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A Stink in Suburbia

The self-published fanzine Stink was a means for the young Nick Cato to write about the films he loved. Alas, the Xerox zine format is all but dead these days, much like the grindhouse cinemas in which Nick saw many films. Suburban Grindhouse is a marriage of the two. 

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Hong Kong video rental

Le Video in SF and Kim’s in NYC offered impressive selections of Hong Kong films, but many fans had to locate a rental shop in their local Chinatown. STEFAN HAMMOND explains.

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Reviews: Books

Hex – A Book Review

The premise: a phantom witch, her lips and eyes sewn shut, haunts the small town of Black Spring. Read Paul Miller’s review of Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s HEX.

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Eight That Rip

“Subtitled Hong Kong films are no longer considered odd,” says Stefan Hammond, co-author of More Sex, Better Zen, Faster Bullets. Here are eight reasons why.

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Interviews

The Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage

Once upon a time it was common for quirky independent short films to play theatrically in Britain as support to a main feature. But this wasn’t the case for The Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage (1969), a quirky thirteen-plus-minute short that starred the Bonzo Dog Band. David Kerekes discusses the matter with Sausage writer/editor/director, David Korr.

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How Sweet To Be An Idiot

David Kerekes bids a fond farewell to Neil Innes, the impish figure behind some well-known acts, including Monty Python, the Rutles, and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

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My Favourite Dictators And Why

Dictators may be among the worst people in history, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t laugh at them. In My Favourite Dictators, CHRIS MIKUL tells the stories of eleven of the twentieth century’s most colourful and reviled human beings. Here he explains how and why he came to write his book, and who is in it. Illustations by Glenn Smith.

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