“Deathgasm” Features Dildos, Decapitations and Heart in Equal Measure

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It’s easy to be cynical about everything, but I think it’s worth pointing out that we live in a world where a gross-out metal movie called Deathgasm has an 88% on RottenTomatoes. Yin and yang, you know? It’s not often you find a movie bursting with decapitations and dildos that … Get hard

“Lavalantula” Drinking Game: Steve Guttenberg + Fire Breathing Spiders = Booze

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If you’re anything like me, when you hear the words Steve Guttenberg and fire-breathing spiders, you’re in. Blessedly, the Syfy creature feature and wannabe Sharknado is everything you want it to be. It has a shirtless, sweaty and self-aware Steve Guttenberg, who not only calls out act breaks, but complains … Get hard

“The Hallow” Continues Gnarly Indie Horror Trend

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I got a late start to the horror game. When I was younger, I was derisive of the genre, which is code for being too chicken shit to explore it. Sure, I grew up watching Universal horror with my father and Uncle, but it wasn’t until the past couple years … Get hard

Horror-Western “Bone Tomahawk” Ushers in the Wondrous Winter of Kurt Russell

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You’d be hard-pressed to find two more misunderstood genres than the horror and western. The former is often (and unfairly) seen as schlock, a cheap studio stunt for cash. The latter is seen as a long since dead genre, a relic of Classic Hollywood, despite Django Unchained, Deadwood, Meek’s Cutoff … Get hard

You Won’t Be Able to Escape “Room” or Its Transcendant Stars

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When I was a kid, I spent an inordinate amount of time in my weird salt and pepper carpeted room. I would play with my action figures all day, narrating their battles, recreating scenes from comic books, cartoons and movies in glorious mash-up fashion, throwing them to and from the … Get hard

Joshua Jackson Tackles the Truth in “The Affair” Season 2

I met Pacey. This past summer I was granted the opportunity to cover a few panels at the TCA’s, the Television Critics Association’s never-ending trolley of gift bags, unhealthy food and forced awkward panels discussing the new and old shows coming this fall: The Muppets! The Walking Dead Grey’s Anatomy! Tyra Banks’ Fab Life, … Get hard

National Lampoon Doc “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” Provides Origin Story for Modern Comedy

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Toward the end of Douglas Tirola’s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, a documentary unraveling the fascinating story of National Lampoon magazine, Judd Apatow makes a comment that had become clear through the proceedings: the humor, satire and bite from National Lampoon became “all of modern comedy.” Many comedy fans will point to the beginning … Get hard

There Is No Escape From Yourself in “Queen of Earth”

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Sometime last year, on a lark, I went on an audition for a small play opening in a black box theatre on Santa Monica in Hollywood. The bizarre experience is another story, but in addition to a line reading, we had to fill out a short bio. One of the … Get hard

Sundance NEXT FEST: Take a Gripping, Stressful, Joy Ride With “Cop Car”

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Inbetween the internet’s collective groaning about another Spider-Man reboot were whispers about the man chosen to direct it: little known director Jon Watts (The Onion News Network). Who? Anyone who sees Cop Car will no longer ask that question, because Watts is the talented writer-director of the taut thriller Cop Car, and afterwards, in spite of … Get hard

Sean Baker’s i-Opening “Tangerine” is Transcendent Filmmaking

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Every time a new show or movie is set in Los Angeles, I groan. Haven’t we seen that? Most movies are already made in Los Angeles; do they also all need to take place there too? Rest assured we have never seen the side of Hollywood shown in Sean Baker’s … Get hard

Los Angeles Film Festival 2015: Andy Whitfield, Hong Kong, Mark Ruffalo & Anna Camp

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Over the past week or so, indie film has taken over the LA LIVE theater in downtown Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Film Festival, featuring screenings, galas, Q&A’s and roundtable panels (“Coffee Talks”) that provide a snapshot of some of the more captivating under-the-radar films to look forward to over the rest of 2015 … Get hard