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A Life Laid Bare: Tab Hunter Confidential

By Elias Savada. Producer-director-editor Jeffrey Schwarz – I Am Divine (2013), Vito (2011), Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) – is back in original action form from his day job as the creator of electronic presskits and supplemental home digital content. He brings us Tab Hunter Confidential, a laid-back examination of the 1950s heartthrob who came out […]

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Trumbo: Wit in the Face of Pathos

By Matthew Sorrento. Dalton Trumbo’s story is an ideal one to represent the golden age of Hollywood. A famed screenwriter with literary roots (as the winner of the National Book Award for Johnny Got His Gun, 1939) who worked successfully within the studio system for around a decade (late 30s to 40s), he led a life of […]

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“Never Say We’re Making It Up”: An Interview with Marc Lahore on The Open

By Tom Ue. Marc Lahore grew up between a mountain of VHS and a heap of comics. He became a voluntary projectionist, then a TV editor, pursuing at the same time a university course in English language and culture. He directed a series of quite different, often strange, short films (the last one of which, DO […]

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Caustic Commentary on Millennials in Horror: The Case of The Funhouse Massacre

By Sotiris Petridis. The horror film usually incorporates social critiques within its filmic texts. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) has been described as a commentary on the post-Vietnam era, while the slasher film subgenre of the 1980s critiques this conservative period when the AIDS crisis was one of the main concerns of American society. These films […]

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FilmInt on the Underground: Art and Sacrifice in Artworkers

FilmInt on the Underground is a blog dedicated to emerging filmmakers. By April L. Smith. Andrzej Jachimczyck’s documentary Artworkers is less than twenty minutes long, yet in that short span of time, the film manages to cover so much history through subtle layering and narration. Artworkers is an exploration of the labor and artistry that […]

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The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind: Titles that Don’t Lie (and a Jack Nicholson who Doesn’t Flip Out! – Yet)

By Jude Warne.  The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind (both 1966), recently released as a joint Blu-ray set via The Criterion Collection, are two Monte Hellman Westerns that are as nondescript as their titles suggest them to be. And, much like the title of Hellman’s road picture, the Criterion-released Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), these titles […]

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Where Nobody Looks Into the Camera: A Conversation with Frederick Wiseman

By John Duncan Talbird. Frederick Wiseman is one of the most important and influential American documentary filmmakers, living or dead. In a career that spans nearly a half-century, he has directed forty documentaries, exploring all manner of human institutions from the mental institution to the welfare office, from a high school to a boxing gym. […]

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The Weird World of Aimy in a Cage

By Elias Savada. It’s not just that the always quirky Crispin Glover is featured in Aimy in a Cage that makes it weird. Of course, for the actor who gained everyone’s attention as George McFly in Back to the Future (1985) and was the eponymous sociopathic rat wrangler in the 2003 reboot of Willard, his […]

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From Dust to Glory: Speed Sisters

By Elias Savada. I’m not sure NASCAR saw this coming. I sure didn’t. Speed Sisters, which has been racing about the documentary film circuit since it’s world premiere at the Doha Film Institute’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival last December (the film bears a 2015 copyright notice, so I suspect it wasn’t finalized until earlier this year), […]

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Gut(s) and Glory: Lucha Mexico

By Elias Savada. The smog hangs lightly over the partly cloudy skies of Mexico City as this story begins. A guitar with a Latin beat grabs the soundtrack. Trumpets blare. People walk the streets munching on tacos. The camera catches a sidewalk display with garish magazine covers adorned with body builders (young and not-so-young), and […]

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