Movie Watch: The Bad Batch

The Bad Batch

It’s okay if you have not heard of Ana Lily Amirpour yet. She only has one movie released so far, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a self-described “Iranian vampire Western” shot in Persian somewhere outside Buttonwillow (a favorite stop for travelers of Interstate 5 between Los Angeles and the Bay Area), which grossed less than a million dollars when it was released three years ago. But it should be a sign of how visionary her little movie was that her follow-up, The Bad Batch, should be able to land stars like Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna and Jim Carrey, and get financed by one of the best producers working today, Megan Ellison.

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Movie Watch: The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment

“Hey, Havens, why are you throwing out a clip for the new film from the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, yo?” It’s a fair question to ask. “You said you’re going to start promoting independent and foreign films!” Yep, you got that right! I am promoting an independent film here, from a long-time denizen of that wonderful circle of Dante’s Hell known as Troma Films. And you know I’m going to get up in your face when it comes to anything about Troma Films!

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