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Zoom BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO
3.5 stars out of 4
A woman trapped inside a sound booth screams at the top of her lungs. A man contorts his body while spewing a string of unintelligible shrieks and grunting noises. A freshly cooked radish is stabbed repeatedly. A watermelon splatters open like a crushed skull. Writer/director Peter Strickland’s homage to 70′s/80′s gothic Italian horror cinema Berberian Sound Studio contains such images, but most importantly, it’s how the accompanying sound effects are used that raises the film above just another winking genre deconstruction.
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BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO

3.5 stars out of 4

A woman trapped inside a sound booth screams at the top of her lungs. A man contorts his body while spewing a string of unintelligible shrieks and grunting noises. A freshly cooked radish is stabbed repeatedly. A watermelon splatters open like a crushed skull. Writer/director Peter Strickland’s homage to 70′s/80′s gothic Italian horror cinema Berberian Sound Studio contains such images, but most importantly, it’s how the accompanying sound effects are used that raises the film above just another winking genre deconstruction.

READ FULL REVIEW HERE!

08.18.13 3
Zoom -FILM PICK OF THE WEEK: THE RAMBLER-
Calvin Reeder’s The Rambler will piss off a lot of people, but that’s also presupposing that anyone will actually see it. For here’s a film with a fairly routine setup, following Dermont Mulroney’s titular cowboy character being released from a New Mexico prison and trying to readjust to the outside world. He takes a lowly job at a local pawn shop, bickers with his white trash girlfriend, and more or less wanders around aimlessly until setting out to reunite with his brother, who lives on a ranch in Oregon. 
READ FULL REVIEW HERE

-FILM PICK OF THE WEEK: THE RAMBLER-

Calvin Reeder’s The Rambler will piss off a lot of people, but that’s also presupposing that anyone will actually see it. For here’s a film with a fairly routine setup, following Dermont Mulroney’s titular cowboy character being released from a New Mexico prison and trying to readjust to the outside world. He takes a lowly job at a local pawn shop, bickers with his white trash girlfriend, and more or less wanders around aimlessly until setting out to reunite with his brother, who lives on a ranch in Oregon. 

READ FULL REVIEW HERE

07.20.13 1
Zoom EVIL DEAD
3 stars out of 4
Hands are severed, limbs are ripped from bone, eyes are gashed, insides are spilled out. A nail gun is used. So is a needle. And then there’s the chainsaw, that iconic weapon of mass decapitation made so famous in Sam Raimi’s 1981 original. To say more would undoubtably ruin the gleefully grotesque way in which various appendages are splintered, snapped, and hacked in this latest version, but really, is any of this a spoiler?
READ FULL REVIEW HERE

EVIL DEAD

3 stars out of 4

Hands are severed, limbs are ripped from bone, eyes are gashed, insides are spilled out. A nail gun is used. So is a needle. And then there’s the chainsaw, that iconic weapon of mass decapitation made so famous in Sam Raimi’s 1981 original. To say more would undoubtably ruin the gleefully grotesque way in which various appendages are splintered, snapped, and hacked in this latest version, but really, is any of this a spoiler?

READ FULL REVIEW HERE

04.25.13 3
Zoom SILENT HOUSE
2 stars out of 4
God bless Elizabeth Olsen. The younger sister of the famous Olsen twins whimpers, screams, and descends into all matter of hysterics with considerable skill in Silent House, a low budget horror film with an initially interesting gimmick. Her fully committed performance nearly elevates a movie that wants to be an experimental exercise in psychological terror, but instead just reminds audiences how effective something like The Blair Witch Project was over a decade ago.
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SILENT HOUSE

2 stars out of 4

God bless Elizabeth Olsen. The younger sister of the famous Olsen twins whimpers, screams, and descends into all matter of hysterics with considerable skill in Silent House, a low budget horror film with an initially interesting gimmick. Her fully committed performance nearly elevates a movie that wants to be an experimental exercise in psychological terror, but instead just reminds audiences how effective something like The Blair Witch Project was over a decade ago.

READ FULL REVIEW HERE

09.11.12 1
Zoom CABIN IN THE WOODS
3 stars out of 4
There will always be a solid argument between those who crave all the latest information regarding a film and diehard cinephiles going into a theater completely cold. It’s not that one method is better than the other, or more preferable, per se. Honestly, it’s next to impossible to know virtually nothing about a movie these days, what with online marketing and the incessant buzz of the blogosphere, but this doesn’t always hold true when it comes to indie films. Certain movies, though, are tailor-made specifically to this second group of people; ones that shun spoilerish advance reviews and the endless stream of Internet chatter. Certain movies demand to be seen through virgin eyes at a time where nearly every single plot point is telegraphed in studio-approved trailers, which all leads to this new movie called Cabin in The Woods.
READ FULL REVIEW HERE


CABIN IN THE WOODS

3 stars out of 4

There will always be a solid argument between those who crave all the latest information regarding a film and diehard cinephiles going into a theater completely cold. It’s not that one method is better than the other, or more preferable, per se. Honestly, it’s next to impossible to know virtually nothing about a movie these days, what with online marketing and the incessant buzz of the blogosphere, but this doesn’t always hold true when it comes to indie films. Certain movies, though, are tailor-made specifically to this second group of people; ones that shun spoilerish advance reviews and the endless stream of Internet chatter. Certain movies demand to be seen through virgin eyes at a time where nearly every single plot point is telegraphed in studio-approved trailers, which all leads to this new movie called Cabin in The Woods.

READ FULL REVIEW HERE

05.04.12 2
Zoom -FILM PICK OF THE WEEK-
VIDEODROME
David Cronenberg’s 1983 cult classic Videodrome might seem dated by today’s standards, especially with i-phones, live video streaming, and Blu-ray players flooding the market, but the film’s dissection of media, violence, and sexuality seems more prescient now than ever. Like much of Cronenberg’s work (The Fly, Naked Lunch, eXistenZ), Videodrome explores the tenuous connection between the physical body and machinery, featuring the Canadian auetur’s now trademark use of practical effects and makeup to achieve his distinctive vision. 
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-FILM PICK OF THE WEEK-

VIDEODROME

David Cronenberg’s 1983 cult classic Videodrome might seem dated by today’s standards, especially with i-phones, live video streaming, and Blu-ray players flooding the market, but the film’s dissection of media, violence, and sexuality seems more prescient now than ever. Like much of Cronenberg’s work (The Fly, Naked Lunch, eXistenZ), Videodrome explores the tenuous connection between the physical body and machinery, featuring the Canadian auetur’s now trademark use of practical effects and makeup to achieve his distinctive vision. 

READ FULL REVIEW HERE

11.02.11 7
Zoom FRIGHT NIGHT
3 stars out of 4
Australian director Craig Gillespie’s remake of Tom Holland’s 1985 cult classic Fright Night is one of those clever horror comedies that actually surpass all reasonable expectations. It’s well mounted, features a strong cast, and has its fair share of post-modern chuckles as well as the requisite amount of bloody gore. That the movie isn’t the least bit scary really isn’t a problem since the original was itself a campy bit of ghoulish fun that got by on its effects and central conceit. 
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FRIGHT NIGHT

3 stars out of 4

Australian director Craig Gillespie’s remake of Tom Holland’s 1985 cult classic Fright Night is one of those clever horror comedies that actually surpass all reasonable expectations. It’s well mounted, features a strong cast, and has its fair share of post-modern chuckles as well as the requisite amount of bloody gore. That the movie isn’t the least bit scary really isn’t a problem since the original was itself a campy bit of ghoulish fun that got by on its effects and central conceit. 

READ FULL REVIEW HERE

09.01.11 3