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Great Expectations: Reconsiderations 2014

December 15, 2014
ENEMY

If you can get past the best and worst there are always more curiosities to delight in.

Synced Up with A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

December 5, 2014
A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

Linking the physical with the metaphysical—and the trance sounds that go with it in A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS.

A Woman (and a Girl) Under the Influence

November 25, 2014

Pialat and Cassavetes are concerned with the ways a woman’s ferocious independence can alienate and even terrify those around her.

Shock and Awe: William Castle’s Horror Gimmicks

October 5, 2014
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL AD

Schlock auteur and brilliant businessman William Castle emerged at the end of the first 3D fad promising innovations of unprecedented grandeur and audacity.

Beetlemania and Beyond: Jessica Oreck

September 29, 2014
VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA

On the uncanny qualities of Jessica Oreck’s films.

Josh and Benny Safdie on HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

September 23, 2014
HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

Speaking of drama, time, street life and strange attractions: ‘You’re constantly flirting with death.’

Extra! The News Comedy

August 26, 2014
NOTHING SACRED

Diminished standards, ethical bankruptcy, the easy propagation of mistruths—unique to modern journalism? Let’s consider the history.

CONTRABAND and Propaganda

August 18, 2014

Seen today, of course, CONTRABAND is hardly a call to arms. But its propagandistic thrust may account for the vigor of its action.

Fantasia International Film Festival: The Zeal Thing

August 6, 2014 | One Comment

The emphasis in Fantasia is on ‘fan:’ it’s a festival mounted by and for enthusiasts, there to revel in their love of film.

A STAR IS BORN (Again)

August 4, 2014
A STAR IS BORN

Daring to exalt in the victories of the Hollywood system.

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT’s Pressure Points

August 1, 2014
THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

Ramon Zürcher’s ode to tension and release squeezes Jacques Tati-style preoccupations into the space of a tiny apartment.

The Absurd and the Sublime: Herzog’s STROSZEK

May 27, 2014
STROSZEK

‘Bruno Stroszek’ remains one of the great human characters because Bruno Schleinstein gave one great human performance.