Film Archive

  • Dark Star launched the John Carpenter orbit… but only by accident. It was the little film that shouldn’t have worked, was shot on less than a shoestring over three strenuous […]

    Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star

    Dark Star launched the John Carpenter orbit… but only by accident. It was the little film that shouldn’t have worked, was shot on less than a shoestring over three strenuous […]

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  • I am of two minds when it comes to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s sole trek into “sci-fi.”  Throughout, his touch–stylized but never over the top–is assured.  He shot the film, originally a […]

    World on a Wire

    I am of two minds when it comes to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s sole trek into “sci-fi.”  Throughout, his touch–stylized but never over the top–is assured.  He shot the film, originally a […]

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  • The problem with sex fetishes, beyond the perhaps obvious, is that to anyone who does not share them they are ridiculous. S&M freaks, furries, Japanophiles (guilty) — anyone who has […]

    From Beyond

    The problem with sex fetishes, beyond the perhaps obvious, is that to anyone who does not share them they are ridiculous. S&M freaks, furries, Japanophiles (guilty) — anyone who has […]

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  • Brian De Palma’s sixteenth film is lurid Hitchcock (a novel idea the Master almost nailed in Psycho, had he not included that abysmal Talking Psychoanalyst at the end), souped up […]

    Body Double

    Brian De Palma’s sixteenth film is lurid Hitchcock (a novel idea the Master almost nailed in Psycho, had he not included that abysmal Talking Psychoanalyst at the end), souped up […]

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  • The tightest, funniest, and most disturbing Stanley Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove is (so I hear) the Vietnam movie soldiers love best.  In neat halves—the first part takes place in […]

    Full Metal Jacket

    The tightest, funniest, and most disturbing Stanley Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove is (so I hear) the Vietnam movie soldiers love best.  In neat halves—the first part takes place in […]

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  • Paul Verhoeven tends to invest formula (be it sci-fi in nature, or modeled on Hitchcockian suspense) with mad, pulp energy, as though he felt like anything short of a cackling, […]

    Paul Verhoeven

    Paul Verhoeven tends to invest formula (be it sci-fi in nature, or modeled on Hitchcockian suspense) with mad, pulp energy, as though he felt like anything short of a cackling, […]

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  • This film flirts so closely with miserabilism that, after having seen the first two segments, I was prepared to out and out hate it. But then the movie seemed to […]

    It’s Such A Beautiful Day

    This film flirts so closely with miserabilism that, after having seen the first two segments, I was prepared to out and out hate it. But then the movie seemed to […]

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  • I am not convinced Jodorowsky’s Dune would have been a great movie. I am quite convinced it would have been a terrible Dune. Though Frank Herbert’s book is ultimately about the […]

    Jodorowsky’s Dune

    I am not convinced Jodorowsky’s Dune would have been a great movie. I am quite convinced it would have been a terrible Dune. Though Frank Herbert’s book is ultimately about the […]

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  • I have no doubt someone has used that title before. I have not. But I have seen Don Hertzfeldt’s The Meaning of Life, twice now in about the span of […]

    The Meaning of “The Meaning Of Life”

    I have no doubt someone has used that title before. I have not. But I have seen Don Hertzfeldt’s The Meaning of Life, twice now in about the span of […]

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  • Sometimes it’s hard to see the point of writing about anything, particularly anything that is good. I contend that critics like “difficult” or “intellectual” cinema less because they actually like […]

    Don Hertzfeldt Examined… not too closely

    Sometimes it’s hard to see the point of writing about anything, particularly anything that is good. I contend that critics like “difficult” or “intellectual” cinema less because they actually like […]

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