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  • Alice, Sweet Alice

    Alice, Sweet Alice

    I was recently invited to appear on Patrick Ripoll's terrific podcast Track Of The Damned. We provide an audio commentary for Alfred Sole's ALICE, SWEET ALICE (aka COMMUNION and HOLY TERROR). This episode also includes a 21 minute phone interview I conducted with director/co-writer Sole, where we talk about various Paterson, NJ locations, the current rights situation with the film, and (too briefly, I know) Sole's lost second feature, AMERICAN SOAP. Note: our audio commentary syncs up with the 106 minute U.S. DVD version, but not the 88 Films UK release, or any of the versions streaming on Youtube or Amazon Prime.

  • Thinkin' Big

    Thinkin' Big

    S.F. Brownrigg directed four very fine low-budget exploitation films between 1973-1976: DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT, SCUM OF THE EARTH (aka POOR WHITE TRASH 2), DON’T OPEN THE DOOR and KEEP MY GRAVE OPEN. While Grindhouse Releasing promises to one day give SCUM OF THE EARTH a proper special edition on home video, the other three are public domain titles and easy to acquire in admittedly lousy presentations. Still, taken collectively, these works have a demented, sleazy sort of Southern-fried…

Popular reviews

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight


    Still gathering my thoughts on THE HATEFUL EIGHT from last night. I found it to be a mean, difficult film, which I don't think it necessarily a bad thing...but, as with every post-JACKIE BROWN Tarantino movie, I understand where many of the mixed/negative reactions are coming from. I found the protracted unpleasantness an interesting choice, but I didn't wake up any of the audience members around me for their take on whether any of it was offensive.

    For me, there…

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America


    Wong-Kar Wai took a break while making his action epic ASHES OF TIME to knock out the charming, off-the-cuff CHUNGKING EXPRESS. The experience re-charged his batteries and helped him finish the more “important” picture. Noah Baumbach would appear to have done almost the opposite, at least on paper. Following up the artistic breakthrough of 2013’s FRANCES HA with another low-budget collaboration with actor/co-writer Greta Gerwig, Baumbach shot MISTRESS AMERICA, but left the unfinished project to make the more crossover-friendly Ben…