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The Film Cult Presents: Where the Wild Things Are
Friday, February 27 by

About a quarter of the way through Where the Wild Things are, Max, the kid who’s just bitten his mother, is convincing the wild things not to eat him by…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Bridges of Madison County
Friday, February 20 by

Okay, okay. I get it. I know this is a romance movie steeped in genre stereotypes: frustrated housewife, discovered letters from a dead mother, the rough ’n tumble stranger driving…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Beach
Friday, February 13 by

I often imagine storylines extending past the end of films. For instance, I consider Revolutionary Road as the extended storyline of Titanic had Jack not drowned. Jack and Rose are…

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The Film Cult Presents: Office Space
Friday, February 6 by

If I’m totally honest, I didn’t love this movie the first four times I saw Office SPace. Yes, that’s right, four times. Friends showed it to me, then my brother,…

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The Film Cult Presents: Wordplay
Friday, January 30 by

It’s rare that I review documentaries. So few documentaries become cult classics. In fact, thus far, I’ve only reviewed two, Indie Game and Crumb. Maybe there’s something extra difficult in…

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The Film Cult Presents: Only Lovers Left Alive
Friday, January 16 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! I didn’t want to give Only Lovers Left Alive a chance. Hipster vampires hanging out in Detroit? No, thank you. In fact, I waited until the Facebook…

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The Film Cult Presents: Beetlejuice
Friday, January 9 by

None of us truly knows what happens when we die. We live our lives knowing the journey will end. What Beetlejuice proposes is that maybe death isn’t the end but merely a hilarious beginning.

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The Film Cult Presents: Hard Candy
Friday, September 19 by

The revenge Page’s character takes out on Wilson is calculated, diabolical. It’s hard to argue that Wilson’s character doesn’t deserve it, so I won’t. That said, there is a sense of the predatory to Hayley. She’s been working at this.

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The Film Cult Presents: Contact
Friday, September 12 by

Based on the Carl Sagan SciFi classic of the same name, and directed by Robert Zemeckis of Forest Gump fame, Contact is the tale of Ellie Arroway, a scientist who has devoted her life to finding evidence of alien life.

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The Film Cult Presents: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Friday, September 5 by

On August 15th, I wrote about my favorite Robin Williams film, Hook, in tribute to his untimely and heartbreaking death. If you had told me then that less than a…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Heat
Friday, August 29 by

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! I’ll admit it: I’m not the biggest Sandra Bullock fan. I find her precious nature to be cloying and often tedious. I can’t sit through any of…

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The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo
Friday, August 22 by

The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo, the 1980 film about sex and fashion that became a cult classic for its eighties aesthetic.

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The Film Cult Presents: Hook
Friday, August 15 by

Like the rest of the world, I too have been mourning the untimely and tragic death of supernova comedian Robin Williams. My Facebook newsfeed has been blossoming with tributes, some…

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The Film Cult Presents: Go
Sunday, August 10 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! In the spring of 1999, just before I graduated from high school, I met a young man named Zoe. He was a few years older and, I…

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The Film Cult Presents: Cookie’s Fortune
Friday, August 1 by

Cookie’s Fortune was not a financial success, making just shy of one percent profit, and ask most people if they’ve seen it, they’ll probably reply in the negative. And yet, it’s a perfect film.

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The Film Cult Presents: Toys
Friday, July 25 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Toys didn’t get a fair shake. I saw it in the theater when I was a teenager, and the visual effects mesmerized me. It was a Magritte…

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The Film Cult Presents: Elizabethtown
Friday, July 18 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Five movies after the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which he played eternally-fare, arrow-wielding Legolas, Orlando Bloom teamed up with Cameron Crowe to…

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The Film Cult Presents: Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Friday, June 20 by

The Film Cult Presents: Bedknobs and Broomsticks! The best way to fight the Nazis? How about a magic bed knob, a con artist, and an army of dead knights!

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The Film Cult Presents: Gosford Park
Friday, June 13 by

Warning! Mild Spoilers Ahead! Before he gave the world Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes made a brilliant film that could very easily be considered the little brother of Downton. One could…

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Why ‘Maleficent’ Failed
Wednesday, June 11 by

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Not that it matters. “Yet I know it’s true that visions are seldom all they seem.” Nobody, and I mean nobody, was more excited than me when…

The Film Cult Presents: The Ninth Gate
Friday, June 6 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Okay, I, like most of the human race, am a Johnny Depp fan. Did you catch my saccharine praise fest of Edward Scissorhands a few months ago?…

The Film Cult Presents: Indie Game: The Movie
Friday, May 23 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! This week, I’m going to review another recent film just as I did last week. It’s an underrated documentary well known in only a few circles, which…

The Film Cult Presents: Hanna
Friday, May 16 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! I don’t normally review movies this recent, but having just seen it appear on another website’s list of ten movies one may have overlooked in the last…


The Film Cult Presents: Death on the Nile
Friday, May 9 by

Warning! Minor Spoilers Ahead! In the late seventies, fading movie stars used to join ensemble casts in campy films to stay working, to keep their names in the public eye….

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The Film Cult Presents: Addams Family Values
Friday, May 2 by

The sequel to the creepy and spooky sequel that made the Addams clan a symbol for the intelligent outsider.

The Film Cult Presents: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Friday, April 25 by

WARNING! SPOILER ALERT! Today, I review one of the lesser known classics in fantasy filmmaking: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. While its overarching plot is a successful battle against the…

The Film Cult Presents: Shaun of the Dead
Friday, April 18 by

Warning! Spoiler Alert!   There’s a lot a competition for best zombie movie. Some might say the best was the racially tinged horror classic, Night of the Living Dead. They…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Witches
Friday, April 11 by

Based on books by master storyteller Roald Dahl, The Witches is one of those children’s movies that’s downright frightening.

The Film Cult Presents: Edward Scissorhands
Friday, April 4 by

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Edward Scissorhands is definitely flawed. The ending is a predictable Saturday-matinee mob scene. The plot is loosely hung on a frame-work of stock characters and a fairy-tale…

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The Film Cult Presents: Battle Royale
Friday, March 28 by

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Battle Royale got a lot of press when the first Hunger Games movie came out. Hipsters were up in arms with protestations of “Rip off!” and “It’s…