Joshua Chaplinsky
Queens, New York

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

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 »
  

I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND Review

György Pálfi, the man responsible for the subdued murder mystery Hukkle, and the grotesque, Eastern Bloc artistry of Taxidermia, returns with I Am Not Your Friend, a Soderberghian exercise in low budget improvisation. The film follows a small group of... More »
  

TRIBECA 2010: DOG POUND Review

[ Once again, props go to Joshua Chaplinksy for this review ]Four Years ago, a bizarre little film called Sheitan made me a fan of director Kim Chapiron for life. It starred Vincent Cassel as a demented hillbilly who makes... More »
  

TRIBECA 2010: Another Take on THE SENTIMENTAL ENGINE SLAYER

[ Our Thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review ]Omar A. Rodriguez Lopez is gonna need a bigger hat rack. The prolific solo artist and fearless leader of Latin progsters, The Mars Volta, is now a bona fide filmmaker.... More »
  

1 Review

[1 was screened as part of the Lincoln Film Society's recent contemporary Hungarian cinema program.]More interesting than enjoyable, but at times more frustrating than interesting, Pater Sparrow's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's One Human Minute is packed to the gills with... More »
  

Joshua Chaplinsky's Fantastic Fest Diary: THE REVENANT

For anyone that was there, I'm the jerk that flipped off the screen and walked out during the screening of The Revenant at Fantastic Fest this year.  For those who weren't, The Revenant is an irritatingly mediocre horror-comedy featuring a... More »
  

Joshua Chaplinsky's Fantastic Fest Diary: ANTICHRIST

CHAOS REIGNS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS LARS VON TRIER'S ANTICHRIST (contains spoilers) Lars Von Trier does not strike me as the type of man who takes well to the mocking of his work, no matter how affectionate or good natured. Nature,... More »
  

DEADGIRL Review

This past Friday was the New York premiere of Marcel Sarmien and Gadi Harel's coming of age horror flick Deadgirl. Co-director Harel was in attendance (as were a pair of single-digit aged relatives) for a midnight screening that played to... More »
  

MESRINE: L'instinct de mort and L'ennemi public n° 1 Reviews

I recently had the "opportunity" to view both L'instinct de mort and L'ennemi public n° 1, neither of which has seen a stateside release at this time. The timing of the subtitles was off, and they were translated from Czech... More »
  

NYAFF 09 Review: WRITTEN BY

I'm a sucker for anything Kaufmanesque, that special brand of weirdness with a metaphysical edge. I am not, however, a sucker for Hong Kong style melodrama. How about a Hong Kong Style melodrama with a metaphysical edge? Now you've... More »
  

NYAFF 09 Review: THE FORBIDDEN DOOR

I'm a sucker for anything Lynchian, that special brand of weirdness encompassing the dark and bizarre. Invariably, the eponymous term is slapped on as a selling point, and anything described as such is doomed to disappoint. Fortunately for The... More »
  

BRONSON Review

(The NY premiere of Bronson took place as part of the BAMcinemaFEST in Brooklyn. It opens in October.) Directed by Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (The Pusher Trilogy, Fear X) Bronson tells the story of Michael Peterson, Britain's most... More »
  

NYAFF 09 Review: CRUSH AND BLUSH

Crush and Blush is the story of Yang Mi-sook, a deluded English teacher stalking her married co-worker. When she learns the object of her desire is having an affair with her rival, she teams up with the man's daughter to... More »
  

NYAFF 09 Review: MAGAZINE GAP ROAD

"She'll come back. They always do." Or, she'll be back, according to the subtitles on the screener, but that doesn't seem like the ideal translation. A former Tokyo call girl and an alcoholic ex-cop attempt to help a young woman... More »
  
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