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November 10, 2021

Favorite Scenes №23: Unforgiven

In 1992 Clint Eastwood deconstructed the Western genre with his movie Unforgiven. The film peels back the layers of the Western genre mythology to look […]
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November 10, 2021

Baxter, A Dog and His Boy

Baxter is an unusual film. It is named after the protagonist who is a white bull terrier. Through about half the film we see the […]
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November 10, 2021

The Bruce Lee Problem

Without placing blame on the man himself it is unfortunate that Bruce Lee’s stardom often eclipses the many other skilled actors and practitioners of the […]
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November 10, 2021

Feminist Themes In Frankenhooker

Frankenhooker, written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, fits easily into the is a 1980’s counter culture horror genre. It shares stylistic and thematic material with films […]
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November 10, 2021

Psycho, Taxi Driver, and Maniac: A Formal Comparison

The 1981 film Maniac definitely owes a debt to both Psycho and Taxi Driver. Its a strange set of films to compare but they do have some core commonality. Alienation […]
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November 10, 2021

Entertainment And The Films Of Akira Kurosawa And Ingmar Bergman

There is a long held principle in film criticism that the entertainment value of a movie is in some way set in opposition to its […]
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November 9, 2021

The Glory That Is Child Of Peach

​Child of Peach has a frantic enthusiasm rarely seen on screen. In 1987 Taiwanese directors Chung-Hsing Chao and Chen Chun-Liang took an old Japanese folktale and […]
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November 8, 2021

Space Mutiny Is A Crime In More Than One Way

Wait? What? I don’t understand. What the fuck am I watching? These were my first thoughts during the opening scenes of Space Mutiny. It can be […]
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November 8, 2021

The Role of the Environment in Onibaba and Woman In The Dunes.

Between the films Onibaba, directed by Kaneto Shindo in 1964, and Woman In the Dunes, directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara also in 1964 there are only five characters and two locations. […]
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November 8, 2021

Gerard Damiano's Let My Puppets Come

Fresh off the unbridled success of his masterwork Deep Throat, Gerard Damiano turned his attention to subjects more exotic. It was 1976 the year that […]
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November 8, 2021

A Comparison of I Spit on Your Grave, The Last House On The Left and Ms. 45

I Spit on Your Grave (1978), The Last House On The Left (1972) and Ms. 45 (1981) all fit within the grindhouse genre and further within the subgenera of rape […]
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November 8, 2021

The Female Prisoner Scorpion Series

In the span of just two years, 1972 to 1973, a series of four films were made in Japan by The Toei Company. The first […]
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November 7, 2021

Favorite Scenes №22: Delicatessen

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro made Delicatessen in 1991. It’s an odd film composed of comical interlocking vignettes each contained in a different little corner […]
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November 7, 2021

The Hanzo The Razor Trilogy

​With my eyes fixed to the screen I could scarcely believe what was happening. I can’t imagine what I must have looked like as I […]
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November 7, 2021

Chi-Lien Yu's Invincible Space Streaker

In 1977 director Chi-Lien Yu fashioned a new edition to the Taiwanese Fantasy genre. Let me, if I may, describe to you the opening few […]
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November 7, 2021

Frank Packard’s Abar The First Black Superman

Superman, Jesus, Moses, they’re all the same. Larger-than-life magicians who solve problems in ways human beings can not. What point is there to watching a […]
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November 6, 2021

Ross McElwee’s Six O’clock News

If people recognize Ross McElwee’s name they are likely to associate it with his much acclaimed documentary Sherman’s March. Its on most lists of the best documentaries […]
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November 6, 2021

War God: The Big Calamity

Taiwanese director Hung Min Chen made, what at first glance looks like a low budget kaiju movie, and it is indeed a low budget Kaiju […]
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November 5, 2021

Favorite Scenes №21 Playtime

In 1967 Jacques Tati brought his signature character, Monsieur Hulot, back to the silver screen. This time in an ambitious and expensive new film entitled […]
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November 5, 2021

Jane Mansfield In Dog Eat Dog

No opening credits, no atmospheric music to lead us in, just a sudden blare of wild jazz and the screen goes from black to Jane Mansfield […]
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November 5, 2021

You Will Never Ever See Another Film Like The Boxer’s Omen, Never.

​About a month ago I ordered a bluray from what I can only imagine was a pirate. I paid twelve bucks for a disc that contained […]
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November 5, 2021

A Visual Summary of The Beast In Space

We open in a smokey space bar where our leading couple meet. They have awkward soft core sex Time to blast off for an intrepid […]
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November 4, 2021

The Subjective Depiction of The Subjective In Robert Altman’s Film Images

Robert Altman’s 1972 film Images enhances the idea of the subjective camera by compounding it. He creates an unstable space where not only the character’s perceptions are […]
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November 4, 2021

Dr. Caligari, Never Ever to be Confused With The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

​Dr. Caligari presents itself as a sequel to Robert Wien’s silent masterpiece The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. I’m not sure it quite succeeds in its attempt but […]
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