Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor for LitReactor.com. He has also written for ChuckPalahniuk.net. He was a guitarist in the band SpeedSpeedSpeed, and is the poison pen behind thejamminjabber, although he's not so sure he should admit it.
I know for shit about legitimate thee-ay-tur, but throw in copious amounts of (stage) blood and (stage?) semen, plus the threat of being doused in said fluids, and I'm taking your art seriously.Oh, and it doesn't hurt if your art... More »
I ain't gonna explain the backstory any better than the fine folks over at Subway Cinema: Originally planned to be a three-parter directed by Kim Jee-woon, Yim Pil-Sung (director of Hansel & Gretel and Antarctic Journal), and Han Jae-Rim (The Show Must Go... More »
In 2009, Yorgos Lanthimos burst onto the international film scene with his cinematic guide to good parenting, Dogtooth. It won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes, was nominated for an Oscar, and there was much rejoicing (yay!). The highly... More »
I remember being vaguely aware of Ace Attorney, the unlikely basis for Takashi Miike's latest mainstreamer, but never realized the game series had such a huge following. How huge, you ask? We're talking over 4 million units sold. That's a... More »
The 2012 New York Asian Film Festival opened with a bang on Friday night with Pang Ho-Cheung's "astonishingly filthy" film industry send-up, VULGARIA. And when we say "bang," we're not talking explosions, here. There wasn't enough money for pyrotechnics in... More »
Iberian rapscallion Alex de la Iglesia returns with AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, yet another darkly comic exercise in capricious causality. His previous film, THE LAST CIRCUS, is pretty popular around these parts, although it does have its detractors (namely,... More »
I came for the Korine. I stayed for the FAUNS. THE FOURTH DIMENSION is a triptych of vignettes all loosely centered around the titular theme of space and time. Produced in part by Eddy Moretti of VICE magazine, the film... More »
Who doesn't love a good doc about the trials and tribulations of the aspiring filmmaker? I'm not talking your Heart of Darknesses or Burden of Dreamses, as classic as those films are. I'm talking VHS Kahloucha, Audience of One, and... More »
The symbiotic relationship between celebrities and their adoring public is an interesting one. And it's films like James Franco's FRANCOPHRENIA (OR PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME TYPE OUT THE FULL TITLE EVERY TIME) that force me to consider my own role... More »
What is there to say about Tom Six's coprophagic endurance test that hasn't already been said? About as much as Martin had to say to his victims, I would think. Consequently, this review will be the reverse of my recent... More »
The Sunset Limited, Cormac McCarthy's one-act novel in dramatic form, is all about the dialog. The Sunset Limited, Tommy Lee Jones' HBO adaptation of McCarthy's play, is all about the characters delivering that dialog.The plot of both is simple: White,... More »
I don't want to hear any bitching- 2011 was a great year for film. Especially if you live in New York or got your ass to Fantastic Fest like I did. But even if you don't live in close proximity... More »
The higher-ups at Twitch have been kind enough to allow me to cross-promote a post I wrote over at LitReactor on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It is a comparison piece in which I break down all three versions-... More »
Herzog's latest, the death row documentary Into The Abyss, opened in select theaters on Friday, November 11th. Werner Herzog is an imposing cinematic figure whose body of work casts a very long shadow. On warm summer days children frolic in... More »
Before they were Identifying Bourne and shilling for Marvel comics, respectively; John Favreau, Matt Damon, Doug Liman, and Edward Norton were squatting like frat boys in The House That Harvey Built. If this is a time you remember fondly, Lionsgate... More »
Four out of five dentists may recommend sugarless gum, but four out of five horror fans recommend movies made in the 1970's. It's true. Ask any genre lover worth their weight in gore what their favorite decade is and more... More »
TCR 01:15:47:04Into The White Night is a good film. Too bad I had to watch a non-anamorphic screener with a time code running across the top and the wordSAMPLEstamped smack dab in the center of the frame. Call me a... More »
So... apparently A Night In Nude: Salvation is a sequel. I had no idea. It isn't being billed as one, at least not on the Japan Society website, yet somehow the rest of the internet seems to know what I... More »
Birthright, aka Umbilical Cord, is a deliberately paced psycho-drama about family, rejection and revenge. They say revenge is a dish best served cold, which, coincidentally, happens to be the best way to go into this film. Not because it's a... More »
As some of you may know, it was announced back in February that Lionsgate had acquired the Miramax back catalog for distribution on Blu-ray. The Scream Trilogy was one of their inaugural releases under that deal and a tentative date... More »
We need celebrities like medieval peasants needed kings and queens. Not to rule over us or impose taxes; but to offer us a tantalizingly distant glimpse into a glittering world wholly not our own, but of a piece with our own. The version of the universe where we won and...
Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also in today's Euro Beat, Cahiers du Cinema highlights the best...
It was already a good show, one of the best new broadcast TV series of the year. And then Joe Carnahan blew up The Blacklist, directing and co-writing an episode that was bloodier, more urgent, and more painful than anything that had come before. James Spader, who emerged in the...
While the United States is wrapped up warm celebrating Thanksgiving with its nearest and dearest - that one holiday that no one outside of America really understands or cares about - Team Twitch again casts fresh eyes over some overlooked gems of world cinema. This month, by sheer coincidence, proves a...
This year, fans of Japanese animation were treated to not one, but two films from Studio Ghibli, as both of its founding fathers released a film of their own. In the Summer we had The Wind Rises by Miyazaki Hayao, and last week saw the premiere of The Tale of...