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by Joseph Fisher

7 Oct 2010


W. Scott Poole’s recent PopMatters review of the Blu-Ray edition of The Blair Witch Project stung a little bit. While I think Poole absolutely nailed all of the problems inherent in improving the AV quality of a film that was supposed to be shot on handheld camcorders, I also have always had a soft spot for the Blair Witch deep in my heart, so it was a bit tough to see the film described as “dated”.

Which brings me, of course, to this post!  Watch below:

Now watch over here.

Frightening how relevant the movie just became, eh?

by Matt Mazur

7 Oct 2010


Forget about James Gandolfini (I have never seen an episode of The Sopranos, no lie). Yes, Kristen Stewart is in this as well (I’m told she is also in some big vampire movie franchise?). Welcome to the Rileys has one major draw for this writer: PopMatters favorite Melissa Leo, Oscar-nominated star of Frozen River.

I talked to Leo—who also offers key support in Conviction and The Fighter this year—about her process in August: “Its hard work. If you ask me about the shooting Frozen River, I will tell you fairy stories about how delightful it was, because it was to me, [but] to get lost in the character and to not be recognized from one character to the other is my joy and my pleasure”

For her disappearing act as a bereaved mother looking for peace in Welcome to the Rileys, Leo could very well be rewarded with a second Oscar nomination if the buzz is to be believed.

The film opens in limited release October 29.

by William Carl Ferleman

6 Oct 2010


Marilyn Manson has a busy Season of the Witch, in La La Land. When Manson is not working on his band’s new album, or finishing his Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll film project, or holding art exhibitions, he will be on television. First up is a biography on 6 October playing on the Biography channel that is supposed to focus on his relationship with his parents and other close friends and associates, mainly. Also, on 30 October, on the same channel, an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories will feature some of Manson’s thoughts and experiences concerning ghosts and the supernatural or occult. But that’s not all: Manson is a die-hard fan of HBO’s series Eastbound & Down, and a cameo appearance may indeed be realized.

by Timothy Gabriele

6 Oct 2010


The paneled hydraulics and industrial engineering that comprises the visual to Nosaj Thing’s “Coat of Arms” video is an odd juxtaposition the song, which is nothing if not a digital age construction. One can’t hear the rust on those pipes, nor do the parsed spaces between those gasping vocals find a properly mickey-moused on screen representative. The properly mannerist frame though does fit neatly into the recent fascination… nay, infatuation… with the triangle

by Jessy Krupa

6 Oct 2010


A popular subject among people who are really into television history are “cult TV shows”, series that never really drew in big ratings, but are deeply revered by a small yet devoted group of people. 

Sometimes a show starts out with a “cult following” and word-of-mouth turns it into a big hit. A recent example of this is CBS’ NCIS. Its eighth season began this week, with the series enjoying its highest ratings yet. However, NCIS also has something in common with several other cult TV shows—David McCallum.

Playing the role of medical examiner/ forensic psychologist Dr. Donald Mallard, “Ducky” has become a big hit among NCIS fans. Whenever internet rumors go around about someone leaving the cast, the comment section is always full of “I hope it’s not Ducky!” replies. In one episode, however, a sly reference was made to another cult TV series McCallum co-starred in.   

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