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Articles by Calum Marsh

Abrasive, Grating, Rewarding: That’s ENTERTAINMENT?

March 16, 2015

Comedy, deconstructed: Rick Alverson’s ENTERTAINMENT, now at SXSW, follows THE COMEDY in breaking down the laugh track.

The Year in Cats

December 25, 2014
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Strange Little Cats, indeed: Noting the best performances of the cinematic feline.

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.