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October 2023

Included Reviews: Ilya Muromets, The River You Step In, Catnip Nation, Exodus, Movern Callar, Io Sto Bene(I Am Fine), The Only Way, Invaders from Mars, Jirgo, Broken Mirrors, Nick Cave – 20,000 Days On Earth, Burnout: The Truth About Work, The Thief Collector, Journey Into The Beyond and We Left as Brothers.

Featured Editorial: Cyborgs, Robots and Other Artificial Intelligence and You Made Me Love You: The Music Biopic Movie.

September 2023

Included Reviews: Matthew, Maybe Sunday, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard & Ray Price – Last Of The Breed Live In Concert, Bedridden, Transhumanism: The Dream Of Immortality, Penny Pinchers: The Kings Of No-budget Horror, Red Sun, A Question Of Silence, A Date, Project: ALF, Cracked, Witchtrap, The Only Thrill, Breaking the Silence, Mega Ape and Robot Monster.

Featured Editorial: Great Directors of the 20th Century – John Sturges, Horror Through the Ages: 9 Essential Horror Stars and THE SOUND VIEW TOTALLY INFORMAL AND SOMEWHAT PARTIAL HORROR POLL WINNERS aka WHAT MAKES A GOOD HORROR FILM.

August 2023

Included reviews: Woman of the Photographs, Radiance, Rosenshontz – The Teddy Bears’ Jamboree, Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, Kill Zone, Redline, Darlene Love: Live 1982, Still The Water, The Sunday Woman, Weekenders, Journey Into Amazing Caves, Wrong Reasons, and Espaldas Mojadas Aka Wet Backs.

Featured Editorial: Great Directors of the 20th Century: Robert Aldrich.

July 2023

Included reviews: Moko Jumbie, Virginia, Cocaine Shark, Sisters of the Wilderness, Barbara Borden: Keeper Of The Beat, Kitaro – The Epic Collection, Women Without Men, MVP, Violent Streets, Breakthrough! The Kennedy Assassination Solved, Holy Spider and Essex Heist.

Featured Editorial: Great Directors of the 20th Century: Joan Micklin.

June 2023

Included reviews: Chess Story, The Ones You Didn’t Burn, Anything Goes, Escape Through Africa, John & Jen, Yakuza Graveyard, Broadcast, Attack Force Z, Ben Gurion Epilogue, Not On The Heep: The Heavy Metal Saga Of Lee Kerslake, Residents – God In 3 Persons Live and In The Arms Of Morpheus.

Featured Editorial: Testosterone Anyone? Charged Up Manly Movies and Home Video Mausoleum.

May 2023

Included reviews: A Handful of Water, Shabu, Blood + Thunder: The Sound Of Alberts, The Residents Present: Triple Trouble, After, Margaret Fuller: Transatlantic Revolutionary, Noon Wine, Film Hawk, Becky, Radioman, Johnny Strange: Born To Fly, All Eyes Off Me, and A Bag of Marbles.


April 2023

Included reviews: Acción Mutante, Long March of Freedom, I Miss You, Hugs And Kisses, Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues, Tonight Or Never (1931), Todd Rundgren – The Individualist Live, Ray Meets Helen, AmnesiA, The Swiss Family Robinson, Northern Shade, My Grandpa Is A Vampire, The Castle Of The Living Dead, Pilgrimage: The Voyages Of Fernao Mendes Pinto, and A Woman Kills.

Featured Editorial: The Retro Rockets and All That Jazz

March 2023

Included reviews: All Wigged Out: The Musical, The King of Laughter, The Bug: The Life And Times Of The People’s Car, The Sierra Nevada Murders, Children of the Mist, Animosity, Harvie Krumpet, 200 Meters, Seven from Texas, Almost Almost Famous, Being Thunder, At Close Range, Final Countdown and Big Time Gambling Boss.

Featured Editorial: Here, there and everywhere – the Beatles Solo Movies and Absurd Movie Plots Part 2.

February 2023

Included reviews: Leda, The Lure of This Land, Baltic Tribes, Faire Face, Cold Heaven, Cyborg She, The Grand Tour, Crazylegs, Why, Sadness And Joy In The Life Of Giraffes, The Kingdom Of Zydeco and Hinterland.

Featured Editorial: Hail to the Chief (President’s Day) and Akira Kurosawa: Samurai and the Silver Screen.

January 2023

Included reviews: Voodoo Macbeth, Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC, Archons, A Fugitive from the Past, Surge, Doubtful, The Schoolmaster Games, Queen of Glory, Blitzed: The 80s Blitz Kids Story, Great Women Singers: Sarah Vaughan, Bridgehurst Asylum for the Sane and Attack of the 50 Foot Camgirl.

Featured Editorial: Year Zero: The Social Impact of the Punk Generation, and 2022 Lookback: 12 of the Highly Recommended.

December 2022

Included reviews: Can’t Be Stopped, The Last Bookshop of the World, Cigar Box Blues, Apache Rifles, ruth weiss: One More Step West Is The Sea, Butterscotch Chocolate, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, Miracle, Alter Bridge – Live At Wembley, Randy Rhoads – Randy Rhoads: Reflections Of A Guitar Icon, Pistoleros – Pistoleros: Death, Drugs And Rock N’roll, The Time Capsule, Frost, and Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour: Live At The Royal Festival Hall.

Featured Editorial: Intrinsically American – Movies That Get The Blues

November 2022

Included reviews: Calendar Girl, Adeline, Defining Moments, Get Mean, Naked Over the Fence, Kate Bush – The Hounds Run Up The Hill, Old Friends: A Dogumentary, Silver Lode, The Man Who Saved the World, Poppy, The Chocolate War, Mackintosh And TJ, and 5-25-77.

Featured Editorial: Trivia of the West, and COMING DISTRACTIONS Trailers, Teasers and Spoilers.

October 2022

Included reviews: A.rtificial I.mmortality, Nobody Famous, Why On Earth, Sha Na Na – Woodstock: 20 Years After, Miami Blues, Journey in the Void, Lovers on Borders, You Can’t Do That On Film, Forevermoore; The Angelo Project, Cinematographer, Wood and Water, Fanny: The Right to Rock, Cocoon, and Tahara.

Featured Editorial: CINEMATIC ABSURDITIES aka WHO THINKS OF THIS STUFF? and FOLK HORROR AND THE UNCANNY: Examples in Contemporary Cinema.

September 2022

Included reviews: Invisible Imprints, They Survived Together, The Return Of Captain Invincible, Van Duren – Waiting: The Van Duren Story, The Roundup, Dr. Lamb, Losing Sight of Shore, Rain, Present for the Past, No Escape, The Last Turn, 17 Days and Two is a Magic Number.

Featured Editorial: The Sci-Fi Horror Continuum and Are Film Festivals Worth Your Time & Money?

August 2022

Included reviews: Samira’s Dream, Megadeth – A Night In Buenos Aires, Megazone 23, Atlanta Rhythm Section – Sound And Vision Anthology, A Country Romance, Rockers, Gitel, The Last Sun of the Night, 2LDK, Chariots Of The Gods: 50th Anniversary, The Diary of Anne Frank, Shots: Eugenics To Pandemics, The Dead Sleep Soundly, True Romance, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and Escape from Sobibor.

Featured Editorial: The Hollywood Blacklist and Classic, Cult or Simply Old Redux

July 2022

Included reviews: The Witches of the Orient, Goo Goo Dolls – Grounded With The Goo Goo Dolls, The Three Roses, Uktena: The Horned Monstrosity, Seal of Desire, April, Skin: A History Of Nudity In The Movies, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, Jesus Kid, H.P. Lovecraft’s Witch House, Prince Philip: The Man Behind the Throne, Woodstock: 3 Days That Changed Everything and Free To Rock: How Rock & Roll Brought Down The Wall.

Featured Editorial: POLIROCK: The Politics of Rock & Roll and Rough Kuts.

June 2022

Included reviews: Ageless Living Volume 1, Presagio, The Beatles and India, A-Ha the Movie, 7th Secret, Nezura 1964, The Man with Four Legs, Third Floor, The Great Buddha Arrival, Servants, Playground, All Those Small Things, The Last Days of Patton, and We Are The Thousand.

Featured Editorial: When Rock (and Country) Stars Act Part 2 and Hammer: The (Not Just) House of Horror.

May 2022

Included reviews: The Whaler Boy, Target St. Louis, With/In, In Search Of, Snow Woman, Genesis of Time, They Call Me Zarko, The Return of Elder Pingree, Where Are You, Jay Bennett?, Dead & Buried, Liar’s Moon, Dark Night Of The Scarecrow 2, Among Wolves, and Joy Womack: The White Swan.

Featured Editorial: Folk Horror – Myths with a Dark Twist, Steel Outlaws – The Biker In Movies, and 8 1/2 (Fellini).

April 2022

Included reviews: Renaldo & The Loaf – 23rd Century Giants, A Taboo Identity, They Say Nothing Stays the Same, Connecting Flights, Creation Is Violent: Anecdotes On Kinski’s Final Years, Tales of Zozo, Katyusha, Dark Blood, Clerk, Irwin & Fran, A Kind of Wonderful Thing, Moon and Sixpense, House of Lost Women and Scarf Face.

Featured Editorial: When Rock Stars Act.

March 2022

Included reviews: Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror, Sight – The Story of Vision, Tony Driver, Never Stop, Give or Take, Baja Come Down, Ghosts of the West, Zinda The Swamp Boy, No Name and Dynamite, ROH, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth Of Wonder, Beasts of Burden, Eyes of Fire, Digging to China, and Masdar: Exploring Our Future.

Featured Editorial: What Happened to the Critters? Puppets, Animatronics and CGI, and Murder Most British – Part 3: The British Gangster Movie – The Dark Side.

February 2022

Included reviews: Pretty Toxic, Soumaya, Simon Marsden’s Haunted Life In Pictures, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Making of a Woman, Deep Blues, Isaac, Wildland, One in a Thousand, The Legend of the Stardust Brothers, Back to Soloz, My Stepmother is an Alien, Abba Forever: The Winner Takes It All, and A Walk in the Sun.

Featured Editorial: Mystery Most British Classic British Mysteries Part II: Murder at the Movies.

January 2022

Included reviews: A Walk in Her Shoes, I Love Us, Abigail Harm, Trinity, The Paul Newman Trilogy, Memory House, Final Set, Sword of Desperation, The Adventures of Major Miracle, Tokyo Decadence, Marionette Land, Once Upon a Lifetime, The Shepherd and Minnesota: The Modern Day Selma.


December 2021

Included reviews: Tango Shalom, When Liberty Burns, Eric Clapton-The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions, Shakespeare: The Truth Behind the Name Munyurangabo, Sweet Thing, The Matchbox Man, Rumba Love, The Fourth Victim, Balsam: A Paranormal Investigation, Liechtenstein: How Farmers Became Bankers, Devil’s Water, Analog Love, Motian in Motion, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Rifleman.

Featured Editorial: Powell and Pressburger – The Cinema of Imagination and On the Road Again

November 2021

Included reviews: Aalto, Upper Floors, Harvey, El Hombre Búfalo, Where the Red Fern Grows, Zapas, Children of the Corn, Athens, Ga Inside Out 2: Red Turns Into Blue, Engelbert Humperdinck – Totally Amazing, Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, For Charlene, Dune World, and Lucky Life.

Featured Editorial: The Format Wars and You Made Me Love You.

October 2021

Included reviews: Rose Plays Julie, Duckweed, The Wasted Times, Sicily: Land of Love and Strife, White Knight, Women Composers, I Danced for the Angel of Death: The Dr. Edith Eva Eger Story, Power and the Glory, La Condesa, The Melvins – The Colossus Of Destiny: A Melvins Tale, The Holstein Dilemma, Monster Seafood Wars and Kila – Pot Of Gold (pota Óir).

Featured Editorial: What’s (Rock) Opera, Doc?

September 2021

Included reviews: True Mothers, Chloe & Theo, Major Dundee, The Bird with the Chrystal Plumage, The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, Hot Money, Namiya, Fagara, Universality of it All, Louisa: An Amazing Adventure, The Daimajin Trilogy, Witkin and Witkin and The Longleg.

Featured Editorial: The Sound of Movies and 10 Great Concert Films on DVD.

August 2021

Included reviews: Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About Idles, Elvis: Summer of ’56, Christmas Tears, Nosferatu in Venice, Espaldas Mojadas Aka Wet Backs, Power of Moths, Road to the Lemon Grove, The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films, Horrorpops: Live at the Wiltern, Irezumi, Dolly Parton and Friends: 50 Years and the Opry, and Hothouse.

Featured Editorial: Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Physical Media Elasticity) and Beam Me Up, Scotty.

July 2021

Included reviews: Lapsis, The Settlers, Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog, Unmarked, Superstars: The Documentary, The Original Charvel Gang, The Columnist, Stone Time Touch, That Click, My Little Sister, Awaken (Mulat), and The Ringmaster.

Featured Editorial: Sum Sum Summertime at the Movies

June 2021

Included reviews: Requiem for my Mother, Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, The Prodigal Boxer, Last Request, Salvador Dali: In Search of Immortality, Beneath a Sea of Lights, El Bumbun, Muleskinner Live, The Green Promise, Her Name was Fanny Kaplan, Omerta: The Act of Silence, SHE, Puzzle, and Far Western.

Feature Editorial: Music Films – Reflections of Pop Culture

May 2021

Included reviews: Peace Piece: The Immersive Poems Of Mandy Kahn, Lady Of Guadalupe, Hiraeth, Encounter in the Air, Mayor, Falcon Rising, Center Stage, God of the Piano, The Big Beat – Fats Domino And The Birth Of Rock N Roll, Miss Scarlet & The Duke, and Krakatoa – East Of Java.

Feature Editorial: Cinematic Buccaneers

April 2021

Included reviews: From the Holocaust to Hollywood – The Robert Clary Story, Last Days, Little Annie Rooney, Knights of Newgate, Elizabeth is Missing, Stallone – Frank That Is, Inside The Mind of Agatha Christie, The Howlin’ Wolf Story, Peter Paul and Mommy Too, Queen of Hearts, Dunkirk, Ice Cold in Alex, and Underground Inc.


March 2021

Included reviews: Music Got Me Here, Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission, The Changin’ Times of Ike White , Louis Van Beethoven , The Black Emperor of Broadway, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix – Music From Hurley Mountain, Konga TNT, We’ll Rise at Dawn , Crossroads , Fulci for Fake , Perdita Durango, Nu-Blu – The Stories We Can Tell and Fanchon The Cricket.

Featured Editorial: The Future of Holocaust Education

February 2021

Included reviews: Escape from Room 18, The Illegal, The Kid’s Table: A Bridge Documentary, Mitsein, Football, The Gift to Stalin, Wild West Days, Van Gogh: Brush with Genius, Stormlapse, The Ventures: Stars with Guitars, Black Gold Rush, Aggie, Watching TV with the Red Chinese, 311 – Mardi Gras 2020, and Ali’s Comeback – The Untold Story

Featured Editorial: The Unidentified Educator

January 2021

Included reviews: Murderous Trance, Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word Is Power, Bondage, Jane and the Lost City, Van Der Valk, Herb Alpert Is, Delta Rae: Coming Home to Carolina, Proper Binge, Flesh and Blood, The Gemini, Love in the Secret Garden, The Final Phase, Driveways, Cruising, 6 Bullets to Hell, Yawning Man, Dear Fredy

Feature Editorial: Classic, Cult or Simply Old

December 2020

Included reviews: American Heretics, Mr. Topaze, Pershing’s Paths of Glory, Boy on the Bridge, Djon Africa, Mutiny, Is Anybody Listening, Afterglow, The Audition, Mean Man, Christmas Mountain, Harry Chapin: When in Doubt Do Something, and Cobra Season One

Feature Editorial: On With the Show – Movie Musical Musings in a Post Hamiltondrop World

November 2020

Included reviews: We Are Not Princesses, Inane, Baptiste, Pilgrimage, Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters, Elina, You’re Looking at Me Like a Live Here and I Don’t, Mr. Jealousy, The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland, Waylon Jennings: The Outlaw Concert, Judy Collins and Jonas Fjeld – Winter Stories Live from the Oslo Opera House, Summer Daydream, Dale Evans – Beyond the Happy Trails, and Three Comrades.

Feature Op Ed: Home for the Hol-Indies

October 2020

Included reviews: Fahrenheit 9/11, Le Choc Du Futur (aka The Shock Of The Future), Escape from Sobibor, And Suddenly the Dawn, The Ballad of Don Lewis, When the Wind Blows, The City without Jews, Sky Dog, Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, Seven Days in Utopia, Golda’s Balcony, The Untold Story, The Citizen, and Sophie and the Rising Sun.

Featured Op Eds: It’s All About M.E.E. and Film Studies in American Bias.

September 2020

Included reviews: The Killing Floor, Jack London and the Call of the Wild, Navajo, The Harvest, The Squad, The Blue Eyes, Alberta Hunter: My Castle’s Rockin’, Heaven, The Etruscan Smile, Rudyard Kipling: A Secret Life, Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story, Welcome to My World, and Little Glory.

Feature Op Ed: The Cache of Camp

Indie Profile: Catherine “Cat” Zappa – Publisher / EVP of Film and Television, Dreamscape Media

August 2020

Included reviews: Chuck Berry – The Original King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Seniors – A Dogumentary, Root of the Problem, Film School Africa, The Money Stone, Swans – Where Does the Body End, Five Corners, Ancient Symbols, Paulistas, Max Reload and the Nether Blasters, IRL (In Real Life), The Black Cat, and The Inner Weigh.

Featured Op Ed: Unsubscribed – How Two Philly Filmmakers Topped the June 10 Box Office.

Indie Profile: Ranny Levy, Founder, Kids First!

July 2020

Included reviews: Pizza – A Love Story, Target Philadelphia, Horse Camp, Cannabis, Crimson Sands, Sindhustan, L’innocente, James Reams – Like a Flowing River, Nosotros, Bunkar – The Last of the Varanasi Weavers, Scam Republique, Maze and Freedom Road.

Featured Op Ed: More Than A Movie – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Indie Profile: Ron Small, Anchor Media Group, The Holocaust Education Film Foundation

June 2020

Included reviews: Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, What We Don’t Say, Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Stay, Faye’s Redemption, Traditional Wild America: Duck Hunting in The Santee Delta, Attachments, The Forgotten Mountain, Rolling Stone: The Life and Death of Brian Jones, Adventure Boyz, Nothing Stays the Same: The Story of the Saxon Pub, and To the Beat! Back to School.

Featured Op Ed: To Pay or Not to Pay – The VOD Vernacular – Dan Gurlitz

Indie Profile: Arnie Holland, Lightyear Entertainment

May 2020

Included reviews: Freedom to Marry, 16 Bars, All These Flowers, Hope Ranch, Llama Llama Family Fun Collection, Even Money, Vinyl Revival, The Merger, Sprinter, Holy Boom and Advocate.

Feature Op Ed: Lights, Camera, Virus: Indie Film in the Post Covid-19 Era (S. Lyons)

April 2020

Included reviews: Wuthering Heights, What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael, Harry Nilsson’s The Point, Hope Village, Whatever May Come, Jekyll and Hyde, Beasts of Burden, Ella Bella Bingo and Sh*% The President Says.

March 2020

Included reviews: While You Live Shine, Ever After (Endzeit), Banjos Bluegrass and Squirrel Barkers, Mock & Roll, Monochrome: Black White and Blue, Cunningham, Who Will Bury the Dead? and Memory After Belsen.

February 2020 (the inaugural issue!)

Included reviews: Back to Natural, Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground, The Limits of My World, Big Fish Blues, Melody Makers, Betty: They Say I’m Different, Fury of The Demon.