Luke Tipton
Criterion Junkie / Wearer of Awesome Beards
Luke is a cinephile, dad, and handclap aficionado (not necessarily in that order) out of Valparaiso, Indiana. He works as a safety coordinator for a steel erector in Chicago, and is an occasional musician and producer. His lifelong obsession with the movies may-or-may-not have been caused by growing up without a TV in his home, and the rush of sneaking off to friends’ houses to watched copied VHS tapes of Star Wars and E.T.
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Goodbye, Harry Dean

Harry Dean Stanton has died. In the back of my head, I’ve known this day would be coming eventually, but that knowledge did nothing ease the deep sense of loss at his passing. The 91 year old actor’s appearance on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return this summer felt like a clear-eyed acknowledgement of his…

Kathleen Kills It on Scream Factory’s Special Edition of SERIAL MOM

John Waters, eternal outlaw of cinema, has always treated filth with the respect it deserves. His filmography is instantly recognizable by its embrace of schlock, camp and bad taste; gleefully thumbing his nose at the hypocrisy and cowardice that lie behind the mask of “polite” society. But by 1994, Hollywood had come around to John…

Remembering Romero, Part 1: Friday Frights is Back with TWO EVIL EYES

The loss of George Romero was felt pretty deeply by us here at The Farsighted. He is one of the founding fathers of contemporary horror, and his influence is enormous. And not just in the “Walking-Dead-wouldn’t-exist-without-Romero” kind of way, either. He helped change the look and feel of horror films in very real, tangible ways.…

The Friday Fighters Take a Bloody and Animated Trip to the SEOUL STATION

Confession Time: I haven’t seen Train to Busan yet (I know, I know). [Editor’s Note: When I read this, I can’t help but hear Luke reading this confession as if John Cusack’s below question in High Fidelity] I’m probably going about this backwards, watching the prequel first, but considering the quality of Seoul Station, I’ll…

CFF 2017 Presented DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE

[Editor’s Note: This film was presented as part of Chattanooga Film Fest last month. It’s currently making rounds all over. We apologize for the delay in covering it, but with Lynch helming the grand return of Twin Peaks later this month, we didn’t want to miss getting some coverage on this great film about an…

Audio Cassette Tape, 1993.

My dad sends a package in the mail. It’s addressed to me. He’s been staying at his parents’ house, up in Hobart, Indiana for the past couple months – maybe more – getting a business off the ground. My mom, brothers and I are still living in Greenville, South Carolina at that point, waiting for…

THE DRILLER KILLER is Dirty, Nasty, and Wonderful

There are those who kill violently. So says the poster’s tagline, enticing splatter fans to a bloody piece of exploitation. And the film definitely delivers on that promise. Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer is a scuzzy 1979 slasher about an artist cracking under the pressure of barely getting by in the squalor of pre-Giuliani New…

It’s a Twista, a Twista! Friday Fight Celebrates Bill Paxton

Beating the other crop of movies based on Hasbro toys and games, by a good 10-15, Twister still remains the best of the bunch, by far. Somehow everyone involved managed to squeeze a cast of great characters and a rip-roaring adventure yarn out of some pretty thin source material. Give me Twister over Battleship, Transformers,…

And the Winner is… Oscar Animated Short Films

If you participate in Oscar pools, you know what a toss-up the Short Form categories can be. They aren’t widely seen, and aren’t a part of the larger cultural discussion in the way that the other nominated films are. There isn’t really a debate over, say, the depiction of the female characters in Pear Cider…

The Cinephile Files Special Edition: Counting Down the Top 7 2016 Criterion Releases

Say what you will about 2016, at least The Criterion Collection continued to do the Lord’s work. They continue to be the gold standard by which home video releases are judged with their fantastic restorations and copious extras. Here are the seven best Criterion Blu-ray and DVD releases of 2016. 7. The Complete Lone Wolf…

31 Days, Day 19: WE ARE THE FLESH at Brooklyn Horror Film Fest, This is Not Your Average Party

Where does the flesh end and the soul begin? Is The Self an extension of the body, or an altogether separate entity? And what is left of The Self when it is untethered from the social and cultural context in which it is formed? These questions are the fuel that drives We are the Flesh,…

31 Days, Day 13: Luke Ventures into THE BEYOND

Eyeball stuff gets me every time. Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond features no less than three cases of eye gouging. It features a couple face meltings, dog attacks, and a scene involving a pack of flesh eating spiders literally tearing a man’s face apart. The Beyond needs to be seen to be believed. There isn’t much…

31 Days, Day 2: THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS

The Monster of Piedras Blancas is an awkward mouthful of a title. It lacks the instantly memorable ring of something like Creature from the Black Lagoon or Night of the Living Dead. nd it’s fitting too. Monster was destined to be an obscure footnote in 1950s B-Movie Horror. As schlocky creature features go, it’s very…

Dreams of Sexless Sex: The Farsighted’s Introduction to MUBI

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s Stream a Little Stream is our first MUBI edition of recommendations. It also is a double feature entry into The Cinephile Files.] If you haven’t heard about Mubi, let me take the opportunity to recommend it. They have an interesting take on the streaming service model. Instead of offering you a…

Ricky Baker: Once Rejected, Now Accepted

I didn’t choose the skux life, the skux life chose me Quirk is easy to pull off. Put a couple mismatched oddballs together, add some kitschy anachronisms, ironic sentimentality, vintage style, deadpan humor, and maybe throw in a pair of gym socks or a sweat band, and you’ve got quirk. Good quirk, on the other…

The Allstate Guy and His “Identical” Brother

Vincent Towers has murdered his father. The police suspect him, but they don’t have enough evidence to prove it. They’re closing in. Unbeknownst to everyone in Vincent’s social circle, he has a nearly identical half-brother, Clay. After his father’s funeral, Vincent invites Clay to come out to stay with for the week at his home…

SOUTHLANDER: Diary of a Mediocre Filmmaker

Watching Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician, I found myself asking the question: who is this for? For a movie that postures like a knowing in-joke, it’s really tough to identify who is supposed to be in on the joke. Struggling musicians? The hangers-on on the margins of Hollywood? Aspiring filmmakers? Director Steve Hanfts friends?…

Herk’s Carnival of Cinematic Perfection

Although I didn’t know it at the time, I was introduced to the work of Herk Harvey through Mystery Science Theater 3000. Harvey made educational and industrial shorts in the 1950s for the ominously named Centron Corporation. One such production examined the consequences of academic cheating with hilariously heavy handed existential weight. It was rightfully…

Two of a Grind: Demons are Real!

Satanic rituals! Pregnancy! Death Cults! Rubber Suited monsters! This week on Two of a Grind we come to warn you: demons are real… or are they? These two films now streaming on The Grindhouse Channel feature a couple of satanic conspiracies, that may or may not exist only in the deteriorating minds of their protagonists.…