The Lighthouse (2019): It’s Bad Luck to Leave a Toast Unfinished, Lad.

As much as I love film, both its creation and consumption, I have never been able to go to the theater as often as I’d like to. Some of it is a matter of transportation, but much of it has been a disinterest in the contemporary. I never like to stay ignorant of modern film,Continue reading “The Lighthouse (2019): It’s Bad Luck to Leave a Toast Unfinished, Lad.”

The Offbeat Marquee #2: A Snapshot of Adult Cinema

The Offbeat Marquee is the theater that will show just about anything. Columnist Jacob Calta unearths everything from forgotten Hollywood dramas to underground animation to the many oddball genre films from around the world. This second installment takes on the wild world of adult cinema. Hardcore pornography was a unique beast in the wake ofContinue reading “The Offbeat Marquee #2: A Snapshot of Adult Cinema”

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992): The Blood is Life

What Dario Argento’s Suspiria did for witches, and what Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu did for haunted houses, Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula does for the titular vampire: create a film as out-there as the myths & tales themselves. Dracula is a character immortalized in pop culture, born out of the 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker and adapted into a string ofContinue reading “Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992): The Blood is Life”

The Plague Dogs (1982): “Can’t You See It? Our Island!”

Animation is a medium that has fascinated us to no end. Whether the artist wields paints, pencils, clay, or even a computer, animation affords us near-limitless possibilities for telling stories and crafting images. Animation of maturity is not a rarity as some would assume, granted that the bulk of Western animation is dominated by largeContinue reading “The Plague Dogs (1982): “Can’t You See It? Our Island!””

The Offbeat Marquee #1: The Duel Project

The Offbeat Marquee is the theater that will show just about anything. Columnist Jacob Calta unearths everything from forgotten Hollywood dramas to underground animation to the many oddball genre films from around the world. This first installment takes on two films from the nation of Japan. Two halves of a friendly competition with exceptionally specificContinue reading “The Offbeat Marquee #1: The Duel Project”