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31 Nights of Halloween!: 21st – 24th Nights


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Intro. It’s three — count ‘em, three! — for the price of one today as we kick-off the transition to the anxious 50′s with a trio of appropriately threatening selections of monster-making mayhem. Moving right along to the 60′s, controversy, arthouse confusion, and glorious schlock hold sway over our fast approach upon the 31st Night of […]


Zekefilm Halloween Countdown

Top Horror Sequels of All Time

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It’s Halloween time again, and time to start horror movie countdowns. Horror is a genre that lends itself well to being ranked, listed and categorized. It’s just as fun for the writer as it is for the reader, so keep coming back for more lists that lead us to October 31st.   Now let’s begin […]


Interview: Kaitlyn Denver

Actress of "The Spectacular Now", "Short Term 12" and This Years "Men, Women & Children" Talks About Her New Character in Jason Reitman's Latest.

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Kaitlyn Dever, one of Hollywood’s upcoming actresses to look out for, is no stranger to social media. In fact, she’s devoted herself to accurately portraying the typical sheltered and overprotected teenager in Jason Reitman’s newest star-studded film “Men, Women & Children.” In the film Dever plays daughter to hyper-vigilant, internet-watchdog mom, Jennifer Garner. “I’ve gotten […]


Interview: Alejandro González Inarritu

Director speaks on The Superhero Genre, & His New Film "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

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  In his run-down backstage dressing room, a reflective Michael Keaton, stripped to his tighty-whities, mutters, “How did we get here?” The former superhero and Hollywood star best known for Tim Burton’s “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992), is now starring in Alejandro González Inarritu’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” Iñárritu is the […]

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31 Nights of Halloween!: 17th – 20th Nights


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Intro. Taking a brief respite from horror fare, an All-American musical, a zany black comedy, and a witty drawing-room comedy, with ghostly overtones, are designed to fitfully amuse before jumping back aboard the horror train with a low-budget gem! 31 Nights of Halloween! 17th Night: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944, MGM, dir. Vincente Minnelli) A […]

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Film Review: FURY

It's World War 2 All Over Again For Brad Pitt

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  “Why are you showing me this?” “Ideals are peaceful. History is violent”. Perhaps you’ve heard that exchange in the trailer for the film its from, Fury. I honestly don’t know whether it’s there or not. But the fact is that in the waning years of World War II, despite however “screenwriterly” that answer may […]


Film Review: St. Vincent (Erik’s Take)

Are there really Saints Among Us?

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People are broken. This is never truer than the example we have of Vincent.  Vincent (Bill Murray-Lost in Translation, Moonrise Kingdom, Ghostbusters) is a former war veteran who can’t seem to escape a cycle of self-destruction.  Vincent lives in a dump. He is known to regularly frequent a pregnant Russian prostitute (Naomi Watts-The Ring, The […]


Film Review: La chambre bleue (The Blue Room)

A French Crime Drama without the drama

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Matthieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace, Grand Budapest Hotel) and Stéphanie Cléau co-write and star in the French film La Chambre Bleue, or The Blue Room, which is an adaptation of Georges Simenon’s 1964 novel of the same name.  Matthieu plays Julian Gahyde, a man involved in a steamy affair with Esther Despiere (Cléau).  Both are […]

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31 Nights of Halloween!: 13th – 16th Nights


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Intro. Moving into the 1940′s, after starting with possibly the greatest horror movie of the 1930′s, the next four Haunted Evenings address some prime choices from the waning days of Universal Studio’s glory days as an industry-leading producer of classic horror movies. Interspersed throughout, we discuss some of the reasons for their high level of […]


Film Review: The Judge

You be the judge about this new pairing of Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr.

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In The Godfather, Robert Duvall played Tom Hagen, the unofficial son of Don Vito Corleone, and lawyer for the family.  In his early years, Robert Downey, Jr. played the real life part of a delinquent, in and out of jail, and to the point where he was uninsurable to even make a film.  And if […]