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SENNENTUNTSCHI: CURSE OF THE ALPS

Posted by Jean Jessup on Friday, September 30, 2011, In : Dramatic 

Review on the Run: This epic Swiss horror/mystery told the legend of a female spirit who was supernaturally summoned into a doll made out of a broom and rags, which manifested into a flesh and blood young woman.  The brutish men who cast this spell assumed that she was their sex slave, ignoring that she had her own will like a regular human being.  Problems proliferated as the men tried to control her.  The church also passed judgement against her.  From a spiritual perspective, I found it to...
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DICK NIGHT

Posted by Jean Jessup on Friday, September 30, 2011,

Review on the Run: Dick Night was the best Tucson-made film I have ever seen!  This wild, yet tasteful, sex comedy was so professionally made and well-written that I forgot I was watching a local film.  The story is about Rachel, well played by Jennifer June Ross, who is considering having an affair to rebound from being left at the altar and living alone in her wedding home which is filled with wedding gifts to be returned.  The wedding home is out in the middle of nowhere in the desert.  Sk...
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SWEET LOVE AND DEADLY

Posted by Jean Jessup on Friday, September 30, 2011,

Review on the Run: Sweet Love and Deadly, a Tucson-made film noir feature written and directed by Paul E. Clinco, fit right in with the dark and edgy films shown at this year's AZ Underground Film Festival.  The acting was excellent as was the high-quality black and white cinematography and editing; although I think the film could have been tightened up a little.  After encountering audio difficulties on location, Clinco undertook the mammoth project of re-recording the entire audio track to ...
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SNOW ON THA BLUFF

Posted by Jean Jessup on Sunday, September 25, 2011,

Review on the Run: The story of Snow On Tha Bluff is that it's a video diary of Curtis Snow's every day life in the "Hood" in the Atlanta area, filmed with a stolen camera by Curtis Snow's buddy, Pancho Perez.   Snow engages in minor drug wars, stealing, shooting, visiting relatives, dealing and doing drugs, etc.. Damon Russell, the director, molded Snow's video footage into a coherent film complete with soundtrack.  If what's on the screen is really the actual video dairy, then it's a chilli...
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THE SANDMAN (Der Sandmann)

Posted by Jean Jessup on Sunday, September 25, 2011, In : Comedic 

Review on the Run: The Sandman, a Swiss film, is a very funny, creative and romantic fable about how crapping on your own creative dreams is no excuse for crapping on other people's creative dreams.  It's also a story of how crapping on yourself can prevent you from appreciating people who resonate with your most precious qualities. High production values, great acting and great writing make this a very delightful, engaging fantasy film.
Official Movie Website: http://dersandmann.ch/

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DEAR GOD NO!

Posted by Jean Jessup on Saturday, September 24, 2011,

Review on the Run: My first impression of this parody of 1970's biker, thrill-kill drive-in horror movies, was that it's MISOGYNISTICALLY PUERILE (derived from the Latin, "puer", meaning child, boy).  It was as alarmingly bad as any film that I've accidently sat through when I snuck into the drive-in during my high school days in the 70's.  It would be better to have Joe Bob Briggs review this film.  But having said that, from a spiritual perspective (and a feminist perspective), I very much ...
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ADVOCATE FOR FAGDOM: A PORTRAIT OF BRUCE LABRUCE

Posted by Jean Jessup on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : Documentary 

Review on the Run: This documentary is about the life and films of Bruce LaBruce, a Canadian rebel in Gay culture.  Reflections of LaBruce's work were shared by filmmakers such as Gus VanZant, John Waters, Harmony Korine and others.  His actors were also interviewed, including Susanne Sachsse, the most prominent female in his later films.  Sachsse had many insights into acting out sexually explicit scenes and greatly contributed to the discussion on the difference between sex in porn and expl...
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WE ARE THE MODS

Posted by Jean Jessup on Saturday, September 24, 2011,

Review on the Run: We are the Mods is an engaging coming-of-age type film about Sadie a photographer in her senior year of high school and her close relationship with Nico, a fellow student who is outspoken, rebellious and into 60's Mod Culture. From their relationship, Sadie is inspired to open up her creativity.  Great character & story development, cinematography, acting and great clothes!  Also a nice introduction to Mod Culture in San Francisco.  Recommended!
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OF DOLLS AND MURDER

Posted by Jean Jessup on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : Documentary 

Review on the Run: Of Dolls and Murder is an engrossing documentary about the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death dioramas created by Frances Glessner Lee in the 1940's.  Lee's dioramas are still used effectively and famously to train police detectives in medical forensic thinking so homicide cases can be solved scientifically.  Many professionals were interviewed including forensic pathologists, police detectives, medical examiners, autopsy technicians, a producer from the CSI TV show and ...
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SAVAGE (ODJURET)

Posted by Jean Jessup on Thursday, September 22, 2011,

Review on the Run: Savage, based on a Swedish true story, is an in-depth, cinema verite style character study of Kim, a frustrated young man who is trying to lift himself out of the low vibrational life he's grown up in with his cold, menacing father, who makes a living as a petty criminal.  In a forced and desperate attempt to create a new life for himself, he meets with frustration and loss at every step.  His friends lives are unconsciously frustrated by their respective home environments ...
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THE SELLING

Posted by Jean Jessup on Thursday, September 22, 2011, In : Comedic 

Review on the Run: The Selling is a hilarious dark comedy about an honest, caring realtor who finds himself trying to sell a haunted house.  Funny dialogue, great acting and great comedic timing.  Rich character development and very interesting office intrigue.  Good explanation of the mechanics of how inter-dimensional beings enter our world.  A light enough horror story for slightly sensitive viewers, but meaty enough in story, suspense and special effects for horror-lovers.  Highly recomme...
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THE BEAST PAGEANT

Posted by Jean Jessup on Wednesday, September 21, 2011,

Review on the Run: The Beast Pageant is an abstract yet visceral story of how being outside is better than being on the computer.  This is a Lynchian-style film that tells the tale of a shutdown guy, Abe, who's inner muse busts out of his side to help him find joy in exploring real life.   Strange characters with creative costumes filled the story.  Full-frontal nudity of minor characters played by non-model-types was depicted in a surprisingly natural, comforting way.  Jon Moses wrote the sc...
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YAKUZA WEAPON

Posted by Jean Jessup on Wednesday, September 21, 2011,

Review on the Run: I wimped out on Yakuza Weapon (Gokudo Heiki), a tongue-and-cheek gore-fest film for an adult male's inner bad boy.  I left during the last 1/4th of the film; I was tired and not up for the massive amounts of intense maiming and killing.  I now realized what the genre label "ultraviolent" means.  All the men I interviewed absolutely loved this film.  The movie was populated by one-dimensional bad-ass characters who waved their machismo around like huge flame-throwers while p...
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KARATE ROBO ZABORGAR

Posted by Jean Jessup on Tuesday, September 20, 2011,

Review on the Run: Noboru Iguchi's Karate Robo Zaborgar is a delightful, hilarious, dizzying send-up of 70's Asian superhero movies.  Great 70's action soundtrack along with extreme caricatures, a wildly creative plot interjected with current social issues, including women's issues and really funny dialogue, make this a wonderfully entertaining film.
Official Movie Website: http://www.zaborgar.com/

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MARIANNE

Posted by Jean Jessup on Monday, September 19, 2011, In : Dramatic 

Review on the Run: Marianne is a Swedish ghost story about a man who is suffering from the guilt of failed relationships and the death of his wife.  He is also suffering from sleep paralysis and experiencing nightly supernatural visitations from a female being.  His therapist takes the mainstream view that his nighttime experience is a hallucination.  His daughter's slightly eccentric boyfriend, believes it might be a Mare, a Succubus-type creature from Swedish mythology.  A very-well acted e...
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WE ARE ALL CYLONS

Posted by Jean Jessup on Monday, September 19, 2011, In : Documentary 

Review on the Run: We are all Cylons is an insightful documentary about the fans of Battlestar Galactica and an exploration into why the series is so deeply important to viewers.  I have never seen this series, but am now very inspired to see what all the fuss is about.  One of the main themes of Battlestar Galactica is the combining of artificial intelligence (AI) with humanness.  Scientific thinkers in the medical field and technology are also interviewed and discuss our attraction and obse...
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CHARLIE CASANOVA

Posted by Jean Jessup on Monday, September 19, 2011, In : Dramatic 

Review on the Run: This Irish film, Charlie Casanova, is a character study of an upper middle class guy with a psychopathic personality.  Being a psychopath with no moral compass, Charlie must use a deck of cards to help him make important everyday decisions.  He also uses his cards to trick his weak-willed friends and loved ones into playing his psychological games. He keeps his pathology to a dull roar around his wife and friends until he accidentally runs over someone in his car.  He then ...
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WHITE KNIGHT

Posted by Jean Jessup on Sunday, September 18, 2011, In : Comedic 

Review on the Run: This is a surprisingly sweet story that takes place in 1977 about Leroy, a KKK leader played by Tom Sizemore, who starts to see the light about his bigotry when he goes to prison and shares a cell with Emilio, a migrant farm worker from Mexico played by Hector Jimenez.  Leroy starts a flirtation with a prison maid, well-played by Olga Segura, who also strongly pushes him to see the effects of his racism.  What made this AZ Underground Film Fest material was the dark humored...
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AFK:AWAY FROM KEYBOARD

Posted by Jean Jessup on Sunday, September 18, 2011, In : Tucson-Made 

Review on the Run: This is a profound documentary about "Gamers" and people who play "massively-multiplayer" online video games such as World of Warcraft and EverQuest.  All subjects were from Tucson and Phoenix and were present for the Q&A after the screening.  A shockingly close-to-home examination of how gamers escape into the game world and go so far as to create a life on the computer that replaces their real life.  Highly recommended.
Official website: http://www.afkthefilm.com/index.htm...
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DRAGONSLAYER

Posted by Jean Jessup on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : Documentary 

Review on the Run: A stream of consciousness, fly-on-the-wall type documentary about Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a professional skateboarder, now retired at the age of 23.  Innovatively organized, artistically shot, with an interesting Punk Rock sound track.  After taking a trip to Sweden, Sandoval, his girlfriend and baby set off with little money on a road trip across the country to hook up with like-minded skateboarders before settling down to a more mediocre lifestyle.  We get a small glimps...
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SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE

Posted by Jean Jessup on Saturday, September 17, 2011, In : Comedic 

Review on the Run: Some Guy Who Kills People was brilliantly written and acted. Not a one-dimensional horror flick, but a richly told mystery with heart and humor.  It elevates the revenge-slasher film to a thought-provoking richly told emotional dramedy.  Barry Bostwick and Karen Black were especially awesome!  A must see!
Official website: http://www.someguywhokillspeople.com/

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AZUFF DIARY

Posted by Jean Jessup on Friday, September 2, 2011,


9/11/11 - A look at the features (Cont.)  

The 2011 AZ Underground Film Festival is stepping up to the plate as a prestigious film festival showing comparable films to
the Toronto Film Festival & the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, which I used to attend regularly before I came to Arizona seven years ago. This year's festival is satisfying my longing for the Midnight Madness Programme at the Toronto Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival

Asian Extreme:

KARATE ROBO ZABORGAR promise...

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