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From Chile to High Concept: Marko Zaror on Savage Dog

By Martin Kudláč. Marko Zaror, Chilean-born martial artist known from the films of Robert Rodriguez, stars as the nemesis, Rastingac, to Scott Adkins’s hero Martin Tilman in Jesse V. Johnson’s latest action film, Savage Dog. Tilman, a former champion boxer, fights for wealthy criminals to bet on while he is imprisoned somewhere in Den-Dhin-Chan Labor Camp in […]

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Visions of Invasion: An Interview with Mathieu Ratthe on The Gracefield Incident

By Jeremy Carr. Before ever beginning his debut feature film, director Mathieu Ratthe had proven himself adept at two critical techniques. First is a keen ability to manipulate and employ the most effective strategies of the horror genre (proper scares, an unsettling atmosphere, startling twists). Second is to do so with a polished visual style. True […]

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Andrew Sherburne and John Richard on Saving Brinton: An AFI DOCS Interview

By Gary M. Kramer The lovingly made documentary Saving Brinton, which received its World Premiere at the recent AFI DOCS festival, introduces viewers to Michael Zahs, an Iowa man who found a treasure trove of old films exhibited by Frank and Indiana Brinton in his Washington County basement next to a coal-stoking furnace. After trying […]

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Acceptable Taboos: Craig Anderson on Red Christmas

By Jake Rutkowski. Anxiety over parenthood has long been fertile ground for the horror film tradition. Frankenstein (1931), one of the first explicit entries of the genre in film (and literature for that matter), was a real-life Mary Shelley pregnancy nightmare turned fiction classic. Then there’s films like Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Omen (1976), which turn the sanctity of […]

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From Drawn Till Dusk: Milan Erceg on 24 Hour Comic

By Constantine Frangos. When renowned cartoonist, author, and comics theorist Scott McCloud first suggested the idea of creating a full 24-page comic book within a single day to fellow comics artist Stephen R. Bisette, it was conceived as an exercise to stoke creative agility. More than twenty years later, the 24-hour comic continues to put […]

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Trust and the System: Andrew Cohn on Night School

By Matthew Fullerton. Night School, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, is the latest documentary from Emmy award-winning filmmaker Andrew Cohn (Medora 2013). It follows the challenges of three adults, Greg, Melissa and Shynika, as they pursue their high school diplomas from an adult learning centre in Indianapolis, a city with one of […]

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Enter the Cousin: Filmmaker James Fanizza on Sebastian

By Tom Ue. Actor, writer, and filmmaker James Fanizza graduated from York University before making his television debut in a commercial for NBC/Universal. His first feature, an adaptation of his first short film “Sebastian,” was released in 2017 and screened in InsideOut. His films have have screened in festivals internationally. Sebastian follows the romance of Alex (played […]

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Surviving An Infectious Trend: Filmmaker Brandon E. Brooks on Sickness

By Melissa Webb. In David Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975), a parasite gets loose in an apartment complex and begins infecting the residents, who subsequently turn into zombie-like creatures needing to satisfy their most primal desires. A resident doctor must attempt to contain the threat within the building and prevent the parasite from making its way into the […]

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When We Last Saw Her: An Interview with George Pappy on The Green Girl

By Irv Slifkin. Star Trek fans thought they knew Susan Oliver, as “Vina” the green alien woman in the abandoned series pilot episode “The Cage,” which featured Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike. She was so memorable that she was hired to play the same role in “The Menagerie,” the rebooted opening episode with William Shatner as […]

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The Purification of Rupture: A Conversation with Steven Shainberg

By John Duncan Talbird. In 2002, director Steven Shainberg won a special jury prize at the Sundance film festival for Secretary, his second feature film, an adaptation (with screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson) of Mary Gaitskill’s eponymous and iconic short story. Starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Shainberg’s film transformed Gaitskill’s stripped-down story of S&M in the […]

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