REVIEW: ‘Fish Story’ (2009) Comes Back To Beguile Again

Fish Story, unlike its namesake, is unlikely to change the world any time soon.

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The Artful Brutality of Jesse V. Johnson and Scott Adkins

What you’re hearing is the signature symphony of director Jesse V. Johnson and actor Scott Adkins, whose recent, rampant run of scuzzy collaborations has set the world of direct-to-video action ablaze.

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FANTASIA REVIEW: ‘Doppelbänger’ (2020) is a Sci-Fi Film with a Retro Feel

While Doppelbänger serves as proof of concept for a series called Autom Reign, as shown by the short film’s open ending, it easily manages to stand well on its own.

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“You Shame Me!”- Analyzing a Woman’s Shame in ‘Drag Me to Hell’ (2009)

Since its initial release, Drag Me to Hell has received critical and commercial success. It showed the same scary, campy horror brilliance that Raimi demonstrated with The Evil Dead decades before. What also makes Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell so amazing is the subtext of shame. Whether he intended to or not, his film is saturated with associations of a woman’s shame. For this month’s Women in Horror, we want to take a deep dive into this subtext and dissect Raimi’s subtle nuances to convince you that this film is truly about a woman’s shame and how it is these insecurities that lay her literal path to hell.

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REVIEW: Tenet (2020) Strives to Break New Ground

Tenet is a ferocious film that moves forwards and backwards at an alarming rate

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #5 – The Effects of Imperialism in Golden Age Horror

With the popularity of independent horror peaking in recent years, it’s interesting to note what themes that seem to commonly occur in these movies. Filmmakers like Jordan Peele have done a lot to portray the black experience, more specifically what it means to be black in America. But as well as this, he has found…

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Let the Bennetts Meet the Marchs: Sisterhood in ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (2005) and ‘Little Women’ (2019)

No one can fight like siblings and no one can forgive like siblings, and in this small sense, universalism may have a leg to stand on.

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FANTASIA REVIEW: ‘Sanzaru’ 2020 is a Subdued Gothic Horror with a Filipino Twist

“Sanzaru’s lingering sense of terror makes for a compelling horror.” Secrets are the driving force of Xia Magnus’ debut feature film Sanzaru, an unsettling slow-burn horror that fuses Southern Gothic and Filipino legend to create an unparalleled ghost story. Sanzaru is the Japanese term for the three wise monkeys who “see no evil, hear no…

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Between the Lines: Creating a Visual Identity in the ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ (2010) Screenplay

Even with Wright’s brand of snappy editing and energetic pacing, it’s interesting to see how much of the now iconic visual style actually came from an early draft of the screenplay written by Bacall.

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REVIEW: ‘Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story’ (2020) Responds to the Elephant in the Room

It is difficult to reconcile with the documentary’s use of this footage and how it shapes the film’s narrative.

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