Review

Finding God at the Grindhouse: Vestron’s THE UNHOLY Takes on Spiritual Warfare and the Reality of Evil

I don’t know exactly what I believe about the Devil. Fallen angel? Malicious overlord? Bullshit myth? All are highly possible. However, I know I have felt darkness and evil. I know that I have felt a heaviness that can only be described as demonic. I know that I believe in spiritual warfare… that much I’m…

Forget about Schumacher’s Batman Films, Adam West is the only true BATMAN FOREVER

Growing up on Adam West’s Batman, Christopher Reeves’ Superman, and the Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s, I prefer that the difference between the good guys and the bad guys be pretty cut and dry. While I liked the Tim Burton Batman movies, and even Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever (don’t hate!), I’m burned out on…

Quirky Canadian LOST IN PARIS Reminds Us That Rom-Coms Can Actually Be Funny… and Can Actually Be Romantic

For 25 years, Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel have been collaborating in some way, whether it be theatre or the silver screen. When it comes to film and directing, there has always been another person to complete a trifecta. Lost in Paris marks the first time Gordon and Abel have branched out to become a…

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…

MISERY OBSCURA is Required Reading for Punks Old and New

I loved this book and then decided I had to pass it on to the next generation of music fans. Our (second) youngest writer was the logical choice to share my love for horror punk with – well, notably the Misfits, Danzig’s post-Misfits work does nothing for me. But I digress… Even if Samhain and…

TILTing in the Wrong Direction at Tribeca 2017

Kasra Farahani’s Tilt recently played at the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s a tale about an aspiring filmmaker’s slow descent into madness after his wife has become pregnant with his child. And the key word here is slow. As in so slow that the film moves in slow-motion while being trapped in quicksand. This was a…

THE UNTOLD, IN-DEPTH, OUTRAGEOUSLY TRUE STORY ABOUT SHAPIRO GLICKENHAUS ENTERTAINMENT… Wow, That’s a Mouthful

The Untold, In-Depth, Outrageously True Story of Shapiro Glickenhaus is the first book from Marco Siedelmann to cover this awesome world of working class films that has been pushed out of the current model. His new book, Stories from the Trenches, is all about the life and films of great B-movie director from this era…

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…

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…

Sunday Showdown: The Friday Fighters Go Toe to Toe on SILENCE OF THE LAMBS in Honor of the Great Jonathan Demme

Silence of the Lambs is one of those films I knew all about before I first saw it given how it penetrated the cultural landscape. I mean I think even Tiny Toons referenced it constantly. So when I first saw the whole film, there were no surprises. I mean it was so impactful it means…

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…

This Movie Gave Cash GOOSEBUMPS

[Editor’s Note: I’m so proud of my son, who has gotten motivated to write a ton lately. He’s reviewed a few albums on his own, with nothing more than a little bit of editing help (everyone needs an editor), and helped me with a few movies, one of which is The Gate (our latest co-review).…

THE SHADOW EFFECT is Held Back by Tonal Issues and an Awkward Twist, But is Ultimately a Pretty Good Time

Assassinations, explosions, gene rejuvenation. These are just a few things you’re going to see in The Shadow Effect. These components are very exciting to think about in a movie, however; ultimately a neutral feeling was felt during the roll of the end credits. Gabriel (Cam Gigandet) is having vivid dreams triggered from a song that…

Scandal Always Followed LULU BELLE

Lulu Belle is a quintessential 1940s era film. Dorothy Lamour shines as the titular nightclub singer who gets swept off her feet by a young attorney (George Montgomery). The attorney, George, throws away everything for Lulu, but Lulu’s actions drive him to do the unthinkable, and he lands himself in prison as a result. Dorothy…