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B-fest 2014 line-up (spoilers)

We are proud to represent the Psychotronic Film Society (original Chicago chapter) at the annual B-fest 24-hour schlockarama again this year. Go to www.b-fest.com for more details. We have the latest line-up right here under the break:

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Sinister Cinema unearths Russian sci-fi

Just received the latest flyer in the mail from Sinister Cinema, the legendary video mail order label famous for making unknown or hard to find genre titles available during the first decade or so of the home video age.

Among the titles in their “25th Annual Bumper Crop” offerings available just in time for Halloween are a couple of rare Russian sci-fi epics. The Robots of Ripley (AKA Gibel Sensatsii – “Death of Sensation”) was long thought to be a 1935 adaptation of Karl Capek’s play R.U.R., for which the term “robot” was coined. Though this is not so, from Sinister’s description it sounds like a lot more fun! Continue reading

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The Matrix Reloaded

Whoa It takes my old computer about five minutes to restart, so it’s no surprise that it took the Wachowski brothers a few years to reload the Matrix. They’ve spent their time well, producing a sequel that feels more like … Continue reading

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Metropolis

Anime vitae Osamu Tezuka was so taken with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis that he had to create his own version. In 1949, Tezuka was one of Japan’s favorite young cartoonists. His New Treasure Island series had been a big hit, and … Continue reading

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A.I.

The Anti-Intellectual This film will always be remembered as the project left unfinished by Stanley Kubrick, then picked up and finished by Steven Spielberg. The first question this brings up is: how much of A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)is Kubrick and how … Continue reading

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Mikey loves Lara! Guest Review by Mike Flores The tremendous opening weekend forĀ Lara Croft Tomb Raider not only represents a triumph for actress Angelina Jolie, but also has great significance for women now working in Hollywood. From the 1920s to … Continue reading

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Kronos DVD

Giant robot gyros from space This prime example of 1950s science fiction has been much overshadowed in intervening decades by more expensive productions like Forbidden Planet. This is unfortunate, as in some ways KronosĀ (1957) was ahead of its time, and … Continue reading

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My Son the Vampire DVD

Old Mother Riley meets Bela Lugosi Bela Lugosi had seen better days. In the early 1930s, he was in all his glory, cruising on his amazing triumph in Dracula, both on the stage and screen. He threw lavish parties, smoked … Continue reading

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Brothers Quay Collection DVD

Quazy Quartoons I first encountered the mad world of Stephen and Timothy Quay at the World Animation Festival in Ottawa in 1980. Stuffed into a program amid some very funny comedy vignettes was their first short, “Nocturna Artificiala.” The Quays’ … Continue reading

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The Brain That Wouldn’t Die DVD

Jan in the Pan Though Rhino failed to impress with their initial DVD offering (Galaxina), they’ve come to play ball with their Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVDs. No, it doesn’t have any alternate audio options, deleted footage, or even subtitles … Continue reading

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