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Film Review: Stille Nacht (1969)

SYNOPSIS: A Materialaktion (an art performance/happening in which objects are used to create an art piece) by Viennese Aktionist Otto Muehl. The setting is a solemn Christmas celebration REVIEW: Austrian artist and filmmaker Otto Muehl was the co-founder of, and one of the main participants in, the Viennese Actionism “movement” (see also Gunter Brus, Kurt Kren, Hermann Nitsch, and others). …

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Film Review: Firestarter (1984)

SYNOPSIS: A father and daughter are on the run from the government, the duo isn’t in trouble for tax evasion though…you see Andy and Charlie are special. Due to experiments conducted on Andy during his college days he is now a telekinetic, Charlie his daughter is more dangerous however since she is a pyrokinetic. The government wants to capture the …

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Film Review: 6/64: Mama und Papa (Materialaktion Otto Muhl) (short film) (1964)

SYNOPSIS: A short and EXPLICIT art film from Otto Mühl and Kurt Kren. REVIEW: Kurt Kren, the director of 6/64: Mama und Papa (Materialaktion Otto Muhl), is quite an interesting figure. He was an Austrian avant-garde filmmaker, involved in creating a series of experimental films over the years. He became a part of the early punk scene in Houston, Texas, …

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Film Review: Don’t Kill It (2016)

SYNOPSIS: When an ancient demon is accidentally unleashed in a sparsely populated Mississippi town of Chicory Creek, their only hope of survival lies in the hands of grizzled old demon hunter Jebediah Woodley and his reluctant partner FBI agent Evelyn Pierce. REVIEW: Director: Mike Mendez Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klebe Director Mike Mendez is a personal fave of mine. I …

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Film Review: Skull Heads (2009)

SYNOPSIS: The eccentric Arkoff family shuns society to preserve the secrets of their castle home in Italy. Along with great treasures, they guard the “skull heads,” mysterious beings that have power over life and death. When the castle is raided by art thieves, violence erupts, endangering the Arkoffs as well as the criminals. Noted horror director Charles Band presents this …

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Film Review: The Itching (short film) (2016)

SYNOPSIS: In this handmade collaboration, a shy Wolf tries to connect with a group of hip, party-loving Bunnies but finds her body is in revolt. REVIEW: More short films, kiddies! Today we have THE ITCHING, an animated short written and directed by Dianne Bellino. When I say animated, I actually mean “claymation”, stop motion photography. I don’t see much of …

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Film Review: Get Out (2017)

SYNOPSIS: A young African American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s cursed family estate. REVIEW: A brilliant new thriller/horror mystery in itself, “Get Out” is surprisingly clever movie directed by Jordan Peele (of Key and Peele comedy series fame). Peele hits the ground running with a fantastic directorial/ writing debut that pushes the envelope and taboo of modern day horror. It …

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Film Review: The Call (L’APPEL) (short film)

SYNOPSIS: Benoît, 50, is a police lieutenant wounded by the disappearance of his wife, Lise. Unable to perform his grief, he sees his physical and mental health decline when she mysteriously surface again years later. REVIEW: More short films, kiddies! Today we have THE CALL (L’APPEL), written and directed by Alban Ravassard. The film is in French with English subtitles. …

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