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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To better understand Howl’s Moving Castle it helps to understand it’s origins. Howl’s Moving Castle was the first book in a series written by Diana Wynne Jones in the 1980’s. The books go into depth on several subjects the movie barely touches on or offers in what could be considered a hurried fashion. The books are worthwhile and prove to be very complimentary to the film. Fear not, the books are not required reading as the movie is otherwise an extensive reworking by the one and only Miyazaki-sama.
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1981’s My Bloody Valentine has nearly everything you could want in a 1980s horror film : goofy deaths, silly clothes, gratuitous boobs, and a human heart simmering quietly in a pot of hot dog water. It even manages to overcome its inherent silliness for a second and be a little bit scary, thanks to being filmed in a real mine–someone chasing you down a winding pitch black tunnel is terrifying whether they have a pick-axe or not. It is a fun movie, and I think it becomes even more impressive when you learn 9 minutes of gore were cut out of it by the MPAA when it was released- while there’s lots of things missing from this movie (motivation, coherency and logic), I wouldn’t have said it was light on the red stuff.
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So where to begin with the Krampus? Did you grow up with the Gremlins? Do you watch Christmas Vacation every year? Well this may just be the movie for you! So come on in and sit down and take a read. I’ll let you know what you need to decide if this is the movie for you.
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Claudio Fragasso has written films such as Monster Dog with Alice Cooper and the infamous Troll 2 (that actually did not contain any trolls and had no relation to the first Troll film except for the name). Claudio’s Terminator 2: Shocking Dark is no different than his other works. Claudio specializes in budget movies that are sometimes barely related to larger movies and movies that do not intend to be a summer blockbuster in any country.
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High School….we have all been there. And I am sure we have all have stories to tell, some good, some bad, and some outright embarrassing. One thing I am definitely sure of, I don’t want to go back.
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Cinema has the power to instill the complete range of human emotion into each of us. It can make us laugh, cry, scream. Some movies are great because they make us think about world issues or question our existence. Some movies are great because they allow us to escape for a couple of hours on an adventure. The Rocketeer is one of those great adventure escape movies.
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