Author: Keith Breese

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point

In Osha Neumann's memoir of his time as a '60s anarchist radical, Up Against the Wall Motherf**ker!, he describes the scene in 1969 as one of considerable change. He writes, "The season of love, rage,...

Movie Review posted on 26th May 2009

The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter

An enjoyable mash-up of western-styled action and John Hughes-styled coming of age drama, Nick Castle's The Last Starfighter was also, according to a 2003 article in the humor newspaper The Onion, the film that inspired...

Movie Review posted on 25th May 2009

Vinyan

Vinyan

Coming on the heels of the spellbinding backwoods horror flick Calvaire, Belgian filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz's Vinyan is an incredibly intense and, sadly, obtuse third-world metaphysical thriller that is bound to disappoint less discriminating viewers....

Movie Review posted on 19th May 2009

Martyrs

Martyrs

There has been a tremendous wave of buzz leading up to the U.S. release of Pascal Laugier's punishing Martyrs. Film festival reviews (it was nominated for Best Film at Sitges) were careful to give only...

Movie Review posted on 30th April 2009

The Burrowers

The Burrowers

Though it's been compared to the 1987 creature feature cum comedy flick Tremors, J. T. Petty's The Burrowers is a subtler, creepier effort that is rewarding both as a horror film and a period piece.Ostensibly...

Movie Review posted on 23rd April 2009

Dante 01

Dante 01

Murky and brooding, Marc Caro's Dante 01 is a sci-fi phantasmagoria that wouldn't look out of place in a Clive Barker fever dream. As the film's character and place names suggest (all echoing Dante Alighieri's...

Movie Review posted on 22nd April 2009

Mutant Chronicles

Mutant Chronicles

She's become something of an icon in the worst possible sense. Glowering in the background, her face a mask of fury, her eyes piercing and yet remote, this young woman is almost always adept in...

Movie Review posted on 10th April 2009

Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean  Painlevé

Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé

When people ask me what a Jean Painlevé film looks like, I tell them to imagine a cross between Jacques Cousteau and David Lynch.That usually works.Painlevé, 1902-1989, was not only a prolific filmmaker but also...

Movie Review posted on 14th March 2009

The Singing Revolution

The Singing Revolution

When one of the participants in Estonia's bloodless "singing revolution," an affable activist/artist named Heinz Valk, tells the camera that they successfully chased out the Soviets with "a song and a smile," it's a striking...

Movie Review posted on 24th January 2009

Hotel for Dogs

Hotel for Dogs

Recently, film critic Roger Ebert has been bemoaning the fact that even bad movies look good. If he were putting together a list of such flicks, Hotel for Dogs would surely make the top five....

Movie Review posted on 20th January 2009

The Midnight Meat Train

The Midnight Meat Train

Although the title sounds like the punch line to a crude joke ("...and they called it the midnight meat train!"), The Midnight Meat Train is in fact based on an early Clive Barker short story....

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2009

Highlander: The Source

Highlander: The Source

Has there been a more convoluted back-story than the one that has not only hobbled but effectively killed the once popular Highlander film series? If there has, I haven't seen it.When the first Highlander film...

Movie Review posted on 6th March 2008

Tin Man

Tin Man

Tin Man, a Sci-Fi Channel four-part mini-series here condensed into a two-disc DVD set, is a revisionist Wizard of Oz. Part steampunk fantasy, part circus sideshow, Tin Man is yet another derivative exercise in small...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2008

Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem

Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem

Coming on the heels of 2003's disastrously pedestrian Alien vs. Predator (or AVP), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (or AVP:R) is a perfect example of how studio stupidity and fanboy obsession can ruin cinema. Why Fox...

Movie Review posted on 26th December 2007

Silent Night, Deadly Night

Silent Night, Deadly Night

Hard as it is to believe, there have been several Christmas-themed slasher flicks. First (and best) was 1974's Black Christmas.* While it didn't feature a deranged Santa, it did set the high bar for the...

Movie Review posted on 14th December 2007

Rise: Blood Hunter

Rise: Blood Hunter

I suppose, if anything, the fact that there is a new vampire flick out every month suggests that vampires -- in their black leather incarnation -- have become cinema mainstays. It's like Christmas music in...

Movie Review posted on 13th October 2007

Twilight Zone: The Movie

Twilight Zone: The Movie

I saw Twilight Zone: The Movie when it came out in 1983. My dad, brother and I wandered into the theatre late and assumed we missed the beginning of the film. Instead of the familiar...

Movie Review posted on 10th October 2007

Bobby Z

Bobby Z

If there's one thing you learn from movies, it's that you should never -- under any circumstances -- expect that working for the Man (DEA, CIA, FBI, any of them really) is going to be...

Movie Review posted on 5th September 2007

Death Sentence

Death Sentence

In Paul Talbot's excellent Bronson's Loose! The Making of the Death Wish Films, Brian Garfield, author of the original Death Wish novel, says he was disappointed in the 1974 Charles Bronson film of his book...

Movie Review posted on 1st September 2007

The Dark Backward

The Dark Backward

Writer/director Adam Rifkin has had an odd Hollywood career. While he's best known for penning late-'90s kid-friendly fare like Mouse Hunt and the surprisingly dark Small Soldiers, Rifkin has been in the business since the...

Movie Review posted on 23rd August 2007

The Monster Squad

The Monster Squad

The concept alone is enough to have every 10-year old boy within a 10 mile radius salivating: all the classic monsters -- Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, the Wolfman, and the Gillman -- converge on...

Movie Review posted on 25th June 2007

El Topo

El Topo

"If you're enlightened, El Topo is a great picture. If you don't understand it, you're a limited asshole." - Alejandro JodorowskyPauline Kael called it a "horror circus," Newsweek "unique," and The Village Voice a "comedy...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2007

Pathfinder

Pathfinder

The idea that Vikings arrived in America long before Christopher Columbus is a fascinating one. It's easy to envision these bearded warriors, hunkered down in their longboats, stumbling sick and exhausted onto North American shores...

Movie Review posted on 17th April 2007

Killer of Sheep

Killer of Sheep

Long heralded as one of the greatest "unseen" works of American cinema, Charles Burnett's 1977 independent film, Killer of Sheep, was screened at festivals in Europe and even entered into the Library of Congress' National...

Movie Review posted on 17th April 2007

The Return (2006)

The Return (2006)

First off, I don't know what all those fanboys see in ex-"Buffy" Sarah Michelle Geller. In The Return she seems shorter than usual, her head just peeking up over the bottom of the screen. And...

Movie Review posted on 13th March 2007

Hundra

Hundra

Filmed back-to-back with the better known -- and better titled -- Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold, Hundra is a recursive adventure tale in the Conan mold with a quasi-feminist take on the whole...

Movie Review posted on 6th March 2007

I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal

I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal

The funny thing about Simon Wiesenthal, a man who will be forever remembered as a champion of justice, is that he spent a lot of time trying to get people to forget him. A mild-mannered...

Movie Review posted on 1st March 2007

When a Stranger Calls (1979)

When a Stranger Calls (1979)

There's this urban legend chestnut about a babysitter getting menacing phone calls from an escaped lunatic or hook handed psycho or drug-addled sociopath or whatever you like. The caller tells her to "check on the...

Movie Review posted on 5th February 2007

Looker

Looker

You gotta love technology. Without technology and the naturally amoral things it does, we'd have no villains in the movies. I mean what's more frightening than extreme rationality? Clones? Oh my! Circuit boards and vacuum...

Movie Review posted on 3rd February 2007

Gymkata

Gymkata

I've seen Gymkata three times. That's not a boast. The first time I caught it was on videotape in the late '80s. The second and third times it was on some late night cable station...

Movie Review posted on 3rd February 2007

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