Building groove mansions

Recently, bassist Jason Ajemian and his group High Life released a new record on Jason’s Sundmagi label called “Riding the Light into the Bird’s Eye.” I’m always interested in a band’s approach to composition and improvising, and thought it’d be cool to give everyone a peek into the truly unique approach that Ajemian has taken […]

Ninja Assassin: Kind of fun…

Every Sunday night, a big group of my friends gets together to watch Kung Fu films. We’ve been doing this for about 2 years now and have seen many, many, many movies. As a result we know way too much about way too many aspects of martial arts cinema. When we heard about Ninja Assassin, it seemed like the perfect film to get the group of regulars out to the theater. And it was… but for very different reasons than the filmmakers intended.

Bergman 101: So there’s this Swedish director…

Ingmar Bergman is the director that you love to hate. On the surface, he embodies “art” film-making, and pretentiousness. Black and white, subtitled, small cast, long silences, not to mention film titles taken from Bible verses. Add a healthy dose of misanthropy, and you’ve got some serious elitist art. The thing that’s easy to miss is that the man tells a great story.

Manhunt aka Polizio-what???

“Poliziotteschi is a sub-genre of crime and action film that emerged in Italy in the late 1960s and became popular in the 1970s. Poliziotteschi films are also known as poliziottesco, Italo-crime, Euro-crime or simply Italian crime films.”

Zombie’s Land

The review includes one of the best pictures we’ve ever seen. It also makes references to Beta-max and SunCoast. You’re welcome.

The Two Halloween 2’s

Because comparing the two Inglourious Basterds films was fun, I thought it’d be cool to write a similar article comparing the original Halloween 2 and the new, Rob Zombie Halloween 2. The problem with this idea is that I had to see the new, Rob Zombie Halloween 2. Ouch.

Inglorious/Inglourious Review/Revue

In honor of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Inglourious Basterds, I thought it’d be cool to do a comparison with the movie it was inspired by: Inglorious Bastards. So, this review is like a twofer!

The Thing: Remakes can be good!

These days, there are very few original ideas being made into movies. It’s easy to get angry and wonder why no one is trying anymore. It’s also easy to forget that sometimes remakes can be great. In 1982, John Carpenter got it right.


Check out this lesser-known (but quite hilarious) little gem from the man behind such films as Traffic, Ocean’s 11, Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight, and more.

Smart Horror. They Make Those? They Make Those!

A brief look at award-winning Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan and his beloved fright flick, Felicia’s Journey.