Category: Film Reviews

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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Watching Kwaidan in 2020

No genre ages on the screen quite like horror. CGI certainly comes in handy when you deal in realistic depictions of human injury and supernatural intercessions into the everyday world. This is particularly true when the success of these elements relies on a strong sense of visual atmosphere. A big studio budget doesn’t exactly hurt.

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Feedback – Movie Review

(Breaking Glass Pictures) Dir. Pedro C. Alonso Review by Zakary McGaha Feedback is a thriller that was quite fun, but providing feedback on it is…difficult. It’s not that I didn’t understand its more political aspirations; they’re pretty simple. However, the messages seemed mixed. Discerning exactly what the filmmakers were aiming for is difficult. The themes

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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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Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island—Movie Review

by Zakary McGaha 2019 has been, and will continue to be, a pretty good year for horror movies. Like always, installments in already-established franchises are stealing most of the conversation, but there have been some notable new releases as well. So much so that it’s difficult to stay on top of things. Today’s review, however,

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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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‘Cynthia’ is a Surprisingly Touching Horror-Comedy

“Cynthia” (2018) DVD Review by Bob Freville Those of us who were alive during the latter half of the 20th century can remember a time when babies were the focus of a wave of excellent and, oftentimes, atrocious horror movies. 1974’s It’s Alive!, 1982’s Basket Case and the respective follow-ups to each of those titles

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