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February 19, 2023

Geeking Out Over A Minor Detail In F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu

I’ve seen Murnau’s Nosferatu dozens of times. It’s one of my favorites. Somewhere along the line, I noticed a minor detail that brought a smile […]
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February 5, 2023

Les Blank’s Documentaries about Lightning Hopkins, Clifton Chenier and Mance Lipsomb

All documentaries are doomed to fail. For the most part, documentary films are trying to capture something that can not be captured. Whether it is […]
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February 1, 2023

Sexual Repression And Class Warfare In Leslie Stevens’ "Private Property"

Contempt for the bourgeoisie is the driving force behind a wide range of twentieth-century art. Leslie Stevens’ Private Property is a prime example. It was […]
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January 4, 2023

Shahram Mokri’s Innovative Fish and Cat

I have seen four films that were shot in one take:Victoria, Russian Ark, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, and now Shahram Mokri's […]
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December 28, 2022

Ken Russel’s The Fall Of The Louse Of Usher

Twenty minutes into Ken Russell’s The Fall Of The Louse Of Usher, I was ready to turn it off. It’s shot on low-quality video using […]
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December 18, 2022

Noah Baumbach’s Interpretation of Don DeLillo’s White Noise 

When I first heard that Noah Baumbach was making a film version of one of my favorite books, I had the usual mixture of excitement […]
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December 12, 2022

Ruben Östlund’s Raucous Triangle of Sadness

You get a lot of movie for the ticket price when you go see Triangle of Sadness. It’s 2.5 hours of dark satire, graphic imagery, […]
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December 8, 2022

After Un Chien Andalou Came L'Age d'Or

L'Age d’Or is credited to Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, but apparently it was mostly Buñuel’s production. Dalí was too busy becoming a hollow self-parody. […]
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November 30, 2022

Alejandro Iñárritu’s Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths is a visually lush film. It’s worth seeing just for the surreal imagery and skillful cinematography. Bardo is clearly director […]
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November 17, 2022

Wenzel Storch’s Bizarre Journey Into Bliss

In 2004, German artist Wenzel Storch wrote, directed, filmed, and produced A Journey Into Bliss or Die Reise ins Glück. For some critics, this raises […]
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November 6, 2022

Frauke Finsterwalder’s Finsterworld

Finsterworld begins by setting up several seemingly unconnected storylines. Over time, they begin to overlap and eventually collide. Each story delves deeply into the emotional […]
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October 30, 2022

Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s Darkly Atmospheric H.

H. is a quiet film. Not very much happens, but it isn’t slow. It’s a tense mystery that builds gradually and never relents. H. summons […]
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October 23, 2022

Pascual Sisto’s Unnerving First Film, John And The Hole

It's hard to pin down exactly why John And The Hole is such a disturbing film, but it has something to do with the main […]
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October 17, 2022

Elevator Girls in Bondage You’ve Heard of Warhol, and Waters, Have You Heard of The Cockettes?

Elevator Girls in Bondage is an artifact from the San Francisco radical revolutionary scene of 1972. It is the product of a radical queer group […]
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October 12, 2022

Govindan Aravindan’s Kummatty: The Beauty Is In The Telling

There is nothing you could change or tweak to improve Kummatty. It functions on its own terms and succeeds in producing something simple and beautiful. […]
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October 5, 2022

What Can You Say About The Imp-Probable Mr. Weegee?

Weegee the film is a good bit like Weegee the man. Neither one is easily quantified or categorized. Arthur Fellig who renamed himself Weegee was […]
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September 25, 2022

 Dave Markey’s Two Punk Movies About The Lovedolls 

Desperate Teenage Lovedolls is a piece of shit, but that’s what it wants to be. It’s a punk film, about a punk band, doing punk […]
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September 18, 2022

David Shrigley’s Lightswitch

David Shrigley’s Lightswitch is a 1-minute and 28 second long animated line drawing of a hand turning a light switch on and off. It’s about as simple […]
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September 11, 2022

The Hidden Czechoslovakian Gem Of Things Supernatural

The film Of Things Supernatural is an anthology based on three stories written by Karel Capek. Capek was a prominent writer during the turn of […]
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August 21, 2022

Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco’s Fascinating Film: Toto Who Lived Twice

For a movie that many people might walk out on immediately, Toto Who Lived Twice is beautifully made. Directed by Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco in 1998, […]
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August 17, 2022

John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs

“These assorted sluts, fags, dykes, and pimps know no bounds. They have committed acts against God and nature. Acts that by their mere existence would […]
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August 14, 2022

Merchant and Ivory’s Uncharacteristic Early Film: Savages 

What comes to mind when you think of Merchant and Ivory? The anxious English aristocracy unable to face the twentieth century? Maggie Smith and Helena […]
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August 10, 2022

Ken Russell’s The Devils

Before he made Tommy (1975), Altered States (1980), Gothic (1986), or The Lair of the White Worm (1988), Ken Russell made The Devils (1971). It predates Greenaway but the lush and baroque nature of The Devils feels very […]
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August 3, 2022

Christopher St. John’s Strange Odyssey Top of The Heap 

Top of The Heap is hard to digest. It’s ragged and unpredictable and it switches back and forth between fantasy, dreams, and reality. Plots are built […]
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