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November 4, 2021

The Unacceptable Truth of Compliance

Craig Zobel’s 2012 movie Compliance is a great film but I hate it. Watching it was a strain. When it was shown in theaters there were numerous […]
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November 4, 2021

Todd Haynes’ Horror Movie Safe

​I saw Safe in the theater when it first came out in 1995. I remember it well because when the film ended I could hardly move. I […]
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November 2, 2021

Favorite Scenes №19: Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo Del Toro made Pan’s Labyrinth in 2006. It was a thickly layered film with several themes running through it simultaneously, each enriching the other. There is […]
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November 2, 2021

The Implied Narrator in We The Animals

We The Animals has no literal narrator. There is no disembodied voice leading the audience through the film, but there is a palpable sense of narration. […]
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November 2, 2021

Repentance: A Great Film in Danger of Disappearing.

Beginning a film with the funeral of the main character has been done before but in Repentance the morning after the funeral the deceased is found propped […]
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November 1, 2021

Favorite Scenes №18: Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable

In 1973, Shunya Itō released Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable, his third installment in the Scorpion series. The opening of this movie is the most badass […]
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November 1, 2021

Peeling Through The Layers of The Alps

When a film depicts actors playing the role of actors it inherently becomes existential. Peeking behind the curtain calls everything into question. Shakespeare makes many […]
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October 31, 2021

Favorite Scenes №17: Mulholland Drive

David Lynch made Mulholland Drive in 2001. It was the middle film in a Los Angeles trilogy that also included Lost Highway and Inland Empire. The espresso scene […]
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October 31, 2021

The Balance of Form and Content in Victoria

When Sebastian Schipper chose to make the film Victoria in 2015 it was either going to be a recipe for a brilliant triumph or complete disaster. The […]
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October 30, 2021

La Cienaga is Masterful

La Cienaga is a beautifully, and meticulously constructed film. Each facet, each scene reflects the entirety of the film. It begins as the sound of crickets fades […]
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October 30, 2021

The Role of Conflict in Tomcat

This article contains spoilers. Tomcat centers around one sharp moment of horror. A single lightning bolt out of nowhere that leaves you breathless. Tomcat is […]
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October 30, 2021

Subject Position in Bone

The movie, Bone was released in 1972 and everything about it reflects that time frame. In 1972 Richard Nixon was president, Gloria Steinem’s published the first issue […]
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October 30, 2021

Let The Corpses Tan

I’ve never seen a film as jam packed with cinematic acrobatics as Let The Corpses Tan. Its a hyper-stylized, over the top, morass of filmmaking. Its […]
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October 29, 2021

Favorite Scenes №15 To Catch A Thief

Hitchcock often made realism and plausibility a priority in his films. Movies like Rope, Strangers on a Train, and Psycho were meant to be seen as events that could […]
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October 29, 2021

Neil Breen’s Fateful Findings

“I can’t believe you committed suicide, I can not believe you committed suicide. How could you have done this? How could you have committed suicide?” […]
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October 29, 2021

The Headless Woman

The most salient feature of Lucrecia Martel’s 2004 film, The Headless Woman, is the insightful and meticulous observations she finds in mundane moments. The way droplets of […]
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October 28, 2021

Favorite Scenes №14: The Breakfast Club

John Hughes may have his limitations as a filmmaker but in his 1985 comedy The Breakfast Club, he finds an ingenious expositional device that he uses […]
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October 28, 2021

You Should See Yedu Chepala Katha, But Wear a Helmet.

​It could not have been easy to make a two hour, narrative film that is completely unintelligible. You’d think they might stumble across some continuity […]
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October 28, 2021

Reconciling The Wayward Cloud

​A young man climbs on to the roof of a high-rise and carefully sneaks into a water tower. He soaps up and lazily floats in the […]
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October 28, 2021

Joe Massot's Wonderwall

What an odd movie Wonderwall is. It was made in 1968 by Joe Massot, who would later co-direct The Song Remains The Same. Wonderwall could have been a […]
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October 27, 2021

There Has Never Been A Film Like The Act of Killing

When I first heard the premise for The Act of Killing it sounded like a terrible idea and after seeing it I remain undecided. I am astonished […]
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October 26, 2021

The Bothersome Man: Bloody Hilarious

“The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.” (Friedrich Nietzsche) Jens Lien’s 2006 film The […]
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October 25, 2021

Favorite Scenes №11: Moonlight

​Barry Jenkins made Moonlight In 2016. In it, we witness a young man’s struggle to construct a male identity. In the first third of the film, we […]
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October 25, 2021

Do You See What I See: Interpreting 8 ½

In reading about Fellini’s 8 ½ I was surprised by the number of critics and reviewers who focused on the film as a depiction of what it is […]
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