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February 4, 2024

Stéphane Lafleur’s Film “Viking” is Ingenious

Stéphane Lafleur’s 2022 Film Viking has an ingenious premise that opens the door to an entirely different way of rendering characters and dialogue. It begins […]
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December 31, 2023

Favorite Scenes No. 34: Amadeus

Miloš Forman directed Amadeus in 1984. It was a movie version of the hit play by Peter Shaffer from 1979. Shaffer never claimed that the […]
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December 24, 2023

Victor Sjöström’s “He Who Gets Slapped”

He Who Gets Slapped is an unusual film. It took a special confluence of factors to create something so layered and rich. It was made […]
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December 15, 2023

The First Film Based On Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818. She wrote it as part of a friendly contest between her, her husband Percy, John Polidori, and Lord Byron. […]
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November 12, 2023

Goran Stolevski’s “You Won't Be Alone”

Goran Stolevski’s 2020 debut film You Won't Be Alone is a poem. There is almost no dialogue between characters, but we are able to hear […]
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November 5, 2023

“In My Skin,” Body Horror Cronenberg Can Only Dream Of

In 2002, French filmmaker Marina de Van wrote, directed, and starred in In My Skin. It is a body horror film, but it’s free of […]
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October 22, 2023

Piotr Szulkin’s Visionary Tetralogy Part 2: “O-Bi O-Ba” and “Ga-Ga”

Like Golem (1979) and The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1981), Piotr Szulkin’s O-Bi, O-Ba: The End Of Civilization (1985) is an ugly film. […]
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October 18, 2023

Piotr Szulkin’s Visionary Tetralogy Part 1:“Golem” and “War Of The Worlds”

Piotr Szulkin (1950-2018) was a Polish director, screenwriter, animator, novelist, theatrical director, and painter. In 1979, he released the first of four films that would […]
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October 15, 2023

William Kentridge’s Film “Felix In Exile”

William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg in 1955. He is white. He spent the first forty years of his life living under apartheid. Both of […]
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October 1, 2023

24 Thoughts On Michael Haneke’s "71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance" 

Austrian director Michael Haneke wrote and directed 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance in 1994. It consists of 71 scenes. Our lives have a […]
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September 17, 2023

Adventures In Underground Film With Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis 

“For me, Mod Fuck Explosion was the culmination of the right amount of narrative and the right amount of sheer spectacle. Combine ‘em and you’ve […]
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September 3, 2023

Alex Proyas’ First Film: “Spirits Of The Air, Gremlins Of The Clouds”

Spirits Of The Air, Gremlins Of The Clouds was written, directed, and produced in 1989 by Alex Proyas. It was shot in a desert in […]
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August 6, 2023

The Russian Psyche As Seen In Vordum And Other Soviet Animations

Vordum: Price of Death is not for everyone. I grew up watching Ray Harryhausen films, and as a result, I have a deep abiding love […]
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July 26, 2023

The Strange Career of Ulli Lommel

  You may not have heard of Ulli Lommel, but he is one interesting, little rabbit hole that can swiftly whisk you away into a strange […]
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July 9, 2023

Bill Plympton’s "Mutant Aliens"

I was first introduced to Bill Plympton in the mid-1980s when, as an adolescent, I sat in front of the newly founded MTV, greedily absorbing […]
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June 25, 2023

A Forgotten Soviet Era Gem “The New Devil of Hellsbottom”

With the number of films produced in the twentieth century, I suppose it is inevitable that some truly wonderful ones will slip through the cracks. […]
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June 14, 2023

It’s All In The Details

Police detectives and professional interrogators will tell you that what makes a story believable is the level of detail. Not just relevant detail, but any […]
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May 31, 2023

Bahman Farmanara’s Profound Horror Film, Tall "Shadows of the Wind"

Bahman Farmanara’s early Film Tall Shadows of the Wind was released in 1979, one year after the Iranian revolution. It was based on a short […]
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May 21, 2023

 John Cassavetes’s Incomparable Film "A Woman Under The Influence"

A Woman Under The Influence is an extraordinary film. I imagine what comes to mind first for most people when they think of A Woman […]
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May 3, 2023

Hal Hartley’s "Amateur"

The first time I saw Hal Hartley’s Amateur, I had chicken pox and a 104°F temperature. I watched it before I went to bed, and […]
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April 30, 2023

Favorite Scenes No.32: "M"

Fritz Lang made M in Germany in 1931, a time often referred to as the Weimar period, a time between the World Wars when an […]
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April 23, 2023

A Horror Movie Filmed in Esperanto, With William Shatner. Why?

Director Leslie Stevens said he filmed his 1966 film Incubus in Esperanto to give it an “otherworldly” feeling. If what he meant by “otherworldly” was […]
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March 15, 2023

"Night on The Galactic Railroad:" If Tarkovsky Made an Anime? 

What if Tarkovsky was smacked on the head by an errant boom mic and woke up thinking he was a Japanese anime director? Oh, and […]
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March 5, 2023

Placing Kiarostami’s "And Life Goes On" In Context

I’m not sure why Kiarostami objected to positioning his three films, Where is The Friends House?, And Life Goes On, and Through The Olive Trees […]
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