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The Day Reagan Was Shot + In the Face of Evil

The Day Reagan Was Shot + In the Face of Evil

The second visit in a look at presidents and propaganda. The Day Reagan Was Shot, a film that says much about Ronald Reagan by knocking him the fuck out. Richard Dreyfuss as: some old white government type with lots of power and an overinflated sense of self-worth (to put it mildly). Audience demand facts. Fun fact: celebrity YouTuber Stephen Bannon once worked in the actual White House. An entire segment about Bannon that doesn’t make fun of how fucking poorly he dresses. Seriously, what a goddamn slob, doesn’t the White House have a bouncer? In the Face of Evil: Reagan’s War in Word and Deed: A bloated title from a bloated man. Bannon’s actual aims – what lurks under his racist Nazi skin suit. How the nupopulist movement is like some kind of cult (or one of the later Harry Potter books).

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Jigsaw + Cult of Chucky

Jigsaw + Cult of Chucky

If it’s almost still October, it must almost still be Saw, again. Plus: Chucky, the unbeatable. First up, not everyone is Jigsaw. Tobin Bell and company walk the red carpet, but some one does not proceed to the latest Saw film. John Kramer is both dead and committing crimes, how can this be!? The Curse of the Chucky. Everyone is Charles Lee Ray. Not really but actually kind of or whatever. Finding a compelling story this late in a franchise. Don Mancini is just so so good. Where other franchise sell out, Child’s Play doubles down.

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Killapalooza 33: Resident Evil

Killapalooza 33: Resident Evil

Resident Evil films 1-6. A lengthy analysis of an otherwise un-touched horror juggernaut. Power-couple Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich. Much like Resident Evil, people need to cherish the Michelle Rodriguezs they have. Resident Evil: Apocolypse, Extinction, Afterlive, Retribution, and The Final Chapter. Marilyn Manson writes some score, Charlie Clouser picks up where he left off, and A Perfect Circle somehow gets involved. Resident Evil has incredible icons. Some past-due respect for production and costume design. Six theatrical releases and more than 1.2 billion at the box office, and somehow ignored by genre fans.

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The Purge 2: Anarchy + The Belko Experiment

The Purge 2: Anarchy + The Belko Experiment

Experiments in extreme survival. Eric has seen MAYHEM! Contrary to appearance, there is probably no office Battle Royale zeitgeist moment happening right now. Horror as a funhouse mirror to society. Being a genre fan in the wake of actual no-kidding US massacres. The little big film. People really really wanted The Purge to go outside for some reason. What is The Belko Experiment? The trolley problem. When most would save five lives instead of saving four, the concept of intervention creates a wrinkle. Raise your hand if you’ve seen Circle.

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Don’t Breathe + The Good Neighbor

Don’t Breathe + The Good Neighbor

Suburban crime: breaking into the old man’s house edition. Crime on the victim’s turf. A secret basement double feature! The morality pendulum swings! When you get too close to the antagonist, horror happens. If you’re too far away from the antagonist, horror happens. Horror often creates a fantasy world where the audience can be threatened by forces they will never encounter in real life. These two movies show the horrors when those fantasy rules are assumed but do not apply. High concept horror. The most intense, what the fuck scene in the last year of horror. Candy corn lasts forever. Warning: do not put candy corn in your stomach as only bad will come of it.

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It + Nosferatu the Vampyre

It + Nosferatu the Vampyre

Embracing the increasingly popular month-long October horror obsession. A celebration of classic remakes gone double classic. New Line Cinema releases IT, completing their rags to riches story with an incredible moment in the mainstream popularization of horror. Creating a new cult icon does not undo the original cult icon. It as a pop-culture carnivale ride. What’s good for the industry’s good for the genre. Looking back at the impossible creation of Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu. By vampire, they mean Dracula. Rats Rats Rats. Is Nosferatu the Vampyre more Nosferatu or more Bram Stoker’s Dracula? A return to the macabre. Announce Double Feature’s big 2017 surprise.

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I’m a Cyborg But That’s Ok + Heartbeeps

I’m a Cyborg But That’s Ok + Heartbeeps

Love and Bots. Double Feature is about to release something HUGE – sign up on Patreon before the next episode and find out what. https://patreon.com/doublefeature Even more news? Eric Thirteen has a new film, DISPOSITION, and it’s playing all fifty states and around the world. Get notified when it plays near you at http://dispositionfilm.com. Finally, humans need ice cream. I’m a Cyborg But That’s Ok tackles care through mutual instability. The title hypothesizes a stance on fantasy vs delusion in recovery and coping. People don’t let people believe delusion. Also, separate topic, what the fuck is Heartbeeps? Stan Winston receives an award, Andy Kaufman gives a final performance, an this is the film that disappears into obscurity? The state of robotics in the 21st century and it’s impact on film. And on jokebots. Also important. Continue reading

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Buffalo 66 + Chinatown

Buffalo 66 + Chinatown

When sketchy individuals make great films – what is the moral imperative of an audience in reaction to the art of those alleged to have done wrong, both well after the film and on the set of the very art itself. Using these two films as a launching point for a conversation about “problematic artists,” it should be noted that these specific individuals may be complete innocent. But if they weren’t (and other artists aren’t), how far can art go to produce results? In Buffalo 66, controversial director Vincent Gallo is alleged to have abused Christina Ricci on set. Together they created something amazing, although it certainly has an unintentional factor to it. Should the film be boycotted? How should it be presented in the future? Does this all hang on the opinions of the person abused? A note about A Continue reading

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The Raid 2 + Crank 2: High Voltage

The Raid 2 + Crank 2: High Voltage

How to double down. Two undeniable action films get equally influential sequels (which is to say, why the fuck did these not influence everything that followed?) The Raid: Redemption: Two: 2: Berandal. Crank (2) High Voltage. Fuck you, Chellios! Eric plants seeds; a beautiful tree grows. Why there are no eyeballs being drilled out in Die Hard. Something that makes breaking out of the mold that much more more difficult. Crank 2: Beind Belief. Listen to movies, they know the world they take place in. Where has the action hero gone? Mike Patton is The Darkness (and one thousand other sounds).

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When Harry Met Sally + That Obscure Object of Desire

When Harry Met Sally + That Obscure Object of Desire

Romantic entanglements aren’t helped by toxic masculinity. Eric’s ex-girlfriends present: anti-romance! Double Feature has survivor’s guilt in Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, California. Drafthouse personally apologizes for a hurricane. Rob Reiner introduces Harry and Sally and ellipses. A man thinks men and women can’t be friends but that was back when there were only two genders no seriously. Is When Harry Met Sally… about people or relationships or humanity? The infamous fake orgasm diner scene. Luis Buñuel, or as he is more commonly known, the Spanish Rob Reiner. Buñuel wants you to know: we do not live in the best possible universe. Strangers on a train…also talk about orgasms. Who is the true obscure object of desire? Continue reading

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