YELENA NUSAMOVITCH GOES “OFFSKI”

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2004 INTERVIEW! Yelena Nusamovitch’s first feature film, “Offski”, is self-described as a “Semi-autobiographical unimpressionistic demise-en-scene Russki kink-n-kill-filled chilling, thrilling educational, streetwalker vodkatalker digital video kaleidoscope travelogue of the seedy deathdreamy, underbelly of the brave new post-Glasnost Russian world”…



Posted on August 31, 2004 by

MAKING A SEQUEL TO A CLASSIC: BE VERY AFRAID

Haunted But Undaunted The story of “Part 4” has the most modest of starting points, on the shelf in the closet of underwhelming scripts at Morgan Creek Productions. It was there while visiting the Creek offices that novelist Caleb Carr found a dismissed script for a new “Exorcist” attempt, a prequel written by William Wisher, […]



Posted on August 31, 2004 by

GET OUTFEST ON WEDNESDAYS

GET OUTFEST ON WEDNESDAYS

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre and Outfest collaborate to present gay and lesbian programming on Wednesdays at the Egyptian in Los Angeles. Outfest Wednesdays is the only gay and lesbian-themed weekly screening series in the country. Founded in 1999, the programming features favorites from past festivals, Hollywood revivals, filmmaker retrospectives and sneak preview/word […]



Posted on August 31, 2004 by

OFF THE CUFF: OR HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

A few months ago, I had a brilliant idea. In August, there was going to be a great, little film fest happening in my backyard…. The Chicago Underground Film Festival … And I intended to be there. Not only did I intend to be there, but I would be covering it for Film Threat, AND, with a partner in crime… Graham Rae, from Falkirk, Scotland…



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I WAS BORN BUT…

I WAS BORN BUT…
1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2004 REVIEW! I hafta admit, I was quite looking forward to this film, even though the CUFF program called it “…an experimental essay exploring the abstract notion of assimilation and the inherent contradictions of those born into the ‘melting pot’ culture of America.”


Posted on August 31, 2004 by

PEEP “TV” SHOW

4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2004 REVIEW! Image-saturated and completely cut off from any meaningful human contact, these unknowing-human-channel-hoppers boredly observe couples making love or fighting or suffocating cats in plastic bags, and none of it means a damned thing to them…


Posted on August 31, 2004 by

SHOWER SINGER

SHOWER SINGER
3 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 18 minutes

Brandon can only whip out his imaginary microphone and serenade the non-existent screaming fans when he’s in the shower…


Posted on August 31, 2004 by

MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON (I WILL LOVE HIM TIL THE END OF TIME)

MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON (I WILL LOVE HIM TIL THE END OF TIME)

In a rather strange move, the one musical number in which Roshan is given the most to do has since been cut from the film and appears on the DVD only as a separate special feature…



Posted on August 31, 2004 by

THE VAN NUYS PROJECT

THE VAN NUYS PROJECT
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

“The Van Nuys Project” goes to show that you don’t necessarily need a brain bubbling original idea to make a film…


Posted on August 31, 2004 by

INTRODUCING THE SUPER BROOKENS BROTHERS

Did you have any problems shooting on the streets of Chicago with a guy running around in an ape suit? Matt: The average Chicago citizen was pretty much unfazed by our circus of a cameraman being chased by a punk rocker being chased by a bigfoot, being chased by a nerd. It was Christmas season, […]



Posted on August 30, 2004 by

INTRODUCING THE SUPER BROOKENS BROTHERS

Bleach drinking hillbillies, a punk rock hating man-ape and more singing mechanical fish than has ever before been captured on video, the Brookens Brothers make films for glue sniffers and the criminally deranged…



Posted on August 30, 2004 by

MAKING A SEQUEL TO A CLASSIC: BE VERY AFRAID

Given the supernatural subject matter in the “Exorcist” series it may seem natural to allude to any problems the production encounters as being the result of “a curse”. However, looking over the course of this film’s creation it appears like a convenient means of explaining away numerous missteps…



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TRIBUTE TO REN & STIMPY CREATOR AT THE EGYPTIAN

TRIBUTE TO REN & STIMPY CREATOR AT THE EGYPTIAN

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles presents WHAT MAKES A CARTOON CARTOONY: AN IN-PERSON TRIBUTE TO JOHN KRICFALUSI, September 7 – 8, a two night event with the creator of the landmark 1991 TV series, “Ren & Stimpy.” The first night is a retrospective of animator Kricfalusi’s work, including an uncensored […]



Posted on August 30, 2004 by

FEST PEST CONTROL

FEST PEST CONTROL

As any idiot knows, free speech comes at a price. The price I paid for my past views on the Edinburgh International Film Festival on this very site was being unceremoniously marched from their premises on Friday, August 27th 2004…



Posted on August 30, 2004 by

ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID

2 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 93 minutes

IN THEATERS! how seriously are we supposed to take a movie that gives us 50’ anacondas that have somehow magically traveled from their native South America, move at the speed of sound and, if I understood Crocodile Hunter Bill right, are attracted to the female of their cold-blooded species because she’s “in heat.” Who knew anacondas had an estrus cycle?


Posted on August 29, 2004 by

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