The Unrepentant Cinephile
Independently Published in 2017. 556 pages
By Jason Coffman
So what really is the purpose of a movie guide? I mean, after all, it’s just a collection of reviews by either one or a number of people that watch the films and review them, right. While that is true in its basic element, for me it really comes down to opening doors. Not just showing me some titles that I’ve never heard about, but when done correctly, makes me want to seek them out after reading about them. The reviewer’s thoughts and how they are written are a very important key here, as well as the reviewer themselves. I’ve come across many reviewers that I’ve found simply not getting what they are reviewing, or a few that seem like they haven’t even watched the movie they’re writing about. But when you come across a reviewer/writer that not only knows what he’s talking about, but just has a sheer love of cinema, you tend to take his words to heart, even above and beyond the ‘likes and dislikes’ they may have for a particular title. Jason Coffman is one of those. And this book does exactly what a film guide should do and that is to open the doors and should make your To-Watch list grow. A lot.
Not sure when I first met Jason Coffman, but I’m pretty sure it was through our mutual friend Aaron Christensen, yet another demented film watcher. Except, that while both Aaron and I watch quite a few films during the year, if you were to combine our totals, it still wouldn’t compare to the amount that Mr. Coffman watches. It staggers my brain! But it isn’t just the number of films, but the caliber of some of them amazes me even more. He will watch anything. But even though he may dredge through the sewers of cinema, he a stronger film lover because of it.
Jason has been a regular staple at our Turkey Day Marathons since 2011 and when I can come up with a few titles that he still hadn’t seen, I fine a little pride in that! He really is an unrepentant Cinephile.
Jason has been writing about films for close to a decade, being able to read his thoughts on Film Monthly as well as Daily Grindhouse. But now he has compiled a massive amount of film reviews all in one place and even put it in book form, entitled The Unrepentant Cinephile: Collect Reviews of Cult, Exploitation, Horror, & Independent Films! With 800 reviews, this 500+ page book is now available on Amazon for only…ready for this?…$15.99! Or if you prefer Kindle, you can get it for FREE!!!
So if you are looking for a new checklist to start off 2018 with, then here is your chance. I can pretty much guarantee that you will read reviews of titles you’ve never heard of before. A lot of them. So this is either going to send you on a quest to find them, or make sure you avoid them. All thanks to our buddy Jason and his willingness to test the open waters for us.
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Every now and then I have a little gathering of friends over to watch a bunch of flicks. Might be one of our annual Turkey Day marathons, or just because it has been a while since a little movie-fest and we feel the need to have one. One of guys that always jumps at the chance for one of these get-togethers is our friend Jason Coffman, another Chicago area film nut, like the rest of us. But actually, Jason takes it beyond most of us film geeks, and truly is an avid cinephile. He doesn’t care how large or small the budget is, when or where it was made, he’ll watch it with the same interest. He’ll explain just why he likes a certain film that most would turn their nose at, so much so that after he explains his opinion, it will make you want to go watch it!
Not sure what happend to make me get this report posted, but here it is, better late than never. In was in May of last year when we started to have our 2nd Turkey Day event, appropriately called Turkey Day in May. Basically we realized that there was just too much turkey for a single event. So Turkey Day in May began. And this last May, we continue that tradition, with a fine gathering of like-minded (sometimes called crazy) film enthusiasts to test our will and spirits against some of cinemas lesser quality films. But, while some of these films might not rate high on anybody’s grading system, we were all entertained by these titles. So while some of these might not be too high on anyone’s grading scale, we had a lot of fun with it.