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November 11, 2021

The Turkish Mockbuster

There is nothing like the feeling of standing at the edge of a rabbit hole and feeling the cool breeze around your ankles as it […]
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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

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

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

Don’t Tell Me How It Ends

Compare these two experiences. Some random citizen is walking down the street in 1960 looking for a way to spend the afternoon. On the next […]
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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

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 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 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

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, 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

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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