THE BACKYARD

5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! This is an x-treme documentary, as riveting as a road accident and a lot more bloody. Introduced by genuine WWF superstar Rob Van Dam, who is more than a little hesitant to actually endorse what goes on, the footage of the matches themselves will shock and disgust even hardened cult-movie fans…


Posted on August 31, 2003 by

FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

I find the fact that I seem to be the only person who will write what they actually think about the festival to be utterly ludicrous…



Posted on August 30, 2003 by

JEEPERS CREEPERS 2

2 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 106 minutes

IN THEATERS! Salva started down some interesting paths in this film – like the Hitchcockian decision to make a stranded school bus the main location – but he never followed through with them. A real interesting challenge would have been to make the entire film take place on the bus…


Posted on August 30, 2003 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: THE FILM THREAT AVENGER STRIKES BACK

It doesn’t take a Harvard grad to see what On the Air is doing and how it pertains to a fool and his money. Well, what better fool to be parted from his dough than Henry Bernstein, filmmaker? Never heard of him? That’s because he’s me…



Posted on August 29, 2003 by

INDIAN DRAG QUEENS REVEALED!

India’s first film on drag queens, “The Pink Mirror”, is having its Texas Premier at the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival. “The Pink Mirror”, set in ‘a la Bollywood’ style format with song, dance, drama and desire, is a colorful, funny look into the Indian homosexual closet, in a country where homosexuality is […]



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“A CHRONICLE OF CORPSES” SCREENS AT JEZEBEL’S

“A CHRONICLE OF CORPSES” SCREENS AT JEZEBEL’S

If you’re in the San Francisco area tonight, August 29th, check out A Chronicle of Corpses at Jezebel’s (510 Larkin at Turk), brought to you by the kind folks at the Microcinema. Phil Hall didn’t like it too much, but perhaps it will tickle your ass pink. Screening is at 8pm.



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SUNDANCE FILM SERIES GETS READY TO LAUNCH

SUNDANCE FILM SERIES GETS READY TO LAUNCH

You’ve seen the promos at your friendly neighborhood Loews Theater, now get ready for the Sundance Film Series. The films to be featured in the theatrical series are Emilio Martinez-Lazaro’s “The Other Side of the Bed” (August 29), Michael Winterbottom’s In This World (September 19), Mark Decena’s Dopamine (October 10) and Mark Rucker’s Die Mommie […]



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THE GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL JUST WANTS US ALL TO GET ALONG

THE GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL JUST WANTS US ALL TO GET ALONG

The inaugural outing of the GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL will take place December 10th – 14th in Orlando, Florida. Festival organizers plan on approximately 50 films for the three-and-a-half day event, evenly split between full-length features and documentaries and short films. They are looking for films from around the world. Among the topics and issues […]



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FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“YOUNG ADAM” ^ SCOTLAND, 2003 – UN-RATED – 98 MINUTES – 4 STARS Yet another flickershow from Sigma Films, and another good ‘un at that. “Young Adam” is the new Ewan McGregor vehicle and, for the record and for the ladies, yes, he does get his cock out: he must have a special ‘lightsaber flasher’ […]



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FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“SOLID AIR” ^ SCOTLAND, 2003 – UN-RATED – 113 MINUTES – 2 STARS I watched this one in the Videotheque and had to restrain myself from fast-forwarding it. I think that’s cheating: either switch it off and hand it back or watch the whole thing. “Solid Air” deals with a hidden scandal: that of workers […]



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FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“16 YEARS OF ALCOHOL” ^ SCOTLAND, 2003 – 102 MINUTES – UN-RATED – 1 STAR “If everything we’d ever ruined fell from the sky at once the world would be covered with darkness” – words to live yer life by from bozo boozehound Frankie. You know, instead of being at this screening I was supposed […]



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FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SOME SCOTTISH CINEMA STUFF Scottish films are depressing and bleak and dark as hell; I’ve said it before and I’ll, unfortunately, hafta say it again. I saw four Scottish features in one day this year at the festival and felt like slitting my wrists (we coulda filmed it and called it a “Dans Ma Peau […]



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FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SOME RANDOM VAGUELY AMUSING DRINKING STORIES TO SAVE YOU FROM THE BOREDOM OF WADING THROUGH INTERMINABLE ILL-INFORMED HALF-FORMED FILM REVIEWS BEFORE WE GET TO THE SCOTTISH FILMS SEGMENT WHICH WILL END THIS OVERLONG ARTICLE (YOU’LL NO DOUBT BE GLAD TO KNOW)… Okay. So what would a festival be without scamming as much free beer as […]



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FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“THE RAGE IN PLACID LAKE” ^ AUSTRALIA, 2003 – 90 MINUTES – UN-RATED – 3 STARS This is yet another on the ‘School Bullying Messes You Up’ front. It concerns a guy called Placid Lake (played by some guy called Ben Lee who is apparently a singer-songwriter), who gets constantly kicked in at school. On […]



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FADED REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY PROJECTIONS: THE 57TH ANNUAL EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“THE LAST HORROR MOVIE” ^ ENGLAND, 2003 – TOO LONG – UN-RATED – NO STARS This hogwash wasn’t actually a programmed part of the festival. I saw it in the Videotheque, which is a room where you can see many of the festival films on video, sitting on an uncomfortable chair wearing headphones and getting […]



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