Joshua Chaplinsky
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New York Film Fest 2013 Review: Praise the Lord! James Franco's CHILD OF GOD Is A Revelation

Love him or hate him, James Franco has one of the more interesting Hollywood careers going these days. My own relationship with the man was born of indifference and suckled at the teat of hatred, thanks in no small part... More »

NYAFF 2013 Review: It's Never Too Late For New Year's Resolutions With COUNTDOWN

West meets East in this claustrophobic Thai thriller set almost entirely in a New York City apartment on New Year's Eve 2012. The story concerns the redemption of three roommates, and can either be enjoyed superficially as a tense exercise... More »

NYAFF 2013 Review: A Breakdown of Christian Linaban's ABERYA

aberya (n): Tagalog, from the Spanish word avería, meaning "damage, breakdown, malfunction"; mechanical troubleIs there anything more frustrating than sitting in traffic? How about sitting in random, inexplicable traffic during off-peak hours? Where every stop-and-go inch tries your patience? That's... More »

Tribeca 2013 Review: Does MR. JONES Take Found Footage Horror To A New Dimension?

"Scott is a filmmaker in need of inspiration..." in a film whose very genre is in need of inspiration: found footage horror. The TFF festival guide bills Mr. Jones' writer/director, Karl Mueller, as someone who has "taken the found footage... More »

Tribeca 2013 Review: Who's Afraid Of The BIG BAD WOLVES?

Editor's Note: some would consider this review a spoiler, as it discusses the ending, although doesn't reveal what happens.There were audible groans as the credits rolled on the pre-festival screening of Big Bad Wolves. Without giving anything away, I imagine... More »

Tribeca 2013 Review: The Bad Touch Leads To The DARK TOUCH

Six months from now, Kimberly Pierce's remake of Carrie will hit theaters and you've got to wonder--why? (Money.) DePalma's iconic adaptation is over thirty-five years old, and from the looks of the new version's trailer they're banking on young blood... More »

Tribeca 2013 Review: Inside the Mind of MICHAEL H. PROFESSION: DIRECTOR

You think you know Michael Haneke? Director of such uplifting films as The Piano Teacher, Cache, and Amour? Look at that Austrian death-glower. It shrivels the soul. He's got to be one of the most humorless individuals on the planet,... More »

Film Comment Selects 2013 Review: CALL GIRL Is Much More Than The Story Of A 14 Year Old Prostitute

As a viewer, I like to know as little as possible about a film going in. So when I scan the festival blurbs my eyes are looking for certain key words to jump out and grab my attention (and no,... More »

Film Comment Selects 2013 Review: SIMON KILLER is An American Sociopath's Last Tango in Paris

From Borderline films, the trio of producer/directors responsible for indie darling Martha Marcy May Marlene, comes the uplifting story of an American in Paris who finds solace in the thighs of a young prostitute. Simon is his name and killing... More »

Joshua Chaplinsky's Favorite Films of 2012

Another year older and what do you get? Another crop of kick ass movies, that's what. And if the crop is where celluloid images are stored prior to digestion, this column is the gizzard where their contents are broken down... More »

Interview: Rick Alverson and Tim Heidecker Get Serious About THE COMEDY

Rick Alverson's not-comedy, The Comedy, is currently one of my favorite films of the year. It haunts me. It is, and I quote myself, "hilarious, transgressive, brilliant, and most people will find it unwatchable." But that doesn't mean you shouldn't... More »

Twitch in Bondage: Why Timothy Dalton Was The Best Bond

Timothy Dalton was the best Bond. There, I said it. I'm not ashamed. Although I suppose I'll have to back that statement up with a pretty compelling argument.  So why do I think Timothy Dalton was the best Bond? Because... More »

NYFF 2012 Review: CASTING BY Is A Heartfelt Plea To Bring Casting Directors The Recognition They Deserve

Casting By is a heartfelt plea to bring casting directors the recognition they so rightfully deserve. It is also a slice of Hollywood Pie full of big name interviews, amusing anecdotes, and little-seen footage that will leave film lovers' mouths... More »

VIFF 2012 Review: THE COMEDY Is Hilarious, Transgressive, Brilliant, and Most People Will Find It Unwatchable

I've never set foot in Vancouver, but I did see The Comedy at BAMcinemaFest back in June. That's right, I saw it before it was cool. And since there's no full review of the film in the Twitch archive, it... More »

NYFF 2012 Review: FINAL CUT - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN Might Be The Greatest Film About Film Ever Made

Gyorgy Palfi's Final Cut - Ladies and Gentlemen might be the greatest film about film ever made. Hyperbolic quote baiting? I assure you, I'm being sincere. It's not often I see a film that I'm impelled to gush about, let... More »


In 2008, director Marina Zenovich re-opened old wounds with the release of her film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, a documentary about the titular filmmaker's infamous 1977 rape trial. It shined a light on a number of alleged inappropriate and... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: FUCK UP Doesn't Fuck It Up

The Norwegians are leaving, and this time you can't blame Audrey Horne. Another Fantastic Fest has come and gone, and our Scandinavian brethren have returned to the land of ice and snow of their own volition, not because a young,... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: CRAVE Fails To Satisfy

Crave is the feature debut of Charles de Lauzirika, a man best (un)known for directing/producing DVD special features. So what, you say? Sew buttons on a dead hobo's suit! You know you love yourself some special features, and Charles is... More »

Review: ABOUT CHERRY Presents the Cute, Fluffy Kitten Version of Porn

It gives me no great pleasure to write this review. About Cherry is the directorial debut of Stephen Elliot, author of the novel Happy Baby and the superb memoir, The Adderall Diaries. How I didn't realize this until after I... More »

David Cronenberg vs. Don DeLillo: COSMOPOLIS

Once again, The higher-ups at Twitch have been kind enough to allow me to cross-promote a post I wrote over at LitReactor. Last time it was a comparison piece on the book and both film versions of The Girl With... More »
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