[INDY SPOTLIGHT] INSIDE THE RAIN (2020)

[INDY SPOTLIGHT] INSIDE THE RAIN (2020)


January 29, 2020    Sharon Gissy

    Disclaimer: I have bipolar disorder, and am analyzing this film, about a character with bipolar disorder, through the lens of that illness.     INSIDE THE RAIN is a quirky little film that defies genre or characterization. It’s probably funnier than anything else, but it has a lot…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘WILDEST DREAM’ BY GARY PANTER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘WILDEST DREAM’ BY GARY PANTER


January 29, 2020    Ryan Carey

  Comprehensive in scope and immersive in its presentation, Brooklyn’s finest comic shop, Desert Island, has done a bang-up job in putting together Wildest Dream, a compact little hardcover collection of Gary Panter’s sketchbook drawings from 1973 through 2018 printed (at the tail end of last year) in suitably garish…

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[SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2020] IMPETIGORE (2019)

[SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2020] IMPETIGORE (2019)


January 28, 2020    Samantha Schorsch

  Indonesian horror films are hard to come by in the Western market. That’s a massive oversight, because it means that audiences the world over are missing out on incredible masterworks like Joko Anwar’s IMPETIGORE.   Following two young women, Maya (Tara Basro) and Dini (Marissa Anita), IMPETIGORE leads them…

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[NOW ON 4K UHD BLU-RAY] TERMINATOR: DARK FATE (2019)

[NOW ON 4K UHD BLU-RAY] TERMINATOR: DARK FATE (2019)


January 24, 2020    J. Tonzelli

        [Contains spoilers for the TERMINATOR series.]   Following the first round of advanced screenings for TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, there were, understandably, mixed opinions, though all of them echoed one general reaction: it was “the best TERMINATOR sequel since TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY.” The major studios behind…

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[In Theaters Now] “THE GENTLEMEN” Is The Return Of Ritchie With Familiar Fun and Fumbles

[In Theaters Now] “THE GENTLEMEN” Is The Return Of Ritchie With Familiar Fun and Fumbles


January 23, 2020    Rob Dean

THE GENTLEMEN is a return from the recent blockbuster misfires—ALADDIN (though, to be fair, that was financially successful and critically mixed), the various SHERLOCK HOLMES adventures, and more—to the crime comedies that gave Guy Ritchie prominence. While this homecoming results in two great performances, a handful of interesting characters, engaging gangster sequences, and a dope soundtrack—it also leads to multiple instances where there’s an attempt to inject depth, darkness, and complexity that consistently fails.

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Revisiting Picard’s Previous Last Rodeo in “STAR TREK: NEMESIS”

Revisiting Picard’s Previous Last Rodeo in “STAR TREK: NEMESIS”


January 23, 2020    Jay Alary

The new Star Trek: Picard series is a potential mea culpa after the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation bade adieu in their last film, 2002’s STAR TREK: NEMESIS, a film that fell at the box office to J. Lo’s MAID IN MANHATTAN on its opening weekend (the first Star Trek film not to debut at #1 on its opening weekend—it dropped an incredible 76.8% in its second weekend, sliding to 8th place). Many films have received critical re-appraisal as decades pass (TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME was booed at Cannes and savaged by film critics in 1992 before becoming embraced by cinephiles and critics), so a re-examination of NEMESIS is in order. Has it improved with age? In a word…no.

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[In Select Theaters Now] Beautiful “WEATHERING WITH YOU” Shows Shinkai’s Signatures And Strengths

[In Select Theaters Now] Beautiful “WEATHERING WITH YOU” Shows Shinkai’s Signatures And Strengths


January 23, 2020    Rob Dean

Another person who has quietly become a juggernaut in the Japanese animated film industry is Makoto Shinkai, a writer/director who has been making critically acclaimed anime movies with their own fans since 2007’s 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND and was behind one of the biggest movies in the history of his country, 2016’s YOUR NAME. Shinkai has returned to the big screen with the stateside release of his 2019 film, WEATHERING WITH YOU, which has all of his hallmarks—for good and ill.

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[The Daily Grindhouse Interview] Cecil Trachenburg, of “Good Bad Flicks”

[The Daily Grindhouse Interview] Cecil Trachenburg, of “Good Bad Flicks”


January 23, 2020    Rob Dean

After a stint on Blip.TV, Cecil Trachenburg moved his channel over to YouTube. Called Good Bad Flicks, it provides multiple looks at various genre films that are undiscovered gems, forgotten oddities, or unfairly maligned by most. With over 680 videos, 288,000+ followers on YouTube, and over 69 million views (nice)—Mr. Trachenburg is a well-known figure in the world of eclipsed exploitation and genre cinema. We recently spoke with Mr. Trachenburg about his channel, some of his favorite overlooked films, and 2020 TEXAS GLADIATORS.

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘DITCH LIFE’ BY AMY LOCKHART

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘DITCH LIFE’ BY AMY LOCKHART


January 22, 2020    Ryan Carey

    Understand that what I’m about to say is being applied to an imprint that’s published Greg Stump’s Disillusioned Illusions and Gerald Jablonski’s Farmer Ned’s Comics Barn, so yeah — when I “call out” Amy Lockhart’s Ditch Life as the weirdest comic to come out under the Fantagraphics Underground label? That’s no small…

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Shakyl Lambert’s Top 5 Cinematic Car Chases Of The Decade

Shakyl Lambert’s Top 5 Cinematic Car Chases Of The Decade


January 22, 2020    Shakyl Lambert

I am but a man of simple tastes. This past decade, we were treated with some jaw-dropping car chases. I had to narrow it down to a select five that are so good, they might give Bullitt a run for his money.   5) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (2018) Tom…

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“THE NIGHTCOMERS” Is An Intriguing, If Exploitative, Prequel to The Turn Of The Screw

“THE NIGHTCOMERS” Is An Intriguing, If Exploitative, Prequel to The Turn Of The Screw


January 21, 2020    Brett Gallman

Shameless exploitation of a beloved (or even just well-known) property is just something we’ve come to wearily accept with modern filmmaking. Even if it requires a bit of reaching to make the most tenuous of connections (I’m looking in the general direction of the recently-announced Clarice Starling CBS TV series that won’t involve Hannibal Lecter or SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), Hollywood is going to find a way to capitalize on familiar titles. And while it seems especially rampant these days, it’s an impulse that stretches all the way back to film’s infancy, when classic stories were told, retold, or “re-imagined” often within the space of mere months or years. Go watch 1942’s THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN and tell me what it really has to do with the 1931 original, much less Mary Shelley’s novel. It happens.

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[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] CORPSE EATERS (1974)

[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] CORPSE EATERS (1974)


January 21, 2020    Matt Wedge

I love genre cinema. I will always have a soft spot for horror, action, sci-fi, and all the subgenres that exist inside those larger categories. What I have never felt any real connection to are those films that exist in the realm of pure sleaze. You know the ones: the…

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[Calling All Cryptids] 2019’s ‘HOAX’ Dives Into Bigfoot TV and Fake Monsters

[Calling All Cryptids] 2019’s ‘HOAX’ Dives Into Bigfoot TV and Fake Monsters


January 21, 2020    Mary Beth McAndrews

Cryptid hoaxes are a dime a dozen. Anyone can don a giant gorilla suit, run into the woods, and take a shaky picture to fool the world. Fortunately, researchers have gotten pretty good at pointing out fake or doctored footage, but sometimes they do get stumped. Matt Allen’s directorial debut, HOAX, released in 2019, digs into the sensationalism behind Bigfoot and the obsession to prove that he’s real.

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[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] RICHARD STANLEY, DIRECTOR OF ‘COLOR OUT OF SPACE’

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] RICHARD STANLEY, DIRECTOR OF ‘COLOR OUT OF SPACE’


January 21, 2020    Stephanie Crawford

While writer and director Richard Stanley has been busy in many creative endevaors throughout the years, his latest film, the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation COLOR OUT OF SPACE, is his first return to narrative filmmaking since his segment in the anthology horror film THE THEATRE BIZARRE in 2011. While his trials…

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[Film Review] VHYES is a Fun Trip Down Memorex Lane

[Film Review] VHYES is a Fun Trip Down Memorex Lane


January 20, 2020    Rob Dean

Ostensibly a comedy until it isn’t, VHYES is a look back at a specific and odd time where UHF was a bit of a wasteland on television and people were just beginning to have an interceding presence between them and experiencing the moment, full of pinpoint period accuracy and lots of perfectly bizarre bits sprinkled throughout.

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[IN THEATERS FRIDAY] COLOR OUT OF SPACE (2020)

[IN THEATERS FRIDAY] COLOR OUT OF SPACE (2020)


January 20, 2020    Stephanie Crawford

      “Something terrible came to the hills and valleys on that meteor, and something terrible — though I know not in what proportion — still remains.” – H.P. Lovecraft, The Colour Out of Space     It can be incredibly risky, giving a visionary artist free rein over…

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MATT WEDGE PICKS HIS FAVORITE FILMS OF 2019

MATT WEDGE PICKS HIS FAVORITE FILMS OF 2019


January 18, 2020    Matt Wedge

  I don’t know how many years now I’ve put together these lists, but I always feel the need to establish a couple of ground rules. Despite what the banner above says, one rule is that I never call this a “best of” list. I never see everything released in…

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[The Big Question] What Was The Best Non-2019 Film You Saw in 2019?

[The Big Question] What Was The Best Non-2019 Film You Saw in 2019?


January 17, 2020    Rob Dean

Whether it’s on a TV network, through a streaming service, on blu-ray or DVD, at a film festival, or a repertory screening…chances are you discovered a film made before 2019 that you watched for the first time last year. Thanks to Scream Factory, Vinegar Syndrome, Arrow Films, Severin, Criterion, MVD, and more — blu rays are constantly coming out of either beloved classics or lost gems. Similarly Shudder, Disney+, MUBI, Criterion Channel, and Amazon Prime and a few other streaming services are resurrecting otherwise forgotten fare or stuff that simply missed you by the first time. So, what was your personal throwback discovery in 2019 of a film that came out years before? Could be a golden oldie, could be some obscure title, or anything in between. Let us know!

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Johnny Donaldson’s Best New Horror Icons of the Decade

Johnny Donaldson’s Best New Horror Icons of the Decade


January 17, 2020    Johnny Donaldson

Freddy. Jason. Michael. Leatherface. Names that instill fear—or at least nostalgic fondness—in the hearts of horror fans the world over, figures of horror that have become comforting icons for those who grew up on the genre. From the Universal Monsters of the ‘30s through the slasher villains of the ‘80s, every generation has its own monstrous modern myths to follow through film after film, appearance after appearance and, well, merchandising opportunity after merchandising opportunity. But who are the icons of the next generation? Who are the villains (and heroes too) of the most recent decade? Who would one want to cosplay as, own toys of them, or watch their further adventures? With the 2010s over, here’s who I think are the newest icons that horror has to offer…

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Justin Yandell’s Best Cinematic Experiences in 2019 Video Games

Justin Yandell’s Best Cinematic Experiences in 2019 Video Games


January 17, 2020    Justin Yandell

Three games from 2019 that produced indelible, immersive, and incredibly engaging cinematic experiences that can be enjoyed by many.

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Jeremy Lowe’s Top 10 Irreverent Genre Films Of The Decade

Jeremy Lowe’s Top 10 Irreverent Genre Films Of The Decade


January 17, 2020    Jeremy Lowe

There is no place in the cinematic universe where the absurd is more celebrated more than in genre cinema. The best way to describe these films, while paying them the utmost respect, is to simply refer to them as irreverent. Beyond explanation, and sometimes beyond comprehension, a brilliant irreverent film will make you laugh, gross you out, leave you feeling disturb—or all of the above. Personally, these are my favorite type of movies to enjoy. This got me thinking what would I consider to be the top 10 irreverent films created during the past decade. Without dwelling on it too long, here are my thoughts on this topic.

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Jay Alary’s Best Unheralded Blu-rays from the Past Decade

Jay Alary’s Best Unheralded Blu-rays from the Past Decade


January 16, 2020    Jay Alary

When Sony’s Blu-ray format defeated HD-DVD in the High Definition Disc War of 2005-2007, the major studios and small upstart labels jumped aboard. Streaming technology improved by the end of that decade, promptly killing off nearly all the video stores (thanks a lot, Netflix), separating the physical-media posers from the cinephiles. The past decade has seen a proliferation of boutique labels from all over the world putting out fantastic Blu-ray releases, so it’s a great time to go region free.

There have been many notable genre Blu-ray releases from the studios and boutiques alike and here are some releases from the previous decade that deserve attention. I remain ever hopeful that as streaming becomes increasingly dominant, younger generations will turn to Blu-ray/4K Blu-ray the way that vinyl has been re-invigorated!

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Jedidiah Ayres’ Ten Favorite Crime Films of 2019

Jedidiah Ayres’ Ten Favorite Crime Films of 2019


January 16, 2020    Jedidiah Ayres

In 2019 I watched over a thousand movies, more than half of those were crime films and I watched as many new and recent ones as I could, but I still feel entirely unqualified to declare these the best because there are so many blind spots still. But, off the top of my head, I still have not seen: ADORATION, ASH IS PUREST WHITE, BIRDS OF PASSAGE, A BLUEBIRD IN MY HEART, COME TO DADDY, CROWN & ANCHOR, CROWN VIC, DOGMAN, FIRST LOVE, THE GANGSTER THE COP THE DEVIL, INTO ASHES, KNIFE + HEART, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, THE NIGHTINGALE, TALL TALES, THEM THAT FOLLOW, VILLAINS, WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE, and WILD GOOSE LAKE—all of which I’d give a sporting chance to have made this list.

Some of the flicks listed are not official 2019 releases, but they are very recent and I only got to them in 2019. Also worth noting that I’m not ranking them, only listing my ten favorites in alphabetical order.

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Bill Bria’s Top 10 Scores of 2019

Bill Bria’s Top 10 Scores of 2019


January 15, 2020    Bill Bria

At this point in cinema’s history, the Score (as opposed to the Soundtrack) is more or less taken for granted. The average moviegoer doesn’t necessarily notice a movie’s score, but if that score were to be removed, they’d realize right away something was amiss. Thanks to the last few decades of film score preservation and presentation, however, the score has begun to receive its due as a piece of work both part of the larger film it was written for as well as one all by itself. Below are some of the scores that not only accompanied some great films of 2019, but managed to transcend them as well.

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