man falling in love with an operating system, yes . But it’s about so much more. It’s about how the need for companionship and understanding is a deep-seeded human desire. It’s […]

American Hustle (Film Review)

The award season is in full effect. Every film that is released during this time of year has one goal, and one goal alone, WIN THE OSCAR. One of the key contenders this year is David O. Russell’s newest film ‘American Hustle’. Described by Russell as ‘Boogie Nights as if it were directed by Martin Scorsese.’ This is an apt description of the wonderful film that David O. Russell and […]

The Wind Rises (Film Review)

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most beloved filmmakers on the surface of the planet. His creations have entertained and enthralled millions of people from a myriad of backgrounds and cultural viewpoints. The writer and director of such masterpieces as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Nausicaa is on the verge of releasing his final animated feature film. I was lucky enough to see a screening of the film last night […]

The Greatest Movies Never Made: Warhead 2000AD

James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in all of cinema. He’s been played by six actors over fifty years. James Bond’s exploits have thrilled movie going audiences all over the globe. Bond currently serves as a pan-cultural symbol of adventure and excess. Bond is one of the most enduring and successful movie franchises of all time. With 23 straight films, it’s the longest running movie franchise in […]

The Greatest Movies Never Made: Phantasm 1999AD

Phantasm is a cult icon. With the original film and the three subsequent sequels all being directed by the storytelling master Don Coscarelli, The Tall Man has become a cult icon in the vein of Freddy, Jason, and Michael. Don Coscarelli is an intensely interesting filmmaker. To say that he’s prolific, wouldn’t be exactly true. The man usually takes eight to ten years between films, which can be maddening if […]

No, It’s Really Good: Scanners II: The New Order

David Cronenberg is not known for launching franchises. He’s known for crafting intense psychological horror films that deal with trauma inflicted from within the body. Cronenberg is a master craftsman and one of the most prestigious filmmakers currently living. His 1981 instant cult classic is one of the finest horror films of the decade. It’s a searing indictment of corporate greed, governmental manipulation and the horrors that are endemic to […]

Lifeforce (Film Review)

Everyone in the horror community knows the name Tobe Hooper. He’s the man who directed one of the most terrifying films of all time, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. What most people don’t remember Tobe Hooper for is directing a little film called Lifeforce. Lifeforce was the first in Tobe Hooper’s three picture deal with Cannon Films. The other two were Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and the remake of Invaders from […]

No, It’s Really Good: Phantasm III

The Phantasm franchise is one of those pseudo hidden gems that exist in plain sight but never really gets the recognition it deserves. Throughout the four released Phantasm movies writer/director Don Coscarelli weaves a fun filled, horror packed, gore-slosion tale of suspense and awesomeness. Yes, that’s right. Coscarelli, the man who brought you the Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep, and John Dies At The End wrote and directed all four Phantasm movies. […]

The Last Circus (Film Review)

Every once and a while you go to a friend’s house for a movie night and you get blown away. Not just ‘man, that movie was awesome’ good, but ‘how have I existed without seeing this film’ good. That’s what my viewing experience of The Last Circus was like. The Last Circus is a film about clowns. It’s also about war and family and love and revenge and insanity. The […]

Thor: The Dark World (Film Review)

I’ll be blunt. Thor The Dark World is a mixed bag. A supremely mixed bag. It’s a film that feels rushed at almost every turn. It has some interesting moments and some pseudo-great ideas but ultimately fails to succeed on any real level. Thor The Dark World has many many many problems. The chief of which is that it hand-holds the audience too much. From the terrible opening scene where […]

The Burning (Film Review)

In the cult horror circles here in Los Angeles there’s one movie that fanatics obsess over more than most. That movie is The Burning. I’ve been on multiple sets where everyone from the gaffers to the director are chatting about the brilliance of and immense impact that The Burning had on them. The Burning, like many horror films from the 80’s, centers on a group of summer camp inhabitants.  The […]

Almost Human (Film Review)

The Beyond Fest in Los Angeles has been unleashing some exquisitely interesting films upon their audiences. With engagements such as showing a slew of Dario Argento’s film, having cult favorite horror rock band Goblin play, and showing Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut with a Q & A with Clive Barker the Beyond Fest has set an extremely high standard. On last friday Beyond Fest chose to show a double feature of […]