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Media Consumption 2016

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Here’s a list of the media I consumed in 2016. Let’s start off with “Sitting in the Dark With Strangers”, which is a list of movies I’ve been doing for like ten years now. While I technically watched 122 movies this year (according to letterboxd) these are the ones that would count as being 2016 films, although a few of them technically came out in at festivals in 2015. My list, my rules. 1. High-Rise (dir. Ben Wheatley) 2. Hail, […]

Media Consumption 2015

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Here’s a list of all the media I consumed in 2015. First off, Sitting in the Dark With Strangers, my yearly list of movies in order of how much I liked them. I saw most of these in theatres in regular release, but I’ll mark off ones that I saw on VOD or at a film festival. Some of these would be considered 2014 movies, but they didn’t make their way to Edmonton in time […]

Followup Questions: An Interview with Kier-La Janisse, editor of Satanic Panic!

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Last month I reviewed Satanic Panic, a collection of essays examining the decade-long freakout over supposed Satanic influences across American media. It’s a fantastic introduction to the social mores of the period, and sheds light on a lot of the country’s Puritannical tendencies, and how they’ve continued on. Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women and co-editor of the collection, has agreed to answer some questions about how the book came to be: Short […]

Review: Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015)

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While it may have laid down roots in the late Sixties and Seventies, with the blockbuster success of films like Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Omen (1976), or with the resurgence of interest in occult matters after the founding of Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, the “Satanic Panic” is really a relic of the Eighties. It was a time when such seemingly innocuous things as rockstars prancing around in tights and big hair, half hour toy […]

Review: Consumed, by David Cronenberg (2014)

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Musical Accompaniment: “The Purple People Eater”, by Sheb Wooley “Electronic stores in airports had become their neighborhood hangouts, although more often than not they weren’t there at the same time. It got to the point that they could sense traces of each other among the boxes of electric plug adapters and microSD flashcards. They would trade notes about the changing stock of lenses and point-n-shoots at Ferihegy, Schiphol, Da Vinci. And they would leave shopping […]

Followup Questions: An Interview with Robert Repino, author of Mort(e)!

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In February, I reviewed Robert Repino’s debut novel Mort(e), which is the story of a simple housecat who has been uplifted into becoming a stronger, taller, sentient soldier for a mad Queen of the Ants and her war against humanity. And that’s only the beginning! The book is a lot of fun, so I suggest you check out my review and pick it up if it sounds up your alley. Repino has been gracious enough to answer […]

Media Consumption 2014

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Here’s a pretty thorough list of all the media I consumed in 2014. We’ll start with Sitting in the Dark With Strangers, my yearly movie list. I’m basically happy with this preferential ranking, although a few things could move around. 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 2. Under the Skin 3. Inherent Vice 4. The Wind Rises 5. Gunday 6. John Wick 7. Jodorowsky’s Dune 8. Blue Ruin 9. Guardians of the Galaxy  10. Godzilla 11. […]

Followup Questions: An Interview with Caelum Vatnsdal, author of They Came From Within!

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Last week I reviewed the ten year anniversary edition of Caelum Vatnsdal’s classic Canadian horror retrospective They Came From Within. It’s an excellent book, well worth checking out if you’re into Canadian film or horror movies in general. I approached Vatnsdal’s publisher, Arbeiter Ring Publishing, about an interview and was lucky enough to ask the talented scribe a few questions about one of his favoured topics. Read on for a fun conversation about the state of Canadian […]

Review: They Came From Within (Second Edition), by Caelum Vatnsdal

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When you think of a quintessentially “Canadian” film, what is the very first thing that comes to mind? Maybe a windswept Prairie scene, a dilapidated old farmhouse and a family tragedy somehow involving land exchanging hands? An NFB documentary, perhaps, about our country’s vast Northern wilderness, spiced up with some bear, moose or mountain goat action shots? Young men forced from their homes to look for work after economic collapse, headed towards either Toronto in […]

Review: Perfidia, by James Ellroy (2014)

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Musical Accompaniment: “Life During Wartime” by the Talking Heads In retrospect, I probably wasn’t ready to fully appreciate Perfidia. For background, about five years ago, I tore through James Ellroy’s First L.A. Quartet over the course of a summer. I first got into them by way of Curtis Hanson’s film adaptation of L.A. Confidential, which remains one of my favourite movies ever, and also through Brian de Palma’s ill-fated adaptation of The Black Dahlia, which I still don’t think is […]