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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Tribeca Film Festival Review: "The Endless" (2017)

    Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.

    This film is more clever than it first appears, because it operates on at least two levels. On the surface, it is a taut, well-crafted horror story about a (possible) “death cult”. We have some mysterious rituals, a missing husband, and seemingly silly camp activities that may – or may not – have a darker purpose.

    Some of this is vaguely ...
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  2. Blu-ray Review: "Ludwig" (1973)

    Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria (Helmut Berger), from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero. Fan of Richard Wagner (Trevor Howard), betrayed by him, in love with his cousin Elisabeth of Austria (Romy Schneider), abandoned by her, tormented by his homosexuality (or bisexuality?), he will little by little slip towards madness.

    Special attention must first be drawn to Romy Schneider, who reprises her role as Empress Elisabeth of Austria (from ...
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  3. Best Horror Film of 2017? A review of "A Dark Song"

    A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.

    "A Dark Song" is already being praised as one of the best horror films of 2017. While it is always good to be skeptical about such hype or buzz, especially when it is coming out of the film's own PR machine, in this case it just so happens to be true. This film is bound to make it on to many best-of lists for the year.
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  4. Blu-ray Review: "The Zodiac Killer" (1971)

    The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop?

    This film has come to be known largely for its historical value. Allegedly, producer-director Tom Hanson made the film not so much to try and make a good movie so much as he wanted to call attention to the killer. His plan was to screen ...
  5. Mink Stole talks "Serial Mom" and more!

    If you know the name Mink Stole, it is most likely in connection with John Waters. As of 2017, she has appeared in every single one of his feature films, going back to “Roman Candles” in 1966. She is perhaps best known for “Pink Flamingos”, simply because that is Waters’ most notorious film. But over the years she has had many memorable roles, both with Waters and outside the “Dreamland” troupe he cultivated. She has also appeared on the stage throughout the country, and even had her own band for ...
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