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2010 Boston Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

The teasing is over! This here is the real deal. The moment we wait all year for: The lineup for the powerful, the mighty Boston Underground Film Festival, which is set to run March 25 to April 1. Now in its 12th year, Buff shows no sign of slowing down or taking it easy. In fact, this might be their most demented and transgressive edition yet.

There are homages to Giallo horror, tributes to the grand grindhouse tradition of sleaze and exploitation, sex and violence galore — both separately and together — plus, a resurrected ’80s slasher classic that all combine into an epic celebration of everything that is vicious and twisted in this world. But, in a fun way, ya know.

Alas, I haven’t seen any of the feature films that are playing this year, so I can’t offer any special recommendations of those. Although, there are many (most) that I
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Exclusive! 2010 Boston Underground Film Festival: Early Picks

The 12th annual Boston Underground Film Festival isn’t set to start until March 25 — and will run until April 1 — but they’ve leaked a couple of early picks to Bad Lit. Even with just this little tease to start whetting New England underground film fans’ appetites, it looks like the venerable fest is in for another real doozy of a year.

The festival kicks off in high riotous fashion with the Opening Night feature Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi), a four-hour Japanese whirlwind of sinful transgression by Sion Sono about a good Christian schoolboy who’s obsessed with taking pictures of girls’ panties — while they’re wearing them. Eventually, he meets the love of his young life, who doesn’t much like being his object of obsession.

Then, after the Love Exposure screening on March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, Ma — where the entire
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Documentaries Of The Edge

The critically and publicly acclaimed second edition of the Documentaries From The Edge series proved last year that it holds a distinguished place at Fantasia. This section returns this summer with five debut films taking on curious and disturbing social phenomena. A debate over a video game, a modern out-law family, a site dedicated to fetishism, a passion for a lemon, and a mysterious notebook are all subjects that have fascinated the directors and touched them intimately. These captivating documentaries demand that the audience take a stand on what is presented to them on screen. This year, the line-up will feature five docs that impart the unique and unequivocal points of view of filmmakers on some disturbing social phenomena that will leave no one indifferent and promises to spark a few fascinating and contradictory debates. Although the premises vary drastically on the surface, from a portrait of a modern day
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What to see at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival pt.3

Fantasia Festival is North America’s premiere (and largest) genre film festival. It is also my favorite film festival and so I could not wait to share the highlights of this years line up. Below is just some of the films we will be reviewing on our upcoming podcasts. The Children - North American Premiere UK Dir: Tom Shankland A holiday weekend turns into a nightmarish battle for survival when children inexplicably begin to slaughter their parents. Far more frightening than Children Of The Corn or the bulk part of other killer kids pics that have preceded it, this British powerhouse shocker ranks among the best horror film offerings of recent years. The Children inverts unconditional love with an impact that will freeze your blood. Would you be able to protect yourself if the people you loved wanted to cut you to pieces without any sense or reason? The film's terrors are character-driven,
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Fantasia film fest 2009 lineup lookin' lovely!

Ok, so I'm lazy.. I copy and pasted the press release, which is after the break, and we have reviews of quite a few of the films playing, including White Lightnin', Left Bank, Blood River, Cryptic, Deadgirl, The Horsemen, I Sell the Dead.. with Kaifeck Murder coming soon (once I can figure out what to write).

Movies I'm really interested in seeing: French Pa flick Mutants, Smash Cut, Possibility of an Island, Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, and Thirst.

But alas, I won't be there. Instead, a friend of ours will be providing some reviews for the week he is there, so everyone give a big thanks to DirtyRobot! Woop!

Check out the film greatness after the break! Oh, and there's more to come...

The past 12 months have been a treasure trove for sharp, individualistic visions of the unusual. Keep your hands on the bars as we give you a
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Playing Columbine: Interview with Director Danny Ledonne

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I saw Danny Ledonne's documentary Playing Columbine at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles recently. Ledonne's film documents and discusses the controversy surrounding the video game he created in 2005 called Super Columbine Massacre RPG! Ledonne had released the game anonymously on the internet, thinking that maybe 25 or so people would download and play it, and nothing would come of it.Reactions from people ranged from incensed to amused, and most journalists at the time condemned the game, many without even playing it. The game generated more attention than he could have imagined, and when a friend of one of the Columbine High shooting victims did a little amateur detective work, Ledonne's identity was exposed and the hat ...
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Playing Columbine: Interview with Director Danny Ledonne

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I saw Danny Ledonne's documentary Playing Columbine at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles recently. Ledonne's film documents and discusses the controversy surrounding the video game he created in 2005 called Super Columbine Massacre RPG! Ledonne had released the game anonymously on the internet, thinking that maybe 25 or so people would download and play it, and nothing would come of it.Reactions from people ranged from incensed to amused, and most journalists at the time condemned the game, many without even playing it. The game generated more attention than he could have imagined, and when a friend of one of the Columbine High shooting victims did a little amateur detective work, Ledonne's identity was exposed and the hate mail ...
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AFI L.A. Film Festival announces lineup

Danny Ledonne’s documentary “Playing Columbine” is one of 15 films screening at this year’s AFI Los Angeles Film Festival, according to Variety.

“Columbine” chronicles the history of the game “Super Columbine Massacre RPG!” through the 2006 shooting at Dawson College, in which it was mentioned as a major influence on the shooter.

Also premiering at the festival are Fernando Eimbcke’s “Lake Tahoe,” Margarita Jimeno’s “Gogol Bordello Non-Stop” and Rodrigo Pla’s “The Desert Within.”

Here are some other films you’ll be able to catch at the AFI Fest: Paul Schrader’s “Adam Resurrected;” Arnaud Desplechin’s “A Christmas Tale;” Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorrah;” and Anthony Fabian’s “Skin.”

The AFI Los Angeles Film Festival runs Oct. 30 – Nov. 9, 2008. Click here to check out the official Web site.
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