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The Insiders: Laura Poitras and Edward Snowden

October 20, 2014 | One Comment
CITIZENFOUR

CITIZENFOUR pulls back the curtain on the Edward Snowden affair.

Where the Action Is: Justified Men

October 19, 2014

Why people watch Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington movies.

Superheroes Are for the Birds

October 19, 2014
BIRDMAN

On the Super and not-so-super men of cinema.

The Rare Vampire Film of its Era: BLOOD IS THE COLOR OF THE NIGHT

October 17, 2014
BLOOD COLOR NIGHT

Shot in full color, this supernatural soap opera climaxes with more high Catholic pageantry than you’d find at a cathedral on Palm Sunday.

Hong Kong and China: DAYS OF BEING WILD

October 14, 2014
DAYS OF BEING WILD

Anomie, angst and uprising: the Hong Kong protests and early Wong Kar-wai.

The Nation’s Brain, Anesthetized: PROPAGANDA

October 13, 2014 | One Comment
PROPAGANDA

A feature-length indictment of Western hypocrisies and immorality designed to make North Korean viewers feel quite relieved they aren’t ‘us?’ So it appears. . .

Herman Cohen’s Lurid Horror with a British Accent

October 12, 2014
HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM

Revisiting HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM: A perverse collision of continental class and tawdry pulp material.

Rumble in the Jungle with Godzilla and Friends

October 7, 2014 | One Comment
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

Giant monster movie and science fiction spectacular meet in Ishiro Honda’s ultimate Godzilla monster mash.

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.

Chris Marker’s Riddle for the Pentagon

October 4, 2014
THE SIXTH SIDE OF THE PENTAGON

THE SIXTH SIDE OF THE PENTAGON: ‘Told to us by the fifteen-year-old girl on the steps of the Pentagon: I have changed.’

Documentary Unbound: Chris Marker and Friends

October 3, 2014
TO CHRIS MARKER AN UNSENT LETTER

TO CHRIS MARKER, AN UNSENT LETTER recalls the elusive filmmaker.

Beetlemania and Beyond: Jessica Oreck

September 29, 2014
VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA

On the uncanny qualities of Jessica Oreck’s films.