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by Luke Gorham by Steven Warner Podcasts

Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 100: Vampire’s Kiss

October 14, 2019

#100: Vampire’s Kiss Download episode here. Listen to episode here. Episode Description: This week, we are celebrating both our Month of Horrors Extravaganza and our 100th episode by treating ourselves with Nicolas Cage in his most deranged role – 1989’s Vampire’s Kiss, directed by Robert Bierman. The actor who has acted the most stars as a publishing executive who becomes convinced that he is turning into a vampire, resulting in whole lot of bug-eyed looks, random hip thrusts, and an accent…

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by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

CineCina Film Festival 2019

The inaugural CineCina — officially, New York’s only Chinese cinema-focussed film festival — wrapped about a week ago. Featured in this report are just some of the fine narrative and documentary films from across the Chinese diaspora that played as part of the program,…

April 25, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Lawrence Garcia Film

A City of Sadness | Hou Hsiao-hsien

If A City of Sadness represents Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s greatest achievement to date — an assessment that its Venice Golden Lion and long-standing reputation would seem to support — this is in part because Hou’s oblique, elliptical approach to narrative creates an astounding frisson with the film’s…

February 16, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Greg Cwik Music

Galaxie 500 | On Fire

Galaxie 500 is often labeled as a “shoegaze” band, which is understandable: their indolent, undeviating style (gently distorted guitars committing to one riff, one obsessive, rhythmic progression, and Dean Wareham’s sui generis singing, that indelible voice pervading each song like an unsound apparition) doesn’t…

January 5, 2019
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 31

#31: Too Dumb for Roman Numerals: The Sleazetacular ’80s of Charles Bronson & J. Lee Thompson Download episode here. Episode Description: The Reagan ’80s did funny things to people. Charles Bronson and J. Lee Thompson, the subjects of this month’s Bad Idea Podcast, were not exempt. The…

May 2, 2017
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Drew Hunt Film

Drugstore Cowboy | Gus Van Sant

What Woody Allen is to New York — or, more accurately, what John Waters is to Baltimore — Gus Van Sant is to Portland. His films, particularly Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy, and My Own Private Idaho (known collectively as the “Portland Trilogy”) played a seismic role in cementing the city’s counterculture identity,…

March 9, 2015
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