Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Archives

Categories

Categories
  • All
  • Horror (68)
  • Films Made Before 2000 (49)
  • So Bad They're Good (31)
  • Films Made After 2000 (15)
  • Science Fiction (12)
  • Art House (8)
  • Essays (8)
  • Sexploitation (8)
  • Drama (6)
  • Favorite Scenes (6)
October 17, 2021

Peter Strickland’s In Fabric Beckons

Peter Strickland’s In Fabric is visually stunning It borrows heavily from the Italian Giallo aesthetic. The colors are super-saturated and garnish like Dario Argento’s Susperia or Mario Bava’s Blood and […]
Read More
October 16, 2021

Favorite Scenes №2: Rashomon

Akira Kurosawa made Rashomon in 1950. The world of Rashomon is a tense chess game played by three characters. The game is less about strategy and more […]
Read More
October 16, 2021

Ulrike Ottinger’s Freak Orlando: A Very Queer Journey

How about a mix of Peter Greenaway, Pier Pasolini, Kenneth Anger, and Pierre at Gille? Maybe add a little Alejandro Jodorowsky and a Joel Peter […]
Read More
October 15, 2021

The Black Cat And The Queer String Of Films It Inspired.

On the face of it, Edgar Allen Poe’s 1885 story The Black Cat does not appear to have any connection to LGBTQA+ issues. What is known about […]
Read More
October 15, 2021

Beauty and Tragedy in Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole

Beanpole is a visually beautiful film. It is full of saturated color and warm light, but from the first seen to the last, it presents one […]
Read More
October 14, 2021

Favorite Scenes №1: Nosferatu

In 1922 Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau filmed the climactic end to his film Nosferatu. Our heroine, Ellen, sits cowering in her bed as the vampire enters her […]
Read More
October 13, 2021

The Zoological Existentialism of Domestic

If you look up the credits for Adrian Sitaru’s film Domestic in The Internet Movie Data Base the seven leading actors and actresses are listed first, followed by the […]
Read More
October 12, 2021

Tuvalu, A Playful Homage To The History Of Film

German director, Veit Helmer, made Tuvalu in 1999. It’s a fast-paced, comical, collage that runs the gamut from experimental film to melodrama. There is a little bit […]
Read More
October 11, 2021

The Personal And The Symbolic In Óscar Catacora’s Powerful Film Eternity

It is difficult to move after watching Óscar Catacora’s 2017 film Eternity. It takes a moment or two to find your way out of its pall. […]
Read More
October 11, 2021

Sadko, A Soviet Feast For The Eyes

Sadko was directed by Aleksandr Ptushko in 1953. It was an adaptation of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, Sadko which in turn was based on even older Russian mythology. The […]
Read More
October 10, 2021

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return

There is more than one return in The Return, and each return orients the narrative in a different direction. Depending on who is returning and from […]
Read More
October 10, 2021

Heritage And Identity In The Night of Counting the Years

As an American, I live in a place where almost nothing predates the 1600 hundreds. American history is above all short. Chicago, the city where […]
Read More
October 7, 2021

The Unfulfilled Potential of The Wall

Julian Roman Polser’s 2013 film The Wall is frustrating. It has an interesting premise, a beautiful location and some very nice cinematography but it is all but […]
Read More
October 7, 2021

A Comparison of The Turin Horse and The Naked Island

Kaneto Shindo released The Naked Island in 1960. A half century later later Bela Tarr released The Turin Horse. Both films have minimal dialogue. Both feature two people […]
Read More
October 6, 2021

Tomu Uchida’s Beautiful Film Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow

Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow is based on a Japanese folktale. It is not a hero’s journey but Joseph Campbell would recognize the narrative elements involving […]
Read More
October 6, 2021

Three Movements, Three Adjectives: Surreal, Absurd, Magic Realist

In Defense of Meaning There is surely an irony in trying to define three words each of which stems from movements that problematized meaning. All […]
Read More
October 5, 2021

Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body And Soul

White is not a color. White is generated by the presence of the full spectrum of visible light. Figuratively, white can be seen as a […]
Read More
October 4, 2021

The Red Phallus: A Harrowing Film From Bhutan

The Red Phallus is a brutal film. It treats its characters in a blunt matter of fact manner, where there is little room for rationalizations, […]
Read More
October 2, 2021

John Waters’ Mondo Trasho

This is a profoundly unappealing film, and I’m guessing that is what John Waters was after. The whole film has a certain “fuck you” quality. […]
Read More
October 2, 2021

Jafar Panahi’s Multi Layered Taxi Tehran

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi Tehran, also known as, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, is a masterpiece. Not only is it an amazing piece of filmmaking but it was filmed at […]
Read More
September 30, 2021

The Wolf House A Completely Unique Film

The Wolf House has a look and feel like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It uses stop motion animation but exploits the technique in innovative and […]
Read More
September 30, 2021

Crazy Love: Queer Dada

You have to be in the right frame of mind to face down the movie Crazy Love. Its overall attitude is best summed up as “Fuck […]
Read More
September 30, 2021

Nordic Humor In The Northerners

I’m sure that the title The Northerners has some kind of special resonance in Dutch, but for me, a foreigner, the title might as well apply to […]
Read More
September 28, 2021

Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid

Issa Lopez’s 2019 film Tigers Are Not Afraid has a strange relationship to Tarkovsky’s Stalker. It has too many Stalker like elements to be a coincidence. Tigers Are Not Afraid is set […]
Read More
Copyright © 2022 All Rights Reserved
chevron-down