Joshua Chaplinsky
New York City, New York

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor for LitReactor.com. He has also written for ChuckPalahniuk.net.

JAPAN CUTS 2011: INTO THE WHITE NIGHT Review

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 »
  

JAPAN CUTS 2011 - A NIGHT IN NUDE: SALVATION Review

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 »
  

JAPAN CUTS 2011: BIRTHRIGHT (AKA UMBILICAL CORD) Review

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 »
  

Miramax catalog continues to trickle out on Blu- PULP FICTION and JACKIE BROWN in October?

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 »
  

NYAFF 2011: HAUNTERS Review (A Very Different Take)

The screenwriter behind Kim Jee-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 »
  

NYAFF 2011: BEDEVILLED Review

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 »
  

NYAFF 2011: THE LAST DAYS OF THE WORLD Review

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 »
  

NYAFF 2011: MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED Review

Aussie documentarian Mark Hartley returns with another exploitation expose for the discriminating connoisseur of crap. Only this time around he emigrates from his native Australia to focus on the down and dirty films of the Philippine Islands. Those familiar with... More »
  

Welcome To Scum Town: HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN Review

You pretty much know what you're in for when you go to see a film called Hobo With A Shotgun. Not only because it's all right there in the title, but because a film like that tends to skew towards... More »
  

DVD Review: TEENAGE PAPARAZZO

If the perceived douchiness of Adrian Grenier is preventing you from seeing this film, let me assuage your fears- Teenage Paparazzo is very, very good. Sure, it's familiar territory for the star, but this isn't some superficial vanity project or... More »
  

13 ASSASSINS Review

[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]13 Assassins will be available on VOD in North America starting today, March 25th and opens in select U.S. cities starting on April 29th. To quote another review of mine, "it's been... More »
  

THE FOUL KING Review

[Once again, our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]The Foul King screens Tuesday, March 1st, as part of BAM Rose Cinema's Kim Jee-woon retrospect- Severely Damaged: The Cinema of Kim Jee-woon. This ain't no Wallace Beery wrestling picture,... More »
  

THE QUIET FAMLY Review

[Our Thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review]The Quiet Family screens Monday, February 28th, as part of BAM Rose Cinema's Kim Jee-woon retrospect- Severely Damaged: The Cinema of Kim Jee-woon. The first time I saw The Quiet Family, I... More »
  

STUART HAZELDINE: BRITISH FILMMAKER, HOLLYWOOD SCREENWRITER

When he's not busy scripting Hollywood blockbusters for the likes of Alex Proyas and Scott Derrickson, UK based screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine is wringing his hands menacingly and plotting his own directorial career. Allusions to cartoonish super-villainy aside, Hazeldine has crafted... More »
  

THE ELECTRIC CHAIR Review

[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]The Electric Chair was screened Friday, October 15th at The 92Y Tribeca Screening Room in NYC. It will be available on DVD Tuesday, October 19th through Wild Eye Releasing. What do you... More »
  

Man in Suit! Man in Suit! : An interview with Tom Six

[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for taking the time to conduct and transcribe the following interview.]At this point in his fledgling international career, the name Tom Six should be instantly familiar to most genre fans. Hell, even my mother is... More »
  

NYAFF 2010: SYMBOL Review

[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]I don't think I've ever used the word "penis" so many times in a review before.  Directed by and starring acclaimed Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto, Symbol is a film with an... More »
  

NYAFF 2010: GOLDEN SLUMBER Review

[Once again our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]Golden Slumber fills my eyes, but what exactly is it I'm seeing? A man-on-the-run conspiracy thriller, mixing JFK and The Bourne Identity? Or a treatise on friendship lost, the repairing... More »
  

NYAFF 2010: CHAW Review

[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review. Rant, disc issues and all.]Rant alert:  I know piracy is a real problem, but I'm rapidly losing patience with the giant, garish watermarks being slapped on screeners these days. Especially on... More »
  

NYAFF 2010: CRAZY RACER Review

[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review]Ning Hao's CRAZY RACER is not the film I thought it was going to be. Granted, I went in having only read a brief summary, but that summary painted a very specific... More »
  
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