Cheryl Eddy

Hard as an anvil

Heavy metal hits the Jewish Film Festival
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Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, USA, 2008) Screw you if you compare Anvil to Spinal Tap. Yeah, there are moments of eerie similarity (and Anvil's drummer is named Robb Reiner — how's that for a coincidence?), but this heartfelt doc at the Jewish Film Festival doesn't mock. Read more »

Poultrygeist

Filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman isn't afraid to get his nose bitten off by a zombie chicken
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WINGIN' IT Veteran filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman spoke to me from Troma Entertainment's Long Island City, N.Y., headquarters about Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead — a scathing and explosive (as in "explosive diarrhea") look at the fast-food industry. He calls this hilarious, stomach-turning epic "the first chicken-Indian-zombie movie that has singing and dancing." He also had quite a bit to say about the state of the media and cinema today. Read more »

Darkest hour

A psycho in face paint, a pile of money, and unsettling similarity to the real world in The Dark Knight.
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So much of what will be written about The Dark Knight will focus on Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker, and rightfully so. Every time the character appears onscreen — robbing a bank, crashing a party, gleefully explaining the origins of his perma-smile — the movie veers into supremely sinister territory. Read more »

Youth gone wild: Black Tide

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Who better to embody the spirit of mayhem than a posse of rock-crazed teenaged boys? Especially if it's capital-M Mayhem, which happens to be the name of a package tour of metal bands sponsored by crack-tastic Rockstar Energy Drink? Read more »

King Khan and the Shrines

"I love America, and am so happy to bring my soul band back to where soul was born"
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PREVIEW Local booty-shakers are hip to the musical ruler known as King Khan: when the two-member King Khan and BBQ Show played 12 Galaxies in December 2007, the joint was packed to the sweaty rafters. A bigger band calls for a bigger venue, so when the Montreal native returns to the Bay Area with his other project, King Khan and the Shrines, the faithful will no doubt follow him to the Great American Music Hall. Read more »

"Viva"

Everything you want in a movie, rendered luridly bright
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REVIEW My eyes were literally popping at Viva, a time-warp back to the days of swingin' sexploitation films by Radley Metzger, Russ Meyer, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and similarly give-the-horny-people-what-they-want auteurs. Writer-director-producer-costumer-set designer and star Anna Biller plays Barbi, a bored Los Angeles housewife circa 1972. When her Ken doll-like hubby leaves her alone on a so-called extended business trip, adventurous Barbi becomes Viva, a frequently nude muse for every pervy guy in a neck scarf who crosses her path. Read more »

The gruesome twosome

If you loved Monsturd, you may just die over Retardead
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HORROR SEQUEL If you know Monsturd, you love Monsturd. If you don't know the 2003 horror comedy by San Francisco filmmakers Rick Popko and Dan West, imagine a tiny town menaced by a mad scientist-created shit monster, with clueless cops, a no-nonsense FBI agent, and a climax that unfolds around a chili cook-off.

Doesn't appeal? Don't read on. But fans of homespun exploito-stravaganzas will want to know that Popko and West have finally finished Monsturd's sequel (the making of which I chronicled in "Blood Brothers," [05/30/06]). Read more »

Hunter, haunted

Gonzo looks into the minds of Hunter S. Thompson
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"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend," says the reporter in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), a film about the importance of living up to one's image, even when that image is predicated more on fiction than fact. It's a burden either way, and the dilemma is echoed in Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Read more »

Far "Encounters"

Werner Herzog on Martin Luther and film as uncooked spaghetti
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Last seen playing a priest in Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely (2007), Werner Herzog is back behind the camera with Encounters at the End of the World. Guided by Herzog's trademark droll narration, Encounters journeys to Antarctica, starting at the McMurdo Station research facility, where the director talks with people who've chosen to make a living in the world's most isolated community. Read more »

13 and life

Ki-ki-ki, ma-ma-ma ... Jason's back at Camp Crystal Lake
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HORROR CLASSIC The scene: Camp Crystal Lake, 1958. The song: "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore." As a full moon looms overhead, someone sinister enough to get their own POV shot creeps into a cabin where two fresh-faced counselors are groping each other with wanton glee. "We weren't doin' anything!" the boy protests. Too late, sucka! With a scream, a freeze-frame, and a title card that zooms forward so fast it apparently shatters the camera lens, Sean S. Cunningham's Friday the 13th begins. Read more »