50 Films for Halloween – Part 5 of 5

We did it! We did it! I gleefully exclaimed to the wife, who it seems has now become a shadow of her former self – she wants more. When will we stop watching horror films? I dare not say. She hasn’t spoke for hours now. Sitting in front of the TV for this long can’t […]

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50 Films for Halloween – Part 4 of 5

Although some more gruesome human suffering, couple coming under attack, and the just as effective abstract surrealism in the next 10 of the 50 Films for Halloween, the wife and i had no real format in selecting the films we did, or indeed the very order in which we would watch them. It is a […]

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50 Films for Halloween – Part 3 of 5

The bad, the bugs, the bloody, the bizarre, the bratty, the bonkers, the banishment of the senses, and a basis for survival without them. Bringing into the light from the big, bewildering darkness a fresh series of horror movies was for me a daunting task. Has the genre declined? Do we expect too much from […]

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50 Films for Halloween – Part 2 of 5

As we headed towards October, Halloween month, the wife already had a super-exciting playlist of horror films on the horizon. We had committed to the challenge, a task that has actually been relatively easy to maintain, in spite of our often cram-packed daily schedules. Most of these films we had not seen, however, I was […]

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50 Films for Halloween – Part 1 of 5

The Halloween Horror Movie Marathon participated by my very own wife and I was, like many of the genre’s plot points, something that kind of crept up on us. Horror films are something we enjoy as a film-watching partnership, but often stumble in our search for fresh, fruitful film experiences. The Greek was exceptionally forthcoming […]

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Review: Guillermo del Toro Exhibition (LACMA)

Slowly and in awe, I pilger with many others through the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) exhibition that gives us a glimpse into the mind of Guillermo del Toro and his passion for the past and the mystery that holds for us. His admiration for Poe and Lovecraft is evident. The quirky side […]

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Write out of L.A. – YouTube Channel

For some time now in the midst of the great blogging wilderness, where I can hardly see the wood for the trees, I have been wanting to encourage the broadcast of content through a YouTube channel. Having a face more suited to radio, I have been on the prowl for other film fans who already […]

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Review: Moonlight is Magnificent

  “At some point you’ve got to decide for yourself who you gonna be. And let nobody make that decision.”   Moonlight brings the internal struggle of being a gay black man in America out of the shadows by shining a light on the concept of masculinity within the context of personal identity.     […]

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The Modern Evolution of Horror Films: 13 to Watch

Just at a surface glance, it’s interesting to see how American cinema has evolved since the millennium, particularly post-9/11. The most obvious change is the action genre, wherein terrible eastern-European accents once reigned and targeted crises on public transportation systems and business buildings ruled (ex. Speed: subways and buses; Mission Impossible: subways and helicopters; Speed […]

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Writhe out of Hell: A Horror Movie Quiz

You clicked the link now, you have 7 minutes to live. Or at least, do this quiz. This quick horror movie quiz, to take us to Halloween. Flesh-eaters, sinister acts of violence, vampires, demons, and the devil himself. And more. But enough stalling, come on in, close the windows, lock the doors, turn out the […]

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Wanted Dead Or Alive: Horror Film Writing

I know a few of you are hard at work already conjuring up some words on the spooky genre known as horror. As Halloween quickly approaches, then, I am looking to cram the site with some fine horror movie writing. And I can’t do it all myself. I’ll be brief, but if anyone has something […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part V

There’s a deep moral message somewhere in the deep dark notion that if we are good to each other, look out for one another, we may well have to embark on all manner of troublesome, melancholic occurrences to get there. Cruel, I know. Some may even die trying. Some left exhausted, or grieving. Some glorious, […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part IV

Kick-ass female film characters can help catapult the rights of women all over the world. They can spend the weekend fighting for their own stability. They can grieve with age and alcohol. Have you fight and kill in her honor. Run a hell of a long way to save your ass. They can bring us […]

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On The Screen Reviews: The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation is a great made for TV movie. There. I said it. Nation is being billed as an important movie — a story that demands to be heard. I hear it, but my most anticipated movie of the year has left me completely empty. Since it’s double win in January at […]

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Beyond the Art: The Birth of a Nation

Nearly everyone has heard of The Birth of a Nation. Not D.W. Griffith’s groundbreaking, disturbing 1916 silent featuring the Ku Klux Klan, with a narrative that does all but exalt the white supremacist organization. I’m talking about director/writer/star Nate Parker’s reclamation of Griffith’s title, repurposed to tell the story of Nat Turner, the leader of […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part III

Female of all ages prove their worth on film in this third chapter of the kick-ass series. They take a beating and a fall to fend for your family and friends. As care-givers, as sisters, daughters, mothers, they open the eyes of children, buttons or not. Unable to fulfill relationships, they can break a boy’s […]

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