Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor for LitReactor.com. He has also written for ChuckPalahniuk.net. He was a guitarist in the band SpeedSpeedSpeed, and is the poison pen behind thejamminjabber, although he's not so sure he should admit it.
I remember being vaguely aware of Ace Attorney, the unlikely basis for Takashi Miike's latest mainstreamer, but never realized the game series had such a huge following. How huge, you ask? We're talking over 4 million units sold. That's a... More »
The 2012 New York Asian Film Festival opened with a bang on Friday night with Pang Ho-Cheung's "astonishingly filthy" film industry send-up, VULGARIA. And when we say "bang," we're not talking explosions, here. There wasn't enough money for pyrotechnics in... More »
Iberian rapscallion Alex de la Iglesia returns with AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, yet another darkly comic exercise in capricious causality. His previous film, THE LAST CIRCUS, is pretty popular around these parts, although it does have its detractors (namely,... More »
I came for the Korine. I stayed for the FAUNS. THE FOURTH DIMENSION is a triptych of vignettes all loosely centered around the titular theme of space and time. Produced in part by Eddy Moretti of VICE magazine, the film... More »
Who doesn't love a good doc about the trials and tribulations of the aspiring filmmaker? I'm not talking your Heart of Darknesses or Burden of Dreamses, as classic as those films are. I'm talking VHS Kahloucha, Audience of One, and... More »
The symbiotic relationship between celebrities and their adoring public is an interesting one. And it's films like James Franco's FRANCOPHRENIA (OR PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME TYPE OUT THE FULL TITLE EVERY TIME) that force me to consider my own role... More »
What is there to say about Tom Six's coprophagic endurance test that hasn't already been said? About as much as Martin had to say to his victims, I would think. Consequently, this review will be the reverse of my recent... More »
The Sunset Limited, Cormac McCarthy's one-act novel in dramatic form, is all about the dialog. The Sunset Limited, Tommy Lee Jones' HBO adaptation of McCarthy's play, is all about the characters delivering that dialog.The plot of both is simple: White,... More »
I don't want to hear any bitching- 2011 was a great year for film. Especially if you live in New York or got your ass to Fantastic Fest like I did. But even if you don't live in close proximity... More »
The higher-ups at Twitch have been kind enough to allow me to cross-promote a post I wrote over at LitReactor on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It is a comparison piece in which I break down all three versions-... More »
Herzog's latest, the death row documentary Into The Abyss, opened in select theaters on Friday, November 11th. Werner Herzog is an imposing cinematic figure whose body of work casts a very long shadow. On warm summer days children frolic in... More »
Before they were Identifying Bourne and shilling for Marvel comics, respectively; John Favreau, Matt Damon, Doug Liman, and Edward Norton were squatting like frat boys in The House That Harvey Built. If this is a time you remember fondly, Lionsgate... More »
Four out of five dentists may recommend sugarless gum, but four out of five horror fans recommend movies made in the 1970's. It's true. Ask any genre lover worth their weight in gore what their favorite decade is and more... More »
TCR 01:15:47:04Into The White Night is a good film. Too bad I had to watch a non-anamorphic screener with a time code running across the top and the wordSAMPLEstamped smack dab in the center of the frame. Call me a... More »
So... apparently A Night In Nude: Salvation is a sequel. I had no idea. It isn't being billed as one, at least not on the Japan Society website, yet somehow the rest of the internet seems to know what I... More »
Birthright, aka Umbilical Cord, is a deliberately paced psycho-drama about family, rejection and revenge. They say revenge is a dish best served cold, which, coincidentally, happens to be the best way to go into this film. Not because it's a... More »
As some of you may know, it was announced back in February that Lionsgate had acquired the Miramax back catalog for distribution on Blu-ray. The Scream Trilogy was one of their inaugural releases under that deal and a tentative date... More »
The screenwriter behind Kim Ji-woon's The Good, The Bad and The Weird makes his directorial debut with Korean box office hit, Haunters. Haunters is a quasi-superhero flick depicting the adversarial relationship between a powerful "psychic" and the only man impervious... More »
This review contains spoilers.You know the saying, "A nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there?" Well, Moo-do Island isn't even a nice place to visit. With a population of roughly nine- including a pair of abusive... More »
I wonder if the perpetrators of the Columbine massacre saw God before they proceeded to shoot up their classmates- and if so- was God a middle-aged Japanese man in a bad suit? I mean, God does works in mysterious ways,... More »
Much has already been written, both on these pages and many others, about the landmark Hollywood-China co-production that is Marvel and DMG Entertainment's Iron Man 3. The film, directed by Shane Black, is the third solo outing for Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark, and has proved a phenomenal success around...
CHAPTER 4: THE PHILOSOPHY OF ANNA KARINA AND BUTT PLUGSI'm sitting outside at a small Café that my editor told me to meet him at. I'm a 10 minute walk from the Marche Du Film convention hall and I'm still waiting for my editor to arrive so he take guide...
MIKE'S JOURNAL. MAY 13. MORNINGI wake up sometime around five AM. My flight to France doesn't leave until five PM. I should be there for security check in sometime around 3PM. There is no reason for me to be up this early but I'm feeling anxious. I have an itch...
CHAPTER ONE: THE BIGGER THE SIDEBURNS, THE BIGGER THE ASSHOLE. I've hit the big time now. I've finally made it. I'm in like Flint from here on out. I'm boarding a plane to France where I'll be attending the Cannes Film Festival for the first time.No more unpaid blogging from...
I have a running argument about whether or not movie box office is a zero-sum game. I tend to attack film earning potential from the "mother of two" perspective - which is that while yes, it's nice to believe that if a film is good it has a theoretically unlimited...