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Reviews & Commentary by Adam Groves

Remembering That Which is Better Forgotten: HOT DOG…THE MOVIE and HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE

HOT DOG…THE MOVIE and HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE are two not-very-distinguished products of the “raunch-com” cycle of ANIMAL HOUSE and PORKY’S inspired sex comedies

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SHOLAY: THE MAKING OF A CLASSIC

In the rarefied world of Bollywood SHOLAY is possibly the most iconic and influential film in existence

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PURGATORY

1998 was the year of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, a war movie that allegedly broke new ground in its depiction of the ugliness of combat. Few seem to know about the ’98 Russian movie PURGATORY, which far outdid Spielberg’s film in grit, gore and sheer unpleasantness

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ANOTHER EARTH

Here’s a neglected science fiction themed indie that deserves a reappraisal

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Jack Ketchum: 1946-2018

This one hurt. Certainly there have been a lot of famous people deaths that have affected me, but this one impacted me especially

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BOOK OF SOULS

This short nonfiction collection was by Jack Ketchum—who is now, tragically, the late Jack Ketchum, a fact that renders BOOK OF SOULS even more poignant than it was initially

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KUSAH HAKWAAN

One of those no-budget wonders that demands the viewer be VERY forgiving, yet offers a number of real rewards for those willing to put up with its shoddy production values

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MIND GAME

An extremely well-regarded anime feature that premiered back in 2004 yet didn’t receive US distribution until fourteen years later

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2017: Bedlam in Print

Assembling a best-books-of-the-year list is always a dicey proposition. Quite simply, nobody can be expected to track down and read every worthwhile book printed over the course of the previous year…

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2017: The Year in Bedlam

What follows is the latest installment of the Year in Bedlam overview of the previous year’s best and worst movies, according to yours-truly

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I LOVE YOU, DADDY

Here we have the most controversial film of 2017, a modest black and white comedy that seemingly overnight went from being one of the year’s most anticipated releases to one of its most reviled

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25 FIREMAN’S STREET

An ambitious piece of avant-garde filmmaking from early-1970s Hungary that’s both an impassioned political statement and a hallucinatory spectacle

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2017: A Look Back in Bedlam

Here we have the latest installment of my Look Back in Bedlam end-of-the-year overview of topics that are of particular interest to this site–and Bedlam, it turns out, was indeed the word for 2017

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Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies

Hallmark Channel Christmas movies: over the past decade such films have become mainstays on the Hallmark Channel cable network

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MILLER AND MAX

An absolute must for MAD MAX fans, a sort-of biography of Australian filmmaker George Miller and his signature creation

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I BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS

France was the source of this 1984 Christmas themed atrocity, which is horrendous—albeit quite endearingly so

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BLAZE OF EMBERS

This collection of seven erotic-surreal stories, initially published back in 1959 (in French), was apparently quite the shocker in its day

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THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HITLER

Here was have what is probably the most controversial work in a career that has seen no shortage on controversy

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IF I WERE A SPY

The second film directed by France’s Bertrand Blier was this eccentric black and white noir thriller from 1967

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CLOUDS

Filipino horror trash that was apparently marketed as a porno flick in its native land—a designation that isn’t entirely off the mark given the copious sex scenes and trashy overall vibe

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PURGATORY

1998 was the year of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, a war movie that allegedly broke new ground in its depiction of the ugliness of combat. Few seem to know about the ’98 Russian movie PURGATORY, which far outdid Spielberg’s film in grit, gore and sheer unpleasantness

read more

KUSAH HAKWAAN

One of those no-budget wonders that demands the viewer be VERY forgiving, yet offers a number of real rewards for those willing to put up with its shoddy production values

read more

BLAZE OF EMBERS

This collection of seven erotic-surreal stories, initially published back in 1959 (in French), was apparently quite the shocker in its day

read more

THE TWENTY DAYS OF TURIN

One of the most interesting translations to appear in some time, this is the first-ever English version of a short novel that was originally published in Italian back in 1977

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BOOK OF SOULS

This short nonfiction collection was by Jack Ketchum—who is now, tragically, the late Jack Ketchum, a fact that renders BOOK OF SOULS even more poignant than it was initially

read more

MILLER AND MAX

An absolute must for MAD MAX fans, a sort-of biography of Australian filmmaker George Miller and his signature creation

read more

Jack Ketchum: 1946-2018

This one hurt. Certainly there have been a lot of famous people deaths that have affected me, but this one impacted me especially

read more

2017: Bedlam in Print

Assembling a best-books-of-the-year list is always a dicey proposition. Quite simply, nobody can be expected to track down and read every worthwhile book printed over the course of the previous year…

read more