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The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 65

Halloween time is in full swing and award season is right around the corner.

Both periods are well reflected by work the MNFCA has been doing. A plethora of horror movies have been reviewed, as have award contenders such as “Tár.”

Check out what the Alliance has been up to lately in this jam packed issue.

Joe Botten

At his site, Botten reviewed new releases “My Best Friend’s Exorcism,” “Hocus Pocus 2,” “Devil’s Workshop,” “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Visitor,” “Catherine Called Birdy,” “Luckiest Girl Alive,” “Rosaline,” “Old Man,” “Dangerous Game: The Legacy Murders,” “Tár,” “The School for Good and Evil” and “Ticket to Paradise.”

Botten also started his 31 Days to Scare series, with write-ups on “Bite Size,” “The Body,” “Pennywise: The Story of It,” “Duel,” the new “Hellraiser,” “Werewolf by Night,” “The Inhabitant,” “The Skeleton Key,” “The Messengers,” “Grimcutty,” “Significant Other,” “Ragnarok,” “Halloween Ends,” “Piggy,” “The Faculty,” “Dark Places,” “Rolling Thunder,” “Matriarch” and “He’s Out There.”

Brian Eggert

At Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed new films “Hellraiser,” “Halloween Ends,” TÁR,” “V/H/S/99,” “Smile,” “My Best Friend’s Exorcism,” “Deadstream,” “Piggy,” “Blonde,” “Amsterdam” and “Stars at Noon.”

He also wrote about 2005’s “A History of Violence,” 2007’s “Eastern Promises” and 2019’s “Villains.” He published a preview of the 2022 Twin Cities Film Festival as well.

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

On the Horror Rewind podcast, the hosts discussed new horrors “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” and “Smile.” They also covered scary films shown at the Superior Film Festival.

Hunter Friesen

At the Cinema Dispatch, Friesen reviewed new films “Ticket to Paradise,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “TÁR,” “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” and “Amsterdam.”

He also wrote a column on what would have happened if the Best Popular Film category had been created by the Academy, wrote about what he’s seeing at the Twin Cities Film Festival and released a new set of Oscar predictions.

Joseph Froemming

For his Joe-Down series, Froemming reviewed 1984’s “Children of the Corn” and 1988’s “Maniac Cop.”

Kyle Goethe

For his 31 Days of Horror series, Goethe reviewed “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Amityville Horror II,” “Torture Ship,” “Survival of the Dead,” “Silent Hill,” “Bowery at Midnight,” the original “Hellraiser,” “Popcorn,” “Lifeforce,” “Children of the Corn III,” “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” “Beyond Re-Animator,” “Troll,” “Automation Transfusion,” “The Wolf of Snow Hollow,” “The Dungeon of Harrow” and “Halloween Ends.”

Paul McGuire Grimes

On his series Paul’s Trip to the Movies,” Grimes reviewed new releases “Black Adam,” “The Greatest Beer Run Ever,” “Blonde,” “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “Werewolf by Night” and “Halloween Ends.” He also interviewed Dwayne Johnson for “Black Adam,” and made appearances on Twin Cities Live on Oct. 6 and 14 as well.

Matt Hambidge

On Hambidge’s podcast Cinema Stubs, recent episodes focused on “Don’t Worry Darling” and “Smile,” among other pictures. The podcast also had an episode where Brandon Stanley of “She-Hulk” was interviewed.

Danny Haslach

On Haslach’s podcast FilmBird, the recent release “Don’t Worry Darling” was discussed and a “movie draft” for the year 2004 was held.

Melinda Lavine

On the Duluth News Tribune, Lavine recommended eight horror films to watch during the Halloween season.

Frank Lee

At the Brainerd Dispatch, Lee wrote about new films “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile,” “The Woman King” and “Halloween Ends.”

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed new releases “Don’t Worry Darling,” “Bros,” “Amsterdam,” “Smile” and “Halloween Ends.”

His Adventures in B-Movie Horror series is also under way, with parts one and two now out.

Ruth Maramis

On FlixChatter, Maramis reviewed 2022 films “Marcel the Shell” and “Amsterdam.” She also wrote a review on “The Infernal Machine” and interviewed its director.

Plus, she published a preview about how this year’s Twin Cities Film Festival will celebrate women and BIPOC filmmakers, and stories.

Mark McPherson

At his site, McPherson reviewed “Hellraiser,” “Halloween Ends” and “Hocus Pocus 2.”

Nicholas Palodichuk

On the St. Paul Filmcast, Palodichuk interviewed screenwriter and actor Joshua Ungaretti. He was also joined by Goethe on the series Kyle and Nick on Film to discuss “Pearl,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Severance,” “Ichi the Killer” and “Body of Evidence.”

Frank Stanko

At the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Daily News, Stanko reviewed the new film “Halloween Ends.” As part of his look back at 1998 films on the Pop Culturists, Stanko also wrote about “The Mask of Zorro.”

Tyler Strandberg

On the site Cinefied, Strandberg reviewed the new romcom “Bros.” He also released an updated set of Oscar predictions.


Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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