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2014 Stories by Rob Staeger

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  • Rob Staeger

    Feudal Revenge Drama Age of Uprising Favors Reflection Over Violence

    published May 28, 2014

    With a premise like Rob Roy and a title like a video game, one might expect Arnaud des Pallières's Age of Uprising: The Legend... More >>

  • SNAKE PLISSKEN LIVES

    published May 28, 2014

    Among other treats, gastro-theater Nitehawk Cinema mixes up a rummy cocktail called The Driver. It’s named after a Ryan Gosling role (guess... More >>

  • WATCH THE SKIES

    published May 21, 2014

    The “Goldilocks zone” is the fanciful term astronomers have adopted for the area around a star that’s not too hot, and not too... More >>

  • DOUBLE VISION

    published May 14, 2014

    Andy Warhol’s initial image of what came to be The Chelsea Girls was a cartoon on a napkin of a divided movie screen, with a B... More >>

  • EASY DOES IT

    published May 7, 2014

    Proto-punks, post-hippies, deadheads, druggies, and hungry folks of every stripe populate Mimi Pond’s new graphic novel memoir, Over... More >>

  • MARXISTS UNITE!

    published April 30, 2014

    Hooray for Captain Spaulding, Rufus T. Firefly, and the rest! Today kicks off Marxfest, a month-long celebration of all things Marx Brothers.... More >>

  • BRUSH WITH MYSTERY

    published April 16, 2014

    No less a talent than the late master fantasy artist Frank Frazetta called Jeffrey Catherine Jones “our greatest living painter.” As... More >>

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    Found-Footage Horror Flick Happy Camp Demands You Not Think About It Too Much

    published April 2, 2014

    Found-footage horror flick Happy Camp demands you not think about it too much. For example, everyone in it remembers little... More >>

  • GEEKS GO GLAM

    published April 2, 2014

    The intersection of geekdom and libido has long been underestimated, but it’s our understanding that great imagination and great sex go hand... More >>

  • Rob Staeger

    In Fear Traffics in Tension

    published March 5, 2014

    Haunted houses may scare kids, but adults have simpler fears. Lucy and Tom, for example, are lost. A tentative couple on their first weekend... More >>

  • Rob Staeger

    A Charismatic Preacher in Religious Thriller Holy Ghost People

    published February 19, 2014

    Of all the sins a cinematic flock can forgive its preacher, vanity tops the list. While the backwoods congregation of the Church of... More >>

  • Rob Staeger

    How Does Lucky Bastard Manage to Be So Good?

    published February 12, 2014

    Found-footage thrillers share a lot of qualities with "amateur" porn — handheld cameras, unscripted reactions, and a better-than-average... More >>

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    The Returned Is a Zombie Movie with Brains

    published February 12, 2014

    Welcome to the post-post-apocalypse, where the zombie virus has metastasized from horror-movie gross-out to full-blown sci-fi metaphor.... More >>

  • FIRE, SHIMMY WITH ME

    published January 22, 2014

    Randy Blue Velvet fans, lend me your ear. The Pink Room Burlesque is once again paying tribute to David Lynch in the va-voomiest way... More >>

  • SILENCE, GOLDEN

    published January 15, 2014

    Unlike synchronized sound in film, word balloons were seen in cartoons as early as the 18th century. Yet in the early 1900s, comics innovators... More >>

  • GMO No: Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1

    published January 8, 2014

    The original Class of Nuke 'Em High mixed fears of nuclear power into a pungent broth of New Wave teenage rebellion and gross-out FX.... More >>

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