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This category is about films that couldn’t find adequate distribution for whatever reason. These movies are distinguished from those that appear in The Shelf, as they may feature a B-level star and were the kind of low budget independent films that used to get released to smaller art theaters or in big cities at the multiplexes, but no longer do since that market has dried up.

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44 Inch Chest




Chilly Scenes of Winter

Cohen and Tate


The Day of the Beast

An Englishman in New York

Equality U

Fish Out of Water

The Guitar

Happy Accidents

Here and There

I Love You, Phillip Morris

I Want You

The Independent

The Living Wake

Lookin’ to Get Out

The Marc Pease Experience


The Merry Gentleman

The Missing Person

My Effortless Brilliance

Moment by Moment


Off and Running

Phantom Punch

Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Mixed Up



Town and Country


Now on DVD and Blu-Ray


By Adam Lippe

Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

Black Dynamite has nothing new to say about Blaxploitation films, it just does a decent job of copying what an inept [...]

Veegie Awards

Winner: BEST ONLINE FILM CRITIC, 2010 National Veegie Awards (Vegan Themed Entertainment)

Nominee: BEST NEW PRODUCT, 2011 National Veegie Awards: The Vegan Condom

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Featured Quote (written by me)

On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.