Fantastic Fest Day #3

These people just had a pie fight. #FantasticFest pic.twitter.com/OVvEtXcn69 — Doug Benson (@DougBenson) September 20, 2014 I learned a valuable lesson yesterday. If you’re going to have a pie fight in an alley, don’t just bring a change of clothes. Do the pie fight after all the other stuff you …

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Fantastic Fest Day #2

After only two days of Fantastic Fest, I feel like the event has eaten my face and left me in an exhausted heap. This, of course, is how it should be. This year, Fantastic Fest moved back to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, which is within sight of the Austin …

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Fantastic Fest Day #1

The normal description: Fantastic Fest is a film festival in Austin, Texas, which focuses on genre films from around the world. My description: Fantastic Fest is the heavy metal mosh pit of film festivals. And I love it. Opening night was last night. I got to see my favorite Fantastic …

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Join us in the Pleasure Dome!

So, it’s been quiet on the Tin Lizard Productions blog. I’ve spent the last two months doing two things: transitioning to a new job, and helping launch a new project. I am breaking silence today to announce that Windy Bowlsby and I have decreed an awesome Pleasure Dome. What do …

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Ruminations About Bad Entertainment

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching TCM’s The Story of Film, a 15-hour documentary series about cinema history, as told by Irish film critic Marc Cousins. If you have the time to crank through it, I highly recommend it. The series is Film History 101 in a jar, …

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Butt-Numb-a-Thon 2013 Full Lineup

  Okay, so I realized yesterday (December 24th, 2014) that I never wrote a “full lineup of the Butt-Numb-a-Thon” post for last year’s Butt-Numb-a-Thon. So I’m just going to backdate this post and pop it in here for posterity. I’ve tried to positively ID as many of the trailers as …

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Cinematic Oddities: Sorcerer and Wages of Fear

Several times per year, there is a burst of complaint on the Internet, usually spurred by a studio announcing that it will remake some favorite classic or another. There is usually wailing and gnashing and lamenting that the new film will undeniably be a pale shadow of its namesake. And …

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The Good Ship Bollypop

Every year, a troupe of Minnesotans and I apply to attend the Butt-Numb-a-Thon birthday party / film festival. In recent years, Harry Knowles (the BNAT overlord and master) has made a video project part of the application process. This year, Harry’s assignment was to make our own version of “The …

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A Reel Education LIVE on November 17th!

Once again, A Reel Education will be recording an episode LIVE at the Parkway Theater! On November 17th, you can join our live recording session, which comes with a matinee screening of John Carpenter’s gooey horror thriller, The Thing! That’s right… Reel Education is getting Kurt Russelled! Not only are …

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Fantastic Fest 2013 Day 8, Part 2

Fantastic Fest has been over for a week, and it’s taken me this long to recover well enough to finish up my posts about it. I already posted about some of the final day’s shenanigans; here are the rest. NORTHWEST Dir. Michael Noer I’m usually cold toward films that don’t …

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