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click to enlarge KatieBird *Certifiable Crazy Person -  -  - Directed by Justin Paul Ritter  - Heretic Films  -  - The provocative new indie film KatieBird dares - to ask the question, "If a serial killer raised a child, how - would that kid turn out?" -  - Tracing the evolution of KatieBird from inquisitive child - to novice teenage killer to full-on veteran psycho grown- - up, we see how her emotionless dad teaches her to - rationalize murder, even passing on to her his bloody - "tool kit" as a macabre family heirloom. Filmed and - edited in a jarring and ultimately stylish way, what could - have been pure exploitation is undercut with a morbid - emotional sincerity not seen since Silence of the - Lambs.  Couple that with intense performances all - around, and you have the makings of a psychological - classic, guaranteed to shock for years to come.  - Louis Fowler
  • KatieBird *Certifiable Crazy Person

    Directed by Justin Paul Ritter

    Heretic Films

    The provocative new indie film KatieBird dares to ask the question, "If a serial killer raised a child, how would that kid turn out?"

    Tracing the evolution of KatieBird from inquisitive child to novice teenage killer to full-on veteran psycho grown- up, we see how her emotionless dad teaches her to rationalize murder, even passing on to her his bloody "tool kit" as a macabre family heirloom. Filmed and edited in a jarring and ultimately stylish way, what could have been pure exploitation is undercut with a morbid emotional sincerity not seen since Silence of the Lambs. Couple that with intense performances all around, and you have the makings of a psychological classic, guaranteed to shock for years to come. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss - Song: 30th Anniversary Special Edition  -  - Directed by Melvin Van Peebles  - Xenon Pictures  -  - The legendary Sweet Sweetback's - Baadasssss Song is one of those films that, due to - its mixture of racial violence, interracial sex and general - anti-white sentiment, people are quick to dismiss as - nothing more than '70s "blaxploitation" trash. Yet it was - not only the first film in the '70s black cinema cycle, but - also one of the most groundbreaking. Yes, the film is a - technical mess  bad camerawork, lighting and acting - abound. In the first few minutes, when Sweetback beats - two cops to death, you know there ain't no way he's - gonna kowtow to Whitey. In today's racially charged - atmosphere, Sweet Sweetback is just as - important as ever, and a handbook for the upcoming - revolution.  Louis Fowler
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: 30th Anniversary Special Edition

    Directed by Melvin Van Peebles

    Xenon Pictures

    The legendary Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is one of those films that, due to its mixture of racial violence, interracial sex and general anti-white sentiment, people are quick to dismiss as nothing more than '70s "blaxploitation" trash. Yet it was not only the first film in the '70s black cinema cycle, but also one of the most groundbreaking. Yes, the film is a technical mess bad camerawork, lighting and acting abound. In the first few minutes, when Sweetback beats two cops to death, you know there ain't no way he's gonna kowtow to Whitey. In today's racially charged atmosphere, Sweet Sweetback is just as important as ever, and a handbook for the upcoming revolution. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge BattleGround: 21 Days on the - Empire's Edge  -  - Directed by Stephen Marshall  - HomeVision Entertainment  -  - By now, we've become familiar with, if not desensitized - to, stories of "IEDs," ethnic strife threatening to escalate - into full-blown civil war, and idealistic propaganda - regarding Iraq's imminent stabilization. - BattleGround emerges as fresh amid yesterday's - news in the personalization of its narrative, via candid - troop interviews and a central narrator, Frank, who is an - Iraqi Shiite refugee that rebelled against Saddam in the - first Gulf War. In BattleGround, he returns to - locate his family, which he's been afraid to contact for 13 - years. Audiences also follow a progressive, young Iraqi - blogger who struggles to educate others against - harvesting scrap metal from depleted uranium-soaked - tank remains. An Iraqi doctor confirms the blogger's - fears. And neighbors dispute what would be better: life - under absolute Islamic law, or American-style freedom? -  Matthew Schniper
  • BattleGround: 21 Days on the Empire's Edge

    Directed by Stephen Marshall

    HomeVision Entertainment

    By now, we've become familiar with, if not desensitized to, stories of "IEDs," ethnic strife threatening to escalate into full-blown civil war, and idealistic propaganda regarding Iraq's imminent stabilization. BattleGround emerges as fresh amid yesterday's news in the personalization of its narrative, via candid troop interviews and a central narrator, Frank, who is an Iraqi Shiite refugee that rebelled against Saddam in the first Gulf War. In BattleGround, he returns to locate his family, which he's been afraid to contact for 13 years. Audiences also follow a progressive, young Iraqi blogger who struggles to educate others against harvesting scrap metal from depleted uranium-soaked tank remains. An Iraqi doctor confirms the blogger's fears. And neighbors dispute what would be better: life under absolute Islamic law, or American-style freedom? Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Plan 9 From Outer Space  -  - Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.  - Legend Films  -  - I know this title (notoriously known as the "worst film - ever made") is in the public domain and available from - many, many other outlets, often at a retail price of $5.99 - or less. Why invest in this pricier version? Because not - only has Legend Films gone out of its way to extensively - restore the movie, but they also got Mike Nelson, from - the much-missed "Mystery Science Theater 3000" to do - commentary! Filled with the film-geek smart-ass jokes - that made "MST3K" such a favorite, Nelson has a field - day with this Ed Wood classic, cracking wise on - everything from Criswell's "tsunami" hair to Bela Lugosi's - rampant heroin use. Filled with non-stop laughs, this is - a must-own.  Louis Fowler
  • Plan 9 From Outer Space

    Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.

    Legend Films

    I know this title (notoriously known as the "worst film ever made") is in the public domain and available from many, many other outlets, often at a retail price of $5.99 or less. Why invest in this pricier version? Because not only has Legend Films gone out of its way to extensively restore the movie, but they also got Mike Nelson, from the much-missed "Mystery Science Theater 3000" to do commentary! Filled with the film-geek smart-ass jokes that made "MST3K" such a favorite, Nelson has a field day with this Ed Wood classic, cracking wise on everything from Criswell's "tsunami" hair to Bela Lugosi's rampant heroin use. Filled with non-stop laughs, this is a must-own. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The Calamari Wrestler  -  - Directed by Minoru Kawasaki  - Pathfinder Home Entertainment  -  - Wrestler Koji Taguchi is reveling in his latest win, when - onto the mat comes a new challenger: The Calamari - Wrestler, a gigantic squid, who delivers a sound ass- - whuppin'. Meanwhile, Koji's girlfriend recognizes this - stranger. Could it be her ex-fianc, who suddenly went - missing? Of course it could. Soon, Calamari's a superstar, - and a landslide of insanity follows: deception, a hilarious - Rocky-esque training scene, weird squid sex - and a showdown fight between our hero and a big - octopus, which results in my favorite line, "Ladies and - gentlemen, we are not underwater! This is really - happening!" Sure, it's not a "good" movie, but fans of - "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and Japanese pop - weirdness will adore this one.  Kara Luger
  • The Calamari Wrestler

    Directed by Minoru Kawasaki

    Pathfinder Home Entertainment

    Wrestler Koji Taguchi is reveling in his latest win, when onto the mat comes a new challenger: The Calamari Wrestler, a gigantic squid, who delivers a sound ass- whuppin'. Meanwhile, Koji's girlfriend recognizes this stranger. Could it be her ex-fianc, who suddenly went missing? Of course it could. Soon, Calamari's a superstar, and a landslide of insanity follows: deception, a hilarious Rocky-esque training scene, weird squid sex and a showdown fight between our hero and a big octopus, which results in my favorite line, "Ladies and gentlemen, we are not underwater! This is really happening!" Sure, it's not a "good" movie, but fans of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and Japanese pop weirdness will adore this one. Kara Luger

click to enlarge Slaughtered Vomit Dolls  -  - Directed by Lucifer Valentine 666  - Kingdom of Hell Productions  -  - SVD is the 21st-century Eraserhead - a jarring, scarring experience rather than a movie made - for entertainment's sake. It has no discernable plot; it's - merely a parade of strung together, oddly connected - glimpses into the world of a bulimic prostitute who, after - making a pact with the devil on-camera, may or may not - be involved in the executions of various girls. It's an art - film straight from hell: jumbled images, swirling sonic - distortions, guttural voices that can't possibly be human. - The ability and willingness of Valentine and his actors to - put every deplorable act imaginable on-screen is a feat - worthy of Buuel, Pasolini or an emetophiliac Kenneth - Anger. Just remember to bring a bucket.  - Louis Fowler
  • Slaughtered Vomit Dolls

    Directed by Lucifer Valentine 666

    Kingdom of Hell Productions

    SVD is the 21st-century Eraserhead a jarring, scarring experience rather than a movie made for entertainment's sake. It has no discernable plot; it's merely a parade of strung together, oddly connected glimpses into the world of a bulimic prostitute who, after making a pact with the devil on-camera, may or may not be involved in the executions of various girls. It's an art film straight from hell: jumbled images, swirling sonic distortions, guttural voices that can't possibly be human. The ability and willingness of Valentine and his actors to put every deplorable act imaginable on-screen is a feat worthy of Buuel, Pasolini or an emetophiliac Kenneth Anger. Just remember to bring a bucket. Louis Fowler

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