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Great Faces of American Darkness: Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio del Toro

January 7, 2015 | One Comment

Both actors plumb the uncertainties, delusions and hypocrisies within the American Dream.

Style Is Substance

December 9, 2014
INHERENT VICE

A celebration of the absorbing atmospheres in 2014’s best genre films.

PULP FICTION at Twenty

November 2, 2014
PULP FICTION

Why PULP FICTION never left us.

Noir: The Horror Film’s Kissing Cousin

October 29, 2014
CAT PEOPLE

On pairing the loneliness and lovely negativity of horror and noir for your Halloween entertainment.

Where the Action Is: Justified Men

October 19, 2014

Why people watch Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington movies.

COBRA VERDE’s Last Stand

August 3, 2014
COBRA VERDE

Meet FITZCARRALDO’s bleak, brilliant brother: COBRA VERDE.

PLANET OF THE APES’ Monkey Business

July 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

PLANET OF APES and apocalyptic visions: are American blockbusters now catering to your sense of nihilism, or vice versa?

Action Man Tom Cruise

June 6, 2014
EDGE OF TOMORROW

Summer movie special: on sci-fi blockbusters as the fulfillment of Tom Cruise’s art.

The Cloud over THE WOLF

January 12, 2014
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

On the rise of the ‘Leonardo DiCaprio’ character.

ALICE: Out of Wonderland

January 9, 2014
ALICE

Jan Švankmajer’s ALICE is a great work of surrealism, shaking child’s play free of safely canned sentiment.

Ten Moments that Mattered

December 31, 2013
SIDE EFFECTS

It’s often little touches, or entire self-contained sequences, that keep the chase for good or great movies hopeful and engaging.

Things Are Rough All Over

December 18, 2013 | One Comment
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Notes on the evolving and closeted humanity of the Coen Brothers.