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Friday the 13th: Nostalgia, Films, and a Celebration of Fictional Occult Terror

Friday the 13th: Nostalgia, Films, and a Celebration of Fictional Occult Terror

Nostalgia, Films, and a Celebration of Fictional Occult Terror By Jay Armstrong     Take some advice from a dude sitting in his boxers eating three day old cold pizza; find something you geek about and celebrate it. Ask those around you to celebrate it with you. Make it a THING. Maybe you are a...
IT: A Film Above the Criticism

IT: A Film Above the Criticism

IT A Film Above the Criticism By Jay Armstrong As nostalgic exploitation and cultural appropriation choke the soul out of the last vestiges of creativity, we look back on the golden age of cult fanaticism through the lens of IT, our cold shallow like/not-like hearts boldly warmed to life once more through what we are...
Film Review: Raw

Film Review: Raw

Raw by Jay Armstrong   Today marks my fifth time watching Raw. Drop what you are doing, call into work, close this article, and go see the film in the proper religious form it demands. There is a solid chance it will only remain in theaters for a couple of days so, seriously, stop waving...
SXSW Film Review: The Strange Ones

SXSW Film Review: The Strange Ones

  A thought provoking piece of cinema by co-directors Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, The Strange Ones sheds a veil over matters of truth and trauma, presenting a subjective reality that keeps you guessing throughout the film’s 80 minute run. Initiated as a short and years later coming together as a full length feature, we...
SXSW Film Review: Hounds of Love

SXSW Film Review: Hounds of Love

  Ben Young’s Hounds of Love renders as an emotionally staggering directorial debut, illustrating the vicious and cyclical nature of relationship abuse between both lovers and serial killers. Based loosely on true events, the film takes place in December, 1987 in the suburbs of Perth, Australia. Cruising down neighborhood streets, serial killers John (Stephen Curry)...
SXSW Film Review: Us and Them

SXSW Film Review: Us and Them

  A timely film in our current political wake, Us and Them serves as a cathartic viewing between the marginalized working class and the wealthy elite. With the use of flashbacks and screen title cards, Us and Them plays out in a stream-of-consciousness storyline with Danny (Jack Roth) playing leader alongside his blue-collared friends Tommy...
SXSW Film Review: Inheritance

SXSW Film Review: Inheritance

  A intricately weaved collaboration between writer and director Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye, Inheritance is an introspective look into the underlying traumas embedded within families and the difficulty that remains in attempting to escape them. In anticipation of Mara (Jessica Kaye)’s father’s 70th birthday, she brings her recent boyfriend Aaron (Daniel Ahearn) to...
SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon

SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon

  All too often films involving sexual assault/rape scenes seem like a convenient plot point to make a female character complex without ever actually exploring its complexities. Jessica M. Thompson’s film, The Light of the Moon, carefully considers the nuances of one individual’s experience without ever asserting that there is one authentic or correct way...
SXSW Film Review: Flesh and Blood

SXSW Film Review: Flesh and Blood

  Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood interweaves both fictional and documentary-style elements throughout the course of his film, succeeding in both an incredibly personal and incredibly political story. Casting his own mother, Cheri Honkala, and his younger step-brother, Guillero Santos, Mark returns home to his family from years in prison only to find Pittsburgh has...
SXSW Film Review: Infinity Baby

SXSW Film Review: Infinity Baby

  Set in the not so distant future comes Infinity Baby, a company initiated by Neo (Nick Offerman) where infants perpetually stay infants due to a genetic modification in their DNA. Less a question of how these babies came to be and the scientific explanation behind them, infinity babies are presented similar to the latest...
SXSW Film Review: Signature Move

SXSW Film Review: Signature Move

  Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move is a refreshing and eye-opening romantic comedy on the interpersonal relationships between women, family, and diverse cultural backgrounds. Inspired by actual events, the story revolves around Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza), a Pakistani lawyer in her 30’s, acting as caretaker to her recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) by day and trains...
Film Review: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Film Review: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Film Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them By Jay Armstrong Kevin Smith once spoke of being invited on the set of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, “The moment I stepped on the Millennium Falcon 10 years dropped off my life. Suddenly I was in my 30’s, and I hadn’t done ‘Cop Out,’...

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