Dave Canfield
Chicago, Illinois

Canfield is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association but can't decide if that makes him a critic. He is a writer for the well respected Magill's Cinema Annual and has been with Twitch Film since the beginning but can't decide if that makes him a writer. He's often called to speak and teach various people but is not sure if this makes him a teacher. If you think you know what Canfield is please write or call the guys at Twitch Film. There is a substantial reward leading to the successful identification of this man.

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2014: Canfield Delivers His 10 Most Anticipated

The second year for the Chicago Critics Film Festival promises big things. 23 Chicago premieres and 14 shorts combined with appearances from a number of filmmakers and film subjects are just part of why. In many ways the most exciting part... More »
  

Opening: THE FINAL MEMBER, Size Matters In This Penis Documentary

A documentary about Siggi, the founder and curator of the world's only penis museum, The Final Member tracks his quest for one last endowment, requiring a very personal donation. Two of our writers, Jason Gorber and Dave Canfield, have seen the... More »
  

Hey, Chicago! Wanna Meet Doug Jones (HELLBOY, PAN'S LABYRINTH)? How about Kyra Schon (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD)? Then Come to the April 12 Sci-Fi Spectacular

Ever get a hug from Doug Jones? Trust me. You want a Doug hug. After that you can have Kyra Schon, the little zombie girl from Night of the Living Dead, plant a trowel in your chest and eat your... More »
  

Free Tickets: I Spy with My Little Eye a Free Chicago Area Screening of OCULUS!

I had the honor of hosting a special screening of Mike Flanagan's last film  Absentia back in 2011. I was thrilled. He was clearly an upcoming talent who knew his way around storytelling, camera and creating potent dread. Flash forward... More »
  

CHEAP THRILLS Interview: Pat Healy And Ethan Embry Talk About Reality, Moral Centers, And Drinking The Kool-Aid

Seen Cheap Thrills yet? Do so. Period. But be warned. What looks like a simple genre game of whack-a-mole is anything but. Characters do the most horrible things to each other, some of it is genuinely hilarious, but after a... More »
  

The Stack: Twilight Time Releases, Indie Horror LORD OF TEARS, THE KILLING FIELDS, And More

Welcome Back to The Stack. I'm Dave Canfield, here to help guide you through the last few weeks of DVD and Blu-ray releases. All sorts of stuff has come across my path since I last did an episode and this... More »
  

Watch OTHER, A Powerful Short Film About Body Horror

Body horror is a sticky subject. No, really. I wasn't just making a bad pun. In the wrong hands, attempts at stories of this kind can be simply disgusting. But when it is done well, body horror can yield evocative results.... More »
  

Ben Wheatley Talks A FIELD IN ENGLAND, Destiny, And His Characters

I first became aware of Ben Wheatley when I was assigned to write an essay on his film Down Terrace (2009) for Magill's Cinema Annual. What struck me while watching it was how carefully balanced and powerful it was and... More »
  

Crispin Glover at Chicago's Patio Theatre Friday, Feb. 7

Quick heads up to those who've yet to catch famed auteur of the outré Crispin Glover on the road. The man may be best known for his roles in Back To the Future, Willard, Wild At Heart, and River's Edge,... More »
  

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2013 Part Five: ARGO Extended, BBC vs. Bruce Lee Legacy Collection, Plus A Chance To Win Bruce Campbell-Worn BURN NOTICE Shirt

Welcome to the fifth and final gift guide episode of 2013! It has been a fun ride sorting through all this stuff and finding entertaining ways to let you know it's out there for your gifting pleasure. In a way... More »
  

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2013 Part Four: Criterion Collection

There is NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING I love more present-wise than catching up on the Criterion Collection releases I may have missed throughout the year. Here are some I want to especially recommend for the holidays and gift giving.... More »
  

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2013 Part Three: Boxie Boxes Edition

Welcome to part three of The Stack Holiday Gift Guide! This segment shows me almost getting a hernia, driving the batmobile (sort of), yelling a lot and and examining the beautiful box sets Warner Brothers sent out. I also found... More »
  

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2013 Part Two: Old Fogie Edition, Or: Remember THE MOD SQUAD?

Welcome to part two of The Stack Holiday Gift Guide! This segment covers stuff that mom and dad and other older relatives might enjoy. Heck bring an open mind and discover some of the biggest TV shows from the 70s... More »
  

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2013 Part One: Books! A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION, THE ART OF JUAN ORTIZ, And More

Welcome to the first part of The Stack Holiday Gift Guide! This segment covers books that any self respecting geek would be thrilled to find under the tree. Some of them are art books of the kind that inspire filmmakers... More »
  

The Stack: THE HOBBIT Extended Version, TANK GIRL, RUSSIAN ARK, And More

This episode brings us up to date with our releases through November 26. The mix of old and new is exhilarating. The absolutely breathtaking Russian Ark makes its Blu-ray debut. Hannah Arendt does as well, telling the story of the woman... More »
  

The Stack: I DECLARE WAR, BODY BAGS, BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, And More

I took a week off to prep the Gift Guide, which is shaping up to be a doozy. So is this week's reminder episode of recent home entertainment releases, featuring The Beauty of the Devil (1950) from Rene Clair and (finally)... More »
  

Keanu Reeves And Tiger Chen Talk MAN OF TAI CHI And The Meaning Of Martial Arts Films

Talk to Keanu Reeves and Tiger Hu Chen about their new film Man of Tai Chi? Whoa! Joking aside, it was a rare chance and one for which I was grateful. Reeves is a fascinating figure who has crafted a solid... More »
  

Red Clark's GRAY MATTER Teaser Trailer Is Old School Perfection

I first heard about someone making a short film out of Stephen King's short story Gray Matter at a horror movie marathon here in Chicago. That was over a year ago. Red Clark, the writer director happened to be there... More »
  

The Stack: BEFORE MIDNIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, NIGHT TIDE, And More

This week's show is a little light on Halloween goodness but what's there is, is choice. Night Tide is an early Dennis Hopper vehicle full of sea siren sideshows and tragic surrealism. The Purge is one of the better home invasion... More »
  

Giveaway: WILD STYLE 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD Sets

No history of hip-hop is complete without mention of Wild Style, which marks its 30th Anniversary via a two-disc deluxe DVD release from Music Box Films. The film combines break dancing, the tagging of Lee Quinones, and the musical exploits... More »
  
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