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Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here, a bit less regularly at Cinapse, on occasion at Cinepunx, and a few times a year on Rock On Philly. He previously wrote for several other sites, but he forgets some of them and others no longer exist. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy. He also likes to ramble... on... and... on... and...
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Sunday Squabble: Arrow’s Release of DONNIE DARKO is a Great Edition of a Great Film… or is It?

Friday Fights getting posted on Sundays seem to be a thing lately. Fridays get crazy, then Saturdays follow suit. In this week’s case, I had this almost set Friday night, then finished it yesterday, then my computer died. When I turned it back on, it reverted to an unedited version… so, I’m finally almost done…

Move Over Squatch, We’re in CHUPACABRA TERRITORY

In the grand tradition of Sasquatch hunting, Chupacabra Territory (aka Lair of the Beast) riffs on such packs of adventurers questing to track a mythical creature. In the case of this film, Harry Henderson isn’t their target, but instead it’s the Chupacabra – literally translated, “the goat sucker”. It is said to have been spotted…

SWMFIFF 2017 Short Film Roundup

Unfortunately, none of our staff live outside of North America, with most of us residing of what Borat would call the “U-S-and-A”. This means that we weren’t able to get our asses down under to Tasmania’s premier film festival, the amazing Briony Kidd’s Stranger With My Face International Film Fest. Yet, we were lucky enough…

Tarts and Crafts is a Damn Good Beer, THE CONTROL GROUP is a Fun Movie, But Fuck GREASY STRANGLER So Hard

Sour beers and fruity pale ales… that’s how my night began. This impromptu “Thirsty Thursday” was because I had to run out for an errands and the mix 6 packs at Weiss were calling. I realized a couple of beers in that I had some films to finish writing up, so welcome to our next…

Sam Firstenberg and Marco Siedelmann Talk STORIES FROM THE TRENCHES

Sam Firstenberg is one of the directors that was ingrained in the heyday of Cannon Films. The man is a living legend when it comes to the B-movie working class action film. With films like American Ninja, he ingrained himself into American film history. Marco Siedelmann Has worked closely with sam to finish the first…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: Predestination, Free Will, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Over the past few weeks, I rewatched 2 films that have always hit me hard, one is considered a classic and the other is pretty well regarded by the horror community but not many beyond that specific demographic: the first being Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s landmark novel A Clockwork Orange and the latter…

CFF 2017 Presents ON THE SLY: Will They Find the Family Stone?

I’ve wanted to see this documentary since I first heard about it. After well over a decade, the project is done and the finished product is playing the festival circuit… and the result is fucking fantastic. A good music documentary makes me really happy… and, as I write this, I’m really happy. Get the point?…

BUFF 2017: To VOID or Not to VOID, That is the Question!

Essentially a remix of various John Carpenter movies, including Assault on Precinct 13, The Thing, and Prince of Darkness, The Void is a bat-shit, wild ride that I mostly enjoyed. Some remarkable practical effects, memorable visuals, and more mysterious plot threads than the entirety of Twin Peaks, this has everything my little movie-loving heart desires.…

Stranger With My Face International Film Fest’s Tasmanian Devil, Briony Kidd, Catches Up with The Farsighted

Let’s start from the beginning… who are you and what is Stranger With My Face International Film Festival? I’m a film-maker and theatre-maker based in Tasmania, Australia. I am also the director and co-founder of Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, which focuses on women’s perspectives and dark storytelling (in other words, horror films…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: THE DEVILS are Among Us

Ken Russell’s 1971 beautiful and subversive blend of high art and trash cinema, The Devils, is back in the spotlight for cinephiles, horror hounds, and other various tribes of film geekdom. This is because AMC’s streaming horror service, Shudder, released the film’s “uncut” version into their catalog this week… except that it’s not the uncut…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: A Personal Reflection on Faith, Sleaze, and the Darkness of the Soul

Full disclosure to start this one off. I was raised Christian, the son of a pastor. The churches I belonged to (two different ones, dependent on where my mother – the pastor – was working at the time) were both American Baptist, but I always identified as a Christian first, in terms of my faith,…