NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD RECKONING

REFLECTIONS ON AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE WELL-DRESSED MAN And yet, the next morning, they get even more incredible (it helps if you read this story in the tone of me being an excited child at Christmas, by the way, to capture my mood on this set visit). I go downstairs to eat a hefty, fine […]



Posted on October 18, 2005 by

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD RECKONING

DEAD MEN TELL THEIR TALES I shoot off downstairs to where the press corps are conducting the rest of the interviews. I have asked to be alerted when they start so that I can get down in time but by the time I get down there the Eugene Clark interview is already started. But it’s […]



Posted on October 18, 2005 by

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD RECKONING

I ALWAYS WANTED TO SEE HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES I wake up early on the day of my undead reckoning, the culmination of 23 years of accidental Romero zombie fandom and an idle nightmarish dream somehow coming to life (after death). I go downstairs to eat breakfast and see my co-star Dennis Hopper again, […]



Posted on October 18, 2005 by

LAND OF THE DEAD: UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT (DVD)

5 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

This is the “Land” release that Romero fans were waiting for since the truncated theatrical release, and it delivers wholeheartedly. It’s much gorier, though it doesn’t really have any of the show-stopping drawn-out FX sequences that characterized “Dawn” and “Day of The Dead…”


Posted on October 18, 2005 by

VOODOUN BLUES (DVD)

VOODOUN BLUES (DVD)
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 5 minutes

Shopping at Target can be a literal bitch…


Posted on October 18, 2005 by

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD RECKONING

DIRECTOR’S CUT “LAND OF THE DEAD” IN SELECT THEATERS, TONIGHT! Dateline: Friday, 12/03/2004. Dead of night of the living dead in BCE Place. I am riding an escalator up from the lower level of this huge, gaudy building in the financial district of Toronto, Canada back to the ground floor, where the fourth George A. Romero “Dead” movie “Land of The Dead” is filming this evening…



Posted on October 17, 2005 by

SEXY AMERICAN IDLE (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 80 minutes

Sure, it’s as empty and stupid as George Bush’s Cro-Magnon cranium, but it’s great fun nonetheless…


Posted on September 5, 2005 by

LEECHES! (DVD)

LEECHES! (DVD)

Okay. So I bought this tape as one of five for $20 from a local store. $4; still got ripped off…



Posted on August 6, 2005 by

THE DWARVES: FUCK YOU UP AND GET LIVE (DVD)

The Dwarves put the ‘punk’ in ‘spunk’. Blag Dahlia, two-decades veteran of the midget motherfucker wars with this band, has never been about anything than getting fucked up and fucked and fucked and fucked. Which is basically the essence of life, and why deny it?



Posted on May 15, 2005 by

SIMON DENNIS: THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST

“Iota”, a 10-minute 35mm short, is the excellent directorial feature of young up-and-coming top-notch cinematographer Simon Dennis. We caught up with Simon to have a few words with him about his short and feature work, the Scottish film industry and walking across hot coals…



Posted on March 9, 2005 by

END OF THE FAMILY LINE

IN THEATERS! Over the 14 years since I first saw the trailer for “Charlie’s Family” I would have occasional thoughts about it. I wonder how Jim’s getting on with his film. It actually became something I couldn’t let go of myself, for no clear reason…



Posted on October 29, 2004 by

THE MANSON FAMILY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

OPENS NATIONWIDE! Recounting their deeds here – the Tate-LaBianca murders, the hardcore acid abuse, the orgies at Spahn Ranch, etc – seems utterly redundant as they have become such a familiar part of the American cultural psyche, something which VanBebber addresses directly in the film…


Posted on October 28, 2004 by

DWARVES DEATH DANCE DEMENTIA

Never heard of The Dwarves? Well, they’ve probably never heard of you either. But for those in the know, this band are a buncha San Fransisco shock-punk-cock-rockers who have been scandalizing polite anarchic music society for two decades now…



Posted on October 20, 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

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

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