LEONARDO DICAPRIO HELPS BRINGS COWSPIRACY TO NETFLIX

Coming to Netflix on September 15th: a new cut of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, an eye-opening documentary about the devastating environmental impact of animal agriculture, which deserves attention if for no other reason than that it exposes an inconvenient truth that Al Gore neglected to mention. Kudos to Leonardo DiCaprio for attaching his name to […]

MOVIE PESTS (WILL JASON, 1944)

I recently came across this Oscar-nominated short from 1944, which lampoons that most odious breed of human: the movie pest. It’s a great idea to “take the movie pests out of the audience and put them on the screen.” Alas, the execution of that idea is wanting. The film just isn’t very funny. So why […]

UNHAPPY DEATHDAY, SERGIO!

Sergio Leone, my favorite director, died 26 years ago today. As a tribute to Leone’s life and career I’ve assembled a few clips of his films accompanied by some choice quotes from the man himself. Unhappy Deathday, Sergio! Viva Leone! 1929-1989 A Fistful of Dollars: “When they tell me that I am the father of […]

NORTHWEST HOUNDED POLICE (TEX AVERY, 1941)

Life got ya down? Are you consumed by existential angst? Has “the horror” of existence become unendurable? Fret not, my friend, for I have the solution to all your worries. Just watch this Droopy cartoon and all will be right with the world. It’s a NOFF guarantee. (But if it doesn’t work, then start drinking […]

A FEW WORDS ABOUT VEGANISM, ANIMALS, NUTRITION, THE ENVIRONMENT AND Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Would anything persuade you to go vegan? What about the unnecessary slaughter of sentient animals? Every hour six million farm animals are stabbed in the neck. Does that bother you? Would you go vegan for them, for all those innocent and defenseless animals? I’d like to think the answer to that is a resounding “Yes!” […]

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA – EXTENDED CUT (BLU-RAY)

After the restored longer version of Once Upon a Time in America was shown at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (which I wrote about here), the film was promptly removed from circulation “pending further restoration work.” Not much has been written about it since, but now, on September 30, Warner Bros. is finally releasing the […]

SPECIESISM: THE MOVIE (MARK DEVRIES, 2013)

Speciesism: The Movie is the thinking person’s animal rights movie, the intellectual companion piece to The Ghosts in Our Machine. Drawing upon the philosophy of Peter Singer, the Princeton professor whose seminal 1975 book, Animal Liberation, is considered a classic of the animal rights movement, Devries’ film advances the position that no rational justification exists […]

PARADISE LOST: A BLOODY DEBATE, WEST OF MEMPHIS

Count Dracula: This is very old wine. I hope you will like it. Renfield: Aren’t you drinking? Count Dracula: I never drink…wine. I regret to inform my readers that this blog has been co-opted by Cinatas Cinap and Retro P. Pus. As such, my role here has been relegated to that of debate moderator. Hello, […]

PARADISE LOST: THE BOOGEYMAN, WEST OF MEMPHIS

  Citizens of Salem beware! A murderous fiend with an insatiable thirst for blood resides in your midst. His name is Damien Echols, aka the West Memphis Boogeyman. Spawned from an unholy union of Arkansas trailer skank and Satan, Damien is half white trash, half dark lord – in other words, unpure, adulterated evil. Be […]

PARADISE LOST: CONFESSIONS, WEST OF MEMPHIS – POSTSCRIPT

You’ll recall from his first confession that Misskelley mistakenly said the victims were tied up with rope, when in fact they were bound by their own shoelaces. DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Alright, who tied the boys up? MISSKELLEY: Uh, Damien. DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Did Damien just tie them all up or did anyone help Damien or MISSKELLEY: Jason […]