Kung Fu vs. Karate: Track List

As promised on this week’s radio show, here’s my track list of kung-fu & karate songs. Please feel free to submit more track names (I need more dub & reggae): 1. Tokyo Nights by Puffy AmiYumi Crazy Sims bubble dance and sushi roll party: 2. Living in Japan by Fun Fun 3. Whisky & Green […]

Going Deep: March Madness

With spring approaching, why stay inside unless you’re watching something hellaciously entertaining?  Check out the goodies in this edition of Going Deep! R100: A mild-mannered Japanese businessman caring for a comatose wife while raising their young son finds a secret outlet for his desires: ‘a boutique dominatrix agency that specializes in guerilla acts of public degradation.’ Starring […]

Going Deep: Blu-Ray/DVD Releases for Mockingjay Friday (3/6/2015)

It’s been a slow trickle for deep finds but there are some real treasures worth getting! MAJOR RELEASES The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]  TGIF!  You can now own THG:M-P1!   Beyond the Lights [Blu-ray] Hollywood romance with a breakout performance from Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni Jean, a pop starlet looking […]

Going Deep: Blu-Ray/DVD Releases for 2/10 & 2/17/2015

With the Academy Awards approaching, many of the nominated films — and one foreign film that deservedly expected a nomination — are making their way onto the home market.  But, hey!  There’s also The Interview and Dumb and Dumber To! Nightcrawler  (Nominated for Best Original Screenplay)  In the dark fringes of Los Angeles, people are always striving to catch a […]

Going Deep: Blu-Ray/DVD Releases for 2/3/2015

For months now, I’ve been tunneling deeper and deeper into the week’s Blu-Ray and DVD releases — and consuming more and more airtime.  Now that our website’s been resurrected, here’s my first attempt at providing a weekly on-line reference that will serve as your very own rabbit-hole.  You will find a range of categories: Anime, […]

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Blue Plate Special

It’s the Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s 40th Anniversary. A friend of mine ranks director Tobe Hooper’s low-budget masterpiece above ‘Citizen Kane’ in importance. It’s been cited as the best template for ‘true’ horror: a movie where no hero saves the day and the monster doesn’t die. Thanks to the 4K transfer recently released on BluRay, Leatherface […]

Remingtons & Maltins

Last month brought the final print edition of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide (2015), and Mr. Maltin attended Fantastic Fest as both guest of honor and head of the comedy jury. Fulfilling those prestigious roles, he shot rifles, watched ‘Bros Before Hos’ and basically proved himself to be a living badass of film history and criticism. […]

Origins: MondoCon #1

For Italians, ‘mondo’ means the world. For cineastes, ‘mondo’ refers to the exploitative Euro-sleaze pseudo-documentaries depicting scores of topless women, tribal rituals and true carnage. ‘Mondo Cane’ established the formula (although I hold a fondness for ‘Ecco’ with its toothsome footage of reindeer castration.) For collectors, ‘mondo’ refers to Austin-based company, Mondo Tees, who design […]

Fantastic Feast

Film Festivals. I’ve been to a handful: the Berlinale, Toronto, Sundance and Telluride. They’ve all got their own personality, but Fantastic Fest is the one con huevos y cerveza. The festival is held at the Alamo Drafthouse, where the movie theaters have full meal and drink service. It’s a welcome amenity, even during a festival […]

Fantastic Fest: A Look Back, Part 1

THURSDAY: “Frankenweenie,” “”The Final Member” Consumed: A breaded veal testicle for phallocentric documentary, THE FINAL MEMBER, fed to a dog in honor of FRANKENWEENIE. FRIDAY: Far East/Far Out Films/Events: “The King of Pigs”, “The Warped Forest”, “Miami Connection”, “Doomsday Book” Consumed: Strange juice (durian?) during THE WARPED FOREST, inspired by the opiate-like fruit consumed in […]

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