REVIEW: ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ gorilla warfare

On March 8, 2017 by Johnny Szlauderbach

Kong, giant ape and eighth wonder of the world, might as well be a stand-in for the whole enterprise known as blockbuster filmmaking. He’s a six-foot gorilla blown up to gigantic proportions; for Kong, the life-sized is spectacle. And on the practical end, he seems to pop up onscreen around forward leaps in special effects. […]

REVIEW: ‘Get Out,’ radical injustice

On February 23, 2017 by Johnny Szlauderbach

Horror movies are the medium’s most express conduit into our collective anxieties. Nuclear annihilation, creeping Soviet subversion, and anti-communist hysteria loomed over Eisenhower-era cinema; race and Vietnam flow through Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; and the resurgent conservativism of the Reagan years spawned a slew of teenage slasher flicks. Even […]

Film History


On February 4, 2017 by Patricia Hamarstrom Williams

CINEMAKC DRAG QUEEN BINGO for FILMMAKING CinemaKC is hosting a Bingo Night at Hamburger Mary’s to support local filmmaking. Come out to play, to party, and to have fun! It’s on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s, 3700 Broadway Rd, Ste 110, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. BINGO CARDS: $10 […]

Panic Fest Tingles KC Spines This Weekend

On February 3, 2016 by Johnny Szlauderbach

If you experience a certain creeping sensation north of the river this weekend—symptoms include chills, rapid heartbeat, and general paranoia—try not to be alarmed. As the dead of winter arrives, so does the hysteria of Kansas City’s most berserk film festival, Panic Fest, which possesses the Screenland Armour Friday, February 5th through Sunday, February 7th. Dug […]