June 2017 Update

Since my last update back in March, I have posted the first two parts of a massive project I’ve been working on for quite some time: a comprehensive history of the films of Russ Doughten and Donald W. Thompson. These men were the partners behind Mark IV Pictures, best known for the series of films that started with A Thief in the Night in 1973. I just published the second part this week. Here are the links to those so far: The Films of Russ Doughten, Part 1: 1961–1968 and The Films of Donald W. Thompson, Part 1: 1973–1975. These have taken a huge amount of work, and the next parts in this series will probably be some time down the road while I try to focus on some other projects for a while!


I recently wrote a piece on The Howling: New Moon Rising for Daily Grindhouse’s recent Howling week (and added some corrections/clarifications to the Medium version): New Moon Rising: How to Find Your Bliss and (Almost) Kill a Franchise.”


Back at the end of March, I interviewed writer/director Brian K. Williams of Bandit Motions Pictures about his new sci-fi sex comedy Space Babes from Outer Space for Daily Grindhouse.

BELOW HER MOUTH (Hollywood Reporter)

In other softcore-related news, I wrote a piece about the recent film Below Her Mouth, a female-driven softcore romantic drama: “In Defense of Below Her Mouth and Female Produced Softcore.”

In film fest coverage, I covered this year’s Boston Underground Film Festival for Daily Grindhouse: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

I also covered the 2017 Chicago Underground Film Festival, writing up all the features that played the fest in 3 parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

And finally, I reviewed some recent home video releases over at Film Monthly:

A Cure for Wellness

The Jacques Rivette Collection

Kijū Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

Beyond the Gates

Django, Prepare a Coffin

Teenage Ghost Punk


Child Eater



Devil in the Dark

…and I think that’s about everything! New film reviews and festival coverage will be going into an upcoming update for The Unrepentant Cinephile tentatively planned for August.

Thanks for your time!