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By - Nick Adrian For fans of slow burn horror, 90s FBI procedurals, and Nicolas Cage Director Osgood Perkins was literally born into the world of horror film culture - he’s the son of Psycho’s Anthony Perkins. To make a name for himself, however, he’s directed a string of unique horror movies - the most recent being the Satanic serial killer mystery Longlegs. Perkins’ strengths as a writer-director culminate in this effort, giving us […]

todayJuly 18, 2024 36

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The Third Murder

By - Gareth Jones For fans of Hirokazu Kore-eda, thoughtful murder mysteries, ethical debates artfully presented I still remember barely moving, just sitting in my seat after viewing Afterlife in 1998. It was mine, and the world’s first major introduction to the future auteur director Hirokazu Kore-eda and his deeply moving and beautiful cinema.  In the next two decades, he has established himself as one of if not the greatest […]

todayJuly 18, 2024 17

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By - Gareth Jones For fans of meta-horror/self-reflexive cinema, 80’s slasher/giallo homage, Ti West, Mia Goth Ti West has now been making horror films for over 15 years.  Most, if not all, of his films are homages to classics of the genre or at least the aesthetic to specific decades, in particular the 70s and 80s.  You can definitely tell he has a love for the genre but is also […]

todayJuly 11, 2024 36

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The Cat

By - Gareth Jones For fans of weird cat movies, bizarre Hong Kong cat movies, unusual science fiction cat movies. (Do you detect a theme?) For the majority of my life, I have been a dog person. This is mostly due to the fact that my mother and I had cat allergies.  That changed when I got married and my dear wife had two cats. It permanently changed one fateful […]

todayJuly 4, 2024 28

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By - Gareth Jones For fans of June Squibb and Richard Roundtree, unusual action/comedy films, revenge against con artists June Squibb’s career changed overnight when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Alexander Payne’s 2013 film Nebraska.  She had a long and successful career on stage and screen but this launched her into a new realm at the ripe old age of 83.  In the decade since, she has […]

todayJune 27, 2024 43

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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

By - Gareth Jones For fans of film history documentaries, and much needed spotlight on female filmmakers When I went to film school as an undergraduate in the early 1990’s there was no mention of Alice Guy-Blaché.  When I went to graduate film school in the early 2000’s there was just a hint of her in my courses.  When I started to teach film studies in 2007, the textbooks barely […]

todayJune 20, 2024 31

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If From Every Tongue It Dripped

By - Gareth Jones For fans of experimental documentaries, international queer stories and poetry, philosophical connections between science and art Continuing the spotlight on queer cinema for Pride Month, I decided to challenge myself by watching a film by someone I didn’t know.  The Criterion Channel (always a worthy investment) has a wonderful selection this month and a great introduction by film scholar/programmer Dennis Lim and Criterion curator of Queersighted: […]

todayJune 13, 2024 39

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I Don’t Know (1970) – Ungentle (2023)

By - Gareth Jones For fans of short films, LGBTQ+ stories, Penelope Spheeris, and Ben Whishaw This is Pride month, so I thought it fitting to review a couple of wonderful short films that focus on LGBTQIA+ themes. These two films represent different eras but are still very connected to today’s world and representation. The first is I Don’t Know, directed by Penelope Spheeris, who is best known for the […]

todayJune 6, 2024 45

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Strawberry Mansion

By - Gareth Jones For fans of David Lynch, lo-tech sci-fi, lightly philosophical yet humorous love stories Sometimes names just stick with you.  That is the case of the star and co-director/writer of Strawberry Mansion.  The name I am referring to is Kentucker Audley.  His real name is Andrew Nenninger.  Quite a difference when you are trying to stay in someone’s memory.  Staying in someone’s memory is an actual theme […]

todayMay 30, 2024 42