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Sunday, October 20, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: Stephen King is My Boyfriend — Hanging out at “Castle Rock” by Peg Aloi

If Castle Rock is intended to be a commentary on Trump’s not-so-great America, well, what better genre than horror to spread the angst? The post WATCH CLOSELY: Stephen King is My Boyfriend…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: “El Camino” — Epilogue for an Anti-Hero by Peg Aloi

Like Breaking Bad, El Camino subtly suggests that justice is a relative concept. The post WATCH CLOSELY: “El Camino” — Epilogue for an Anti-Hero appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Book Feature: Jake Brennan’s “Disgraceland” — A Wicked Exposé of Popular Music’s Psychopaths by Peg Aloi

Jake Brennan’s unique blend of humor and horror generates very entertaining stories about some of the most shocking crimes committed by various icons of rock, pop, and punk music. The post…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Film Review: “One Cut of the Dead” — Meta Gonzo Zombie Horror by Peg Aloi

This clever Japanese zombie film is a spirited attempt to blow up and reinvigorate the genre. The post Film Review: “One Cut of the Dead” — Meta Gonzo Zombie Horror appeared first on T…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Film Review: “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” by Peg Aloi

Linda Ronstadt was every young female singer’s aspirational goddess: if you could nail “You’re No Good” or “Blue Bayou” in the car or the shower, you had practiced a lot. The pos…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Film Review: “Satanic Panic” — Sounding the Trashy Horror Vibe by Peg Aloi

Satanic Panic is a crazy ride, managing along the way to poke fun at the lifestyles of the rich and bored, reminding us that decadence among the upper classes is very scary indeed. The post …

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Friday, August 23, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: “Gwen” is Moody, Moving Folk Horror by Peg Aloi

William McGregor has crafted a remarkable debut feature, a notable addition to the burgeoning crop of indie folk horror offerings. The post WATCH CLOSELY: “Gwen” is Moody, Moving Folk Ho…

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Film Review: “The Nightingale” — The Horrors of Imperialism by Peg Aloi

The Nightingale serves as both a powerful exploration of the past (from the perspective of the exploited) and a gripping vision of resilience in the face of unfathomable hate, greed, and cru…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Film Review: “Them That Follow” — Of Serpents and Sects by Peg Aloi

feels both cautionary and elegiac; it is obviously relevant in these times of extremism and the rise of small town tyrannies. The post Film Review: “Them That Follow” — Of Serpents an…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: Resistance and Revenge in Season 3 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Peg Aloi

Following a very compelling second season, the series seems to be losing its edge, slightly, though only intermittently. The post WATCH CLOSELY: Resistance and Revenge in Season 3 of “The …

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Film Review: “Luz” — Strangely Compelling Retro Horror by Peg Aloi

A genre debut as self-assured as Luz is always exciting. The post Film Review: “Luz” — Strangely Compelling Retro Horror appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: Season 2 of “Dark” is Artful Horror by Peg Aloi

Despite Dark’s complicated structure, the characters are motivated by utterly realistic desires and emotions, which balance the show’s more abstract elements. The post WATCH CLOSELY: Sea…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Film Review: “Midsommar” — A Feminist Grimoire by Peg Aloi

People versed in modern witchcraft or paganism may recognize some of the themes examined in Midsommar, but what I found most fascinating was the pronounced emphasis on female sexuality. The …

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Film Review: “Ophelia” is Revisionist, Romantic, Ravishing by Peg Aloi

Ophelia is moving, intoxicating, haunting: the most visually pleasurable film I’ve seen so far this year. The post Film Review: “Ophelia” is Revisionist, Romantic, Ravishing appeared f…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: PBS’ “Jamestown” — Glossy Heritage TV by Peg Aloi

Jamestown is a vividly timely reminder that anyone who calls themselves an “American” is actually descended from immigrants. The post WATCH CLOSELY: PBS’ “Jamestown” — Glossy He…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: Black Mirror S5: Now More Digital Than Ever! by Peg Aloi

All three episodes have intriguing storylines, with plenty of human pathos and drama: but I admit to finding the first and third episodes a bit too digitally-focused for my taste. The post W…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: “Killing Eve”’s Second Season — Glamorous but Glib by Peg Aloi

Killing Eve is a smart, funny, and often shocking exploration of the complex psychologies of women leading dangerous lives, for whom killing comes much easier than it ought to. The post WATC…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Film Review: “High Life” — Messy, Earthy Existentialism, In Outer Space by Peg Aloi

In space, no one can hear you go extinct. The post Film Review: “High Life” — Messy, Earthy Existentialism, In Outer Space appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Film Preview: At Somerville Theatre — Fake Bands, Real Good Movies by Peg Aloi

Most of the films selected will be shown in 35mm, making the visual experience as invigorating to watch as the music will be to listen to. The post Film Preview: At Somerville Theatre — F…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Film Review: “The Wind” — Horror on the Prairie by Peg Aloi

The Wind explores the fears that beset even strong, capable women stuck struggling for survival without community or social contact. The post Film Review: “The Wind” — Horror on the Pr…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” — Coming of Age Cauldron by Peg Aloi

The series presents plausible, relatable social situations within a weird, dark, quasi-magical framework. The post WATCH CLOSELY: “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” — Coming of Age Cauld…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Film Review: “Hail Satan?” — Fighting Evil by Peg Aloi

These satanists are far less concerned with organizing decadent ceremonies (though there is a fair bit of that, and it’s thrilling to behold) than they are with exposing corruption and hyp…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Film Review: “Transit” — Europe’s Unburied Past by Peg Aloi

In Transit, Christian Petzold explores why the ghosts of Europe’s troubled past are stirring once more. The post Film Review: “Transit” — Europe’s Unburied Past appeared first on …

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Film Review: A Pair of “Suspirias” Square off at The Brattle Theater by Peg Aloi

Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria is a landscape of the shadowy feminine, steeped in ancient magic, willful evil, and the cyclical round-de-lay of death and rebirth. The post Film Review: A Pair of…

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Film Review: 5 Women Filmmakers — A Sampling of the Superb by Peg Aloi

This is a finely-selected sampling of what some accomplished women filmmakers offered in 2018. The post Film Review: 5 Women Filmmakers — A Sampling of the Superb appeared first on The Art…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Film Homage: Stanley Donen is Why You Love the Movies by Peg Aloi

On an elemental level, Stanley Donen’s films epitomize what we think of when we think of the best of Hollywood cinema. The post Film Homage: Stanley Donen is Why You Love the Movies appear…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: “True Detective” — Mysteries of Mind and Soul by Peg Aloi

This season of True Detective explores the figure of the cop as a permanently haunted man. The post WATCH CLOSELY: “True Detective” — Mysteries of Mind and Soul appeared fi…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: The Dark Depths of “Russian Doll” by Peg Aloi

Russian Doll is television made to be savored. The post WATCH CLOSELY: The Dark Depths of “Russian Doll” appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Film Review: “Arctic” — An Icy Thriller by Peg Aloi

Arctic avoids existential symbolism for the sake of expressing authentic emotions, most of them thanks to Mads Mikkelsen’s performance, a quiet tour de force. The post Film Review: “…

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

WATCH CLOSELY: Ted Bundy, Archetypal Sociopath by Peg Aloi

What is admirable about Conversations with a Killer is that it is as compelling an exploration of the monster's victims as it is of Ted Bundy. The post WATCH CLOSELY: Ted Bundy, Archetypal …

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Film Preview: The Brattle Theatre’s Dead of Winter — Time for Tales of the Beast by Peg Aloi

These films will no doubt raise your spirits in the dead of winter. The post Film Preview: The Brattle Theatre’s Dead of Winter — Time for Tales of the Beast appeared first on Th…

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