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MATINEE (1993)

USA, 1993 (MIFF 2010, Dante's Inferno)

Director: Joe Dante

“In this funny, philosophical salute to B-movies and the B-Moguls who made them, Dante looks back fondly on growing up with the apocalypse always in your mind.” - Washington Post

Genial, William Castle-esque impresario Lawrence Woosley heads to sunny Key West, Florida to launch his latest cinematic creation - a B-movie extravaganza (in Atomo-Vision and Rumble Rama) called MANT! But he finds the thrills of his monster-populated film competing with the chills of the Cuban Missile Crisis taking place just a few miles south. In Dante's subversive and affectionate portrait of Cold War America, it is hard to say which of the two are scarier, or more real.

“Joe Dante knows the truth - that the cinema of his childhood was haunted by the nation's guilt for Hiroshima.” - Bill Krohn

See also...

GREMLINS (1984)

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THE MOVIE ORGY (1968)

“Everything in my subsequent work comes from The Movie Orgy.” - Joe Dante ... Inspired by Susan Sontag's well known essay ‘Notes on Camp', as well as the very successful rerelease of the 1943 ... More »

SMALL SOLDIERS (1998)

“There will be no mercy.” - major Chip Hazard ... It's the ruthless, armed to the teeth, grotesquely macho Commando Elite versus the noble, cowardly, freakish Gorgonites in the third chapter of ... More »

GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)

“The movie is smarter, wilder and more unfettered than the original Gremlins.” - New Yorker ... The Gremlins go to Manhattan in this brilliantly hyperbolic follow up the 1984 classic, which also ... More »

It's a Good Life (1983)

“Something like an off-Broadway cartoon designed by Chuck Jones.” - Joe Dante ... Beware of seemingly sweet kids who ask you to drive them home and then invite you in to meet their family… ... More »

HOMECOMING (2005)

“This is a horror story because most characters are Republicans.” - Joe Dante ... “If I had one wish, I would wish for your son to come back,” says an oily political consultant to the mother ... More »

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