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Netflix Review: We Are Still Here (2015) Ted Geoghegan

I was eager to check out the 2015 indie horror film We Are Still Here despite some negative reviews and low ratings, and I was pleasantly surprised. We Are Still Here is a solid modern horror film that is dark, creepy, minimal, and a step above the majority of the newer horror titles currently streaming on Netflix.

We Are Still Here immediately establishes a creepy mood and builds the feeling of dread throughout the film. Director Ted Geoghegan did a lot with a little. It is nicely shot and a very simple but effective New England horror film that doesn’t explain too much and keeps thing ambiguous, which only lends to the creepiness.

Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) gives a great performance as Anne Sacchetti, the grieving main character, and the supporting cast is simple but effective. The house is very creepy with an equally terrifying cellar, and the monster design is effective, fresh, and original.

Though there are some subtle digital effects on the monsters, the horror FX were virtually all in camera, which was another positive aspect of this film. No horrible obvious CGI to take you out of the film. The simple, practical approach to the monsters really kept the supernatural horror rooted in reality.

We Are Still Here is a simple, creepy modern horror film made with the influence of the great 70’s and 80’s horror classics, and is a solid choice if you are looking for a decent new creepy horror film on Netflix.

Netflix Review: We Are Still Here (2015) Ted Geoghegan Rating: 3-5

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Cinema Obscura’s 2016 New England Drive-In Theater Directory

Conneticut:
Mansfield Drive-In Theatre: Mansfield Center, CT
Pleasant Valley Drive-In: Barkhamstead, CT
Southington Drive-In Theatre: Plantsville, CT


Maine:
Prides Corner Drive-In: Westbrook. ME
Skowhegan Drive-In: Skowhegan, ME
Skylite Drive-In: Madawaska, ME

 

Massachusetts:
Mendon Drive-In: Mendon, MA
Leiscester Triple Drive-In Theatre: Leicester, MA
Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre: Wellfleet, MA


New Hamphire:

Milford Drive-In: Milford, NH
Northfield Drive-In: Hinsdale, NH
Northern Nights Drive-In: Lancaster, NH
Weirs Drive-In Theater: Laconia, NH


Rhode Island:

Misquamicut Drive-In Theater: Westerly, RI
Rustic Drive-In Theatre: North Smithfield, RI


Vermont:

Fairlee Drive-In: Fairlee, VT
Sunset Drive-In: Colchester, VT

Marco Rubio Under Fire for Misspelling Florida as Flo Rida

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Miami, Florida— On the heels of spelling “United States” wrong in a letter to the Alaska Republican party, former Republican Presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio is now being criticized for spelling “Florida” as “Flo Rida” in official government documents after recently becoming a fan of the sunshine state hip hop artist.

Rubio dismissed the criticism saying “Look, when I actually do go to work, things can get a bit dull in the Senate, so I was just trying drop a little flavor and make things a bit more gangsta up in the chamber.”

Rubio recently met the Carol City rapper when he performed at fundraiser for his campaign and the two hit it off. “His performance was mesmorizing. I went home and listened to his whole catalog in one sitting that night and I was just blown away.” Rubio raved.

“I’d have to say my favorite song is probably “Sweet Spot” featuring J Lo. It just speaks to me in a profound way that I can’t describe in words. I play the song at full volume on my Bose Wave Radio and it takes me to another place.”

“Before I met Flo Rida, I had been driving around for the last ten years just listening to 50 Cent “Da Club” over, and over, and over again, so Flo Rida’s music has opened up a whole new world to me.”

Rubio has agreed to stop using the alternate spelling on official government documents, but says he will continue to use it when practicing law and in his private affairs.

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Kasich Pressured to Drop Out of Presidential Race After Being Caught Eating Pizza With Knife and Fork

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Queens, NY— People are calling for Republican candidate John Kasich to drop out of the Presidential race after footage surfaced showing him eating pizza with a knife and fork in an Italian pizzeria in Queens.

“You can’t eat pizza like that in Queens. It’s an abomination! It may even be illegal, and if it isn’t, it should be.” said enraged NY pizzeria owner Mario Vincenzo after seeing the video. “Did you see what he did to that slice? Maddona Mia! It was perverse. I can’t even watch the video, it’s making me sick. Please turn it off.”

Vincenzo added “Do we really want someone who eats pizza like that in charge of the free world? I just can’t see hardcore New Yorker’s voting for someone who would defile a beautiful NY slice in such a manner.”

Kasich tried to defend his etiquette, explaining there were extenuating circumstances. “The pizza was scalding hot so I ate my first bite with a knife and fork, and ate the rest with my hands.”

When criticized about the incident by a reporter, Kasich retorted “I was eating pizza before you were born,” and added “the fact that you only showed the beginning of the video with me using utensils on the first bite and not the full video of me eating the rest of the slice with my hands is just irresponsible, dirty journalism.”

As a result of the incident, which has been dubbed “Slicegate,” Kasich’s poll numbers are plummeting in NY, and his campaign is scrambling to do damage control and restore confidence in Kasich with the people of New York before the New York primary, which is just weeks away.

Bird That Landed on Bernie Sanders Podium was Actually Hillary Clinton Spy Drone

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Portland, Oregon— The nation has been captivated by the bird that landed on Senator Bernie Sanders podium Thursday at a rally in Portland , but further investigation suggests the bird may have been a Hillary Clinton spy drone disguised as a bird and sent to gather intelligence.

“I thought I was having a legitimate moment with a real bird.” said Sanders after the rally “but now, it looks like it may have been a spy drone in birds clothing, like that mechanical owl from Clash of the Titans.”

When asked how the drone theory emerged, Sanders said he couldn’t say much because it was an ongoing investigation, but he told us that his secret service tracked the bird after it flew from the podium to an alley behind the rally where it landed on the wrist of someone later identified as a Hillary Clinton aide.

The Clinton aide and bird were seen being spirited away in a black SUV with tinted windows. We reached out to Clinton and her campaign manager, but they declined to comment on the incident.

Bernie Sanders Not Opposed to Using Old Man Strength as an Alternative to Nuclear Weapons

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Keene, NH— At a rally today in Keene, New Hampshire, Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he would not rule out using Old Man Strength against ISIS or any other foreign threat.

“When dealing with foreign policy, I have to utilize all the tools at my disposal. Nothing should be off the table,” said Sanders.

“Put me in the bay of a B-52, fly me over a foreign country, and broadcast me over the bullhorn. I’ll show you curmudgeon-grade mushroom clouds the likes of which you have never seen.”

Senator Sanders also added that “the radioactive half-life of Old Man Strength is drastically less than the radiation associated with nuclear weapons. It’s the greener option, and being from Vermont, nature and the environment are very important to me, so I will go with the greener solution when at all possible when dealing with these issues.”

When asked about the last time he had to utilize his Old Man Strength, Sanders answered “It was this past Thanksgiving, opening a jar of Vlasic Gherkin Pickles for the holiday spread. The cap was giving me trouble, so I fired off the Old Man Strength like a nitrous oxide tank, and completely devastated that lid. And I will use that same power on any foreign entity that threatens our great country.”

Keeping Our 35 Millimeter Dreams Alive: The Mahoning Drive-In Theater

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With the growing scarcity of 35mm prints and mounting pressure from Hollywood studios to convert to digital projection, most movie theaters across the country have been forced to embrace the digital age and shed their 35mm film projectors for their digital counterparts. But despite this push from Hollywood to abandon film, there are a small handful of independent theaters across the country that are going in the opposite direction.

On the outskirts of the Poconos, in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, the Mahoning Drive-In Theater is one of the few drive-in theaters in the country keeping 35mm film alive on the big screen outdoors, and preserving the unique and priceless experience of enjoying a classic film under the stars.

The Mahoning Valley Drive-In theater was built in 1947 and opened in 1948. The sizable grounds can accommodate up to a thousand cars, and features a 109 ft. CinemaScope screen, which is the largest on the East coast and second largest in the country. Unlike many drive-ins from the time period, the Mahoning has undergone very few changes over the years so the theater has retained its old school feel. Onsite camping is also available, making the nostalgic experience even more immersive, and elevating the drive-in to a retro-cinema vacation destination.

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In 2014 Jeff Mattox, longtime projectionist for the Mahoning, took ownership of the drive-in. At the time the theater was still showing first run movies without much success. Then one night Jeff had a revelation while driving by other local theaters, who were all playing the same movies: he was tired of showing the same films as every other theater, and wanted to do something different.

The rest of the Mahoning team got involved by chance after filmmaker Matt McClanahan discovered the drive-in on the way to a film shoot in July of 2014. Matt called his boss and friend, Virgil Cardamone, a fellow Temple graduate, filmmaker and drive-in enthusiast, and told him about the theater. The two met with Jeff, and after discussing movies and the drive-in’s future, it was clear the three had a common bond: a love for film and drive-in theaters, and a desire to save the Mahoning. Matt and Virgil decided to work with Jeff as partners to help promote and breathe new life into the drive-in.

Jeff and the team ultimately abandoned plans to try and convert the theater to digital projection, and decided to exclusively show retro classics on 35mm film for the 2015 season. In order to accommodate the older 35mm film reels, Mattox converted the theater’s Simplex E7 35mm projectors from a platter delivery system, which became prevalent in the 1970’s, back to an old school reel to reel set up.

Doing things the old fashioned way in the digital age isn’t without it’s own challenges. Being able to locate and lease quality 35mm prints can be difficult, and Hollywood studios are not typically keen on having old movies competing with their new releases, so lease agreements on old films can often be pricey. These factors combined with the cost of shipping films across the country can make showing strictly classics on 35mm film an expensive endeavor.

Mahoning was able to overcome this challenge by developing a partnership with Exhumed Films, a group dedicated to keeping obscure films, B-movies, and classics alive on the big screen. Exhumed Films has helped the Mahoning bring in quality prints of classic and obscure films, and alleviated some of the shipping costs, being located much closer on the East coast.

The drive-in has been host to some amazing double and triple features this summer, with classics like The Wizard of Oz, Shawshank Redemption, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Superman, Batman, and Cool Hand Luke. They have also had a number of theme weekends, including two Universal Studios Weekends, with iconic films like E.T., Flash Gordon, Jurassic Park, An American Werewolf in London, Dracula, and Phantasm II, and an AVCO Embassy Pictures weekend, featuring Escape From New York, Dead and Buried, and Fear No Evil.

In addition to more classic double and triple features lined up in August, the Mahoning team has some great events planned, including a Planet of the Apes marathon weekend, a horror themed camping weekend, and their first ever music festival. There are also plans to add a stage under their CinemaScope screen to facilitate future music performances and special events.

The Mahoning Drive-In offers a unique and unrivaled outdoor cinematic experience to film buffs, nostalgia lovers, and first timers alike. In a world where drive-in theaters are disappearing, technology is being valued over cinematic quality, and the medium of film is being forced into its grave, the Mahoning Drive-In Theater is keeping the 35 millimeter dream alive, for the medium, for the art form, and for all of us.

Mahoning Drive-In Theater
635 Seneca Rd. Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235
610-683-7243 mahoningdriveintheater@gmail.com
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Exhumed Films
http://www.exhumedfilms.com/