Home Alone Deconstructed via Krampus

Please don’t misconstrue this article as an attempt to tear down a beloved film.   The blessing and curse of a film studies degree is that you notice everything in a movie.  You catch every flourish of music, editing, sound effects, photography, etc contributing to the effect, or intended effect, of every moment in a film.  Even ones that... Read More | Share it now!

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American Horror Story: Hotel “Room Service”

What I said earlier in the season about American Horror Story: Hotel being driven by decisions made under the duress of blinding desire and desperation comes to a major head in this episode. Let’s just say that Dr Alex Lowe fails epically in her desire to protect children.  This episode also marks the point at which the season turns pivotally,... Read More | Share it now!

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American Horror Story: Hotel: “Chutes and Ladders”

Runways and models and vampires oh my!  This episode of American Horror Story: Hotel had everything and somehow managed to find time to work in some exposition, and gives us more keys to unlocking some but not all of the mystery, just the way it should be! There’s a lot of talk about the safety of children in this episode-vampire kids eating and... Read More | Share it now!

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American Horror Story: Hotel; Episode 1 “Checking In” (second opinion)

As per the usual (if anything in the world of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series American Horror Story can be called “usual”) Halloween season is upon us and brings with it this first episode of the latest AHS iteration: Hotel. The premiere combs together a variety of influences in a bubbling cauldron of sex, blood and insanity, and leaving... Read More | Share it now!

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#WCW – Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR (2012)

  What would we do for love?  What would we do because of how much we love someone?  The simple complexity of this question has truly heartbreaking, shocking and unforgettable answers in Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012). Haneke is not known for exploring such topics, but he is adept at burrowing under your skin with uncomfortable truths in the... Read More | Share it now!

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#MCM Flick – Nino Castelnuovo in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Though everyone remembers the youth and beauty of the stunning Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (streaming on Hulu), it was her star-crossed lover Guy, played by the gorgeous Nino Castelnuovo who first caught my eye. Born Francesco Castelnuovo, he has mostly worked in Italian film and television, but his biggest role was here under... Read More | Share it now!

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To Dust Return – Short premieres at SDCC Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2015.

Director Chris Peters debuts this new short film for its world premiere at SDCC today, which will simultaneously open up the horror block for the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2015. The film opens on such a saccharine sweet scenario that you know their happiness is doomed.  A beautiful young couple (the dreamy Sam Jaeger most... Read More | Share it now!

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#WCW Flick – We Need To Talk About Kevin

There are many reasons to love Tilda Swinton.  She’s a supremely talented actress who has always made bold and thrilling choices, and taken on a diverse range of roles with some of the boldest and most talented filmmakers in our times (Derek Jarman, Spike Jone, Jim Jarmusch).  And even when she takes on mainstream roles, she does so with great... Read More | Share it now!

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#MCM Flick – Kill Your Darlings

Daniel Radcliffe’s bum gets great action.  A still popular video circulating the internet shows him on his press tour for this film, over a woman’s knee letting a British radio host play his ass like a bongo. And just last week, despite much competition (including from Jamie Dornan’s ass, the only nice thing in Fifty Shades of Grey),... Read More | Share it now!

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