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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

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

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

Between the films Onibaba (Kaneto Shindo in 1964) and Woman In the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara in 1964) there are only five characters and two locations. Both films are striped […]
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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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 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

Jean Luc-Godard and Charlie Parker, No Spoon Full of Sugar For You

George Bernard Shaw said of Richard Wagner “He’s better than he sounds.” This could be said about both Jean Luc-Godard and Charlie Parker. Both men […]
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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

Favorite Scenes №20: Enter The Dragon

In 1973 Robert Clouse directed, Bruce Lee’s second to last movie Enter The Dragon. It was not a good film, but it contained one of Bruce Lee’s […]
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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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