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The Strange Innocence of THAT’S SEXPLOITATION!

November 21, 2014
THATS SEXPLOITATION

The quaintness of much vintage sexploitation is precisely its charm.

Into the WILD

November 20, 2014

A shortlist of cinema’s best survivors.

Film 101: Part Two

November 19, 2014
ONE WEEK

Silents become golden.

Film 101: Part One

November 12, 2014
KINGDOM FAERIES

The birth of a medium.

Robeson, Race and SANDERS OF THE RIVER

November 11, 2014
SANDERS OF THE RIVER

Paul Robeson’s performance reflects the glass ceiling he continually hit as an extraordinary talent laboring under impossible restrictions.

CARNIVAL OF SOULS’ Supernatural Limbo

October 26, 2014
CARNIVAL OF SOULS

While other horror films of the era relied on crackpot psychology, CARNIVAL OF SOULS embodies a state of distress—with singular results.

Suspense, Sadism and Dario Argento

October 23, 2014
SUSPIRIA

Argento uses cinema not to spy on and catch a killer, but to become the ‘sick’ embodiment of homicidal insanity itself.

The Rare Vampire Film of its Era: BLOOD IS THE COLOR OF THE NIGHT

October 17, 2014
BLOOD COLOR NIGHT

Shot in full color, this supernatural soap opera climaxes with more high Catholic pageantry than you’d find at a cathedral on Palm Sunday.

The Nation’s Brain, Anesthetized: PROPAGANDA

October 13, 2014 | One Comment
PROPAGANDA

A feature-length indictment of Western hypocrisies and immorality designed to make North Korean viewers feel quite relieved they aren’t ‘us?’ So it appears. . .

Spy vs. Spy: OSS 117

September 17, 2014
OSS 117 CAIRO NEST OF SPIES

Dujardin and Hazanavicius take very precise satirical stabs at the filmic styles of the ‘classic’ Bond period.

Radley Metzger and the ‘Arty’ Adult Film

September 5, 2014
THE LICKERISH QUARTET

Traveling back to the heydays of 1960s softcore and 1970s hardcore ‘sinema’ with Radley Metzger’s singular sex-film creations.

Grade-Z and Loving It: Amir Shervan

August 25, 2014 | 5 Comments
SAMURAI COP

There’s more of the excavated Amir Shervan on the way, and bad-movie fans should be waiting with bated breath.