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Lost in the Wash - John Ira Thomas, Will Grant

Lost in the Wash is about a laundromat employee who discovers something in his machines: a snake-like water monster that eats customers. At the same time, he’s trying to flirt with a goth girl he played with when he was a kid. He’s also grappling with (and ignoring) the fact that he might be dead.

This is a really great horror comic with monsters, the occult, and dangerous backwoods-types. Panels are seldom used, with each “shot” flowing into the next, much like a washing machine. It’s a little confusing at times, but usually it feels natural and cinematic. And the DVD-like special features section at the end includes an alternate ending, potential sequels, poster art, and commentary, all of which create a kind of mythos around the story.

Jodhaa Akbar (2008) is an epic historical drama that takes place in sixteenth-century India. It centers around the politically-motivated marriage of Jalal, a Muslim emperor, and Jodhaa, a Hindu princess.

When I say epic, I mean epic. This film clocks in at three hours and thirty-four minutes, which is considered lengthy even by Indian standards. The story is filled with political drama and deceit that reminded me of A Song of Ice and Fire. Besides the plot, there was a lot effort put into pure spectacle. The palaces and costumes are elegant, and there is a dance number featuring over a thousand people. Parts of the score are laughably overdramatic and so are most of the fight scenes. It’s an impressive film that exemplifies the word ‘epic,’ but I have no intention of sacrificing another three and a half of hours of my life by watching it again.

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Hellboy in Hell: The Descent - Mike Mignola, Dave Stewart

The first arc of Hellboy in Hell is a different turn for the character, but it picks up right where we left off. As the title says, Big Red finds himself in the pit of Hell with his old acquaintance Edward Grey. There’s more information about Hellboy’s past, and it seems like he has finally put his destiny to rest.

Hell feels strange and dreamy, and I think this series really shows a different angle of Hellboy. He has to redefine himself for this new world.

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Sprocket: Gaps in Film - various creators

Sprocket is a fun, quick read. It’s a collection of stories about fictional films that were never released. It’s a perfect combination: poster art and production stories. And I’d really like to see some of these movies, especially Kill, Cheerleader, Kill

A family reunites at their vacation home (in Columbia, Missouri!) for their parents’ thirty-fifth anniversary. During an argument at the dinner table, they are attacked by someone with a mask and a crossbow.

You’re Next (2011) is a clever film that both exploits and twists the conventions of modern horror. The basic premise - and I don’t think this gives away too much - is to put an incredibly skilled and knowledgeable individual into a slasher situation. It’s a pretty fresh idea, and the kills are great, but the film becomes predictable after a point.

You can watch You’re Next on Netflix.

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B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs - Mike Mignola

In Plague of Frogs, the first B.P.R.D. story arc, the team deals with a delayed effect of the Cavendish incident, which happened way back at the beginning of Hellboy. It’s got a fungal god-man, a cult, and lots of frog-monsters. This volume also explores Abe Sapien’s past for the first time, which is really exciting and leaves even more questions.

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B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs - Mike Mignola

In Plague of Frogs, the first B.P.R.D. story arc, the team deals with a delayed effect of the Cavendish incident, which happened way back at the beginning of Hellboy. It’s got a fungal god-man, a cult, and lots of frog-monsters. This volume also explores Abe Sapien’s past for the first time, which is really exciting and leaves even more questions.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
1984 Japanese theatrical poster

SCIENCE FICTIONS AND ECHOES OF THE FUTURE

In a future world destroyed by toxic plants, Nausicaa, a young princess, tries to create peace among the humans and the insects of the forest. 

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) is a beautiful science-fiction film from the beginning of Hayao Miyazaki’s career. The themes of harmony with nature and pacifism are strong, but it’s a little difficult to keep track of the rules of the world and the goals of the three nations.

I really liked the part with the giant.

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LATE SHIFT AT THE GRINDHOUSE

A college student heads to a small Texan village to research German history. He unearths the grave of a woman executed for witchcraft and steals the stake that killed her. The witch, who - as promised - is at least partially nude in every scene, comes back to life to seek revenge on the descendants of her executioner.

In the true spirit of exploitation cinema, The Naked Witch (1961) was made for the sole purpose of putting nudity on film. There’s an extended scene of the witch playing in a pond while the protagonist watches intently from the bushes, followed by a dance number in a cave. It makes up nearly half of the sixty minute feature. Most of the talking in the film comes from the protagonist’s narration, which shows how little effort was put into the story. While I prefer exploitation that focuses on outlandish story elements rather than sex, The Naked Witch has plenty of laughable moments.

This week’s grindhouse feature was also preceded by a short film called Completely Defective (2011). It’s a raunchy comedy about a man who purchases a sex robot with a few glitches. It was directed by Henrique Couto, who also directed Babysitter Massacre and the Slay Ride segment in Faces of Schlock

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B.P.R.D.: The Soul of Venice and Other Stories - various artists

Soul of Venice is another collection of B.P.R.D. shorts, all from different creative teams. Some of the stories are better than others.

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B.P.R.D.: The Soul of Venice and Other Stories - various artists

Soul of Venice is another collection of B.P.R.D. shorts, all from different creative teams. Some of the stories are better than others.