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Kaurismäki’s “Hamlet Goes Business” Takes the Bard Into Bizarro Territory

Aki Kaurismäki’s films were bizarro before bizarro became a thing. I can think of no other auteur who has done for the motion picture what authors like Kevin L. Donihe have done for alternative fiction—consummately married the mundane to the peculiar. If there’s one thing that our readers will find appealing about Hamlet Goes Business,

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Films That Fell Through the Cracks: “Aaltra” (2004)

“Aaltra” (Film Movement Series; Delépine et K/Vern) Some films have the ability to leave you in awe while others are in possession of something capable of driving you mad. Delépine and Kervern’s directorial debut, the nebulously titled Aaltra, is in full possession of both. Described as a darkly comic road movie, this French-Belgium co-production came

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What a Bunch of Assholes: The Scatalogical Satire of Peter Vack

(Breaking Glass Pictures) dir. Peter Vack “I’m not fucking a fucking sober bitch pussy, and I’m not having sex like a..no…nobody else would have sex with me because how are they gonna do it? This day and age, all y—, the only way you fuck is if you go for a drink with someone.” This

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Pistachio Kid – Sweet Remedies: The SMM Review

Here at SMM, we like the unique, the lone ranger, the poor bastards clawing and crawling to make their mark in the world. You may not guess it at first glance, but this doesn’t just include the bizarre, horrific and weird. It includes all of those less heard and known. Before this review, I had

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Chad Ferrin, Genre Auteur Goes Deep in New Cult Horror Film

Chad Ferrin has made seven feature films over the last two decades, each of them a celebration of the Grotesque. All of these movies shared a certain DIY ingenuity along with an obvious obsession with the limits of sanity. Despite their collective preoccupations, no two of Ferrin’s flicks were alike. The director brazenly leaped from

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The History of BigBoobenstein (Including Why I Took Out The Dumpster Fire Ending)

by Jeff O’Brien Back in 2002 I was something of a scenester. The term “hipster” wasn’t really being thrown around back then but “scenester” certainly was. Looking back, I suppose it was the same thing. It was a term applied to someone who spent the majority of their nights either playing at rock clubs or

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She’s Just a Shadow – DVD Review

by Zakary McGaha Holy hell, this movie left me speechless. If you’re a fan of horror, trippy thrillers that take place in our world but don’t feel like it and/or bloody crime/noir, then you’re going to dig this movie. The craziness is amped up to 11 on a scale of 1-10, yet it’s full of

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3 from Hell – Film Review

by Zakary McGaha [NOTE: The passing of Sid Haig is quite a loss to the world of horror films. His iconic Captain Spaulding character from the original Firefly movie House of 1000 Corpses…created by Sid just as much as the person who wrote him into existence, Rob Zombie…was an icon. Everyone recognized the face. He

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How the World Weekly News Shaped Our Worldview (Particularly When We Didn’t Believe a Word of It)

My first exposure to what I’ll simply call “the grotesque” happened at WalMart. Who could imagine a more pedestrian setting for an event that would simultaneously scandalize my delicate sensibilities and fascinate my overactive imagination? I sure couldn’t, but I’ve found that the American mainstream is wondrously littered with weirdness (if only we possess the

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“Attack in LA” is a Nihilistic Skullfuck That Everyone Needs to See

by Bob Freville Inspired by John’s Colter’s Run, Attack in LA (formerly Parasites) is a harsh take on class war, culture shock, homelessness and blind hatred. Written and directed by our friend Chad Ferrin (the filmmaker behind Breaking Glass Pictures’ legendary cult horror epic Someone’s Knocking at the Door and the man at the helm

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