Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

The Lower Rooms

GG Allin is Still Dead But You Can Have A Deathiversary Bust

Purdah

Beach House

The Quest of Alain Ducasse

Silicon Beach

Antiquities

In This Gray Place

Father’s Day

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Letterpress printing is a process in which a number of identical copies of a letter or poster can be copied over and over again from a printing press. The fonts or pictures can be made from material as different as wood, linoleum, or metal. With the advent of offset typing, printing presses, and letterpress specifically, … Continued

The Lower Rooms

The Lower Rooms runs on dread—not of anything specific, but the dread that comes from uncertainty. It does so quietly and without drawing attention to itself. It’s a movie that isn’t concerned with telling a story, so much as creating a mood and reveling in it, which it does quite well. The premise is simple. … Continued

Purdah

Purdah is defined as “…the custom in certain Muslim communities of keeping women in seclusion, with clothing that conceals them completely, in order to stay out of the sight of men.” Traditionally, a burka (alternately spelled as burqa, burkha, bourkha, burqua, and burqu’) is used to this end. A burka is a garment that entirely … Continued

Beach House

Eastern Long Island is known for privacy, tranquility, and affluence, making it a popular getaway for those who can afford it. The quiet solitude also makes for a great background to a horror thriller, as shown in exploitation shockers like Funny Games, Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave. (Yes, the … Continued

The Quest of Alain Ducasse

So, I guess food docs are a bona fide genre now. I’ve seen a lot of food docs this year and it makes it that much harder for a single film to stand out from the pack. In The Quest of Alain Ducasse, director Gilles de Maistre follows world-renowned French chef Alain Ducasse for two … Continued

Silicon Beach

Lucas (Oliver Singer) lands a part on a major new Netflix fantasy series. But after retooling the script, his character gets sidelined to just two episodes. Now Lucas is in need of a job because money is a necessary evil. He interviews for a position at Roomie, a sort of Airbnb site, and gets a … Continued

Antiquities

Self-discovery is a journey we all take part in, in one way or another. Whether or not we set out with finding ourselves as a clear target, or we blunder our way to an evolved sense of being, growth, alongside change, is inevitable. There exists varying catalysts for our individual paths of development, some of … Continued

In This Gray Place

The “one-room pressure cooker” — a movie set almost entirely in a single location — is a filmic genre unto itself. Think of the big-time directors who used this setup to create career-making first features: Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men), Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and Roman Polanski (Repulsion), to name a few. Or veteran director … Continued

Father’s Day

Larry (Larry Wang Parrish) is in Los Angeles visiting his two daughters, Betty (Betty Ouyang) and Angelita (Angelita Bushey), for Father’s Day. His friend Sam (James Karroum) drops him at their apartment, promising to return in a little while to pick him up. As Larry walks toward the door, homeless man Howard (Glen Willis) startles … Continued