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May 1, 2022

Nimród Antal's Kontroll: A Mythological, Comedy, Thriller

Nimród Antal’s film Kontroll is many things. The first half will have you thinking it's a comedy about rough and tumble misfits trying to make their way […]
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April 17, 2022

Examining Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Teeth

Teeth is one nasty piece of work. It has some of the trappings of a horror-comedy but it gets pretty rough. The premise is simple enough, […]
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February 20, 2022

Miguel Llansó’s Jesus ShowsYou The Way To The Highway

​    Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway is a carefully blended mixture of styles and elements that seems at first to be nothing but […]
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January 30, 2022

The Films Of Niki Lindroth von Bahr

    Niki Lindroth von Bahr fits right in with her Nordic peers. If you enjoy the films of Roy Anderson, Alex van Warmerdam or Jens Lien you are sure to […]
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January 16, 2022

Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog

    This article does not contain any outright spoilers but I do not recommend reading it unless you have seen the movie.​    In Jane Campion’s […]
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December 26, 2021

Hilal Baydarov’s 2020 film In Between Dying is Wonderful

​    In Between Dying was written and directed by Hilal Baydarov in 2020. It was filmed primarily in Baydarov ’s home country of Azerbaijan which sits […]
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December 23, 2021

The Sympathetic Vibrations Of Candyman

   If you press hard on a piano key it will not only sound the string connected to the key but it will vibrate a […]
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November 18, 2021

An Analysis Of A 4 Minute Sexually Explicit Video

I recently watched an odd video I found on a porn site. It was the title that enticed me to click on it, Playing With Things […]
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November 10, 2021

Bodied: Word Play About Word Play About Hip Hop

Alex Larson wrote the film Bodied and Joseph Kahn directed it, but it is Eminem’s influence as the producer that is immediately apparent. There are obvious similarities […]
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November 10, 2021

Hollywood’s Brand of Feminism

Hollywood’s idea of feminism is a woman behaving like a man. The approach leaves the stereotypical gender roles unchallenged and then simply gives a female […]
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November 9, 2021

Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer

In 2017 Yorgos Lanthimos released his remarkable film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Everything about its look and feel is unusual. The pacing, the compositions, […]
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November 8, 2021

Don’t Miss Gantz

Every cinephile has a film they believe deserved more attention than it received. Mine is the science fiction, thriller Gantz from Japan. This is a wonderfully creative […]
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November 8, 2021

Self Awareness in Rear Window vs. The Tenant

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and Roman Polanski's The Tenant are both films about observing and being observed. Rear Window was released in 1954 and The Tenant was released two decades later in 1976. […]
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November 8, 2021

Deadpan as a Filming Technique in Roy Anderson’s Films

Deadpan is not ordinarily ascribed to a style of filmmaking. It is more often associated with the lack of emotion on an actor’s face during […]
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November 8, 2021

The Manipulation of Sympathy in Parasite and Us.

​In his movie Psycho, Hitchcock famously had Marion Crane, played by the movie’s biggest star Janet Leigh, murdered in the first third of the film. The audience […]
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November 7, 2021

Mohammad Rasoulof's The White Meadows

In 2009 director Mohammad Rasoulof was imprisoned for making The White Meadows. He was accused of  “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the regime” […]
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November 6, 2021

Alan Arkin's Little Murders

In 1971 with a budget just under $100,000 Alan Arkin and Jules Feiffer crafted an absurd masterwork of vicious intensity. Little Murders is less a narrative film […]
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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

The New Equine Cinema

Breathlessly, ardently I beseech you all to harken to my call. Let me be the harbinger of a cinema most revolutionary! It has come to […]
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November 4, 2021

My Odyssey Pursuing A Horrible and Mysterious Thing Called The Greatest Sci-Fi Movie Ever

The only way to make sense of what happened is to just begin at the beginning. I am a cinephile and as such I seek […]
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November 4, 2021

Cartoonish Depictions in a Cartoon: The Controversy Over Mutafukaz

​There has been some controversy concerning Guillaume Renard and Shojiro Nishimi’s 2017 animated film Mutafukaz. The issue has to do who gets to depict whom. […]
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November 3, 2021

The Dark Trance of Horse Money

In writing about Pedro Costa’s film Horse Money there is no place to start. The film defies description or analysis. You have to just open yourself to […]
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November 3, 2021

The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open: Storytelling In Real Time

The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open blends form and function to create a compelling narrative whole. Its proof positive that the rules of filmmaking […]
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November 3, 2021

Galder Gaztelu-Urruti’s Platform

The Platform is a metaphor in the tradition of Animal Farm or Lord of The Flies. It very clearly focuses on capitalist ideology and has a secondary biblical theme […]
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