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Friday, October 20, 2017
1922: More Stephen King on Netflix
It seems like 98% of Stephen King’s fiction is set in Maine, but hardcore fans will recognize the semi-fictional town of Hemingford Hom...
Killing Gunther: Don’t Stop with Him
When you think about it, hitmen are really serial killers who get paid for it. Nevertheless, the movie business likes to romanticize them...
Leatherface: The Latest Texas Chainsaw Origin Story
Old horror franchises never die—they just get the Hell rebooted out of them. It is time to go back to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre well ye...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Never Here, Produced by Pang Ho-Cheung
Miranda Fall’s latest exhibition is so creepy, it is hailed as a work of genius by the art press. Basically, when she found a poor schmuc...
Kills on Wheels: Hungary Delivers Plenty of Attitude, but No Cliches
Working as a hired killer is a heck of a way to build up self-worth, but at least the wheelchair-bound Zoli has finally found something t...
Margaret Mead ’17: Almost Heaven
The only thing that frightens seventeen-year-old Ying Ling more than ghosts is China’s sky-high teen unemployment rates. For the sake of ...
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The Fortress: The Winter of Joseon’s Discontent
It was a lot like a Korean Valley Forge when King Injo retreated to the Namhansanseong mountain fortress during the winter of 1636, but i...
Recent Spanish Cinema ’17: The Invisible Guardian
The Basajaun is sort of like a Basque Bigfoot, but it has more positive connotations, as a fabled protector of the forests. Naming a seri...
Margaret Mead ’17: So Long Asleep
It has been a long time coming, but the suffering of Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army—the wianbu com...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
A Silent Voice: The Anime Movie
Most films about teen bullying are horror movies, but this is something completely different. Probably the most mature and sophisticated ...
Maigret Sets a Trap: Jean Gabin is Jules Maigret
He is often called “Inspector,” but Jules Maigret was in fact the Commissioner of the Paris Major Crimes Division. He is a sleuth, but al...
Margaret Mead ’17: Brasilia—Life After Design
Oscar Niemeyer was probably the only hardcore Communist who could claim he built a Catholic cathedral. He also designed a church in Belo ...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Margaret Mead ’17: Chomo (short)
Since the Dalai Lama and the leadership of Tibetan Buddhism were forced into exile, they have spread their wisdom and faith much wider ar...
Liberation Day: Back in the DPRK
During the early 1980s, the very name of the Slovenian industrial metal-avant-garde band Laibach was declared illegal by the Communist go...
NYFF ’17: Amalric’s Music Films
What do Canadian Opera soprano Barbara Hannigan and Downtown multi-everything John Zorn have in common? Aside from the fact both have pro...
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Brooklyn Horror ’17: 1974
In the 1970s, consumer 8mm was largely for A-V geeks. Most of them were not aspiring indie filmmakers. Instead, they used the format to d...
Brooklyn Horror ’17: Clementina
Difficult real estate markets force difficult decisions. Even though Juana suspects her husband was acting under the evil influence of th...
Brooklyn Horror ’17: The Forest of Lost Souls
What happens in the suicide forest does not necessarily stay in the suicide forest. In the Portuguese equivalent of Japan’s Aokigahara Fo...
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Brooklyn Horror ’17: Salvation
According to rumor, patients of this crummy metropolitan hospital know when their vitals take a turn for the worse when they are paid a v...
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