Film Feature Archive

  • 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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  • 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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  • A great movie poster is more than just a collector’s item or a splendid marketing tool.  Like a great album cover (by Roger Dean, say, or Hipgnosis), or a crisp […]

    What Ever Happened to the Movie Poster?

    A great movie poster is more than just a collector’s item or a splendid marketing tool.  Like a great album cover (by Roger Dean, say, or Hipgnosis), or a crisp […]

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  • By all accounts, Billy Friedkin behaved terribly in the 70s.  At the turn of the decade he was hot sh*t, a street kid who had paid his dues in TV—and now […]

    The Movie Brats: William Friedkin

    By all accounts, Billy Friedkin behaved terribly in the 70s.  At the turn of the decade he was hot sh*t, a street kid who had paid his dues in TV—and now […]

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  • Between 1990 and 1996, Hollywood released four feature-length homages to the classic Saturday matinee / pulp serial. Set in the 1930s, they are eminently watchable, nostalgic throwbacks made to cash […]

    The Reconstituted Saturday Matinee of the 1930s

    Between 1990 and 1996, Hollywood released four feature-length homages to the classic Saturday matinee / pulp serial. Set in the 1930s, they are eminently watchable, nostalgic throwbacks made to cash […]

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  • Following is a list that talks about directors of the 60s generation, the last great tide of filmmakers in Hollywood. Directors who, if they’re still around, have nothing but a […]

    The Movie Brats

    Following is a list that talks about directors of the 60s generation, the last great tide of filmmakers in Hollywood. Directors who, if they’re still around, have nothing but a […]

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  • 1. Prom night (Carrie) 2. The Columbian chainsaw massacre (Scarface) 3. The pool room (Carlito’s Way) 4. Odessa Steps (The Untouchables) 5. The Met (Dressed To Kill) 6. Travolta makes […]

    The Brian De Palma Set-Piece: 11 Favorites

    1. Prom night (Carrie) 2. The Columbian chainsaw massacre (Scarface) 3. The pool room (Carlito’s Way) 4. Odessa Steps (The Untouchables) 5. The Met (Dressed To Kill) 6. Travolta makes […]

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  • 1. Mulholland Dr. (2001): In dreams. Casino Royale (2006): The Bourne Bond. David Cronenberg: A History Of Violence (2005); Eastern Promises (2007): The past is never past. You can’t hide […]

    The Best Movies Of The 2000s: Jack

    1. Mulholland Dr. (2001): In dreams. Casino Royale (2006): The Bourne Bond. David Cronenberg: A History Of Violence (2005); Eastern Promises (2007): The past is never past. You can’t hide […]

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  • Today, loving directors means less legwork, less hunting around (unless, of course, you dig Miike). Now that movies are more expensive, fewer are made, and making middle-of-the-road films for middle-of-the-road […]

    Minor Hitchcock

    Today, loving directors means less legwork, less hunting around (unless, of course, you dig Miike). Now that movies are more expensive, fewer are made, and making middle-of-the-road films for middle-of-the-road […]

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  • To the extent that he is known in America at all, Takeshi Kitano is seen as a violent filmmaker and actor. In his review of Kikujiro, Roger Ebert says that […]

    Warning, This Man Is Wild: The Films Of Takeshi Kitano

    To the extent that he is known in America at all, Takeshi Kitano is seen as a violent filmmaker and actor. In his review of Kikujiro, Roger Ebert says that […]

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