John Grassi's recent essay "The Unhappy Undead" was published in PopMatters and will be included in Centipede Press' new collection: Studies in the Horror Film Night of the Living Dead. An excerpt from his first novel, The Order of the Malachi was a finalist in L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Award.
The Twilight universe is ruled by a curious strain of American morality that can be described as “bloody puritan”. Decapitations = Yes, Premarital Sex = No.
26 Mar 2013
“What if insurance companies gain access to this information?” asks Jay Adelson, who recently completed genome typing.
26 Jun 2012
This film has the greatest love scene in all of cinema; it beats the airfield ending in Casablanca, Brando howling for Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, and even the sinking Titanic. This is it.
21 Feb 2012
Wes Anderson's 1998 masterpiece is a sharply observed coming-of-age film, a hilarious fish-out-of-water farce, and a bittersweet tale of unrequited love.
04 Jan 2012
This series is unabashedly erotic, and the sexual tensions and betrayals in Arthur’s court eventually threaten the king’s moral authority.
12 Oct 2011
In post-Thatcher England, the future looks bleak in this two-hour journey to oblivion, down the dark alley of a twisted soul.
26 Jul 2011
This collection of three films is a fascinating portrait of a bold young artist before she became a Hollywood legend.
05 May 2011
This isn’t the China that the propaganda ministers in Beijing tirelessly promote. This isn’t what their corporate partners in America want people to see. Yet Fan doesn’t flinch from this personal tragedy, this disintegration of a family.
24 Feb 2011
As this cautionary tale winds down, our central character enjoys the privilege of the overclass; she doesn’t pay for her crimes -- others pay.
30 Nov 2010
Bruce Springsteen's Darkness therapy. The stakes are remarkably high and the film is reminiscent of the Beatles' Let It Be, as we glimpse a band under the pressure of expectations.
17 Nov 2010
Wonderland is a fascinating character study of John Holmes, a porn star who tried to screw the wrong people.
17 Oct 2010
Torture is symptomatic of a society that’s given up on liberal democracy, due process of law, and common decency. When the use of torture is accepted, a moral threshold has been crossed and only barbarism can follow.
04 Oct 2010
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