Never give up and good luck will find you: THE NEVERENDING STORY

The NeverEnding Story, written by Herman Weigel and Michael Ende and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, first appeared in 1984.I was a kid at that time, who liked sci-fi; yet this was another movie I did not go to see. However, seeing it now as an adult 32 years later, I was I admit a little skeptical about watching this. Would it be lame? Would the story be dumb? Would the special effects hold up and still be impressive in today’s modern cinema?

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Never give up and good luck will find you: THE NEVERENDING STORY

Seriously, Roxanne, Don’t Put On The Red Light: A Return to THE INVITATION

Last summer, I had the chance to do a little Q&A session with James Shapiro from Drafthouse Films, during which we discussed some previous releases, a release which we were on the verge of watching (The Tribe), and some recent releases (The Keeping Room and World of Kanako). There was one other upcoming film that wasn’t brought up called The Invitation, but at the time that was 9 months off, well after the other two were to be released. Fast forward a couple of months, and we get word that James will be visiting our little hamlet and bringing with him a “secret” film. All we knew was that it was an upcoming Drafthouse Films release, and we were going to see it before anyone. Knowing what the rough release schedule was, I assumed that it was probably World of Kanako, which was something like 2 months away from release. Turns out that in the briefcase he brought with him (like, a no shit, honest to goodness briefcase containing a secret), was The Invitation. Six months before it was to be released. As much as I wanted to see World of Kanako, I wanted to see The Invitation quite a bit more. Imagine me at this point as Buddy the Elf, when they announce that Santa will be visiting.

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Seriously, Roxanne, Don’t Put On The Red Light: A Return to THE INVITATION

No Sweat, War Chief: A Review of THE WARRIORS

The Warriors should be fucking ridiculous. Really look at any still from this movie, and you will see a bunch of skinny, half-naked backup dancers with giant hair trying to look hard as fuck in silly vests. It’s two steps away from being Tim Burton’s version of West Side Story, or Saturday Night Fever plus baseball bats. But for some reason, if those skinny backup dancers are standing in the blackest, dankest, dirtiest New York night with a pulsing, hypnotic seventies score behind them, they ARE hard as fuck, and you believe everything they say. The Warriors would murderize the Sharks and the Jets, and Maria would be so hot for Swan she’d forget all about Tony. The Warriors IS it’s atmosphere– the filthy dark city and that soundtrack are the extra members of the gang, and they are even meaner than Ajax. This is a movie with some pretty unsympathetic characters, a villain with no motivation, weak fight choreography, and plenty of plot holes, but you won’t give a shit while you’re watching it, because you’re gonna be too busy boppin’. The Warriors is as transporting a movie as exists, and everyone should see it.

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No Sweat, War Chief: A Review of THE WARRIORS

Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead: A Review of EMELIE

Michael Thelin’s 2015 babysitting psychological torture flick Emelie is a specially designed weapon aimed at every fear a parent ever had about leaving their kids with a stranger, but it’s more than that. For me, this movie dredged up a whole bunch of weird memories about what it’s like to to be an older sibling or an awkward pre-teen boy babysat by a gorgeous teenage girl, simultaneously infatuated and terrified. Emelie knows all about that stuff, and manipulates those feelings to unsettle and frighten you just like its baby-faced star screws with her charges. This is a movie that is at least as disturbing as it is frightening, a movie about making you squirm in your seat rather than making you jump in it.

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Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead: A Review of EMELIE

Black Phillip’s Guide to Living Deliciously – A Review of The Witch

 

As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a fascination with witchcraft. I can’t pinpoint any one thing that caught my interest (maybe it was all of the time that I spent in New England growing up), but something about the art of witchcraft has always grabbed me. From the moment I first heard about and began seeing teasers for The Witch, I knew that this was going to be a special film. It’s witchy and a period piece? I’m in.

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Black Phillip’s Guide to Living Deliciously – A Review of The Witch

25 Years: May the Lambs Never Stop Screaming

In 1991 when ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ was released into theaters for the first time, I was fresh out of high school and embarking on my journey of higher education and even higher roommates. Bad beer flowed (remember Bud Dry?) and parties at questionable locales with questionable substances were how we spent every free moment. Ahhhhh, the good ol’ days.

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25 Years: May the Lambs Never Stop Screaming