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.
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 »
The screenwriter behind Kim Jee-woon's The Good, The Bad and The Weird makes his directorial debut with Korean box office hit, Haunters. Haunters is a quasi-superhero flick depicting the adversarial relationship between a powerful "psychic" and the only man impervious... More »
This review contains spoilers.You know the saying, "A nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there?" Well, Moo-do Island isn't even a nice place to visit. With a population of roughly nine- including a pair of abusive... More »
I wonder if the perpetrators of the Columbine massacre saw God before they proceeded to shoot up their classmates- and if so- was God a middle-aged Japanese man in a bad suit? I mean, God does works in mysterious ways,... More »
Aussie documentarian Mark Hartley returns with another exploitation expose for the discriminating connoisseur of crap. Only this time around he emigrates from his native Australia to focus on the down and dirty films of the Philippine Islands. Those familiar with... More »
You pretty much know what you're in for when you go to see a film called Hobo With A Shotgun. Not only because it's all right there in the title, but because a film like that tends to skew towards... More »
If the perceived douchiness of Adrian Grenier is preventing you from seeing this film, let me assuage your fears- Teenage Paparazzo is very, very good. Sure, it's familiar territory for the star, but this isn't some superficial vanity project or... More »
[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]13 Assassins will be available on VOD in North America starting today, March 25th and opens in select U.S. cities starting on April 29th. To quote another review of mine, "it's been... More »
[Once again, our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]The Foul King screens Tuesday, March 1st, as part of BAM Rose Cinema's Kim Jee-woon retrospect- Severely Damaged: The Cinema of Kim Jee-woon. This ain't no Wallace Beery wrestling picture,... More »
[Our Thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review]The Quiet Family screens Monday, February 28th, as part of BAM Rose Cinema's Kim Jee-woon retrospect- Severely Damaged: The Cinema of Kim Jee-woon. The first time I saw The Quiet Family, I... More »
When he's not busy scripting Hollywood blockbusters for the likes of Alex Proyas and Scott Derrickson, UK based screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine is wringing his hands menacingly and plotting his own directorial career. Allusions to cartoonish super-villainy aside, Hazeldine has crafted... More »
[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]The Electric Chair was screened Friday, October 15th at The 92Y Tribeca Screening Room in NYC. It will be available on DVD Tuesday, October 19th through Wild Eye Releasing. What do you... More »
[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for taking the time to conduct and transcribe the following interview.]At this point in his fledgling international career, the name Tom Six should be instantly familiar to most genre fans. Hell, even my mother is... More »
[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]I don't think I've ever used the word "penis" so many times in a review before. Directed by and starring acclaimed Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto, Symbol is a film with an... More »
[Once again our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]Golden Slumber fills my eyes, but what exactly is it I'm seeing? A man-on-the-run conspiracy thriller, mixing JFK and The Bourne Identity? Or a treatise on friendship lost, the repairing... More »
[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review. Rant, disc issues and all.]Rant alert: I know piracy is a real problem, but I'm rapidly losing patience with the giant, garish watermarks being slapped on screeners these days. Especially on... More »
[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review]Ning Hao's CRAZY RACER is not the film I thought it was going to be. Granted, I went in having only read a brief summary, but that summary painted a very specific... More »
György Pálfi, the man responsible for the subdued murder mystery Hukkle, and the grotesque, Eastern Bloc artistry of Taxidermia, returns with I Am Not Your Friend, a Soderberghian exercise in low budget improvisation. The film follows a small group of... More »
[ Once again, props go to Joshua Chaplinksy for this review ]Four Years ago, a bizarre little film called Sheitan made me a fan of director Kim Chapiron for life. It starred Vincent Cassel as a demented hillbilly who makes... More »
[ Our Thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review ]Omar A. Rodriguez Lopez is gonna need a bigger hat rack. The prolific solo artist and fearless leader of Latin progsters, The Mars Volta, is now a bona fide filmmaker.... More »
Even as it was earning the Best Animated feature accolade from the Boston Film Critics Society over the weekend, The Wind Rises continued to be dogged by the same controversy which has trailed it since its release back in Japan. Specifically, what animator Miyazaki Hayao is calling his final film...
This week's entry of New To Netflix continues with more time travel. Cinema itself is kind of a time machine, so watch as I contort this notion. Transporting us back to a time and place, or at least an idea of such. Peter Chan's sumptuous Dragon (aka Wu Xia) uses time to...
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...