Author Archives: Robbie Imes

Harris Dickinson Goes to Hollywood

If you passed Harris Dickinson on the street you would never guess that so many people have seen him naked. He’s a fair-skinned, freckled young man, tall and sweet-faced with a gentleness about him that makes you want to talk to him. He obliges you with an awkward, but assured friendless that endears him to

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Last Night It Rained

Last night it rained and it reminded me of New York. Of old beer and whisky, of cigarettes and subway stops. Last night it rained and I felt cold. I always forget how much I love the rain. It comes at you hard, no cares, and goes the same. Sometimes the blinds in my room

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‘Elle’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

Elle – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review Challenging films often pay off in ways that you can expect. You go into a film thinking that the subject matter will be titillating, even shocking, and you walk out with a sense of relief in knowing that you got exactly what you bargained for. That is not

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‘Colossal’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

When you go to Fantastic Fest you expect to see a few films that surprise you. You’re never disappointed, but there are always those two, three, even five movies that you just can’t stop thinking and talking about after you leave. They capture the stories that you kind of fall in love with. This year, one of those films was Colossal.

‘The Arrival’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

I’m just going to come out and say it right away: The Arrival is one of those movies that make me remember why I love going to the movies. That’s been said before about a lot of movies, each time valid for the writer. But these types of movies don’t come around very often, especially

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‘Author: The JT LeRoy Story’ Offers Fans and Foes the Truth. Maybe.

Author: The JT LeRoy Story Offers Fans and Foes the Truth. Maybe. Author: The JT LeRoy Story opens with Winona Ryder thanking him, JT LeRoy. What she’s thanking him for is irrelevant because her sincerity sells it. She believes he is owed a thank you, this author, this boy, the son of a truckstop whore. And

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Akiz on His Latest Film ‘Der Nachtmahr’

The story of a girl and her monster is perhaps one of the most classic horror stories of all. There’s Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Bride of Frankenstein. These are stories of need, of love, acceptance and connection. The monster is at first reviled, then loved in some way, lest

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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review – The Witch

A Fantastic Fest Review The Witch – There’s an Evil in The Woods Canada, 2015 Special Screening, 90 min Director – Robert Eggers The Witch is a calculatedly slow burn. It’s setting is one of serenity, deep-wooded seclusion, of stark, eerie isolation. It takes place in the time of the pilgrims and folklore, of god,

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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review – Green Room

A Fantastic Fest Review Green Room – Panic at the Venue United States, 2015 Special Screening, 94 min Director – Jeremy Saulnier As a serious film fan and admitted cinefile (fine, nerd), there are fews movies that leave such a strong impression on me. I love extreme cinema, and the weirder and/or more unusual and

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