Joshua Chaplinsky
New York City, New York

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor for He has also written for

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 »


I know for shit about legitimate thee-ay-tur, but throw in copious amounts of (stage) blood and (stage?) semen, plus the threat of being doused in said fluids, and I'm taking your art seriously.Oh, and it doesn't hurt if your art... More »


I ain't gonna explain the backstory any better than the fine folks over at Subway Cinema: Originally planned to be a three-parter directed by Kim Jee-woon, Yim Pil-Sung (director of Hansel & Gretel and Antarctic Journal), and Han Jae-Rim (The Show Must Go... More »

Yorgos Lanthimos Is Not The Leader of the Greek New Wave: An Interview With The Director Of ALPS and DOGTOOTH

In 2009, Yorgos Lanthimos burst onto the international film scene with his cinematic guide to good parenting, Dogtooth. It won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes, was nominated for an Oscar, and there was much rejoicing (yay!). The highly... More »

NYAFF 2012: NY Premiere of Takashi Miike's ACE ATTORNEY

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 »

NYAFF 2012 Opening Night Screening: VULGARIA

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 »

Tribeca 2012 Review: Alex de la Iglesia's AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT

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 »

Tribeca 2012 Review: THE FOURTH DIMENSION

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 »

Tribeca 2012 Review: JOURNEY TO PLANET X

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 »

Joshua Chaplinsky Adds To The Glut of 2011 Top 10 Lists

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 Girls With The Dragon Tattoos

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 »

Gazing Into The Abyss: A Roundtable Discussion With Werner Herzog

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 »
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