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The Weekend 5

  • Bill Murray, movie star vs. Bill Murray, Meme.
  • Part 1 and Part 2 of an interesting letter exchange between Israeli Palestinian writer Sayed Kashua and Israeli Jewish writer Etgar Keret.
  • Twin Peaks and the return from “meanwhile.”
  • Michael Haneke’s everyday horror.
  • Trailer of the Week: Susanna Fogel’s Life Partners

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The Weekend 5

  • Who’s afraid of the big bad trans*woman? On horror and transfemininity. (warning: film spoilers)
  • This awesome dissection of internet hyperbole will make your cry and change your life.
  • What’s the purpose of the rape/revenge horror film?
  • 15 books that will make the conversation about race an actual conversation.
  • Trailer of the Week: Jeff Preiss’s Low Down

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Top 8: Creepiest Films

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8. Ringu aka The Ring

A reporter (Nanako Matsushima) discovers a cursed videotape that kills everyone who sees it. She attempts to uncover the mystery, putting her family in danger in the process. Ringu’s masterful pacing and tense sequences places it at the top of the J-horror subgenre. There have been many knock-offs since, but the film’s fright quotient is unparalleled.  

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The Weekend 5

  • The movies’ 50 greatest pop music moments.
  • Ordinary f**cking  people: modes of verisimilitude in Boyhood and Richard Linklater’s “Before” movies.
  • Director Megan Griffiths defends unmarketable films.
  • A wonderful essay about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at 40.
  • Trailer of the Week: Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure

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The Weekend 5

  • Critics Jake Mulligan and Sean Burns discuss Kevin Smith’s filmography.
  • The 50 weirdest movies ever made.
  • Arcade Fire’s Funeral and the legacy of the “whoa-oh.”
  • 20 years later: powerful realism and nostalgia in My So-Called Life.
  • Trailer of the Week: Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip 

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The Weekend 5

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Fantasy Festival Day 11

R100 (Japan 2013)

4 out of 5

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Fantasy Festival Day 10

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White Bird in a Blizzard (USA/France 2014)

3.5 out of 5

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Fantasy Festival Day 9

Among the Living aka aus yeux des vivants (France 2014)

3 out of 5

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The Weekend 5

  • Some wise words from 20th century schizophrenic playwright Antoine Artaud.
  • An anatomy of film genres.
  • Jason Diamond talks about growing up in a John Hughes movie.
  • The most radical films about young women’s lives, according to flavorwire.
  • Trailer of the Week: David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars 

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